It was because of her
that my senses were
always ready for new taste experiences. And that served me
well when we
lived overseas for 19 years—twelve years in
Jim and I have been married 40 years so he’s been a very patient taster of all of my newly discovered recipes. He’s also suffered through the tweaking process that accompanied each one. A patient man! At a certain point he said, “Okay Honey, you have lots of great recipes! Let’s not try to find any more new ones. Just make the ones we know and love.” A wise man, too!
As you try the recipes, I invite you to add your own comments and suggestions. Then rate the recipe by clicking on the number of stars you would give it. You can do that here at www.aroundtheworldwithannie.com. We encourage you to visit this site where we have all of the recipes listed for you to use at your convenience. This collection of recipes is available in a book that you can order on this site. In the book there are some additional features: for instance a glossary of ingredients (to help my friends from other cultures). There are also menu suggestions and a country-by-country listing of the international recipes. If you have the book notice that many of the titles are underlined. Those are my “go-to” recipes. Many people also love the binding–it’s a flop-open spiral. One of my favorite parts of the book is the stories about our overseas experiences (funny stories—true stories) that became the section dividers. The book is not very expensive and it makes a great gift!
Plus if you’re a Weight Watchers member, like I used to be, I want to tell you that I calculated the points for every recipe; you’ll see them as “units” at the bottom of each recipe. It took me about a year but I did it and I’m proud of it!
As you can probably tell, this has been a super fun project that has consumed lots of time during these past five years! (smile)
Maralyn Ann (McNaughton) Mathias
P.S. In June of 2007 I was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). This has been a challenge for sure, and now in order to cook I need help from someone who will squeeze the garlic, juice the lemons, and open the cans for me. But the remarkable thing about these months is that God has been closer than my skin. If you’d like to read the blog where I’m journaling my spiritual journey through this illness, you’re welcome to have a look.
The site is: www.maralynsupdates.blogspot.com we have also printed a copy of Maralyns Blog into a paperback that you can purchase and give as a gift to someone along with the cookbook or individually. We know the stories in the cookbook as well as the story of Maralyns journey home to be with her Lord will touch you and or your family greatly.
In Remembrance of Maralyn Ann (McNaughton) Mathias
Maralyn peacefully left this earth to meet her Lord and Savior. Her ability to swallow had stopped shortly after completing the paragraphs below. Nevertheless, she remained alert and even communicating with her husband, Jim, and other family members until her final 20 minutes of life. Her last breath was drawn at 10:35 a.m. on Sunday, January 4. She was 59 years old.
Thirsty for Jesus
early on New Years Day 2009]
These 18 months since my ALS diagnosis have been the worst and best of my life. Worst because of my deteriorating body … best because of my relationship with Christ.
And I’m beginning to see my friendship with Jesus like water when I’m thirsty … so essential to life. He is the real “living water” referred to in John 4:1-26.
have many lovely friends, but I’ve never before known a
Friend SO close. Every day we have smiled, laughed, and cried together.
has comforted me. I’ve asked his opinion, and he has nodded
one way or the
other. His close friendship has given me many new perspectives on this
life that I had never considered before. He’s been closer
than my skin.