Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Homemade Tortilla Chip Recipe


In checking with many missionary ladies around the globe, one staple in our pantries that can not always be purchased in stores is corn tortilla chips. But, where there's a will there's a way and one of our ladies who makes them regularly for her family shared her recipe with me so that I could share it on here with you!


INGREDIENTS:
130 g (1 cup) All-purpose (aka Plain) Flour
130 g (3/4 cup) Cornmeal (aka Polenta) - I use fine cornmeal. I think coarse would also work.
1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
heaped 1/2 teaspoon Salt (adjust to personal liking)
generous dash cayenne pepper (or paprika or black pepper, if you can't handle a little heat)
120 ml (4 fl oz) Hot Water (not boiling)
10 g (2-3 teaspoon) Vegetable Oil


DIRECTIONS:
STEP 1 - MAKE THE DOUGH
Mix together the dry ingredients (flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, cayenne) in a frying pan or mixing bowl. I use a frying pan because it will be used to cook the tortillas later, so I thought might as well mix & knead the dough in it. Add the hot water and oil. Mix into a dough, first I use a spatula then switch to hands. This is a very easy dough to handle. It's not too sticky and not too crumbly. Knead for just one minute. Form a dough ball, coat with a little oil, cover with plastic wrap. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes.
STEP 2 - MAKE & COOK THE TORTILLAS
To keep my counter top easy to clean, I wet it slightly then lay down a piece of plastic wrap. The plastic clings onto the damp surface and stays in place.
Divide into six dough balls. Coat them with a little oil (residual oil from the pan). Give the pan a quick wipe and heat on the stove top over medium heat. Press out the first dough ball. I use my palms and fingers. You can use a rolling pin if you prefer. Press it out to about 18-20cm diameter and 1-1.5mm thick. Place in the heated pan and cook for about 2 minutes per side, until you get brown edges and spots. Place on a foil-lined baking tray. While one is cooking, I press out the next one.
STEP 3 - CRISP THE CHIPS
When I have finished cooking six tortillas, I break each up into 8 to 10 rustic-looking chips. If you want them neat, cut with kitchen scissors while warm.
Preheat the oven to 170C (330F) or, in an oven with a fan, to 150C (300F). Bake the tray of chips for 10-12 minutes.
They don't brown much more in the oven. To check that they're ready, find a thicker piece and eat it to find out! It should be crunchy and snappy and totally delicious. When they are completely cooled, store in a seal-able bag. They keep well for several days.



Hmm, I think it's time for a salsa recipe! I found one from another missionary wife on this blog! Here it is!

Friday, February 20, 2015

MK Spirit Week 2015 Friday

February 16-20, 2015

Welcome to MK Spirit Week!
Come join the fun!


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Friday:
Change Your Country Day!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in another country? (Yes, I know you already live in another country... I am talking about "another" another country.) Time to transport yourself to your favorite "another" another country! Pick any other country in the world and dress up, do a project, learn a song in their language... whatever you want to do! So throw on those hula skirts! Play the didgeridoo! Wrestle a crocodile! And post your pictures for all to see.

Gabriel and Ben in Southern Asia went with Spain! Gabriel loved running from his bull, TooMuch Teddy, and Ben supported his favorite football... ahem... soccer team!

If you are an MK, come join the fun! Be sure to take pictures, blog about it, and share with us. Link up your blog at the bottom of this page. What? You don't have a blog? That's ok. Email your picture to woonstonepal@yahoo.com (limit one per participant.) That way we can post them and share the fun with everyone.

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The Johnson family in Brazil chose to hang around Asia!

The Tharp family in Ireland... Katie is an island girl and Darren is a Brazilian Gaucho!

Madeline McCrocklin (pre-field to Germany) an island girl.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

MK Spirit Week 2015 Thursday



February 16-20, 2015

Welcome to MK Spirit Week!
Come join the fun!

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Thursday:
Change Your Species Day!

Have you ever had an overwhelming desire to be a platypus? Here's you chance to do just that! What? You don't like the platypus? Well, pick any creature of God's beautiful creation you desire. (By the way, you would make a great tuna fish!)


Michaela in Southern Asia Makes a great Bush Baby!

If you are an MK, come join the fun! Be sure to take pictures, blog about it, and share with us. Link up your blog at the bottom of this page. What? You don't have a blog? That's ok. Email your picture to woonstonepal@yahoo.com (limit one picture per participant.) That way we can post them and share the fun with everyone.

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Emily, Joel, and Katie Acree (Ghana) had fun learning about cows, monkeys, and bears. They also got to watch some fun videos about them. Baby Abby even wanted to participate! She couldn't decide if she wanted to be a kitty or a cow, though. She LOVES milk!

The Tharp kids (Ireland): Nathan is a T-Rex, Katie is a cat and Darren is a Spider!





Wednesday, February 18, 2015

MK Spirit Week 2015 Wednesday



February 16-20, 2015

Welcome to MK Spirit Week!
Come join the fun!

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Wednesday
Change Your Face Day!



Silly, serious, funny, crazy... it doesn't matter! Surprise us and change your face.

Ben in Southern Asia went a little... pirate-y!

If you are an MK, come join the fun! Be sure to take pictures, blog about it, and share with us. Link up your blog at the bottom of this page. What? You don't have a blog? That's ok. Email your picture to woonstonepal@yahoo.com (limit one picture per participant.) That way we can post them and share the fun with everyone.

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Madeline, pre-field to Germany, changed her face to a kitty cat today!
Her dad helped to make her kitty ears.

Mama Acree (Ghana) and Emily had fun making the masks.
Katie liked being a clown despite the picture. Emily had a kitty cat face.



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Quick Korean Beef

Every now and then we need quick meals that we can make in a pinch and that still taste like we spent hours in the kitchen. This Korean beef recipe is made with ground beef and therefore, takes very little time, but still offers great flavor. I originally found this recipe from Six Sister's blog. I really enjoy their recipes.






1 pound lean ground beef
1/4 - 1/2 cup brown sugar (If you want it sweeter you can use closer to 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 Tablespoon sesame oil (I don't have this so I just put in some sesame seeds)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced (see note)
1/2 - 1 teaspoon crushed red peppers (to desired spiciness)
salt and pepper
1 bunch green onions, diced (don't skip this!)

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and brown hamburger with garlic in the sesame oil. Drain most of the fat and add brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, salt and pepper and red peppers. Simmer for a few minutes to blend the flavors. Serve over steamed rice and top with green onions.


**A quick tip from Rachael Ray about fresh ginger. I love using fresh ginger in recipes but I never seem to have it on hand since it goes rotten in the refrigerator before I can use it. So, the next time you're at the store grab a large piece of ginger. Peel the entire thing and cut it into 1/2 inch pieces. Put it into a storage bag and keep it in the refrigerator. When you need a few teaspoons or so, all you have to do it pull out one of the small pieces and grate the alloted amount with a zester. It grates really well frozen!

MK Spirit Week 2015 Tuesday

February 16-20, 2015

Welcome to MK Spirit Week!
Come join the fun!

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Tuesday:
Change Your Status... Parent/Child Swap Day!



Have you ever wanted to swap places with Mom or Dad? Here's your chance! Dress up like Mom or Dad... have some fun swapping places. Take it as far as the REAL Mom and Dad will allow. Bonus points if that parent dresses up like you!

Jason, Gabriel, and Ben in Southern Asia
Gabriel gets to make some "parental decisions" today... like what's for dessert!
Ben and Gabriel both enjoyed morning coffee with Dad.
And Ben gets to lead family devotions and sit in Dad's favorite chair!

If you are an MK, come join the fun! Be sure to take pictures, blog about it, and share with us. Link up your blog at the bottom of this page. What? You don't have a blog? That's ok. Email your picture to woonstonepal@yahoo.com (limit one per participant.) That way we can post them and share the fun with everyone.

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Darren, Katie, and Nathan Tharp of Ireland starting of the day with their morning cup of coffee
while dressed up like mom and dad... and Nathan (3yo) made sure he was properly shaven for this photo.

Emily Acree in Ghana was a good mama today. She got to drink some coffee (hot chocolate), drove to the language teacher's house and pick her up (her "son" helped with the pedals and shifting), checked her phone all day to "skype," was a good hostess to some workers at the house, and made lunch for the family (she allowed her "daughter" to slice the bread). :)

Madeline McCrocklin (Pre-Field to Germany) has dressed up like her mommy with makeup and all. She knows that as the mommy, she must keep her "Thoughts, Notes, and Ideas" book with her at all times! When asked to smile, she said, "Why mommy? You are serious."








Monday, February 16, 2015

MK Spirit Week 2015 Monday



February 16-20, 2015

Welcome to MK Spirit Week!
Come join the fun!

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Monday:
Change Your Direction... a.k.a. Backwards Day!

Dress backwards, walk backwards, write backwards, sing backwards!
(Safety Disclaimer: BMW is not responsible for any injuries sustained if you actually walk backwards and fall into an alligator pond or your little brother's Lego pile. Matter of fact, if you actually walk backwards, you do so at your own risk. Only parents have eyes in the back of their heads. You do not.) 


Gabriel, Southern Asia

If you are an MK, come join the fun! Be sure to take pictures, blog about it, and share with us. Link up your blog at the bottom of this page. What? You don't have a blog? That's ok. Email a picture to woonstonepal@yahoo.com (limit one photo per participant.) That way we can post them and share the fun with everyone.

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And starting us off are Emily, Katie, and Joel Acree in Ghana, West Africa...
Sporting their tags and zippers on the wrong side in true backwards fashion!

Next we have the Tharp Family in Ireland.
They are so backwards that we cannot tell if they are coming or going!


Refusing to be left out of the craziness of MK Spirit week... here is the Johnson Family roaring all the way from Lizarb. Woops! I mean... from Brazil.