Thursday, March 26, 2009

For Bakers and Sweet Tooths

Yesterday I had a craving for some cinnamon rolls. I had seen a few mentions on line of a certain cinnamon roll recipe that was to die for. So I tried. Oh my...

Well, I loved them, my kids were crazy about them and, here is the clincher...even Pun (who doesn't eat my desserts) was licking his fingers. I even caught him sneaking downstairs later for one more! I made a big pan and a little pan of these and we polished off the big pan in about 10 minutes. Ouch!

We ate up the little pan for breakfast this morning. I thought I should have a picture to show you but this is all I have...

Oh, and did I mention they are easy-peasy! It is a recipe for those who are afraid of making anything involving yeast. No kneading involved and it turned out to be the softest and lightest dough I have ever made. It is very simple. I did cut this recipe down to a fourth (just in case you are wondering how we put away so many cinnamon rolls!) And the frosting is made with coffee. Yummy! The great thing about making these for me is that all the ingredients are easy for me to get (except the maple flavoring, I substituted vanilla) and they are also inexpensive. I am in the process (and I think that this will take years) of learning to cook with the different ingredients and methods for food prep available here to produce the foods I love. This recipe is a keeper!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Hello again (part 2)

I meant to do all this in one post, but then my pictures messed up and it was just easier to separate it into two posts.

So, I was saying, shortly after we got home from Chaing Rai, my parents came for a visit. The kids were counting down the days until Grandma and Grandpa arrived. Having my mom here was such a help. She really took care of our family while I felt so pukey.

Helen and Daniel took some walks down our street with Grandpa.

We also spent some time painting, which was a lot of fun because Grandma and Grandpa painted! What you will do for your grandkids...

Daniel turned 4 while my parents were here. We celebrated the ususal way with cake

and presents.

Helen couldn't wait to try on Daniel's new pirate suit!

Sam really bonded well with my Dad and my Mom.

At the crocodile farm...crazy man putting his head in the croc's mouth and the kids and Mom holding a baby tiger.

Helen showing off her Northern Thai Tribal costume

We have also been hard at work trying to get more done on our house. It is amazing how much time it seems to take! Such a long list of projects I have for Pun (and me, too) to "finish" house. Our favorite phrase these days is "little by little". I will post pictures of this soon.

So I am back online. There is much to tell. I will try to be faithful and continue sharing.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Hello again

Yes, yes, I know it has been awhile. Of course, lots of things have been going on since I last wrote. The main reason I have been away so long (if you don't already know) is that I am 19 weeks pregnant. I have finally reached a point of "normalcy" in this pregnancy. It seemed to take me longer this time to get over the morning sickness and I have just been so tired. I am due late August and we are so excited to meet another new baby!

Though I have been under the weather we have still kept relatively busy. Over the new year we went with our dear friends up to the village where they have been working for years writing down the people's language and then translating the Bible book by book as well as several other cultural type books. It was, to say the least, a fascinating experience and one that endeared us to these people. Here are a few pictures:

The annual Christmas party for everyone in the village

A guest at the party

Going on a hike through rice fields

Daniel and his best buddy

Northern Thai children performing music at the market

Burmese monks at the Thai-Burmese border

And of course, a few wild life pictures. One sad little gecko who just lost his tail!

And a very large spider in the tree.
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