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I made a Wedding Cake!

November 6, 2015 1 comment

It was nice and small and “easy” (considering it was a 6-layer cake haha) and honestly the main reason it turned out half as nice as it did is because Emma wanted to do the “naked” cake look (ie, virtually no frosting decoration needed) and the lady who did the flower arrangements is a genius!! Thanks for making me look good, Miho-san!

  • Day 1 – Big layers baked, leveled, & frozen

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  • Day 2 – Small layers baked and frozen

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  • Day 3 – Frosting & stacking

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  • Day 4 (day of the wedding) – Flower decorations and cake cutting!

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Categories: Food, Pictures

Emma and Taisei got married!

November 2, 2015 Leave a comment

Tribute to my (former T_T) roommate Emma & her new husband Taisei!

When Emma & Taisei first started “officially” seeing each other, there was still quite a bit of fear and uncertainty on Emma’s part.  Actually, that’s putting it pretty mildly. To be frank, Emma was totally freaking out.

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Mount Fuji Conference!

September 19, 2015 Leave a comment

Actually, I lied, we’re not really AT Mt. Fuji.  But we’re “close”!

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(You can just see the tip of Mt. Fuji poking out over the mountains)

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Introducing my roommate!

August 9, 2015 Leave a comment

God is really amazing in the way he answers prayers.  Even seemingly impossible and random things like a NEW ROOMMATE.  I mean, seriously, how awesome is HE?

Besides her lovely ability to live with a couple of crazy foreigners (surprisingly rare here), Kana’s sweet, fun-loving, God-seeking personality have made her an easy and wonderful addition to our home.  So glad to have her!

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Flowing noodles

January 31, 2013 Leave a comment

More commonly (or really, exclusively) known as Nagashi Somen.

Sam & Sharon’s visit was serendipitously the same weekend we did nagashi somen at church.

You can look up more about this tradition here, but basically you take long sticks of bamboo sliced in half, hollowed, and then set up sort of like a mini water slide.  Cold running water is poured into one end and then small “packets” (for lack of a better word) of somen (skinny Asian wheat noodles) are “flowed” down the slide to be caught with chopsticks by people along the way.

It’s actually not easy.  You tend to get somen and water everywhere and a lot of somen ends up in the basket at the end which catches the extras.

Somen is a popular summer food in Japan, but this was the first time I (and of course Sam & Sharon) had done it with the bamboo slides.  Tons of fun!  And delicious too.  You dip the noodles in a cold broth and then top it with cucumbers, ham, sliced egg, green onions, and mushrooms.  Perfect for a hot summer day!

I never really realized how many dishes are noodle-based in Japan but during their trip we also had udon, tsukemen, yakisoba, okonomiyaki (this usually doesn’t have noodles, but in Hiroshima it does).  We didn’t even have ramen, since the girls were going to get some during their day in Osaka.

Roommates!

January 24, 2013 1 comment

Last summer I introduced you to Emma, my Kiwi (New Zealand) friend and fellow missionary.  Emma’s had a heart for Japan for years and came to Hiroshima to work with the Billy Graham Evangelical Association for a festival/revival event planned for mid-2014.  Some of you may remember me mentioning this while I was at home.

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Categories: Daily Life, Pictures

Gingerbread houses!

January 16, 2013 1 comment

I know I said last year that I was crazy for doing a gingerbread house party; totally, barking mad and I would never in a thousand years do it again…

Well, maybe 1000 years is just shorter than I thought it was.  Or maybe I’m underestimating my forgetfulness.  Either way, I made gingerbread houses for my English class parties.  Again.

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Categories: Ministry Stuff, Pictures