Wednesday, December 01, 2010


Trying to bring a bit of tradition into the Christmas season here. I always loved the lighting of the Advent wreath at my Lutheran church as we counted down to the celebration of the Messiah being born in Bethlehem. Christmas has always been a mysterious and beautiful holiday for me. It doesn't really 'feel' like Christmas here but I am trying all the same to make it special.

I found the garland at a South African chain store here called Game, kind of like a Walmart, but smaller. Then I just twisted it into a circle and found these candles at the local supermarket and voila! MY own homemade Advent Wreath. I am so 'Martha Stewart!' :-P

Receiving The Honor of Being American For A Day (So I Could Eat The Food)

My friend Heather who lives here in Kampala and is also married to a Ugandan, David,  invited me to participate in her Thanksgiving Celebration. It was great! I helped her cook all the things we love to eat at Thanksgiving (minus the turkey-no oven). I was impressed how close to perfect all our dishes were. And sharing the meal with her Ugandan family was also special. Take a look..

Sitting around the table "North-American style"
Candied pumpkin
Garlic mashed potatoes
Fried zucchini (not a dish I was familiar with but very yummy)
Deviled eggs (minus paprika)
Caramel pudding dessert with biscuit (aka cookie) crust
The alternative to turkey: fried chicken
David and Heather Kapyate
Family and Friends

A Most Precious 'Jewel'

My dear friend Harriet, who was also one of my bridesmaids, finally gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on October 5. They named him Jewel. She is a loving, wonderful mother already and daddy is a proud papa! Congrats friends!

Autumn Leaves In My House

In an attempt to bring some Canadian fall atmosphere into my life, I made these leaves and hung them up on the wall. Patrick says it looks like a kindergarten classroom but whatever! Fall is my favorite season and I was feeling homesick. Now, for some snow....