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Friday, October 3, 2014

Ostrich Egg for Lunch

 While Paul was speaking/drawing in Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world, we bought a full ostrich egg to bring home to share with the rest of the family.  First we had to drill a little hole. 
 Then we had to goof off a bit with fake mustaches and lips.  Nathanael was a little puzzled about his blue mustache.  We watched while James drilled a bigger hole, and then....
 Josh blew it out withe a straw.  Next thing you know, we had....
 ostrich egg quiche!  We got 8 little one, with cheese, and
 two large ones, with spinach and cheese, and still had enough egg left over for scrambled eggs for breakfast!  Wow!  One ostrich egg is supposed to be about 24 chicken eggs. 
 There were Sunny-side Up "Ostrich Eggs" for Dessert.  Daniel was uncertain about this at first. 
 When he discovered what they're made of, though, he tucked right in! 
Don't they look like real eggs?   We want to serve them to everyone now.  We did add a little fructose to the yoghurt as it was without any sweetener.

                 This is some good merry-heart medicine for anyone who needs it. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


11 Years ago today Cherish Faith Young arrived to delight her whole family, and all the friends of the family.  She was  most beloved little person.  I hope everyone enjoys just seeing her sweet face again. 

Not too happy about something, but still adorable. 

A little person in a crowd of bigger people-at Josh's 5th birthday. 

CD hair ornaments, Cherish made us all laugh.  Her cousin Gloria loved her. 

We're thankful for our little cutie.  She's having a great day in Heaven.  We're missing her, but love the happy memories.

It's amazing to me how great of an influence her short life had. 

She, being dead, yet speaketh! 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tasty Travel Tidbits

 I get questions occasionally about what we eat when we're traveling so much.  We have been gone from home for 9 and a half weeks right now.  I guess my 3 guiding principles would be
  1. Simplicity
  2. Economy
  3. Adaptability--making do with what we've got. 
 An example of adaptability in the kichen is above.  See that thing that looks like an egg carton with dishes on it?  That is a dish drainer in disguise, or you could say an upcycled egg carton.   The one leaning on the wall is in reserve, since these things don't last very long.  They get soggy.

And those 3 principles are along with the usual concerns for healthy and delicious.  

 Another example of making do, is using that messy can of chili as a rolling pin to make tortillas.  I'm on a mission to make the perfect tortilla, thwarted in part by my desire to use whole wheat flour.  At the moment our accommodation has electric fry pans so I've tried 2 recipes, and we like 'em, but they're not any where near perfect yet. 
 Recently we've started carrying our own spices around, (those green things are Tupperware salt and pepper shakers) mostly at Paul's initiative.  They are garlic, cayenne pepper, salt, and cinnamon.  Garlic may not be just a spice.  Paul eats it raw, more like an ordinary vegetable, and he's killing every germ around.  We also carry fructose to substitute for sugar. 
 When we don't have anything else to cook in, we use the electric tea kettle to boil eggs for breakfast.  My husband doesn't think it's breakfast if there's no eggs.  He has hypoglycemia and depends on a high protein diet to keep feeling good. 
 Occasionally we have to eat a cat fresh from the fridge.  They are best when very fresh.  :-)   OK, I'm just kidding.  We made friends with this cutie who we nicknamed Ricebowl because he was a like a rice Christian, just friends for the food he could get out of us.  But we enjoyed his curiosity.  He had to know what was in the little fridge.  "So...

"So whether therefore ye eat or drink, do all to the glory of God."
1 Corinthians 10:31

"Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?"Matthew 6:25.

I don't know too many people who travel as much as we do, but I'd love to hear others' ideas for eating on the trot around the globe. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Stop for Stop Motion

Josh has produced another stop motion video, with a little help from Evangel's Apple and Tim's nice bass voice.
You can see it at    and it's less than a
minute long, but has a very earth-friendly message.  We'd love to hear what you think, unless it's not nice, then you can just keep it to yourself. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Personal Solar Ovens

 I saw this on Pinterest and we had  to try it.  We are past the ages when my cute little homeschoolers would gather at the table, awed by the craft items their mom would dream up.  Now that they're teens, they do their own projects mostly, but we had a little flash back here.  I bought the Pringles and they dutifully ate them.  And they each had a can to chop and poke and tape. 
 A mere 3 hours of hot Karoo sun later, we were munching! 
Now if I only knew how to make those cool plant holders...  Anybody have any ideas? 

"From the rising of the sun, unto the going down of the same, the Lord's name is to be praised!"
Psalm 133:3

To the South!

 Sounds like a Civil War battle cry, "To the South!" but that's the beautiful South African flag waving.  We zipped down to the southern-most tip of Africa yesterday after church. 
 Cape Town is pretty southern-most too, but Cape Agulhas sticks out a bit.  Enticing weather called us out of the car and into the scenery.  I love the board walks. 
 Cape Agulhas has been on my bucket list for years, but I' afraid it's not off yet.  We already want to go back again. 
 The lighthouse was climbable, and had a museum full of fascinating factoids. 
 At the very tip there is a monument...
 which you can read if you zoom.  It points left to the Indian Ocean, right to the Atlantic.  There was another sign telling of all the ship wrecks that happen just off this coast, in centuries gone by, and still happening in this century.  It's not called the Cape of Storms for nothing. 
 A glorious day, with a high climb ahead.
 Though looking at the poster above Josh's head, the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse is sort of small by comparison.  It's the red one as it compares with other lighthouses around the world. 
 But it doesn't feel small when you're climbing the 4 long, steep ladders to get up there!  I found it quite scary. 

Notice how there are no pictures of Tim at the top.  He is there in this one, in the little car furthest to the left.  He avoids heights all he can, and he has my sympathy.  I got trembly at the top of this one. 

On the way home, we did a good deed for mankind, having killed about a million bugs on the front of the car.  Nastiness.  But also fun to show Americans how we still get gas attendants who will clean the car windshield.  One of the little luxuries of Africa that we don't have in the States.

So we went to the end of the earth. God looks to the ends of the earth, and sees under the whole heaven (Job 28:24)  That's either comforting or scary, depending on how we're doing in His eyes.

Psalm 48:10  "According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth, thy right hand is full of righteousness."

Anyone want to go more south than this?  I wonder if ANY missionaries have ever gone to Antarctica.  Anybody know? 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Snow and palm trees

It seems rare to me to have palm trees and snow covered mountains in the same picture, but this is what is outside our window right now.  

"Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations, Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hast formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God!"

Mountains and palm trees will do that to you.
They did it to Moses, and they do it to me!
Psalm 90:1-2