Thursday, January 29, 2009

Peanutty Buckeye Bars

What could be better than chocolate and peanutbutter!
I thought this was a great recipe and easy ---But what with the name---Buckeyes?

Peanutty Buckeye Bars

1 19.5-ounce package brownie mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup cooking oil
1 cup chopped peanuts
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup peanut butter
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside. In a large bowl, combine brownie mix, eggs, and oil. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Stir in peanuts. Remove half of the brownie mixture and set aside. Spread the remaining brownie mixture evenly into prepared pan.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter until smooth. Spread evenly over brownie mixture in pan. Separate the remaining brownie mixture into pieces, flatten them with your fingers, and place them on top of the brownie mixture in pan.
3. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until top is set and edges are lightly browned. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Makes 32 bars.
4. To Store: Layer cookies between waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Monday, January 26, 2009

What a disaster!

Maybe you can't teach an old dog new tricks! I looked at the previous post after it was posted and what a disaster! I spent a couple of hours redoing so it looked perfect and look what happened. Where is the book called Blogging for Dummies when you need it! Forget about the wallpaper stuff and cute borders--I was doing the basics. You younger generation is so much more talented and computer savy! I was so excited and had lots of posts to add after our recent trips to Ethiopia and Uganda--so I'm going to apologize before hand !

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Greater Zimbabwe Ruins

While in Zimbabwe for the Cholera outbreak we had the opportunity to attend a branch there. The Church had previously had a regional conference for the Africans which was taped. We went with the senior couple to a small branch 3 hours away from the capitol city of Harare. We went supplied with a generator, 150 feet of extension cords, computer, projector, screen, and all kinds of adaptors. On the way we got a chance to stop at the Greater Zimbabwe ruins. This is the ruins of the most advanced civilization in all of Africa, from about a 1,000 years ago. The empire stretched over much of southern Africa and is claimed be the home of the Queen of Sheba. We hiked around the area for a couple of hours and heard all about the history of this area.

Arriving Sat. afternoon at the branch, the men set up the equipment for Sun., I spent the afternoon teaching about cholera prevention. This village has not had electricity for a month. Hence the Generator!

The hotel we were staying at told us they had water. I was so excited to take a bath so I turned the water on and got ready to soak in the tub. MAYBE NOT!

Sunday morning we arrived to find the chapel full ( 120 people) and electricity ON! It stayed on for 2 hours during the presentation and quit about 10 minutes after! Miracle?

Walking to Church Love this little girls choice of shoes!

Cholera Outbreak

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile, but just after Thanksgiving, a Cholera outbreak happen in Zimbabwe. We have been really busy dispensing cholera medication, special water filtration systems and teaching classes on how to prevent Cholera since then. Cholera is a disease that causes diarrhea that is so severe that death can occur in as little as 8 hours. The interesting thing about cholera is it is a fairly weak bacteria, the treatment is hydration and 1 dose of doxycycline. You get cholera from drinking water that has been contaminated with the bacteria. It is not spread though the air or from contact. Our first step was to institute guidelines for the missionaries on how to prevent Cholera. We then arranged for a cholera vaccine to be shipped in(this vaccine is not available in US) from France. The vaccine has to be fridgerated, so we filled suit cases with Styrofoam boxes and ice packs and the vaccine and boarded a plane headed for Zimbabwe.
Upon arriving we found our hotel had no water and were going to be put up in an apt. that had a well. We had to go to a facet, across the street, with buckets fill them up and fill the bath tub with water. This was used to flush the toilets and for bucket bath. The next problem was no electricity for the 7 days we were there! You needed the electricity to boil the water to make it safe to drink. We drank bottle water and took cold bucket baths! No wonder they have cholera!

We met with the embassy people who told us all the public hospital were now closed for lack of supplies, private hospitals had very little supplies, and they didn't feel that the cholera outbreak would peak until March -April when the rainy season was over! Statistic are not very good here, but an estimated 250,000 have died. They think it is at least double or triple that!
With the lack of water and other governmental problems, the local people are starving here.
The church has dig up all the land and grass around the church buildings, have planted gardens for the members. We also provide water for the gardens.