Central Asian Food Series: Kumis & Shubat

Okay… while this isn’t food, it is a big one here in Kazakhstan!!! It’s fermented horse milk! Yes, people drink it here often. Shubat is camel’s milk. Both are similar to kefir. Quite sour. The above pic is from when I was at a neighbor’s house a few weeks back and I totally drank (kumis) Read more about Central Asian Food Series: Kumis & Shubat[…]

Central Asian Food Series: Manti

Once again, the above picture is not mine. 🙈 Most Central Asian (and any Asian for that matter) countries have their form of Manti, also known as samsa. This is definitely a national, staple dish here. It is a boiled or steamed dumpling. (Our friends baked them and called them “samsa” so maybe it’s a different Read more about Central Asian Food Series: Manti[…]

Central Asian Food Series: Doner (Kebab)

Ahhhh doner. One of the cheapest, on-the-go food you can get here. There are doner shops everywhere! Andrew loves this food and it is not something I eat often myself (they put french fries INSIDE the wrap-yuck lol. Doner is kebab meat (cooked on a vertical rotisserie) put inside with fresh salad type veggies and Read more about Central Asian Food Series: Doner (Kebab)[…]

Central Asian Food Series: Beshbarmark

This is not a photo of Beshbarmark (sounds like Bishparmark) from one we have eaten here, we have forgotten to take photos HAH! This national dish is very traditional to Kazakhstan (And Kyrgyzstan and a couple of other Central Asian, Turkic specific countries). It is typically made all with the same water in a very Read more about Central Asian Food Series: Beshbarmark[…]

Central Asian Food Series: Shashlik

Oh my, this is by far one of my favorite things to eat here in Almaty. It’s typically pretty cheap. BUT, just need to make sure you have enough time to wait for them to grill (basically barbecue) it. Most restaurants that serve it will have a special outdoor grilling area just for shashlik. This Read more about Central Asian Food Series: Shashlik[…]

Central Asian Food Series: Plov

Ok, I have talked here and there about different types of Central Asian food but there is so many different kinds that I decided to do a Food Series for the blog over the next few weeks! I am starting with the traditional dish from Uzbekistan called “Plov” (pronounced PloughV).The word plov (also known as pilaf) derives Read more about Central Asian Food Series: Plov[…]

Childhood Books and Stuffed Animals

While the above picture depicts some children’s books and stuffed animals, our girls have THREE TIMES this amount! We have implemented the “switching out” method where we take blankets, some toys, puzzles, coloring books, stuffed animals and books and store them away in 3 containers and swap them out weekly. This is a great method Read more about Childhood Books and Stuffed Animals[…]

Grimy Little Hands

This blog isn’t necessarily about living in Kazakhstan, but Mom of littles unite from any place around the world, haha ✊🏻!! So in the above picture can you see the little tiny fingerprints? This is the door to our back porch. I have a housekeeper that comes once a week to help me clean (amazing Read more about Grimy Little Hands[…]