Fast of the 17th of Tammuz

It’s shiva Asar b’Tammuz over Shabbat, but the fast is pushed back to Sunday – the beginning of the three weeks. We fast in memory of the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem. It’s a minor day fast, although long and hot in many parts of the world. Time to […]


Tichel parts

Tichel organization

I’m here, folks, just slow on the posting. But here is a project I did recently that I though some of you might appreciate! Tichels are headscarves or hairwraps. I have been collecting for a while, but mine seriously needed some organization. I used a box, a drawer, and then […]


Air travel with kids

A few months ago, I flew internationally with my 5 kids and no other adults…do I qualify as an expert at this – or maybe just crazy?! It was home to the US for a family wedding, so a really good trip. But over 24 hours door to door, 3 […]


Quiche

Shavuot is coming!

Shavuot (Shavuoth / Shavuos) is the holiday where we celebrate the gift of our Torah. We’ve been counting toward it since Pesach, and now we are finally almost there! Shavuot starts immediately after Shabbat this upcoming week. So for those of us who are living outside Israel, it’s a 3 […]


Passover- menu changes and how it’s going so far

You may remember my 2015 menu plan, written just a few short days ago. It looks great on paper, and I tried not to go too overboard and keep it flexible so we could get what seemed good for the day. But still, I found that things have changed since […]

Menu planning

Dayenu – and our favorite acapella videos for Passover

Here is our latest favorite from the Maccabeats. (Seriously, I think this is our favorite right now – I didn’t wait until the end!) From the Boys Town Jerusalem: And two takes on a popular song out now – which do you like better? (and) Or how about Passover Rhapsody? […]


More tips for traveling with small kids

So I just flew internationally with my 5 kids and no other adults…do I qualify as an expert at this – or maybe just crazy?! It was home to the US for a family wedding, so a really good trip! But over 24 hours door to door, 3 flights, and […]


Passover 2015 menu

It’s that time again! Passover is coming, and I’m making my menu plan. It’s more fun than cleaning! 😉 I make my menu with a lot of flexibility. My seders are both the same  – it’s just my family this year, and by the time the second seder starts around […]


Passover 2015 guides are out!

Passover is really coming now!  There are tons of resources available, and the guides are out. Here are some links for you: 2015 Star-K Passover guide: Free download and other Passover articles CRC Passover 2015 OU Passover 2015 (or download the guide) Rabbi Eidlitz Passover 2015 COR Passover 2015 Seattle Vaad 2015 (Sephardi / Ashkenazi download) West Coast Beit Din […]


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Pumpkin Cranberry Pecan muffins

Mmm…these are fantastic – and relatively healthy! I was looking for a good muffin recipe for a playgroup I host, and I had some pumpkin and craisins on hand. I almost put in some coconut as well, but a friend told me shredded coconut makes her think of toenail clippings, and […]