Monday, November 8, 2010

Exciting parcel from Jeffreys Bay, Stir fried cashew chicken recipe and meet Bob and Lenore...

Well! We got our first ever package all the way from South Africa! Wow! Thanks Jeffreys Bay Bible Church ladies! We noticed the Christmas detail on the package but could not resist! Thank you so much for being so thoughtful. We finished the 'Chuckles' chocolates within 5 minutes of receiving the package! Here are the contents sprawled out on our couch- minus the chuckles chocolates!

Here is a closer look of some of the South African items:
'South African Protea' Fridge magnet:

A J-Bay keyring:

This one made Izak and I laugh! Great souvenir Liz! This fizzer was customized by little Kara! When I last saw her, I wouldn't have imagined her teeth having this sort of impact! And now after seeing a video of her walking... I can believe it! Makes us feel like the Olivier's have come to visit LA! (hehehe- you knew I would love that Liz!)

We appreciated getting the parcel so much. The DVD with all the pictures made me cry and we have used the tea, read the notes and put everything else on the fridge! (Except the earrings, which I have worn numerous times and love both pairs!) Here is a look of our fridge 'full of love'!

Since we have been here, I have been trying out some world recipes, this Stir-fried cashew chicken recipe was so easy and actually had Asian flair! (I would add more chilli next time...)
Here is a pic: (I found some rice noodles, which were so quick to prepare!)
Here is the link to the recipe:,1839,155172-254196,00.html

Then, we went to visit with Bob and Lenore for Sunday lunch and it was great to see them again! (We will be house-sitting for them for the first two weeks in December and we'll be looking after their very friendly rottweiler too- called Gracie...)
Meet.... Bob and Lenore!

 While we were at Bob and Lenore's place, she showed me these Origami flowers that her grand-daughter had made and let us have one! (Our first American Christmas decoration for our home!) I think that it is such a great idea for a homemade decoration! (The Christmas paper just makes it so festive!) So here is a how-to-make-origami-Christmas-roses site!

I wish you could try these! We discovered them from Christine (our friendly TMS admissions lady!) and we have been hooked! I believe they are especially made for Halloween... Here are some pics- which just doesn't allow the flavour sensation to quite arrest you as it has us! I look forward to seeing what they make for the other holidays! Such a great plan. I am definitely a fan! Check out their site:

I was sick for the first time since being away from home and Izak was Sem student, book-shop worker and nurser extraordinaire! :)

We only have two weeks to go before the Thanksgiving break and we are looking forward to that. However, Izak has exams directly after the break and two big papers that are due before the exams, so please pray for him!
We are so encouraged by the Lord's kindness to us. We are almost done with our first semester and it has been an incredible blessing. (Trials and hard work have abounded but also the memories to cherish and lots of growing!)

We'll be in touch!


  1. You've always got to love a "love package from home"! Always fun to see the momento's people include. Seems like you're getting an all-round learning experience Taryn :) Love the origami & stirfry. May your first "break" be a blessed one for both of you and all the best to Izak for his upcoming exams & ! :)
    Keep strong :)

  2. *wonder if brach's ships to south africa...*

  3. Always enjoy reading your blogs! You really know how to put things across in a way that we can live ourselves into your situation in our imagination....though so glad I am not the one writing exams! Yikes!!LOL..and that is Lots of love, not LOL!!