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Shepherd’s Pie

10 November 2009 | comments (0) | Aramcon Recipes | by

Dhahran Theatre Group Cookbook, 1993


Leftover mashed potatoes
Leftover vegetables
Leftover meat scraps
1 Cup bread crumbs
2 Eggs, beaten
1 Cup milk


Bake in a 350? F oven for 35-40 minutes.

Grease a casserole and spoon in a ring of mashed potatoes. In the center place the vegetables and meat. Also any leftover gravy you may have. Spread bread crumbs evenly over the top of the casserole. Beat eggs and milk together and pour over the bread crumbs. Salt and pepper to taste and dot with butter.

Nancy Wondal

Sausage,Peppers and Tomato casserole (spentzofai)

10 November 2009 | comments (0) | Aramcon Recipes | by

Dhahran Theatre Group Cookbook, 1993


2-3 Polish kielbasa sausage
8-10 Green bell peppers
1 28 Oz. can peeled whole tomatoes, drained
1 Tablespoon oregano
Vegetable oil for frying


Preheat oven to 350? F.

Cut peppers into strips about 1/2 inches wide. Fry in vegetable oil. Cut sausage in pieces about 1 inch long. Fry in the same oil after removing the peppers. Place sausage and peppers in Pyrex baking dish and add tomatoes and oregano.

Cook covered at 350? F for 45 minutes. Take the cover off and cook for another 15 minutes. Let cool.

Serve over french fries, spaghetti or white rice.

Anastasia Economou

Third Generation Aramco Brats Marry

9 November 2009 | comments (0) | Weddings & Engagements | by

Joshua Scott and Tatiana Burge

On October 9, 2009 Joshua Scott and Tatiana Burge, both third generation “Aramco Brats,” were married in Austin, Texas.

Joshua and Tatiana’s grandparents moved to Saudi Arabia to work with Aramco in the 1940s and 1950s. Joshua’s parents, Bill and Candy Grimes Scott, and Tatiana’s parents, Rodney and Jeanne Abernathy Burge, grew up together in Aramco and have known each other all their lives.

As teenagers, Candy Grimes and Jeanne Abernathy used to spend their days riding horses in Abqaiq and these rides continued latter in life when both were raising their own families in Dhahran.

The Scott/Burge wedding was a very “Aramco affair” from the toy camel used as a cake topper to the number of ex-Aramcons (and current Aramcons) attending.

Visit Aramco ExPats Gallery for more photos: Burge and Scott Wedding.

Habitat for Humanity Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project 2009 – Mekong Build

6 November 2009 | comments (0) | Travel & Leisure | by

Nine months ago Aramco Annuitant Charlie Franck (ABQ 77-85, DH 03-Present) applied for the Habitat for Humanity Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project 2009: Mekong Build taking place from November 15-20. In May he was notified that he had been accepted as one of the 3,000 volunteers from around the world who will build 166 homes in Thailand, Vietnam, China, Cambodia and Laos, all countries along the Mekong River.

Habitat for Humanity International Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter

Named after Southeast Asia’s longest river which flows through the five countries, the Mekong Build is the official launch of the five-year Mekong Build Campaign, which aims to serve 50,000 families throughout the region. In addition to the notification, Franck has been assigned to the host country, Thailand, and will be working in the same location as the Carters.

History of Habitat for Humanity

Since its founding in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity International has built and rehabilitated more than 300,000 houses in close to 100 countries for families in need, becoming a true world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing.

The concept that grew into Habitat for Humanity International was born at Koinonia Farm, a small, interracial, Christian farming community founded in 1942 outside of Americus, Georgia.  At Koinonia, the Fullers developed the concept of “partnership housing”, where those in need of adequate shelter would work side by side with volunteers to build simple, decent houses. The houses were to be built with no profit added and no interest charged. Building would be financed by a revolving fund from the Farm. The fund’s money would come from the new homeowners’ house payments, donations and no-interest loans provided by supporters and money earned by fund-raising activities. The monies in the Farm’s fund were used to build more houses. Thus, the basic model of Habitat for Humanity was founded.

President Jimmy Carter’s Involvement

Former U .S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife have been involved with Habitat for Humanity International since the organization’s early days. In 1984, the Carters led a group of friends to New York City to help renovate a six-story building with 19 families in need of a decent house. That experience planted the seed, and the Carter Work Project has grown into an internationally recognized annual event.

Each year, the Carters, along with hundreds of volunteers from all over the world, build homes and help raise awareness of the critical need for affordable housing. This years Mekong build is the fourth time the Carter Work Project has been held in Asia: previous builds were in the Philippines in 1999, South Korea in 2001 and India in 2006.

Mekong Build-Thailand, November 2009

The official host of the five-country Mekong Build, Habitat for Humanity-Thailand, has been serving families in need of safe, affordable shelter since 1998. In just over a decade, Habitat for Humanity-Thailand has built or rehabilitated more than 5,000 homes, including serving nearly 900 families affected by the devastating tsunami of 2004. Habitat for Humanity-Thailand uses innovative programs, such as Save and Build and Building in Stages, alongside traditional models to help make homeownership accessible to more families in need.

Habitat volunteers during the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project will build a community of 82 houses in the San Sai district of Chiang Mai. The number of houses was chosen to honor the King’s 82nd birthday on December 5, 2009.

Habitat for Humanity InternationalCharlie Franck, Lauren Ionta, Emma Dinneen and Paul Hammond help lay re-bar in the final stages of their build in Jordan.

The 82 partner families come from Chiang Mai city and the surrounding rural areas. Many are day laborers, farmers and independent market vendors. All families have contributed 400 sweat-equity hours, and many have exceeded this number by continuing to work on-site in the lead-up to the event week. They also have participated in many activities with the surrounding community, to ensure long-term cohesion. These activities have included sports days, community clean-ups and tree plantings.

The Carter Project construction site is a former fruit orchard. During preparations for building, only those trees that directly interfered with the construction of the houses or infrastructure were cut down. In some cases, Habitat slightly adjusted the road or house location to reduce the number of trees that had to be removed. In addition, Habitat has planted 2,552 new trees in the surrounding communities and is planning to plant more trees and plants in the empty spaces of the community during and after the event week.

In the upcoming weeks, Franck will be sending updates about his experiences with the Mekong Build.

Introducing Microsoft® Translator

5 November 2009 | comments (0) | Special Interest | by

Aramco ExPats would like to bring your attention to the top right-hand corner of our website. Right below our Search box, we’ve installed Microsoft® Translator.

Microsoft® Translator on Aramco ExPats Close-up of Microsoft® Translator.

Microsoft® Translator allows for real-time translations of all written text on a webpage. We are proud to include this function on our website that reaches individuals around the world who speak a variety of languages.

To translate, click the down arrow and select the language you would like to see from the drop-down menu. Then click the right arrow (hover your cursor over the button to see the text “Translate this page”). A green bar along the top of the page will let you know when the text is fully translated.

Have you used Microsoft® Translator? What do you think of this new feature? Let us know! Leave a comment below or email us at

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