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Slow cooker Hot Chocolate

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Drinks | 0 comments

Does your family have a Christmas tree trimming tradition? My friend Heather and her family have bundle of fun Christmas traditions. It is the most wonderful time of the year, she says. I concur 🙂 She shared with me some of the fun things that they have been doing with the family over the years. She says, starting on December 1st ,she gives the whole family Christmas jammies. Great idea Heather. I like that you do  it in the beginning of the month.Perfect for cold winter ahead. Favorite cookies and fudge are made as family prepares to make handmade ornaments. During the tree trimming, Heather and her family  have...


Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Drinks | 0 comments

Do you know Philippians is an only Asian country which is predominantly Christian? Festivity in Philippians starts nine days before Christmas and continues for three whole week, starting from Dec 16 and ending with the feast of the Epiphany, on the first Sunday of the January. Display of Christmas lights all around and nativity scene sets the Christmas scene. Many families have the tradition of displaying the lighted star called’ Parole’, on window and outside their home, signifying the star of Bethlehem. Enactments’ of journey of the wise men to see baby Jesus is orchestrated in the communities around the time of epiphany. On Christmas Eve churches hold several...

Potato Beet soup

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Side Dish | 0 comments

Do you have a favorite soup that you  make when you have cold or feeling sick?  My husband was under the weather last week.One of his favorite soup when he is not feeling well is potato soup.  This time was no different.I tweaked the soup little bit .I added beets for a change and didn’t make it cheesy.Beets are very good for also adds deep pretty purple color and earthiness to the dish. However truth be told,we are not in love with the beets yet, so the trick is to mash it fine and make it unrecognizable to pick it out.Since Our kids had the second serving of the soup,...


Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in International | 0 comments

Couple of weeks back,during our International potluck meal,i had a taste of  paella.My friend Mirza,who is from Guatemala and is married to her husband Helios,who is from Mexico, brought Paella for our potluck was tasteful tribute to their Spanish heritage.Ever since i had nagged her for the recipe and umpteen questions thereafter about the process.She and her husband has gracefully answered all my queries 🙂 In Mirza’s words : Heritage Paella is part of the Spanish heritage in Guatemala where the population is a mix between European and American natives.Paella is a traditional Spanish dish with origins in the region of Valencia.Colonization of Mexico and Central America brought this Spanish...

Sopapilla Cheesecake

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Dessert | 2 comments

Do you have a time tasted easy  dessert? When it comes to baking a dessert, let me just say, i am not a baker.Cookies do not come in my mind.I rely on some time tasted desserts.One of the regular party dessert, which i have made several time is ‘Sopapilla Cheesecake’. Long time back, my friend Emily brought it to one of our get together.It was my first time to taste this.Oh. my. heaven.I was addicted to it from the first bite.She shared her recipe,which i have stuck with  ever since. I served this at our potluck and our friends loved it.So here it is.Enjoy it warm. {Click on the...

Sour Cream Enchilada

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in International | 0 comments

Couple of weeks back,when we hosted International potluck,one of the crowd favorite was Enchilada and Taquito,prepared by my friend Camille.She graciously shared her recipe with us. You know what i love about when someone share their family recipe?You get to  hear a family story with it.Makes it much more then recipe. This recipe comes from my Great Aunt Maria Martinez. I’ve never found another recipe online quite like the one she has. My great aunt was raised by my grandfather who was the oldest of the family. At a very early age, she had to help support the family and began to cook at several area restaurants. Over the...

Algeria Meal Review

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in International | 0 comments

We finished our culinary trip to Algeria, a diverse country in North Africa. It boasts the Mediterranean coast up north and sub-Saharan desert in the south.It has also been the battleground of many empires for centuries. As we prayed through this North African country using the guideline from operation world .It is encouraging and disappointing at the same time. Prayer Points Boldness and unity among the new and becoming Algerian believers. Strengthening of the family that intimidation and threat does not overcome the believer, for Christ has not given us the spirit of fear.(2 Timothy 1:7) Pray for Kabyle Berbers, nomadic tribe of Algerian, who are inclined towards the Christianity because of...

International Potluck recipes – Pot of beans with cornbread

Posted by on Nov 15, 2013 in Side Dish | 1 comment

Do you get asked to bring specific items to a potluck? Well,my friend Amanda does.She makes this amazing pot of beans soup,which everyone raves about.I learnt from her that it has been their Tuesday night family tradition,eating bowl of beans soup with cornbread. Though i could not taste Amanda’s beans(because i don’t do red meat,i know  i know),it was gone before the party was over.So i asked her to share the secret family recipe with us and she happily did 🙂 I could not wait to make it.My daughter loves this soup.So during one of our recent cold front days,i cooked a pot of bean soup and  modified her...

International Potluck recipes – Peruvian Ceviche

Posted by on Nov 15, 2013 in International | 0 comments

Last week,my husband and i hosted a family  night at our home as a part of playdate with purpose fellowship.Considering the diversity of our group,we decided to have international potluck.Needless to say,i ate my weight out that day.So here are some of the recipe i got to taste. Peruvian Ceviche  Thought of eating the raw fish never sounded appealing to me.Even though i have been told by the food scientist that acid breaksdown the proteins and cooks it.In my mind,food must be cooked by ‘fire’ alone in order for me to consume.It changed that night. My friend,Rebekah,who along with her family have served faithfully as missionary in Peru,brought the...

Chtit’ha Djedj(Algerian Chicken with chickpeas)

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in International, missions, NonVeg | 1 comment

As we are at the tail end of our trip to Algeria, I wanted to share some more about Lilias Trotter, since we started in my last post. I have yet to read the biography of Lilias Trotter. Followings are what I have gathered after reading Noel Piper’s book, “Faithful Women and their Extraordinary God”. I am encouraged by Lilias Trotter’s  Determination  Lilias Trotter sailed to Algiers for the first time in 1888 with her two friends. She was 35 years old at that time. She was frail and had heart damage. She knew nothing about the language, culture and people of the land she was ready to venture...