This is a thank you note. Last week my middle child got married and during the weekend celebration I kept looking at our guests, realizing that although it was my son standing under the chuppah, there were many people at the wedding who had left their footprints on his path. Family and friends that nurtured him and helped him grow into the man he now is. I had exactly the same impression observing the family and friends of my daughter-in-law, seeing how close they were to her, how proud they were of the woman she has become, and how much it meant to her to have them there.
After the wedding, the celebration continued with Sheva Brachot, a Jewish tradition. I think I can speak for both sets of parents when I say that we feel so fortunate to have friends who wanted to host these “dinner parties” in honor of the bride and groom. Yes, it was a long week, exhausting and emotional, but this morning as I am sitting by myself, I am so grateful to everyone who participated in this wedding in every imaginable way. From those who came to Houston from near and far, to others who could not come but who gave unending support, to the friends who cooked for us and opened their homes to us, others who whispered words of encouragement, family and friends who spent time writing toasts and Divrei Torah, teaching classes, those who attended Sheva Brachot, friends who helped with shopping, packing, organizing, transporting and much, much more. I could not have done it without you and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. To my sister who had one request that I did not honor, I felt Mommy and Daddy everywhere.
This past Shabbat, both families would be spending our last day together. We would share five meals over the course of the day, one of which was afternoon tea. As cooking is one way that I express my love and appreciation, I spent most of Friday afternoon preparing the food, including baking a Blueberry Peach Pie.
Blueberry Peach Pie
Basic Pie Crust (this is enough for one crust, I doubled recipe to made a double crusted pie)
1 1/2 sticks butter ( cold and cut into small pieces)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbs sugar
2 -2 Tbs ice water
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place butter, flour and sugar in food processor. Pulse and add ice water, slowly, till dough forms into ball. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll dough out on floured board and place in greased pie pan. Place a sheet of wax paper over dough and add dried beans to prevent pastry from puffing up. Bake crust at 400 degrees for 1o minutes, reduce heat to 375, and bake an additional ten minutes. Crust is now ready for filling.
Blueberry Peach Filling
2 pounds of large peaches, peeled, pitted and thickly sliced
1 pint blueberries
1 cup sugar
2 Tbs quick cooking Tapioca
2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
2 Tbs sweet butter, cut in small pieces
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp mace (optional)
In a large bowl, combine peaches, blueberries, sugar and tapioca. Add lemon juice, butter, cinnamon, mace, Fill pie crust. Place second crust on top, and brush with an egg wash (one egg and 1 tsp water combined), make slits in top crust and bake at 375 for about an hour. Tip: Place a cookie sheet on the bottom of oven to catch any drippings.
July 29, 2011 at 5:09 AM
The pie looks great!
July 22, 2011 at 3:33 PM
Mazel tov! And what a lovely pie…
July 22, 2011 at 3:58 PM
Thank you so much Zahavah!!
July 19, 2011 at 4:33 PM
Irene I love your words and am looking forward to trying this recipe,
you are the best cook I know! Susan
July 19, 2011 at 4:40 PM
Wow!! I am speechless. Thank you Susan. We feel the same way about you!! Better add some chilis to the sauce!!
July 12, 2011 at 10:51 AM
Beautiful as always! I feel so lucky that I could participate and shep nachas from your fabulous simcha. May we continue to share smachot forever!
And I can personally vouch for how wonderful the pie (actually pictured on this blog!) was.
July 12, 2011 at 3:57 PM
AMEN!!! Thanks for everything Rena. You helped make it what it was!
July 12, 2011 at 7:20 AM
Mazel Tov Irene! I can only imagine what a wonderful, exhausting, and life-changing week it was.
My daughter became a Bat Mitzvah last February and the cookie-baking was so wonderful. Food is such a wonderful connecter and gatherer of family and friends.
Thanks for sharing another wonderful story with us!
July 12, 2011 at 7:35 AM
Mazel Tov to you as well!!! We have to celebrate when we have the chance and keep on cooking!
July 11, 2011 at 7:17 PM
Mazal Tov! This recipe looks like a perfect way to wrap up a week of celebration. May you have a lot of nachat from your children.
July 11, 2011 at 7:44 PM
Thank you Rivki. What a treat. I didn’t have Sheva Brachot when I was married but I loved each one!!
July 11, 2011 at 1:19 PM
As always I love hearing your thoughts. I can only imagine your feelings when you were finally alone and had a moment to reflect. I look forward to experiencing that feeling first hand myself. In the mean time, we are grateful to our friends who let us participate in their simchas. You are so right about the satisfaction, joy and pride we all feel as we watch our ‘other children’ move forward in their lives. We have watched them grow and are so happy to share in their special moment. It was also a pleasure to ‘cook’ for you as you know what a big fan I am of your blog. It was especially fun to meet your wonderful husband and your other lovely children as well. We look forward to sharing more happiness with you in the future.
July 11, 2011 at 1:37 PM
Thank you Elayne. You have already changed my life. Sloan urged me to join Facebook and I have!! I look forward to seeing you soon and sharing more stories.
July 11, 2011 at 12:55 PM
what a wonderful experience for all of us that had the privilege to attend this wonderful week0end and share in this life cycle…… the pie sounds wonderful and will be a reminder of a yummy loving week-end. thanks for sharing…….denise
July 11, 2011 at 1:38 PM
Thank you Denise, you were a great help!!!
July 11, 2011 at 11:49 AM
I share in your joy and naches. It is so wonderful to read about the traditions and legacy you have passed down to your wonderful kids. I loved the article that was included with Shira’s recipe. You and Norman have created a wonderful community for your family by the warmth and caring that is in your hearts and souls. Mazal tov to all of you,
July 11, 2011 at 12:08 PM
Thank you so much Estelle. We should all have many smachot to celebrate!!!