Monday, December 22, 2014


The beautiful loaf of bread on the right is houska, a braided Czech bread made with potatoes, butter, blanched almonds and raisins.  We spent Saturday at Dave's parents' house helping to make this Christmas treat.  Dave's mother makes 6 loaves at a time which translates into 40 pounds of dough!  The loaf is formed by stacking 2 twisted pieces of dough over a braid of 3 pieces of dough atop 4 more pieces of dough braided together.  I was first invited to help 3 years ago.  Dave's mother and brother sat at the table with their written out instructions on how to create the 4 piece braid.  I watched them do it once and said, "Oh, you're weaving."  Ever since then, I have helped with the braiding! 

My girlfriends were going to come up last week but couldn't because of illness.  I'd wanted to fool around with salt dough ornaments.  I can remember making them with my babysitter when I was little.  While braiding real houska this year, I got the brilliant idea to make some salt dough houskas.  After forming a few loaves, I pressed some E size cream colored beads into the dough for blanched almonds and gold and plum colored seed beads for the raisins.  After I baked them, I painted them with a wash of acrylic paint and then Hodge Podge for an egg wash shine.  I stuck a wire loop into them before baking to make them into an ornament but they might be too heavy to hang.  If so they can be a paperweight or a nic nac.  I know I'm a nerd but I was so excited to make these!  I also made a couple Danish heart ornaments and a Lopi paw print!  This is a great cheap and non-toxic activity for kids!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Lisa's Blankie

 I drew my sister's  name for our gift exchange this year and had been sitting on this fabric for a good ten years.  I am crazy about jelly roll style quilts and have busted through all kinds of fabric stash using the technique.  This is fabric I bought at full price at Joann Fabrics ten years ago when I first saw this line.  I bought 6 yards of backing fabric and 5 yards of individual prints.  This fabric line was Japanese themed in different colorways.  Lisa loves red and so red kimonos, lanterns, fans, butterflies and bamboo chutes.  I hate to admit I was a little disappointed in the final results of this quilt.  I was surprised how small the top came out with the 5 yards cut up.  And of course Lopi has to come lay down on anything you're working on.  That backing is 9' by 7.5'. 
 Really Lopi?  You're going to be in my hair that much?  Here I am trying to trim the batting and backing to stretch as much as I can out of the blanket.  I think she will like it even though it won't be a bedspread size.
As beautiful as the fabric is, I just wish there was more contrast between the pieces.  I bought another whole set of fabric in a blue colorway 10 years ago too.  I seem to remember that my fabric had a few prints that had white as a background.  I won't get to that fabric until after the Christmas season.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

 I am finally posting pictures of the new furniture we got this summer.  It has been cold and snowy with overcast skies for the better part of 2 weeks and the lighting wasn't the greatest when I took these photos.
 Here is the hutch it all it's holiday glory.  I had so much fun polishing the wood and cleaning the glass and then unpacking boxes of nic nacs and dishes arranging and rearranging them in there.  My polish pottery and egg cups and cake plates and chafing dish and relish trays and Maynerd's dishes finally have a home.  Grandma Helen's silver in the wooden lined box also lives in there and the drawers are filled with different serving spoons and herring forks and wooden spreaders as well as candles for the table.  I just love it!  I have waited my whole life to own one of these and have somewhere to put it.  On the ledge you can see the perpetual Advent calender my sister gave us and we are enjoying it.  Her family has a yearly tradition of filling their perpetual Advent calender with candy and taking turns opening it.  Ours looks right at home on the hutch.
 Here is the sideboard that came along as a set.  Currently it houses my cookbook collection and a few Polish pieces and normally is topped with all my framed family pictures.  Here it is holding some holiday decorations.  That red tin is filled with candy because we need to eat to maintain our figures around here!  Maynerd's Christmas decorations are in that bowl and the shelf above it belonged to my great grandma Elnora and used to hang in their farmhouse.  My sister found that carousel at a garage sale and is exactly like the one Mother has and we'd put it together every year when we'd set out the decorations.  It is so nice to have a place to put things.
 I finished a sweater for my niece Laina.  I keep forgetting that Christmas is next week because for us, it isn't Christmas until January 9th when we can all get together.  I used this pattern and 3 skeins of some Classic Elite Waterspun yarn that I bet I've had in my stash for at least 10 years.  I've got all the little ones shopped and knitted for and just have 2 pairs of gloves to knit for my older nieces.  I'll finish a quilt for my sister tomorrow and then if I'm really ambitious, I'll knit a stocking for Lopi.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wintry Mix

I love my dog.  I love her so very much!  I know I fuss over her more than I should and my dad is constantly saying, "You need to have children."  I baked doggie treats for her from a book I bought at Saver's with seasonal/monthly recipes and it even came with it's own treat cutter!  The treats are quite bland but that is OK for dogs.  They don't need extra salt or fat, etc.  I tasted them myself and would eat them if I were starving to death but she really likes them.  Maybe it is the idea of it being people food.  Who knows. There is a recipe that contains peanut butter and I will try that one next.  I think it would be a nice gesture to bake a bunch of these and deliver them to all the neighbor dogs we see on our walks.  We know more neighbors by their dogs.
 I really liked this particular recipe because it used up some canned pumpkin I had leftover from baking a pumpkin roll cake for Thanksgiving.

1/2 c. canned pumpkin                  1/2 c. water                 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. cinnamon                          1/2 tsp.  nutmeg          1/2 c. oatmeal
2 c. whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 375.  Combine pumpkin, water, oil, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl.  Stir well.  Gradually add oatmeal and flour.  Form a dough.  Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with cookie cutter.  Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 40 minutes.  Makes 4 dozen.
I woke up yesterday and found all the trees and fences and surfaces covered in hoar frost!
 Gorgeous winter accoutrements!
 I finished Erik's knitted vest 4 days ago and it has been blocking on the floor of  my sewing room.  The buttons were sewn on tonight and then was wrapped up with his vehicle and sign gift and is waiting under the Christmas tree.  I believed I was on the verge of finishing this on the last days of November to count towards my NaKniSweMo challenge (since I  kind of putzed out with my sweater dress I knit for my niece) but the finishing was much more involved than I thought it would be.  The vest edges were knit and then stitched under and then the 5 i-cord loops were knit and then sewn on.  Still I am pleased with the way it turned out, especially since I bought the yarn a few years ago on clearance when I still lived in Mason City.  I got 5 skeins and was thrilled to bust through 2.5 of them for this project.  I got the buttons on a buy one get one sale at Joann's earlier this month.  I finished this project while watching my new DVD copy of Schindler's List.  I owned a VHS copy years ago but never updated after moving to Minnesota and recognized several locations used in the film that we visited on our trip!  I bought a copy for Dave to give to my mother because he drew her name in the gift exchange.  I couldn't wait to tell her I recognized things and I was afraid if I did, she'd run out and buy a copy of her own so I already spoiled her Christmas gift and told her!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Hot off the blocking board!

 Here is my finished NaKniSweMo project--another sweater dress and later tunic top for my niece Leah.  It may not count because I don't think it is 50,000 stitches or more but I don't care.  I used some of the Kauni I bought in Estonia and some Madelinetosh I got in Reno this year.  I was so excited to be using the Kauni!  I know I will be knitting another one of these and next time I would use a slightly smaller needle.  I think Leah will need a slip of some sort or she will freeze to death.  The Madelinetosh is lovely and soft but the Kauni would be kind of itchy next to the skin so tights and a turtleneck would help in that department too.
 Here is a pair of socks I finished in October so they count for Socktober!  They are knit from Jitterbug yarn purchased in Helsinki and have lived in my weekend night shift sock knitting bag so the lion's share of them were knit on duty.  I felt a little guilty using such beautiful Colinette yarn for something that was going to go on my FEET but they knit up into some very pretty, soft and STURDY socks.  I have a lot left over from this skein and another whole skein in my stash, as well as 2 more skeins in another blue colorway!

It's Beginning To Smell A Lot Like Christmas...

 Saturday morning baking for my night shift.  I don't think I've baked ginger cookies since last winter and I can't look at the dough at this stage and not think about Chef's chocolate salty balls.  Ha!
 I broke the laws of nature earlier this week and put up the tree before Thanksgiving.  I was hoping to get a really good deal on a grown up big girl tree at Joann's between my coupons and the sales but was let down.  All the ones I looked at between Michael's and Joann's were like $350ish and up and were all pre-lit trees.  So I just put up our little tree and covered it with 6 or 7 strands of lights and as many ornaments as I could cram onto it.
 I've always been a firm believer that busy is better and it certainly is a busy tree!  They say that for every Christmas light lit before Thanksgiving, a reindeer somewhere dies so I feel a bit guilty but I do love having the tree up!
 Even my kitchen towels are festive!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Blocking with Mom

I finished my NaKniSweMo project and soaked and blocked it this morning.  As long as I had the bucket and board out, I also blocked a pair of socks I finished last month and a cabled scarf I worked on throughout the summer.  I don't know what it is about pincushions, but Lopi is fascinated by them.  She goes after my sewing pincushion, my blocking pincushion, my embroidery pincushion, my hand sewing pincushion.  I turn my back for a second and she is throwing it around and there are pins everywhere.  She has even pulled quilting pins out of my quilts when I'm assembling them on the floor and chews on them.  I'm amazed she's never poked herself or even punctured herself through her cheeks.  I was kneeling on the floor pinning and keeping a close eye on her but she was eyeing that pincushion.  What a nerd.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Yarn in Krakow

 Of course when my mother and I were in Krakow, we had to go on a yarn hunt.  We'd found this list on Yelp only to discover it was total rubbish.  Pasmentaria Klebuszek at #46 Karmelicka street was the only viable yarn shop we found.  Lucky for us, we saw it every day at our Batorego tram stop.  We investigated almost all the shops on this Yelp list and most were non existent or if they did exist, they were a combination of hosiery (WHY that pairing?!?) and an extremely limited selection of yarns--as in maybe 20 skeins, all acrylic and 3 colors--I'm not exaggerating.
 So many of the shops in Krakow reminded me of St. Petersburg and Budapest.  You'd see these window box type advertisements when you looked for the street number.  Then you had to look for the main doorway/gate into the courtyard of the building.  So many apartments were also arranged like this. 
 Once you find the main door, you make your way down the hall into the courtyard and look for your business.
 This yarn shop was the most extensive we found.  The shop owner didn't speak much English but was very helpful in spite of the language barrier.  The store had signs and placards all over advertising Katia yarns.  I asked him if they sold only Katia yarns and he pointed out different brands throughout the store.  Some were Polish, some Czech, some English, "but no Turkish yarns," which struck me as funny.  In big chain craft stores in the US, all the acrylic blend yarns are made in Turkey.  That was just fine with me because I am very anti-acrylic when it comes to yarn!
 This shop also stocked embroidery and needlepoint kits and supplies.  We noticed right away kits for the current and former Pope.
 They also stocked ribbons, buttons, zippers, appliques, sewing thread, sequins, trims, crochet thread and cord, knitting needles, crochet hooks, beadwork findings, etc.  This shop was the most extensive of all handiwork shops we'd seen.
 Here is the proprietor with his assistant.  We gave him some candy after our transaction and I told him I'd write about him in my blog.  He paid me the best compliment when he said, "I appreciate you!"  We saw him a few days later on our way home from Wadowice on the tram but I was too shy to run up and greet  him.
 I bought 6 balls of superwash gradual color changing wool yarn for about $6.50ish/ball in 2 different colorways and 3 meters of beautiful folk edelweiss trim for $1.50ish/meter.  I took this picture against a Russian style shawl that I might use for a Christmas doily.  I can't be earnest enough, we checked all the shops on the Yelp list that lay in our paths during our travels and the only one worth the trip was # 46 Karmelicka.  I don't know what I'm going to knit from that yarn but it was my favorite from the shop!  And you can't beat such helpful staff!

Polish Pottery in Krakow

I went to the post office this afternoon to collect these two boxes.
What ever could they be?
Inside was the Polish pottery I purchased and had shipped whilst on our trip last month!  I already owned several pieces of this pattern (mosquito) that I'd collected over the years.  My mother gave me 4 dinner plates and a large serving bowl, I'd bought quite a few pieces on eBay and through other online vendors and I'd pick up the occasional piece on different trips here and there.  Polish pottery is beautiful dinner and bake ware.  It resists chipping and you can take it from freezer to oven.  You can get it in the US as I've stated above (I'm told TJ Max and Marshall's even carries it in some places) but it is expensive to buy it here.  Just like I'd travel to Iceland and Estonia to buy local yarn, I'd readily travel to Poland again to buy Polish pottery.
This is the fabulous shop Mila at #14 Slawkowska street.  I'd done some research before we left and contacted this shop and they insure and ship to the USA with UPS.  The prices were cheaper than the pieces we'd seen in the shops nearer to the square and they had a vast selection of pieces limited to a few different pottery designs--including my mosquito.  This store is a factory outlet (the pottery is made in Boleslaweic almost 375 km away) and whatever you saw in the shop, they could also order for you in whatever pattern you wanted.  They also sold different porcelain lines of dishes.  The gal at the shop was the same who'd answered my email and was so wonderfully helpful.  As I've said after many trips, we should have taken a picture with her.  We were even going to be clever and pack boxes, bubble wrap and packing supplies to ship dishes ourselves but when I learned this shop shipped, we abandoned the idea.
I chose 8 dinner plates to round out the 4 I already owned for a set of 12 place settings.  I also picked out 12 bread/dessert plates, 12 bowls, and 4 cups and saucers.  I already owned 4 cups and saucers and Mom made a good point that I'll probably never ever use a full 12 at one time.  The shop girl tallied everything up and gave me a slight discount because I'd ordered so many pieces and I was thrilled with the price.  You'd pay 4-5 times as much for it here in the States.  Then she totted up the shipping price...and it was almost as much as the dishes. 
I nearly soiled myself.  I hadn't expected it to cost that much.  I don't know what I was expecting but not that.  And then I started kicking myself that why hadn't we brought the boxes to ship it ourselves?  I was this close to apologizing for wasting the shop girl's time and canceling the order but then my ever sensible mother stepped in.  She pointed out that I had practically 12 place settings worth of heavy stoneware dishes and the UPS shipping was insured and guaranteed.  If we idiots had brought our own boxes, we'd be lugging the pottery home on the packed trams only to pack it like amateurs and then haul it back to the post office for willy nilly shipping.  By paying for the shipping, I was guaranteed professional packing and if anything arrived broken, it would be replaced or I'd be credited that amount back.  And if I'd tried to amass 12 place settings in the US, I'd pay 4-5 times as much for the dishes and STILL have to pay for shipping.  I'd only be able to afford to get a few pieces at a time and it would take 10 years to get my set of dishes.  It was worth it to buy it all at once here and now in Poland!  Looking back, I am SO glad I did it this way!

I felt slightly like I'd kicked Mother Nature in the teeth today because of all the packing materials that were used to ship my dishes but absolutely everything arrived without the slightest scratch!  I recommend this shop to everyone!  And you can contact them and order directly from them if there is a particular item you want.  They were so accommodating!  I took a bag full of fun-sized Pearson's Salted Nut Roll candies with us on the trip because they are made in St. Paul and carried them with us and handed them out as a local thank you to people who helped us out along our way on this trip.  We gave some to the shop gal and she seemed genuinely tickled when we gave them to her.  I need to take a picture of the dishes with a Salted Nut Roll and a sign in Polish saying Thank You!  This shop was fabulous!
It is worth mentioning that there was another Polish pottery place directly across the street from Mila and we did go in and patronize them.  Here is a photo of their showroom--unfortunately I didn't write down the name of the shop but they are literally across the street.  They had almost the exact same prices and they also ship guaranteed to the US but I chose to use Mila because they had an extensive line of my mosquito.  This shop had many more patterns of pottery available but not as many different pieces in each pattern.  I bought my two platters here.  They did have baskets of large Polish pottery beads and I bought 4 to put on the ends of the chain extensions of my ceiling fans!  That was another idea of my domestic goddess mother.  Now that my pottery has arrived, I will be working on putting it in it's permanent home in the china cabinet.  I did some cleaning today and put away the fall decorations and put out a few Christmas items.  When I have the china cabinet and sideboard decked out in holiday trimmings, I will post pictures of them!

Friday, October 31, 2014

 I had to take some pictures of the souvenirs I bought on the trip.  I got a beautiful Russian style fringed shawl and used it as the background for this picture.  It is a taupe colored fabric with brilliant colors.  I'd even use it as a table cloth.  I bought 2 pairs of gorgeous amber earrings for around $20 each and a large-ish amber pendant $35ish.  Compulsory patch?  Check.  I love visiting grocery stores and chemists overseas too and always pick up bars of soap.  I got 5 at the grocery store for about 50 cents each and a tin of diaper rash cream (for our non-existent baby stash) in a tin.  I love anything that comes in a tin!  More magnets for my already magnet congested fridge:  a Lipowa #4 (Schindler's factory address), a Pope John Paul II, and an obwarzanek.  I also got a fabulous machine embroidered felt purse with a design similar to the paper cuttings we saw everywhere and a Polish pottery egg ornament and a small pottery pot I intend to use for toothpicks in my china cabinet-$1.25.  
We visited Wadowice where Pope John Paul II was born and the church next door where he was baptized and had his first communion.  Krakow is where he lived and worked as a priest and later bishop.  I am Lutheran but have always loved Pope John Paul II.  He is the pope I grew up with and was truly a great human being.  He was admired in our household too.  I was 3 years old during his attempted assassination and my parents are fond of reminding me that I went around telling everyone, "Someone shot the Post!"

This may sound silly, but I worked in gerontology for the first third of my nursing career and seeing him age and struggle and continue in his ministry was particularly poignant to me.  The museum in Wadowice was worth every penny and so moving because they brought up that very point that as he aged, he showed us how to endure our human suffering with dignity.  We also visited St. Francis' church in Krakow where he was priest.  I bought 2 rosaries and each had a Pope John Paul II medallion as well as a replica of the Christ from his staff.  I got a card rosary with a lovely prayer on it as well as a scapula and several  olive wood crosses for my nieces and nephew. 

The icon you see is that of The Black Madonna which is the protector of Poland.  Legend says she warded off Swedish invaders back in the day.  There is a replica of her at the Barbakan gate but the real one is 2 hours away from Krakow but we didn't go see it because it was a production to use public transportation to get to it.  We later found out that our guide to Auschwitz also took people to the Lady on another day tour offering.  Maybe next time. 

I bought a beautiful mezuzah for our front door.  We wandered around the old Jewish quarter and saw all the gouges in the doors where the mezuzahs had been dug out just before the resident Jews were driven out.  Even though I am Lutheran, we have the Old Testament in common with the Jews and so much in common with the Catholic church so I don't find it strange to identify with either.
We visited the cathedral on Wawel Hill and it was the only church I'd ever visited that had tapestries for decoration.  I bought 2 folio folders with plates of the tapestries on them as well as one with a folk embroidery photo.  I will use these for errant knitting patterns instead of them slamming around inside my knitting bag.  We also saw Da Vinci's Lady With the Ermine there.  She was gorgeous, and unlike the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, we were the only ones in the room to look at her.  She was maybe 6 feet behind a rope and just glorious.  I bought a little canvas copy of her to hang in my sewing room.  I also got 2 blank books at the ethnographic museum with a folk embroidery on one and a painted trunk on the other.  I was born and raised a full blooded Norwegian and love and appreciate all forms of folk art.
I know I mentioned my Polish pottery that I ordered earlier but I did buy and bring some home with me.  Here are 2 platters, the smaller one cost $18 and the larger was $23.  I got this lovely wooden nativity for $15.  I was able to pack the platters in my suitcase (surrounded by the hostess napkins I bought!) and the nativity made it home safely in my carry on bag.
Here is a baker and a bowl Mother bought for me as an early Christmas gift.  These also traveled with me in my carry on bag and survived the the trip home.  The colorful eggs are painted wood and cost not quite $1 each.  I love decorated eggs whether they are painted or dyed or whatever.  I have yet to post pictures of them, but this summer we bought a china cabinet and sideboard from the estate of Dave's sister's in-laws.  I have waited my whole life for a china cabinet, but more importantly, somewhere to put it!   I've had dishes sitting in boxes for over 10 years and they finally have a home and I have a place to put these beautiful dishes!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Polish Food

When was the last time you said, "Let's go out for some Polish food,"?  I have to say Polish food was filling, tasty, relatively healthy, and CHEAP!

Usually when my mother and I travel, we eat out of the grocery store due to her violent allergy to fish.  Luckily for us on this trip, Poland isn't known for seafood and we felt comfortable enough to frequent the bars.  The MILK bars that is ;)  Back in communist times, milk bars were a government subsidized lunch counter because a well fed worker is a productive worker.  Nowadays the milk bars are still present and a wonderful place to get an authentic and local meal for a great price.  Note the little booth in this picture.  They are selling obwarzanek which are the Polish street pretzels you see EVERYWHERE.  The weather was cooler or maybe it was spitting out because the vendor has the vinyl shelter flaps put up.  The pretzels cost about 40 cents.
We stayed in Krakow and everyone who visits Krakow goes to the main square and the cloth hall for shopping.  We did plenty of that but we also took time to walk up Grodska street to visit this milk bar.  I want to say it was #27 but I could be wrong.  Just look for this blue sign.  You walk in and they have a Polish/English menu on the wall.
 It looks like your typical lunch counter.  You pick up your tray and tell the gal what you want.  In our case, we wrote down what we wanted in Polish on our handy dandy notebook and showed it to her. 
She then goes to the little window in the back and places your order.  Anything hot came through the little window from the kitchen.  All the salads and beverages were already dished up and sitting waiting on the counter. You bus your own table by taking your dishes up to the counter at the end of your meal.
 These are the cottage cheese dumplings with strawberry sauce my mother ordered.
 Here is my order of potato pancakes with goulash of pork.  I think most Americans think goulash is made of macaroni noodles and ground beef and tomato sauce.  Goulash in Poland means meat sauce and this was DELICIOUS!  Num NUM!
 This was my dad's roast pork with mushroom sauce with a serving of the ubiquitous carrot salad we saw everywhere and the mashed potatoes topped with dried dill weed.
 This was a plate of 'salads' that we also saw everywhere!  And it was delicious.  We saw green and red cabbage varieties of salad that were bona fide salads.  They had a light slightly salty and sweet dressing and were filling and delicious.  We Americans eat cabbage salad smothered in mayonnaise and call it cole slaw.  After tasting this I ordered it in every milk bar we frequented.
 This is the bar we visited on Kasimierz street after we visited the Jewish market and the site of a major scene used in the film Schindler's List.  It was a block or two up the street from the ethnographic museum and was a really local hole in the wall place.  We saw lots of old age pensioners visiting this lunch counter and most of them came to get take-away meals.  They'd bring in a quart jar and the lunch counter lady would fill it up with soup or Borscht or whatever.  I had a cheat sheet of common Polish menu items and the wonderfully sympathetic lunch counter lady saved our lives by uttering, "English menu?" 
 Typical milk bar set up.  My biggest pet peeve about the milk bars was that the juices and kefirs were already poured out and sitting on the counter at room temperature but that seemed to be the standard procedure in all the bars. 
 Here is another version of the ubiquitous cabbage and carrot salad.  Delicious.
 Here is my order of meat and rice stuffed cabbage leaves with dried dill topped potatoes.  My brother makes very good stuffed cabbage leaves and I need to get his recipe.
 Here are my mom's strawberry stuffed pirogi. 
 I absolutely couldn't wait to buy a red cabbage when we got home.  I made my first attempt at Polish cabbage salad using my mandolin but then I remembered I had this implement of destruction lurking in my cupboards. My sister gave me this years ago and I'd never used it before.  It is a Salad Master and is the most low tech but versatile kitchen tool.  This was the first time I'd used it and it has earned a permanent home in my hall closet.  I tweaked the following recipe to taste:

1/2 head of shredded cabbage
3 tsp. salt
2 finely grated carrots
1 finely grated onion
1/4 c. vinegar
6 Tbsp. stevia
2 Tbsp. oil

All this is to taste of course.  I ended up putting some garlic powder in too.  The salt softens the cabbage and brings out the water which becomes most of the dressing.  I never thought raw cabbage could be so simple and tasty.

The next thing I wanted to try to make was potato pancakes.  Polish potato pancakes were not like latkes and seemed to be made more of mashed than grated potatoes.  I found this recipe and the first time I made them, I was too lazy to get out my food processor and I just grated the potatoes on my box grater.  The pancakes turned out ok but the recipe yielded about 8-9 pancakes.
I wanted to make these along with pork goulash for Dave's supper.  This time I used the food processor as instructed and was happier with the texture.  We got enough to feed us both and pack 4 box lunches for work!
For the goulash, I got an 18 oz. pork tenderloin on sale at Cub and used that for the meat.  I used this recipe and it was delicious.  The meat just melts in your mouth.  I used half the amount of paprika called for but next time I'll use the whole amount.  I have a BAG or two of paprika my parents brought me from Budapest and I bought some more from Poland.  I thought it was fitting to serve this on my Polish pottery too!  I bought 12 place settings of it on the trip and am eagerly awaiting a knock on the door from the UPS man.  I will post pictures when they arrive.
As far as kitchen souvenirs (I like finding things overseas to put in my kitchen because I will use them regularly), I am proud to say I did NOT get any wooden spoons!  The first thing all my Anderson family members said when they came to Christmas last year was, "You have a lot of wooden spoons and spatulas!"  I bought a bunch of packets of dried herbs and spices at the grocery store.  I know we have dried dill here but I wanted Polish dill and they were CHEAP!  A huge packet like that cost about 25c.  I also bought a bunch of hostess napkins for not quite $2-including a polish pottery print.  Hostess napkins cost well over $6 in gift shops here.  That wooden mushroom is in fact a nutcracker and cost around $2.50.  We visited a salt mine and I bought a salt grinder and a bag of rock salt.  We visited Schindler's factory and they sold small enameled cups and of course I bought one.  I love enamelware and before the trip was even thinking I wanted to find a functional piece to bring home.  I found that small green pot and lid in a shop in Wadowice and it cost not quite $10.

Prices were very cheap in Poland.  A loaf of bread cost $1.  A liter of milk cost $1.  10 eggs cost $2.50 and they were free range organic eggs--the most flavorful I've ever tasted.  They sold eggs in packages of 10 or 20 which I thought was so funny--but they probably think we're crazy for selling ours in such an un-metric number as 12!  150 grams of bacon was $1.30 and it was lean bacon but again, the most flavorful I've ever tasted.  It was so lean that we fried up cooked potatoes with some chunked bacon for breakfast and we had to add butter to the pan!  A liter of fruit juice was $1.  A kilo of wax beans was 75c.  A huge head of cauliflower was 50c.  They had the most beautiful produce I'd ever seen.

And most of the museums we went to were free one day a week and we planned to visit that day.  If you had to pay to get in, they were around $2 or so.  Mom and I were saying that in London, any museum or site you want to see costs $15-$20!