Wednesday, February 18, 2015


With spring around the corner we are expecting several sets of visitors.

A blog I enjoy summed it up well . . .

What I learned is that when family needs a place to stay they aren't looking for a luxury hotel, just a bed with clean sheets and a smiling face handing them a hot cup of coffee in the morning. When friends come to visit they don't expect a gourmet meal and a pinterest ready atmosphere, they just want a safe place to talk about the ups and downs of life. {Lemon Lane Cottage}

Sunday, February 8, 2015

asian chicken & slaw stir-fry

Asian Chicken and Slaw Stir-Fry
serves 2 

1 Tbls olive oil
8-10 oz boneless chicken breast cut into small pieces
3 cups packaged coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots)
4 medium scallions sliced
4 Tbsp teriyaki sauce
1 cup cooked brown rice {optional}

Stir-fry chicken and scallions in olive oil for 3-4 minutes in a large skillet
Add slaw and teriyaki sauce; toss and heat through.
Serve over rice.
{if you are counting carbs skip the rice}

Sunday, February 1, 2015

the rent collector

My book club is now reading
The Rent Collector 

Though the book is a work of fiction, 
it was inspired by real people living at Stung Meanchey.

I loved this book.
When I finished it I sat frozen for quite awhile processing it all.

It had extra meaning to me as we have spent
several months in Cambodia in the past 4 years.

Here are a few of my photos that the book brought to mind . . .

{view from Amanda's 4th floor balcony - Phnom Penh}

{Amanda and Ezra - Prey Veng}

{recycling - Phnom Penh}

{traveling by moto - Phnom Penh}

{the blessing of having a foreign doctor - Phnom Penh}

{another blessing - dear friend Ming Kohm}

The Rent Collector is the story of a young mother, Sang Ly, struggling to survive by picking through garbage in Cambodia's largest municipal dump. Under threat of eviction by an embittered old drunk who is charged with collecting rents from the poor of Stung Meanchey, Sang Ly embarks on a desperate journey to save her ailing son from a life of ignorance and poverty