Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Home from Ukraine :)

I made it home from Ukraine safe and sound late Monday night.

We had a fabulous trip! You can read more about it on my Ukraine blog. I thought I'd share a few pics here too.

The cookies I had made for the mission team as well as the for many Ukrainians were very well received. Here's a pic of some of our Ukrainian friends looking at the little cookie photo album I brought. :)


This pic was taken right after I shared cookies with all these dear sweet ladies (the regional pastors wives that we ministered to at the retreat).


And here is a group shot we had taken on our last day of the retreat......I will treasure this photo!


The pastors wives went crazie over the cookie photos and many expressed a desire to learn how to decorate cookies.....possibly using it as a business. They tell me that they have NOTHING like this in Ukraine and they believe it would be something that people would buy. What a blessing it would be to have the privilege to share my abilities and skills to help them!

We are already beginning to talk about a possible women's conference next year alongside the regional pastor's event. I may have the opportunity to offer a "cookie decorating class" during that event. That thought brings a smile to my face. :)

Now that I've been home for about 36 hours, I've had time to accomplish much.......I'm completely unpacked, have clean clothes, and can finally see the top of my desk. ;)

Today I'm going to start on a big cookie order, and hopefully I'll also get some Easter cookies decorated on Friday. I'm back in the kitchen......hurray! =)

15 comments:

Alicia said...

It´s good to be with friends!

Im waiting for your next trip to Spain? Eh?jajaja. ;)

Lyndsey said...

I can't wait for your Easter cookies!!

Rita said...

Welcome Home! You were missed by us all! Looks like you had a great trip. Thanks for sharing the pics with us.

Amy said...

Welcome back! I hope you will get an opportunity to offer a cookie decorating class when you go back next time. That's so great that you could pass on your talents to others. I'm looking forward to seeing your Easter creations!

Cat said...

Welcome back home. I'll like to get this in a FEED through my email. I'll check for a feed link.

Pam said...

Thanks so much to all of you. It is great to be home.

Cat....if there is something I am supposed to do to make that possible, let me know.

Katy said...

Hi Pam, I am a newly-obsessed cookie maker/decorator thanks to your unbelievable blog, and I thought that I would check back with on a question. (If you get to this note first, please ignore an e-mail I sent earlier in the week; as I am also new to blogging I just happened to think that it would be better to comment here!) Three batches later, I have determined that I need to re-cut the cookies to acheive such neat edges but I have no idea what is the best strategy for doing so, i.e., early in the baking, late in the baking, after they're finished, etc. Would you be so kind as to give me some insight? I am practicing to help my son's school/church at a bake sale IF I can get to an appropriate skill level. Thanks so much! Blessings, Katy P.S. I am thrilled to see what an impact you made overseas!!

Pam said...

Thanks so much, Katy. Sorry.....I wasn't trying to ignore you.....I just had to lay aside all the email that required answers because that couldn't be a priority with all that I had to do this week.

That is so wonderful that you are trying to get to a level of decorating to help out at the bake sale in May. Go Katy! :)

I do not do anything special to make my cookies have a clean line. I use the recipe as you see it in the link.....probably adding at least 1/2 cup more flour. With that....I cut a thick cookie and it retains its clean line while baking. I'm not sure why you are not obtaining the same result. The recipe has both baking powder and baking soda in it, but I do not omit them......and still I acquire the clean result. Sorry I'm not much help with your problem. : /

But never hesitate to ask anything.....I'm glad to do what I can to help others grow. So many have helped me, I want to return the favor by helping others.

Keep working at it.....and hopefully different tweaks will give you the results you want.

Linda L. said...

Welcome home! Sounds like your trip was a blessing for everyone!

Katy said...

Thank you so much, Pam! I will most certainly keep trying. You are a dear for getting back to me, and once again, I apologize for double-teaming you w/the blog post/email...just wasn't sure about the protocol for such a long Q! I will send some pics of my next attempt. Enjoy this special season with your family and Happy Easter!!

Lis said...

Welcome back, have missed you!!

Linda L. said...

Welcome home! Sounds like your trip was a blessing for everyone!

Pam said...

Thanks so much to all of you. It is great to be home.

Cat....if there is something I am supposed to do to make that possible, let me know.

Katy said...

Hi Pam, I am a newly-obsessed cookie maker/decorator thanks to your unbelievable blog, and I thought that I would check back with on a question. (If you get to this note first, please ignore an e-mail I sent earlier in the week; as I am also new to blogging I just happened to think that it would be better to comment here!) Three batches later, I have determined that I need to re-cut the cookies to acheive such neat edges but I have no idea what is the best strategy for doing so, i.e., early in the baking, late in the baking, after they're finished, etc. Would you be so kind as to give me some insight? I am practicing to help my son's school/church at a bake sale IF I can get to an appropriate skill level. Thanks so much! Blessings, Katy P.S. I am thrilled to see what an impact you made overseas!!

Janna Liliya said...

I took the 12:00 Old city tour. There is modern city tour at 16:00, too.
The guide was a friendly due with typical Ukrainian pronunciation, that is well understood yet. He brought in good info all the time and kept conversing with the diverse group that we were. Moreover, he helped me plan well the time needed for my return, as I had a flight to catch.
I recommend joining these tours, as you can always have a walk around the sites, but it is much, much better learning more about them by a guide, that has lived there and can bring some personal stories, too.
We discovered with http://www.privatetoursinistanbul.com and we highly suggest to anyone whom would like to visit that site.

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