Now that the birthday parties are over, the guest rooms empty, and Paul and Karin away for the summer, life is boring and quiet (and also rather relaxing!!)

Here is Elias helping Amina bake bread. He loves lids and containers. A little engineer when he grows up??

Funny faces.

Colorful salads. Sometimes its a good thing that you can’t get lettuce here — you got to branch out and try some other greens!

Jacob’s Swedish cousins didn’t know how to use a pressure cooker. My Mom ALWAYS used them, so it’s rather second -nature to me. But hearing that they didn’t know how to use one made me realize that maybe my experience is the exception. Anyway, here is a pressure cooker. And with care, it can make beans or lentils or rice or soup SO much faster than normal pots.