For all of the parents who are trying to reconcile their feelings about having their barely grown children away at holiday time, well, I know how you feel. This week I faced the challenge of putting together a Passover Seder, with daughter in the middle away at school. It just isn't the same without her....so,
this year, one of the most important things on our table was the laptop that skyped in our daughter Jenna. The table was set with all of the traditional foods, matza, gefillte fish with horseradish, haroset made with apples, dried fruit, nuts and honey and instead of the ususal brisket, I roasted a big chicken with potatoes, carrots and parsnips. It was all that much more delicious because in a way, all of our children were there. Since we did not have extended family here for this holiday, I set the table with a more relaxed theme. Everything that would make it special was included, but I did not go with the fine linens or silver. It will take a little adjusting to figure out how to include family via skype into the tablescape, but I am going to try to get more family to connect in a virtual dinner next time. Grandma and Grandpa will love this!! There is, after all no dessert sweeter than that which is shared with those you love. Our dessert included a flourless chocolate cake, chocolate almond macaroons, traditional coconut macaroons, chocolate covered matza, and a platter of dried fruit and toasted coconut marshmallows.
Wishing everyone a Happy Easter this Sunday. This post is being linked to Susan's blog, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.