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May the dead be blessed and rest in peace.
May the wounded heal in body and in soul.
May all of us hear only good tidings.
Amen.

No quote. Just shame.

Mary Poppins: “First of all, I would like to make one thing clear:”

Mr. Banks: “Yes?”

Mary Poppins: “I never explain anything.” [Mary Poppins exits]

Now that the week has properly begun, we can put a proper quote :) I have finally filled in one of the most gaping holes in the education of my children: we sat and watched Mary Poppins last Friday (in English with subtitles in Hebrew). 50 years and still a classic :)

Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down!

Have a great week!

Today is Tisha B’Av – the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av. This is a day of mourning and contemplation. I’m not really in the mood to look up or invent a cool quote, so I’ll just add a link to WebYeshiva for those who want a meaningful Tisha B’av lesson, and link this inspiring statement of hope and interfaith cooperation from the Huffington post:

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*image taken from the linked article above. Copyright belongs to the Huffington post.

I like starting the day with something sweet (who doesn’t?). But eating double fudge brownies for breakfast every day would be expensive for my wardrobe ;) So I tried to find something that is:

a. Gluten free (so the guilt would be split between more people)

b. Protein based, instead of carb based (healthy!) and

c. With chocolate, because of course.

So I tried out this recipe from Elana’s Pantry (doubled, with the addition of chocolate chips, because of course)

The advantages: This is gluten free. It has only almond meal, so it’s pretty healthy. It is also immensely satisfying, so perfect as a breakfast food. And it looks great!

Breakfast!

Breakfast!

The disadvantage: The taste. Wait! Don’t go away! It doesn’t taste bad as such. It just tastes different. Almond meal has a pronounced (but not bad) aftertaste that takes some getting used to. I personally liked it and ate it with joy. Investigator liked it with the chocolate chips. Insightful and Independent wouldn’t touch it. *Sigh*

In any case, I’m thinking of substituting one cup of almond flour with chickpea flour, which surprisingly has no taste at all (odd, isn’t it?) in the hope of cutting down the unfamiliar taste. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Ingredients for the adventurous:

  • 200 gr almond flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • about 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 180 °C
  2. In a medium bowl, combine chocolate chips, almond flour and baking soda
  3. In a large bowl combine eggs, vanilla, honey and vinegar
  4. Stir dry ingredients into wet, mixing until combined
  5. Transfer to a loaf pan
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. If top becomes too brown, cover in aluminium foil.
  7. Let cool in pan and eat!

Bon Apetit!

I opened one eye at 8:40 today. 8:40! I think the last time I woke up at this hour I was sick. As no one came to ask me for something, I did some stretches (who has the time?). And then my husband knocked and said, “Investigator has made you breakfast. And Insightful left a present of all his favorite drawings by the room” . I went to eat and discovered this:

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Can you believe it? What more can one want?
Add that to the large family dinner yesterday and lunch tomorrow that I don’t have to cook, and an excellent movie with my boys, and this has got to be the best birthday ever :):):)

Shabbat shalom!

My Kids

In this blog, I’ve call my kids “my 7-y-o” and stuff like that. But this is getting complicated, because would you believe it? My kids change their ages all the time. So I’m switching to the beautiful opportunity‘s method and I’m going to coin nicknames for them.

So my eldest is Investigator, as he asks questions about anything and everything, including questions that haven’t occurred to me. It’s very interesting to talk to him. He’s (now) almost 9.

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My second is Insightful, because though he spends a lot of his time acting like a typical boy with soccer and Lego and Spiderman, he sometimes comes out with such pearls of wisdom that I suspect there is an old wise man hiding in him. He’s almost 7 – and also likes sparkling nail polish :)

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My youngest is Independent, (which is better than calling her Stubborn, yes? ;) ). She likes girly stuff (it’s because of her I started using nail polish myself), and she’s smart,  friendly and affectionate. She’s 3.

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Of course, all them are remarkably pretty and smart. And I’m a scientist, so I know when I’m not objective :D

But that’s only for girls!” – My 3 y-o daughter to my 7 y-o son

It would never occur to me to tell my daughter that “that’s for boys” if she wants to play football, wear pants, cut her hair, whatever. But when my 7-y-o son asked for sparkling nail polish, I did hesitate. Is he gay? Will other kids laugh at him?

In the end my husband and I decided that it doesn’t matter. If we tell our daughter she can do anything but pee standing up, and my sons that they can do anything except give birth, shouldn’t we put our money where our mouth is? My son loves sparkling things – he’s at an age where he considers gold and silver color the height of good taste – and why should I deny him something that doesn’t hurt anyone? We did warn him that maybe some kids will laugh at him, he said he didn’t care.

So when I did my nails before Shabbat, and my 3-y-o daughter asked to do hers too, I asked my son if he wants as well. He’s smiling from ear to ear, “Look! I painted my nails!”

Look at that!

Look at that!

We’re the sparkling blue family! (Except my husband and eldest son, who didn’t show any interest whatsoever :) ) And he went to synagogue and played with his friends and no one seemed to care.

Have a great week!

* Checkout my sparkling blue background! I’ve just discovered pixabay for great public domain images (even though it’s been around for ages). Thank you!

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