Wednesday, June 20, 2012


After being back in Uganda for three months, I think I am back into the routine of spending so much time in the kitchen.  Convenience foods are available in the capital, but not at a price that is within our budget.  Therefore, many things are made from scratch.

Last week, I set out to make our month's supply of granola.  I hadn't gotten very far before I realized that I didn't have enough brown sugar.  So...the granola was put on hold, and the process of homemade brown sugar commenced.

4 cups of sugar placed into the mixer.
1/4 cup black treacle poured on top. (The British name for molasses.)

1 more cup of sugar dumped on top and mixed.

I used to do this in small quantities in my food processor until one day I had a "light-bulb-moment" and decided to see how well the mixer would do.  It turned out much more equally mixed and in a bigger quantity, so I haven't turned back to the food processor since.  After three batches, we proceeded with the granola.

And I also made up our Sunday morning Baked Oatmeal mix for the month.

Fridays we enjoy the granola and other cold cereals, when found on clearance.  Tuesday is pancake morning, and the rest of the days we eat eggs.

My mother never let her children skip breakfast, so, of course, I don't let my kids either! 

Sunday, June 17, 2012


To my own dear dad, Willis Ward, I am thankful for the many memories we have made and for the wonderful times we spent together during our recent furlough.  One of my favorite memories growing up that I like to share with my children is how you and I would go to Dairy Queen for a treat on the nights that my mom would be at Ladies Bible Study.  I looked forward to those Tuesday nights, and I still love ice cream!  Happy Father's Day!

Christmas 2011

To my dear father-in-law, Bryan Stensaas, I am thankful for the boy you raised up to be my husband.  I have enjoyed 19 years as part of the Stensaas family and have loved serving in the same country as y'all.  Between cookie dough and homemade ice cream, you have definitely influenced us for the better.  Happy Father's Day!

Our present to him from our furlough.

To the father of our six blessings, Keith Stensaas, I am thankful that God saw fit to bring us together as a family.  You have been a godly example to our children and have desired to train them up in the way that they should go.  You take time to play with them, work with them, and then treat them to sodas and ice cream.  Happy Father's Day!

My seven blessings!

I love each of you, and thank God for the influence you have had on my life and many others.