Cooking Class #4

This week we made tortillas!  Well, actually we have made tortillas for the past two weeks, but last week we didn’t get any pictures. We taught the ladies how to measure all the ingredients out and gave them a chance to mix up a batch on their own to make sure they understood how to…

Cooking Class #3

Today we attempted to make banana bread over the fire.  The ladies all love our banana bread when we bake it and share it with them (we always have bananas, so we make banana bread pretty regularly with our brown bananas!), so we knew they would love to learn how to make it. The trouble…

Cooking Class #2

We had our second cooking class today. As promised, we made sweet potato fritters. They were really good. Think hash browns. Yum. I think everyone liked them better than last week’s curry! It made me really want to go to waffle house and have eggs and a waffle and of course a cherry coke to…

Cooking Class

Today Penny and I hosted our first “cooking class” in our new wind house.  We thought it would be fun to get together with a bunch of ladies and visit and also show them how to cook something that they don’t usually cook using ingredients they have access too. We made curry soup. I’m not…

It’s Christmas Season

We like to kick off the Christmas season on Thanksgiving night. Perhaps thats cheating a bit, but I think we give Thanksgiving plenty of attention, so I let it slide. This year, we had a wonderful time singing Christmas carols with the Chappells and then after they left, in keeping with tradition, we gave our…

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Reading books to the kids about Thanksgiving this year, I had a new appreciation for what the pilgrims went through. I certainly wouldn’t put my own experience on the level of theirs, but I have a better lens through which to view their experience having lived here. As I looked at the pictures of Wampanoag…

Dinner Party

Dinner parties look a little different here. Actually, the people don’t really have friends over to eat, but we decided to start doing this as a way for our whole family to get to know people and learn some language. Tonight we had our neighbors over and cooked up some kaukau and kumu (sweet potatoes…

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween from Menya!         We enjoyed our holiday celebration! It has become our tradition to make pumpkin pancakes for Halloween breakfast.   Then we had a Halloween-themed school day, which the kids were thrilled about. Another tradition for us is carving our pumpkins on Halloween day.   The kids were pretty…