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! Continue reading

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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

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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

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Crindlestar Review and Giveaway!


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

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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

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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 Continue reading

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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

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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.

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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.

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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 Continue reading

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I think I gained 5 pounds!

One of the things that has made the transition to Poland an easy easier move is our wonderful church.  As many of you are aware a great church family no matter where you move to can either make you or break you.  Well yesterday we went and spent half a day with one of ours.  They live about and hour and 15 minutes from us in a neat town called Torun.  The great Continue reading

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Feel like hopping?

As you can see I am new to blogging, so I am surfing the great big w.w.w. abyss to get  ideas to make this blog even better.  Well guess what I stumbled upon? A BLOG HOP!!What is a blog hop?

A blog hop is a linky list that is SHARED ON MULTIPLE BLOGS.
When several blogs put the same linky list code on their blog, the
exact same list appears on each blog.

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We finally got some!

Well today was the day we finally got some REAL snow here in Bydgoszcz! We have been told since the day we took this job here that there was going to be LOTS of snow here. Well we have had a bit here and a bit there but not enough to shovel. Today was our lucky day we finally got enough over night that my 7 minute commute to take Continue reading

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European Hospitality

The other day I hosted a monthly board meeting for an international spouses club that I am the Chairperson for in Bydgoszcz. Yes, I know I have only lived here 9 weeks but if you know me, I LOVE to be involved in the community and elections were held at the 2nd meeting that I attended and a few ladies said I would make a great Chair (and I fell hook Continue reading

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Learning English Overseas!

One of the blessings/curses of living in a foreign country is the education for our children.  I am a cup is half full type of person, so let’s look at the positives first……

1. The kids get to meet other nationalities compared to the average public in America,

2. There are a lot school holiday’s so traveling is easier,

3. The kids pick up a bit of a

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