Menu Plan

September Menu Plan

I have a confession to make:  I didn’t menu plan at all in August.  Not once.  You can imagine me, wandering the aisles of the supermarket aimlessly, with only a list of essentials, without focus and drive.  Our dinner situation was less than ideal many times.  It was a disaster!  Thankfully, my husband is supremely… Continue reading September Menu Plan

Menu Plan

Menu Plan, week of July 17th

Shortly after I moved, one of my friends asked me when I was going to make a menu plan again.  “After I finish unpacking,”  was my reply.  However, wandering the aisles of my new grocery store (I love you, Seven Mile!) with considerably less focus than usual was not super pleasant, or productive. Cue heroic… Continue reading Menu Plan, week of July 17th

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Senselessness and Comfort

After what happened this week to that poor little boy, I, and many people that I know, are feeling frustrated and saddened by the senselessness and horror. These past couple of days I’ve felt guilty for making a small joke, or playing with my boys, or being frustrated by their normal antics.  How is it… Continue reading Senselessness and Comfort

Menu Plan · Recipes

June Menu Plan

Since we’re moving in less than a month (Aaaaahhhhhh!), my June menu plan’s focus is on using up everything that I have in my house.  In the fridge, the freezer, the cupboards (I found a ridiculous amount of corn meal.  Go figure).  I was not looking forward to this inventory of items.  At all.  I… Continue reading June Menu Plan

Torah Tuesdays

Torah Tuesdays: Going in the Right Direction

Okay, no pun intended, though I am decidedly on the “right” wing of Judaism.  Hahaha. Really, this post is about assessing what direction you (or me) are moving in. In seminary I learned that if you’re not moving up spiritually, you’re moving down.  There is no such thing as a plateau.  But, hey, no pressure,… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Going in the Right Direction


Around the Web and Picture(s) of the Week: Standing Genes?

Happy Friday!  Since most of you are probably busy getting ready for Shabbos, I thought I would provide a few highlights from posts I found over the week which I enjoyed, and I hope you do, too. Over at A Mother in Israel, Hannah asks about submission in marriage – how and when is it… Continue reading Around the Web and Picture(s) of the Week: Standing Genes?

Menu Plan

May Menu Plan

Well.  It’s the beginning of the month again, which means it’s time for menu planning!  Last month I didn’t post my plan because we were out of town for eleven days, and I kept having that nagging feeling that it’s not good practice to advertise extended absences (not that I have much to burgle anyways,… Continue reading May Menu Plan


Pilot Trip Vignettes

Some of you may know that my husband accepted a position at a hospital in Baltimore.  This means that come late June/early July (the “new year” of the medical profession), we will be moving to Charm City.  It’s bittersweet, since we’ve been very happy in Cleveland (well, except for the snow.  That I can live… Continue reading Pilot Trip Vignettes

Perspectives of Marriage

Communication in the Real World of Married Life

Amy Newman Smith is married with three beautiful children and a wonderful husband. A full-time mom, part-time writer, editor, teacher and minivan road warrior, Amy thinks the Disney Princesses should embrace the values of self-reliance, internality and finding treasures on the tree lawn. About this time two years ago, I noticed my husband didn’t always… Continue reading Communication in the Real World of Married Life


Becoming an expert giver

I’m pretty good at thinking about myself.  You know, what do I need, what do I want, how do I feel, and so on.  Marriage, and even more so, motherhood, has helped me get out of that mentality and ask myself, what does he need, what does he want, how does he feel? With my… Continue reading Becoming an expert giver