Sunday, June 25, 2017

Racuchy

My husband has fulfilled a long-cherished dream of making racuchy (rah-tsoo-hee) just like grandma used to make.

Racuchy are a sort of Polish yeast (!) pancake.  They're cooked in oil and wind up looking like an extra-fat pancake, but with more heft and less sweetness.  The ones my husband made also contained a lot of diced apple (courtesy of the kids), with a dusting of powdered sugar on top.  My husband says that his grandma's version contained pork fat.

We had ours with raspberry jam, marmalade and maple syrup.  Husband thinks this is a barbarous idea, but it crossed my mind that bacon would be excellent on the side (apple smoked?).  Maybe ham?  I was also thinking sour cream.  As it turns out, my instincts for Slavic food combinations are sound--the Wikipedia article mentions people eating racuchy with sour cream or cream.  (This is probably a thinner version than the sour cream you get in the US.)

We eat nalesniki (nah-lesh-nee-kee) or Polish crepes pretty regularly, with a spiced sweet cheese filling (Baby T is passionate about the ricotta-based filling).  We haven't yet gotten around to it, but we are starting to think about doing savory fillings one of these days (maybe fried mushrooms?).  The big kids have been helping my husband a lot recently.

The big kids have been doing some classes the last two weeks.  They were signed up for the same schedule:  sculpture, game programming, and a cooking class.  D was able to take all of his courses.  This was D's first chance at taking the cooking class, with very gratifying results (he made us a set of mini-cheesecakes yesterday at home).  C, sadly, got just the sculpture class and then was sick for nearly all of the other two classes (4 days out of 5).

Baby T would love to take a cooking class.  

Saturday, June 17, 2017

D on Cheerios

D told Baby T:  You can just pretend that they're tiny donuts!


Monday, May 29, 2017

Sisters!

Baby T and C were out scootering together tonight.

Baby T said, "We're sisters, together!"

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Wii

Baby T has been doing Wii for DAYS.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Home lesson

Here's some of what's happening:

  • After much procrastinating, I got to the post office (by myself!) and mailed some books to a friend in Russia and went to the bank to fix an expired debit card issue.  Not particularly difficult tasks, as it turned out, but much faster by myself.  
  • My husband and the kids are planning to build a quiz machine at home this summer so that the school's Junior Classical League kids will be able to practice with a machine before going to regionals and state next year.  We have a growing collection of parts.  They were just testing the buttons.   
  • C was teaching D "Amazing Grace" on the ukulele this morning.  

Sunday, May 7, 2017

May

Here's some of what's happening:

  • We have our water park summer passes!
  • C finally got to the local grownup ukulele club.  There were four people including C.  They played Folsom Prison Blues, King of the Road and Leroy Brown, switching back and forth.  The guy who was leading the group was very engaging and well-prepared--and (surprisingly) an amateur.  I was totally sure he was a professional music teacher, but he's in a completely different line of work.
  • The local grownup ukulele club meets twice a month, which is just about perfect.   They started meeting early last fall and I believe they've done a Christmas performance, but they'd like to work up to visiting nursing homes (maybe quarterly?) which is very nice.  I believe that they're trying to work up a repertoire of half a dozen songs.  
  • We're having our last school ukulele club meeting soon.
  • Everything is starting to wrap up--C's riding, youth group, and D's CCD finish up in the next week or two, and the kids have another three weeks of school.  

Friday, April 21, 2017

Kids and phones

Baby T says, "A little girl can have a phone!"

Apparently, she learned this from an informant at preschool.