Saturday, July 24, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Except for the heat, I always look forward to this time of year now that I'm living in Ukraine. Besides the zucchini, there's the strawberry season, raspberry season, cherry season...MMMMM. The only way it could get any better is if they had blueberries, about the only thing they don't grow here. (We're coming into apricot and plum season now.) Just about every where you go, you will see people with their little stands selling their produce. I absolutely LOVE the open air market, but rarely get to go anymore because 1) way too hot and crowded for a baby and 2) about an hour from our house. When we first came to Ukraine, I went all of the time and always came back carrying way more than a pregnant woman should. I'd just get too tempted by all of the smells of the fruit and vegetables and end up buying just about everything.
ANYWAYS....back to the attacking zucchinis. Not only are they attacking me in the garden, but they are also invading my house. Like I said though, I always look forward to this time of year and we are eating a LOT of zucchini stuff lately. One of my favorite things to do is find someone new to give zucchini bread to. It's always fun to see their response after they eat it. They are always so surprised by sweet zucchini bread. They, in turn, have surprised us with some tasty zucchini entrees.
SO, thought that I would share a few recipes with you that have helped me keep our zucchinis a little in check. (Sorry, except for the last one I don't have exact measurements.)
~Fried Zucchinis with Garlic Mayonaise~
Slice zucchini into rounds. Sprinkle with salt and roll in flour. Fry.
Press garlic and mix into mayo. Drop a spoonful onto one of the fried zucchini rounds. Add a little sprig of fresh dill or parsley, if desired. (I'd recommend the dill..mmmm.) Watch out. They disappear fast!
Shred zucchini. Add in approximately 2 eggs, some salt and flour until consistency like pancakes??? (Again, sorry no measurements. They never seem to have measurements. "Just add until it looks right.") Fry. Eat with sour cream or garlic mayonaise.
(This one I actually found somewhere online, but thought that I would share it because it has become a family favorite. Eric doesn't like vegetables, but tried it because it smelled so good.)
4 sm. zucchinis (I use only 2) 1/2 tsp. dried basil leaf
2 lg. tomatoes 1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/2 c. finely chopped onions 3 tbs. olive oil
3 cloves garlic 8 oz. shredded cheese (mild cheddar)
1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 c. shredded Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350*. Grease dish (8x8 or 9x9).
Cut zucchini into 1/2 in. rounds. Slice tomatoes into half, then into quarters. Mix together zucchini to black pepper. Toss. Drizzle with olive oil and toss. Turn into baking pan.
Bake 25 minutes or until almost tender when pierced with a fork. Top with cheese and bake 10-15 minutes.
*You might need more onions and garlic depending on how much zucchini you have...we tend to like it better with more onions and garlic.
*I sometimes add Italian Seasoning instead of the basil.
*Any cheese will work. I usually don't know what kind of cheese I'm using...I just grab a cheese that smells good and use that...or whatever Eric is able to find in the village.
ENJOY! Let me know if you try them out! If you have a favorite zucchini recipe, I'd love to hear it!
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
While Eric was passing out tracts on Monday at a subway stop, an older lady started yelling at him, calling him the devil and saying, "Go home, non-Russian!" She then proceeded to "loudly advise" any passer-by-ers not to take his tracts because he was a "satanist" and a "foreigner". The funny thing is, that only made people more interested in taking his tracts! Not only did that lady draw quite a bit of attention, but the tract itself was an attention grabber. On the front was a picture of Jesus on the cross and it said "He did this for you". Some people when they saw this said things like "awful" or "terrible". To this, Eric would reply, "Yes it is, but He did it for you." When Eric was talking to one lady about salvation, she said that her salvation was in the cross she was wearing. Eric told her that she wouldn't find that in the Bible. Her response? Yes she would! Eric told her, "Read the Bible and look. You won't find that it says that anywhere." Overall, even though he said that he had quite a few people who responded negatively, he also had many who promised that they would read the tract.
Though I didn't get to go with him this time, I always love hearing and watching him witness, especially in Russian. When I can't go, I enjoy listening to him tell about those that he meets. His boldness always encourages me to do more. The more Russian he knows, the more he doesn't let people get by without hearing some of the gospel, even if they won't take his tract.
Please pray for us as we seek to tell people about salvation through Jesus Christ. As you walk down the streets or sit in the subway, you can see the hopelessness and discouragement on their faces. They are looking for something-someone to fill the void that only Jesus can fill.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Again, thank you for your prayers!
Friday, July 2, 2010
What has been keeping me busy these days (besides my new little man:))? My NEW KITCHEN! For the past almost year (WOW has it really been THAT long since we moved into this house?), I have been washing my dishes in buckets, not so gentle on the back. Slowly, my enthusiasm for cooking waned to almost nothing. I was thinking that maybe it was the heat, but the near 100 degrees weather hasn't been stopping me lately! Eric ordered the cabinets 2 weeks before Sammy was born thinking it would help me with my desire for more order. I am SO thankful that he did! The baskets under the table were always overflowing with things...especially since the girls help put away the dishes. (They put away their laundry too, so we won't be taking any pictures of their drawers. At least now they get the clothes in the right drawer.)
Here is a BEFORE picture:
And (drum roll) here is my NEW KITCHEN:
Isn't it cute? It has added so much more space to our house! The girls absolutely love "our" ("You have to share, Mama.") new kitchen and are always wanting to sit up on the cabinet and help me cook and wash dishes. (Before I got my cabinets, I had decided that I was going to have kids sitting on them helping me cook and clean because of this blog. I just recently found out that it's not culturally proper to do this, but we love the time together so much that I don't think we can go back now!) Don't worry...I wash the counter top afterwards!
Well, really should be going. ALL of my three little ones are sleeping, and I should probably be too. Just waiting for the zucchini bread to get out of the oven.