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I just got another evite to a bridal shower, asking me to write my favorite family recipe on an index card and bring it as a special gift from me to the bride-to-be.
It’s a nice thought, but it…raises a few challenges. 1. I don’t have any index cards. The last time I used them was in the last century, when I was writing research papers and needed to keep track of who said what so quotations could be accurately attributed. The memories are not fond, and I didn’t keep any of those… >> Read More
One of the hardest things about being a mom who works from home is the glaring lack of opportunity to do things yourself during the day. Case in point: When I had a doctor’s appointment last month…and couldn’t find anyone to watch my twin 2-year-old daughters, I had no choice but to drag them along with me and take turns holding them on my lap while my doctor went about her business. It’s this very arrangement that’s made me long for the era of going grocery shopping myself. Don’t get me… >> Read More
Imagine plucking perfectly ripe fruit from your own fig tree, or sitting down with the family for a Shabbat meal adorned with freshly picked flowers. What about wowing your Seder guests with your…very own horseradish for bitter herbs—and decorating your sukkah, or a local one, with home-grown gourds, corn stalks or other autumn produce? All this is possible by creating your own Jewish garden. A Jewish garden incorporates plants that facilitate or embellish our Jewish observance. It doesn’t have to be large or elaborate. In fact, if… >> Read More
It was a typical morning, like any other in our household. My 5-year-old son had finished his breakfast while his twin 2-year-old sisters sat at the table doing what they usually do during…meals—playing with their utensils, making faces at one another, and basically doing everything possible to avoid putting food directly into their mouths. I'm used to breakfast taking 45 minutes with this crew, so I've learned to tolerate the table-side antics. But what I don't tolerate well is when my daughters decide to take their food… >> Read More
Recently, for the first time in a long time, my husband and I planned a rather extravagant evening out. It started with drinks at a cocktail lounge, followed by dinner at a nice restaurant, and then…a concert by one of my favorite performers. We were looking forward to this night for weeks—but every time it came up in conversation, I found myself feeling surprisingly awkward about it. When a good friend, for example, asked what we were doing that weekend, I told her our plans, and while her response was nothing… >> Read More