Saturday, May 23The house we rented on Canning had a parrilla which we used on a regular basis and we've really missed having one at this house. For a while Ivan's had an idea and has been gathering materials to make a portable grill. He started with a 55 gallon drum that he cut in half, some scrounged bits of metal, and his welding tools. This is the type of project he works on when he wants to unwind and relax.
Sunday, May 24A little more progress on the baby quilt: two of the three rows for the bottom section are finished.
Wednesday, May 27Several years ago I bought an upholstery weight denim to make a new slipcover and cushion covers for our sofa. I'm finally getting around to making them. We bought new foam for the bottom cushion (decided to go with one long cushion instead of two smaller ones) and we reused the old bottom cushions, cutting them to size for the back cushions.
Thursday, May 28Marce, my Spanish tutor, came over this afternoon with all the ingredients to make brownies for her English students at one of the area high schools (she teaches English in several high schools). I shared on Facebook about our baking drama. I was doubling the batches and making them in large 12"x17" jelly roll sheets, but only added half the necessary sugar with the first pan. Second time I forgot the sugar entirely, remembered as I was putting it into the pan, then only added half but, again, remembered as I was putting it into the pan. Good grief! That second pan did end up with enough sugar, but the ingredients had not been added in the right order and it DOES make a difference! Those brownies were fine but had a much denser quality to them. You can bet I concentrated on the task at hand while making the third pan -- and finally got it right!
Friday, May 29I didn't take a single photo today. Thankfully Marce had her camera and I've used a few of her photos to create a little collage.
Marce had asked us to share about our year in Uganda, and also a little about the U.S. Ivan put together a slideshow with photos we'd taken in Uganda, and Ugandan music in the background. He could also still fit into the Kaunda suit he had made while we lived there! I hadn't kept my Ugandan dress, finally getting rid of it the last time we were in the U.S. (I'd worn my big puffy gomez exactly once in the past 14 years so didn't feel I could keep hanging onto it for sentimental reasons). I shared about growing up in Detroit and what I remembered about the summer of the '67 riots, and also about moving to Kentucky for three months the following year and how very different that was culturally. Ivan and I spoke in Spanish because we wanted them to understand what we were saying. The focus wasn't on English but on different cultures.
Saturday, May 30We went to a Celiac Expo in downtown Carlos Paz this afternoon. There was quite a turnout! I was able to try a lot of different treats: various cookies, bread, chips, cheese puffs... It was a nice way to see what we liked (or didn't like) without having to buy a whole package of something.
Sunday, May 31Charlie came over for lunch and spent the afternoon helping Ivan finish his portable grill. Charlie was bending metal rods while Ivan used the grinder.
Monday, June 1At the Expo on Saturday we learned there is a bakery in town that's 100% gluten free! I was so excited, I could hardly stand it :) We went on Monday evening and picked up several things: a small loaf of rustic bread that's about the size of a grapefruit, a breakfast pastry for Ivan, some cookies and (what Ivan's most excited about) pie crust so I can make an apple pie!
They didn't have any regular loaves of bread left, but we plan to go back this morning to get a loaf. I haven't had a grilled cheese in well over four months and the mere thought of it makes my mouth water.