There are so many exciting things happening with the BrightStone Products! We have new packaging for the dip mixes already available and new packaging for our teas and drink mixes in the works. We can't wait for all the new packaging to be in place!
We're also excited about some new equipment and licensing that BrightStone was able to purchase through a grant by Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation. BrightStone now has a license to put barcodes on our products and a new Square setup that includes a scanner to use with those barcodes. This will make it more convenient for our retailers who carry our products as well as in our own store and events and shows where we sell the products.
In addition to providing valuable job training, producing these products give our students the opportunity to contribute to something they are enormously proud to have made. Thank you to MTEMC and all the staff and designers who have worked to take our students' products to the next level and making it easier than ever for everyone to support BrightStone through the purchase of these products!
Jennifer is a busy lady! She works part time at Kroger, enjoys going to movies, and bowling. She attends concerts and Titans games in her leisure time AND comes to BrightStone. She has a great sense of humor and contagious laugh. She enjoys making fudge in Consumables and practicing for the Christmas Program in music class. She's an all around great gal and we love having her at BrightStone. Congratulations, Jennifer!
Kate is a real team player! She works very hard and constantly strives for excellence. She also has the gift of a servant's heart and is always concerned about her co-workers. Kate enjoys bowling on Fridays and helping to serve at lunch. She always wears her favorite orange shirt in support of the UT Vols and loves cheering them on. Kate is well loved at BrightStone and is rarely seen without a smile. Way to go, Kate!
Tomatoes from the BrightStone garden
4 cups flour
2 tsp vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp sugar
2 cups butter
You can also use your
own crust recipe or
purchase pre-made crust
2 lbs tomatoes
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup shredded sharp white cheddar
1/4 cup shredded parmesan
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
5 slices thick-cut bacon, fried and crumbled
10 basil leaves
few thyme springs
handful of cherry tomatoes
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Slice larger tomatoes about 1/4 inch thick. Place on paper towels to absorb moisture. Sit for 10 minutes, flip over on fresh towels and sprinkle with salt. Sit 10 more minutes.
Combine mayo. cheddar, and parmesan. Arrange a layer of tomatoes in the bottom of pie crust, sprinkle with pepper, half the bacon, half the basil and half the mayo/cheese mixture. Repeat steps, ending with a final layer of sliced tomatoes. Scatter cherry tomatoes where they will fit and scatter thyme leaves on top.
Bake 30-45 minutes if crust gets too brown, place foil around edges.
Bobby is a quiet guy who seems to enjoy everything at BrightStone. He always does a good job in the Christmas program and has danced and played hand bells in years past. He is a hard worker and is always willing to participate in whatever activity or work area he is involved. His favorite BrightStone product is blondies and he enjoys working in the Packaging work area. He loves music class and bowling on Fridays. Congratulations, Bobby!
Kelly is a real people person and enjoys interacting with her BrightStone friends and staff. She loves coming to BrightStone and the bus driver is usually her favorite person because she knows he brings her to her favorite place. Her sweet spirit and friendly nature make her a favorite with her friends. While at BrightStone, she enjoys making platters in Ceramics, working on the computers in Learning Lab and helping Alexa in the kitchen. Way to go, Kelly!