17 February 2013

making do with what you have/cream cheese monkey bread

The snow stopped just when I was beginning to think it never would. The sun began to peek through the clouds and Moscow left it's monochromatic setting and burst into deep, vivid colors.

Though I am drenched in flu, I have spent my mornings photographing the plants and figurines around my apartment, ignoring Ben's pleas for me to go and rest. My mind is still curious even if my throat has closed and I cannot speak.

I don't know if it's being in a foreign country, or having very, very little money, or even a combination of both, but since coming to Russia, there have been many things that Ben and I have had to compromise on. Most of what I'm talking about has to do with our everyday comforts and food, but they are all things we have learned we can just "tough out".

I have grown greatly as a person in this last month. The buzzing and blooming confusion that was my birth into this new world has subsided and now, now I am living and moving and becoming not the Lisa who came to Russia, but the Lisa that is in Russia. The simplicity I had become accustomed to--Walgreens on the street corner, my mother a telephone call away, labels written in a language I could understand-has been removed and I had no choice but to accept and conquer.

Moving to Russia is a wake-up call. It's a slap in the face. It's a kick in the shins. It's a meteorite tumbling into the mountains in your backyard.

But you make your adjustments. You learn that food, no matter how many times you've made it, will never taste right and signs, no matter how many hours you sit with your dog-eared Russian phrasebook, you will not be able to read the labels on packages within a month. You learn, you learn, you feel lost for a moment, and then you have learned.

It's a good, healthy thing to be poor. To be a little lost. To forget all the words of your own language and immerse yourself in that of another's.

And with that I present to you our version of this version of Cream Cheese Monkey Bread. Enjoy.

You will need dough, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, cream cheese, and milk (for drinkin'!)

Fill some dough with some cream cheese.

Mix cinnamon and sugars together. 

Write your thoughts down. Always.

Still rockin that flu look.



  1. These look yum!! And I love your flannel shirt, mon amie!

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  2. Hi! I actually just noticed this comment, it must have slipped by me. Glad to have you! And yes, I love that flannel too... it's quite cozy : )


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