A mini end of year celebration!

A mini end of year celebration!

       

         As the school semester comes to a close (I’m in the last week!) I couldn’t help but wonder what would be a nice, low key way to celebrate the trials and triumphs of the school year with my classmates.  A few weeks ago, the idea came to mind to bake a few goodies as one final time of fellowship together as a class during our time on campus.  I’d like to think that my classmates enjoyed the surprise!  Here’s a look at our celebration.

Cooking is not really my thing, unless I’m really in the mood to cook something special or I’m really hungry.  But when I do get in the kitchen, I like to experiment and try different things.  Upon discovery of a delicious recipe for coffee banana muffins a couple of months ago, I decided to convert this recipe into one for a loaf and bake it for my classmates.  I also threw in some chocolate powder which made it all the more tasty. 

Whipping something up in the kitchen, May 3, 2015
Mashed bananas…yum!  May 3, 2015
         In addition to a yummy bread loaf, I found an oh so sweet recipe for peanut butter cookies.  I love the chef who created the recipe to death, but three major ingredients—peanut butter, sugar, and butter—what was she thinking!  I knew my classmates would kill me if I presented something to them so sweet, so I added a cup of wheat flour.  It didn’t really help the sweetness, but the were quite tasty to me!  After baking and letting the goodies cool I wrapped everything up and prayed it would taste okay.

The next morning, my classmates seemed pleasantly surprised to enjoy the sweet treats after our final Program Planning and Evaluation class.  Yes, some of my classmates did complain about the sugar and no, the black coffee did not seem to take be black enough.  Ironically, some of my classmates were complaining about the sugary cookies and cake, but asked me why I didn’t bring any sugar for the coffee!

Peanut butter cookies with toffee bits and chocolate coffee banana loaf…yummalicious if I do say so myself!  May 4, 2015
My classmates enjoying, May 4, 2015
The enjoyment continues with water, juice, hot black coffee, and local music!  May 4, 2015
Afterwards, we all came together to take a group photo.  Even one of our professors joined in the fun!  While very lovely, I wished it would have come out a little clearer.  While sending the photo to all of my classmates and my professor, I thought it would be nice to send it to one of my other professors as well.  Four days later, at the end of our Contemporary Issues in Adult Education class, my professor asked me why he wasn’t called to be in the photo!  After explaining that I went by his office twice and he wasn’t there, we decided to take another group photo.  I was very glad for the opportunity because this photo came out a lot clearer.  All in all, it was a good week of smiles and laughter for our last week of class together.

Since last September, my classmates and I have experienced several ups and downs with our graduate courses, including cancelled classes (without notice), numerous power outages (learning in the dark with no air condition), and slow internet connection (sometimes none at all).  While we’ve had some setbacks, we’ve also had some good times, too, like joking about how to pronounce the words ‘bricoleur’ and ‘bricolage’ and laughing about the workload to keep from crying.  While we’ve had some differences of opinion now and then about how to go about our group work or life in general, I’ve learned a lot from all of my classmates and I’m a much better person for meeting them, my professors, and the University of Ghana staff as a whole.

Posing with our professor after our last class together…ever…tear! May 8, 2015
        This ends this week’s posting.  In a few days, I’ll be flying the friendly skies on my way back home to beloved friends and family (yay!).  Next week I’ll discuss saying farewell to my host Rotary Club and a grueling two week exam period and finishing the year strong (currently have 5 exams down and 1 to go…can’t wait!!) Stay tuned!

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