Saturday, April 26, 2008
So, it wasn't until this last Friday that we were able to take Elise out to El Rodeo for her birthday dinner. She was dead serious about us NOT telling the staff it was her birthday and doing the big guy with the guitar, and the singing. But... we fooled her :-) As you can see on her face she was a little reluctant to accept the happy wishes and birthday sombrero.
This is the trader and the general in the encampment and some fish and elk ribs roasting on the fire. When Sandra was here we were wondering about how and when the Indians did the beading, since the beading is so prevalent in their clothing that we see, but the beads we saw were imported. So... I asked the guy who was there and he said that before they could trade the beaver pelts for seed beads they used porcupine quills and sliced and dyed them. Wow! What a lot of work! I thought wow... I really am lazy!
Here is a trapper taking the hair off an elk hide. Earlier I had thought I smelled dog poo, but realized there were no dogs in the park and passed off the stinky smell as the lady beside me. Then as we checked out the trapper guy I smelled it again and saw Elise checking her shoes to see if she had stepped in poo. It was then that our trapper friend told us it was the elk hide (and here I had blamed in on the poor woman :-( ) P-U! I surely wouldn't want that job!
This guy showed us how to fire a musket.
There were so many birds it was amazing. Next time we will have to take our bird guide. One of our neatest finds was this pair of geese and their 5 goslings.
Star enjoyed trying to chase after the ducks and geese. What a mess!
If you're not familiar with Letterboxing I highly suggest it. It has taken us to some cool places! Check out www.leterboxing.org
I can't take credit for "discovering" it however. My mom saw an article in the paper a few years a go and we have been having fun doing it ever since!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
The Matsiko Choir is a children's choir basically comprised of orphaned children from Uganda. They are part of the International Children's Network and are travelling the western US for a year raising funds for their organization which places a strong emphasis on educating the youth of underprivileged countries. You can read about their cause here.
The children were, of course beautiful, and their singing was very touching. They have a video presentation about one of the children in the choir and about the state of orphaned children in Uganda that is heart wrenching. It was a wonderful experience and I hope the kids will remember some of the things they saw and heard. We are so incredibly blessed to live in a safe and clean environment where access to education is so readily available. I find it hard to imagine the lives some children are forced to lead.
See when they will be in your area here. They are travelling all over the western states, and the concert is FREE!! It would be well worth your time to attend. And if your lucky maybe the DJ you listen to attends the church where they are holding the performance and you too may be able to call in for premier seating :D
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Digging for worms with a spoon??? No problem, because these worms are gummies buried in pudding and cookie crumb dirt. Yum!
2 cups cold milk
1 package (4-serving size) JELL-O Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
1 tub (8 ounces) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed
15 OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, finely crushed, divided
10 paper or plastic cups (6 to 7 ounces) or dessert dishes
10 worm-shaped chewy fruit snacks
Prepare 1 package each (4-serving size) JELL-O Vanilla Instant Pudding and JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding separately, with 2 cups each cold milk, as directed on packages. Let stand 5 minutes.
Gently stir 1/2 cup of Cool Whip Whipped Topping into each bowl of pudding. Finely crush 20 Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, then sprinkle 1 tablespoon into bottom of 8 (6-ounce) dessert cups. Top each with 1/4 cup vanilla pudding, 1 tablespoon cookie crumbs and 1/4 cup chocolate pudding. Sprinkle evenly with remaining cookie crumbs. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or until ready to serve.
Insert 2 gummy worms into each dessert cup just before serving. Makes 8 Oreo Sand and Dirt Cups.
To create your own edible terrarium, layer crumbled Oreo® dirt and sand cookie crumbs then plant with candy leaves and trees. With a world this delicious, go ahead and dig in.
Prepare 2 packages (4-serving size each) JELL-O Berry Blue Flavor Gelatin as directed on package. Pour into large glass bowl. Refrigerate until set: about 1 1/2 hours.
Top JELL-O Gelatin with a layer each of finely crushed Oreo Cookies, and Nilla Wafers and some coarsely crushed Nutterbutter cookies to resemble a terrarium. Top with Cool Whip for snow. Plant a few candy “trees” and “leaves” as desired. Makes 10–12 servings.