Sunday, April 27, 2014

Little Peter Comes for a Visit!

One of the guards at our base brought us a baby rabbit he found while cutting grass. Amerel and Isaiah were ecstatic and quickly made him their newest little pet! They named him Little Peter (Little Pete, for short).

Little Pete wouldn't eat the solid foods they tried to give to him, so they carefully spoon-fed milk to him.

They even wiped his mouth after drinking his milk!
They groomed him with an old toothbrush...   

...and Isaiah dug tunnels in the sandbox for him to play in!

All of the kids enjoy playing with him!
 After losing him under some bushy plants in our yard, they decided to put a leash on him.
They re-introduced him to solid foods after awhile-lettuce from my garden!

I think Little Pete likes the kids as much as they like him...he fell asleep on Amerel's lap! 
Once, Little Pete even hopped over to Isaiah when he called his name!

The kids have been having lots of fun with Little Peter these past 2 weeks, but we will soon give him to one of the guards who raises rabbits in his yard.  There, I'm sure he'll meet lots of new little bunny friends and be raised among his own!



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Coming to America!

For those of you who haven't yet heard, we are coming to America next month! 

I thought it would be fun to share some of the comments from the members of our family as we've been preparing for our 3 month (end May-mid August) visit back to the U.S.  Who actually made each comment will remain anonymous!  :) 

Here goes: 
"One of the first things I'm going to do is....."
"...Order a pizza!"  "Buy some decent socks!"  "Go clothes shopping!"  "Buy some new sneakers!"  "Take a HOT shower every day!!"  "Do we have to take a shower every day?"  "Use wireless on my Kindle!"  "Eat some real corn on the cob!"

Then we heard comments like:
"I want to eat meat every day!"  "We can eat Papa's bacon and keilbasa for breakfast!" "Do you remember those sausage, egg, and cheese biscuits Uncle Charles made for us for breakfast the last time we were back? Yum!"  "I wish we could go to VBS at Uncle Joel and Aunt Kim's church like we did last time!"  "We had so much fun with Joshua and Brian at their house!"  "Remember that time when we were jumping up and down with Daniel (Farmer) on his bed? I don't know if his parents knew we were doing that!" :) "Hey, remember that guy who had a music room full of instruments in his house? I wonder if he'll let me borrow a guitar while we're back...I'm going to miss playing my guitar for 3 months!"  "Remember we ate at that policeman's house with his family? Ooohh...a policeman!"

Our last two children don't know much, if anything at all, about the stuff they will encounter in the we also heard these kinds of comments:
"What's a washing machine? A drier?"  "I wonder how Berasia is going to react to all of the noise (of cars, trucks, etc. driving by all the time)?"  "Oh, maybe Chayah will get to ride on those stairs that move by themselves!" (An escalator!) "...and ride in an elevator!"  
And finally, we heard:
"I wonder if there is anybody at CLG (our home church) who still remembers us?"  "How will we all get to CT from the airport? We'll need a mini-van for all of us to fit now!"
As you can see, we've been having lots of fun just planning our visit back to the U.S.  I'm sure it will be even more fun once we are actually there.  Hopefully, we'll get to see you there.  Please email us ( if you'd like to see us while we're in America.  We'll be in CT, MD, VA, NJ, and NY during our time back.  Maybe we'll meet up with you in one of those states! 


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Photo Blog: Garden Fresh-Homemade Piri Piri Sauce!

One of my mottos about food since we've been here in Mozambique is:  "If you WANT it, you can probably MAKE it!"  Since I love food so much, there are usually lots of things that I WANT, but can't get here.  So I've learned to make up my own recipes (or find a recipe) to make the foods that I WANT!  Here are just a few of the things that I've made from scratch these 7 years we've been here:  English muffins, granola, jam, fudge, apple sauce, caramel corn, flour and corn tortillas, corn chips, mall-type pretzels, yogurt, cream cheese (made with yogurt), cheesecake made with yogurt cheese, mozzarella, ricotta cheese, feta cheese, sourdough crackers (taste like Cheese-Its), quesadillas, veggie sausage, and all types of veggie burgers.  My latest concoction in the kitchen is homemade piri-piri sauce!  When the price of piri-piri sauce in the shops in town went up, I decided it was time to make better use of the piri-piri peppers growing in our garden outside.  I couldn't find a good recipe online for homemade piri-piri sauce that didn't involve lots of oil, so I decided to make up my own recipe...and below are some photos of the results!

I figured I'd use some of the ingredients on the last jar of store bought piri-piri sauce we had...
olive oil, salt, garlic and spices, lime juice, and piri-piri.

I used almost equal amounts of piri-piri and fresh garlic, chopped them up
(causing everyone to flee outside when their eyes started to burn!), and put them in a pot with
fresh lime juice, a bit of olive oil, some salt, and water.  After cooking and tasting, I had to add a few more ingredients
to get rid of some of the heat and add more flavor.  About 1 TBS of ketchup went in
along with some mixed herbs.

When it was thoroughly cooked, I strained the sauce into a jar and
reserved the pulp to re-use later for my next batch.

The finished product!  We've been eating from this jar for about a week now
and it's almost gone...time to make some more!