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.


January 27, 2014
Freshly roasted coffee

My only regret is that I can’t provide the ‘Smell of the Day’, as well.

Minor crisis averted

Seventeen years ago, Ordinary Spouse and I received a drip coffee maker as a wedding present. A few years ago (five maybe?), Ordinary Spouse bought me a French press, as well. We’ve enjoyed lots of coffee from these two… until this week, when Ordinary Spouse broke the French press and I broke the carafe of the drip maker.

Crisis! The only way left to prepare coffee was with a sock from Cambodia…

Khmer coffee sock
Khmer coffee sock

MochaHappily, Khmer coffee tastes just fine. Nevertheless, the free drink on my Starbucks card provided a much-appreciated caffeine jolt today, and I took the opportunity to reduce their French press inventory by one. Based on the two tastes I’ve performed on the new press, I expect that it should serve us well for years to come… or at least until our next coffee crisis shows up.

Testing the new press
Coffee crisis averted
January 20, 2014
Evening relaxation

Starbucks coffee, Rajana mug, Equal Exchange chocolate. Lovely.

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