I didn't host any of the events, however I did have responsibilities at my mother's seder, not least of which was dish-washing. My mother does not have a mechanical dishwasher, and never has. Let me tell you, the amount of cutlery, plates, bowls, cups, wine glasses, etc. 13 people can go through in an evening is impressive, especially when you factor in half-a-dozen ceremonial foods and a soup course. I waved a white tea towel and let my grandmother's paid carer take over when it came to the pots and pans, and tea/dessert. (She was cooking and serving while I was washing the rest of the time). Thank goodness for her help.
I came away from the weekend with a sense of accomplishment (mission accomplished!) and a sense of needing an additional weekend to recover from my weekend. The good news is that despite indulging in Easter chocolates and my sister-in-law's Pavlova,
(photo stolen from here)
I didn't gain any weight this weekend. Hallelujah, it's an Old Testament miracle!
In other news, my fridge is almost dead. A couple of weeks ago I noticed that yogurt cups were not feeling as cold in my hand as they should. Turns out the refrigerator side of our French-door-style frigo wasn't working anymore. The freezer side is fine, although it's running double-time to try to make up for the... fridge... side of the fridge.
I figured out that I can freeze containers of water in the freezer, then move them over to the fridge side to cool it old-fashioned-ice-box-style. It's a decent stop-gap solution.
I would love to be able to take advantage of the Big Fridge (i.e. outside), but I don't have any raccoon-proof bins to store food in on my patio. I bet the local raccoons would love to get their dexterous little paws on my yogurt cups. Especially the cappuccino flavor.