Our upstairs neighbor wanted me to make a local soup mix with her this year.
Here is the process in pictures.

3 weeks later...

Next day...




Last Balcony Days

The weather is getting colder and we are being forced inside for meals and such these days.
These are a few pics from one of our last balcony meals of the season.

When eating on the balcony you may have to dodge sheets hanging out to dry.




Reading in the Bathtub

Somehow the baby bathtub ended up in the girls' room and Leyla enjoyed some afternoon reading.



Look who can make her own PB&J (with minimal help from mom)


Breakfast Picnic

Hide and Seek, where are they?

There they are!


And water.

Who could ask for more?



Yes, I think she liked it.

We made pudding from scratch the other day and it really wasn't too hard. 
I had no idea you could do it without a mix, but I saw a recipe and decided to try it out.
Here there is no instant pudding, you have to cook it on the stove anyway, 
so it wasn't all that much more work and really yummy :).
When I first got here I didn't know you had to cook it on the stove, 
so I mixed it up and put it in the fridge. 
And let it sit...and sit...and nothing happened...still liquid.
I then took it across the hall to my sweet, patient neighbor who looked at me a little funny 
and showed me that you have to put it in the stove.
I really wanted to tell her, "no really, I'm not an idiot, in America we don't put it on the stove", 
but I had little to no language so I just smiled and nodded.
I'm thankful that I can now understand enough language to read a full recipe, 
not just the back of the pudding packet :).
Here is the original recipe, and here is the translation:

Chocolate Pudding

1 liter Milk
1 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons flour
3 Tablespoons Cornstarch
4 Tablespoons Coco powder
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 egg
100ml Heavy Cream
50g Bitter Chocolate

-Mix all dry ingredients. Continue stirring and add egg. Don't over stir. Add milk slowly with a mixer and mix well. 

-Over medium heat, stirring constantly heat until the mixture changes consistency to desired thickness. Take off the burner and add vanilla, cream, and chocolate. Mix by hand with a wire whisk for 2-3 minutes or use a mixer for a lighter consistency.  

-Pour into serving dishes and let cool until room temperature. Later move to the fridge.

-You can add whipped cream and shaved chocolate when serving if you desire.


Summer has Fleeted...

We spent a lot of time on our porch this summer.
We pulled our floor cushions out for meals and snacks with the girls.

No words...

This was Jo's skirt that we made for the summer.
We made her another one, but it didn't fit right, so we went back to the basics for this one.


Family Beach Trip Picture Dump

Little miss socialite will never turn down the chance to wave.

It wasn't all fun and games :).

Checking out the fish