Goal #1 – Finish A’s sweater.
Goal Accomplished! With nine days to spare…
On Thursday evening (while my eggs were a-boilin’) I sewed the final seam on Version #2…
Sweater #2 is quite different: much more narrow in both the body and sleeves, and note the very simple neckline. Compare it with Sweater #1:
I am super happy with Sweater #2 – the final measurements match exactly to the detailed notes I took before beginning the reknit. A will receive her new sweater on Sunday. Hopefully, the modifications are just what she was hoping for!
Goal #2 for April is Follow a Gluten-Free diet. To date, I have stuck to my plan. I feel fantastic!
Last eve, though, a dilemma presented itself: as she has done for every year since 1975, my Mom made Paska for Easter, and an invite to bread-for-dinner was extended.
a) skip Paska because it’s not GF.
b) partake in Paska eating because it’s Easter, it’s an opportunity to “break bread” with family, and I could enjoy a special treat that we only consume once per year. There is nothing like my mom’s Paska, eaten on the day it is made.
[Sidenote: Paska is actually a family tradition from my Dad's side of the family - the German Mennonite side. My Grandma and Great-Grandma also baked Paska every year for Easter. My mom took over the tradition
since Dad is lost in the kitchen when we were very small, and we have celebrated Easter with this special bread, ever since. I have never made Paska and likely never will. The Brother and SIL Ana have embraced the family practice the last couple years, so the next generation will carry on the tradition!]
It was not a hard choice.
Mom made four loaves, total (half a recipe). Paska is truly the best the day it is made.
Another tradition! When I was little, I always swiped the drops of glaze off of the wax paper.
Dad is the official bread slicer. The Paska is super delicate, and Dad has the gentle touch:
The glaze icing is my favourite part of the bread. I’d like a slice of TOP, please!
Ever since I can remember, I’ve eaten my Paska this way:
Eat the main part, then savor the glaze!
2011 was a very good Paska year, declared Mom!
Look! Mom and Dad decorated eggs, too!
So yes, I deviated from my April goal. And yes, later on I could tell I had eaten gluten.
And yes, I completely made the right choice.
Are you celebrating Easter with family this weekend? We will be having our extended family get-together in mid-May this year, due to the busy travel schedules of some family members! Not a biggie to me…it’s the celebration together that counts, not the date!