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I believe it went something like this...

"Excuse me, Pastor?" - Tedd
"Yes?" - P. Marlon
"Tomorrow, could we have 'raw' milk from the cow for breakfast?" - Tedd

we all giggled.  Pastor Marlon said he'd arrange it...

sleepy-face TT  oh so happy with his warm cup full of fresh milk
(I personally can't stand it)
Pastor's kid - great milk mustache!
now it's your turn little guy! (miraculous, isn't it??)
I took a sip and that's about all I could handle.  How 'bout y'all?  Ever had milk straight from the cow?  Do you like it?  
I didn't!  The thought of warm milk - warm b/c it was in the cow's udder! - sorta makes me wanna throw up...but that's just me :-)  I enjoyed the experience, nonetheless.

Orange-Ginger Chicken

K guys, seriously...I know I told you a couple posts back that I "love, love, love rice and beans," but after about 12 straight meals of beans, uh...well...

chicken anyone?

This was YUMMY!  The picture I took turned out awful, so you're just gonna have to trust me on this's good.  Think gingery garlicky chicken with a hint of sweet orange.

(taken from this recipe)

Orange-Ginger Chicken

In a ziploc bag or bowl, combine:
3 lbs chicken, (I used boned, but cubed chicken breasts would be yummo too)
1 c fresh-squeezed orange juice, (I used 3 juicy oranges & added all the pulp)
1 lime's-worth fresh-squeezed juice
1 1/2 c water
2 T soy sauce
1 med/small onion, sliced into thin rings
4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1 inch ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1/4 t salt
1/4 t peppercorns

Let it marinade for about 30 minutes and then dump it in a baking dish.  Bake for about an hour at 200 degrees, flipping the chicken over 1/2 way through if they're not comp…


That’s how many bug bites we counted as I dabbed Calamine Lotion over each one. 
I know about 20 of those were ticks.  As for the other 199…were they fleas? Mosquitos? Bed bugs? Gnats? (Do gnats bite?) Chiggers? Some other mysterious Nicaraguan bitey bug?
Whatever they were, I hate them.


Kacee, this one's for you!  :-)

P.S. Sorry this isn't a recipe.  I'm pretty sure you can't find the right corn in the States to make these and I have no idea how to make them...this is just a Nica food share.

This is "guirila," (pronounced kind of like "gwee-dee-la") a "young"corn, piping-hot (sort of cakey) tortilla with fresh cream and soft & fresh "cuajada" on top (a Nicaraguan cheese).  I didn't like it much the first time I tried it a few years back, but now I crave it!  Especially this kind - these ladies make it fresh, fresh, fresh!  ("Guililera no.1" located on the highway entering Rio Blanco, Nicaragua)

They cook the tortillas between banana leaves on a griddle over firewood, and then they serve the final product on the banana leaf.

The bus drivers often make a stop at this particular "Guililera" to eat because it's famous.  The passengers on the bus can't do anything about it b/c they&#…

Intruder Alert

These guys make lots of noise - the tin roof makes these little pigeons sound like giants tap-dancing...
You should hear the roosters and buzzards when they land on the roof!  They sound like someone dropped an anvil overhead.  And the cats...the first night we heard a cat on the roof, we sat awake for 20 minutes thinking that a person had been walking around up there!
One interesting thing about Nicaraguan "architecture" is the exposure to the elements.  Critters feel welcome to come and go as they please.  These pigeons, for example, often hang about where the roof and the walls fail to probably makes for better heat ventilation, but it lets in pigeons, geckos, miscellaneous birdies, and my favorite, bats.
"Was that a bat again?" I caught myself asking Tedd tonight very non-chalantly...funny how quickly we (we humans) get used to things.  The first night we saw a bat flying about, we got out the video camera and filmed it.  Now we don't even take a sec…

This Made Our Week!

Elmer, a 15 yr old student in English Class "B" came up to me after class and tapped me on the shoulder.  He asked me to look at the board...

Fuzzy Wuzzy Was A Dog

This is our Nicaraguan pup Velloso.  In English, I believe that translates "Fuzzy." Very appropriate.

He was "loaned" to us by a pastor here for the time we're living in Rio Blanco.  We call him "Lobo" (wolf) too because he's so big and wolf-looking.  He's a big oaf.  He's a "guard dog" with a puppy heart.  The first day we got him, I sat on the floor and called him and he came right to me, plopped down in my lap, and rested his head on my knee.  He's the cuddliest dog I've ever met.

I always wanted a dog of our own.  I never thought we'd be able to have one b/c of traveling so much, so I consider it a gift from God to have this time with such a sweet dog.

We bought flea-killing shampoo, a cheap comb, and a flea collar and went to work.  I took hair-cutting scissors (meant for our hair, but oh well) and chopped off all those hangy-downy matted hairballs that dogs get.  We spent an hour+ giving him a bath (which he hat…

Culture Clash

So, it’s been about three weeks now…where do I begin?

You’ve probably seen some pictures of the new place.  Maybe I should start with that.
It’s funny.  I don’t think about the Queen much anymore.  I haven’t drooled over pictures of beautifully decorated homes lately.  I’m somehow perfectly content here with mismatched bedsheets, a tin roof, rough concrete floors, and ugly bare walls.  Thinking about the Queen is a little overwhelming after spending time in homes that look like wooden shacks… Nicaraguan home (pretty typical outside of cities)
The Queen
Rio Blanco house
When we first decided to rent the house that we’re now in, I told Tedd, “you know if we choose to live here, it’s going to be a real step out of my comfort zone; it’s gonna be really hard for me to live in a place like this."

Now I think it’s silly I felt that way, because I love where we live.  But the first couple nights, I wasn’t very comfortable – it was so unfamiliar and rustic and ugly.  Now it's home, and I…

Greetings From Rio Blanco!

Wow!  It's been a month since my last post.  Crazy.

Where should I begin?

I've got a long list of things I've been wanting to post about...

I guess I'll begin with this picture:

These are fridge magnets I arranged on our fridge a few days before we moved out of our apartment and headed to Nicaragua.  We got them as a freebie at Urbana 2006 from SIM.

"going on a journey..."

It's been a journey indeed already.  Life's different.  I've rethought priorities, learned about being tough, learned how selfish, lazy, and cranky I can be...I've found myself dependent on God for energy, for our students to have the ability to learn, for health, and for true love for other people...

For example, there's this pastor that really gets on my nerves, to the point where I dread seeing him.  His heart is kind and sincere, but his idiosyncrasies are obnoxious.  He brags, talks obsessively about money, dominates conversations, is a terrible listener, and interr…

Lately in the Kitchen...

Wow.  I can tell you one thing's for sure, the Kitchen's been different for me lately.  For one, it doesn't look like the picture above anymore! (in the header)  Secondly, food's quite different.  Thirdly, I don't have a mixer!  Fourthly, baking supplies are expensive and hard to find in Rio Blanco...Fifthly, (is this a word?), I miss cooking in the US...

...but there are some real perks to cooking in Nicaragua too!  The major food perk in my book is the abundance of fruit.  We've already plowed through 5+ watermelons since we've been here.  There's papaya, mango, "jocotes," bananas, plantains, pineapple, and other mysterious fruits sold around here for dirt cheap (at least we think so, considering you're charged a dollar a mango in the US).Another food perk is the prices, compared to US prices - overall things here are very inexpensive, even meat and restaurant food.  A nice buffet meal here in RB is about $2 a person!Veggies are limited t…

My Brother Comes to Visit!

My wonderful, handsome, strong, God-fearing, loving brother, Evan, came to visit us in Rio Blanco, Nicaragua this past week for his Spring Break!  It was like a dream come true having him here!  So much of a dream come true, in fact, that I bawled when I came back to his empty room the day he left...I never saw that coming, but I do love him so much and his presence alone was a huge blessing to us.

Here are some glimpses of our adventures together over the past week...
In front of a waterfall at Cerro Musun
Hike up to Cerro Musun

Ev takes a minute to chill.  That's Rio Blanco in the distance!
Big-headed ant (the black side is his head)!

RB from up top again 

brothers in law
The church in Paiwa where literacy classes are starting!
Kids had fun "helping" us sharpen pencils
Ev helps a ton with English classes
Fresh milk for breakfast...

Ev in front of Pastor's house in Likia

Our New Home (For Now)

We're here in Rio's a quick view of our new pad:
the sink (kitchen/bathroom/washing machine/and water reservoir) Water is out about 3 days of the week so that water tank (right) comes in handy!
Tedd cooking beans - our first home-cooked meal.
the living room which should transform into the English classroom this week!
closet :-)
our messy bedroom
pet toad that shows up every now and then - he's big!

walking the dog

Our pink house
Well...looks like for the next six months, this blog will be all about life in Rio Blanco...home, food, work, people, sights, and so on...