Monday, July 1, 2013

Some Polish Fun



Saturday we went to the Polish festival at Our Lady of Czenstochwa in Coventry. We love it there. Once I mention that we are going, Teddy can’t stand the wait, he LOVES it. All day he was asking when we were leaving.

Teddy asked me earlier in the day if I was Polish and I said I wasn’t, he said, “Are they going to let you in?” I assured him they would.

It comes time to leave and for one of the first times, I walk outside and all three kids are sitting in the car waiting to leave.  We are off!

All the food choices, what to eat first? As soon as we get there the kids settle on strawberry shortcakes. 

Strawberry shortcakes to start off the evening

I get myself a beer and a doughboy (I’d been waiting for that doughboy all week).

A beer and doughboy for me

We finish those and we’re off to the kiddie tent. The first thing the girls decided to do is take a chance with the grab bags. Really? What good is going to come out of this? Some of the grab bags had ribbons in them and if you got one of those you won one of the “big” prizes on the table. Maizie hands over her two tickets and as she’s putting her hand in, I told her to “go deep”. She didn’t and pretty much ended up with bupkus.

Stella hands over her tickets and I also told her to “go deep”; she listened. She shoved her arm way into that grab bag box and when she opened her bag there wasn’t just a second prize ribbon, but a first prize ribbon. I was afraid Maizie was going to lose her shit but she didn’t, she gave Stella a hug. Stella got to pick from some of the toys on the table and she of course picked the doll. She was one happy little girl.

Stella and her big prize...later named Rose Posie Kraus

We went on to play more game and the kids collected redemption tickets. Since we lost track of who collected what (and since Stella had the most and didn’t want a scene) we pooled them together. When the girls heard they could get hair accessories for their tickets, you would have thought they hit the jackpot. Teddy opted for a pinwheel, a pencil and an eraser, he said he didn't need hair accessories.

Once over in the adult game tent, I won a whopping twenty five cents playing Plinko; or should I say I lost seventy five cents playing. 
My winnings from Plinko

While we were in there, it started…the band. That’s when the music overtook him. Once Teddy hears a polka, he can’t keep himself still, he MUST dance.
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Time to eat. The line wasn’t too long by festival standards. 

The food line, when we left it was around the building

We were looking at the menu and decided on two Polish samplers (hold the kapusta), one for Ted and one for the kids to share (we weren’t sure how much of it they were going to eat). 
It wasn't a hard decision


A Polish sampler with rye, of course

I just wanted a kielbasa. Teddy was nervous about trying a galumpki, but I told him if he liked them I would learn to make them.

There was a run on pierogies; they even went into Sunday’s supply. We finally got our food and sat down to eat. Well who knew the one shoveling the food into her mouth would be Maizie. She ate half of Ted’s food and was bouncing in her seat as she ate it. That is a RARE sight.
Maizie slamming Ted's food

Teddy and Stella putting away their's

Since everyone liked them, I will now need to learn how to make galumpkis (which my uncle says is easy). Teddy said, “How will you be able to make them if you’re not Polish?” I told him, “I’m not Italian but I make a pretty good gravy don’t I?” So in the near future I will be experimenting with Polish cuisine, I just wish cabbage didn’t smell so bad (when cooked and after eaten).

What do you have after you eat your fill of Polish food? Ice cream, of course. So back to the dessert stand we go. It's funny going to OLC with my husband, because he knows so many people there.
Ice cream for dessert
Happy kids (except for the sun in their eyes)

We had three very happy kids and they can't wait until next year.

5 comments:

  1. Sounds soooo fun! I love when my kids surprise me by actually trying new foods and liking it!!!

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  2. that looks like an awesome day!!! I love me some Polish food. nom nom!!

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  3. How fun! My kids are obsessed with pierogis! I buy the frozen ones (although they're not nearly as good) and make them for dinner once a week it seems!

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  4. What a great day!! Now I'm craving a doughboy.

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  5. It sounds like so much fun! Totally want to go next year.

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