Seeing as my afternoon got flipped upside down, I proceeded on to Plan B. The store sold Borscht prepared in a jar, and I found meat filled pierogis to substitute for the pelmeni. Some bread, cauliflower, Russian tea cakes, and caviar later, the shopping was done!
http://russian-crafts.com/nesting-dolls/matryoshkas/nestling-doll-domovoi.html After I made the first one based on my inspiration piece, I decided to make a variation that included the members of our family. It cracked me up when the Little A asked “Is that daddy?” because my husband has neither blonde hair nor a beard.
In the evening, we had band practice, basketball practice, and a fundraising meeting that completely fell out from the back of my head but that I had to attend. Had I known the day would have been this hectic by the time we sat down for dinner I may have chickened out trying to juggle it all. However, in between all those activities we pretended to travel to Russia, found it on the map, and ate an awesome meal. I always love the curious faces when the kids come to the table that night, the cultural things we talk about, and the planning of the next Travel on Tuesday. It’s the little things that inspire me. :) As a side note, the “Our Russian Family Matryoshka Dolls” sit on our window sill and I suspect they will probably hang around our house for a while. Stay tuned for the final project specs so that you can do this at home too!
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