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Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

World Geography and Culture: The Americas: Bolivia

This week we learned about Bolivia. We colored maps, noting that Bolivia is next to Brazil, which we studied last week. 
We looked at a relief map and noted the mountains through Bolivia.

"As the airplane passed over the snowy peaks, in the half-light of dusk, they seemed only a few hundred feet below us; beyond them La Paz came into view,  a bowl of lights sunk in the dark expanse of the altoplano. We descended through shafts of lightning from an electrical storm to a runway 12,000 feet above sea-level. The air is cold and thin at this altitude. The effort of carrying my bags up to the third floor hotel room was exhausting and my sleep full of nightmares. "- World Food Cafe
Bolivian Flag
We also ate a Bolivian stew, which I adapted slightly so that I could cook it in a crockpot. We enjoyed it and plan to add to our regular menu, so I thought I would share my adaption with you.

Bolivian Corn Stew
(adapted from the recipe at World Food Cafe by Chris and Carolyn Caldicott)

3 carrots, peeled and diced
3 Potatoes, peeled and diced
4 Tab olive oil
2 Onions, Chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeño, finely chopped
1 can petite diced tomatoes
1 Tab sweet paprika
1 1/2 tea turmeric
leaves from 1 handful fresh oregano, Chopped
handful of parsley sprigs, Chopped
1 bag fresh Spinach or Spinach and baby kale mix, Chopped
4 ears fresh corn, cut into 1 inch rounds
2 cups Vegetable stock
salt and pepper to taste
handful of cilantro leaves, Chopped, for garnish

Put everything in a large pot or slow cooker and simmer until vegetables are soft; about 4 hours on high in the crock-pot.
Serve garnished with the chopped cilantro and accompanied by crusty bread and a leafy green salad.


  1. That stew sounds delicious! (Bolivia would be a great country to "spend a year in"). So many countries, so little time!

  2. The meal looks yummy! I need to do more geography things with my kids I have been very lax this year on this subject.

  3. I am intrigued by the stew. It sounds delicious.

  4. It certainly sounds interesting.


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