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Some pictures from our trip home

near Redstone, Colorado

We had a great trip to visit family in July. We think we saw more than 100 relatives total at 3 reunions. Here are some pictures from the trip:

Lake Michigan, Wisconsin side

sign at the beach in Spanish and Hmong!

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Mango Shortcake with Ginger Whipped Cream

On Tuesday, we celebrated my friends Kim’s birthday by having a picnic under the stars by a pond on a moonless night with fireflies all around. It was beautiful! The hostess of the picnic asked me to bring any dessert except cake because Kim would have already eaten cake many times that day. I wanted to bring something special, so I decided on mango shortcake. The mangoes are delicious right now! Continue reading

A Birthday Cake!

A week ago, my favorite twin boys turned 7 and I offered to help decorate the cake for their party since I just got some cake decorating supplies. I now have a reusable decorating bag, 6 icing tips, food coloring especially for frosting (thanks Dad!), and some decorative candy hearts (thanks Darlene!). I need powdered sugar though. Our local mini-mart, “Seum’s”, used to carry it but hasn’t in a while. I can get it in Vientiane too next time I go.

Anyway, about the cake – the twins’ mom baked the cake and I decorated it with homemade buttercream frosting. I think the border around the bottom turned out nicely. My main mistake was adding too much color to the frosting. It looks okay, but people’s teeth were turning blue at the party! One little 7 year old smiled at me with blue teeth and wide eyes to say thank you for the frosting! I wish I had a picture of that too 🙂

Sweet Potato Pie For My Birthday


This is the first pie I’ve ever made. Okay, I’ve made pie crust before for fruit tarts and I’ve made pie shaped things like quiche, but I’ve never actually made a pie. If you know how much I love pie, it’s even more suprising. I love pie so much that at my wedding, I didn’t want a wedding cake, I wanted many kinds of pie (and got what I wanted)!

Sweet potato pie is sort of like pumpkin pie in that it’s an orange pie made from a vegetable and it includes spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.

I made this pie with sweet potatoes that we bought in Vientiane. We can’t usually get them up here yet. The variety of sweet potatoes that we can get in Laos isn’t as rich and moist as the kind in the US, but it still made a great pie. Continue reading