Posted by: janetwright2guatemala | 02/13/2013

Feliz Día De Cariño y Amistad!!!

13 febrero 2013 miércoles Feliz Día De Cariño y Amistad

Fantasy costumes!

Fantasy costumes!

What fun in Chotzague yesterday!!! The schoolchildren celebrated Carnival with elaborate costumes and a dancing contest. Fantasies realized in the form of toros to butterflies to clowns.

Everyone had to be on their guard because little sneaks came upon you quickly to crack confetti-filled eggs (and occasionally real eggs followed by a dusting of flour!) on your head. I got pegged several times with “pica pica” or confetti…laughing it off as I shook it out of my hair. I took refuge in the kitchen along with my compañera, Yoanna, who came along to help me with our baking activity.

Baking Buddies!!

Baking Buddies!!

During the festivities, I also taught the 3rd graders how to make carrot cake, a favorite!! The other classes looked on longingly but this time it was a special treat for the 22 third graders who brought in their money and firewood as asked. Yohanna and I divided them into 2 groups and gave tasks of grating carrots, mixing, measuring… they each begged to help, however, there were more kids than tasks, but each received a recipe so perhaps they will surprise their parents with their skills and a treat!!

Finally, the cakes were pronounced baked to a golden perfection and each child got to enjoy their sweet treat to celebrate Carnival.

Here is a healthy pancake recipe to make for your loved one on Valentine’s Day:

Panqueques con banano y zanahoria (Carrot and Banana Pancakes)
2 c. flour
3 T white sugar
1 t baking soda
½ t cinnamon
A pinch of salt
1 c. milk
2 T vegetable oil
2 eggs
½ c. mashed bananas
½ c. grated carrots

Mash bananas in a small bowl and mix in eggs. Place dry ingredients in bowl, and then add milk, oil, egg-banana mixture, and grated carrots. Stir only until moistened. Add a little more milk as needed for a good consistency.

*Even more healthy: Substitute ½ whole wheat flour for ½ c. white flour; but you may need to add bit more milk
*Vegan recipe: Instead of the 2 eggs make a mixture of 2T ground flax seed + 6 T water, let this mixture sit for 10 minutes and then add to the recipe instead of the eggs…it adds a nice nutty taste.

Beautiful butterflies

Beautiful butterflies

Enjoy!!

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