Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Here is the link www.fosterburger.com.
Now what about Halloween?! Later we gutted - don't the girlies look scary?! - and carved our one pumpkin...we are ready for Halloween. More about that tomorrow :))) Oh, and et me know if you would like to see a picture of the girls fantastic burger...
By the time we got home in the early afternoon all of us was hungy. A perfect day for Taco's. Yum! Homemde Gacamole, refried black beans, beef, Tofutti sour cream, and plenty of shells. A lazy meal, for a blissfully, lazy rest of the day. The girlies, and the mothership got to enjoy the rare TV day, while Ron happily played his guitar...it is nice to be back home!!!
Saturday, October 29, 2011
The rest of the day turned out fine. Girls in school, both parental units at work, and for dinner we went out -> Friday night fun :) We decided to go to Apizza Scholls on Hawthorne. It is the best pizza in Portland. However to get a table for the first seating you have to get in line by 4:30 for the 5 PM opening. That is what the girlies and I did. Equipped with our umbrellas we waited for 20 minutes in the pouring rain. Does it sound crazy? Well, to me it is so Portland, and crazy at the same time. Oh, and let me assure you we were not the first - nor the last people in line. There were five people -for five tables- ahead of us and the line quickly got longer. For pizza you ask? Yes, pizza - it is the most amazing, delicious, fantastic pizza around and the salad is just as amazing. So worth it for the occasional treat. We ordered 1/2 sausage no cheese, and the other 1/2 sausage, peppers & cheese. Delicious - can you see how excited the girls are? Btw - the right side is without cheese and no, there were no leftovers....
Here is the link to Apizza Scholls http://apizzascholls.com/
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Besides that our Thursday was - as I like it - uneventful and I am actually up past 7 p.m. whoo-hoo...
As for the rest of our Wednesday? Blissfully uneventful - school for girls, work for the parental units, and both girlies had piano lesson after school. Yes, they are still readjusting but we are almost there. Well, at least the girls :)
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Please click on above link for details!
The girls are almost back to "normal" but still more tired than usual. The are adopting great to the routine again. Quite impressive!
But now to the title of this post. Yes, it is true I made dinner last night. One of my German friends calls this "faulenzer Krautwickel" - lazy version of stuffed cabbage. It is nice on a cool evening. Sautéed onions, carrots add on the caraway seeds. Next some ground beef and a chopped head of white cabbage on top. Let it all cook down. The longer it cooks, the better it gets. At the end I added some Tofutti sour cream. Served with mashed potatoes - earth balance and water from the potatoes - as well as a salad round it all out. Voila - another Galactosemia safe meal in Porland. Oregon :)
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Our Monday was uneventful. Both girls are back in school, they are both however still suffering from jet lag which means that they tire at the end of the day. And you know what tht means, right?! Yup, both girlies had a melt down - at least not at the same time...my jet lag is getting better to as I slept until 4:30 this morning. Yay! Oh, and before I forget - I had written this post already last night but for some odd reason it never made it to be posted...
Monday, October 24, 2011
We also stopped at another pumpkin patch this year, but to us The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island is our favorite spot.
Oh, and yes dinner? I am still not back in the awing of things as we had Pho for dinner. Delicious vietnamese chicken noodle soup. So good! We went to our favorite spot Pho Van on 82nd in SE Portland :)
Here is more information www.thepumpkinpatch.com and http://www.phovanrestaurant.com/
Sunday, October 23, 2011
So yesterday, I made Goulash. Hearty, smooth, warming, delicious - one of my favorite things to make in the fall and winter. It is delicious, great for guests - which we had last night - and the girlies love it too. I am also always amazed about the fact how six ingredients melt together to such perfection. Yes, only six ingredients. Beef, onions, potatoes, paprika (Hungarian, salt, and water. That's it. I use about equal parts of beef (200 gr/person), onions, and potatoes. Add one generous scoop of paprika a person, and add water so that the beef is just barely covered. It takes about three hours on the stove and it is delicious. Please let me know if you would like an exact recipe...
We serve it with pickles - German style not dill pickles -, crusty white bread, and salad - yes, it is back - on the side.
So hopefully tonight I will not forget to take a dinner photo...
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Here is a picture of Alena at the end of the school day.
My Dad is still visiting from Germany, so right after school we headed downtown to Bridgeport for dinner. Pizza Dog's for the girls - note: regular hot dog buns at Bridgeport are not OK - along with a glass of Kinderbier a.k.a. Rootbeer. After dinner, the girls and I were ready for bed...
Friday, October 21, 2011
The girls got up at 4:30 a.m. yesterday and by the time I had everything unpacked we all were hungry. Both girls wanted to go to Jam on Hawthorne, dressed in their new Dirndl's. Are they not cute?
And do you know what they ate? Alena ate her usual. Vegan Chai Cakes with one slice of bacon...here she is...
Mia Rose chose a traditional breakfast. Scrambled eggs, hash browns, and a couple of slices of bacon with the added benefit of ketchup for the eggs.
|Mia Rose and her breakfast|
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
The trip was fine, just long. We left Tuttlingen around 8 am this morning. As an exception both girls ate Wurst for breakfast. The girlies were hungry by the time we were at the gate, and I decided that the girls deserved a treat. There were not many options, but there were chips. So guess, what their special treat was? Yup, chips for both girls...here they are
|Paprika Chips for all|
|Alena at the Zurich Airport|
In Chicago, we had a very tight connection and ended up running to the gate. I am so glad that we made the 5 PM flight, and did not have to wait around for the later flight. The three of us slept all the way - and now we are happily back at home.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
So what did we do? On Monday, the girls went to school and I worked. In the afternoon we went for a swim at TuWass for a final time this trip. The girls had fun - afterwards I wanted to stop at the butcher to get some sausages for Vesper. I was in for a surprise as they were closed - so instead of sausages we got some vegetable spread aka Tartex. It is made out of nutritional yeast and so good. Mia Rosie loved it :)
Today - Tuesday - the girls went to school a final time this trip, while I worked and the got us all packed up. Whoo-hoo - the only item left to pack is the carry on. Oh, and the picture shows the girls before Vesper enjoying some KiKa (similar to Sprout). Ok - it's almost time for me to go to bed...
Sunday, October 16, 2011
|Three ladies clad in pink playing and having fun|
We met for lunch, and later went for a nice walk along a little creek. The girls had a ton of fun - see them playing by the creek? - plenty of fresh air - and we also got to catch up. Later we went for coffee and cake. That was difficult, as none of treats were save for the girls. I did have some food - but that was challenging. Just one of the lessons to learn when traveling in Europe. Always carry plenty of snacks, because there will be times - more often i Europe than in PDX in my opinion - where there are no safe options available...
In any case, afterwards it was time to say good bye. It is always hard to say good bye to good friends, as we never know when the next time we will see each other. On the way back Mia Rosie kept asking when we will see them again, if they would visit us in Portland soon, and why we now live so far apart...
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Yesterday we spent a fun day on the Mainau, which is the Blumeninsel "flower island" on the Lake of Constance -> www.mainau.de We left in the late morning and after about an hours drive we arrived. It was quite chilly, and we first needed to warm up with some tea to be ready to visit the island.
There is the most amazing playground on the Mainau. It is complete with a huge water feature, rafts, amazing climbing options, and much more. The playground is really challenging - and there is also a dryer available. You know, just in case somebody falls in the water, or gets wet feet. It was in use yesterday but luckily not by us :)
|Alena and Mia Rose on the raft|
We then moved past some ducks and a peacock made out of flowers to the petting zoo. Both girls enjoyed a pony ride. Alena got to ride on Raufi. Raufi is the pony, Alena had her first pony ride on a couple of years back. It just happened by coincidence :)
|Alena in front of the Peacock|
For lunch time we stopped at a restaurant. Guess what the girls ate? Yes, I am sure you guessed right. Pommes Frites (french fries) with mayonnaise, ketchup and a glass of Fanta...Next stop was the Schmetterling Haus (Butterfly house). It is a hall with lots of tropical plants, water features, and free flying butterflies. It is magical and we got completely lost in it....
|Isn't it magical?|
Back in Tuttlingen we had dinner with my girlfriend at her house; sausages, meat off the grill, potatoes out of the oven, and a delicious salad. All - of course - safe for the girls :)
Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
How did we spend our day today? Well, let me tell you. Mia Rose was in the woods again, and Alena was in school until 3:45. Today Alena's class cooked lunch together today. The kids along with their teachers made vegetable soup from scratch, and fruit salad for dessert. Each child had to bring a knife, bowls, spoons, and an apron. I spoke with the teacher yesterday to make sure that they would not be using any milk products, or products containing milk sugar. And guess what?! Alena had already spoken with the teacher to make sure that she would be able to eat the food as well. That really makes this Mama proud :)
Ok - it's time for the girlies to go to bed now...
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
We spent yesterday as has become our routine; school started early for Alena so Mia Rose also had to go early. It was an average school day for Alena, and Waldtag - the kids hiked into the woods to a cabin - for Mia Rose. It will be Waldtag the rest of the week for the Kindergarten kids. It is soooo cute...I worked until noon and then picked up the girls to take them along for my lunch appointment. This is the first time, they came along and I have to say that it worked out OK. We had lunch in a pizzeria in a town close to here. Ahead of time I determined whether they could eat pizza and voila it was possible. Alena ate pizza with ham - label double checked - and tomato sauce; while Mia Rosie enjoyed Penne alio e aglio. Both of course without cheese. First working meeting I had with both girls...
|Mia Rose and Alena climbing up to get to the top of the slide|
As a reward we went to a different playground after the meeting where we spent an hour, before heading back to the apartment.
I better go now as both girls are ready to be taken to school :)
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Yesterday was beautiful. I worked through the early afternoon while the girls were at school/Kindergarten. They both had lunch at my Mom's and then we went...no, not swimming but to the playground. I met one of my longtime friends while the girls played. One of Alena's classmates was also at the playground - advantage to being in a small town :) - so everybody had a great time. Back at the apartment we had Vesper - cold cuts - for dinner, study time, followed by an somewhat early bed time..
|Alena at the bottom of the huge slide|
OK - we are about ready to leave. Mia Rose is going to the woods the rest of the week with her Kindergarten class. It is called Waldtage. The kids hike into the woods to a cabin, eat a snack, play games, and hike back to Kindergarten. So fun for them...Happy day to all!
Monday, October 10, 2011
Yesterday, I worked the bulk of the day while the girls were in school and ate lunch at my Mom's. In the late afternoon went swimming at TuWass, back to the apartment, and we had Vesper for dinner. Lucky me got to go to the Sauna in the evening as my sister came over to watch the girls....She also took this lovely picture of them. Happy Day!
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Both girls - I really should say all of us - were sad to see him leave before us. So we really needed to do something fun. Well, it did involve pommes & lemonade and then we went swimming at TuWass - Pool in Tuttlingen - http://www.tuwass.de/ click on the first option. I am sure you can see why this is one of our most favorite places.
Ok - I better get breakfast ready....
Friday, October 7, 2011
After the movie we stopped for cake and coffee at the new organic market in town. It was great as they had a safe piece of cherry cake for the girls. Yay! Oh yes, there was also dinner. My step-Mom made delicious Kaesespaetzle made with plenty of browned onions and Emmenthaler. As a side Beate made carrot salad and a mixed green salad. It was delicious! Everyone loveed it...ok I better get ready now as we need to drive Ron to the airport for his flight back home...
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Oh, and if you are interested to see were we hiked check out this link http://www.breitachklamm.com/ the link is in German only, check out the pictures under "Sommer" and "Winter"
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
We started with a steep one hour hike down to the valley through fields, and forests. We then ascended back up to the Alm with a cable car (where there are only 4 in a an "al fresco" car). Back on the Alm we swiftly walked to the first hut. The girls enjoyed a large plate of Pommes Frites (French Fries with ketchup) and a bottle of Almdudler. Water, and Beer for the adults :) Refreshed we hiked to another hut where there were rabitts, chicken, slide, swings, etc. all around kid fun. From there we hiked back to our hotel and the girlies got to go on a Pony ride and then spent the rest of the afternoon playing on the many playgrounds....
We stopped at this hut for drinks. I was amazed to see that there was an ingredients losging for all the foods offered next to the window. Amazing, no second guessing whether the foods ordered are safe for the girls. I truely was amazed that each menu item was broken down by the each ingredient and listed each allergen. Oh, and yes there were also "safe" popsickle's.
So today, we will go Wiking with the girls...
Monday, October 3, 2011
My Mom spoke with the chef ahead of our Arrival, and I also spoke with him to make sure that there will be "safe" food for the girls. So far it worked out perfectly. There is Soy milk, Soy Yoghurt, cereal, and bread they can eat. Yesterday the children's lunch and Dinner were not "safe". Therefore the girls got a special meal made just for them. Weisswuerste for dinner, and spinach creamed with Soy creamer. One caveat however, I think that it would be very difficult to communicate the requirements if I did not speak German.
The picture shows the girls with Omi :)