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Wordless Wednesday (#3)

Well it’s Wednesday and that means little or no words from me!  So here is how we spent the last week.

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So what fun family thing did you do this past week?

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St. Patrick’s Day Polish Style

Well tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day and that probably means CORNED BEEF and Cabbage. WRONG!! I am going to celebrate my Irish roots Polish style with Gołąbki. I can’t get Corned Beef here (I have looked!) but cabbage is everywhere so I am going to make this recipe instead.

We will however have some green sugar cookies shaped in shamrocks for some Irish good luck!

I know I shared this recipe a few weeks ago but this is too good not to share again in honor of St. Patrick’s Day!

A few weeks ago, 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 them.

So off we go to make them!  

So what special thing are you going to do for St. Patricks Day?

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Guess who is 100 today?

It is hard to believe that Girl Scouts is 100 years young today!!!

I hate to date myself but I have been a member of Girl Scouts now for 31 years!! My mother started me when I was in 1st grade (back in those days there wasn’t Daisy scouts yet).  Over the years I was truly blessed to have such a GREAT mom because she was always one of the first ones to volunteer for many of the volunteer positions in Girl Scouts.  She was a troop leader, a Neighborhood Committee Chair and a Camp director which made my experience in Girl Scouts so much more fun.  I stayed in Girls Scouts all the way until I graduated from high school.  While many girls quit Girl Scouts when they get to high school, to me that is when the fun really started!  I was President of the high school aged Girl Scouts advisory committee for our council, I was 1 of 40 girls selected to participate in an International Girl Scout 3 week canoeing camp in northern Canada, and earned the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award.   For a graduation present from my now mother-in-law I was a given a lifetime membership to Girl Scouts which I am really thankful for!  Because before I even had any daughters I was a troop co-leader, day camp director and President of an Overseas Committee when we lived in Panama.  Now that I have 2 daughters who are in Girl Scouts and 1 more joining next year I am still volunteering as a troop leader, activities coordinator, Gold Award committee member and for the last 5 years before we moved here to Poland, I was the Oversees Committee in the Netherlands/Belgium area.   My husband over the years has volunteered to with Girl Scouts as Cookie Dad for more years than I care to say!

People ask me why am I so outgoing, kind hearted, giving and love to volunteer?  My answer is because this is the way I was brought up which because of the example my mother set for me and ethics instilled in me from the last 31 years of being a Girl Scout!

So “THANK YOU” Juliette Lowe for starting Girl Scouts 100 years ago today!

For more information about Girl Scouts click here.

For more information about Girl Scouts here in Europe that my girls participate in click here.

Here are some pictures of what my girls and I have done with Girl Scouts while living here in Europe.

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Do you have your flowers and chocolate ready?

It’s Miedzynarodowy Dzien Kobiet

Attention men: Do you have your chocolate and/or flowers ready for all the women in your life today?  Why? Because today, March 8th, the women receive flowers and gifts from their loved ones.  In Poland the International Women’s Day was an official holiday, but was a working day. After the fall of communism, it has been abolished as an official holiday in 1993 by the government led by a woman – Hanna Suchocka, crazy huh?

However, it is still observed in Poland and men and boys buy flowers to their wives, lovers, girlfriends, mothers, sisters, teachers and even women colleagues at work.

So how is this different than Valentine’s Day’s,  It is celebrated on March the 8th of each year. Women’s Day is the old Polish version of the Valentine’s Day with the one difference that all women are on the receiving side while all men are on the giving side. While the Valentine’s Day is more privately celebrated between the lovers, the Women’s Day is celebrated more as a national holiday for all women, whether they are 8, or 80 years old.

So what kind of flowers and/or chocolates do you hope to get?

For me tulips and any polish chocolate will do! (hint, hint Jim!)

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Sweet 16 and never been kissed….WRONG

Today is another great day in our house, my oldest daughter turned 16!!!!

One of the my claim’s to fame is that I have 4 kids who were all born in different countries.  My husband calls them our souvenirs of where we have lived.  Lydia is our Panamanian souvenir.

So of course being her birthday we had to wake her up by singing “Happy Birthday”!  But wait, where do we live?  In Poland silly, so her 2 little sisters said we had to sing it in Polish.  What? We have lived here for 3 months there is no way that they know this song in Polish, WRONG again mom!

Follow this link to YouTube to watch the girls waking up Lydia singing “Sto Lat”

http://youtu.be/BtPWxZk7BHA

While there were a few hiccups in the song but for the most part these 2 have it mastered!  I can’t even begin to sing this.  We have heard this song many times over here already as it song any different occasions not just birthdays.

Here are the words to the song….

Sto Lat

Sto lat, sto lat, niech zyje zyje nam.
Sto lat, sto lat, niech zyje zyje nam.
Jeszcze raz, jeszcze raz, niech zyje, zyje nam.
Niech zyje nam!

Sto Lat (English version)

Good luck, good cheer, may you live a hundred years.
Good luck, good cheer, may you live a hundred years.
Good luck, good cheer, may you live a hundred years.
One hundred years!

Happy Birthday Lydia, Love Mom!!

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Well today is the day!

Jim and I.

22 years ago my husband decided to enlist in the United States Air Force.  But luckily at his very first military assignment to Minot, North Dakota, he met me and swept me off of my feet and we fell madly in love.  Well over the last 20 years that we have been married the  Air Force has been really good to us by sending us to Germany, Panama, The Netherlands, Florida, Illionis, and Nebraska.  But unfortunately every chapter must come to an end and as of today, this chapter of our lives is done.  My husband is offically retired from the United State Air Force after 22 years of service, on March 1st, 2012.  Most people when they retire from the military do a retirement ceremony.  We did one for Jim in November right before left to move here to Poland to start our next chapter of our lives.  So for all of those friends and family that are reading this, “THANK YOU,” for making the 22 years of Jim’s career a GREAT one!  And to my husband when he reads this, “I am so proud of you for the last 22 years of service that you did in the Air Force and I love you!”

 Here are few of the pictures of the day out of the 250 that were taken.

So what is one of the proudest moments you have of your spouse or loved one?

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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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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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