Monthly Archives: November 2005

Cookie Swap SHF/IMBB: Sesame-Butter and Oatmeal No Bake Cookies

The SHF and IMBB events have teamed up to bring us a cookie-swap.  This event should leave everyone with plenty of sweet ideas for the holiday season. Sadly, our place in Kraków has no oven.  I have been at more of a loss with cooking that I expected.  The bright side is that I am […]

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mindy - I would have never thought to try no-bake cookies. They sound pretty good.
My mom used to have a no-bake chocolate cake recipe that she learned during her all-female college days. I’ll see if I can get it from my aunt and send it to you. That might be fun to try while you’re stuck all oven-less.

michele - Hi Gemma, Im sorry to hear that you dont have an oven. I can relate, as I am still ovenless in my apartment too! I keep trying to find workaround desserts to make so Im impressed with your no-bake cookies. I hope you are enjoying your time in Krakow!

grad student hack - I love coming to blogs like this, feeling a little snacky and finding the perfect recipe. I have all the ingredients on hand and am going to go make some cookies to fuel my essay marking jag.
Can I also say that your trip is pretty much my dream trip?! I absolutely love Eastern Europe (okay, all of Europe) and have been to alot of the places you have been in recent weeks. Didn’t make it to Poland because of the visa process being too long for us, but will go next time. Have fun!

gemma - I am glad I could help. Small food diversions have helped me through many an all-night essay writing session.
I am having a great trip. These past few weeks have been especially amazing. I highly suggest Poland next time you have a chance to travel in this area. It is a lovely place in the winter too.
Good luck with the thesis!

Laura - Gemma, when do you return? I am going to be in London the last week in January and would love to see you if by coincidence you are also there :)

Jaay - oh how cool!! I have a recent post featuring boiled oatmeal cookies..basically the same recipe, except I used peanut butter, which I’m sure is probably what your original recipe called for.
That’s so neat tho =)

gemma - Hi Laura, We return on Feb 1st, but we are unfortunately leaving from Beijing rather than London. It would have been fun to see you in another new place though!
Hi Jaay, yes, many of the recipes I looked at before making these called for peanut butter. I am glad you too made and enjoyed something similar.

essay writing - It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained! I’m sure you had fun writing this article. Excellent entry! I’m been looking for topics as interesting as this. Looking forward to your next post.

Copenhagen, Denmark

I spent the last few months traveling from London to Beijing. Here is a taste of one place we spent time. Follow the links to read about others. October 11th- 14th, 2005   A few days ago we arrived in Kraków, Poland where we will be settling in for a month and a half.  This […]

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Shammi - You two look like sisters! :) Very pretty!

melissa - Yes, you look like sister indeed! I LOVE Copenhagen, it is one of my very favorite cities :) Have a wonderful time…

melissa - I hope you had a great Thanksgiving day and are enjoying your trip very much! Hugs,

gemma - Aww, thanks. It is a compliment to be compared to such a lovely lady.
Melissa, Copenhagen was great. I wish I could have seen more of Denmark, it seems like such a charming place. Next time. .
Thanks for the Thanksgiving wishes. We spent it here in Krakow and enjoyed a lovely invitation to a Chicago-born Krakow businesswoman’s home for the holiday. It was lovely.

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Marseille, France

I spent the last few months traveling from London to Beijing. Here is a taste of one place we spent time. Follow the links to read about others. October 7th- 9th, 2005 After leaving Paris we spent a few nights in Marseille, France with an old friend of John’s. The highlight was a gorgeous day […]

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melissa - Hmmm…octopus, for sure it is one of my very favorite foods!!! It is good to know that you at least try things once :) Hugs from Panama!

gemma - Hi Melissa! It was a good experience. John told me to pretend I was eating pasta and that did the trick!

Paris, France

I spent the last few months traveling from London to Beijing. Here is a taste of one place we spent time. Follow the links to read about others. October 4th- 7th, 2005 In October John and I spent a few days in Paris after visiting Munich. While there we met up with Michele from Oswego […]

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mindy - Mmmmm. It seems like years since I’ve had a really wonderful melt in your mouth croissant– probably when I was in Paris, come to think of it.
Enjoy Gemma. You’re making my mouth water from miles and miles away.
(By the way, the pictures look fabulous. Thanks for making the effort to share them!)

gemma - Thanks Mindy. I have to admit that I have never tried to make croissants. They seem quite difficult. Perhaps when I get back to Chi-town we can try our hand at them. What do you say?

mindy - Its a date!
I think it was hard to get inspired to bake this summer what with the oven/horrid heat combination, but now that its getting cooler I keep wishing you were around to bake with me.

gemma - Perfect timing, I will be back Feb 1st and I guarantee it will be cold enough to yearn for a hot oven. I will be homeless and looking for one as well. I can’t wait.

mindy - Sweet!
You guys are always welcome at my house if staying with parents gets too exhausting. I’m sure L would love to have company as well.

Travel Update

As my more faithful readers have noticed, I have not been posting as frequently since the beginning of our overseas journey. I apologize fervently, however even doing so will not increase the number of wireless connections at our disposal. I know that I could post text and forgo the pictures, but I feel that the […]

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evan petrie - i really like this photograph. being able to see your smile in the side mirror is great.

lep - Thanks for sharing your trip and experiences. I enjoyed catching up on Sept.-Nov. What a great experience for the two of you. The pictures are great. How about the Sox! It sure seems like more than two weeks ago. Miss you.

gemma - Thanks Evan. John took that one. I liked it too.
Hi Dad!
You both should go to Garmisch. I think you would love it. (I think mom said that you too had been there in the past, dad.)
Lots of love. I can’t wait to see you both in Krakow!