While the kids are in school

For years I have looked forward to the day when Madison went to school all day.  The time is almost here and I began contemplating what I would do with my time.  It isn’t hard to think of all the fun things I could do but many of them involve spending lots money and eating good food.  Although I haven’t ruled those things completely out, I have decided to take another approach to spending lots of money and making good food!

When they say your life can change in a minute….they mean it. Yesterday I requested information from the Art Institute of Utah about their culinary programs.  I wanted to look over everything so that some day in the future I could “think” about enrolling.  Well, today I am a full fledged student.  They tried to get me to start this Monday but of course with 4 kids on summer vacation, that was out of the question.  Soooo, I start my next phase in life on October 6, 2008.

Within 2 ½ years I will have my Bachelor of Science in Culinary Management – how awesome is that?!

With every enrollment there is a tour of the culinary school.  I wanted John to be as excited as I was so I asked him if he wanted to join me.  Eagerly he decided to “work from home” so the two of us could tour “my” Disneyland.  It was the most wonderful place with all its stove tops, knives (by the way I get my very own knife kit just like they have in Top Chef) mixers and pantry.  Completely AWESOME pantry!  They even have a restaurant that will open in October (just like “Hell’s Kitchen”) with five course meals for $8-$10 and we will all get to operate and participate in at some point in our schooling.  My excitement couldn’t be greater at the thought of learning to cook, bake and manage a restaurant.  John can’t wait for dinner!

Many of my future blogs will probably be about my experiences and trials at school but I hope you will all enjoy reading about it as I enjoy doing it.

Anyway, I just want you all to know about the exciting journey I am about to go on. My stomach has butterflies and my emotions are on my sleeve while I think of finally having the opportunity to do something I have thought about, talked about and dreamed about for years.  The kids are already complaining about me not being here as much as I am now.  Little do they know the rewards of me learning to “really” cook!!

Bon Appétit until next time!

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  • M2QC

    Wow – that is really great, Dixie! Now when we get together for dinner the rest of us will just pay to eat what YOU bring! Sweet!

  • Lindsey

    I am so excited for you! This is such good news. That sounds like a dream come true. How often will you be in classes? I can’t wait to taste all your yummy dishes. I love Top Chef, by the way and The Next Food Network Star (have you seen that) maybe that can be you!

  • Shel

    Wow! wow wow! That’s awesome news! I’m excited for you. Do they give you a student discount at restaurant supply stores? 🙂 I cannot wait to participate in eating the fruits of your labors! congratulations!

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