Sunday, November 18, 2012


After a week off, we have spent the past three weeks in Brazil and South America in our worldwide travels.  During our week off, though, we headed to Whatcom Creek to see if we could see any salmon running, but unfortunately we didn't see a single one!  The kids still had lots of fun though.
 Since a huge portion of Brazil is rain forest, we spent quite a bit of time learning about that.  The kids had lots of fun drawing some of the animals that live there.
 We spent a lot of time playing futeball (soccer) since that is a huge sport there.  We also tried a few crafts, but they were not very successful this time.  We tried making straw flutes, but couldn't get any sound out of them.  Then we made yarn bowls to weave in decorations, but I think we should have used much deeper bowls because once the glue covered yarn dried and we took them off the bowl, the sides just kinda fell over. :(  But it was messy and that's what makes it fun right?

We also decorated pillowcases to make costumes for the traditional Brazilian carnival.   It is an annual party that lasts from Saturday to Tuesday in Brazil, so of course the kids thought we should have a party that long too! :)
 Our cooking lesson turned out much better!  We made brigadeiros, which are sweet little chocolate candies and they turned out delicious!  They get rolled in chocolate sprinkles, which the kids loved doing.

Here's the recipe if you are interested in trying them at your house!

3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1 Tbsp butter
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk

Combine in a medium saucepan and cook, stirring continuously, until thickened. It takes about 10 minutes and you will know it is thick enough if you drag your spoon across the bottom and the the chocolate stays parted.  Let cool and then (with buttered hands) roll into small balls. Then roll in chocolate sprinkles, chopped nuts, coconut, or any other topping you think would be tasty!  We found that these were a little firmer and easier to eat if you refrigerate them too, but if you can't wait that long, they are still very tasty eaten right away! :)

Next up is our Thanksgiving break and then we will be heading to Europe for a few weeks!


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