It could be ours, teeth, eyeballs and all, for just over $6! And the eyeballs are a delicacy and only presented to the guest of honor. Remind me never to sit at the head of the table at a party here.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Here are Emily and Marcy in their new uniforms.
And the Junior group which I lead for the first meeting:
I think the girls will have fun and what's great is that there are about 3-4 sister combinations in the two troops - built-in friends for Emily and Marcy!
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Given the above information, I decided not to just cook the turkey (it was still slightly frozen and very cold for those concerned about food poisoning) but the whole Thanksgiving dinner. Last year we had Thanksgiving in October in celebration on Canadian Thanksgiving so this year we had Thanksgiving dinner in September in celebration of imported goods.
We had turkey, stuffing (with no celery as it's hard to find), mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie. Here are some photos of our feast:
Frank even wore his Turkey Trot shirt in celebration of the occasion:
And here's my Sarah-style artistic photo of pumpkin pie:
We were all stuffed, as should be the case, and Frank swears he was all tried after and that it must be the turkey. I was tired as well but I'm still jet-lagged so I don't think I can blame it on the turkey. Not sure we'll have another Thanksgiving dinner in November but at the very least they serve a big spread at the Intercontinental!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Now I'll head off to the airport and try this again. This time I have to fly to Denver first but I felt lucky that I got flight out today. I don't think everyone on the cancelled flight did.
Turkey Update: For those concerned about my frozen turkey - I put it back in the freezer last night and even after 6 hours at the airport it hadn't defrosted at all. I adjusted the weight in my bags so that it can go in the checked luggage this time and I won't have to have contraband meat on my person!
Monday, September 13, 2010
When I was out shopping for supplies to pack in the luggage I purchased can green beans, french-fried onions, cream of mushroom soup, stuffing mix, gravy packets (because I can't make gravy), etc - all the fixings for Thanksgiving dinner that we can't buy in Almaty. But what's Thanksgiving without turkey? So, when I saw that Target had turkey breasts on sale I succumbed once again to an "I will never..." Here's what I have with me for my flight to Almaty:
That's a 6 lb frozen solid turkey breast packed in a soft-sided lunch cooler (I have a frozen ice pack that goes on top.) I had intended it to be in my checked luggage but I packed for business class weight limits and forgot it is less in economy. So, the frozen turkey was a logical thing to move to my carry on. Nobody questioned me going through security about what was packed in there. I keep waiting for someone to track me down and arrest me for transporting frozen turkey over international borders. I only hope that it's frozen solid enough to make it 24 hours to Almaty and back into the freezer until we can enjoy it on Thanksgiving day!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
We toasted Chris' 40th birthday with shots of Kazakhstan vodka that I brought back with me especially for the big event. Sarah pulled the bottle out of the freezer at a point in the party when Chris was in a particularly "happy" place. There were 3 matching shot glasses in the box so Chris, Sarah, and I filled them the up....
and drained them down (while Mimi posed with the bottle.)
We were all coughing and gagging and wheezing. Little did Chris know, Sarah and I were totally faking it since we had just done a shot of water while his was the real thing. Not sure when Chris will read this blog and learn the truth but just about everyone at the party was aware and were loving the fact that he was not. We did sip a bit of the vodka after just to taste it and it did burn going down. Not sure how Chris managed that big shot. Later the bottle made it back out of the freezer and guys were passing it around for a taste and they all thought it was good. But, I'm pretty sure all their senses were numb by then. It was a great party - well done Chris and Sarah!
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Here she is cheering on the sidelines. She had alot of learning to do for football cheerleading. She's been doing only competitive cheer for the last 2 years and this is alot different. She had to remember how to do the chants and such from her St. Monica days.
Her team was one of four that were chosen to perform. Here they are coming out onto the field (Pride is on the lower half of the picture):
Thursday, September 9, 2010
I'll certainly post more during my stay in Dallas!
Monday, September 6, 2010
There are only 5 Americans in Marcy's class so those 5 were about the only ones who knew what a rice krispie treat was. It was funny to see them look at it and ask Marcy what it was. Many of them liked it but some I could see were not too fond of it. One boy in particular was pulling it apart and nibbling on it. He had it stuck all over his fingers and it clearly bothered him. Finally he came and told me he did not want it. Poor kid! Marcy's teacher asst (Kazakh) wanted to know how they are made - she liked it but had no idea what a marshmallow was and had never heard of Rice Krispie cereal. I'll have to buy her some ingredients and introduce her to an American classic!
Sunday, September 5, 2010
When we got home we grilled out for dinner and I made a cake which Marcy and Emily and I decorated. Here is the result of our efforts:
You have to take a REALLY big breath when you are getting ready to blow out 8 candles:
I remembered to put the Happy Birthday plate in the air shipment so Marcy did not feel left out on her birthday (but I did forget a can opener which I'm finding quite inconvenient and a spatula which meant Frank flipped burgers with a large spoon and a knife):
Here's the gang with Marcy and her presents. I also forgot wrapping paper but I found one roll of green foil wrap and some gift bags. Thank goodness I went birthday shopping before we left Dallas because there is not much here and what there is is expensive (a Barbie Doll costs about $20.)
We got some surprise visitors via Skype to join in on the opening of gifts. Wowa and Mimi got to watch Marcy enjoy all her presents:
The big birthday present was Molly, the American Girl doll. Marcy acted very surprised but I'm pretty darn sure she saw it in the suitcase when I was packing up in Dallas.
Marcy gets to celebrate her birthday at school tomorrow. One of her classmates even shares the same birthday as her. So, I'm bringing Rice Krispie treats (all ingredients except the butter imported) and the other mom is bringing cupcakes - sugar overload! Some day we'll be able to have a real birthday party with friends and party games, etc. Marcy has only had one when she turned 5 and that was combined with a going away party. Poor Marcy!
At least now we have something to cook on should we feel the need to cook out. I think we have at least another month or so when we can still cook out and eat outside. A good investment!