Thursday, July 26, 2007

China trip

We took a trip to China for a few weeks this June to visit most of Phil's family. The following blog entries will give a tiny little view into some of what we saw and experienced...

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

English, Chinese-style

Abercrombie and TITCH

It's reassuring to know your spouse has faith in you
Just magic complaints produce smiles [that's my favorite line]
Lean on each others strengths, forgive each others weakness.

This jumble of letters is I guess supposed to mean something!? We saw it on a nighgown at Wal-Mart in Nanning, China.

Apparently some Chinese aren't big fans of American coffee...

Just not how Americans would usually advertise a sporting event...
The 2010 Asian Games:
Wholesome and Exciting, Clean and Green

Animal ferocious, no striding!

Always a good rule:
Dangerous animals remain behind fence!
(this reminds us how important a comma can be...)

It appeared to me that the Chinese love English adjectives more than any other part of our language. Many stores, businesses etc. had various "wonderful, happy" or some such words attached to their names. For example, we ate lunch at the "Splendid Publishing House in China."

Cooking Craziness

This was posted mainly for the benefit of the grandparents who comment that they miss being around to share in all these silly little moments...

Monday, July 23, 2007

Only in Petersburg

Another episode in the series: "Crazy Criminals in Petersburg":
This was listed in our weekly newspaper as occuring on July 14:
A caller reported two individuals boarded his boat and ran when they saw him. The individuals left a block of cheese. Officer and Harbormastor notified.
All I can say is, I hope these cheese criminals hit our house and leave a block or two. Cheese is expensive these days!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Pies in Playgroup

No pictures for this entry, but I have a recipe for all those moms with toddlers out there.
We made individual apple pies in playgroup today and they were great!

Peel and slice 1 apple. Cut it into chunks and put them into the bottom of 2 small individual pie pans. The kids can help put the apples in and eat the peel while they're waiting for the next step. :-) Sprinkle the apples with cinnamon/sugar.
Mix the following to share between 3-4 kids: 1/2 cup melted butter, 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1 pinch salt. Once this is all mixed (the kids can help with this), scoop a few big dollops of the mix onto the top of the apples. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. We were baking almost a dozen at once so that a rough estimate. Just keep checking and it will be done when it's golden brown.