My First Syrian Easter

I was invited to a Syrian Easter get together so that I could take photos for the family. While our regular Easter was a month ago, the Jewish Passover ended at the end of April and the Syrian / Greek Orthodox Easter was on Sunday, May 1st.

While I won’t show this family’s pictures for privacy’s sake, my son and DIL and their children were there and between them and the food you can get an idea :) First of all thunderstorms were predicted for the day but held off until evening, so the weather was just perfect…it went up to about 72 degrees.

The gathering was held at the home of the 93 year old grandmother. This is a very close knit family who work together to keep her in her home and to uphold traditions.  She was beautiful and radiant…who would not be with such love surrounding her.

There was an Easter egg hunt for the many children that were there. Here is one of my grands enjoying that prior to dinner time.

easter egg hunt syrian easter

And another one opening the eggs to find the candy within to take home …

javis and candy

The food to feed the large crowd was amazing. Salad, home made Syrian bread, homemade sandwich buns, chicken logs with cornflake breading as well as roasted chicken, ham, green beans in a tomato based sauce, potato salad, chicken & rice, stuffed wild grape leaves and kibbeh. While I expected the grape leaves I was not sure what the kibbeh was. It was delicious, though.   They are made of cracked wheat, minced beef, pine nuts, and a variety of spices.

Syrian Easter Food

There was a table in the living room holding many trays of Syrian and Greek pastries and cookies, and later on the pies and strawberry pretzel jello salad dessert came out as well. Yes I indulged! :)

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Sewing : Quilty 365, Whimsy, & Rose Applique

Before I show MY stuff, I caught Mama Robin in the neighbor’s yard with some dried grasses in her mouth. SHE is weaving…..now, I could not get a good picture of her nest since doing so was painful…she’s built it in my barberry bush but do you see how she’s incorporated a little bit of plastic paper in to the nest?  Now is that IMPROV, right? :)

mama robin with dried grasses

nest with plastic

QUILTY 365 :  By Mid-April, I’d finished the third section and sewed the panel on to the right side. The mid-section represents the Kabbalah Tree of Life ( I was reading a book on it when I started this project) and it’s looking pretty weird by now, huh? :)

But the grandkids love it.…kind of like a Weird Where’s Waldo thing. ” Can you find Christmas, do you remember where your birthday circle is Javis? ”  etc.  Brent asks “Where is MY circle?”  I explain that he’s not had his birthday yet!

I think that when the other side is done, I’ll probably do a bottom section there with “Quilty 365” and suns, moons and stars or something…

Quilty 365 April 14 collage

Sundays, holidays and birthdays have larger circles. I took this photo of the latest panel when I had sewed the twin’s birthday circle on and prior to having to prep more circles for the week :

twins circle polaroid

For more Quilty 365 projects, visit the link party at Quilty Folk.

WHIMSY Quilt Blocks: I had posted last week ( HERE )  about getting back to this project and I completed these blocks.

whimsy blocks NEW ONES

I have some pieces for another hexie block prepped. I’ll be happy after this if I can just do one or two a month for Whimsy in between other projects, when time permits.

Isabel and Benjamin : I am hoping to finish up this 4th Isabel’s Rose Applique block before the next 1857 Album Quilt blocks are announced, and the color for May’s Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Rose Applique fourth one working on

I have plenty to keep me busy for the weekend and Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy’s Quilts though I have to say that I am excited about being asked to photograph a friend’s family Syrian Easter get-together on Sunday afternoon ! I know that there is going to be a lot of GOOD FOOD there! :)  They wanted to pay me! I was like ” are you crazy??  Well, ok…pay me in a loaf of Syrian bread”   I am going to participate in a gourmet feast ; that’s enough. It will be fun.

I hope that you’ll be enjoying your Sunday as much as I will be enjoying mine :) Two Easter dinners this year is not a bad thing.

*NOTE : for timely updates I would suggest signing up / following via bloglovin’. ( at the top of my right side bar ) because the feed is picked up within the hour there whereas sometimes I will notice that a blogroll has yet to pick it up 24 hours later, if at all.  That occurs sporadically, though not all of the time.  At any rate, bloglovin‘ picks it up right away and consistently, and I believe that it is the same way with Feedly :) I’ve never had any troubles with the email subscription either; just the blogrolls for some reason.

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