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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Saturday Is a Special Day

Saturday's at the Dapper and Dreamy house are very, very busy.  The whole place is a hive of activity.  If you add in special events like a dance, a holiday or a birthday, things become even more challenging.  This weekend, we only have the two special events - prom and Mother's Day.  Whew!

There are some things that remain constant.  Dreamy always, always bakes bread on Saturday.  The house fills with the wonderful aroma of flour, yeast and butter by about 1:00, and it lingers throughout the day.  Clothes are also ironed on Saturday.  There is a veritable pile of white and blue cotton shirts waiting to be crisply pressed for church the next day.  Not to mention the pants, the socks to be found and, if we are really, really prepared, the shoes to be located.  Generally, by Sunday morning, there is at least one shoe missing, meaning that (usually Harry) someone will be wearing their athletic shoes to Sunday services.

In our house, there are also three Sunday School teachers...  I teach our son Nick's class (12 and 13 year olds), Dreamy teaches George's class (6 and 7 year olds) and our daughter Victoria teaches Harry's class (8 and 9 year olds).  This means that there are lessons to plan and treats to make.  It's a rare Saturday when Victoria isn't making something sweet to bribe her class into cooperation.  So, in addition to the wonderful smell of baking bread, you can add the equally enticing scent of cupcakes or cookies.

Saturday's also mean a rather lengthy trip to the grocery store and the farmer's market.  Today also included a visit to the local farm - the younger kids thankfully being taken by their older sister.  What will we do when she's away at college in a few months?!

Yum!  Chocolatey cake with a buttery
whipped cream icing and lots and lots
of crunchy chocolate and toffee candy on top!

On this particular weekend, there's also a Mother's Day party to prepare for.  Just a little one, but it will mean two additional desserts - a chocolate toffee cake with whipped cream frosting and a rhubarb custard pie - some gifts and a presentable flower arrangement.  While I know that these are supposed to be for the mother's, I'm pretty excited about them myself!

Dreamy has also been on a baking kick of her own lately.  Desperate to master the art of macaroon making, she's trying her hand at the violet variety today.  Pretty purple cookies sandwiching a lavender tinted filling and crowned with a tiny sugared violet.  These are to be given away to a few of her very lucky friends.

Violet macaroons...  Tres delicieux!

It's not all cooking and ironing, either.  In the ongoing process of making over the house, I was able to paint and reupholster two dining chairs and restain the piano!

And now, it's time to rest...  before making dinner and running out to get those last minute things that always seem to be needed for Sunday's dinner or someone's present...  Saturday's at the Dapper and Dreamy house are not for the faint-hearted.

I suspect that many of you can relate to days like this...  There always seems to be more to fill the time than the time itself.  It's a challenge to find a moment to sit and rest or read...  or blog!  But, we need to take those moments to maintain balance, if not sanity!  Regardless, I've always loved Saturdays.  They seem to be days filled with promise and creativity, challenge and accomplishment.  It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that, sometimes, I feel that I've done more of lasting value on Saturdays than any other day!  While my contributions at the office may have paid the bills, they certainly don't have the lingering quality of, say, the smell of baking bread or a warm afternoon spent enjoying homemade cakes in honor of mom.

Here's a little Saturday song for you...  While I've never found it to be the loneliest night of the week...  Who can beat a song about Saturday sung by Sinatra?



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