Archive | December, 2008

Climbing to three crosses

31 Dec

This had better be good…

31 Dec

My mother in law Marian and I set off down a bumpy road jutted with ruts and rocks to find an interesting hidden away pottery studio near our home…we approached a chain across the road and I realized that it was quite possible that the guard and the studio inhabitants were not available, then quickly surmised that I would have to back up about 300 yds(I do anything to avoid putting a 12 pax Starex in reverse)…and as soon as I gathered my courage, backed up nearly 300 yds, the guard appeared. Marian said let’s go see if he will let us pass—I couldn’t believe she talked me into it, but we approached, asked for la ceramica, and he dropped the chain!

About 100 meters up the road I remembered that Brian told me it was up. Up is one way to describe where the studio is located, but along a single lane drive with hairpin turns is another. I also remembered a remark about some dogs…. The kind of dog reminiscent of Rex, the neighbors’ dog in North Carolina. He loved me, but he looked as though he would eat anything or anyone approaching!

It was worth it! Pefi’s studio had beautiful, whimsical pottery pieces of all patterns, shapes, and sizes! Too pricey for me, but Marian bought a cute pitcher! A must see if you visit the east side of the Central Valley!

Botanical Garden near our home

27 Dec

Christmas Day with the Duggan clan

27 Dec

While Oreo protects her gift, the rest of the family opened a few gifts before we have our annual open house.  This has been a tradition for our family for many years and has become the highlight of our Christmas celebration.  Our second Christmas in Costa Rica saw over 50 people come to our home with a mix of cultures, languages and foods.  What a blessing it is to be able to carry on an important family tradition in a very different setting!

And of course, opening gifts is a fun part of the day.  We have a natural divide within our famly….those who Facebook and those who don’t.  The kids fit into the former, but I definitely do NOT use Facebook.  However, Cathi has jumped on-board and a special gift for her from Keri was an official document that invited both Cathi and my mom to become Facebook friends.  Ugh!

Christmas Eve (and Eve-day)

25 Dec
As Cathi prepares our traditional Christmas morning grits caserole late tonight I thought I’d post a few pics about our preparations for our Christmas Day open house.

Matthew trims some overgrown bushes peeking through our neighbors’ fence.

Keri and Matthew bake some wonderful cookies

And Anna gets to lick the bowl

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It’s Christmas Eve…Pierna de Cerdo: A tradition for Costa Rican but a new Christmas Eve tradition for us!

24 Dec

Morning came a little earlier this AM as Cathi prepared her pierna de cerdo(leg of pig) for a Christmas Eve lunch!

Take one freshly slaughtered and herbed pierna, mix one bottle cerveza (beer) and one bottle Coca-Cola. Cook over low heat until tender while basting every 30 minutes to keep moist! Slice thinly and serve alongside all the traditional Duggan Christmas side dishes!

It was truly delicious and Oreo enjoyed one of the bones all afternoon! Guess I’ll have to come up with some new recipes for all the leftover meat!

From a rural Costa Rican church celebrating Christmas with over 70 children

22 Dec

Latino kids dance for Christmas

22 Dec

Dance crew

22 Dec


The older kids dress up to lead the younger ones

22 Dec