Keurig 2.0

As a coffee lover I was super excited to check out the new Keurig 2.0!

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I don’t just love coffee, I might be addicted to it. Without a cup of coffee first thing in the morning I’m not really approachable.

Luckily the Keurig 2.0 solves many of my problems.

1. Hubby doesn’t drink coffee so it’s wasteful if I were to make a whole pot of coffee just for me.

2. The timer is great! I can set one cup of coffee to brew on my time.

3. Since my guests and I have different palates, we each get to pick our own flavor from the numerous K-Cups choices.

4. For big groups I can brew a carafe using a K-Carafe from the same machine I brew a single K-Cup.

This machine is so awesome I invited a few of my friends to check it out.

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I made boxed pumpkin bread and blueberry muffins (recipe can be found here) to snack on.

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We all loved the simplicity of the machine and how it could change from different flavors. Those K-Cups are so easy to use!

Thank you girls for the fun morning!

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This post was written as part of my participation in the House Party program. While Keurig provided me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.

Spooky Shabbat {2014}

For the past 6 years hubby (then my boyfriend) and I have hosted a sit down dinner on the Friday before Halloween. We’ve nicknamed it Spooky Shabbat.

This year everyone was excited that Halloween fell on Shabbat and nicknamed it Shabbatoween.

We still prefer to call it Spooky Shabbat.

In the past years I’ve gotten really creative. One year I sent chocolate witches fingers as an invite.

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Since having Sarah I’ve toned it down and made it more kid friendly. Brighter colors and things have been less dark.

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Due to this difficult pregnancy I’ve been much slower these days. So I planned a low key menu for a few of our friends.

Our menu:

menuI always frame our menu so guests know what to expect.

The appetizers included:

Eye Crusties – pimento-stuffed green olives rolled in thawed puff pastry strips for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.

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Alien Larve with Blood Sauce – recipe can be found here.

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Heartbeat Salad – sliced beets and spinach in a vinaigrette sauce.

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For the entree I wanted to make something hearty so we wouldn’t want to eat too much junk later that night.

Monster Meat – recipe can be found here.

IMG_3242Smashed Bones – mashed potatoes.

Sweet Thumbs – ran out of time and never got to make it :(

Since we would be eating lot’s of sweets that night I only made one dessert.

Swamp Trifle – layered brownie pieces and dyed vanilla pudding with gummy body parts on top.IMG_3193IMG_3196

For drinks I made “I See You” lemonade.

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With our full bellies we headed out to trick-or-treat with the kids.

Hope you had a nice Halloween.

Shabbat 1000 {2014}

For the fourth year in a row my family and I have participated in The Jewish Federation’s Shabbat 1000 celebration.

It’s a city wide program were 1000 Jews shine a moment of community togetherness and Jewish pride.

After receiving my confirmation email securing our spot we received our Shabbat box in the mail a few weeks later.

This year our box included:

Shabbat Candles and matches  – Light the candles to mark the start of the Shabbat and signify the break from the mundane to the holy.

Booklet of Readings and Inspirations – In addition to the traditional blessing used before and after the meal, we have included selected reflections to enhance your Shabbat observance.

Havdalah Candles a& spices – The multi-wick candle and fragrant spices are used to mark the end of Shabbat on Saturday evening.

CD – We’ve included a CD produced by the American Jewish University with Shabbat prayers for Friday night, songs, music, and more.

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I had plans to invite family and friends over to our special Shabbat dinner, but unfortunately Sarah got an ear infection which made planning anything hard.

We started the night off by lighting our Shabbat candles.

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We read from the provided materials, the Booklet of Reading and Inspirations.

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We started off the meal with homemade chicken soup (recipe below).

Mama Chit Chat: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

For dinner we had baked chicken, roasted potatoes and carrots and cous cous.

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Thank you to The Jewish Federation for the opportunity to celebrate a special Shabbat with our community and for the kit you so generously provided!

Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
5 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
5 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  2. 5 carrots, peeled and chopped
  3. 4 stalks celery, chopped
  4. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 3 tbsp olive oil
  6. 6 cups chicken broth
  7. 1 cup water
  8. 1/2 thyme
  9. 3 bay leaves
  10. Salt and pepper to taste
  11. 2 cups uncooked wide egg noodles
  12. 3 1/2 tbps fresh or dried parsley
  13. 1 tbsp lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Add raw chicken breasts, carrots, celery and garlic.
  2. Drizzle olive oil.
  3. Add broth, water, thyme bay leaves and salt and pepper. Cove and cook on high 4 hours (or on low 6 hours).
  4. Remove chicken, let cool and dice into bite sized pieces.
  5. Meanwhile add noodles and parsley to crock pot and cook for 10 minutes.
  6. Stir in lemon juice and chicken pieces.
  7. Serve warm.
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Wedding Anniversary {2014}

Hubby and I recently celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary.

To read about our story click here.

We spent the morning with Sarah at a community event. Then in the afternoon we had our annual family pictures taken. That evening we had his mom watch Sarah while we went out for our dinner date.

Both hubby and I really wanted steak so I suggested Mastro’s.

So happy I did, it was delicious!!

My steak was cooked to perfection and the live band was great.

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 I haven’t had much of an appetite this month so I was surprised I was able to finish my steak. I had a few bites of the sides, but couldn’t eat more.

For dessert we ordered a chocolate torte.

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I love chocolate and I love chocolate desserts, but again I didn’t have much of an appetite so after a few bites I was done.

We had a lovely day celebrating our anniversary.

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To many more anniversaries.

I love you! xo

 

10 on 10 November {2014}

10 pictures on the 10th day of the month.

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Check out last month’s post here.

Here is a sneak peek of our day!

Sarah had a difficult night last night. I went in a couple times to soothe her, but by 6ish I was done. I decided to wake up hubby and he took over so I could get some sleep.

Hubby had to work at home today so Sarah and I headed out for a mommy and me breakfast.

Sarah connects the dots while we wait for our food.

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Stuffed and ready for our day!

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After breakfast we headed off to run some errands. First stop, Target.

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We got home and hung out for a while. I put Sarah down for a nap and took a nap myself.

She didn’t end up napping so we both were a little bit grumpy.

We watched some TV while I relaxed on the couch.

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For snack I made some homemade popcorn.

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Most of the day was spent on the couch or just relaxing at home playing with toys.

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For dinner I made Baked Ziti.

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I unfortunately had no appetite. Sarah didn’t eat it and hubby said it was just ok so I didn’t really miss out.

This pregnancy has not been fun. Last night hubby and I went out to dinner for our anniversary and I didn’t finish my dessert. I rarely (if ever) don’t eat my chocolate dessert. I love chocolate!!

Hope you had a great 10th!

 

Oshrat’s Visit {2014}

I love it when my family comes to visit!

Last month my sister, Oshrat came to visit.

It’s so fun when my sister comes to visit! We get to do a whole bunch of things I wouldn’t normally do.

Here are some of the highlights:

While Sarah was at school one morning we went out for breakfast, got mani’s and just hung out.

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Later that day I took her to my mommy group event, Halloween Pictures.

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For dinner we invited my sister’s high school friend (who lives nearby) and made this scrumptious dinner.

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The next evening we took a ceramic painting class. We both picked out a chip and dip plate to paint.

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The following day we headed to the Pumpkin Patch.

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Before dropping her off at the airport, Oshrat and I went to our first LA Galaxy game. We sat in the busy LARS section, but had lot’s of fun! I even caught a scarf!

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Thank you Oshrat for all the fun memories! I hope you had as much fun as we did. Love you!

Simchat Torah {2014}

Simchat Torah marks the 4th holiday in the busiest month of the Jewish calendar. Read more about all four here.

This is a really fun holiday!

We celebrate and mark the conclusion of the annual cycle of the Torah, and the beginning of a new cycle.

We dress in white, dance and eat (as we do in most Jewish holidays).

Before heading out I continued with our traditional photo shoot. This time Sarah held her stuffed Torah!

Get yours here.

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This chag (holiday) was not only special, but it was the first time I told some of the congregants that we were expecting.

Chag sameach!