Sunday, April 11, 2010

Loved Conference!

We had a terrific week! Monday night was FHE and our Elders did a great job and had lots of fun. We fixed Sister Smith’s version of Pepper Steak with rice, corn, rolls and ice cream for dessert. All you have to do is add calamansi and it becomes Filipino! Love those little green babies!

Tuesday and Wednesday were spent visiting and choir practicing and all sorts of good stuff.

Thursday we went with the Tagg’s, Hussey’s and Thomas’s to Tagaytay to visit the Peoples Park there. It is up on a hill and has an amazing view of the surrounding area.

Giant Pineapple in Peoples ParkWe rode in a Jeepney up and down the mountain which was fun. After walking, visiting and sight-seeing we went to Alfonso (a nearby Barangay).

We went to a Bed and Breakfast called Sonya’s Garden. What a delightful place! They grow their own veggies, chickens, eggs and fruits so everything is wonderfully fresh. We had a late lunch there which consisted of: freshly picked salad greens, boiled egg, pineapple, olives, cucumber, broad beans, mango, jackfruit, papaya and who knows what else. The salad bowl was surrounded by the toppings and you piled on whatever you wanted. The salad dressing was Sonya’s secret recipe and was great. With the salad there was fresh baked whole wheat sesame bread with homemade dips and toppings including: basil pesto, white cheese (fabulous), anchovies, bruschetta, mushroom pate, black olive tapenade and fresh green peppercorn in olive oil. Then they served pasta. There were two sauces: sun dried tomato and chicken cream with mango. Then, more toppings: ratatouille, salmon belly, shitake mushrooms, black olives, capers and grated parmesan cheese. As if that wasn’t enough, then came dessert. We had glazed sweet potato, banana rolls with sesame and jackfruit, and dark, rich chocolate cake. Everything was served with freshly-squeezed dalandan (green mango) juice. Now for the really good part: it was all-you-can eat! So, if you like pineapple, have some more. Cake? Yep, just ask. It was an explosion of flavors that we have rarely enjoyed before. The cost was P610 per person (about $12.00). After lunch (2.5 hours) we went on a tour of the gardens, greenhouses, and cottages. It really felt a bit like we were in an English garden. Everything was very Victorian and so many beautiful details!

Elder Hussey in one of the green houses We can’t wait to go back.

Friday we left for the Mission Home. Pres. and Sis. Howard and the Golding’s joined the rest of the seniors and we went to Tony Roma’s for dinner. (No, we do not eat all of the time!) Well, maybe we do. The weekend was a big sleep-over with viewing of all 5 sessions of conference and the YW broadcast. What a spiritual feast! We were in charge of preparing breakfast for both days and dinner on Saturday evening so we did get in some cooking time. We even baked Bisquick rolls (first thing we’ve baked over here) on Saturday evening and then served them with sausage gravy and beef gravy (SOS) the next morning. We spent lots of time discussing Mission happenings and working on solutions and ways to improve the Mission. Great company! Great Conference! Good friends! Spiritual Feast!


Jess said...

Oh Grandma! It sounds as though you are keeping busy and helping all that come in contact with you! Glad Grandpa is over his illness and you are back on your feet again. Who wouldn't want to join in on a Smith FHE? They're the best. Don't party yourself out too much so you can come home and party with us! Love you!

Willis said...

Sounds like you really loved conference, and that lunch sounds so good!
BTW dalandan is actually kind of a green orange, tastes like a cross between that and a lemon