ordinary… mostly

"We have nothing to offer each other, except a haven." — K. Nafziger




I thought I’d make some cold-brewed coffee. It’s all the rage, right?

Let’s just say that you won’t be hearing about the results here.

New Year’s abomination

My mother-in-law’s Russian Mennonite family traditionally enjoys New Year’s Cookies (portzelky) on New Year’s Day. They’re basically deep-fried, sugar-coated raisin fritters. Nothing like breaking every weight loss resolution before noon, eh? Here are this morning’s treats…

New Year's Cookies

And then I had to go and mess things up by mashing New Year’s Cookies together with fruitcake. Nice!

New Year's fruitcake

I think I’ve desecrated something here. 🙂

June 1, 2014
Wood-fired pizza

What a treat! We enjoyed the evening with friends (and their wood-fired pizza oven).

April 20, 2014
Morchella esculenta

I’m cheating today. My family recently returned from an eight-day trip to Iowa. So here are the accumulated ‘Photos of the Day’.

March 4, 2014
New Year’s Cookies for Fat Tuesday

Portzelky are a traditional Russian Mennonite treat for New Year’s Day. Ordinary Spouse decided that they’d also work well for Fat Tuesday.


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