Monthly Archives: September 2010

Baby Nostalgia

I’ve given away all the baby bottles, the port-a-crib, and the sippy cups. The maternity clothes are long gone, given to friends and acquaintances and anyone who would take them.

I no longer have to get up several times per night to prepare formula or to change a diaper. I can’t remember the last time I had to drag myself awake so I could comfort a crying child.

So why, why do I still sometimes find myself longing for that new baby smell? […] Continue reading

Posted in Kids, Observations | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Tasty Tuesday: Apple Challah

As I’ve mentioned before, September is Apple Month around here. So far, I’ve made two types of apple cake: New Apple Cake and Grandma’s Apple Cake. Today I’m sharing a recipe for Apple Challah. Challah, if you aren’t familiar with it, is a slightly sweet egg bread. The addition of apples to this recipe makes is extra-special. […] Continue reading

Posted in Baking, Recipes, Tasty Tuesday | Tagged , , , | 8 Comments

Another reminder: Life is short

I want to write a positive post. I want to discuss how to focus on the important things, the things that truly matter to us. I want to quote James Taylor: “the secret of life is enjoying the passage of … Continue reading

Posted in Observations, Random | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Moodiness

Ooooof! I have been in a crummy mood lately. A really crummy mood. To all my friends and family who have born the brunt of my moodiness, I sincerely apologize. Good thing I’m usually so lovable.

I know that in the big picture of life, I have no reason to complain. So what should I do about this funk that I cannot seem to shake? Here’s my plan […] Continue reading

Posted in Happiness Project, Random | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Tasty Tuesday: Grandma’s Apple Cake

My grandmother, may her memory be a blessing, used to make this recipe quite often. Whenever she was invited to a gathering, she would bring this Apple Cake. And she was asked so often for the recipe that she finally came up with a plan. Whenever she brought the cake somewhere, she would also bring several cards with the recipe. She was very generous with her baking recipes. It was just adorable. The hostess would unpack the cake and find the recipe as well. 😉

So now I’m sharing this recipe with you […] Continue reading

Posted in Baking, Recipes, Tasty Tuesday | Tagged , , | 9 Comments

What’s your favorite wedding memory?

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it to the wedding of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Vanessa Nadal (my invitation seems to have gotten lost in the mail! or something :-D).

But luckily there is an online video of one of the wedding highlights: a wedding toast delivered by Lin-Manuel and his new father-in-law, which gradually turns into a musical performance not to be missed. With the addition of the groomsmen, the bridesmaids, the groom’s family — and don’t forget the choreography — it’s definitely something to see.

If you are reading this in email or with an RSS Reader, you’ll have to click through in order to see the video. Sorry for the hassle.

Most people’s weddings are the biggest party they will ever throw. And for people like me who don’t commonly host large parties, I think it’s still a pretty darn big deal. When I got married, oh so long ago, what I remember most […]
Continue reading

Posted in Random | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Happy (Jewish) New Year: L’Shana Tova U’Metuka

The photo above is my ‘shofar,’ an instrument made out of a ram’s horn, which is a traditional part of the Rosh HaShanah ceremony. Personally, I am unable to make any sound come out of the shofar, but both of … Continue reading

Posted in Random | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Tasty Tuesday: New Apple Cake

September is Apple Month around here. Apples become available around the very end of August, and we like to go apple picking at least once a year. Also, apples are part of the symbolism of Rosh HaShana (the Jewish holiday) which is normally in the early part of this month. (Jewish holidays are determined by the Jewish calendar, which is different from the regular calendar.) Anyway, the point is that we tend to use a lot of apples around here in September, and I’ll be sharing several apple recipes over the next few weeks.

I have two recipes for Apple Cake, both of which I love. They are quite different, actually, considering how similar the ingredients are. Next week I’ll share my grandmother’s Apple Cake, which is a slightly more European/Old School recipe. Today’s recipe is a bit sweeter, and the apples are cooked first which gives the cake a whole different type of taste. This one is called “New Apple Cake” just because the recipe is newer than my grandmother’s recipe. Both recipes are delicious, I promise.

Read on for the details of New Apple Cake … Continue reading

Posted in Baking, Recipes, Tasty Tuesday | Tagged , , , , , | 15 Comments

Book Review: The Pirate Queen – A Giveaway

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the lucky winner. I won! I won! I was so excited, I could hardly contain myself. Not just one, but two copies of a book called The Pirate Queen. I don’t think … Continue reading

Posted in Books | Tagged , , | 15 Comments

Can I, or should I, unclutter the sentimental items?

As I continue on my quest to unclutter my house and my life, I’m finding it easier and easier to give things away, even expensive items, to someone who will use and enjoy them more than I do. But I’m having much more difficulty with the sentimental items.

But I simply do not have room for everything. And I do not want my home to be in any way museum-like. (Um, considering the mess, there’s no need to worry!) Clear and open space in my home makes me feel calmer and more relaxed. I’d like to have more relaxed feelings and less Stuff.

So what do I do with these lovely, sentimental items? Continue reading

Posted in Happiness Project, Uncluttering | Tagged , , , , , , | 7 Comments