Nov 22, 2012 (or Mansir7, 2069) – depending on which calendar you are working with…. was just a regular working day in Tansen, Nepal! Except in the kitchens of the American families. Doug and Tarisa baked 3 chickens – and they were delicious! (These chickens were purchased in the shops that kill the animals in the morning and set them out (sometimes under nets) to sell that day. Best to go shopping early!) Tarisa’s sons created fun table decorations.
Becky is a single lady and a doctor, so she had to work that day. She brought the drinks – Yes, we can get Coke and Pepsi and Orange Fanta! She also brought her special tea bags to share for those who wanted hot drinks after the meal. (Believe it or not – no one drank coffee!) Becky also had her house-helper bake rolls and an apple pie – pie dough from scratch – apples not from a can….
Andrea made an amazing carrot soufflé – but she wouldn’t tell us how much sugar she put in! She also peeled, boiled, and mashed a mountain of potatoes, and then cooked up gravy from scratch, as well.
One couple just arrived that evening right off the buck (bus/truck) but they did their part – they brought a bag of candy corn, and a can of French fried onion rings to go on top of the green bean casserole Debbie had made. Debbie also made stuffing from scratch – and pumpkin and pecan pies! (Okay – confession time – our house-helper made the pie crusts, and she made the pumpkin pie.) There are no pecans in Nepal (we brought them from the U.S.). There is also no Karo syrup here – did you know you can make it with sugar, water and corn starch? Anyway – the results were delicious!
We enjoyed spending time after dinner giving thanks for many blessings – Tarisa and her son, Luke, had made a Thanksgiving tree, and we all wrote our praises on leaves and put them on the tree.
We often say here that 9 pm is the missionary midnight, so the evening didn’t go late – Friday was another working day. (Nothing black about it here!)
Praying your Thanksgiving was wonderful and that this holiday season would continue to be filled with thanks to our great God.