Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The king of Estonian donuts


Estonia has a great pastry culture, but not so much a donut culture. Donuts are one of the foods that I miss from the US.  The few donuts that they do have are often some of the most expensive pastries.   I recently fell in love with this chocolate covered, chocolate sprinkled, and chocolate filled donut.  It is fantastic.  They sell it in all the grocery stores, I think it is frozen then thawed and I have no idea who actually makes it or where.  It is great though, the king of Estonian donuts.
 


 

 One of my favorite non donut pastries is the Banana dream!  Inside of that beauty is an entire banana. Some chocolate bits and powdered sugar put it over the top.

After I had already gotten a few pictures for the blog it turned out that at the Keila day fair there was a special donut stand! Can you believe it?  These things looked incredible.  Each one was 2 euros so pretty steep but that is what you get at the fair.  The frosting was hard, I couldn't tell if it was old or just hard.  After that first moment of disappointment it turned out to be a very tasty donut.  I only tried one flavor I would have loved to try 4 or 5 of them. It was a great donut but not enough to dethrone the king! 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

New playground equipment

Keila has replaced most of the old playground equipment!  The kids love it.  The preschool where they will be going in the fall also got some new equipment in the same style. Three cheers for Keila!



Another birthday bash!

This month our youngest turned 2! Happy Birthday! We rented out a play place and had a fantastic time.  We had three cakes, everyone's favorite was the chocolate cake.




 These are the classic Estonian kid's birthday party foods.  Cheese puffs, mini hot dogs, and potato salad. 
 They had a really nice play zone which the kids loved.

Overall it was a great success! We invited a lot of people and a lot of people came.  Thanks everyone for coming, see you next year!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Eurovision madness 2017!

Last night was Eurovison 2017!  It was wild and crazy and had a shock winner.  Later I went back and read the predictions and he was a favorite but by watching the songs I figured he'd get last or next to last. Here are the top 10 songs that you need to see from this year's Eurovision song contest!

My favorite song was from Romania "Yodel it".  Be careful if you listen to it you might develop a minor addiction or even start yodeling randomly.  Romania's gift to the world, enjoy!



Moldova came in 3rd!  They never disappoint. They brought back their world famous sax guy who also performed in 2010.   This is probably my 2nd favorite.  Hopefully it won't be the last time we see the sax guy. 



Maris' favorite was Norway.  I loved their song as well, they got 10th overall.



Belgium had a really cool song and came in 4th. Belgium got the most votes from Estonia.



Italy was predicted to win it all.  I'm not sure what the song is about but something to do with a naked dancing gorilla.  This was my third favorite song.  Can't go wrong with gorilla's right!?



Bulgaria was Maris' second favorite.



Voting is divided in two, TV views and then a jury.  Croatia did great with the viewers but not with the jury.  You'll understand when you watch.



It wouldn't be a complete Eurovision blog without Belarus!  Great song, lots of energy.



Sweden came in 5th and I'm adding this one just for Lynne! Maybe should have looked at grad school options in Sweden??



Last year Stephen Colbert had a Eurovision clip that is great, highlighting America's 2017 Eurovision song, too bad it didn't qualify! Maybe in 2018.



Portugal won and here is the song, nice and sweet but how it won I have no idea.






Birthday bash

I had a birthday earlier in the month and had a wonderful time.  One of the best birthdays in a while.  I didn't have work so it was a nice day of hanging out.  Ele and Elise came over to visit, we went swimming and then had another family friend come to visit in the evening.  In between was lots of eating.  Instead of a cake we had cookies. 

 This picure is sideways if it is driving you crazy, sorry. No baked cookies are some of my favorites! I make them often because that's one of the only types I know how to make.

 We had pizza for lunch and tacos for dinner.  Also some fantastic Syrian desserts. 


The biggest surprise of the birthday came from my students who gave me a basket of candy with an incredibly funny Star Trek card!  The best students in the world.