We began making the angels a few days ago. Using brightly colored card stock, I cut out multiple gowns, aprons, sleeves...everything, down to the tiny feet! Next, I simply glued them together in layers to form our angels and, as a final touch, embellished the wings with sparkly glitter glue.
We all loved the finished product, which we suspended from the chandelier above our dining room table. (I had hoped to actually hang it in the kitchen, but couldn't really find a suitable spot. This was close enough for me!)
While these angels were a fun and crafty project, one I really enjoyed, dinner was a much more daunting task! Just as in the book, we decided to cook beans (in the form of a 15 bean soup) and bread. (They're predicting snow tonight, so the cold weather made this a perfect day for the exciting culmination of our three day long effort!) But I felt much like poor Pascual as I attempted to begin our meal:
"All the pots and pans, bowls and dishes made his head spin. How did he boil water? How did he cook the beans? How did he make the bread?"
(Can you guess who does most of the cooking in this family?)
The bean soup didn't really require any effort. I let it simmer in the crock pot for most of the day and it was delicious! The bread, however, was an entirely different matter. (I had to call Darren at work to ask him how to scald milk. And thank goodness my mom stopped by just when I was about to start kneading the dough, because I completely lacked confidence when it came to determining how much flour to add!) Dylan and Caitlyn were such eager assistants, and were so excited to be helping! They loved the feel of the sticky dough, and were amazed by watching it rise.Without a doubt, I had more fun today than I have in a long while! This is a day I think we will still fondly recall many years from now. Our dinner was scrumptious, the bread divine, and, after eating, we read the book one more time to review the many similarities between the story and our day.
"The angels mixed up dough, put it in a pan and popped it in the oven. They put water on to boil and poured the beans in the pot. They cut up the cheeses and put them on a board."
I think we'll be keeping those kitchen angels around for a while.