Making Tortillas!

We enjoy eating Mexican food sometimes- especially buritoes and tacos.....but it is hard to find tortillas here. I used to order them from a person here but he seems to have gone out of business now.

So, now, we are making our own. They are not hard to make, just time consuming.

Kirsten made them the other day for supper and they were great!

Tortillas De Harina
3 cups flour
3 T shortening or lard
1 t. baking powder
3/4 t. salt
1 pinch sugar
1 cup water (room temp.)

Mix flour, shortening, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
Gradually add water until crumbly dough forms.
Work with hands until dough holds together on a floured board, shape into a ball and knead until smooth. Divide dough into 12 roughly equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and let them set for 15 minutes.

After making the dough, divide into balls.

Use a rolling pin to flatten into 8 inch circles.

Cook on ungreased griddle on medium heat.
When it starts to bubble, turn it over.

When entire tortilla starts to inflate, take it off grill.
They are delicious!

I should've taken a picture of us eating them all for supper!

Thanks, Kirsten!!!!

Prayer Request

Please pray that this swine flu pandemic does not curtail our flying to the USA in 3 weeks. Our plan is to leave May 23 to fly to the USA. So far no cases of swine flu have been reported in the Philippines. Thanks for your prayers.

Happenings of late.....(Part 2)......

I had to do two parts to recent happenings because the computer wasn't downloading the pictures I needed off the camera, but thanks to my computer-savvy husband, now it is! Thanks Kurt!!!!!!!

Baseball for Ben has finished up on Wednesday. He really enjoys sports and fishing.

Ben with some of his team mates

Ben getting trophy

James and Jerard are doing well. James is busy. Jerard is slowly improving.

Happenings of late.....(Part 1)....

Mikayla recently went to the Middle School Banquet. She looked very nice all dressed up!

Joseph Chalmers and Mikayla - at banquet as friends

Kirsten's 5th grade class recently took a field trip to the Mindanao Rural Life Center which trains farmers on farming techniques. It was a very fascinating tour.

If you come visit us, I'll take you there. It is a fascinating place to go.


Faith Academy recently had a concert. All the groups did very well. We are blessed with two great music teachers.
Ben has been going to music at Faith. The song they sang was very sweet.

Kirsten played percussion for the 5th/6th grade band, but it's hard to get a good picture of her when she's at the back of the stage, so here's a pic of her while sitting listening to her sister's band.

Mikayla played clarinet in the 7th/8th grade band. It sounded great. They did a great medley of "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie music!