Friday, April 30, 2010

Cambodian Fauna

The spider was about four inches across. This one was in the house I stayed in - they tried to get it out, but didn't succeed at that. There were quite a few of these in various locations.

Skinny chickens everywhere ... as well as wild dogs -- only a few well-to-do people have pet dogs.

A lot of lone cows here and there.

We saw a few monkeys once, but didn't get the camera out in time to capture that in candid and never saw anymore.

The see-through lizards were everywhere -- ok, mostly on ceilings and walls -- I kept trying to get a better shot.

Generally, not a lot of wildlife.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Cambodian Flora, Revised

What is It?

A tractor? A truck? A wagon? A UTV? Or ...

A bus?!

A popular, utility vehicle in Cambodia. It works for a lot of things.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Back on Home Turf

Corbyn's back. We're glad to have him home again ... yup, we missed him while he was away. Faith Mattaya welcomed him back too -- at just 15 months, we weren't sure what her reaction would be ... would she have "forgotten" him? Or would she be shy? Nope, not at all, there was no hesitation to run and give him a big hug - even though she had just awoke from a nap. The pictures are a blur, it all happened so fast ... but the essence is there so I've posted them anyway.

Maybe I can convince him to write a post to let you in on a bit of what his trip was like ...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Free Audio Download of "The Treasure Principle" by Randy Alcorn

I’m so excited to share this with you! I can give rave reviews of Randy Alcorn’s book, The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving. I've just finished reading it for about the sixth time.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from The Treasure Principle:

"As thunder follows lightening, giving follows grace."

"Giving infuses life with joy. It interjects an eternal dimension into even the most ordinary day."

"Giving isn't a luxury of the rich. It's a privilege of the poor."

"You can't take it with you -- but you can send it on ahead."

"We're most like God when we're giving." -- Dixie Fraley

"Do your givin' while you're livin', so you're knowin' where it's goin'." -- Ron Blue

... and many more!

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Thanks, Crystal!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Look Up ... And Praise God

Even these tiniest of flowers are lifting their faces to glorify their Maker!

All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.
Psalm 145:10

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Signs of New Life

We see signs of new life popping up all around us these days:

This last weekend we remembered & celebrated Christ's crosswork. The new life that began through the death & resurrection of Jesus is the best of all.
I pray that those who see & know me will see the signs of new life that Jesus has given my soul. Thank you Jesus, for paying the price for my new life!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

WW Chiffon Cake

This fabulous chiffon cake is made with only wholesome ingredients, including whole wheat flour ... and yet it still rose to the heights and retained its fluffy, moist texture until it was consumed -- and even in this household it lasted just over 24 hours. Well, it is a big cake!

Perhaps, I'll try little cakes sometime. You know they do have little tube pans now ... maybe someday.

Anyway, here's the recipe that Margaret shared with me a few years back (Thanks Marg!):

Chiffon Cake

1 1/2 c. ww. flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 c. olive oil
3/4 c. cold water
10 egg whites
10 egg yolks
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 c. sugar (or xylitol for lower carbs)
1 tbsp. guar gum

In a smaller bowl mix sugar, baking powder, oil, egg yolks and cold water.

Beat egg whites until stiff. Add cream of tartar. Fold in egg mixture gently until blended.

Pour into ungreased tube pan. Bake in slow oven -- 325 for 55 minutes on lowest rack. Increase temp. to 350 degrees, continue baking for 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven, invert pan to cool.

Remove from pan. Slice & serve with whipped cream & cherry sauce (or other fruit of your choice.)