Plum Pie


This report has been brought to you from a special place where we had no internet, only 2 and a half TV channels, intermediate phone service, and issues with water pressure… Yet, the 3 weeks we spent there are beating all the awesomeness charts!  In June I gulped a can of courage pills, loaded my 4 and 2 year-olds on an airplane, waved bye bye to the husband, and took the kids on a 30-something hour trip to my homeland!

So, here are some shots and recipes from our visit to Russia, where my children were running in my grandmother’s garden, in the house where my mother was born, where I spent so many happy days, and where you don’t need special photo props to give recipes a hint of old country.






My son met my babushka, godmother, and two aunts. All these ladies were introduced to him as babas. One evening I asked him, “Who do you love?”

“Mommy, daddy, Pea, baba… [silence] … baba …. Baba…. Baba… baba…. Baba…. “





  1. Tales and Travels of the Tin Man says:

    Now you MUST give us more photos!! I was raised on a farm in the middle of the country and know this life and so enjoy looking at other’s photos. you babushka looks so kind and loving…..what a wonderful experience for your children!!!

  2. jacquie says:

    yes more photos!!! i miss the country and family and being close to the earth. Please bring me some.

    • Anastasia says:

      You see, every time I see somebody else’ country side I feel nostalgic, so I wanted to spare my readers! Will try to put a post together with just photos!

  3. Vikalinka says:

    It’s a relief to know that you didn’t just drop into abyss but simply went to Russia! Beautiful photos. You post made me home sick I haven’t been back for close to 9 years!

  4. dianeskitchentable says:

    I can see why that pie disappeared & now you’ve got me thinking about pie. My mind is sort of saying what your son said only it’s….pie, pie, pie. What a great picture of him w/babushaka. As for the inconveniences I’d say no loss on the tv programming, eh on the internet & phone but omg on the water pressure problems. It must have been a great trip for the kids.

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