Category: Holidays

Father’s Day {2015}

Sarah and I started the day by making homemade banana bread for hubby.IMG_7877

Recipe can be found here.

We all sat down for breakfast that included banana bread, eggs and potatoes.

Between Jacob needing to nurse, making sure Sarah didn’t make a complete mess in the kitchen I somehow forgot to add sugar to the recipe. Oops!

Once we finished breakfast, Sarah gave him his gift.IMG_7948

Hubby’s two favorite things, LA Dodgers and ketchup.

We were all recovering from sunburns so we laid low and just hung.

Later that night we headed to our city’s summer concerts at the park.IMG_7881 IMG_7883

It was a fun and relaxing day.

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there!

Memorial Day {2015}

Just like last year we spent the holiday BBQing with friends. IMG_7326This year we set up our potluck at the park. My friend, Cheryl got there early and snagged this gorgeous pavilion. IMG_7343It was a lovely day! The kids had so much fun!IMG_7359IMG_7360IMG_7361Jacob spent most of the day in the carrier. IMG_7344Or in this little pod our friend let us borrow.IMG_7345I love spending time with our friends. We always have such a good time together. I think this soda was very fitting for how I feel about these girls.IMG_7346IMG_7353 - groupHappy Memorial Day friends!

In memory of many, in honor of all.

Mother’s Day {2015}

This year, Mother’s Day was extra special for me.

I am now the proud mama of TWO kids!IMG_7063IMG_7070 - sarah looking up at sharonIMG_7085

 We started the day with brunch at a new place. I had this amazing dish called, Pasta Mama. How fitting!IMG_7082Then we walked over to the bakery for some dessert. I was in the mood for chocolate and so was my sidekick. IMG_7084Once we got home we went for a walk around the neighborhood. This was my view.IMG_7087Such a little stud!

We all got in our beds and took a late nap. My nap lasted 30 minutes before Jacob needed to be fed.

After I fed him I decided I needed some me time and went to my happy place, Target.IMG_7099I had a lovely day with hubby and our kids (still weird for me to say that!).

To top off the day I got this sweet necklace with my kids name on it. IMG_7057Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there and a special Happy Mother’s Day to my ema! Thank you for the beautiful card. Love you and miss you! IMG_6575 - brunch w:safta

St. Patrick’s Day {2015}

We don’t really celebrate St Patrick’s Day, but we do get into the theme.

We started our day at ballet and then the supermarket.

After nap we headed to our community’s Gold Hunt with some mama group friends.18792_10152871123017515_5095506001887074777_n(Preggo time stamp: 33 weeks and 5 days)IMG_6053IMG_6054IMG_6055IMG_6057After collecting gold coins they traded in their coins for flutes!IMG_6058Once home we sat down for dinner. I made Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Carrots and Roasted Cabbage. 11043367_10155368127955571_4312988814703394041_oYum! Just what we needed after a busy afternoon.

Purim {2015}

Last week we celebrated the fun Jewish holiday called Purim.

If you were to compare it to an American holiday I would say it’s a mash up of Halloween and Easter.

We dress up in costume and pass out “baskets” to our friends.

After a theme is picked we buy costumes and basket items that correspond.

In 2014 our theme was Despicable Me.

In 2013 our theme was Sesame Street.

Our theme this year was American Indian.  IMG_5788Every year our synagogue hosts a Purim Festival for the families. After listening to the Megillah we went outside where Sarah and her friends had a dance party.IMG_5791 IMG_5792 IMG_5797

After dinner we sat down to watch the awesome fire show!IMG_5802 IMG_5807 IMG_5811Our “baskets” or Mishloach Manot were also American Indian themed.IMG_5812 blogI painted two dry oat cans and waited to see if I needed an extra coat of paint. With not a lot of time and energy I deiced to move to plan B. A lunch bag with washi tape and some string. The cans were super cute with the washi tape and the beaded string, but I don’t have as much energy these days so I decided to quit. With only 8 weeks left in the pregnancy I burn out easily.

Inside of the cans and bags were pop CORN, CORN nuts and CORN Pops cereal. IMG_5819IMG_5820I couldn’t find individual sizes of Corn Pops so I bagged them and wrapped them in tissue paper myself. Then I tied each end with curling ribbon.IMG_5770Sarah and I passed them out the morning of Purim.

We came back home and had a couple of mishloach manot “baskets” waiting for us. :)

After nap we hosted a Hamentashen cookie (recipe below) play date with our friends, Caden and Lydia.IMG_5835 IMG_5834It was messy, but fun!

Since it was Purim, the kids came dressed in costumes. IMG_5831I think from now on I will host a Hamentashen cookie play date, it was so fun!!

Happy Purim!

Hamentashen Cookies
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  1. 3 eggs
  2. 1 cup oil
  3. 1 cup sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  6. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  7. 3 cups flour (plus more for the surface)
  8. Filling of your choice
  1. In a large mixer, beat together the eggs, oil, sugar, vanilla and almond extract.
  2. Add baking powder and flour until you get a workable dough.
  3. Divide dough into quarters.
  4. Roll to ¼-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface.
  5. Cut into 3-inch rounds using the rim of a cup.
  6. Place filling in center of each dough round.
  7. Fold three sides up to form a triangle, leaving some filling exposed in the center.
  8. Re roll scraps and follow steps above.
  9. Place cookies 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets.
  10. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  11. Bake for 15 – 17 minutes.
  12. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
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Valentine’s Day {2015}

We had a lovely and chill Valentine’s Day this year.

We started our morning off with heart shaped cinnamon rolls and eggs.IMG_5417FullSizeRender(4)

We lounged around most of the morning until Sarah and I decided to paint our nails.IMG_5431

During nap time I decided to open my gift of chocolate truffles and enjoy some me time.IMG_5424

Instead of going out for dinner, hubby decided he wanted to cook instead. He made us Pasta Primavera with homemade garlic bread (from leftover challah bread).IMG_5435

The recipe was so good I thought I’s share it with my readers here.

This is the menu we were given prior to dinner. How cute?IMG_5428

After dinner we watched a movie on the couch. Sarah wanted to watch Cars.

For dessert I brought out my gift, root beer floats.IMG_5406

Hope you had a nice Valentine’s Day!


Tu Bishvat {2015}

Last night we celebrated Tu Bishvat, the Jewish New Year of the Trees. Tu Bishvat is traditional holiday where we plant trees and eat food from the seven species (wheat, barley, olives, pomegranate, figs, dates and grapes) mentioned in Deuteronomy. Although they are not mentioned in the same verse, almonds also have a special significance for the holiday because they are one of the first trees to bloom in the spring in Israel and have the symbolism of fertility and rebirth.

This holiday celebrates the “rebirth” of the trees. Tu Bishvat marks the beginning of the slow process when the trees begin blossoming and flowering with new life and new fruit.

To celebrate we host our annual Tu Bishvat seder. Unfortunately I didn’t realize Tu Bishvat was really early this month so most of my guests were not available to attend. Luckily, our friends Matt and Liz were able to attend and brought the perfect host gift for Tu Bishvat.

IMG_5172Yup it’s a basket full of homegrown broccoli. Yum! Check out Liz’s gardening site here.

The menu consisted of

The 7 species; wheat, barley, olives, pomegranate, figs, dates and grapes.IMG_5170Orange, Red Onion and Olive Salad Recipe orange-salad Jeweled Rice recipe 230991Chicken With Olives, Prunes and Pomegranates Recipe chikcenAnd for dessert we had Maple Walnut Chiffon Cake Recipe IMG_5177The following day I volunteered to do a Tu Bishvat project at Sarah’s school. I read a Tu Bishvat book and then we each made a My Little Sprout House.IMG_5179 IMG_5189

After every kid colored their house they placed water soaked cotton balls and water soaked lima beans in their plastic bag. Then Sarah’s teacher helped the kids cut the middle part of the house. Then I taped each baggie onto the back of their house. IMG_5192 IMG_5196The kids did a wonderful job! I can’t wait to see how their plants have grown in just a few days.

We had so much cake leftover I decided to package a slice for each teacher for Sarah to pass out.IMG_5200Later that afternoon Sarah and I packed and dropped off dried fruit with plastic shovels to our friends in the community. shovels no nameJust like previous years Sarah plants our first plant of the season. IMG_5205 IMG_5206 IMG_5207 IMG_5210Even though Punxsutawney Phil says it will be winter for another 6 weeks I say Spring has started. With 80 degree afternoons it feels like anything but winter.

Happy Tu Bishvat to those who celebrate!

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