Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Mom's Zucchini Bread

If you have never tried zucchini bread I suggest you try out this recipe! I think it is delish :)


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
  3. Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in zucchini and nuts until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  4. Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool. 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Pray For Mexico!

Hey Everyone! Don't forget to pray for our lovely missionaries who are in Mexico even at this very moment!

Evelyna Z
Lesya L
Ira K
Can't wait till they come back to tell us wonderful stories of Juarez, Mexico!

Friday, August 24, 2012

David Dunn - Heart Stops

We dicovered this artist recently and this song got me thinking. I suggest you take a few minutes and listen to it :)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Slowly Winding Summer Down

It may be hard to accept... but summer is slowly beginning to wind down. Before we all begin to run madly towards the hills in fear of books, clinicals, college parking and freaky professors, let us dwell on how awesome these last few weeks of summer have been.

Lyuda and Vadim's wedding. Prince and Princess :)

Fun things with our lovely Irina. Check out her blog here

The bake sales! God always made things work out. Mini cheesecake recipe link

Having awesome guests over from Columbus, OH. Going on a canoeing adventure with them :)

Chillin at the park. 

Cliff jumping. (No biggie :P)

Exploring Ithaca college with friends.

From Buryatia to Erie to Cleavland to Rochester to Canandaigua and to Ithaca, it's been a memorable season in life. God has been supremely awesome in showing His hand wherever I go, and for that I am eternally grateful.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Youth Camp 2012: Identity


 I love youth camp! It amazes me how every year is different from the last. It is inevitable for older youth to grow up, get married and younger youth to take their place. Seeing different faces each year makes me genuinely happy, because I know they will get a glance of the Lord.

 During our free time we gathered for games, such as mafia which is shown above. Lol Lesya is trying to defend herself because the group thought she was the mafia (check out Lesya's blog here). It makes me giggle to see Alex there in the middle, the true mafia, quietly and "innocently" watching.

Camp was more than just games though. Our church services were blessed. Here is the paper shredder, it looks a bit silly with a shirt on it, but this paper shredder was part of an awesome exercise we did. On some paper we wrote down all the lies we have told ourselves over the years, the lies that Satan often whispers into our ears. It was difficult to open up and start writing but once I wrote down the first lie "You are not good enough.", the rest flowed from my hand freely. Then I had the opportunity to go up to the front and place this paper into the shredder. The red shirt represented the blood of Christ, in Him we are new creatures, no longer do those lies affect us. We have victory in Him! He shredded our sins and made us His 2,000 years ago when He died on the cross of Calvary. 

Identity: the state or fact of remaining the same one or ones, as under varying aspects or conditions.

 Our identity is in Christ. No matter my situation, or emotion I remain in Him. Don't you love that?

Thursday, August 9, 2012


It has been a very eventful few weeks ever since getting back from Russia.  This past weekend, we had a "Buryatia Family Reunion" and I know we all loved it. One moment that I do not want to forget was staying up with Mia when we were in Cleavland, we really got to talk about God. Those kind of friendships are precious, the ones where you simply serve one another in encouragement and prayer. I am blessed to have several of such friends in my life, not only from my Buryatia family, but my beloved Rochester family as well. Anyway, after we talked she left to take a shower and I got to have some time alone. It was such a blessing to feel the presence of God. Then randomly this song turned on and it perfectly described what I was feeling.

Your tenderness is moving, You refresh my soul
With words of pristine water
That bathe and make me whole
Your holiness is burning through my very soul
Your words consume like fire
I'm purified like gold

I'm overwhelmed by You, Your sovereign majesty
I'm captured in the passion of a Holy King
And I've been reconciled to the Son of Peace
I belong to You, You belong to me

Your authority is comfort
It brings me to my knees
A noble God of justice, You give mercy's peace
Forgiveness is humbling it makes my life bow
Beneath the oak of friendship I lay my burden down

You are my future, You are my hope
My one desire, my forever love
You are my future, You are my hope
My one desire, my Forever Love

Thursday, August 2, 2012

This is my desire

I want to make the most of my time here on earth.

I do not want to sit around and feel sorry for myself, for someone else or for my or their situation.

I want to take action, have joy, be different.

I do not want to do the same things all the time, with the same people, in the same comfort zone.

I want my thoughts to revolve around You, not me, not others.

I do not want to compare myself to others, comparing my weakness.

I want to be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.

I want to be bold, full of Your love, ready to stand when I stumble.

I want to be humble, simple and ready for Your coming at all times.

I want to want You more.

This is a journal entry that I wrote a while back.
And now my fellow bloggers, I encourage you to share: What is your desire? Maybe make a blog post, write it in a journal, or simply just think about it.