Friday Favorite: Congo Cooking

Friday FavoritesMy first attempt to cook authentic Congolese cuisine this week was a smashing success. And so incredibly fun!

I couldn’t stop smiling all night.

There was something very special about learning to cook food from my daughter’s country.

Especially the fufu, which is something she eats every single day.

Tangine Chicken with fufu and fried plantains:

the complete meal

Next week, I’m going to try Muamba Nsusu with yep, fufu and fried plantains (again).

I want to master the art of those second two so when our little girl is home, I can make her some familiar foods.

Let’s Talk: What’s the most foreign-type meal you’ve ever tackled in the kitchen?

Friday Favorite: Bedtime Prayers

Friday FavoritesIf you’re friends with me on Facebook, then you know my 4-year old son is constantly saying funny things.

One of my favorites?

His bedtime prayers.

Like this one, just last night…

Dear God, I love you. You are stronger than Spinosaurus. And you can walk on water. I can’t walk on water so I’m not God. I would drown. But I can walk on my tiptoes in the swimming pool.  Thank you for being God. And thank you for mommy and daddy. I love them. Amen.

Let’s Talk: Any cute kids-say-the-darndest-things stories?

Friday Favorite: The Sixth Man

Friday FavoritesHowdy friends!

This week’s Friday favorite is about my friend and fellow adoptive mama, Jenny Hoffman.

She and her family have been, like me, traveling the adoption journey for a looooong time.

They are adopting a little boy from Korea named Noah.

Recently, adoptions from Korea changed (like international adoptions are so apt to do) and a 2nd trip to the country is now required.

The Hoffman’s went from being fully funded to not so much. International airfare for two is no cheap thing.

They need to raise $5000 more in order to afford the required 2nd trip.

So they are doing a puzzle fundraiser of their own!

$10 to sponsor a piece.

Your name, or any name you’d like, will be written on the back.

The Hoffman’s have 500 pieces to go!

I know how Jenny must be feeling.

Like there’s just no way that puzzle’s ever going to get completed.

But then, so many of you overwhelmed us Gansherts with a flood of support that blew our ever-lovin’ socks off!

Let’s do the same for Jenny!

You can check out a picture of her adorable little boy and see a picture of the puzzle by visiting her blog.

Let’s Talk: What’s one of your favorites from your week?