Two Apple recipes from the 1880s

As part of homeschool this year I decided to read aloud “The Work and the Glory” books, which is a series about the restoration of the gospel, and also about a fictitious family in the early 1800s.

In this book we have learned a lot about life back then including many descriptions of chores and machinery.  Today in our reading they mention “Apple Cheese” which is made almost entirely out of apple pulp.  I have never heard of such a thing and decided to look it up.  There is surprisingly little about it!  I found one recipe published in a California newspaper from 1880.  The directions are not the same as the ones in the book, but it’s as close as I could get from searching for 20 minutes online.

Turns out Apple Cheese is not cheese at all!

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Also included in the newspaper was a recipe for Apple Fritters.  Yum…

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I think I might make both of these sometime soon since it’s apple season!

Birthday week

It’s my birthday week so I am up to my usual shenanigans.  I like to see how far I can stretch it out.  Last week I pulled, “But it’s my birthday next week…” and it worked!

This week I am incorrigible.  Chris even said, “I know it’s your birthday year, but could you help me shuck corn?”  I had to laugh, and I did help him shuck it.

I love my birthday!  I’m actually doing something for my birthday this year, which almost never happens.  I’m going to the temple with whoever can make themselves free, afterwards I’m having lunch with whatever people can stay.  Kind of an informal party, but I’m looking forward to it.

That night is the Father-Son Stake campout so Chris is taking off with the boys, leaving Kaia and I alone for the night and the next morning.  Girls only fun is the best!  Kaia and I will have a blast.


Aaaaand it’s Ethiopia!!!

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We got the email this week that we will be assigned to the US Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for one year.  We will leave in one year, after Chris completes his French course.  The funny thing is, they don’t speak French in Ethiopia!

I have more questions than I have answers, but they sent us a 95 page document with a lot of answers.  Here are some of them.

*As far as church goes there are three branches, two of them in Addis Ababa.  None of them are held in English, but a very nice lady who used to live there told me that they provided them with translators sometimes.  Our closest temple is either across the African continent or in Italy.  Either way it requires passports, visas, plane tickets and an extended stay away from home.  Monthly temple attendance will no longer be possible.

*They suggest we hire a day guard, a maid, a cook, maybe a driver or even a nanny.  It’s important to support locals.  I have heard that this is suggested before, but I saw it today in writing.  As much as I don’t enjoy housework, it will be very strange having someone else doing it for me.  I will never hire a nanny, I like my kids too much to have someone else raising them!

*We can ship our car there if we want to, it will take 3-6 months to arrive. It’s also extremely expensive to fix a car that breaks down because American parts are hard to find.  We have a while to decide if the independence is worth the hassle (international drivers license, extra insurance fees, breaking down in unsavory places etc).


*Local things to do.  I took this directly from the manual they sent to us:  “Many people enjoy going camping on the weekends. You can rent campsites and camping equipment from the embassy recreation center at Lake Lagano.  Other activities include tennis, golf, horseback riding, craft classes (mosaics, quilting), children’s cooking, American movies, running clubs, soccer, piano, swimming, aerobics classes (spinning, yoga, pilates, etc.), game drives, dinner parties and visits to a local water/amusement park.”

*We will have a mailing address that is safe to use.  I wasn’t sure about this.  The mail goes through the embassy, and we can pick up our mail there when it arrives.  We won’t have a house address where we can receive mail.  I can even continue to order from Amazon.

And lastly, a HUGE list of things we cannot easily get in Addis Ababa, and what they recommend we do about it.  What could you live without?  What can WE live without?  I guess we will find out in a year!  For those of you know Taiten and Kaia…  I worry about them too with this list!

  • Freeze cheese and bring it in your luggage, cheeses you are familiar with are VERY hard to find here
  • Juice (especially if you have children that consume a lot of juice)
  • Olive oil
  • Other cooking oils (they are sometimes available but much more expensive here)
  • Snacks (such as crackers, chips, cookies, microwave pop-corn, fruit snacks, etc) ßThese things don’t exist here outside of the commissary, which is generally well-stocked but very expensive
  • Cold or hot cereals (also available here but not in all the varieties available in the US)
  • Canned beans (black, refried, etc)
  • White and brown sugar
  • Crisco
  • Wheat flour (white flour is easy to find here)
  • Pepperoni or other shelf-stable meats
  • Baking supplies (baking soda, baking powder, boxed cake or brownie mixes)
  • Powdered milk (milk is sometimes available here but it can sell out all across the city, and what you can find is generally low-quality and frequently already spoiled upon purchase)
  • Powdered drinks (Gatorade or Pedialyte is very useful when you are suffering from intestinal upsets; a common problem here)
  • Steak sauce/mayo/ketchup/mustard/salad dressing and other desired specific condiments
  • Chocolate chips
  • Cornmeal
  • Pancake mix and maple syrup
  • Jelly or Jam
  • Peanut butter
  • Salsa
  • Spices
  • Pickles
  • Horseradish
  • S. stamps (you can mail through the pouch or Mail Angel here, and you can buy stamps from the commissary)
  • Plastic kitchen garbage bags
  • Ziploc bags
  • Cosmetics
  • Preferred brands of toiletries
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Baby milk formula
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Over the counter medications like Claritin, Benadryl, Tylenol, Motrin, cold and cough, anti-itch, bug repellant, feminine care products, contact solution, anti-fungal creams, sunscreen (VERY IMPORTANT)
  • A year’s supply of contacts
  • Extra prescription eye glasses
  • Quality sunglasses
  • Laundry soap and dryer sheets (especially important if you have an allergy because specialty products are not available outside the commissary)
  • Cleaning supplies (sometimes available here, but not in US strengths)
  • Towels, sheets, pillow cases, wash clothes
  • Toys & games
  • DVDs and Blu-rays
  • Aluminum foil
  • Books (They are very expensive here but they are easy to ship from Amazon)
  • Spare tires (at least two) for your POV—best case scenario with a rim already mounted (tires are expensive here and flats are common)
  • An uninterruptable power supply (UPS) or two for your electronics (frequent power outages can play havoc with your electronic equipment)
  • Power strips for your 110V electronics
  • Additional transformers (also you may consider buying 3000W or 5000W transformers if you have a lot of electronics or powerful kitchen appliances, because the embassy transformers only go up to 1600W)



Funny Loki Story

Chris is gone TDY again, he will be gone most of the month.  The whole time he has been gone our Burb was getting fixed so we have only had the van here.  I didn’t realize until today that Loki has been paying attention to all of this.  He knows Chris is gone, and he knew we only had the van here.

Today the Suburban came home.  A few minutes after it arrived, Loki happened to look out the window and see it.  He came running to me, barking and whining.  He was highly excited.  I hadn’t heard a knock on the door so I didn’t know what he was doing.

To humor him, I went to the door, no one was there!  He was acting agitated so I let him out, wondering what he was up to.

Well, he ran straight to the Burb and circled it a couple times.  It finally clicked that he was looking for Chris!

Poor pup!

Africa, here we come! In a while…

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This is the director of an outreach program, then Fred, then myself in Zambia, 2012.

And now for the really big news.  Chris was accepted to be a Foreign Area Officer or FAO for short.  He has been wanting this job for the last 10 years and has applied three times.  Third time is a charm because he is in as a Sub-Saharan Africa FAO.


I can’t tell you how much I have wanted to return to Africa since my trip to Zambia a few years back.  This is thrilling news for me!  Chris is excited too.  The kids are not so sure.


FAOs are like Diplomats for the Military.  Most of them live abroad, but there are Stateside jobs too.  We won’t know which one we will get for a while yet but here is what we do know.  Of course, it is all subject to change because this is the Army we are talking about!


We will leave Kentucky this Fall for DLI East, located in Washington D.C. so Chris can learn to speak Portuguese which is a 6 month course.   I want to go with him, but housing is hard there so there is a chance I will stay in Kentucky while he does this training.  Following that training they will send us to DLI-Monterey, CA so he can learn French, a 9 month course.  I’m totally jealous, I want all that language training too!  Housing is easy to find there so I’m going for sure!


If he fails the language courses he gets kicked out of the FAO program, but not the Army.  We assume he will pass because it seems that if you can learn Chinese, then you can learn these other two languages.


After all of the language training they will send us to Africa for one year, attached to the U.S. Embassy.  There are currently three possible countries: D.R. Congo, Cameroon, or Mauritania.  I have no further information on this portion of the program besides it is all for training purposes.  If he fails this part, he is kicked out of the FAO program, but not the Army.


Following the year stint in Africa, we come back to the States for Chris to complete ANOTHER Master’s Degree in, but this time in African Studies from any university that will allow him to complete it in one year.  Out of the colleges that have already agreed to this arrangement, the University of Kansas is our number one pick.  Of course, if we can get another college to agree to the schedule that is in the Pacific Northwest, we pick it instead!


After all of that is said and done, we would move back to Africa for 3 years or more.


It’s safe to say that we are very excited, nervous, overwhelmed, and surprised by all of this information!  Exciting things are happening for the Conner Crew!


You can click this link to learn all about Maihaugen.  It’s extremely cool.  Now, on with the photos.  The above photos are a church, the alter and baptismal font.  The font is original, and is the oldest artifact they have if I remember correctly.

These posted somewhat out of order, and forgive me for not fixing them.  There are just too many!  Enjoy!


Soldier’s training area







Interior of the church at the top of the post.




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A second church in a different area.




The original altar from the church above.