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Pumpkin Pie

On the morning of November 1st , I am always in the kitchen steaming our Halloween pumpkin into a soft puree. I can’t think of a better way to start November than with a slice of pumpkin pie.

Our entire family loves this pumpkin pie recipe. I no longer make the streusel topping,

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Sweet Potato Casserole

A classic sweet potato casserole without marshmallows.


5 sweet potatoes 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup butter 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 cup white sugar 2 tablespoons heavy cream (milk)


1/4 cup butter, softened 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar 1/2 cup chopped

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Despite the amount of “China changes” we put in this recipe, I promise it’s delicious – a favorite amongst our local friends. The recipe calls for whole wheat bread and white bread, but we’ve used all mantou or Amish White Bread and both were fine!


1 1/2 cups cubed whole wheat bread 3

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Thanksgiving Prep


It’s true. The day before Thanksgiving I finally sat down and made my shopping list. I had a general idea of what we’d be preparing so I grabbed the imported items while in Wuhan: canned cranberry sauce (sigh), dried cranberries and a turkey! All of our other ingredients were fresh from the local

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An Afternoon Around Town

A hickama entrepreneur enjoys a snack.

A merry “trash can bread” vendor pulls baked bread out of the can.

Ye Ye listens to advice during his intense Chinese chess game.

Mahjong players gather to pass the afternoon.

Old Yichang alleyway.

A common winter scene: sausages hanging outside.


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Weary Traveler


On Tuesday, we left Schäfer with a babysitter while we headed downtown on a “photo date”. We wanted to spend some time in the city walking around capturing moments of everyday life. Before we had a baby, we use to take many photos of the city, but as they say, “A baby changes everything…”

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