Family Day –> Sunday –> Fun Day, It’s not just another day!

If we were in America, our Sunday’s would consist of big breakfast, Church, visiting, playing games, and really not doing much of anything else including chores. Sunday’s are reserved for, “Family Time”.

Here in China, we try to keep up with, “Family Time”, although it doesn’t always work out, we do have those special Sunday’s when it does. This past Sunday was one of those great family days! We usually look up a different recipe to try to introduce to the kids. Yes, even at 12 & 14, we have some of the pickiest eaters and I still cater to them very much. Shame on me I know; but, they are my last two babies at home. ha ha

Our Sunday's almost always start off with pancakes. They are a family favorite and when dad makes them, they are especially good.

Our Sunday’s almost always start off with pancakes. They are a family favorite and when daddy makes them, they are especially good. Real maple syrup is yet to be found here, so a little honey or Country Kitchen syrup is our topping. Fresh fruit on the side because heaven forbid it touch the pancakes… ha ha

Mike was blessed with his mother’s aptitude in the kitchen. I’m so grateful to her for teaching Mike all that she did. This Sunday, the new meal of choice was a minestrone soup and pita bread. The pita bread recipe he used was from a site called The Fresh Loaf . This recipe is easy and great to use with kids! Loved it. Oh that yeasty smell was my favorite!

The work area to roll out is pretty small so there was not enough room for both of us to roll out the Pita's. :)

The work area to roll out is pretty small so there wasn’t enough room for both of us to roll out the Pita’s. 🙂

Ooh yeah! Fresh Pita's are delicious! They smelled so good too... num num num

Ooh yeah! Fresh Pita’s are delicious! They smelled so good too… num num num

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Can you say that 10 times without fail? Peanut Butter Pita Bread. Ha! Those of you who know Mike, won’t be surprised to learn that Mike added peanut butter to the pita too. ha ha.. My husband loves his peanut butter.

The minestrone soup recipe was taken from Pasta Recipe’s by Italians, of course we had to make a little change to suit the pallet of the kids. Not much was changed though. This turned out to be so delicious and it was made with fresh local veggies and chicken.

Once all the vegetables were sauteed to perfection they were add to the stock. Hmm the aroma was just as delicious as the meal.

Once all the vegetables were sautéed to perfection they were add to the stock. Hmm the aroma was just as delicious as the meal.

Greatness in progress.

Of course for dessert he made a caramel type of pop corn which we were too busy eating to take a picture. Maybe we should change the name from Family Day to Fat Day as it seems that’s all we do is cook and enjoy throughout the day. Yesterday, the girls did say they wished we had our monopoly game here. hint hint… lol

With a little creativity and thinking outside the box, anything is possible whether your home in the States or home in China, it’s all a matter of what we make of it. Life is good and we are very blessed!

The Smyth’s

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