Jeff's Aunt Rose and Uncle Gordon came south from Canada for a visit this past weekend. They hadn't seen Katie since last spring so she had changed a lot and they really enjoyed playing with her. The other highlight from the visit was making pierogies all day Saturday. Ever since Jeff and I got married he has been telling me I need to learn how to make Aunt Rose's pierogies. At the time I had never even eating homemade ones, let alone made them so I didn't understand what the big deal was. Now, however after making about 200 little potato and cheese filled bites of goodness I completely get it!
Aunt Rose and my mother in law started the process by making the potato and cheese filling as well as three batches of dough. I joined them to watch and learn. After the dough had rested and the filling was ready we went to work cutting, rolling, stuffing, and pinching the pockets together. I wish I had taken some pictures but for some reason I always forget to take my camera whenever we go next door to the in laws house. We spent all afternoon making them and it was really a lot of fun. Katie loved showing off her new walking skills to everyone and just cruised all over grandma and grandpa's house. Then the best part came around 6:00 when we finally got to eat some of our efforts. I learned that there is only one right way to make pierogies, there are many ways to prepare and eat them. Some people like them plain, meaning just boiled and served with some cottage cheese and sour cream. Others like them sauteed with some butter and onions and topped with ketchup (that's Jeff's preferred way). I liked mine sauteed but with sour cream instead of ketchup. That evening we feasted on pierogies and Katie loved them too. It was a great visit with family and I am so glad they made it to Bellingham. Thanks Aunty Rose, it was a lot of fun!