Freshwater Academy

Fresh Water Academy was founded in 2010. It is home to four lovely young ladies of learning and their dedicated teachers. Located in the wilds of Wyoming, the name Fresh Water Academy was chosen as a Western analogy to Christ. Just as He is the Living Water, and we must have Him to have eternal life, any desert dweller knows the importance of fresh water to life, both for self, and the nourishment of crops or livestock. By taking nourishment in God and His word, we strengthen our own relationship with Him, our faith, and the quality and abundance of our fruitfulness.

Our keystone verse is from Jeremiah, Chapter 17, Verse 8: "For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit."

The fruit that we speak of is mentioned in Galatians 5:22
"22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."

And the heat could be anything we experience that might test our faith in God; trials and tribulations, relationships, anything that focuses our love and attention anywhere but on Him...

Monday, April 22, 2013

El Talisman Tortillaria and Taqueria

The window read "El Talisman Tortillaria y Taqueria", while the receipt simply reads "La Tortillaria".  Tucked away in the middle of North Casper, this tiny gem resides in a corner of the old Oil City building, next to Set Free Church on K Street.

And a gem it is!  The staff was warm and welcoming,  the service absolutely excellent, and the food...the food was phenomenal! 

A friend had been talking about this place the day before, and remarked how moist and flavorful their tamales were.  He also mentioned that the green chili was HOT!

We did order a large bowl of green chili, which we were not only able to share, but to take home at least half of the 32 oz take out container to share with the kids!  It was really hot, but it was still full of flavor.  Sometimes when things are hot, either there is just heat and no spice, or the heat sears my face off and I just can't taste any flavor, but this was not like that.  This green chili was still full of flavor that you could taste even with the mighty kick.  Our waitress suggested trying it with some sour cream, and that eased the burn quite a bit.  We'd ordered two old fashioned glass bottles of Coca-Cola, which were fun, but when I glanced over at the counter and saw they had horchata, I had to order some, which completely made the sting of the chili go away, and made it quite enjoyable!

The chili was served with fresh tortillas, made right there in the back of the restaurant, and oh they were delicious!  It's been too long since I've had authentic, homemade REAL tortillas and tamales.  And now we come to those tamales.  I haven't had tamales like that for years, since a friend of mine used to make them and bring them to work with her.  Moist and soft inside, not dry and crumbly like most restaurants, they had just a little bit of spice, but were so full of flavor, and just plain yummy.   We bought an extra dozen to take home and share with the girls, which they absolutely loved!

They only serve tamales on Friday and Saturday, and they were almost out of both tortillas and tamales when we stopped in for lunch on a Saturday afternoon, so make sure you go early and order a lot!

La Tortillaeria
300 N. K Street
Casper, WY  82601

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