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Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail

“One who exerts himself on Erev Shabbos will be able to eat on Shabbos. But if not, what will he eat?” (Avodah Zara 3a, Rashi) Every week, we make Shabbos. We’re supposed to plan for it the whole week long, in some small way each day. Washing the tablecloth, the napkins, planning a menu, shopping, making the food.… Continue reading Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

It’s Almost Rosh Hashanah And Almost Nothing Is Done

Okay, that’s an exaggeration. I actually do have some things done, a result of me finally learning to double kugel recipes and also bake kugels in smaller containers (my family never, never finishes a 9×13, even when we have guests, and the leftover inevitably are tossed, but it took me years to just put the… Continue reading It’s Almost Rosh Hashanah And Almost Nothing Is Done

Menu Plan

August Menu Plan

Does anyone know where July went?  ‘Cause tomorrow is August, and that’s just nuts.  What’s even more nuts is that my plan of attack for August is to prepare for the Yomim Tovim (which are coming up in September and October).  Now, don’t get all cranky at me for reminding you that Rosh HaShanah is… Continue reading August Menu Plan


Successful Grocery Shopping with Two Little Kids

Generally speaking, I avoid going to the store with both my kids.   I usually do my grocery shopping in the morning when it’s just me and the baby, while Little Man is in school.  I rarely go at night (read: alone), since I’m usually wiped and in no mood to go out of the house. … Continue reading Successful Grocery Shopping with Two Little Kids

Menu Plan

Menu Plan for November 2-12

I’ve been doing some thinking about my menu planning.  While I do love the monthly planning concept, I found that I usually didn’t make at least one meal from the plan per week.  That resulted in a lot of leftover ingredients.  Also, I didn’t feel like I was utilizing the ingredients I have on hand… Continue reading Menu Plan for November 2-12


Air Travel with Small, Nervous Children

Last night we returned from a nearly two-week visit to my in-laws.  I love spending the holidays with family.  However, since we live in different cities, we first have to get there, and that usually means a trip to the airport. Travel makes me edgy in general, but add two small children who are invariably… Continue reading Air Travel with Small, Nervous Children


You’re really a housewife, aren’tcha?

After Shabbos, I had the opportunity to speak with my “Aunt” Ruth (she’s really my mom’s aunt, which makes her, what, my great-aunt?  I don’t know.  We just call her Aunt Ruth).  It was just a quick on-and-off conversation, you know, some how-are-you-doings and how’s-the-weathers.  In between the requisite niceties, she mentioned that my mom… Continue reading You’re really a housewife, aren’tcha?


The Challenge Follow-up

You may recall my post from July 7 where I challenged myself to be presentable when my husband came home and to have dinner ready on time.  Well, I kept track for two weeks (almost) and here are the results!  I have to say that I’m pretty proud of myself.  It wasn’t always easy to… Continue reading The Challenge Follow-up