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Celebrating The Six-Day War: 50 Years Later

For ten points: how long was the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War of 1967? Believe it or not, I know people who have gotten the answer wrong…. But more often than that, they don’t understand how the Jewish State has been attacked time and again. For some odd reason, they believe that Israel has been the aggressor…


Cause for Celebration

I’m in the midst of a very busy time of life. This season, which has nothing to do with seasons of the year, has been particularly stressful. I need grace under pressure. Lots of it. Pulling myself out of bed this morning after three hours of sleep, I realized that I must count my blessings….


Major Love for a Mini-Kitchen

Okay, I admit it. I’m in love, presently with a mini-kitchen. This is not a paid endorsement, lest you even need to ask, lol. Relegated to a tucked-away corner, there will be a little laundry and mini-kitchen combo area off of a downstairs den. It might be a place for overnight guests to grab a…


In Transit: Me and My Birthday Baloney Sandwich

In transit. That could be the story of my life. I seem to always be in one locale… and headed for another. Pressing forward, moving on, not stagnant. That could be an epitaph of sorts: In Transit. I’ve seen many that are worse…. So, yesterday was my birthday. Today is Israel’s birthday. Great ones tend…


The City Girl & Shoofly Pie

Yours truly recently traveled through Pennsylvania Dutch Country, passing horse-drawn carts and horse-tethered plows turning up the rich spring earth. It had been a long time since I actually smelled freshly-plowed soil… accompanied by the ripe smell of livestock. Growing up riding horses made it an enjoyable trip down memory lane. Benedetto, my partner in…


Monday Mottoes – #182

Our family hails from Italian and Russian backgrounds, Benedetto from the former, myself and the kids from the latter. We are not Russian Orthodox, however, the week of Mas’lenitsa, which was recently celebrated, is not worth missing. Depending on your frame of mind, it can be a pagan custom celebrating the arrival of spring with…


The Art of Weekly Menus

From cruise ships to school cafeterias, many are the institutions organizing their weekly menus. Our family, as well. The two of us sit and spend maybe ten minutes, once a week, figuring out and writing down what we will be eating.  It saves time and never leaves us hanging with nothing to eat. Considering that…


Creating Creamy Cannoli

Most everyone, even if they’re not of an Italian background, has visited a bakery selling that delightful dessert called “cannoli”. You know the ones— deep-fried pastry tubes the size of a knockwurst, filled with a sweet, cheesy filling similar to cheesecake on steroids. Benedetto, of course, grew up in a family where his mother created…


Do Only Crazy People Hear Birds Sing?

To make a long story short, the family traveled to a lovely fish restaurant in an historic location. We were entertaining the new girlfriend and wanted to show her a good time. So here we were with salmon, cod, coleslaw and hush puppies. My husband visited the restroom in order to wash his hands. Bemused,…


I Could Have Had Sauce???

The other day I picked up a frozen meal from the grocery store. Now, keep in mind that 99% of the food in our family is home cooked. It might be past midnight and I don’t go to bed until I get up and turn off the pot of whatever is simmering on the stove….