Monthly Archives: September 2009

Wordless Wednesday


Brings new meaning to "Fragile, Handle with Care"


In the Kitchen


Here in Albania I cook a lot more than I did in the States.  Not only are there less “pre-made” items, which certainly translates as less “convenience” items, there are many items we were used to in the States we can’t get here at all.   There are also fewer  places we eat out as a family – not a lot of fast food (American style anyway) and not many restaurants that we all like.

So… I spend more time in the kitchen.  I really believed I knew how to cook from scratch.  I had not even scratched the surface.  🙂 Here’s a rundown of what I made today:


Banana bread: 2 loaves- one for now, one for the freezer.  I needed to use up all my over ripe bananas.

Chicken stock (later we turned it into chicken soup): We like to eat rotisserie chickens as a quick meal when I need a break from cooking.  I save and freeze the bones and skins to make chicken stock/ broth which I can’t buy!)

Maple Syrup: It’s just sugar and water, people!  Easy and cheap.

Granola bars: This was a new one.  I subscribe to a healthy snacks list from There was another recipe that came in the e-mail this week that called for sweetened condensed milk which I can, in fact, get here, but I found this one for which I had everything in the cupboard.  Robert and I think they turned out great but the kids were not so impressed.  I’ll keep trying!

Egg noodles: These were for the chicken soup that we eventually made out of the chicken stock.  This made three batches.  One for today and two for the freezer.  I still can’t get the noodles as small as my grandma’s.  I guess when I am 96, I’ll have it down.

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Whew… that was quite a day!

I will be cute


We went to a wedding this weekend.  Once everything started there was a place for the kids to watch from the aisle that was near the back.  Jadyn got a little too excited and I had to remind her she need to be quiet.

She responded with, “I will be cute, Mommy,  I will be cute.”

Jadyn wedding

Cute, don’t you think?

Earthquake in Albania


Last night after we had gone to bed we had an earthquake.  I had just closed my eyes when I felt the rumbling.  Robert was reading and asked if I could feel it.  It left me feeling a little dizzy especially since when I opened my eyes the light fixture was moving, giving the illusion of the room spinning.  It only lasted a few seconds.  This morning Robert called to tell me that it register 5.2 on the Richter scale.  Amazing….

Added note: Krystal found this article about.  We just don’t make big news here in Albania!

Quake in Albania