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Menger Family Photos

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We have had so much fun taking pictures with family while we’re back in America. Unfortunately the day we had scheduled to take pictures Charlotte was sick and the best we got from her was a pleasant face. No smiles because all she wanted to do was go to bed! But we still had fun and got pictures of all of Matt’s family together.

Here is Grandma and Grandpa with their four grandkids!

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You can tell here that Charlotte was not feeling well… snuggling with Grandma…

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Kim (the photographer) took great pictures. We were so happy with the results! Here’s more pictures, some posed and some candid. Enjoy!

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Elizabeth and Ryan dancing together. So sweet!

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This picture cracks me up… The two littlest ones were SO upset, and their older siblings were just trying to help them calm down, but clearly also wondering what on earth was going on. Poor babies!

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Last weekend we went to Wisconsin to visit my (Kara’s) grandparents and extended family there. It snowed the day before we got there, so all the snow was so fresh and clean!!


My Mom and Dad took Elizabeth out while I got Charlotte ready and Matt took pictures.

She had been waiting and waiting for there to be enough snow to make Frosty…


… but the snow was so powdery that it wouldn’t roll into a ball. So we made a short, fat, cone-shaped snow man! My uncle called it a snow-Buddha.

Charlotte wasn’t so sure about the cold wet stuff.


And after she took a face-plant straight into the snow, she didn’t want to have anything to do with it. It was a bit tragic!!

It sure was fun for me to relive a lot of my childhood winter memories playing in the snow in a crisp Wisconsin winter. And fun to see my kids discovering snow!

Here’s a picture of us with my grandparents. It was so fun to see everyone while we were there!


Here is a video of Elizabeth when she first went walking in the snow. She takes a bit of a fall, but recovers nicely Smile. I know that this winter is now unseasonably warm for most people, but happy January to you all!

p.s. – I am like three months back-logged on blog posts. Goal is to start catching up, so look for more soon! Also, a recipe challenge follow-up this week.

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Recipe Challenge

Hello to the blogosphere from America! Sorry for the silence for the past few months… no excuses really other than just not getting around to blogging. But, I have an idea, and I am going to try and be better about blogging more regularly. Goal is once a week, but I guess we’ll see what happens!

So the idea is this – a recipe challenge!!

As we cook and eat here in America, we are THOROUGHLY enjoying all of the yummy yummy food. I am enjoying several ingredients that are impossible to get where we live, and I also feel like I make the same dishes over and over at home in Indonesia (I’m sure that everyone feels this way). Here is the challenge: I’ll give the list of things we can’t get there and you can submit your best recipe that does not include any of those ingredients!

Here is the list (again, things we CANNOT get):




Brussel Sprouts






Cheese other than okay-ish mozzarella

Sour Cream

Beef has to be cooked to death(because it is VERY lean and tough)

Panko bread crumbs

Lunch meat and deli products


Berries (any sort, blueberries, strawberries, etc.)

Stone fruit (peaches, plums, nectarines)


It’s really not that much, but some of it makes looking for good new yummy recipes a little frustrating. So, bring it on! Comment and leave links to your favorite recipes that don’t include any of these ingredients.

I’m excited to see what kind of responses we get, and I’ll do follow-up posts with the ones that we’re going to try!

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