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Lunch with Demi and Charlotte

Every month I schedule a visit in my home with Demi and Charlotte, some of my friends from church, who come by to check on me to make sure I'm doing fine. It's always a pleasure. We had talked about eating lunch out, but I suggested that they come by so I could cook for them. Demi asked me if I would show her how to make something Mexican, so I made beef tostadas served with Touchdown Taco Dip, and the food was a big hit. Charlotte told me she was in heaven as she dined on her meal. She was so cute, as she sat comfortably at my dining table, savoring each bite, taking note of the pleasant music playing in the background, fully appreciating the delicious meal that someone else had cooked for her.
While those of you who are in the United States may be seeing this, it's probably no big deal t you. I actually bought a package of 90 tortillas at HEB on my last trip to Texas, then carried them on the plane, took them through security, simply because my luggage weight was maxed out, and I have yet to locate them in Taiwan. The US airport security obviously sees a lot of tortillas, as they were wagering on whether they were made from flour or corn as they passed through the x-ray screen overhead. Once I got them home, I then divided my huge stack of tortillas into smaller portions, stuck them in my freezer, and was now sharing the last of my stash.

As far as the ground beef goes, it's hard to locate in Hsinchu. It finally occurred to me one day that I could use the pre-shaped hamburger patties in the freezer section at Costco when I want a pound of ground beef, a very common ingredient to Americans. After lunch, I asked Charlotte to help me find the cleaners where our clothes were since I couldn't remember, as all the Chinese signs tend to blend together in my head. I've driven along Minghu Lu multiple times in search of the cleaners, to no avail. Once Charlotte helped me find it, based on the address, I took a picture of the sign so I could find it the next time I need to, then realized there is also English on it that I had overlooked somehow.
Demi brought me a pretty purple necklace for Christmas which I wore back home to Texas on the airplane. (We're in Texas for the holidays, by the way.) I gave each of my friends a small package of Texas corn bread mix and an uplifting quote little plaque that I had gotten when I was in Rexburg taking Lindsey to college.
I will be back in Taiwan after the new year and I'll be sure to post some happenings in the meantime from Austin, our home sweet home. We miss our Taiwan friends while we are temporarily away and love them so much!


Heidi said…
Gotta have those tortillas!

Merry Christmas Kelly!
Jess said…
How long are you home for? I would love to see you!!

email me!

Jess :)
Julie said…
I love home made Mexican food
Bobbi said…
Merry Christmas, Kelly! Have a great time in Texas! (The food looks scrumptious!)

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