Daily Archives: February 28, 2011

Laundry elves

One of my kids is taking total advantage of the fact that I have no voice. At supper he was relating a story from his day. A friend of his asked him if he did his own laundry. His answer was that he has this magic box that he puts his dirty clothes in, and the next day they show up clean on his shelves. (Here’s the kicker and he says this looking directly at me) “But some days the elves get lazy and it takes them two days”.

We need our own reality show…..


Cupcake Deliciousness!

Do you remember my post not too long ago mentioning how I craved cupcakes? My girlie Shira, from Baltimore, who makes the most gorgeous and delicious creations, drove up to Monsey today and dropped off a dozen of the most phenomenal cupcakes. Her company is called Delightfully Sweet – obviously it’s named for her! (Shira totally went out of her way to bring them to my house.)

My Cupcakes

We first met a few weeks ago at an event that I attended in Baltimore – she was demonstrating how to frost cupcakes, making it look so easy – I cannot make my cupcake frosting look like flowers, not for love nor money. Here is the kicker – she is totally self taught! Where she finds the time to make such gorgeous gateaux in her busy household, I don’t know, but she is so totally talented. Anyway, we hit it off, we’ve been chatting up a storm on FB and she is a total darling.

She makes one-of-a-kind cake creations, each more beautiful than the last. If you are in the Baltimore area, or close by, and you need a cute custom kosher cake – give her a call. Say I sent you. Also, Shira can ship you custom cookies and will soon (hopefully) be able to ship cupcakes.

So Shira, my dear, thank you so much for the cupcakes. My sinus infection and sore throat feel so much better already!

The Awesomeness that is Shabbat

I love Shabbat. I look forward to it every week. I love the family time, the lack of external interruptions. The food – as many of you know I cook the whole day Friday for Shabbat. I bake my own challahs, I make cholent and potato kugel, of course I make gefilte fish and chicken soup. I push the boat out on salads and desserts – the food over Shabbat is just so extra special.

OK – Shabbat isn’t just about the food. It’s about taking a break from the mundane, and recharging one’s soul. NJOP / Jewish Treats has brought out this stunning eBook that explains Shabbat in a great way – I am honoured to have been a contributor to this eBook, and I join such stellar co-contributors: Jamie Geller, Susie Fishbein, Chaviva Galatz, Vicky Boykis, Jack – to name a few. It is worth downloading and printing. To download click here.

If you want to enjoy the pure goodness that is Shabbat, this coming weekend is NJOP’s Shabbat Across America. (I am so thrilled that my shul is participating this year!)

From the NJOP’s website:

On Friday night, March 4, 2011 hundreds of synagogues* across the continent will take part in an historic national Jewish event to celebrate what unifies all Jews — Shabbat! Everyone is invited… singles, couples, families — all ages.

“Turn an ordinary Friday night into something extraordinary!”

That’s the magic of Shabbat Across America and Shabbat Across Canada. By participating in this continent wide event, you will not only have the opportunity to experience Shabbat, but you will be sharing your experience with tens of thousands of Jews across North America.

No matter what your affiliation or which Shabbat Across America or Shabbat Across Canada location you choose to attend, NJOP’s annual Shabbat program will give you a “taste” of Shabbat. Explanatory services, traditional rituals, delicious meals and lively discussions are all important components of the Shabbat experience, as well as the opportunity to spend the evening with like-minded people, friends and family.

Shabbat Across America and Shabbat Across Canada is for every Jew, and those who are unable to go to a registered location can participate in their own homes or in gatherings with friends/family.

*Find a participating Shabbat Across America and Canada location in your community by clicking here.

If you are a rabbi or synagogue lay leader and want to learn how to sign up your congregation for Shabbat Across America, click here.

What are you waiting for? Sign up and get your Shabbat on!!

Carpool Conversation

I don’t know about you, but our Sundays are filled with carpool. We have four boys in three schools and four different start times and end times. It seems I spend lots of my Sundays ferrying boys to and fro.

Some of the conversations really tickle my funny bone, and some just leave me scratching my head.

I had two boys left in the car, one mine, one not. The other kid started asking my kid if he had siblings, brothers or sisters. Any half siblings? Kid said no, but he has plenty of step siblings. So the boy then clarified what he meant. He didn’t mean half siblings. He meant siblings that are half male half female.

My son was rather perplexed at this question – not something you expect to hear out of the mouth of a yeshiva boy. He answered in the negative but shot me a look of “what the heck?”

I was sure when we got home there would be some questions, but I guess he chalked it up to this kid making up stories. I do wonder, though, what was going through this kid’s head. As adults, we know that there are such people who are neither one nor the other, although in the religious community I believe it isn’t discussed at all.

Should I have a word with the parents? Or just let it lie? What would you do?