I don’t know exactly what it is, but this year I have done more baking thus far in the school year than I did in the whole of last year combined. This is not counting the practically endless amount of baking that I did at the school with my students from the clubs I run. Between the love of cake walks, cupcakes, and my students general love affair with baking we logged in a gargantuous number of baking hours.
Here are some examples of my baking attempts thus far:
I believe these pumpkin chocolate chip muffins were my first baking attempt of the year. The picture doesn’t show case them, but then again it hadn’t occurred to me yet to take pictures of my baking for an upcoming blog.
P.S. These are one of my favorite easy but amazingly delicious items to bake.
This is not technically a picture of something I baked, but I did make it, it is a dessert, and it was delicious. ;)
Again, technically not an example of my baking. However, the arrival of these items from Amazon has substantially increased my ability to and my desire to bake.
These red velvet cupcakes with ganache instead of frosting were so messily delicious! I enjoyed every chocolaty bite!
The scrumptious and aesthetically pleasing Before picture of my oatmeal chocolate chip tundra berry cookies.
The final product, the After picture, the taste bud tingling, culture combing cookies!
So, there you have it folks, as many of the pictures that I could find of my baking adventures. I can assure you there will be more to come, of both the baking and the adventures. Oh yeeeaaaahhhhh!
Yesterday afternoon we took the 1st through 12th graders berry picking on the tundra out towards Boulder, approximately 6 miles from the school. The weather was gorgeous, the berries delicious, and the fresh air and exercise a welcome change to working in the classroom.
We assigned each of the older students a buddy or two to teach how to pick berries, as well as to be responsible for. It was wonderful to see the older students working so well with the younger ones.
Our outing involved the help of community members, teachers, and the excited participation of the students.
These berries are known as blackberries, but they may look a little different from what some of you know as blackberries.
Cranberries tundra style. They tasted amazing in the oatmeal cookies I made.
I arrived in Wales on August 9th, the day before this group were finally able to make their swim from Russian waters to the U.S. shore. I had been in communication with them towards the end of my summer break, and was trying to help them coordinate a ceremony of sorts in which they would grace the school and the community with medals and a plaque commemorating their big swim. They have been planning this for quite awhile, and I had met some of the members of the team on their initial scouting visit. I did not think there was much of a chance that I would get to be there for their arrival, and in fact was sad to tell them that none of the teachers or administrative staff would be there at the time the swimmers were expecting to arrive. It turns out they were majorly delayed, I believe it was something like two weeks, and so I was blessed to be able to greet my friends and all of their swimmer friends. They are impressive in that oh-my-goodness-these-people-are-insane-but-so-so-cool.
I often find myself impressed by the fascinating, adventurous people that make their way to this part of the world, yet at the same time it only confirms for me that I am just not that cool. However, I can appreciate and admire their passion and drive, and am grateful that the world has such fascinating people in it.
I’ve been back in Alaska for approximately a month now… and yes, I am just now posting about the beginning of the school year (hang my head in shame). To be fair to myself, since I tend to be my toughest critic, the actual school year with the students has only been in session for the past 2 and a half weeks. I don’t know why that makes my lack of blogging any more acceptable…but it’s all I’ve got as far as excuses go. As usual I wish I had , blogged/journaled/done-something-anything-I-should-have-done sooner, especially since some really cool things have happened since I’ve been back. Sooooo, I’ll be playing catch up over the next few days (I hope) or possibly weeks (I hope not) on here. I could just say forget it and start from this point, but I really think that the earlier events are worthy of their own place in the sun…plus it’s just not in my personality to do things the logical or easy way.
The weather has been gorgeous this weekend, which makes up for the week of steady rain and wind.