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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Do you know what Scleroderma is?

Today is rare Disease Day. Sadly I have a loved one with a rare disease called Scleroderma. Less then a year ago I had no idea what that word meant and now I know all too well. It rocked our worlds when we found out, but it has absolutely made me treasure every moment with my sister. I love her with all my heart!

Scleroderma Foundation

So what is Scleroderma? 

Scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, is a chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases. The word “scleroderma” comes from two Greek words: “sclero” meaning hard, and “derma” meaning skin. Hardening of the skin is one of the most visible manifestations of the disease.

Only about 300,000 people in the United State have Scleroderma so much is not known about this disease.  It took my sister almost 2 years of lots of tests and lots of wrong possible diagnosis before they were able to finally diagnosis her with Scleroderma.   I wish more was known about this disease so she would have been able to tell earlier what disease she had and maybe she would have been able to stop a lot of the side effects of Schleroderma that she is now having to live with.  For more information about Scleroderma please follow this link..http://www.scleroderma.org/medical/overview.shtm

In honor of Rare Disease Day and my sister, I am doing a giveaway! The winner will have a $25 dollar donation to the Scleroderma foundation in their name made and a set of note cards from http://teresanadeau.com/notecards.htm

To enter this giveaway just leave a comment for each one of these that you do.  

1. Like my page on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Never-a-Dull-Day-in-Poland/345205038846807

2. Like the Scleroderma page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SclerodermaUS?sk=wall

3. Follow me a Twitter @neveradulldaypo

4. Follow me a Pinterest http://pinterest.com/kkagele/

5. Subscribe to my blog by email

6. If you are a fellow blogger repost this giveaway on your blog

Winner comment number will be selected by random.org. The giveaway will run through March 6th.

Good luck and thanks for helping spread the world about this disease!

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American groceries according to the Polish

Yesterday morning I got my weekly grocery ad for a store called “Lidl” here in Bydgoszcz.  Now for those that live in Europe it is a chain that has been in almost every country that we have visit.  It is a  no frill chain much like “Aldi” in the states, which is actually a European chain.

I remember before moving here, in Holland the Lidl’s there would have these “American Food” sales too but they did not have quite the selection.  So the girls and I went for a walk and headed to the store to see what they had.  Well here is what is “American” in their eyes.

Condiments

So here is the scoop how they taste…
1. The peanut butter is just like ours but the everyday Polish peanut butter is not so this wins!

2. The mustard taste just the Heinz version.

3. The ranch is just a bit runnier than Hidden Valley but taste the same or even better according to my 15 year old. They don’t sell ranch here normally so we will be stocking up on this!

4. The honey mustard tastes like vinegar so that is going to disappear.

5. The American ketchup is actually curry ketchup. I LOVE curry ketchup(living in Holland that is the main ketchup so I am hooked) but it is defiantly not Heinz 57.

6. The BBQ is BBQ and we haven’t found that over here either so we will be getting some more of that too!

7. The sandwich spread is just the sandwich spread you get in jar back in the states. I grew up with it so I love this!!

8. Pancake mix we have made yet but it will be dinner tonight , so I will let you know. I am hoping it is because we can only get crepe mix here.

tSnack Food

Now according the kids this food is the best part!

1. The jelly beans are jelly beans, go figure!  You can get them here everyday so this was nothing new.

2.  The Brownies tasted just like my box mix that I made last week.  Yes, I moved here with some, a girl can’t live without her chocolate!

3.  Oreo’s where OK.  They have real Oreo’s here and I think we will be sticking to those.

4.  The marshmallow’s are marshmallow’s, we normally can’t get just plain one’s here as they have flavored one’s as a candy here.  So we will be going back to get some more of these too for a few recipes.

5. The caramel popcorn is GREAT!!  That is something that is not here either so this was a treat.

6. The pretzel bites were interesting.  I have never heard of sour cream and habanero before , so we had to try them.  They were actually good.   The funny thing about all of this is that this was the only product made in the U.S.A. the rest was made in the U.K. or mostly Germany.

7. The muffin mix we haven’t tried yet is on the list for my oldest to cook this week.

Frozen Food

1. They have chicken strips here everyday so I wasn’t sure what the draw to these one were but they were great!  These had a flavoring to them and my little’s ate the whole box themselves.

2. The popcorn prawns were really good to according to my oldest.   I am not a shrimp person so I will just take her word on it.  I have not seen these here either so she wants me to stock up on these too.

3. The rib burger we didn’t try that as that will wait until the hubby gets back from his trip.   He liked the McDonald’s McRib when they came out so we will have to see if these are just as good.

4. The spare ribs – the same story!

5. The fajitas just sounded really good.  I had 1 of the chicken versions last night and it was OK.  Nothing to write home about but good enough for a blog though! As for the sour cream and vegetable one we have to wait and see on that one.

6. The ice cream sundaes.  Ice cream is ice cream in my eyes but now if you as the girls these were the best!  I think it was the neat cups and the cute swirl of syrup that the girls liked.

So it was great to try what others think is American but I think I will stick to some of my old American food staples instead.

So what one American food could you not live without if you moved out the the USA or if you already are living out of the USA what one American food do you miss the most?  For me Reese’s peanut butter cups!!

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Pizza Hut Gift Card Giveaway!… 3 Winner’s will be drawn!

I am sorry for the second post about a giveaway but I forgot to post this yesterday during my Freebie Friday but I LOVE Pizza Hut and here is a chance for you to win a Pizza Hut gift certificate.  Yes, we do have them over here in Poland so I still get me fix of American pizza.

Just and FYI for my Polish readers,  Pizza Hut here is has a great deal going on for 22zt($7) they have a basically an all you can eat pizza deal.  We ate there on Thursday night and they were bring all sorts of different types of pizza’s around filling up your empty plate!

Now for my American readers.  A fellow blogger, Been There Done that with Kat, is hosting a giveaway to celebrate her new business with Blessings Unlimited.   Click the picture below to go to her site to enter.

Good Luck!

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Crindlestar Review and Giveaway!

FREEBIE FRIDAY

My friend Ashley at Parsimonious Pash blog is doing a review of a audio book called “Crindlestar.”  The book is about an unicorn and a child who believes in it.

Now for the cool part of the book!  You get the code to download the audio book on a card that comes to you by snail mail.   When you are done with the code and after listening to this wonderful story, the kids will have energy to burn so you take them outside side and bury the card.  Then in a few weeks you will have some beautiful flowers growing!!!  How cool is that?

To enter this giveaway visit Ashley’s site.  Just click the photo below to go directly to it.  Good Luck!!

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Time to cook….Gołąbki

Welcome to Tasteful Thursday’s!

The other day I spent the day learning to cook this AMAZING polish dish Gołąbki with my dear friends Ewa and Kornilia. They remember cooking these with their grandma’s.  So what are Gołąbki’s? They remind me of stuffed cabbage that my grandmother made just she didn’t cook the meat ahead of time she but the casserole dish in the oven to cook. Just that these polish version has a sweet tomato sauce on top.  It took about 3 hours for us to make about 60 of these.  An adult portion is about 3 of them and my kids ate   1 each, so we had plenty to eat!

So off we go to make them!  

So what Polish dish should I learn to cook next?

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Yes, I get homesick for North Dakota!

Well today the weather was absolutely amazing to go for a walk with the 2 little one’s so the oldest could do some homework Youtube time in piece and quiet.   At the end of our block is one of Bydgoszcz’s famous canals.   Every time I either drive or walk by it, I get a bit homesick for North Dakota.  The mallard’s bring back some great childhood memories with my dad, grandpa and my uncle Dave and their love for hunting these ducks and the fun family weekends hunting together.  But then I also remember the nasty smell of cleaning them which is not so great!

So what is your fondest memory of doing things with your family?

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Valentine’s Party Time!

I know Valentines was almost a week ago but on Saturday at our church we had a Valentine’s Party for the adults.  It was small but the nice thing about small parties you really get to have great conversations.   BUT the bad thing about small parties is there is LOTS of food leftover.  Needless to say, my American cupcakes were a hit with the Polish but then all the food was a hit because they were not used to American cooking.  I cooked ham in my crock-pots with a bit of apple juice (which is not eaten over here very often) and another American who is serving a mission for our church here cooked funeral potato’s and corn. Then we played picture Valentine Bingo so there wouldn’t be a language barrier (remember we don’t speak any real Polish yet!), made love coupons, and then played the Newlywed game. If you have never seen the TV version (70’s & early 80’s) of this game you need to Youtube is it is hilarious to watch and even better to play with friends.  Yes I got the question wrong of what my husband’s favorite food was.  I said pierogi’s when I should have said cheesecake (which is the first word he learned in Polish).   But I did know where his dream vacation would be….Australia!   It was a great night to send it with our new Polish family that has so graciously welcomed us with open arms to make us feel at home.

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The next party I need to plan for church is the Easter party.   So what American traditions should I bring to it?

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Want to go for a walk?

So yesterday I had to drop off my oldest daughter at our church for our youth seminary program.  My two youngest are out of school for 2 weeks for winter break, so instead of hanging out at the church we went for nice hour walk.  Well here are a few pictures of what it looks like within 2 blocks of our church in downtown Bydgoszcz.

Now can you all see why I am falling in love with

Bydgoszcz, Poland?

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It’s Paczki Day (aka jelly doughnut day)!

Much like the French Fat Tuesday, Polish Fat Thursday is a day dedicated to big eating. It marks the start of the final week of pre-Lent celebrations. This year, Fat Thursday is Feb. 16.  While I am not Catholic who cares!  Any excuse to eat a doughnut is good enough for me.

Paczki’s are the Polish version of jelly filled doughnuts.  They are a bit lighter than the American version but just as tasty!  The reasoning(do we real need a reason to eat these?) is it is said that if you eat one you will have good luck for the rest of the year.  So I am wandering, if I eat 2 or 3 what would happen?

The best way to really tell you more about this interesting holiday is from one of my favorite American TV shows, “Sunday Morning”.  Here is a clip that talking more about it… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P5t9M6vIRs

or if you are feeling really amphibious and what to make them yourself, here is another great Youtube clip showing how to…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSMqZvDUUEY

Well off I go to the local bakery and get our share of paczki’s!  Remember the saying, when in Poland do as the Polish.  I think this might be tradition that we have to partake in!!

 

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Valentine’s Polish Style

Well today is the day of love!  One of the things we loved about living in the states is the Melting Pot restaurant.  When living in the St. Louis area, Jim and I ate more than our share of special days there.  Unfortunately the closest Melting Pot is a little more than 4,000 miles from here, so it not like we can just hop in the car and go.  Several months ago I ordered the book “Dip Into Something Different: A Collection of Recipes from Our Fondue Pot to Yours.”  Which was written by the Melting Pot!!

So tonight we finally brought the Melting Pot to us.  We made a swiss cheese and a cheddar cheese fondue.  And of course we ate WAY to much and so we are letting our stomachs settle a bit and then we will make some chocolate fondue for dessert!

While it is not the Melting Pot fondue it is pretty darn close!  There are 152 pages of recipes of fondue, salads, dips and drinks!! So if you live to far from the Melting Pot like we do and crave some fondue, get this book!

AND…the best part of the book….the coupons for the restaurant!  There are 3 coupons.. $15 off, FREE Fondue Gift Pack , and FREE Desert.  Well I can’t use them, so you can have them.  If you want a chance at them, just leave a comment and I will pick one lucky winner and mail them to you.

I wasn’t paid or compensated for this review of the book.

 

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