I'm thinking a lot about recipes today, maybe because it's my mom's birthday and she's the one who taught me how to bake. It still amazes me that you can take an egg and some sugar, some oil and some flour, then throw in a few other ingredients and some heat to make a cake! Here's one of my yummy recipes that's fresh in my mind because I made it for the judges at Region Band contest this morning:
3 cups of sifted flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups sugar
1 8-ounce can of crushed pineapple with juice
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups diced bananas
1 cup nuts (optional)
Mix dry ingredients together, then add bananas and other ingredients. Stir mixture until blended, not beaten. Bake 1 hour and 10 minutes in a Bundt pan at 350 degrees. Glaze with a powdered sugar/milk frosting if desired.
This recipe is funny to me because who really sifts flour any more? And what exacty is the difference between blended and beaten? And where's the proportions for the powdered sugar to milk ratio for the glaze?
Some recipes are like that, there's lots of room for interpretation and judgement. Is our recipe for citizenship is kind of like that, too? What makes the BEST citizen? My definition has always been that good citizens make wherever they go BETTER because they're there. Showing up, that's a given, but also bettering the event. What makes my hummingbird cake better? The pineapple? The optional nuts? Three eggs instead of two? Find out from your students what their favorite recipe is and what ingredient they think makes it better than other recipes. Then brainstorm their recipe for a good citizen, making sure they add ingredients like patriotism, volunteerism, obedience, conservation, honor, service, heroism. Which ingredient makes citizenship better? Or is it simply a combination of all of the ingredients? Is there one ingredient that seems more important, that simply cannot be missing from a good citizen recipe? Get ready for a delicious discussion.
Optional: Make this cake and randomly leave it in the teachers' lounge for a tasty treat.