O Tannenbaum

Since it is offcially after Thanksgiving now, I feel like I can write about my Christmas tree, even though I put it up about two weeks ago :)

This is the first time in three years that I have put up my own Christmas tree, so I was a little excited!  And the majority of my Christmas decorations are new since we first packed our crates in January 2009, right when all of that wonderful Christmas clearance was going on!  LOVE Target 90% off sales!

Anyway, so two weeks ago, we stuffed ourselves with Turkey, which officially makes it ok to listen to Christmas music and decorate for the Holidays!  Nathan and I went and got our Christmas stuff out of the hangar where our crates are still being store (we haven’t fully unpacked them yet since Sentani is not our final destination)  We sweat.  A lot.  Which somehow seems wrong when getting out Christmas decorations, but I guess it’s something I’ll have to get used to!

I find it fairly difficult to take a good picture of a Christmas tree (anyone know any secrets on how to do this?), but here’s my tree!

We, of course, have a few airplane ornaments.

And some of the this-is-what-I-looked-like-as-a-kid ornaments.

Plus, a few other very important ornaments :)

How do you decorate your Christmas tree?

Kodiak #3

On Thanksgiving Day, our third Kodiak arrived!

Two of our pilots flew commercial to Malaysia to pick up the airplane from the ferry pilot who had flown it from the States. 

After a 10 + hour flight over open ocean, our guys made it into Sentani safely around 7:30 on  Thursday night!  They had to get special permission to land after sunset, because usually the airport closes at 6pm.  They stayed open late, and kept all the lights on just for our guys!  It is the first night landing done by MAF in Papua for a whole lot of years!

There it is!  Driving onto the MAF pad.  (sorry the picture is grainy…my flash is pretty weak.)

The pilots were sure glad to be back home in Sentani after such a long flight.  It is EXTREMELY unusual for MAF to fly for that long without any breaks!

Now MAF has to register the plane,  get the certificate of air-worthiness from the Indonesian government and change the registration numbers on the side of the plane before it can legally be flown in Indonesia.  (They had a special permit to get it into the country, but that is only a one-time deal.)

Everyone is really excited to have 3 Kodiaks in country now!  One of them will be Nathan’s plane, but we’re not sure which one yet!

He is scheduled to start flight training next week.

Not Like Christmas

I know that it is Thanksgiving day for you all in the States (so I hope you are stuffing yourselves with turkey and not reading my blog…) but, since we already had our Thanksgiving celebration here, today is just a regular day for us. 

And it’s beginning to feel, um, not like Christmas.

O, the weather outside is [not] frightful. 

(I took this picture yesterday)

And the fire [ahem, sun] is so delightful.

(It actually is pretty great)

Since we’ve no place to go

(so true…)

Let it Snow [in my snowglobe], 
Let it Snow [in my snowglobe],
Let it Snow [in my snowglobe]!


When we lived in Salatiga, we had a lovely little bakery in town that delivered fresh bread and bagels to us once a week.  In Papua, no such luck!  So, I make my own.  And what do you know, it’s super easy to do!  Make bagels I mean…well, bread isn’t to hard either, but this post is about bagels :) )

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp white sugar
2 1/4 tsp yeast
3 cups bread flour (although I just use regular ol’ white flour)

boiling water
3 tbsp white sugar

1. Place water, yeast, salt and 2 tbsp of white sugar in a mixing bowl.  Allow yeast to activate.

2.  Add flour.  Mix thoroughly.  (If you want to make cinnamon raisin bagels, you add them after the flour)

3.  Let dough rest on a slightly floured surface.  Meanwhile, boil water mixing in 3 tbsp of sugar.

4. Cut dough into 8 or 9 equal pieces.  Form each into a ball.  Flatten and punch a hole in the middle with your thumb.  Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.

5. Boil each bagel (or begal if you’re from Minnesota, don’t cha know) for 1 minute, flipping half way through.  Drain on a clean tea towel.

6. Place bagels on baking sheet with parchment paper.  Add sesame seeds, or other toppings at this point…if you want to.  Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

7.  Serve to happy husband with cream cheese!  Yummy! 

See, easy right?

Go forth and make bagels!

A Blustery Day

We had a wee bit o’ rain yesterday.

And the whole base flooded.

I stayed inside (my friend Karen took these pictures), drank hot tea and read my book because it was practically cool!  Oh, and I listened to Christmas music!  Yup, it’s getting to be that time of year!

The crazy part is, today you’d have no idea anything happened.  The water is completely gone.

Ziploc Gold

Ziploc bags are a hot commodity around here.

They are NOT availabe anywhere in this entire country.  At least, not that I’ve found. 

Occasionally I’ll stumble upon a very poor Indonesian-made substitute.  But Ziplocs are really the best.

So, before we left for Indonesia, when we were packing our crates in America, we made a little trip to that magical store Costco and bought about a 1/2 gazillion Ziplocs bags in all shapes and sizes.

And because they are such a hot commodity…it is a very rare occasion that a Ziploc bag gets thrown away.  I wash them, dry them and reuse them.

Here’s how to wash a Ziploc bag (I bet you didn’t think you’d be reading this “how to” when you came to my blog today!):

1. Fill bag with soapy water.
2.  Swish around really well, making sure all of the previously stored guk gets unstuck from the sides of the bag.
3.  Dump out water.
4. Turn bag inside out and rinse remaining soap from the now outside walls of the bag.
5. Hang up to dry.

Ta-da!   I have a really hard time throwing away Ziplocs bags after only one use now.  It seems wrong somehow.  It’s still perfectly good bag!

Favorite Things

I have shocking news for you: I, Rebecca Tjernlund-Fagerlie, am Swedish.  Yes.  It’s true.

Maybe the blond hair and blue eyes should have been a give-away.

Anyway, because of this, I love lingonberries.  And IKEA.  And lingonberries from IKEA.

Lingonberries are small cranberry-type berries.  They taste similar, but lingonberries are a bit sweeter. 

I love lingonberries on Swedish Pancakes and with Swedish Rice Pudding.

Here are some recipes for you:

Swedish Pancakes (recipe from my Grandma Anderson who used to make these for me when I was growing up…YUM)

Heat together in sauce pan:
1 cup milk
2 Tbsp butter

When slightly cooled, beat in:
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sifted flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Beat until smooth.  Pour some (enough to make 3-4 inch pancakes) onto skillet.  Cook over medium heat.

These are thin pancakes, kinda like crepes.  So, what you do is, take your pancake, spread with butter, fill the middle with lingonberries and roll it up like a taco.  So delicious!  These are also good with syrup–Nathan’s preferred method of eating them.

Swedish Rice Pudding (Recipe from my Aunt Marie Peterson, a traditional dish at all of our family meals!)

1 cup raw rice 
2 cups water
4 cups whole milk
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla

Bring to a boil water and rice, reduce heat, simmer until all water is absorbed (20-30 minutes).  Add 3 cups whole milk (saving the rest for later) and stir throughly.  Cover and simmer until all milk is absorbed.

In a seperate bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients, including remaining whole milk.

Mix egg/milk mixture with cooked rice.  Bake at 350F for 45 min-1 hour. 

*you can mix in raisins and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top when done baking.  I prefer no raisins and lots of cinnamon and sugar :)

So…when this is done baking, put a big ol’ pile of rice pudding on your plate with a spoonful of lingonberries and enjoy!  Um….YUM!

Happy Cooking!


(photo courtesy of Tripp Flythe)

On Sunday, our friend Ben Uskert died while try to save some kids caught in the undertoe in the ocean.  He was a Godly man who so obviously loved the Lord.

Please be in prayer for his wife and young son that he leaves behind.

You will be missed Ben.

A Little Mini Tour

…of my kitchen, since that is where I spend about 60% of my time these days. 

The other 40% is spent in my air-conditioned bedroom.  Just kidding!  That’s only like 39% of my time.  😉

Anyway, on with the tour!

This, obviously, is the sink.  I stand here a bazillion times a day doing dishes since I do not have a dishwasher or a househelper.  It’s never ending!  There were even dishes to do when I took this picture.  Sigh.  I think they’re still there…

Yes, those are our toothbrushes to the left of the sink.  Our bathroom sink is all plugged up right now so we can’t use it.  Don’t worry, Nathan plans of fixing it this weekend!

And do you see that yellow mustard jar lid to the right of the sink?  It’s filled with ant poison.  I think that I’m currently winning the battle!  HAHA!

The stove/oven.  It’s MAF’s.  Mine is sitting in a box in the hangar at the moment.  My brand new pretty stove.  Someday I’ll get to actually use it….

Anyway, this one works for now.

I made pancakes this morning.  Thus the griddle.  Sorry, I didn’t clean up for the photo shoot!

If you look closely, you can see that the butter in the container to the right of the stove is melting into liquid.  That’s how hot it is here.

Sentani, Papua: So hot, your butter will turn to liquid. 

I should write greeting cards!

See all of that counter space?  This is the largest kitchen I’ve had in my married (i.e. living on my own) life!  Who knew I’d have to come half-way around the world to get it!

Again, sorry I didn’t clean up for the photo shoot.

There’s that melting butter again.  And a fridge. 

And my Bosch.  My beloved Bosch.  Which I use just about every day.  It’s awesome.

Well, with that, I will conclude our little mini tour of my kitchen.  I hope you enjoyed it!

I have enjoyed writing it…from my desk…in my air-conditioned bedroom.

The End.

Favorite Things

As far as I know, this tea is only available in Indonesia and it is SO GOOD! 

We’re not really hot tea drinkers, but I do make ice tea with this and it’s yummy.  Sari Wangi also makes vanilla, orange,  apple and green tea.

If you happen to stumble across this in your local grocery store, count yourself lucky and don’t walk, RUN to the register with it!  You won’t be sorry!