After the tour they served up delicious, rich hot chocolate and we left the place wearing chocolate moustaches. We also purchased plenty of chocolates to keep us happy for several weeks. We will remember this tour for a long time… how can we not?! We will never look at our standard chocolate bar the same way again.
This is part of Real Food Wednesday hosted this week @ Cheeseslave.
Hope you enjoyed the tour! You can look at more pictures here.
Kelly Parr says
Marillyn & David!
Well done… you make a great team!
Fresh Local and Best says
What an intriguing adventure! I love how close you guys got to the chocolate making process.
Hi, i just found your blog through kitchen stewardship…and i’m intrigued! not only am i interested in cooking and eating real food, but i also grew up in central america. my parents are missionaries in el salvador, and i was born there and lived there til i was twenty and got married. so i love seeing your pictures and reading the stories…it almost looks like home. i’ve been to costa rica and honduras more times than i remember. it’ll be fun visiting your blog! God bless you as you serve Him in Central America!
Me again…:) I almost forgot…the other thing that interests me about you and your blog is because i spent a couple months in belize (before i was married) at a home/school for deaf children. i was helping with domestics while learning asl. i haven’t found the opportunity yet to use it where i’m at, so i’m afraid i have lost most of it. but i have many friends who are deaf because of that experience in Belize, even though i have not seen them for years!
JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says
Wow! What a super awesome adventure!
Brittney Harmon says
Love the pictures! kind of a funny question but is that and ergo that you are carrying the babe in? If so I’ve never seen that particular one… did you cover it with another material or something?
Sounds like a lot of fun Mare! I want to eat all that yummy goodness!
Karen, was the deaf home/school you were at run by Mennonites in Spanish Outlook?
Alison @ Hospitality Haven says
I’m glad I found your blog through Kitchen Stewardship! 🙂
The DeL Sisters says
Oh! Your making us so jealous, thanks for the comment on the almond joy smoothie, we realized that we had not put in any almonds! The flavor of the smoothie with the chocolate just reminded us of almond joy. We changed the name to coconut chocolate.We thought you could put in some almond milk and have your almond joy fix!
Divina Pe says
What a great adventure. Thanks Mr. Beard for the write up. These are real chocolate that I want to taste one day.
Marillyn Beard says
Kelly – Thanks!!!
Fresh Local & Best – Thank you!
Karen – Thanks so much for stopping by! I am interested in knowing more about your upbringing in Central America. That is so awesome that you were a MK and lived all your life in El Salvador. Did you enjoy it?
Please tell me more about the deaf home/school in Belize. We will be close by that I would love to visit! Are they still there?
Jenn – THANKS!
Brittney – The carrier is called an Action Baby Carrier. It’s very much like the Ergo with a few exceptions. I am doing a review and giveaway on it… so keep your eyes on the blog! I LOVE LOVE their fabric choices! Wish Ergo had similar kinds.
Katie – Thank you! I know you would love the tour! How did you know about the deaf school?
Alison – Glad to have you here!
DeL Sisters – LOL!!! I think your smoothie sounds heavenly… I would simply add some chopped almonds and you will totally have your Almond Joy!!
Divina – Thank you! I do hope you will try some chocolates like these some day! I think you will :o)
Mare we have two students from Chiapus that were brought to us by a some Menonites. They brought a pamphlet from the deaf home/school. I looked the school up on the internet a couple months ago but I don’t remember it’s name. The only draw back was that they have some students from Guatemala and Guat. has it’s own sign language. right now I beleive they are being taught asl. So the kids are given a language and taught about jesus but when they go home the kids can’t comunicate with other guat. deaf. that’s why we officaly switched from asl to msl here.
Marillyn Beard says
Katie – If you can find the information and send it to me that would be awesome. I remember talking about moving 100% over to MSL when we are there. I’m sure it was a hard transition, but it will be very fruitful. How are you doing with the MSL?
The deaf institute where I lived at for two months was Cayo Deaf Institute. Yes, Katie, it is run by Mennonites from Spanish Lookout. I wonder if your two students that they brought over used to live at CDI (Cayo Deaf Institute).
The school has changed a lot since I left almost six years ago, and all the management has changed. I don’t know many of the people that work there anymore. I do know there are a lot of the same children there though. I have looked up CDI on the internet, but haven’t found much other than news articles. I thought they had a website, but last time I searched, I couldn’t find it. If you need info on how to find it and how to contact them, I can call one of my friends who married one of the directors. Although they are no longer involved with CDI, I’m sure they would have the contact info. Or maybe Katie has what you need. Let me know.
I loved growing up in El Salvador! It was home! 🙂 I love the food, the people, the culture, the language, the trees and flowers, the warm weather, the volcanos, etc. I tend to look back with much nostalgia. But I don’t desire to live there again. I feel a safety in the U.S. that I never did there. I don’t miss feeling fear. I certainly stuck out down there, being a white girl. We often had armed robberies in our home, including four in seven months time when I was four years old. My dad was kidnapped overnight when I was eight. (My mom wrote a book about that–Deliver the Ransom Alone.) And once there was a threat to kidnap me, my brother or my dad. So stuff like that I do not miss! But I do miss my family and my friends!
Thank you for asking. I’m sorry this got so long-winded!
Mare, MSL is going good. The transition is going well. It wasn’t really that hard, since we have been having classes once or twice a week since you and Jon were here. Our biggest problem now is that there aren’t more fluent signers here so our language is sort of at a stand still. Alisha and I hung out with Lonnie, Michelle, Carlos and all their kids today. It was great to see them all. We learned a few new signs to incorporate too! Did you ever get to meet any Deaf in CR and learn a little CR sign? The girls are all doing good and still talk about you.
Karen, our kids weren’t going to CDI. But when the two couples visited us and brought Jamie and Esmeralda they brought a flyer for the school. It’s always cool to hear about other christian deaf schools. If you’re ever in San Diego and want to visit our school we’re just an hour or so south of the boarder.ranchosordomudo.org Here’s the website for CDI,
I wish I could visit!
I am so jealous that you guys got to have some real authentic chocolate! I adore good chocolate too. That must have been amazing 🙂