November 27, 2007


Ahh, one of few truly American holidays. We celebrated it with “gusto” in Honduras last Friday and continued celebrating throughout the weekend. Luke and I offered to host the Paradise (the state we live in is called Paradise) Thanksgiving at our house on Friday. Almost everyone from our department/state made it and a friend of Luke and I’s from a town south of Tegus. We had 9 people total for the main meal on Friday and everyone brought something to share. We had: a 20 lb turkey, mashed potatoes and real gravy from the pan drippings, green bean casserole (I actually had to deep fry onions for the French’s onions), stuffed squash, candied yams, salad (with greens from our garden!), homemade rolls (thanks for the recipe grandma Bauer – they were a hit!), creamed corn, chili con queso soup with fried tortillas (apparently a Texas tradition), cranberry sauce, homemade pumpkin and apple pie (thanks grandma for the crust recipe) and vanilla ice cream. We were definitely in the “turkey coma” starting Friday afternoon until the leftovers finally got eaten Saturday evening! Saturday morning people came back over for my famous homemade Monkey bread and hung out for lunch. A few Paraiso volunteers that had gone to another Tgiving celebration were passing back through Danlí on their way home and stopped by for a beer but ended up staying overnight Saturday and helping us finish up leftovers. People kept stopping in and out, which made it feel like a real Thanksgiving. The last of the guests left yesterday (Sunday) afternoon.

Mass chaos in the kitchen while we got all the food ready!

The pretty pies!

Sitting down to eat
Breaking out the leftovers and board games
Luke overdid it! (see bottom of pic where he´s laying down)
Saturday am: Everyone came back for breakfast
Sat. night: Tara and & I break out the leftovers once again!
Stuffing ourselves for the last time Sat. night


Anonymous said...

HI Luke and Annie,
Enjoyed reading from the W journals tonight. Funny how many similarities all the Latin Am. countries seem to have... and how little some things have changed in 30 years. We left Bolivia in '80 and could picture exactly what you were talking about in your campo visits, early morning sounds, etc. Hmmm. Actually, it's nice to know the Creeping Global Monoculture (U.S. way of life) hasn't wrapped its tentacles around every little place quite yet.

Hope the water and health/hygiene teaching projects go well. Don't be discouraged if things don't change overnight. Your little push in the right direction will have its impact, even if small.

Ken and I worked together putting away harvest machinery today. It was good to be outdoors all afternoon even though the temp was only about 35F. We expect snow later this week. Snow, do you remember what that is?

I am enjoying my break from classroom teaching this year. I tutor a couple of Ethiopian refugee kids some 10 hours a week in writing and math. I really enjoy it, but will probably get a "real job" sometime soon.

Hope we get to see you when you're here in Iowa (in January?)

¡Que tengan una feliz navidad!

Noreen (and Ken)

Anonymous said...

Luke & Annie, Your food looks delicious and over Thanksgiving we all talked about how much "we miss Annie's cooking"! Now your friends know what we mean. Your feast looks like it could be on the cover of Cuisine Magazine! So glad you had friends over for the weekend it looked like a great time! Feeling more like winer here each day. Love, Mom/Jean