Monday, October 26, 2009

Feeding The Goat Boys

Last week I returned from Mexico.  I didn't go on a "vacation",  I went with a group to work for a week.  Through an organization called, Homes Of Hope, we purchased the supplies to build and furnish a very small house for a needy family.  Now Ensenada is full of "needy" people, but this family had to have purchased their small plot of land, so they have some type of income, it is just very low.  We built their house in 3 days.  The 4th day we went to an orphanage to clean and do some repairs.  On our final work day, we went to a mission and half of our group built a storage unit for a water tank and the rest of us fed the children.  These adorable boys came for a meal and then they showed me their home....and their goats.

I made the oatmeal water which they had with their meal.  It is a treat for them.  It is oatmeal and water that I put through the blender and then some milk was added (very little)  then a small amount of sugar and some vanilla went into it.  It was very tasty.  They were also served beans and rice and a little shredded beef.....which was much spicier than I would make it.  :)

Many of the homes in this area looked similar to this one.

But some, like this house, are made out of cardboard pieces.  We wished we could go back and build a house with a cement floor and wooden walls (with windows and a door) for these people.....but unless you own the small piece of land you are living on, you don't qualify for a Homes Of Hope house.

I wonder if anyone went to feed the children this week?

Friday, October 23, 2009

I Have A Sickness....And I DON"T Want Help!

Click on photo to learn more about my sickness...... This needs to get finished while I am still decorating for Fall. :)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Looking For Sunny Skies

This morning we woke up to the fog rolling along the lake.....when it lifted, you could see the trees reflected in the calm water. Tonight the wind is howling and it is snowing! I guess tomorrow will be a good day to head to Mexico! :)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Bread Blessings

After weeks of attempting to make this simple, no knead, bread.....and having it turn out poor.....I am now successfully feeding my family this...... thanks to this awesome find......
New in the box at the Goodwill for $6.99!!! What a blessing!

Monday, October 5, 2009

"Corn-y" Regifting

Have you ever been given a gift and your first thought was...."What will I ever do with that?" Last summer my mom and oldest daughter went to some local garage sales together. My mom came home with this corn dish for me and a huge leaf platter for my twin sister. Now, I really can appreciate the painting done by someone in a ceramic class a few years back....but really....I have no great attachment to this corn dish. I suggested to mom that maybe she should take this unique gift back home to my younger sister.....(I wouldn't want her to feel left out you know!) Well, I "displayed" the corn dish until I tucked it away with my fall decorations....only to rediscover it last month. Now....being the caring sister that I am....I thought of my poor younger sister who missed out on mom's garage sale finds last in honor of her birthday, I sent it to her this past weekend. :) But I got up early and made up a batch of my oven caramel corn.....
and filled the corn dish with fresh, yummy corn....because I wanted my sister to enjoy one part of the gift!