These are some of the macarons we made...they were scrumptious, but didn't have a "foot" and I'm sure it's because we overbeat them, after reading this: http://kitchenmusings.com/macaron-faqs/
Sunday afternoon, we had a little tea party. It was Myrrhbearer Sunday, the day we celebrate those who came to Christ's tomb to anoint his body with myrrh and found that he was gone...and risen!!! Christ is Risen! ♥ It was my namesday, as I'm was named after St. Martha and my sister is named after St. Mary, the sisters of Lazarus. My sister, Susanna, is also named after a myrrhbearer (she would've been Lazarus, if she were a boy) and my littlest sister, Andrea is named after Bishop Andrei Rymarenko of Novo Diveevo, NY, (my parents were very close to him and he passed away in 1978), her patron saint is St. Andrew the Apostle.
I got a new teapot for $11.99 with an infuser basket, because I've been making loose leaf tea. This Rose Petal black tea from the Republic of Tea (given to me as a gift from a friend), with some honey and a little milk, is my favorite!
Our homemade poutine (a French Canadian speciality), turned out well. I used frozen french fries from Trader Joe's. The cheese curds I got at Country Fresh Market, on Vine St. $3.89 for an 8 oz. package and I made the gravy, as this recipe says...
We had hamburgers with it...they were still on the grill, but we had to dig in...
Hannah climbed our fence to reach over and pluck a few roses from the neighbors wild rose bush...there are SO many, I'm sure they won't mind. They smell wonderfully!
Local bakery and cafe, Bonbonerie, here in Ohio, is a lovely place to have tea. They serve spinach asiago quiche, scones, raspberry jam, clotted cream, French macarons, and fine Elmwood Inn teas from Kentucky. I ordered a pot of China Rose tea (black tea) and added a few sugar cubes and cream...
My sisters, Mary, Susanna, and I took our mom there. ♥ We all got a different kind of tea, and tried the other kinds.
All of our plates, teacups and saucers were mismatched nice china, which I really liked. Doilies used as placemats.
Shelves lined with pretty teapots. There were a bunch of kitten teapots with a paw up to the side, the spout!
Mom walking outside Bonbonerie and also by the irises...her favorite flowers!
I remember hearing of my grandma's trip to Morocco... She gave me a t-shirt from Tunisia when I was about 10 and I wore it for many years after. I guess she must've gone to Algeria, too, because that's between those two countries in northern Africa.
We went to see the Butterflies of Morocco at Krohn Conservatory (it's a huge greenhouse with all kinds of exotic plants, like banana trees and cacoa pods growing) in Eden Park in Cincinnati. Admission is $7/adults and $4/children, under 4 are FREE. We got coupons to use for $1 each admission at the library.
We walked around Eden Park to where there is a nice lookout point over the Ohio River. The girls took turns in the old phone booth!
Little Elizabeth is 9 months old today...exactly 3 more months until her first birthday!
You probably know the story of Remus and Romulus, the two brothers who were raised by a wolf.
The week after Pascha (Easter for Orthodox Christians) is called Bright Week, so today is Bright Monday. It's also a very special day because it is the feast of St. George (for those of us who follow the old calendar), which is also the name of our church!
My parents have had a difficult time recently, but made it to church this morning! I was so glad, because they missed the midnight Paschal service, which is our favorite. Here is a picture I took of Rob and the girls about 11pm on Saturday, all ready to go...
Olivia holding her candle.
Afterwards, we all broke the fast together. This cheese pascha, below, was SO delicious and pretty with all the fruit around it!
Sunday we went to have lunch with at my parent's house. I bought bunny ears for all the girls.
Today, Holy Communion in our church, and then a procession:
Almost everyone had an icon to carry and we walked around the church, Father Pavel and Father Daniel sprinkled the faithful with holy water...it was really beautiful.
We will be celebrating Pascha, the Lord's Resurrection, on Sunday, May 5th.
Last Sunday was Palm Sunday.
Monday, I baked kulich with Maria, a friend from our church.
Tuesday, we cleaned the house, my sister, Mary, her husband, Andrey and 8 month daughter arrived late.
Wednesday, we bought some special things at the market. Olivia wanted sliced olive loaf (basically bologna with green olives with red pimentos in it) and we also got some of our favorite Guggisberg baby swiss, smoked cheddar, cheese curds (to make poutine), etc. That evening, we all went to Confession after church.
Thursday, we went to church and celebrated the Last Supper in the morning by going to Holy Communion. I used yellow onion skins and colored our eggs, Hannah polished them with olive oil, so they shine! In the evening, we went back to church and read the 12 Passion Gospels. We take the candle we held while listening to the gospel and put it in a lantern and take it home and mark our doorways.
Friday, a solemn day, we dressed in our darkest colored clothing and went to church, where the crucifix was in the middle...and then replaced by the tomb. I frosted the tops of the kulich and added almonds & raisins to the top and started making "cheese pascha" (I should've done that earlier in the week). This is Gretchen's blog post on Holy and Great Friday!
Saturday, tomorrow, we will go to church in the morning and then again about 11pm, as we have a beautiful midnight Paschal service.
Sunday, we will probably get home at 4 or 5am, after the service we have our Pascha baskets blessed with Holy Water. Then, sleep...and have dinner at my parent's house with almost all our family (missing my littlest sister, Andrea, her husband, Wally and 2 boys).
Please pray for my father, Fr. Paul, and mom, Barbara. It's been a tough week. Yesterday, Dad's coffin arrived. If you've seen the film The Island made in 2006 which is about a monk who has his coffin ready, you'll understand why I think this is so beautiful. This link takes you to the 11th of 12 parts of the film, if you forward to the 8:00 minute mark you'll see what I mean. They ordered it from Fr. George Brooks in Arkansas. It's beautiful, smells like fresh pine or cedar, has a nice big cross on top, and the words "Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal have mercy on us," around the sides. My dad fell again today. Parkinson's disease affects so much of your life. It's been about 10 years now for him. He would be at every single church service this week, if it were possible, and so would my mom. ♥
Sunday afternoon, we were surprised to find that our dog, Lusy, was very ill. She was have spasms in her abdominal area and couldn't walk. Rob carried her in his arms and we brought her to MedVet's emergency room. They took an x-ray and found that her intestines were looped tightly, and although they couldn't tell exactly what was going on, it didn't look good. We opted for immediate surgery, the doctor there called us after, it was 11pm on Sunday...and told us that they'd found she had peritonitis, an inflammation of the abdominal cavity wall, due to a rupture in her uterus, which they had to take out. They took a swab (and sent it to the lab, we will find the results in a few more days) and lavaged her insides, put in a drain, and stapled her up.
She was on IV antibiotics and pain medication, too. She was there for almost 48 hours, spent 2 nights away, and they said she wouldn't eat ANYTHING. Yesterday (Tuesday) we were able to take her home. To get her to eat, I cooked a pound of ground beef and a cup of brown rice, I put 1/4 of it atop her dry dog food, and she ate it, with pleasure. She is getting special treatment. I had just cut off her arm bandage where the IV was and then snapped this picture below...looks like she is smiling!
She is now on oral antibiotics, pain medication and anti-nausea meds. Lusy is doing well, I'm struggling to get the pills down her. She is wearing an Elizabethan collar, so that she won't be able to lick her wound and open it up.
P.S. Yesterday was also my dear husband's 40th birthday!!!