Food!

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Since this sit is also for allergy free eating I thought I would share some of my favorite  recipes and a meal I had recently that might gross a few of you out. Here are the recipes:

Vanilla Belgium Waffles

( I have had more then one person tell me that these are the best waffles they have ever had)

1 1/4 cup all purpose flour; here I use equal amounts of quinoa, brown rice and yucca in the US I used equal amounts of brown rice, tapioca and Sorghum.

1/2 t baking soda

1/2 t salt

1 t cinnamon

3 T olive oil

2 eggs

1 T date sugar/honey/agave

1 t vanilla

1 cup milk of choice ( I use rice or coconut)

Mix the wet ingredients, mix the dry ingredients, mix the two together and enjoy! Makes 6-8

This next recipe is also very good and most people would never guess what the main ingredient is!

Avocado Chocolate Pudding

2 ripe avocados

3 T unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 Cup agave/ honey

1 T coconut oil

1 t vanilla

1/2 t cinnamon

1/8 t salt

1/4 Cup rice milk

Blend until smooth and eat it up yum!

Now for the meal that may gross some of you out…. when you buy a food item in the market the seller will give you what they call a “yapa” which essentially is a little bit more then what you asked for and you don’t have to pay for it. Once a month we go buy meat for the home and this time the “yapa” was a lot of chicken feet and gizzards. And what do they make with said parts you ask? well soup of course! It’s called Soupa de Pato (Foot Soup). Being that I am adventurous when it comes to food ( as much as I can be with my diet) I decided to make Soupa de Pato. And it was pretty good! I liked the gizzards and the feet were pretty good too but not my favorite. If I had a choice I would most likely pass but they were most defiantly eatable. For some reason with the chicken feet it was my mind that made it hard, maybe because I had 5 chickens who knows! Well hope this didn’t gross too many of you out and happy eating!!

I know you all are dying to try this!

Nora’s Quinceanera

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For those of you wondering what a quinceanera is it’s a girls 15th birthday party. In Latin culture this birthday is  a coming of age, and the party is second only to her wedding. The ones we have here aren’t nearly as fancy as some but we are limited in our funds. But it really is like a wedding Nora went and picked out a dress and shoes. There was a three tiered cake all the layers being a different flavor.  It was decorated with fresh roses and frosting, Some of the other girls got all dressed up to and proceeded Nora in entering the room. Nora was then escorted in by Ryan with a bouquet of roses in her arms and special music playing.  They danced to a song and then she sat down at her own special table behind her cake. The floor was then open to anyone who wanted to say something and quite a few people did. Next was cutting and serving the cake and then the best part we danced and danced and danced! This really wore Ryan and I out, we are not used to living at 8,500 ft elevation and thus tire quickly. But it was so fun and so worth all the exhaustion!

Our First Week ( plus a little)

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I must say this week has been full! The day after we got here was shopping day ( Thursday). we go to the Cancha with the house moms one of the girls. La Cancha literally means ” The Field”  it is a HUGE open air market, the largest in SA actually. You can pretty much find anything among the maze of venders. The hard part for me is not getting lost, which is easy if you don’t know your way around. I will get it but it will take a bit. You may think ok yeah grocery shopping most likely will take about an hour WRONG! I would say at least four, mostly just because of all the walking you have to do to get to different sections. Once you are in the right section then you have to find exactly what you want and then bargain for the price. A lot of missionaries here are afraid of the Cancha due to being told it’s unsafe, I beg to differ. But because of this lack of whites bringing a blonde haired, blue eyed BABY with you is quite the spectacle!!

 

Carson tried his first Chicolate as well and LOVED IT! A Chicolate is chocolate milk in a bag,( most liquids come in bags here) Ryan poured it from the bag into his bottle and Carson drank away! The girls of course ADORE Carson, he is manhandled everytime we go outside. For the most part he does fine unless he is tired.

Of course there has been lots of unpacking, organizing and ( like I mentioned in my last post) pump fixing. On Saturday my Mother in Law ( here for another week) Jade ( another volunteer from Britain) 5 of the girls and I went to help with the baby washing. In  this ministry women who don’t have regular water bring their babies and young children and we bathe them and give then clothes. It was a little stressful  because I didn’t know how it worked and we have to wash kinda fast cuz there is such a long line! But it was really great and I”m looking forward to this every saturday!

Just a few more things I will be done I promise…

We got a little orange kitten and named him Pringles, he is a lot of fun. We celebrated 3 girls birthdays that was REALLY fun. When you have 30 of them their are  a lot of birthday parties! But the best part of the week was the 5 baptisms that happened today! We rented a local pool, Ryan explained what baptism is and means ( he did a GREAT job) and then baptized the girls one by one. After each we sang ” I have decided to follow Jesus” It was SO GREAT  to witness this!

Other then that we are brushing up on our spanish, hanging out with the girls,seeing people we knew from before and being flexible. This culture demands flexibility, there are ALWAYS interruptions, and things always take longer then you think they will. Well I think thats about all, I’m sure I’m forgetting things but oh well. Thanks for reading!

Getting Here

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Well we made it! Since you are all just dying to know all the details I will share them! We got to Portland with plenty of time to spare but the security line was very long. We get through finally and Ryan and two of our bags get pulled aside to be more thoroughly searched. This guy was taking every item out and painstakingly swabbing it then putting the swab in the scanner. He finally finished with the back pack and then moved on to Carson’s diaper bag. He even made us open the SEALED baby food to check the contents on the inside! I mean really! Anyway Linda had to intervene finally cuz our flight was boarding! So we make it to Phoenix but had to go outside the airport to go to another terminal thus having to go through security again and again the pulled our bags aside. At least they were faster but we still were the last ones on our flight. We stayed on the same plane in Chicago so that was easy. We finally make it to Miami but our flight was delayed b/c of weather so we had to HUSSEL to make our flight to La Paz. We get to LaPaz and they wont take Ryan’s visa, it took them forever to finally decide what to do with him. He now has a tourist visa. Which will cause some issues. Then we find out our bags didn’t make it cuz of the flight delay.  We  then had to describe every bag to them and what was in it so they can identify them. Next came all the costoms/ security/ check in to our next flight so by the time we made it to the waiting area it was 5 mins before we boarded. I have never gone a trip with so little layovers as this one. Carson was a ROCKSTAR!! The only flight he was fussy on was the one from Chicago to Miami. I KNOW that was b/c of all the people praying THANK YOU! Anyway I’m SO happy to be here, it almost feels like coming home! oh and we had no water when we arrived due to a “exploded” water tank which took  6 days to fix! Welcome to Bolivia!

Carson loved to look out the window!

Carson had his own seat the whole way, it was SO nice!