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Julian's Birthday Party
Julian had a great birthday party last Sunday (the 18th). We had a gazillion people here, including Julian's great grandmother, great aunt, maternal grandparents, Uncle Greg, my mother, Seth's mother, and Seth's brother, in addition to a lot of good friends and a fair number of Julian's friends (I think there were about 10 children here in addition to all the adults). Our friend Lisa made a terrific car-shaped cake. It was a beautiful red car and Julian loved it. When Lisa dropped it off at the beginning of the party, Julian followed me all the way from the sunroom into the kitchen calling "car! car! carcarcarcarcar! CAR!" Suffice it to say, he was excited. The rest of Julian's party was themed around Thomas the Tank Engine, which is Julian's current obsession. I ordered a grilled veggie wrap tray and a tuna wrap tray, as well as a bowl of fruit salad and a small pastry tray from Koshermart, which worked out really well. It saved me a lot of time, effort and mess, and everyone loved the food, or so they told me, so I have no complaints about spending the money, though I did initially have some reservations about it. Julian got lots of fun toys to play with at his party, which is really what's important to a two year old. Anyway, there are pictures at http://homepage.mac.com/karen_cohen/Julian/PhotoAlbum38.html

Lost and Found
I did find my engagement and wedding rings the same day that I lost them, so all is right with the world again. I had forgotten that I had placed them on the windowsill over the sink so that I wouldn't lose them. Ooops. Typical, though.

Last Shabbos
Last shabbos, we had a small meal, with beaniekins, psu_jedi, and caryabend as guests. I made BBQ short ribs which came out really well. I was worried about them because for the first time ever I made them in the crock pot overnight, but they came out very nicely. They were terrifically moist and full of flavor. I served them with rice, garlic bread, salad, and baked acorn squash (baked with maple chips in them so they were sweet and gooey). Saturday, Seth went to the early minyan, but I still wasn't feeling well enough when he got home to go to shul myself. Seth did, however, take Julian up to shul for kiddush, and Julian had a great time and received lots of compliments. Julian came home and took a nap while Seth and I played Carcassonne with our new "Inns and Cathedrals" expansion. When Seth went to Mincha, my friend Alida came over with her son, Avi, and we had an impromptu seudah shlishit here (with baklava!). Now that shabbos is getting to be earlier, Alida has suggested that we have a weekly seudah shlishit with the boys, which will be great. Some forced socialization on shabbos is good for me.

Apple Picking
leahmiriam and I went apple picking today. Er, well, I ended up with more tomatoes than apples, but that's okay. I picked 17 pounds of tomatoes. They were too gorgeous to stop picking! Mmmmmm. I can't wait to make tomato soup, tomato sauce, and, um, other tomatoey stuff. I also picked about 10 pounds of apples and a few pounds of blackberries. Mmmm Mmmmm. The apples were pretty slim pickings, though they are definitely TASTY! I have two apple kugels in the oven now. When I combine that with the butternut squash kugels in the freezer, I'm good for kugels for yom tov, except I do want to do at least one potato kugel. I take it back, the apple kugels are now out of the oven and cooling on the stovetop until they are cool enough to stick in the freezer....boy do they look (and smell!) yummy.

Yom Tov Cooking
I have done very little cooking for Yom Tov. I don't even know who we're having for most of the meals. Here's who we've got so far:
  • First Night Dinner: No one other than the three of us)
  • First Day Lunch: Probably the Polonskys (4 plus us)
  • Second Night Dinner: Kramers (2 1/2) and possibly Felds (5)?
  • Second Day Lunch: Finkelman/Ruffers (5), possibly Felds (5)? (And Polonskys if they don't come first day lunch)
So that's who I'm having so far. I have no idea what I'm cooking. I've got apple kugels and butternut squash kugels done. I bought a case of gefilte fish today, so I'll do some gefilte fish fritters possibly tomorrow night and put those in the freezer. But main courses? Not a clue. Not even a little one. What I can say for certain is that I will not be serving fish heads or sheep's heads for yom tov. Ick.

This week
Monday evening I'll probably be cooking... possibly tomato soup and fish fritters. Tuesday evening I'm helping to set up the shul for babysitting for yom tov, then probably more cooking. Wednesday I'm going to Nechama's to make a zillion pieces of stuffed cabbage for her succos meals (she serves, um, I dunno... probably a hundred people for succos, I'm guessing). Thursday I'm ... oh yeah, shabbos cooking. Seth is having knee surgery Thursday morning, so I'll be on kid duty until he goes to sleep and then I'll be cooking. I can't get out of shabbos cooking this week because Friday I'm bringing shabbos dinner to someone who just had a baby. So there you go. That's my whole week.

That's all Folks
There's really not much else going on... except, well, work, and um, work and, um, taking care of the toddler. So I'll wrap up here.

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magid From: magid Date: September 26th, 2005 10:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like a wonderful birthday party!

I'm glad you found your rings. My mom kept on losing her wedding ring (she never had an engagement one), and my dad kept on replacing it. Right before they moved, he cleaned out a filter in the back of the dryer (or was it the washer?), and found at least one of the lost rings. (And a shekel coin. Which didn't make any sense because none of us had been to Israel at that point.)

I tend to like making a turkey for R"H and/or Sukkot, but that's partly because I like having an excuse to make a whole turkey.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 26th, 2005 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Turkey isn't the best option for me as I don't do well with turkey... it gives me a migraine. I do make it once a year or so, but that's about it. I dunno. Maybe a turkey is the way to go.
magid From: magid Date: September 26th, 2005 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dang.

If you're making lots of other stuff, can you just not have the turkey? If it's a stuffed bird, will the stuffing also cause migraine from having been cooked in the bird?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 26th, 2005 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I can just not eat it. Which is, in fact, a possibility. (and yes, the stuffing would be problemmatic too, but I'll live)
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: September 26th, 2005 11:17 am (UTC) (Link)
"Carcassonne with our new "Inns and Cathedrals" expansion" Oh that is our favorite new Shabbos game. I had no idea there was an expansion. Joel has taught half the neighborhood kids how to play this game! Apple Kugel recipe, PLEASE PLEASE! I have one, but I would prefer yours. You make good kugels. Esti told me in the body of an email that the fish showed up late from New York in a non-refrigerated truck. If my fish or pizza is bad I am going to raise holy hell. I am sure the stuff is probably ok, leaving NY in a frozen state, but there is no good reason they didn't use a truck with refrigeration. I am pretty pissed.

I am so excited over our harvest. It is on my dining room table and I have my two pumpkins out for display. I don't care what anyone says about it. I will carve the big one at the appropriate time. I am thinking with a Muppet face, just because!

I had a blast yesterday, thanks for the suggestion!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 26th, 2005 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
We have two expansions. Inns and Cathedrals which we just got, and builders & traders which we've had for a while. Oh, and our original set came WITH the River Expansion. There's apparently at least one more expansion, but the store clerk told Seth not to bother last time. I do love Carcasonne, but I was mightily disappointed that Seth beat me by TWO points on Saturday... despite my decidedly brilliant strategy.

I am excited about the harvest also!
From: stormkitten Date: September 26th, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hello! This is Andi Bigelow from high school -- I found your journal through the schools thing, and went ahead and added you as a friend. I promise, I don't spam people with politics hardly at all, and when I do it's got its own filter.

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 26th, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey Andi, nice seeing you here. No problem on the political spamming. I tend toward skipping all political posts (particularly in election years), but it's easy enough to scroll past. It's nothing personal, it's just that people get too emotional and I have trouble sorting out fact from emotion.
From: stormkitten Date: September 26th, 2005 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heee. I just won't add you to the politics filter.

Glad to see you're doing well.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 26th, 2005 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, that's probably safest. I'm a radical moderate, which puts me in a difficult place along the political spectrum.

I hope everything is going well in your life. I'm sure I'll pick up some bits via your journal.
From: stormkitten Date: September 26th, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
*grins* As a conservative pagan, I like to think I can relate. :P No, not everyone wants to hear about politics, and that doesn't upset me one little bit. A lot of times, I don't either. :)

And yes, you'll get tidbits of my life on my journal, no worries there. Though I must admit, some of your Jewish terms baffle me. I really know so very little about the faith.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 26th, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
all you have to do is ask, and I'll gladly explain. I never know which terms need to be explained as a lot of people on my friends list have been reading the terms for some time now. I forget to re-define them in subsequent posts after a while, forgetting that there are people new to my journal.

So, just tell me what words and maybe I'll even make a little dictionary thingy.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 26th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
huh? I barely talked about the good stuff! Sorry to make your mouth water. The fact is that I have so little to talk about these days... it's either Julian or cooking. That's about all that's going on.
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kmelion From: kmelion Date: September 26th, 2005 04:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Homemade Salsa...easy to make and keeps well in the fridge...if it lasts more than three days...
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 26th, 2005 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
A fine suggestion, and one that I had considered, though I wasn't sure how long it would keep in the fridge. Any specific salsa combinations you favor?
kmelion From: kmelion Date: September 26th, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I've used http://www.hugs.org/Garden_Fresh_Salsa.shtml and I adjust the amount of hot peppers.

Also this one (I think THIS is what I use, although I use chopped onions rather than scallions) http://www.hugs.org/Mild_Fresh_Salsa.shtml
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 26th, 2005 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!
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