Skip to main content

A Few of My Favorite Things

It's always nice to get gifts at Christmas.  Here are my favorites.

From Suzanne I got a pair of nice, warm slippers. My feet are almost always cold, which makes me feel cold all over.  Our apartment is built on a cement slab and even though we have carpet, I think the floor is really cold.  My desk is in a direct line in front of the fireplace (which we aren't allowed to use because they say the chimney needs to be cleaned) and there is definitely a draft coming from the fireplace even though the flue is closed.  So I LOVE these nice warm, furry slippers. 

I have read every one of the #1 Ladies' Detective Agency books.  They are an easy read, but enjoyable.  Botswana is a lot different from Niger, but there are enough similarities that I find the books take me "home". So I was really happy with this gift from Daniel....the DVD series of the #1 Ladies' Detective Agency.  I hope there is going to be a 2nd season because I have really enjoyed watching these.

A couple years back I tore an ad out of a magazine and hung it on my fridge.  I tried to find the picture on the internet but couldn't come up with it.  It was an ad for a high-end set of knives and it showed a guy in a very modern kitchen holding a carrot up to the ceiling fan.  The fan was slicing the carrots and they were flying all over the kitchen.  It said, "There is no substitute for a good set of knives."  And I totally agree.  

I have stayed in numerous guest houses and furnished houses and the knife quality in those places is usually poor to very bad.  I get so frustrated because if I can slice, cut, dice, chop, etc. how am I supposed to cook?  The place we are currently living is simply furnished.  Most things are adequate, but the knives were really bad.  So I was really happy to get this set of Oxo Good Grips knives from John.  They are dangerously sharp and so much fun to work with!  They cut anything and cut it well.  Not only that, the handles are comfortable to hold so if there is a lot that needs to be chopped your hand won't get all cramped up doing it.  There are even a couple of extra slots in the holding block so that I can add to my collection.  I love Oxo kitchen tools,so I may add to my knife collection.  And I can get my cutting and cooking done faster so I can put my slippered feet up and watch a few episodes of the #1 Ladies' Detective Agency!


Kim said…
Your Oxo knives look exactly like my Wusthof Grand Prix's. The grip is awesome, they're super sharp, and I can do anything with them! I bring them on vacation with me because I can't stand using cheap knives. I also love the *shhoooook* sound they make when I slide them back into the block. :)
podso said…
A good ad for those knives! I am knife challenged here and have always wanted something better. And you are the second one to rec the #1 DVD series to me in two days! I loved the books. Stay warm!

Popular posts from this blog

Practice Hospitality

My mother-in-law, Jean, is an amazing person with many gifts.  One of the first things I noticed about her when I was but a young bride, was her gift of hospitality.  It was nothing for her to invite a large group of people over, make each one feel welcome, cook a big meal,and seemingly do it without stressing herself out.  I don't know if hospitality just came naturally to her or if she learned it.  In this picture you can see Jean throwing a party for a class she taught in Nigeria.  

I believe that for me it has been a learned skill.  My parents were hospitable and it wasn't unusual for us to have guests over (though usually not as many at a time as my mother-in-law would do!).  But when I started living on my own, I had to learn hospitality.  The first time I invited somebody over for a meal, the lid got stuck on the pot of vegetables, I put too much salt or soda or something in the muffins, and I forgot to serve milk and sugar with the hot drinks.  I've gotten much bett…

Meat Roll-ups

Tonight I made meat roll-ups.  And I got to use some ingredients that made food prep much easier than normal!  I did make two batches of rolls so that John could have a lactose-free meal.

The first thing to do is to brown some hamburger.  With the main batch I stirred a tin of mushroom soup into the browned meat.  For John's batch, I stirred in flour, some almond milk, and seasonings just enough to moisten it, but not to make it really runny.  In Niger, I would make it the second way since we don't have tinned soup.

Next I made a batch of biscuit dough using Bisquick.  Of course, in Niger, I have to make the biscuit dough from scratch.  I mixed it up with the almond milk.  Once the dough is rolled out in a strip, spread the meat mixture on it.  Roll it up like you would cinnamon rolls and cut into slices.  Lay the slices on a cookie sheet and cook in a 350 oven for about 20 minutes.

While they're baking, I browned fresh mushrooms in butter (in Niger I would use tinned mushroo…

Happenings in November

Well, here we are, more than half way through December, and I'm just now getting around to telling you about November.  It was a fun, busy, and eventful month.  We were still on vacation and we got in a lot of good family time during the month.

We were still in Ohio with Suz and Theo at the beginning of the month.  Suz and Theo were working hard to get Hezekiah to gain weight.  He kept losing weight for the first few weeks of his life, but he's doing great now.  We tried to spend as much time as possible with Tera so Suzanne could concentrate on adjusting to the new baby ... but mostly just because we wanted to and we enjoy her so much.  

We also tried to get in as many baby snuggles as we could.

Whenever we are in the area, my dad's cousin, Jeanne, invites us for a meal. She is actually closer to me in age than to my dad, so I've always just considered her a cousin and don't try to figure out if she's a second cousin or a first cousin once removed.  Whatever the …