Labors of Love

L is the letter for the day and my bandwith is low, low, low so I can’t upload any new photos right now. I’ll have to look to my archives and decide on a subject for the letter L. I chose my Labors of Love post from 2016.

I love Easter and all that it holds and all that it means. I like the idea of new Life, a resurrected Life. The greatest Love that was demonstrated on Good Friday and the Life that was resurrected on Easter Sunday.

Here are photos of our Easter weekend labors of love and celebrations 2016.

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This was the end result of our labors on Easter Saturday 2016. Top left an Russian Easter sweet cheese spread called Seernaya Paska. The X and the B stand for Christ is Risen. On the right is the finished and frosted Russian Easter Bread called Kulich or Paska surrounded by Russian shrink wrapped eggs. The sign in Russian on the bottom left says Christ is Risen so you see where the X and B comes from.  Now I’ll show you some of the process of getting here.

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First you gather your labor force. This is my sister Lana who arrived early so that we could get the Russian Easter Bread (Kulich/Paska) started.

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The rest of the laborers arrived and donned their aprons and head scarves.

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At one point in the process of mixing the dough I thought I made a big boo boo so we prayed over the dough and Lana and I laid hands on the KitchenAid.  I didn’t want to start over again. All turned out well…

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Lana showing how her slippers match her apron.

The other photos in the collage are of kneading the dough and shrink wrapping the boiled eggs. While the dough was rising we enjoyed lunch together. Home made tamales and beans with guacamole, chips, and Dan and Jamie’s home made salsa.

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After lunch it was time to prepare the cans and to punch down the dough after it’s first rise. The Peter Rabbit bunting was completed by Katie and hung by Laura and Katie. Josh and Laura gifted me the bunting kit for my birthday last week.

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After the second rise we punched again and prepared the dough by hand for the cans pinching off enough or almost enough for each can we picked for this time around. Short, medium and tall.

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The guys were busy outside in the sunshine solving several world problems.

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The finished eggs and kulich on Easter day. I’ll show more from our Easter table in another post.

When the baking was done and the cheese mold was in the refrigerator setting up for our Easter Sunday meal the kids went out to dinner with their aunt and uncle. Dear and I stayed at home and crashed…

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All of our kids together enjoying each other and extended family fills us with joy and not having to make dinner for them after a full day in the kitchen was a bonus!

We love and treasure these traditions and hope to carry them on through the years and pass them on to the next generation. I’m happy to report three of our nephews wives took on this labor of love alone in their homes and had very successful outcomes!

About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

10 thoughts on “Labors of Love

  1. Labour of love indeed. Someday soon we’ll all be able to be together with our families again!! Sorry to hear of your internet woos. Country living! Same over here!

  2. That was a great celebration and such wonderful memories. The photo of the finished eggs surrounding the Kulich is a work of art, but I loved equally seeing the process. I hope next year you can do it again and by then your granddaughter will be able to help pinch that dough!

  3. Bummer to the low broadband issues today . . . but it was enjoyable to read of the Easter past when you ladies all performed a labor of love in creating the lovely Paska! You all looked great in your aprons and scarves (and even the matching slippers), celebrating and making family memories! (We won’t be taking such gatherings for granted after this pandemic!)

    Looking back over your last several posts . . . LOVE the Keepsake quilt made by your mother-in-law. (That, too, was a labor of love!) It was nice to see photos of your in-laws. I always enjoy seeing old photos and hearing the stories of the past.

    I’ll be looking forward to seeing your Resurrection Day 2020 photos and hearing about your day . . . when your internet allows you that luxury!

  4. Looks like so much fun. What a blessing to be part of such a big happy family! : )
    You and your sister look so much alike!

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