I was minding my business in my Father’s house when a phone call came in. It was my friend, H on the other end of the line:
Archives for May 2016
My whole family got sick
It was the last day of school
Girl number 1 finished the academic year strong. Praaaaaaaise the Lord! She went to two schools this year. One was a Christian preschool and the other was the Head Start programme funded by the government. She went to one in the morning, and the other in the afternoon. At the beginning of the school year, I wondered how we would cope with two schools but we got used to it through the winter and everything else. Thank God!
|Having some ice cream after the kids’ performed|
|The loves of my life|
I got published on BellaNaija.com!
I am so grateful to Bella Naija for putting my Challah Bread recipe on their site. You can see the post HERE. Thank you BN!
I am elated to be able to share my passion for food with more people. The kitchen ministry is expanding!
People, that’s what happened last week. What’s up with you?
“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.” Ephesians 1:3
Sometimes, the cake is just too plain to be called a birthday cake compared to the sophisticated birthday cakes you find in parties or on television screens. If there happens to be some icing on it, it looks so mushy and disorganised- the product of my several failed attempts at icing. However, the accompanying joy is unbeatable whenever someone gets a year older in my first family.
I honestly miss those days when my siblings and I will laugh and tease each other at our little birthday get-togethers. It was never a lavish party but always a small family time in which we will pray, crack jokes and eat. Even my dad, who is not keen on socialising will rush home to these moments. It no doubt added value to our lives.
As I officially turn 27 this year, I have lots and lots of things on my mind. My usual celebration with siblings is not going to happen because I am miles away from them. I have 2 toddlers running around me who may not understand the blessing of becoming a year older.
I look back and I see a teeny tiny human being who has not only grown old but has matured and has achieved. In my primary days my parents where quite unstable. So I attended three primary schools in three different towns.
My highly ambitious Mom, was attending school while we were growing. So I shuttled between my grand-parents home and my mother’s hostel room. In all these things I transitioned and stared at the different faces of life.
I went from a Daddy’s girl, who will enjoy rides in her Daddy’s car and eats delicious treats to a farm girl who treks for hours to fetch firewood. I have drank bread and tea in the morning and I have also eaten leftover porridged cocoyams for breakfast.
In all these, the most important transition I have ever experienced has been accepting Christ and cultivating a personal relationship with Him. From the time I took that decision, my life took a different course and I am more than grateful that He found me.
As I turn 27, it is time to amplify my rights and eliminate my wrongs. Not that I will become automatically perfect. I believe it is important to focus on doing the few right things we know rather that trying to get it all right at once.
My number one right thing will be to wake-up on time. The Bible says the virtuous woman wakes up while it is yet night and prepares food for her household and tasks for her maidens ( Proverbs 31: 15). I have been unable to consistently wake up early enough over the years and it has always been my desire to do so.
Great men wake up very early in the morning. Jesus woke up in the wee hours of the morning, while it was still dark, to pray (Mark 1:35). David said he will seek God early in the morning.
There is something about starting a day early! The days I wake up early, I feel so energised. But when I wake up late, the day begins sluggishly. It is time to take consistent hold of my mornings.
There is much, I am looking forward to this new year but let me go straight to the one that concerns you and I. It’s Precious Core: your blog, our blog. God was clear when He spoke to me concerning this blog and also gave me a name for it. I know it has added value to several lives out there and it will continue to do so.
This is my core, the central part of this multi-talented me. In my writing, the bits and pieces of me come together in such a beautiful way. If I disappointed you by not posting enough, I am sorry. Like a baby learning to walk, I take steps and then I fall again.
But soon I will be walking right, then I will run and then I will soar! Always check back to see what I have posted. I have so much in store waiting to be unleashed. And of course, leave feedback- that will be greatly appreciated.
I thank God for bringing me this far, for preserving me, comforting me, being my best friend. I am counting my blessings and it is amazing to see how much He has done.
Thank you for reading and see you in the next post.
P.S: I wrote this post for my 27th birthday over a year ago but for some reason I didn’t post it. It must have been the hormones!
When I made this crepe cake days ago, my daughters were so happy that they almost asked if I could be their mommy once again. It was pure joy for me to watch them devour this chocolatey delicacy for breakfast.
The trip was part of the end of year events for girl number 1’s school. The school chose the zoo as a venue so families could have a great time together. We took about 356 pictures (okay, hyberbole). But we took so many pictures and I’ve gone through a painful (and sweet) process of selecting them. If you enjoy pictures as much as I do then read on.
The first place we explored was the animal farm. Girl number 2 is an animal person. She went for the goats.
Girl number 1 was SCARED. She got it from her Mama.
It felt good to see cows after a long time.
I couldn’t resist taking a pic of this bunny. It was too cute!
Common questions at the poultry.
It was fun.
I could really use some of these fresh eggs.
Then we saw some pigs, AKA “cunyam” or “shwine”. Do you have a colloquial expression for pig in your area?
We watched the real pigs from afar then the girls sat on the fake pigs.
The lazy tiger was asleep. Can you spot the tiger?
And the biggest bear…
We probably watched this bear for about an hour. It just kept swimming and playing with the water.
Look at those big feet, I mean paws?
Girl number 1 was far, very far away from the bear. Meanwhile girl number 2 stayed close.
We saw leopards.
Then we went for a ride.
I thoroughly enjoyed the touch with nature at the zoo.
- Boil whole corn with akanwa (lime stone) until the skin gets soft.
- Allow to cool completely or rinse immediately with cold water.
- Peel by rubbing with your palms then pour in a huge quantity of water so the skins can float.
- Use a colander to drain the floating skins.then you return to the pot and boil to perfection.
- When it is boiled and ready, add in pre-soaked raw beans and cook together. Season with salt when both are ready and allow to boil for an additional 5 minutes before turning off. This entire process makes the corn soft and easier to chew in your corn chaff!
For many years, I have watched my “contri pipo” drink their destinies away and this is sad. They even have love names for alcohol such as, “shark” and “one man”. If they only ended at “one man” (one bottle of beer), it would have been better. Unfortunately, one man quickly becomes six men, messed-with-urine pants (ewww!), a nap in the gutters and having to soothe disgruntled partners.
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5. Drinking breaks marriages
When a spouse spends a significant part of their life drinking, they hardly have time to invest in their relationship.
6. Drinking has adverse effects on health
Apart from brain damage mentioned above, other parts of the body affected by drinking, include,
Bonus point: Drinking gives you bad breath. Have you ever tried to strike a conversation with someone who just gulped down some beer? Mouth odour on fleek!
No wonder, my university lecturer, Diffang always referred to the primary brewery company in Cameroon as, “Brasseries di do Cameroon”. Ha.
So I went for my niece’s barbeque where I made the gateau you see above. If you follow me on Facebook, you must have already seen pics of this. These little balls were well enjoyed by the audience which was a mixture of people from Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Liberia, etc. They simply have a universal appeal. Find out how to make them HERE.