This was going to be the year I had my very first Sukkah. The grounds where our duplex is located has the perfect spot. We had the poles form our huppah that in my mind would make a great temporary dwelling. So we invited friends over… my heart full of anticipation to finally be able to have a party in our very own sukkah at our very own house.
Let’s just say things didn’t go as planned. First off, the battery in my car died, and my dear husband had to figure out how to install a new one. The complication with was that there is street cleaning where the car was parked every Wednesday morning. If we didn’t move the car before the street sweepers, we would get a ticket. Second, the huppah wasn’t a sturdy enough structure to hold up as a sukkah. It fell down the morning after it was up. Then is fell down again. Then it fell down 2 hours before our little get-together. To add insult to injury, I had these great plans for a donut tower cake. I have been having so much fun with my new deep fryer, and in the past it had made making donuts a snap. Well, I made 4 attempts. On three separate occasions, my dough never rose. On the fourth occasion I attempted a cake donut (which I have done several times before), and it completely fell apart in the fryer.
In the end, everything worked out. My husband came up with the beautiful twinkle light overhang you see in the picture above. I went to Porto’s to pick up their famous Tres Leches Cake, and it was delicious. The weather was perfect for eating outside, our friends had a blast and I established a new rule for myself: I will make dinner or I will make dessert, but I will never again make both!
We had some awesome cheese and crackers appetizers courtesy of Trader Joe’s.
Our friends brought the laughs, so no need to worry about that.
I made this amazing bread pudding INSIDE A PUMPKIN, which I will share the recipe for pretty soon.
And I made the most epic and easy vegetarian chili ever – there was not a drop left.
So yes, it was not what I envisioned, but it was a success. And honestly, it taught something very important about Sukkot. We can put forward our very best efforts in everything, but in the end, provision comes from above. We put up sukkahs which are temporary dwellings to remind us that while we were wandering in the dessert, and could not even give ourselves shelter. G-d provided for every need, and He still does.