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WHAT’S ON MY MIND THESE HOT DAYS?

 My kids tease me about one summer when I was driving them home from camp or a sports tournament….I don’t remember now.  Doctor Daddy couldn’t come so it was Mommy and the kids.  Late at night, they were asleep in the back seat.  One of them tells the story of waking or half waking and hearing me humming along to music……CHRISTMAS music!  In August! 

Which leads me to….what am I up to now?  Trying to beat the heat and huddle indoors with the air conditioning?  Or just embrace the heat and go out and bake in it?  No,  my thoughts are far away…..two places……Africa….and Christmas.

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You remember my writing about my trip to Swaziland this past January.  Well, now in Swaziland they are experiencing the worst drought in their history.  No rain in over a year.  Reservoirs are not just low; they are completely dry, with the ground cracking at the bottom of what once was a small lake/reservoir.   There is a plan for another water source, but it requires a significant amount of money.  How to get that water is always on my heart. 

The farming on Project Canaan is now dried up and over because there is no rain.  Primarily, Heart for Africa’s farm, Project Canaan, serves as home for 135 abandoned babies.  But the farming component was also a big part, providing food, jobs and an income source for the whole amazing operation and the surrounding communities.   

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The jewelry making venture is now trying to pick up the slack.  People who were working in the fields are now being trained to make jewelry, stringing beads and bending wire, and I must say, doing a great job of it!  Just this week we received stateside thousands of these beautiful ornaments. 

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What’s  on my mind these days?  How to sell 2,000 ornaments!  So I’m telling everyone I know about them.  The easiest way is to get 20 people to buy 100 ornaments ($12/each).  Can you do that?  Or could your business do that?

If you can’t buy 100, could you buy 10?  Or 20?   Or 50?  Come on, we all know we spend $10 here and $15 there to take care of gifting during the holidays.  Could you give these ornaments instead?  They look really cute draped over a wine bottle for a hostess gift or a gift for a good client or referral source.  Some people are enclosing them in their Christmas cards.  The blue ornament is perfect for Hanukkah too.  

I know its early and still HOT.  So hot, and every time I take a cool drink out of my water bottle, I think of my friends in Swaziland.  Even the animals are dying because of the drought….beautiful exotic Africa animals as well as the only goat a poor family may have had to stand between them and starvation. 

I will ask again, but I’m asking now so you can begin thinking how together we can make a difference.

EMAIL ME AT DFERN2001@ATT.NET IF YOU ARE WILLING TO PURCHASE ORNAMENTS OR HAVE AN ORGANIZATION THAT COULD/WILL DO THAT.  BLESSINGS! 

RECIPE

I just discovered this and I give the Pioneer Woman all the credit, since I found it in her cookbook. 

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WATERMELON GRANITA

 ½ seedless watermelon

Juice of 2 limes

1/3 cup sugar

Cut off the rind of the watermelon and chop into large chunks. 

Next slice 2 limes in half and squeeze the juice into a blender or Ninja. 

Add the sugar. 

Pack the blender as full of watermelon chunks as you can get it. 

Blend until totally pureed. 

Pour out about half the mixture into a bowl, then add the rest of the watermelon and blend it up. Pour second batch into bowl and mix up  

Pour the mixture into a large flat pan.  I used a large metal baking pan that is about 3 inches deep, because I thought the metal would make things freeze faster.

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Place in the freezer for 2 to 3 hours.  Take out from the freezer and stir, so that the unfrozen part freezes and it stays slushy, rather than being frozen into one large block.  If you forget to stir, you CAN chop it all up, but its nicer if you stir it every hour or so. 

Serve in a pretty glass.  I used mine for my grown up daughter’s birthday dinner.

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  And to quote the Pioneer Woman,

“Splash a small amount of cold wine or vodka over the granita if you’re into that kind of thing.”