Sunday, August 24, 2014

Steps Beach








We made it to Steps Beach, just north of Rincon. It is supposed to be a great snorkeling spot, with lots of coral. That made it a bit harder of a swimming spot for the kids, with the old coral making up most of the beach. It is really beautiful to have the land along the beach undeveloped. The cows had the nicest view!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

Avocados, avocados!



With buckets of avocados falling everyday, we are eating a lot of guacamole!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Lime Meltaways








We have a few citrus trees in the back of the house, but they are rather shaded so they aren't producing a whole lot. Ben harvested this bunch of beautiful limes and it seemed that they would be perfect for Lime Meltaways. Ice box cookies, or refrigerator cookies, are just the right thing for my kitchen right now. It is usually 85 degrees in the kitchen so no matter what cookie dough I make, it needs to be cooled down in the fridge for a while to firm up enough to be put on a baking sheet. And most importantly, the little ones enjoyed them.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Lincoln Logs at Work



There is some serious building going on around here! We love Lincoln Logs.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Saturday




~up in the mountains of Rincon~
~sunset near our house in Mayaguez~

Saturday is the day that Daddy stays home, but we don't go to church. That is how Pieter explains the day. And it was a nice Saturday, starting with our first batch of our favorite waffles here in Mayaguez. We topped them with mangos and whipped cream.* Our mango tree is done dropping fruit, but there is one up the street that we go to and pick up bags full at a time. I am so happy that we brought our chest freezer with us - it is filling up with free food whenever we find some. This dishpan full is from one five minute walk! 

We found this casa of ours three days into our time here and are very happy to rent it for a year while we look for something more permanent. It is just a mile and a half from the university and the street is much quieter than our street was in South Dakota. The bedrooms are in the basement, build into the hillside, so they stay cool throughout the day. There is a nice yard for the kids to play in and more than an acre of fruit trees in the back, on a steep slope. We've been enjoying mangos, starfruit, guavas, oranges, and avocados. I'm still experimenting with freezing the avocados since we are getting about a bucket a day. Ben has been making starfruit juice which is quite amazing.

By late afternoon we were hot and sticky, so we jumped in the car and drove north to a beach in Rincon for a swim. When we have time, we explore new roads. On the way home, we drove through the mountainous coastline and I tried to take some pictures of the ocean as we whipped around a curvy, steep road. By the time we got home in Mayaguez, the sunset was brilliant. We stopped just around the corner from our house and took the last photo. 

*Grandpa, we had to use whipped cream on the waffles because we don't have any maple syrup. Do you think this could be remedied? 
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