Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Package from the north

My sister Dani sent us a package in May and I already lost any hope of it arriving.

But it did, today:) YAY!

I noticed a funny smell coming from the package and when I opened it, some yellow powder came out. (I really would like to know what the post office workers from around the world suspected was in the package:) It turns out, my sister had sent us some dressing mixes and one of the baggies with the Cheese Nacho Dip mix had opened somewhere between Canada and Paraguay.

After I cleaned everything up, I sat down to enjoy the best part of the package: a recipe book I had been looking out for for a while. Mennonite Girls Can Cook!

 (wierd picture: book on my lap:)

There are so many great tasting recipes in this book, I recommend it to everyone who likes good, home-cooked meals.

This is comfort food at its best!

Waffles with Vanilla Custard and some delish looking raspberry sauce on top.

Chicken noodle soup, looks just as good as my Oma's.

This one I have wanted to try for a while: Rolled up Kielke. (Kielke is a homemade pasta/noodle)

I can just imagine how good this will be with baked farmer sausage on the side!

 Wareniki is a well-known recipe in our Mennonite culture. I never liked them as a child, but love them now. (Pasta pockets filled with cottage cheese drenched in a creamy sauce. )

This is one of the first recipes I ever tried from the Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog. It's my signature Easter dish (at least has been last year and this year:)

These cinnamon roll-like Maple Twists are delicious!

My Mom made these "Pies-in-a-pocket" for my oldest sister's wedding and we loved snacking on the leftovers!

Thanks Dani, for sending this recipe book to Caroline and me.
 I don't think she'll get her turn with it anytime soon:)

Have a great week, all my readers, commenters and lovely lurkers:)



  1. So glad it arrived in kinda one piece. Enjoy the book and the goodies.

  2. I love pictures with my recipes! (I just did a cookbook post!)

    I cannot believe how long it took for that package to get to you. So glad it did. What a treat.


  3. I remember how long it took for the pillow to arrive! I am so glad the package arrived and what a treat to be able to start cooking comfort foods!

  4. Brenda, I have on occasion visited your blog, and have taken interest in it since my husband was born in Paraguay. To my delight I found this wonderful book review on our book, and I thank you for that. I am so glad that you have actually tried the recipes and have enjoyed them.
    Maple Twists is certainly one of my families favorites as well, and I enjoy giving it as a gift as well to people at Christmas or even for a birthday. It is always met with a smile. I wish you a wonderful day in the Chaco! Blessings to you and your family.

  5. So happy to see a book made it to Paraguay! Enjoy!

  6. Hi Charlotte and Anneliese! I'm so honored you found my little blog. I've been following your blog for at least 2 years and LOVE your "make-me-feel-at-home" recipes. I think I have your first book here in the Chaco, but I want to ask our library if they could order some more copies. If I lend my book to everyone that has asked for it, I'd never get it back:) Thanks for the great effort you made on the book, to make it pleasing to the eye, to the mouth and to the soul! Hugs from Paraguay!

  7. Thank you for the lovely review - it's been so much fun hearing from people like you who have supported our blog and are now enjoying the cookbook. Thank you for your interest.

  8. What a fun package you received from your sister. Thanks for sharing your excitement in receiving the cook book. We are always delighted to hear from those who have it. Thanks for the great review. I hope you enjoy using the recipes and the memories they bring back. Kathy

  9. Brenda, it looks like a wonderful book that brings a bit of home with it. This is my first visit to your site, so I've taken a bit of time to look around.I'm so glad I did that.You've created a lovely spot for your readers to visit and I really enjoyed the time I spent here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  10. Brenda, I am having an international giveaway of a handmade bracelet. If you don't wear them, I am sure you know someone you could bless if you won!http://quiltingranny.blogspot.com/2011/08/interview-with-shannon-creator-of-its.html


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