Thursday, December 27, 2012

And Our Family Grows....

We have decided to add to our family.
 Perhaps not in the conventional sense but in the sense that works for our family.
As I have not been doing the Christmas present thing on my side of the family I figured this was a way I could give without more materialistic items being bought.
So Mom and Dad meet your new grand-daughter.
 K, P and A - meet your new niece.
C, R, T, A and D meet your new cousin.
I hope you all understand and appreciate why I have chosen to do this.
This is a way we can help others.
And we can expand our ever growing family.
I now present our sponsor daughter - Eddah

PK has said he wants to paint more cards to help pay for his new sister - so sweet.
So if anyone needs cards for anything you know who to call.
If anyone wants to contribute to her upbringing just let me know.
Also an update on Ayyumen.
He is doing great. Goes to school now.
Loves football (our soccer).
I have a couple letters and some drawings at the house if anyone wants to see them.
That's it for now.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Newest Kiva Loans

Amazing how fast the repayments can come in.

We are now able to start a new loan from the repayments

So here she is

Ayisha is married and has four children. All go to school except the youngest who is three months old. She usually sells shirts for men and skirts for ladies. She has spent six years in the business. With the loan, she wants to add more shirts and skirts to sell.
PK painted the cards for Papa's Christmas concert. With the money he was paid for doing the cards we were able to fund a new loan.
Abraham is a carpenter in Mombasa. He has been in this business for the last nine years and he is doing great. He is requesting a second loan to purchase timber for making more furniture. He hopes to use the anticipated profit to repay his loan, after successfully repaying the first loan. He hopes to own a bigger workshop in the future.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Rum Balls

MMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmm.......... yummy !!!!!

1 cup icing sugar
1 cup ground almonds
9 Tbsp cocoa
3 Tbsp melted margarine
1/3 cup rum (I used Captain Morgan's Spiced)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate sprinkles

mixing icing sugar through vanilla extract.
chill about 15 minutes or firm enough to roll
roll by the heaping tsp into balls and roll in spinkles.
chill and enjoy!

Friday, November 16, 2012


My feel good loans
Léa is part of the group Twizerimana and lives in Gitega. She is a widow of 50 years old with three children aged 11 to 17 years. She has been a merchant selling beans, bananas, and corn for the past three years. She is currently on her tenth loan with Turame. Léa plans to use this loan from Kiva to increase her capital. She will do this by purchasing a large quantity of rice, beans, and bananas and reselling them, thus earning more income.
Lorenzo is married with four children. Lorenzo is 37 years old and lives in Namnama, Titay, Zambonaga Sibugay. Lorenzo is a rubber broker to earn a living. He has been doing this for five years. He has requested a loan of 50,000 Philippines pesos to purchase rubber for his business.
Lorenzo is a new member of PMPC. In the future, Lorenzo hopes to expand his business.
Mor is a young, 28 year old shopkeeper who sells notions (sewing supplies). He is single and has no children. Mor has a shop in the market in his neighborhood. He has been running this shop for 5 years. This is his second loan, and he's asking for 250000F CFA to buy accessories. Mor is single, but takes care of his mother and brothers. He would like to grow his shop and diversify his business.

Nelly works raising animals, such as chickens and guinea pigs. She fattens them and later sells them in different markets. She also still has a minibus with which she provides [transportation] services to the public. Through these two businesses, she helps her son get ahead. Her dream is to grow her animal-raising business. Nelly is requesting this loan to purchase chickens and guinea pigs and also to buy feed for the animals. She is happy about the loan and committed to making her loan payments.
Mzia is 50 years old. She lives in a small village of Dmanisi District with her husband Tariel. Mzia and Tariel run an agricultural business. They have 2 milking cows and sell milk in nearby villages. Also, they have 6 sheep and sell lambs. In addition to livestock, they have bee-hives, with bee colonies which produce honey. They also own a plot of land, where they grow wheat, maize and haricot beans. Mzia and Tariel are especially busy with the plot during spring and summer seasons in order to ensure a good harvest in late summer, which they sell on the local open market. In addition to their agricultural activities Mzia works in the village school as a primary teacher. Total average monthly income of the family is 1000 Lari. Mzia requested credit for expansion of the dairy farm. She will purchase an additional milk cow, and will be able to produce dairy food, mainly cheese and curds. Mzia will sell additional produce on the local open market, where her products are quite popular among consumers. The income of the family will increase. With increased income they will be able to reinvest in the family agricultural business. Due to the above mentioned, living conditions of the family will improve.

Saidikhon has been growing and drying apricots since 2007. She is married and has three sons. Her children and husband help Saidikhon in her business. Every year she buys several hectares of apricot orchard and during the fruit season her and her family drive to the orchard and pick, de-pit and dry the apricots for Saidikhon to sell at the market. The family also receives monthly money transfers from their two other sons who left to Russia for work. Saidikhon's husband raises and fattens cattle for meat sales. Saidikhon would like to take out this loan to purchase an apricot orchard so that she can pick and process fruit from it for resale.

Ajibu is 38 years old and lives in the town of Soroti in the Mbale region of Uganda. She is married and has 4 children with 3 of them currently in school. For the past ten years, Ajibu has been working hard to manage her bar, which sells local beers for drinking. To help expand her business, Ajibu has requested a loan of 3,000,000 Ugandan Shillings from BRAC Uganda. The loan will be used to buy more items for making the local beers like Sorghum for resale, and will help Ajibu to generate greater profits and increase stock. Ajibu hopes that in the future she will be able to get more money from BRAC to improve more on her business.



Thursday, November 15, 2012

Christmas Cookie Countdown

So I though it would be fun to keep a log of the cookies I make this year for Christmas just to see what I made. What was loved and not. A little reference for future years.

So here it goes......

Pfeffernuesse - 20 dozen
Rum balls - 3 dozen

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Smack Yo Mama Ribs

So I can't claim these ribs as mine.  The original recipe can be found here on the BlackandMarriedWithKids.Com website.A big thanks to them and to pinterest for allowing me the pleasure of dining on such yumminess.  I have copied and pasted it on my site just so I don't lose it. I am making batch number two right now for the gang going camping this weekend.

Nice Slab of Pork Ribs
¾ cup of chicken broth
Garlic and salt water for brining (brining means to soak in)
Sea Salt (to taste)
Ground Pepper (to taste)
Herb & Garlic seasoning (to taste)

1 cup ketchup (I use Heinz)
¼ cup Country Dijon mustard
¼ cup honey
¾ cup brown sugar (light or dark)
3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp. Grand Marnier (liquor – you can omit and add extra sugar)
1 tbsp. sea salt
1 tbsp. ground pepper

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Clean ribs
  3. Place in huge container and submerge in water and add granulated garlic and kosher salt – cover container and allow meat to brine (to soak in the garlic and salt water) for at least 1-2 hours (the longer the better – you could even let it brine overnight)
  4. Remove ribs from the brine and rinse off
  5. Lay the pork rib slab on a cutting board bone side up
  6. Remove the membrane off the bone (membrane is a super thin layer of skin on the bone – you can just put your finger under the skin and pull it off)
  7. Cut ribs into portions between each bone and season with sea salt, ground pepper and herb & garlic seasoning
  8. Pour chicken broth in a baking dish/pan (use a big enough dish/pan so you do not over crowd the ribs) and add seasoned ribs
  9. COVER and cook for 1 ½ – 2 hours or until meat is cooked through
  10. Let’s make the Grand Marnier Bar-B-Que Sauce (yeah baby)
  11. Put a medium sauce over high heat, add the ketchup, Dijon mustard, honey, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, ground pepper and Grand Marnier
  12. Whisk sauce ingredients together, once it comes to a boil, turn it down to low to simmer for 5 minutes then set aside away from heat to thicken for about 5 minutes
  13. Once ribs are cooked remove from oven and base ribs with half of the Grand Marnier bar-b-que sauce and put ribs back in the oven for another 10 minutes UNCOVERED
  14. After 10 minutes take the ribs out again and pour the rest of the Grand Marnier bar-b-que sauce over the ribs and put back in the oven for another 10 minutes still UNCOVERED
  15. After the last 10 minutes remove ribs from oven and allow to rest untouched for 5 minutes

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Meat Loaf

As made tonight. Will cut back on the cayenne next time - a bit too much spice for meatloaf - not burn your mouth but just not quite right for comfort food.

2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1 1/4 tsp ground cumin
1 1/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
3/4 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp thyme
1 1/2 Tbsp Worchestershire
1/3 cup red onion
3 slices bread crumbled
1 egg
2 lbs extra lean ground beef
1/4 cup ketchup

1/2 cup ketchup
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tsp ground mustard powder

Mix ingredients together and place in pan. Bake at 375 for 1 hour. Pour topping over and bake for 10 minutes then serve.

Notes for next time. Less cayenne. Add some garlic.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Easy Play Dough Recipe

So I can't take credit for this recipe but I will say that it really is super easy.
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 Tbsp cream of tartar
1.75 cups very hot - almost boiling water
1 Tbsp oil
Food colouring

Mix dry ingredients together. Mix the liquid ingredients together and add all at once to dry ingredients. Stir until well combined and then put on the table and kneed until cooled. Do not put in sealed contained until completely cooled. Will keep for weeks in a sealed container.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Scattered Fortunes

Chinese fortunes found around the house yet again.
Music is the soul of language

Enthusiasm is contagious. Not having enthusiasm is also contagious.

Emotion hinders your true self.

Life is about making some things happen, not waiting for something to happen.

It is sometimes better to travel hopefully than to arrive.

Express yourself now

Enjoy your good company, they are true friends.

Where there is a will, there is a way

Hug's are life's rainbows.

Sometimes I wonder if we are eating out to Chinese a bit much.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Touch of Reality

A shoeless child - not by choice - simply does not have any

The sandwich and orange may have been her most substantial meal that day

Cleaning her "front yard"

Home sweet home

Their day job.

I went on a tour of some of the hidden parts of life in Mexico. A simple drive through the unseen parts of town. Homes that were made from whatever materials people could find placed on land they hoped not to be evicted from. Children awaiting their parents return from the garbage dump where they hoped to have found enough salvaged materials to sell to afford food for a meal. It truly was a wake up call.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Some of the sights




Monday, January 23, 2012

Hours of Fun!

Run from the waves and jump over the waves.
Favourite activities for the PK.

and I always love the tropical plants!

and last nights sunset

Friday, January 20, 2012