happy thanksgiving… and MYACHI MADNESS!

happy thanksgiving… and MYACHI MADNESS!

We had the most FABULOUS thanksgiving. I have never  had so much to be thankful for. As we were preparing our contributions for the thanksgiving dinner, I was reflecting on the last year of my life. CRAZY. Last year I just found out I was pregnant again, with my 3 month old baby… and feeling totally overwhelmed…good thing that no one told me at that time I would be living in CHINA in a year…. I would never have  believed how much I would love it here!  We spent thanksgiving with 2 other families, and it was really fun to hang out, and eat each others’ favorite dishes… and get to know each other better.  We are very thankful to have made such awesome friends…they have totally make all the difference. We do miss our families so much, and thankfully we have video chat! It’s so funny how making ‘traditional’ thanksgiving food makes you feel at home! I made ‘yams and apples’ which is “my” thing that I always make. 
Maychi_thanksgiving

Apples
Yams
i know that thanksgiving is over, but i thought i’d still share my recipie! i should have shared it BEFORE! this is a great one to hang onto! 

Mom’s Yams and Apples

6 medium yams
4 apples
1/2 C. butter
3 T. cornstarch
1 C. sugar
1 t. salt
2 C. water
2 T. lemon juice

Cut yams into smaller pieces and boil until just soft. Drain, peel and slice into 1/4" slices. (much easier to get the skins off after they have been cooked). Peel, core and slice apples. In a buttered 9×13 casserole dish, layer yams, then apples, then yams and top with apples.
In a saucepan, melt butter, add cornstarch, sugar, salt and mix well.  Add water and cook until thickens.  Remove from heat and add lemon juice. Pour over the yams and apples. Cover w/ tinfoil; cook at 350 for 1 hour. SO GOOD.

i also made this ‘texas sheet cake’ which is my FAVORITE, but it seemed too hard to make (cause it’s from scratch-like cooking on the stove scratch)… but i broke down and made it, and even did the whole marshmallows on top thing… YUM! so good!
Sheet_cake

Speaking of friends… the boys have a friend named Mason, and he introduced them to their current obsession: MYACHI. Myachi
Have you seen or heard of it?? I had never, but  holy cow, I feel like an expert.  Ok, a MYACHI is a little rectangular ‘sack’ that you bounce around or “juggle” on the backs of your hands. There are a million different moves, and tricks and my kids have been watching little videos of the tricks on the myachi website and also on you tube. They are getting really good! I guess it could be compared to the hackysack era. I have tried to play along  with them, but I just don’t have the same eye-hand-coordination! They have been having a blast with it… so if you are looking for a perfect gift… ‘stocking stuffer’ idea, for your kids… really pretty much any age… from 5-6 years old… up to well- eric even thinks it’s fun! They are only $6.50. The only place I know to buy them is on ebay (we got them from Tia’s Purrrrfect Gifts) … but maybe they are available in stores-near-you! don’t worry, we have watched all the interviews, and read all about the founder on Wikipedia and stuff.. it’s pretty cool. I think it’s fun to find something like that—inexpensive, and requires some actual movement… and is not only something that kids can play with together, but they can do it by themselves… (quietly!) lol… anyway… colton and cory have emailed the ‘myachi  man’ and there is one thing he tells them “spread the word and keep on jammin” … so this is us, doing our part… to spread the word! Check it out! (notice how all the boys in the thanksgiving photo have myachis … so fun!)

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