Our new back yard; the furniture we brought from the US to Israel (the cat came separately). We have arrived at our destination. Just short of three years after we left Washington DC, we completed purchase of our permanent 'second-hand' home here in Zichron Yaakov. Fun fact: while in the US it is common to … Continue reading Meditations on Moving House and Reaching Your Destination
So now it is Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday of lights and the miracle of the oil that lasted 8 days. Potato latkes cooked in oil are an enduring Hanukkah tradition and I have been making latkes at home for more than 30 years. That's a lot of latkes! Here is my fool-proof gluten free (GF) … Continue reading Gluten Free (GF) Potato Latkes
We have found a better way forward for our son Aaron (27, ASD) to live independently from us, in a supportive community offering meaningful employment and social engagement.
More than twenty years ago we found a home where we could raise our children, cultivate our garden, and open our doors to our community, friends and family to share in our simchas (celebrations) and support us in our sadnesses - the stuff of life.
Back in the day, we used to eat granola in the morning with milk or yogurt for breakfast, as a snack throughout the day, and in the evening to top fruit or ice cream. I am not sure why we stopped making it (and eating it), however of the blue last week my husband asked if I would make him some granola. Now we are off and running again.
After our relocation from Jerusalem to Zichron Yaakov we were initially living yet another temporary apartment with limited storage and a weekly box of fruits and vegetables was just too much. At the same time the quality and taste are amazing and we missed the experience of supporting local organic farming.
Radical Acceptance aims at removing the judgment from things in our lives that are not working, to make it easier to accept painful realities. The bottom line is that only by accepting the reality as it is and not as we wish it to be can we reduce suffering and to find peace.
Fascinated and still feeling the strong presence of my late Uncle, I watched as the candle continued to burn for what seemed an eternity, finally igniting the wick from the previous week for an amazing blaze of light before finally burning out.
Round Challah shapes that we eat during the Jewish fall holiday cycle symbolize the circle of life, wholeness, and return (tshuvah).
After nearly 3 years and 5 apartments, we have navigated the unknown waters of the local real estate market and found our home here in Zichron Yaakov, Israeli wine country. On Thursday we completed the process (don't ask) and received the keys. So now the fun really begins. Earlier this year I wrote about our … Continue reading Meditations on Moving House, Procrastination and Planning for Success
This is my favorite fruitcake, from a recipe handed down by my Bubbe Leah (Levy) Weisenfeld (z”l). This cake was a staple in our house when I was growing up. It was many years before I learned that there is nothing Japanese about the cake at all - the name came from the fact that the … Continue reading Japanese (Rationing) Fruit Cake
These beautiful chocolate rolls taste as good - or better - as traditional sweet rolls with healthier substitutions consistent with a Microbiome Diet. After all, it does not matter how healthy something is if no one wants to eat it.