Since this weekend is the only weekend in May that we had absolutely no plans made we just decided to relax at home and do a few things, but not too much. So far, it’s been a pretty easy task to accomplish.

 Yesterday Brendan took down the Japanese Maple that totally died in the front yard. It was partially dead when we moved in and slowly just kept dying. I know those things are crazy expensive, and I feel a little sad that it died, but when the tree guys were here a few years back they said there wasn’t really anything that we could do. Oh well.


Today, I made bagels. I was a little dubious at first, I thought it sounded a little bit too easy, but they turned out pretty great. I am just a little bit proud of myself, actually. 

 Later, Bren and Bridget are headed out to Home Depot for some stuff for the seemingly endless backyard drainage project.  I kid, because it is 10,000 times better than it ever was before, and there is just a little regrading and grass seeding that still needs to be done. Honestly, our backyard is the bane of my existence. 


I was hoping that once I finally decided to whip up a batch of viryta (vitatis), I’d get some flashback memory of my grandmother, or even my great-grandmother. Alas, nothing of the sort. At least I will have vitatis.

These pictures are the closest you will get to the family recipe:



And the finished product




Meat pie is one of Brendan’s favorites. I felt like being a little extra-nice today — you know so he remembers how much he loves me when he’s out with the boys tomorrow night — so we had some for dinner tonight.

It’s ridiculously simple to make. Chop up some onion, slice some potatoes, put it all in some very liberally salted water and bring just to a boil. Then crumble in some ground beef and cook it all until the potatoes are done. Then transfer it to a casserole dish. The topping is just the Bisquick biscut recipe, rolled out. Put the whole thing in the oven until it’s golden brown and done.


Personally, I would like to have some more ingredients in there: carrots, celery, herbs… but then it wouldn’t be meat pie (or so I’m told). 


Brendan sure does like it, though.


Brendan joined the party on January 2, 2004. He's cool now.

Jessica has never been cool. She is OK with that.

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