Thanksgiving and the Gift that Kept on Giving

Thanksgiving was yesterday! Amazing! It seems that this year has simply flown but when I stop to think about last Thanksgiving, it seems so far away. Time is a funny thing.

It was a good day. I got a lot of Liam snuggles. img_4097Liam and Me ~ Lifeofjoy.meI was good though. I shared! My dad held him some while we were working on dinner.

~ Lifeofjoy.meAt one point, Liam found my finger and loved gnawing on it. LOL

~ Lifeofjoy.meIt was a good day and we were blessed and full. :)

The Feast ~ Lifeofjoy.meSean took a photo with Mom’s phone while we waited on my dad to get the power cord for his camera, whose battery died before Sean could set the timer on it. (So this picture is missing both Sean and my dad.)


Last Christmas I gave my dad a gift certificate for four desserts to be delivered throughout the year. The first one was delivered in late March, Sunday Pudding. The second was delivered around June, Apple Crumble Pie. The third was given around September, I think, and it was Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookies. Well, I wasn’t sure what to do for the fourth. I considered a No-Bake Cheesecake (I made one of those for my brother-in-law two weeks ago) but wasn’t sure. Then while I was thinking about it the other week, I remembered that he has long wanted prune pierogies. I think his grandmother made them when he was young but I have never had them and thus had no idea how to make them but not too long ago I saw a food show about pierogies and learned that the prune filling is also referred to as Lekvar. After that I found a couple recipes and decided this would be a great forth installment. :)

The prune filling (aka Lekvar) was easy enough. I made that one day because it needed to be cold before I could use it to fill the pierogies. The dough was a completely different story.

Granny was Slovak and the Slovak recipe I found had 3 cups of flour and 6 eggs. It did not turn out well at all. It was way too sticky and I eventually gave up and tossed the dough. The Hungarian recipe I found had 2 cups of flour, 1 egg, and some water. Whereas the Polish recipe had no eggs but it had specific directions. I decided to go with the Polish recipe but replace 1/4 cup of the water with an egg.

Long story shorter, I did this recipe twice because I over mixed the dough the first time. The second time I followed the timing of the Polish directions and it was a success.

It was suggested that you could boil the pierogies and then coat them in a little oil, flash freeze, and then bag them up. Then when you want to eat some, take them straight from frozen and fry them. I hope he likes them. There was way too much to eat yesterday for me  to fry him up a couple. So, we shall see.

Well, I’m going to run for now. Have a great weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

 

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