Friday, July 29, 2011

"Belizean Betty Friday" - My Little Princess

Betty loves playing dress up these days.  Last month on my 4th of July visit, I took her two princess crowns.  She is having fun dressing up in her princess dress and crown.

Friday, July 22, 2011

"Belizean Betty Friday" - Baby Ella

Betty loves the name Ella for all of her baby dolls.  Betty's mother made her a new doll last week and of course Betty wanted to name her Ella.

Friday, July 15, 2011

"Belizean Betty Friday" - Belize Future Diver

Betty and her Mom

September when we were in Belize, I bought Betty a t-shirt from Belize.  It said "Future Diver".  I am sure Betty will one day be diving the reef in Belize.

Friday, July 8, 2011

"Belizean Betty Friday" - 4th of July

Betty and her friend Madeline dressed for the 4th of July.

Last weekend Bill and I flew to Austin to spend the 4th of July with Betty and her parents. We walked in the  neighborhood parade and afterwards there was a cookout in the park with lots of hot dogs and hamburgers.

Betty ready to party.

Hula Hooping.

Lots of watermelon.

Miniature pony named Bernard.

A sea of red, white and blue.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

“Simple and Cheap”

Rice and beans, simple and cheap usually go together when you think of Belizean food. The famous Belize Rice and Beans is cooked with red beans, black pepper and coconut milk. You can find this most famous of all Belizean cuisines on most restaurants’ daily menu.
I thought ‘beans and rice’ and rice and beans’ were the same thing. But to my surprise the Belizeans have gotten me straight on my beans and rice or do you prefer rice and beans? Guess what, there is a difference in Belize. When you refer to rice and beans, the dish is cooked together in coconut milk. When you refer to beans and rice, this dish is cooked separately and served separately. Now I know everyone is glad we have that straight. So here is a recipe I found for “Belizean rice and beans”.
Belizean Rice and Beans
1 pound of red beans
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon thyme
2 pounds rice
1 medium onion (chopped)
6-8 cups of water
Optional – 1 small pig's tail
Wash and soak beans for 4 hours in 6-8 cups of water. Cook beans until tender with garlic, onion and pig’s tail. Season beans with black pepper, thyme and salt. Add coconut milk. Cook until boiling.  Add rice, stir and cover and cook on low heat until the water is absorbed and rice is done.

Friday, July 1, 2011

"Belizean Betty Friday" - Traveling Prepared

When Betty travels she likes to be prepared. 
1.  iPad - check
2.  Pink neck rest - check
3.  Flowing princess dress - check
4.  Sleeping eye mask - check
5.  Driver - check