Friday, February 21, 2014

Some interesting foods (Soviet times and sour cream)

Here are some interesting foods that we have been eating - interesting for Americans, I suppose.

The first one is semolina mousse. I may have written about it before. I used red currants, sugar, water and semolina (like cream of wheat). I love it! You eat it with milk on top.

This one is sour cream cake. Sounds odd but it is nice and sweet and moist. And the chocolate on top makes it just perfect. I used sour cream in the dough and also mixed baked cake pieces with lots of sour cream. It is best a day later - really nice and moist.

This one is bread soup with dried fruits. Bread soup - it is a dessert - was one of the main desserts for school lunch, I suppose it is a soviet thing where people had to use what they had and could find to make something sweet and cheap. Now they sell the mix in the stores! It has dried rye bread in it, sugar, dried fruits, cinnamon. I added water, boiled and let it stand for some time. It should be eaten when it is cold. I added lots of whipped cream because it just was not that good without it.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I love voting

Voting is one of my favorite things to do.  Lucky for me, Idaho is very good at getting absentee ballots.  Today I got one for the upcoming special election concerning an educational bond.  It has really been interesting to see Twin Falls grow, I moved there when I was two, so I don't remember everything, but the last 15 years have been pretty amazing.  New high school, Walmart,  new hospital, new roads, new subdivisions, the Chobani factory and so much more.  The LDS church has grown a lot too: LDS temple, third stake, several meeting houses, and Twin Falls is now its own mission. 

The bond in question is a 74 million dollar bond that would build two new elementary schools (I remember when they build Oregon Trail elementary school!) a new middle school and an expansion to the new high school.  It would also include improved safety measures for all the schools and improvements to the old high school.  That is a lot for a small town like Twin Falls, but it is booming so it is all needed.  While some people may begin to worry about the debt level of Twin Falls (2006 bond for the new high school, a 38 million dollar 20 year bond last year for water and sewage improvements), they should remember that these are the types of investments needed to maintain growth.  The debt burden will be spread over a long period of time and in 25 years Twin Falls will have grown mightily in population, which will spread the debt burden even further. 

I will vote yes and hope that the bond measure passes.  Maybe in a few years my nephews will even get to go to one of the new elementary schools.