Friday, May 27, 2011

A Wedding

We've been absent for a few days...that's because our brother/brother-in-law got married!!

The Groom

The Bride

The Couple

The wedding was in San Diego, California and it was fabulous. We'll get some pictures up soon.

Jordan and Missy

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Pear Muffin Recipe

Hello All!

So, with the lack of posts that we've put up, I thought I would post a recipe I started using a few months ago but just haven't put up on here yet! The great thing about this recipe is that it is super flexible and you can add just about whatever you want and it will turn out great. The recipe is originally from here  AND here - basically I mixed them both to get more of an oatmeal-based muffin. These are great for snacks or breakfast treats!

So here is more or less what I've used:

2 c. oats (quick or regular work)
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. soft butter
1 c. flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. chopped peeled pear (1 or 2 lg.)
1/2 c. milk (skim = healthier!)
2/3 cup plain non fat yogurt (I have also used strawberry - adds a bit more flavor without being too strong)
1 egg 

Combine oats, brown sugar and cinnamon. Remove 2 1/2 cups to large mixing bowl. Combine soft butter with remaining oatmeal mixture (I use VERY little butter, the oats and sugar stick to the top of the muffins pretty well once baked); set aside. Stir flour (again, you can use more oatmeal, less flour - whatever ratio you want), baking powder, and salt into oatmeal mixture in large bowl. Combine milk, yogurt, and egg. Pour into dry ingredients and mix just until moistened. Stir in pear (as much as you want! The more the better!). Spoon into 12 greased or lined muffin cups filling 1/2 full. (I usually have enough extra for 6 more muffins) Sprinkle reserved oatmeal mixture over tops. Bake for 12-15 minutes at 400 degrees. (They may take longer, I know my bake time is closer to 20 minutes, but most of my recipe times are different down in Chile....not sure why)

 Mixing the Oats



 Chopped Pears

 Muffin Tops


Blessings All,

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Una Visita

Here we've been home for about 2 weeks now, and haven't really posted anything on what we have been up to! Thought I would share some photos from my dad's house -- we got to go up there for a visit a the beginning of our time home, and it was great! 

Dad and Stepmom

 Just in time for beautiful cherry trees in bloom!

 Dad warming up the truck

 Making muffins

 Lizzy dog

 Super furry cat

More pretty flowers in bloom

 Jordan doing some moves

Practicing karate...or something

 We helped my dad move a bunch of lilac plants

Can you spot the peacock?? 

Blessings All!
Jordan and Missy

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Hey all, just a quick note to let you all know we arrived safe and sound in Portland last Wednesday. We've been pretty busy with family and friends lately, but we'll be sure to get back on track with the updates soon. While you wait, here are a few pictures.

- Jordan and Missy

Our awful visa photos

An ostrich named Dave we encountered on one of our trips

Sea anemone at the beach