Akiva & Emunah joined us (they came Thursday night. As I mentioned 2-posts-ago 2 of Z's friends joined us for dinner Thursday night too. The guys played Settlers while the gals watched a movie.) Friday was hectic-feeling. I woke up early and decided to bake a batch of chocolate chip muffins for breakfast - they were ready just as everyone woke up. Then Z & Akiva went on a 'road-trip' to run errands (read: pick up chumus) on the other side of town. Ayala and her brother Yoni arrived at a little before 2pm. Somehow everything was finished by 3pm. I was extremely impressed.
It was freezing outside and the rain was crazy! We put the heater on a Shabbos clock in the living room and had it run for most of Friday and all of Saturday - (cause it's just not ok for it to be 52F in your living room when you're trying to 'live' there!) Anywho - by closing the doors to all of the bedrooms and running the heated steadily we managed to bring the temperature in the living/dining room & kitchen up to a toasty 62F! On a ridiculously pathetic note - the 12 hours-worth of 'shiputzim' that the 'fix-it-guys' did last week were all for naught - because all of the leaks are back. (At least there isn't mold anymore though - since they chiseled out the moldy concrete and re-filled the channel...) I hope they aren't too crestfallen to see their hard-work gone to waste when they come tomorrow to 'finish' painting.
Our guests all had to run pretty soon after havdalah - many kilometers to travel and all. We bid them 'goodbye til next time' and we're hoping 'next time' won't be in the too distant future!
Friday Night - roasted garlic, 'AbuDushi' chumus, matbucha (homemade), pickles, mushroom & orzo soup / vegetable soup (onion, carrot, zucchini, sweet potato, potato, split peas, barley, salt&pepper, orzo), Roasted Chicken (1 whole butterflied chicken + 2 kirayim) on a bed of onions & fingerling potatoes, Rum & Vanilla Glazed Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans, Garlic Rice.
Shabbos Lunch - roasted cherry tomatoes & garlic, 'AbuDushi' chumus, matbucha (homemade), pickles, sliced veggies (red pepper, carrots, cucumbers, green pepper, mushrooms), big bowl of lettuce (add-ins: craisins, sliced almonds, candied pineapple, candied pecans), Israeli salad, chickpeas (with salt&pepper), eggplant parmigiana, AB's citrus-y salmon, potato knishes.
Desserts: Cookie Brittles, Brownies with Ganache, Chocolate Chip Muffins
Impressively enough there weren't too many leftovers. 1 breast & 1 kirayim from Friday night (which made 3 meals for Z to eat this week) and 2 servings of eggplant parmigiana.