Wednesday, August 28, 2013

August 26, 2013- SLOOOOOWWWWW Cyber

Hello everyone!  Another week has come and gone.  As of todays post, we have a mere 128 days until the expected release of Elder Gundersen...but who's counting?  The cyber was really slow and Elder Gundersen didn't have too much to say.  I was still getting random emails saying I wasn't paying attention to him at 7 p.m. that night!...Pretty sure he was offline by then!

Elder Gundersen is alive and well this week.  He is enjoying his companion because "he is really cool".  He loves the apartment and he is really happy in this area.  He still doesn't really love the food, he's finally just gotten used to it. He has found a few things that he would like to make for us at home- Looking forward to that!

This week, he drove a moto!  He went really slow because he had a member with him on the back of the moto- Like Moped slow!  He still doesn't think he wants to get a moto when he gets home though.  He says he has other priorities like finding a job and going to school.  At least he has his priorities straight.

We visited about possible future trips to Europe and I mentioned that we needed to go to France and visit Normandy and Elder Lemaire when he gets home.  He told me that Elder Lemaire wants to come visit us in Utah.  How awesome is that?  I can't wait to have the two biggest, most ruthless button pushers under one roof just for my entertainment! 

I told him the fair was pretty boring this year.  He replied that the fair is NEVER boring.  He enjoyed hearing how the kids did with the lambs. We sent him lots of pictures of the fair per his request.  I hope it was fun to see the pictures and that it didn't make him more homesick.  GOOD NEWS...he finally got the last package that Grandma sent.  (Thanks Grandma!)

I am still being blessed with pictures of Elder Gundersen from Bleck.  I love that kid!  I cannot thank him enough for these tender mercies he sends each week. 

Elder Gundersen "fanning the flames of his faith"!

Demonstration on how to properly move the fan by a helpful young lady.  Can you imagine cooking like this all the time?  I am so grateful for my beautiful kitchen and all it's modern amenities!
EBA (Cassava Porridge)
2 TB Red Palm Oil
3 C Water (can substitute 1 C chicken stock for 1 C water)
1 1/2 C gari or cassava meal
Place oil and water in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil.  Slowly drizzle the gari into the boiling water stirring constantly.  Continue to cook for 3-4 minutes or until the eba has a firm consistency.  Serve hot with soups or stews- to be eaten with the fingers.
1 lb fresh okra
2 medium tomatoes- peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 habanero pepper- poked with a fork
1 C water
salt and pepper to taste
Wash and top okra, discard any blemished or hard pods.  Place okra, tomatoes, pepper and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Lower the heat to medium and simmer, covered for about 10 minutes or until the okra is fork tender.  Remove the pepper when the heat level in the dish is to your liking.  Season with salt and pepper and serve over eba, pate, or fufu. 
Thanks to all for your love, prayers and support!


  1. So glad he got his package! The Okra sounds like something we would have cooked at home in Virginia or N. Carolina. Grandpa McKoy always had Okra in the garden. Grandma used it to thicken soups, stews, and fried it for Grandpa. The other sounds like a version of rice or couscous. Didn't Hunter say he would never eat rice again some time ago? He'll be home before we know it!

  2. Sheesh, my control word was diugdijua - are we down to African words now?!