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Spring! Bikes!

At long last, spring is here, bikes are back out :)

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This interesting guy climbed pretty high into this tree and talked on his phone for a while. I thought that a clever mix of technology and nature.

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My forever reader: right now, it’s the boxcar children … and then we went to youth group and they play out the story with their little friend :)

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I just love this sight: The cheesecloth covering … the wide-mouthed glass bowl on it’s wooden stand/lid … the bubbling sourdough starter inside. It warms the heart.

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I think I shall go buy lots of cheesecloth. It’s cheap, and it makes me very happy for some reason.

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I’m not positive it’s working, but this is day 5. At least it’s bubbling.

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In honor of a birthday party at our house and a Harmony picnic, I was inspired to fry up a TON of chicken. That’s a hyperbolic ton of chicken, not literal.

Here they are, soaking in the kefir-lemon-dill marinade overnight. This made the chicken meat very soft, in a good way.

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Then, the morning of the Big Fry, I put flour-salt-pepper-turmeric in this big glass pan to roll the pieces in.

Process: take chicken from kefir mix, place in flour, then roll in a bowl of beaten egg, then re-roll in flour.

I read to really chunk on the flour, so I did that, and it really helped it be like well-breaded fried chicken.

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Out of the flour, into the frying pan …

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Let’s nom, nom, nom it up! And we did! Everyone really liked it!

a pretty picture

I had brought this pechka cooking pot from our village house– it’s used by lifting it with a long pole with wide pinchers at the end to go around the neck of it, to cook things in the old clay/brick wood-fired ovens.

I brought it to use as a vase. I may paint some more on the sides, something Ukrainian-ish.

Then Ira brought me a branch of these early-blooming trees that are everywhere here.

And it makes a beautiful sight!

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And the lovely sight of my dear daughter working on her bracelets while I make fried chicken for the day’s picnics!

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So the girls earn money by reading. I think reading is worth money. And they need ways to earn money.

They keep a list of what they read, and each book has an assigned (by me) monetary value that we agree on. I don’t pay a lot, but enough to motivate my non-natural-reader to read.

We settle up accounts like this: 50% is spending money, 10% goes to the tithe envelope, and 40% they save for events like waterpark and summer camp.

We’ve been doing this for a long time now, and it’s working out, meaning meeting all our needs :)

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sourdough starter

So, some ladies on a forum were talking about sourdough, and I got hungry for some. So I looked up how to do a starter, and it sounds fairly easy. This is day 1–it hopefully seems to be bubbling a bit already.

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moles

this is the fields / forest near our village— 100s of mole mounds!!! We have them in our backyard, too. New word in Russian! Mole = крот.

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