Family

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My brother and his wife dancing to one of their songs.

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Game time.

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When your little sister is a chef and she decides to grace us with her amazing skills! It’s only natural to take as many pictures as possible of her creativity and work.

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There is no place like home. I love my family.

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Parents, siblings, cousins and friends.Coming home for Christmas was the best gift my friend could have given me. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and may you have a great entry to the new year.

Beginners Luck?

Peach Tart

Peach Tart

I made my first tart yesterday, I was so proud of the result I just had to show you 😀 I am a BIG fan of Masterchef Australia and after watching one episode on how to make a raspberry tart, I decided to try it out. Berries are far too expensive in my world so I replaced them with peaches. If you are into cooking, this is a delicious and easy dessert to make, all you need to do is: make and bake the sweet short pastry and then make creme patisserie which is the filling and then top it up with the fruit of your choice 🙂

Have a FANTABULOUS week friend 🙂

Feast your eyes

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

W.B YEATS.

We all have dreams, some we confidently share with those around us and others we keep close to our hearts for fear of being ridiculed or made fun of. One of my dreams for the past 4 years is having a home were I can  have all types of ridiculously fun dinner parties 🙂  I find great pleasure in forming friendships and strengthening those bonds by the simple act of sharing a meal. I have said this before, my life is often very uncertain, sometimes I can only make plans a week at a time. Often it is difficult to hold on to hope and believe that a simple dream such as practicing hospitality in a place I can call my own is even remotely possible but the fighter in me just doesn’t let go of hope … how about you friend, what simple or extravagant dreams have you discarded? Maybe the time has not yet come for you to give up on them.

Food glorious food.

Just in case the collage starts giving you the wrong ideas :p, let me set the record straight, I made 3 of the items above. I am not an amazing chef, my younger sister most definitely takes that title but I do enjoy cooking a lot!

Home again!

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We got home on the 2nd of June at 7:30 AM. For the final stretch, my father and I started driving from Saturday at 1:30 PM and continued right through the night until early Sunday morning with only 15-20 mins breaks along the way. What should have taken 3 days ended up being 6 days of travel because of the breakdowns we had(sooo annoying!). I can finally say, ” I am an experienced cross-country driver :D”

Sunrise, Kitwe Zambia.

Sunrise, Kitwe Zambia.

Now, I believe you are expecting pictures of how driving through Botswana, Congo and South Africa went…well, plans changed 😦 The day we entered Zambia fuel prices increased to almost $2 per litre!!! That pretty much put a dent on my parents budget and as we were getting ready to come back they decided to take the same route we had used coming to Zambia to cut down costs(we still covered 6000 kms in total). I was very disappointed but their reasoning was fair, so friend, there is always next time 🙂 Meanwhile let me share with you for the last time some of what I saw on this trip.

market by the road side.

market by the road side.

Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables are sold along the roads. There is something to be said about rural living, I don’t know about other places but at least in Africa you are sure to get fresh produce free from strange chemical sprays!

watermelons anyone ?

watermelons anyone ?

Of all the pictures I took this one below is one of my favorites. I wish the picture could convey the tranquility that was at this spot. Most of the pictures I took were taken as my dad was driving but on this one, he stopped and allowed me to take it. You can’t see clearly but it was a group of mothers and daughters doing laundry, well at least the moms were washing because the little girls were busy playing by the bank. It  almost felt like  I could have walked past this same river 200 years ago and I would have seen the same scene. Sapphire sky, birds chirping, girls laughing and the gentle sound of a river flowing by.

laundry day.

laundry day.

Traveling in the north of Mozambique, we drove by a small area that was demarcated with lots of danger signs because it had landmines. What was most concerning was that this area was right next to the road and close to a village like the one below. Mozambique suffered a 16 year civil war that ended in 1993 but 2o years later its people are still haunted by it. As I drove past, I couldn’t help but thank God that in all the times I had gone off for a toilet break, I had not accidentally stepped on a landmine…something thats not unheard of because my father once picked up a man who had stepped on a landmine and had lost much of his leg. All that was left of his leg as my father rushed him to the nearest hospital was bare bone. It always amazes me how much pain the human spirit can endure!

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A little of this and that:

1Hand made baskets and hat for sale. Fresh unprocessed honey being sold along the road. Sweet potatoes being sold by the kilos. Whilst in North Western Zambia we traveled for about 50 km surrounded by butterflies, the front of our car was covered with them by the time we reached our destination…pretty 🙂

I am not one for adding lots of personal pictures on my blog but once in a while I make exceptions :D, I had a wonderful time meeting up with family that I only get to see every 4-5 years. Below is the last night my sister and I spent with my dads youngest brother and his wife. He is our FAVORITE uncle and I already miss them both so much.

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Goodnight friend, my allergies have got the best of me tonight, can’t stop sneezing, best I drink some tea and head for bed 🙂

 

 

my everyday

There are 10 different types of fruit in the picture above, can you name them all? 🙂

I usually get my moments peace up on the roof where I do the laundry, and this is my view:

I live in a small village in a valley and you guessed right,those mountains that you see are the Andes. From the roof of my house you can see that we are pretty much surrounded by them. I love that I get to see them everyday. On Saturday, my day off I hang out with friends.

I love baking and cooking so its always a treat when we decide to make something together 🙂 My Canadian friend introduced me to an all time favourite American cook book called, “Betty Crocker.” I must say, its pretty legit!

At the end of the day looking after them is my first and most important responcibility!

Anita and her rice farm

Anita is 17, she is the oldest of the 5 children I am looking after. Unlike the other 4 who come from abusive backgrounds she has lived at the orphanage for the past 3 years because she lost her left leg to TB and living on a farm became moredifficult for her. Last week my friends and I went to visit her family’s rice farm. I was happy to tag along because it would give me a chance to see what life on a rice farm is like(FYI I live in a village where most people are rice farmers)

Anitas’ family and extended family live very close to one another, all are rice farmers. My favorite person in her family is her abuela(grandma in spanish and pronounced ah.bwe.yah) The picture above has Anita with her older sister, her mother and two grandmas.

Abuela is 78 years old,  she is less than 5 ft tall, almost blind but that doesn’t get in her way at all! The woman enjoys working on her rice farm and when she can, taking 2 hour bus ride(she has to make 2 connections) to come visit her granddaughter 🙂 I enjoy hearing her speak cause she has no problem speaking  her mind and bossing people around, it so funny.LOL. Her favorite phrase for everything  is “Gloria Dios” (Glory to God) Abuela will not say more than three phrases without muttering or shouting “Gloria Dios”  with her hands outstretched 🙂 She is the glue of the family and a great woman of faith!I have not been in Peru long but I think its safe to say they are a warm and hard-working people!

Before we left,  we were treated to simple but tasty lunch of rice and chicken.  Both the rice and chicken where from Anitas parents farm. It was cool to see her mom roast the chicken in a pot over a fire, looking at it after it was done, you would think it was cooked on a rotisserie.

There is a Proverb in the bible that goes: Better a dry crust in peace than a house filled with feasting and conflict.

Sure, Anitas’ family don’t have much and have to work very hard just to have their basic needs covered BUT from what I saw and what I have heard from others, they love each other and look out for each others needs. A family like that can face any of life’s challenges together and be better for it.