Serving the Lord in Russia

Saturday, October 2, 2010

It's Autumn Time

Moscow in the autumn is beautiful!  We have been enjoying an "Indian Summer" here with cool crisp days, azure blue skies, and chilly clear nights.  After the long, hot, and smoky days in July and August we are basking in the delight of autumn.

This is actually a sidewalk that the woman is walking on.  People park their cars wherever they can find room, even on the sidewalks.

This yellow building with the blue trim is one of the grocery stores where I shop each week.

These next few pictures are from inside our gated community, Rosinka, where we live.

Last week I had my driver, Alexander, take me on the Babushka Road (this is what I call the road that leads out of Moscow into the country where many older women sell their flowers and produce) in search of potatoes and pumpkins.  You can not find pumpkins in Moscow and we had no luck that day in finding pumpkins.  I did get a big bag of wonderful potatoes from a cute little lady at one of the roadside stands and they have been delicious.  I wish I would have gotten more bags.  With no pumpkins to be had, Alexander did find one for me a few days later and brought it to me with a huge grin on his face.  It really was a rare find and I was thrilled!  Now I have a pumpkin that I will cook down and make a couple of pumpkin pies at Thanksgiving.  People use butternut squash here instead of pumpkin so I will do the same if I want to make some pumpkin bread or cake.  I'm learning to make "magical adjustments."

Last week I also bought some Golden Delicious apples and made some apple butter.  Oh my goodness - it turned out so good!  I have made two batches already and hopefully will be able to make a couple more within the next few weeks (if I can find a day that I can be at the mission home).  We have had missionaries here twice for meals since I made the apple butter and they were in heaven with its delicious taste.  I've included the recipe and it is super easy to make.  I have been thrilled because I was able to find all the ingredients here.  There is a store close by that sells fresh spices so I know where to get the cinnamon and clove. 

Below is an arrangement of the fresh produce I was able to find plus two of my jars of apple butter.

                                                        Apple Butter
10 to 12 large cooking apples (I like to use Golden Delicious)
2 cups apple juice or cider
3 cups sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
     Wash, core and cube apples, but do not peel.  Combine the apples and juice in a crock pot and then add the sugar.  Stir well and cover and cook on low heat for about 8 hours or about 4 hours on high, or until very soft.  Put the cooked apples in a blender and blend until smooth.  Return to crock pot and add the two spices.  Cook on low an additional one to two hours with the lid off (it will help it thicken up) or until it reaches the desired consistency.  Ladle into jars and store in refridgerator, or it can be frozen.

I hope you are enjoying the wonderful sights, smells, tastes, sounds, and feel of autumn.  We are here in Moscow!


  1. Beautiful photos, thanks for bringing Moscow to me! Lovely table setting as usual. Saw you and Steve on tv, you both look great, but it sure made me miss you!

  2. Whoa that is really beautiful!!

  3. So pretty Mom! It reminds me of the canyon and all the changing colors of the leaves. I love this time of year!

    The apple butter sounds delicious. I might have to try that recipe.

    I LOVE YOU!!

  4. That is amazingly beautiful to see Moscow at this time of year! I also am really grateful for the apple butter recipe and I plan to try it. Keep those Corinne recipes coming our way.

  5. WOW!! It looks amazing there. I love the pictures Corinne! The apple butter does sound delicious. I might have to try that. Sounds like you guys are doing well!!

  6. if i might ask - -where did you find a crock pot in Moscow - i need one!