22 February 2007


Welp, we are going to Prague in August for 2 weeks! I just found out my own sister did not know that, and I feel very guilty now, so I will share.

Ken and I are leading a team of 8 high school and college-age people, who all happen to be girls, to the Czech Republic to visit the Farniks who are missionaries there. We're going to do an English camp and a VBS.

Two of the girls who are going were at winter camp: Vicki and Janna. Two other girls I already know: Suzzanne and Kathleen Winslow. All the girls are from various churches in the Southern California presbytery of the OPC (which includes Arizona).

Anyway... exciting times!!!

Mealtime's Bday

I wish I could just make signs all day long.

21 February 2007

Winter Camp

These are Tim and Matt from my team. For some reason they were really fascinated with weapons. Our skit was a really bad version of Peter Pan. Tim played Captain Hook. We totally lost but I thought we should have got some points for Tim's mustache.

This is Ken's team, El Templo de los Hijos de la Pilar de something or other... El Templo for short. Their skit was the second funniest and the overall best (in my opinion). They had choreography and an original rap.

L-R: Ken, Kyle, Vicki from Phoenix who is coming with us to Prague (whats up!), Kayla, Mike MEIHAUS, Mark Nelson, Thomas the tank engine, Daniel Gandara from Mexico (he also speaks Japanese!), Erika Shaw, and Daniela Munoz.

You will notice that Thomas is wearing a t-shirt... yeah.... it wasn't too cold.

16 February 2007

The Getty Villa

Dude, the Getty Villa was awesome. We went there on Saturday with Ryan and Jess Roberts. We took lots of pictures of marble statues and mosaics but the best part was seeing Jess. So that is the picture I'll post (not sure why I am doing the David Gay smile in this picture... ?)

The second best part was seeing Malibu... I have heard all about it of course and that you can live in a trailer there for like a million bucks. There are lots of big fancy houses like SF style, only it is pretty sunny there all the time, I think. The ocean is right there, just like Half Moon Bay... only sunny!!! Good times.
Here's a picture I took out my car window but it doesn't do it justice, of course. It was balmy yet breezy, like you could just wear shorts all the time.

14 February 2007

Dave Elliott's Mom's Pancakes

These are the best pancakes. Dave Elliott was a dude who used to live with my mom and dad, whose mom made the best pancakes. Legend has it that although she passed away, her pancake recipe lives on because it rocks. I made these for Ken this morning for Valentine's day. His favorite way to eat them is topped with plain yogurt, seasonal fruit and real maple syrup.

2 eggs, separated
1 c. buttermilk, plain yogurt, or milk with a little lemon juice added
1 c. flour
1 T. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
some vanilla flavoring (about 1/2 tsp - eyeball it like Rachel Ray)
some almond flavoring (1/4 tsp?) (special for valentine's day)
1-2 T. melted butter

1. Add a pinch of salt to egg whites and beat until stiff but not dry. Set aside.

2. Beat yolks until thick and lemon-colored. Add buttermilk; beat together. Add dry ingredients and beat until smooth. Add flavoring and melted butter; stir to combine. Fold in egg whites.

3. Pour batter by the half-cup (approx) onto a pre-heated griddle, at around 275 degrees (or if your stovetop temperature is actually manageable, unlike mine, a large frying pan over medium heat should work).

Makes about 12 - 4" pancakes.

07 February 2007

Birth Control Pill...

Interesting how the three little words "birth control pill" immediately spark not only medical, but fiery political and religious discussions! Kind of reminds me of working at the APC. :)

Pizza Florentine!

If I was really Martha Stewart, I would make my own pizza dough from scratch, grow my own spinach and probably even make my own sausage. But... who has time? So, I thank my friend Trader Joe for his help in supplying ingredients.

olive oil
1 bag TJ's plain pizza dough
tomato sauce
1 bag baby spinach (I used about half)
Basil-Pesto Chicken Turkey sausage (I forget the brand name but it comes fully cooked and is about $5 for a pkg of 5 sausages)
mozzarella cheese
parmesan cheese

Heat oven to 450. Brush about 1 T. (eyeball it like Rachel Ray) onto a pizza pan or baking sheet. Flatten dough and shape into a circle. Spread tomato sauce onto the dough (I used about 1/4 cup)

Rinse and coarsely chop about half the bag of spinach (perhaps about 4 cups?). Pile it on top of the sauce. It will be a tall pile, but it will shrink! Don't worry :)

Chop one sausage and scatter over spinach. Top with mozzarella, then a bit of parmesan. Bake 18-20 minutes; let cool for 3-5.

Serves 4 normal, or 2 famished people
Let me tell you why this pizza is the absolute best. The spinach makes the pizza feel healthy, because you know you are eating lots of greens. Ken said, "should we have salad too?" and I said, "the salad is IN the pizza!" :) One thing I was wondering was if it would be flavorful enough since there is a TON of spinach. But there was enough cheese, super-flavorful sausage and tangy tomato sauce to stand up to the spinach. It was a nice balance.

02 February 2007

Baked Ziti with Sausage

Our friends, the Naves, make the best food. Here is one of their specialties: kind of like lasagna, only better (and easier!).

8 oz. ziti or penne pasta
1 ½ cups ricotta cheese } or plain yogurt... it is still so good
1 cup sour cream }
½ teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon dried basil
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 ½ pounds sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 jar of tomato sauce (14-16 ounces)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

2. Cook pasta and drain. Combine pasta, ricotta, sour cream, thyme, basil, salt, and pepper. Cook sausage and onion, add tomato sauce. Spread half the pasta mixture in bottom of a 2 quart baking dish, top with half the sausage mixture. Repeat layers, and top with mozzarella. Bake until heated through, and cheese is bubbly, about 35-40 minutes. Can be made in advance and frozen.