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Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread

I got this recipe from my sister-in-law years ago and just unearthed it as we have several leftover zukes in the fridge. I cannot wait to put together some zucchini loaves. Probably after work tomorrow,…

Tenth Grade Teacher Made Me Feel Useless

Tenth Grade Teacher Made Me Feel Useless

I don’t think I am a poor student by any stretch of the imagination. I think I am reasonably smart and have a well-functioning brain. Back in Tenth Grade my math teacher would have disagreed…

Weekly Dinner Menus 2016 – Week Three

Weekly Dinner Menus 2016 – Week Three

Last week’s menu selections worked out amazingly well. I have plenty of minestrone soup in the freezer – great for lunches. Our British Shabbat was great. This coming week is a light cooking week. Wednesday…

Weekly Dinner Menus 2016 – Week Two

Weekly Dinner Menus 2016 – Week Two

Planning menus last week worked out very well – I felt less pressure, and was very organized. Which kept me a patient wife and mother. WINNING!! This week I hope it works out just as…

Weekly Dinner Menus 2016 – Week One

Weekly Dinner Menus 2016 – Week One

It’s been a while. I started work last week at my new paralegal job (go me!!) and need to get my home life as organized as possible so that I can be superwoman again and…

Target Reached – Freshly Minted Paralegal

Target Reached – Freshly Minted Paralegal

I am on the cusp of finishing my Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies. I have my last final Thursday night. Then I am done. Theoretically I need to wait for the grades to come in,…

A Mother’s Note on the Eve of Her Son’s Enlistment

A Mother’s Note on the Eve of Her Son’s Enlistment

Cross-posted on the Times of Israel. Dearest Naftali, You draft next week. Later than you had hoped. In fact, I am sure you wanted to get your army fatigues on the moment you arrived in…

My Speech for Mo’s Barmitzvah

My Speech for Mo’s Barmitzvah

This Shabbat we were blessed to celebrate the barmitzvah of my youngest son, Mo. It was an amazing weekend. Here, as requested, is my speech. ________________ Kvod Harav, Honored guests. Welcome to Moshe’s barmitzvah. This…

Losing His Religion – Trying to be a Supportive Parent

Losing His Religion – Trying to be a Supportive Parent

(Cross-posted on the Times of Israel) The day my son told me he was no longer religious is one that will live forever in my memory. He was no longer living at home and was…

Message from Israel – from Naff

Message from Israel – from Naff

It’s about time I wrote something…. My name is Naff. I made aliyah what seems like a lifetime ago, but really was in July 2014. This is the first time I’m actually writing, so please…

Chanukah Tears

Chanukah Tears

(Originally posted here on the Times of Israel). Chanukah. A time of miracles. A time for family to be together. I have always loved Chanukah. As a child growing up in Cardiff, and then London,…

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water

(Originally posted on the Times of Israel). Going to the mikvah once a month is something that I have done for the most part of the last 20 years – minus the four times I…