Saturday was Ezra's birthday!
This was the first birthday celebrated away from family, so I think Jed and I were both feeling the need to make Ezra's birthday extra special. As in, Ez was convinced Hannah came to visit JUST for his birthday. We let him believe that. After all, it's not every day you turn 8!
We asked Ezra what he wanted to eat for his birthday and he said he wanted pizza. Woohoo! I can make pizza! No big deal. He also said that instead of birthday cake, he wanted cherry vareniki. Really??? Okay, buddy, anything for you on your birthday.
So, Friday night, right after her arrival, I roped Hannah into helping me make some vareniki. It's a time intensive job, but much more fun when you have company. 🙂 Vareniki are little dumplings made from butter, flour, salt, and egg. They can be filled with potatoes, cheese, mushrooms, cabbage…or cherries. Mmmmm. That's how we like them best! You top the cherry ones with sugar and sour cream. They really are delish. Jed and I had them the first time we came to Ukraine and I'm pretty sure I experimented cooking them the very day after we arrived home. 🙂