Saturday, January 13, 2007

After Trip Musings

Well, it is Saturday morning and we are up early. Steve and I worked the last two days and crashed in our chairs last night before we even decided on a TV show to watch. *sigh* Marissa came in and said "Wake up, old people!" So, we were in bed and out by 10 p.m.!!! Today we are meeting some former Navy friends in Newport, TN that we haven't seen in 25 years. Should be fun and interesting!

We had the best soup in Latvia. We have it every time we go there and it is so delicious. It is called "Solyanka" or "Sojanka" soup and is a tomato/vegetable based soup with a dollop of sour cream in it. I have tried to find the recipe numerous times online but cannot find anything that looks even close to it. I also have a Latvian cookbook but it isn't in there either. Apparently it is a soup that is made with whatever ingredients are on hand but the key ingredients are dill pickles, lemon juice, and olives. I'm making ham and bean soup today in the crock pot with leftover ham from Christmas. Comfort food.

It is actually colder here in TN than Latvia (at least it seems that way).

Kristine, one of our Latvian students (and adopted daughter) came over last night to see our pictures and pick up some of the gifts we brought back. She stayed almost three hours. She left Latvia over three years ago and was amazed at how much her city has changed. She said we will have to go back with her to show her around! I also gave her some dark bread and gingerbread cookies from Latvia, which are some traditional foods that she misses.

We brought back so many gifts for other people and will be delivering them this weekend. Those gifts alone added about 35 pounds to our luggage! These are presents that our friends in Latvia wanted us to bring to our/their friends in TN. We did manage to have a little room to bring back things we had purchased.

Our living room still looks like it did the day after Christmas. I hope to take the Christmas tree down and put the gifts away this weekend. We didn't even get our Christmas cards and letter out before we left so I'll be working on that as well. Monday is a holiday so I'm glad to have an extra day to catch up!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've enjoyed reading about your trip and seeing all the pictures...I have wished so often that I had stowed away in your suitcase! The picture of you and Steve at Tavern on the ought to frame that sweet!! I love you, up and recuperate...I'm sure you're worn out!