Sunday, October 7, 2012

two [really, really exciting] things.

1. I am officially, permanently in Puerto Quito for the next six months.

On my very first day back, I took my dishes to the sink to wash them -- trying to be helpful. In a horrible moment, I dropped my glass cup and it shattered into a thousand little pieces on the kitchen tile.

My family broke out laughing, and shouted ¨¡Bienvenidoes!¨ [¨Welcome!¨] . 

I think I´ll like it here.

2. I now have the opportunity to serve a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I get home from Ecuador, and I am taking full advantage of that. I´m starting my papers next week. I can hardly believe I´m saying that, let alone doing it.

Next on my Ecuadorian adventure: My Apprenticeship

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

black bean brownies

For sector specific training in the health field, my class made some health[ier] brownies & gave a charla (talk/informal presentation) about why they are better for you than regular brownies!

They taste very similar to normal brownies (I think they taste better), BUT the main ingredients in these brownies is BLACK BEANS.

Pretty legit, if I may say.


  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup white sugar [our class used panella -- less processed sugar]
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee (optional)
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips (optional) 
1.     Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease an 8x8 square baking dish.
2.     Combine the black beans, eggs, oil, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, sugar, and instant coffee in a blender; blend until smooth; pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of the mixture [pour the chocolate chips on when the brownies are almost done baking].
3.     Bake in the preheated oven until the top is dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 30 minutes.

a short glimpse into the beginning of my bridge year in ecuador.

(a short glimpse with a very long title)

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