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It’s been ages since I baked a cake all alone. Lately either I haven’t baked a Shabbat cake at all, or the kids helped me. And if they help me, obviously I do the grown-up thing and let them lick the cake batter. What else can I do?
But now I made a last minute birthday cake for my niece and I’m all alone. I can’t let that batter go to waste, now, can I? So I’m standing in the kitchen licking batter and scraping the bowl and feeling… like a child.

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I missed a spot!

May we all remember the sweet taste of childhood 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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I’m on vacation for 3 wonderful weeks. Ohhh, the joy…

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Have a great summer, everyone!

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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!

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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!

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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 😀

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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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I’ve been going at full speed the last few days, so today I took things easy and worked from home. One of the perks of working from home, for me, is to take the time to make and eat a proper breakfast, with a cup of earl grey and milk, and a good book.

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The epitome of peace

So we have a mushroom, herb and cheese omelet, toasted whole wheat bread and butter. For some reason, I  never pack a butter sandwich, or a cheese omelet to take to work.  For me, this is the essence of taking it easy.

Mushroom, herbs and cheese omelet 
Heat oil (can also be olive) in a frying pan. Place sliced mushrooms in one layer in the pan. When browned, turn over and pour eggs mixed with milk, a dash of salt and some snipped herbs (I used parsley and dill, use what you have). Wait until firm and brown on the bottom, then flip over. Place two slices of cheese on half the omelet, wait a minute the fold in half over the cheese. When cheese is melted, move to a plate and eat immediately.

If I’m still hungry, another small pleasure I usually don’t take time for is a tomato and cucumber salad, cut small, with a large splash of good olive oil, a small splash of balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt. Simple, but I’m the only one in my family who eats this so I make it only when I’m eating at home alone. You can imagine how often that happens. 😉

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So simple, so good

Sometimes the simple things are all we need…

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