On the last day of the year, I finished cooking the cashew curry and cooked the garbanzo beans. The portions for the almsgiving have been taken out and frozen. It is our custom not to eat any of the food prepared for an almsgiving, until it is served at the almsgiving or a portion has been reserved for the almsgiving. What is remaining will be for our consumption and both daughter and I served ourselves small bowls of the cashews and the garbanzos for brunch.
In the afternoon, neighbor S and her two daughters visited us for the season. They were very considerate of us and wore masks and we wore masks, too. I thanked them for being so considerate because I know that they don't usually wear masks. We chatted for a little bit, took a couple of photos to remember the occasion, and exchanged gifts. I received a set of bath and body products and a pair of warm, fuzzy socks. My daughter received some make up and hair scrunchies. We gave S's two daughters a set of bath and body products plus beaded earrings that my daughter made and S received a box of one of her favorite chocolates and the set of coasters. They all liked the coasters.
Then, later in the evening, neighbor S and her older daughter brought us New Year's Eve dinner:
|New Year's Eve Dinner, Compliments of Neighbor S and Family
A variety of barbecue meats, salad, baked potato slices, a garlic and yogurt dip, and lavash bread. Gata and walnut candy for dessert. Plus kufta (a type of meatballs) and blinchik (filled pancakes) in the food storage bags. I put the kufta and the blinchik in the freezer for later in the week. Such a wonderful feast! And such caring, generous neighbors!
- A New Year's Eve feast
- Being alive to see one year end and a new year begin
- The many blessings I've had this year