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Well, That Was Nice...

I'm pooped.

Debbie, Amy and Drummer left about 1:30. Katie went down for a nap and the cooking and cleaning started in earnest.
There wasn't a whole lot of dirt as the cleaning lady was here this week, but there toys all over the house and kitchen stuff all over the counters.

My brother had called yesterday after seeing the saga of the lamb cake in LJ. He asked if I minded if Kathy (my s-i-l's sister) made a lamb cake.
Mind?? I was overjoyed. I wouldn't have minded making the cake, but having one less thing to do was a good thing.

Roper ran to the store for a last couple of items and I started cooking.

When the family showed up they took over. I didn't think you could fit that many people in my kitchen.
All I had to do was tell folks where to find things.

It was a lovely dinner. We had ham, hard boiled eggs, sausage, pierogi (4 kinds) bread, a green salad, green bean casserole, and Hawaiian salad. And Kathy's lamb cake and ice cream for dessert. Yum!

Katie had such a good time she needed a bath before bed. Ya just can't put a kid to bed with ice cream in her hair and cake on her legs.

All in all, a fine day.
Hope yours was good, too.



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Mar. 24th, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)
Ice cream in the hair and cake on the legs.... hmmmmm maybe we should try that. Maybe it would all harden and bind him to the bed. Then we wouldn't have to be surprised when he wanders downstairs every 20-30 minutes. :)
Mar. 24th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
I'm glad you had a wonderful day. You certainly deserve it.

If we don't talk before the weekend, I have a few things I called you and Roper about on Saturday (but I know this was a busy weekend). Just a few things that you might be able to use in the coming months.
Mar. 24th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC)
Lately, it's been avocado and banana all over one, and the sticky remnants of Easter candy on the other one.

I'm not quite sure which is worse :-)
Mar. 24th, 2008 11:08 am (UTC)
I had to google lamb cake to see what you meant. Funky. We don't do those in the UK that I'm aware of - I don't even recall ever seeing such a mould on sale.
Mar. 24th, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
Never underestimate the scope of US advertising!

But yes, Lamb Cake is fairly traditional for Easter in a lot of homes. At least, those with children.
Mar. 24th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
Mostly those of Catholic extraction, in my experience. We never had lamb cake, nor did my Lutheran friends. The Catholic ones usually did, and they often shared leftovers with us, so I'm not unfamiliar with the concept.
Mar. 24th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
Well, I was raised Lutheran, and the church had one every Easter. But then, Lutherans have always been frustrated Catholics, anyhow. [ducks]

We never had it at home, because my mother didn't bake. She didn't like cooking, either, so she did as little of that as she could get away with. And, yes, most of my friends who had the lamb cakes were Catholic.

Eventually, we had some good friends who were Armenian (Eastern Orthodox.) We didn't have lamb cake, but we had wonderful lamb for the meal!
Mar. 24th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Many thanks for having us. You've fed us so often and so well that it's only fair we do the work for you now and then. Everybody had a fine time; and me, well, I ate so much I didn't bother with breakfast this morning.

Easter lamb cakes are a Polish Catholic tradition, and given that our home culture was Polish (such that it had any ethnic spin at all) it's a natural. You need a cake mold to do it right, and it's evidently trickier than it looks. (Carol and I made one a few years ago and it needed some toothpick reinforcement to stay together.) Cake is not an architectural material and lamb cakes don't scale well, so if anybody ever wants to try making one, get a small mold. Ours is a little too large. Also, look at the shape of the lamb: A thin neck and big ears are trouble, heh.

Katie is now astonishingly tall. (We hadn't seen her since November.) She looks like a three-year-old.
Mar. 24th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize it until I had hit the Submit button, but this posted as Anonymous. Arrgh.
Mar. 25th, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
Thanks again for opening the house to our wandering crew this weekend. We had a blast, and it was especially nice to actually get there early enough to just hang out with you for awhile on Friday. Seems like I generally see you when you're (a) swamped and (b) being pulled in multiple directions, so having a little time that it was just us was fun! :-)

(Oh, and thanks for the Easter candy... my staff can attest to the fact that I ate Too Much Sugar today. I think I was vibrating by the time I finally went in search of protein at lunchtime.)
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