Friday, January 25, 2008

More Weird Food

Some of you may have been wondering, "Is that rattlesnake still in their freezer?" The answer is, nope!

Served piping hot with Mexican frijoles and rice, homemade salsa and whole wheat tortillas (to hopefully counteract the hardening of our arteries caused by the deep-fat fried snake), the side-winder was delicious.

And yes, the kids ate it too!!! Here's Jessee enjoying his lunch. Honestly, there wasn't a whole lot of meat on each piece, but it was enough for a taste!

I'm sure you've heard the phrase, "It tastes like chicken." Well, I wouldn't say that rattlesnake tastes like chicken. Rather, it tastes like...rattlesnake!

Crocodile Dundee's Kid Sister

You know you're a redneck when...

I've heard of using a pocket knife to clean out your fingernails, but I think this is a little extreme!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

The First Birthday of 2008

January 8th marked a triumphant day in our life. Doug turned 40. Wa-hoo! Hey, it's quite an accomplishment!!! To celebrate, according to Calvary Chapel Boca del Rio tradition, Doug received the customary "5 Gallon Salute".

Braulio and another friend of Doug's, Chavo, came over to borrow some tool or another, and since they didn't remember, I thought it my duty to remind them that today was Doug's birthday. Braulio hurried over to grab a bucket, which just happened to be full of water, and waited for Doug to come back outside.

Now, I have no idea where this tradition began. It's been going on as long as we've been here. I don't see it stopping any time soon! If you are a student at the school and you tell anyone that it's your birthday, just prepare to get wet.

I love this photo. Doug's asking Chavo why he was ganging up on him, while Chavo's pointing at Braulio saying, "He threw the water!" Of course then Braulio is pointing at me saying, "She showed me where the bucket was!"

Later on, we invited the school and some other friends over for cake. Doug hid in his shop for quite a while and Esteban lurked outside with another bucket of water...waiting...waiting.
Eventually, Mavil and Karen got tired of waiting for Doug to go outside and just drenched him good anyway. Sarah and Caleb got in on it, of course, and then Doug went to change into dry clothes...again.

Look closely. You can see a smile on Doug's face; and even though there's a lot of water all over the shop, nothing was damaged, so it's all good!
Happy birthday, Honey!!!

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Tortilleria Las Glorias

One of the tastiest treats in Mexico (in my opinion) are fresh-made tortillas. Our whole family is now spoiled to the point that we could hardly eat tortillas when we were in the States. Eating fresh tortillas in comparison to store-bought ones is like eating fresh bread rather than Wonderbread.

The kids come along and snatch them off the griddle so quickly, you'd think they were pancakes or something! I try to forget how unhealthy they are! Afterall, it's white flour, salt, sugar and shortening. I made whole wheat ones last night and no one complained, so I'll probably do that more often. At least they would have some redemptive value, eh?

This is Evie rolling out tortillas.
She's a natural!!!
Instead of a rolling pin, we use a smooth glass bottle. Evie and I like it better, because it is more manageable. Sarah likes the wooden rolling pin, and I must say that the rolling pin is more likely to survive falling on the cement floor!