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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Tamale time!

 It's 7:00 in the morning and we're making tamales!

This is a fundraiser for the Class of 2012 All Night Drug and Alcohol Free Grad Party. The parents of the grads have put together a committee and we are planning their big party, which will be directly after they graduate. We are going to whisk them away on buses to an undisclosed location where they will have tons of fun, recreation and food. This will be a safe atmosphere where they can have one last great memory together as a class.

Any way, I'm on the committee and we decided to make tamales and sell them as a fundraiser. We sold over 160 dozen tamales! We had to start early and we had tons of work to do! A local pastor told us we could use their church to make them, which was awesome! Here's Eric and Nevin out manning the steamer pots. They had six going ready to cook over 2000 tamales!
 Here's Dave and Angie mixing the masa.
 Sharon's scooping the masa.
 These guys are shredding the meat.
 There were so many aspects to making the tamales.
 This is Irma. She's our teacher and she is so sweet. She does not speak English, so her grandson translated for us.
 Busy! Busy! First you lay the masa on the corn husks, then spread it out and add the meat and sauce and then fold them up in the husks and steam them.
 It was a huge undertaking, but we had lots of fun.
 We had music playing and we talked and laughed. Many of us have been friends since our children met in kindergarten. It's interesting too that for many of us, our child who is graduating this year is the baby of the family!
 Here I am scooping the masa onto the corn husks.
 Kristy's job is folding the tamales.
 A lot of the students came and helped us.
 Hayden had to work at the gas station, so he was not there very long, but I'm proud of him for coming and helping.
 Here's Hayden with his friends, Colton and Dakota.
They were having fun.
 Dakota made us a mascot, Mr. Masa Head!
 I think we did a good job!
 There are so many tamales!!!
 We had a great assembly line going.
 Happy workers!
Everyone seemed to be in such great moods.
 We had one little incident though. At the beginning of the day when they guys really didn't know what they were doing, they didn't add more water to one of the pots and it ran out of water and it actually burnt a hole in the bottom of the pan. Thankfully we were able to salvage the tamales though!
 Our first batch is finally done!
 Irma amazed us, she would just put her hands right in those hot pans and pull out the tamales with her bare hands without getting burnt. Everyone else had to wear gloves and they still got burnt. She doesn't because of years of making these!
 She would check them for us and tell us when they were done.
 This was such a huge undertaking, but everyone got so good at their jobs and we started moving along very quickly.
 Mmmm! They're all done! Fresh hot tamales!!!
 The next step is to start bagging them up.
 We put them in zip lock bags by the dozen and marked a "p" for pork, "c" for chicken and "ch" for cheese.
 Then we put them in coolers, which kept them hot.
 Then at 3:00 we loaded up the coolers and took them down to a little shop downtown where the people who ordered them picked them up and paid for them.
 The last step of the day was to do all the dishes and clean the church and leave it in the same condition that we found it.
 We had people pick up their tamales from 3:00 to 6:00 and then our crew brought back all the coolers with the left over tamales.
 It was a little chaotic figuring out what orders were left, but it all came together.
 After it was all said and done, we had about 10 dozen left over that we still needed to sell. Not bad!
 We loaded everything up and went home. Eric and I were beat. We were down there for 12 hours! We had a great crew though and it was a really fun time. We sold over 2000 tamales for $15.00 for a dozen. I don't have all the final numbers yet, but we grossed around $2500 and our expenses were only about $500, so we had a profit of $2000 to go towards the grad party!
And it is worth it knowing that all our hard work has earned money for this guy to have a memorable, fun and, most of all, safe graduation party with his friends!

"Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil." Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Hugs, Sharon


Anonymous said...

Wow ,that is fantastic Sharon a great profit. I remember the dry grads for our kids , they were a lot of work but so worthwhile and memorable for the kids. A long day for you and Eric. Donna

Mardell said...

Hi Sharon,
I thought about you folks on Sat. making the tamales. Wow, I am impressed! It looked like alot of fun despite the hard work. What a wonderful party the kids will have! You know, I've never had a tamale...they sure look good!

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