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Oct 16 2013

A Day in the Life: Carla Naumburg, Work-From-Home Mother of Two

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Ever wonder how other parents handle (or try to handle) the day-to-day grind of raising young kids? We were, which is why we started this series. Here’s a day in the life of Kveller contributing editor, Carla Naumburg.


6:00 a.m.: My alarm goes off just as my 3-year-old starts screaming because she can’t find her lovey. I head in to her room only to find it in her hand. The 4-year-old sleeps through it. I get the baby back to sleep and head to the computer to revise an abstract that’s due later that day, only to realize that my brain isn’t functioning. I shoot off an email about rescheduling a play date, and go downstairs to meditate.

I sit down on a small cushion in the corner of my living room and try to focus on my breath. Within seconds I find myself ticking off items in my mental to-do list: finish the abstract, edit a book chapter, drop off the dry cleaning, buy a gift for tomorrow’s birthday party, call my grandmother. I notice that my mind is wandering, and I come back to my breath.

Seconds later, I’ve noticed how humid the air is, and my mind is longing for the dry air and green chile of New Mexico. Green chile. So delicious. So spicy. Will my daughter ever eat it? She’s so picky. Am I getting enough protein into her? Do Americans worry too much about protein? Should we be worried more about organic vegetables? Should I be buying organic strawberries? I realize my mind has wandered, and I come back to my breath. I do this again and again for about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, Josh makes lunches–his job when he isn’t traveling. Read the rest of this entry →

Dec 12 2012

Cinnamon-Sugar Coconut Doughnuts–A 15-Minute Hanukkah Recipe

By at 9:21 am

If you’re still looking for new recipes for these last days of Hanukkah, look no further than this simple treat from Sina Mizrahi, author of the kosher food blog The Kosher Spoon.

For those who are especially busy during the week, make these easy 15-minute Cinnamon-Sugar Coconut Doughnuts. They are a breeze to make, requiring no yeast or rising time. Their texture is perfectly fluffy, with the dough being dense like cake rather than airy like traditional doughnuts. They are also moderately sweet, and the coconut gives a hint of flavor that’s pronounced yet subdued. A wonderful recipe for your busy, light-filled Hanukkah.

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Dec 7 2012

8 Days of Hanukkah Recipes: Chocolate Mousse

By at 2:33 pm

chocolate mousseHanukkah starts tomorrow night, so we’re wrapping up our 8 days of Hanukkah recipes with a recipe from Meredith Jacobs for chocolate mousse. Sure, it’s not a traditional Hanukkah food, but it’s chocolate! Need we say more? Check out all of our Hanukkah recipes here.

Chocolate Mousse

by Meredith Jacobs

We know Hanukkah’s known for fried foods: potato latkesdonuts, and the like. But truthfully, there’s really only so much oil you want to eat over an eight-day period. That’s where this delicious chocolate mousse comes in. It doesn’t take too long to prepare (just remember to budget the time to chill it before you want to eat), and it’s delicious. We like to top it with a few pieces of chocolate gelt for a special treat! Read the rest of this entry →

Dec 6 2012

Eight Days of Hanukkah Recipes: Oven-Fried Potato Latkes

By at 4:26 pm

oven-fried potato latkesHanukkah begins this Saturday night, so there’s no time like today to hone in on your latke recipe. Today we’ve got a recipe for oven-fried potato latkes. If you’ve never tried this frying strategy before, this is going to rock your world. No more being a slave to the frying pan while the house swarms with hungry adults and their gelt-fueled, manic children! Also, way less mess. Win!

Oven-Fried Potato Latkes

By Zoe Singer

Adapted from In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite, by Melissa Clark. As Melissa points out, this recipe is easily multiplied (or halved, actually). If you make more than one batch, add a bit more oil to cover the bottom of the pans after the first batch, and reduce the baking time to allow for the pre-heated pans. Read the rest of this entry →

Get Crafty With Us: DIY Hanukkah

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making menorah art

Kveller editor Deborah’s daughter crafting up a menorah.

Hanukkah is almost here! It’s time to dust off the menorahs, locate your dreidels, and buy about a ton of potatoes and Hanukkah gelt. If you’re loooking for more ways to get in the Hanukkah spirit, this is the perfect DIY decoration holiday–and your kids can join in on the fun!

We want to know how your family is preparing for the coming eight days. If you have pictures of your kids making Hanukkah crafts, share them on our Facebook page or send them to

If you aren’t sure where to start, or are looking for some creative projects for your kids to work on, check some of our favorite ideas below. Read the rest of this entry →

Dec 5 2012

Eight Days of Hanukkah Recipes: Hanukkah Beignets

By at 5:03 pm

Hanukkah is very, very soon, making our culinary countdown all the more exciting. Today we bring you a recipe for the truly decadent Nutella-filled Hanukkah beignets.

Hanukkah Beignets

By Ariela and Peter Pelaia

How Kids Can Help:

Though there are parts of this recipe that are adults-only, kids can definitely help. Here’s how:

-They can add ingredients to the mixing bowl (set everything out beforehand so you don’t have to search for ingredients). Read the rest of this entry →

Dec 4 2012

Eight Days of Hanukkah Recipes: Homemade Applesauce

By at 4:37 pm

We’ve given you parsnip-sweet potato latkes and other fun twists on the Hanukkah classic, and today we’re giving you a recipe for that classic latke topping: applesauce! This recipe comes from Avigail Hurvitz-Prinz.

Once you have your applesauce you may want to can it, so we have instructions for that process, too. But you don’t need to bother with that if you’ll be consuming your applesauce with your latkes.

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Shalom Sesame Wishes You A Happy Hanukkah–A Kveller Exclusive

By at 1:25 pm

We’ve got an exclusive message from Shalom Sesame and our favorite residents of Sesame Street. Elmo, Grover, and Cookie Monster have come together to wish us a Happy Hanukkah. Gather the kids around to see what their furry friends have to say!

If you’re a fan of Shalom Sesame (and of course, you should be) don’t forget to check out their website and Facebook page for awesome videos, pictures and more.

Nov 29 2012

Hannukah Gift Ideas: Board Games for Preschoolers

By at 9:56 am

where is hello kittyMy big girl just turned 4 years old, and she got several games for her birthday. I’m psyched. I love games. I spent my childhood playing Parcheesi with my father, Boggle with my mother, and cards with my grandmother and cousins. I spent a summer slamming Dominos on a small wooden table in the countryside of the Dominican Republic, and I’m still trying to beat my father at gin.

Armed with these happy memories, I gladly sat down on our living room floor to play Chutes and Ladders with my daughters. Twenty minutes and many, many chutes later, we weren’t much closer to anyone winning, and I was ready to poke my eyes out. Read the rest of this entry →

Nov 14 2012

Book Club Reminder: Blessing of a Skinned Knee

By at 9:40 am

We wanted to remind all you readers out there that this month’s Kveller Book Club pick is the Jewish parenting classic, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee by Dr. Wendy Mogel.

We’ll be chatting about the book in two weeks from today, Wednesday November 28th, right here on the blog.

We’re also very excited to announce that Wendy has agreed to do a Twitter chat with us on Thursday, December 6th. The chat will be from 2-2:30 p.m. EST. You’ll be able to ask Wendy (@WendyMogel) anything you want, so start brainstorming your questions now.

If you haven’t bought the book yet, buy it on Amazon and a portion of the proceeds will help support Kveller. We can’t wait to go book clubbing with all of you!



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