Archive for April, 2015

Spring! Bikes!

At long last, spring is here, bikes are back out ๐Ÿ™‚


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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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.


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


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


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made fried chicken

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.


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.



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!

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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!


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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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


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