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Chuck Norris takes over Poland

I LOVED the TV show “Walker, Texas Ranger, ” and I guess you could say an overall Chuck Norris fan.  One of the local banks here WBK, current ad campaign involves the one and only Chuck Norris.  You can’t go 5 minutes around Bydgoszcz without seeing him on a billboard, a street sign or driving past one of their banks.  Now they have really started pushing their TV ad on Polish television.

Click HERE follow this link to see a Youtube clip of one of the TV spots.  I found one with English subtitles so we all can understand it as my Polish only involves counting numbers and greetings.

So one question I have though is, does this guy ever age?

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Lugz Men’s Shoes Giveaway!

I wanted to pass along to you all a great giveaway fellow blogger, Coupon free stuff,  is doing.
This one is for a FREE pair of Lugz shoes.
Don’t know what Lugz shoes are?
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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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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!

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

Never a Dull Day in Poland

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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Wordless Wednesday

Sometimes there is no reason for words, just let the picture do the talking.

So here is my week in Poland in pictures!

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So anything exciting happen to you this week?

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What’s a fork and knife combined? KNORK!!

Are you ready for a Super Giveaway Event with the chance to win an amazing prize? I am so excited to share with you all KNORK!

KNORK enhances the dining experience by integrating a fork with the functionality of a knife built in. And they are AWESOME!

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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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Yesterday and Today

Over the years of living in Europe many times I go past buildings or parts of a city and wonder what they looked like 50 or 100 years ago.  Well I don’t anymore for the city we live in.  I happened to be reading today’s edition of one of the local newspapers, Gazeta (via Google translate, LOVE IT!) and learned what many places looked like that I drive and walk by everyday.

Here is your chance to see the great city Bydgoszcz,  our new home, looked like years ago and what it looks like now!

Just click this link….Yesterday and Today

P.S. it’s in Polish so if you don’t read Polish like me, open the link through Google Chrome and it will translate the link for you.


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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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My Wonderful Walls Giveaway!

Well folks, Jim, the kids and I just got back from Warsaw, Poland from a wonderful and uplifting church conference this weekend.  So, that means I am a bit behind in posting a blog so instead I am giving you and great opportunity to learn about a great product and even have to the chance win a room maker with it.  I want to tell you about My Wonderful Walls! They offer imaginative wall stickers, wall stencils and canvas wall murals for kids’ room and baby nurseries. It’s all created and manufactured in the USA too!

About My Wonderful Walls: My Wonderful Wallsis a modern day Mom & Pop online retail business operated by Michael and Stephanie Goins. The idea for the company was born after Michael hand-painted a mural in their older son’s new room. We knew that other parents would really enjoy doing this, but most lack the artistic training and/or confidence. So we decided to design products that would allow all parents (even the artistically challenged) to create wall murals themselves. We formed My Wonderful Walls in 2008 with a mere four wall stencil kits, and now we carry hundreds of popular product and ship all over the word. Each and every one of our products is designed and manufactured with tender loving care in the USA in beautiful Chattanooga, Tennessee.

My Wonderful Walls Review:

Heather from Full Price? Never!got a chance to review the wall stickers for her toddlers room! Here are her thoughts: “I am not a creative person, I wish I was but I’ve come to terms with it. I was so excited to try the wall stickers because even someone like me that lacks artistic skills can use them with terrific results! I’m always looking at my daughters boring closet doors and trying to think of someway to make them more fun for her… I finally found the answer! The stickers were very easy to use and absolutely adorable! The toddler agrees! The only problem I had was choosing from all of the themes they offer… farm, flower garden, transportation, jungle, dinosaur, princess, bugs, forest, fairy, cats & dogs, outer space, pirate, owls, dragon, monsters, circus, bugs, ocean, polka dot, clouds and more!”

*Best Part* I’ve joined the Host, Full Price? Never! to bring you this awesome giveaway!
The Prize: 1 Lucky winner will win any one item of their choice from My Wonderful Walls. This includes free shipping and is valued at $177! This giveaway is open to those with a continental US or Canada mailing address.
To enter just click here to go the Full Price? Never! to enter this giveaway.
GOOD LUCK!
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