The new normal. Only 21 days till it begins to get lighter every day. Don't see the sun till after 8 am and it sets around 5 pm. Lots of fog clouds our view of the Palac and cathedrals.
This pretty pink cyclamen gives the living room a little cheer
Speaking of living room, this is our new furniture we ordered three weeks ago. It finally came. We also put up the drape to give definition to the attic room and to remind ourselves to duck if you go beyond this barrier. Natalie gave us the Christmas tree when we were on our mission in
Uganda. Easy to transport and easy to install. Doesn't tip over either.
Since we are talking apartment, this is our kitchen cupboard before this week
This is our new kitchen cupboards. Yea for more storage space to put things.
We also had this fun shelf installed above the kitchen sink.
Monday afternoon we drove the 130 kilometers to Bacou to take Elder Hellewell to
give this man a baptism interview. Sora Wyatt and Rotsan were overjoyed
to have a convert
The Smiths will be leaving in a couple weeks for home.
We will oversee that branch also once they are gone.
As Relief Society Activity counselor I organized the Iasi Branch sisters
to teach the American sisters to make native Romanian food
for the Christmas party.
Sister Lidia teaching how to make sarmale
I was watching and trying to write down the recipe so we would have it
to make another time. I found the sisters here do not have
measuring equipment and are basically dump cooks.
Here we are rolling the meat combination in pickled cabbage and grape leaves. After we rolled them we tucked in the two sides to seal for steaming.
Sister Lidia with a perfectly rolled grape leaf sarmale
After helping make sarmale at the branch kitchen we went as a group to
the Stoica home to make Romanian potato salad and apple cake,
a favorite Romanian Christmas dish.
My first bus ride.
The cake was easy, 22 TB of milk, oil, flour & sugar. Milk and oil level and sugar and flour heaping.
How easy is that?
Later she added 1 tsp baking soda in lemon juice mixed in with 3 very large eggs.
I wondered if they were goose eggs they were so big.
Her cake looks so difficult so was interested to see how easy it was to make.
Wow, it was simple. Just lay pealed and sliced apples on top of the cake batter
and sprinkle with cinnamon.
The cake rises up between the apples and gives it that difficult to make look.
Such clever cooks.
The potato salad was more like a chicken salad. Besides chopped chicken breast,
it had cooked then chopped carrots, parsnips and potatoes. Then she diced pickles and added a quart of canned peas.
The most interesting was watching her make homemade mayonnaise. Her non member husband stood right next to her taking every dirty dish immediately to the kitchen to wash. What a team.
Cute shirt one of the students wore to the cooking class
If you want to know if the food turned out and was good? It was delicious. In fact Maria told us she would be making another batch for the party and she fed most of it to the hungry people who came to learn how to cook Romanian food. What a happy bunch.
Sister Genevieve wanted the doughnuts to be fresh so we met again Sat. afternoon before the party.
Another dump cook. Pretty difficult to follow. Think I'll do a google search for a good doughnut recipe. We didn't cut out a doughnut hole. They were almost round when cooked, all the
better to add a fun jelly inside.
After the demo the girls took turns cutting out and cooking.
Sister Genevieve gave me an apron to wear. Afterward, when I gave it back
she said it was a gift. Great, I forgot to bring one.
Making trays of food so we can eat family style. Pres. Pitelon insists that is the way
Relief Society room set up with 40 settings. We had about 37 attendees
Elder Brown, Lidia and Sora Lunt dishing up the sarmale
Fancy topping on the potato salad dished up so every table of 6 had one.
Elder Brown checking out the reindeer at the mall
Never seen a false ceiling down a piazza before.
Main Christmas Tree on the piazza
Another false ceiling over a block long.
Our english classes are going well. We're averaging about 20 right now. So happy when the spiritual thought was on the Book of Mormon Saturday and the father who brings his 5 year old son and 13 year old daughter took one. Hope that they continue to be interested in learning about the church as they attend english classes. We will be finished with this set of classes next Sat.