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UPDATE: after trying many recipes, our favorite Chai recipe is here.

Indian Chai

In India, “Chai” literally means “tea.” Indian Chai is a fragrant, sweet and milky mixture that tastes great.


1 cup water 1 cup milk 1 tablespoon black tea 1 teaspoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Mix ingredients in

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Friday Schmai-day

Well, it’s raining. And it seems like it has been raining all week. Schäfer doesn’t really get that it’s raining outside, but he does get that he’s bored inside.

A little bird lands on our window bars for a short respite. Students walking by with a multitude of colorful umbrellas.

Our helper seems to be

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Big Soft Ginger Cookies

I don’t like ginger snaps, but I love these ginger cookies.


INGREDIENTS: 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup margarine, softened 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 cup dark brown sugar 1 egg 2

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Chinglish #13

A sign at the train station. Meaning: Do not enter this area.

Rice Pudding


INGREDIENTS: 3/4 cup uncooked white rice (if I have more rice, then I just yield more of each of the ingredients. It’s really hard to mess this up.) 2 cups shelf milk, divided 1/3 cup white sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt

1 egg, beaten 2/3 cup raisins 1 tablespoon butter 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Happy Birthday Shorel & Happy Birthday America!

7/04 – Shorel set off after breakfast to get our 4th of July started with a bang! He came home with some fireworks!

Schäfer was all ready to celebrate with his baseball outfit.

Checking out the fireworks.

Schäfer enjoyed some yummy milk and rice cereal for his

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