It feels as though I have been away for so long (although only a few days have passed), that I hardly know where to begin. Most of all, and above all, I'm just very happy with how the Shabbat and holiday went. In the days before Shabbat, we were of course all in a flurry of making good food - I made pot roast chicken, meat balls in tomato sauce, and baked potatoes, and my husband made a potful of his delicious fish stew (I haven't forgotten all those who asked for a recipe - I just need to corner the man and ask him exactly how he makes it!). And of course on Friday we baked a large batch of our homemade bread. I made braided challah.
Then on Shavuot (Sunday), which was my husband's birthday, a family of friends that lives nearby came over for lunch and we had a great time celebrating, relaxing around the table and talking, and of course, sampling the birthday cake, photos of which (dear me!) I abysmally failed to provide.
Today, after a double Shabbat of sorts, it was time to seriously dive in into all that has been left undone from Friday night and until this morning. There was a lot of laundry, all of which I heroically tackled in the first half of the day, and then, in a spontaneous "let's do it" way, I decided to make pizza with the girls. They were so happy - involved in every stage of the process, from mixing to kneading to rolling the dough, to helping stir and spread the sauce and toppings... covered in flour up to their ears, busily assisting, and feeling all the importance of their doing so! The final result is in the photo below...
And while the dough was rising, a lonely package of cream caught my eye and I grabbed the electric beater to make ice cream. I followed my usual recipe, with the variations of using cream cheese instead of milk and carob spread instead of chocolate or halva spread. Mmm.
Naturally there was a lot of kitchen clean-up to do after all that... evidence to vibrant family life at home, happy children, and creative cooking. :o) I'm good and tired now, and in eager anticipation of a warm shower, bed, and a nice slow day tomorrow.
I hope your weekend was lovely!