Friday, August 27, 2010

It's Not Always Easy



Prepping for Shabbat






Although we love Shabbat, I must admit that sometimes instead of "Yeah, it's Shabbat!", it's more like "Well, today's Shabbat....again."



Why? The Shabbat Seder takes thought, prep work, grocery shopping and parents who are motivated so that the kids get the positive effects of the event instead of feel the stress.

But sometimes life gets in the way of thought, prep work, grocery shopping AND a positive attitude.

For instance, our week has included the first week of home school, a child with strep throat, a plethora of good and not-so-good meetings, and three days of oversleeping our alarm (including today). I felt like I spent the entire week strapped behind the wheel of a NASCAR racing machine.

Couple the chaos with knowing that my husband had to leave right after dinner to go to Club Scout training, and it was very tempting for me to forgo our Shabbat ceremony. It would have been so much easier to order pizza, send the kids to their rooms to play and grab some quiet Mommy time.

I had to make a choice. And, I had to remember that for me, it's not just about rest. It's about family. It's about raising my children with their Jewish identity intact, and it's about making memories that last a lifetime.


So, I made a choice and somehow, we pulled off dinner.


Thanks to my wonderful husband, a Roast was put in the crock pot before leaving the house this morning.




And, I made a Sweet Noodle Kugel. Oh my...I could have just eaten this and been happy. So yummy and it brought back some child hood memories. Yum.





For dessert, I decided to try out a new recipe. Apple Cinnamon Strudel. The picture is a mess because it's made with phyllo dough which should have been baked on top of wax paper. I only had aluminum foil and the dough stuck. Oops. But, hey, smothered with vanilla ice cream and it doesn't matter how it looks. Right?



Since Daddy left for his training right after dinner and Mommy had a headache, we decided against board games. Instead, I let the kids pick a movie and the three of us sat down to watch High School Musical 3. And, I'm so glad we did. My kids ended up making a dance routine to one of the songs and I got the whole thing on video.

Yep, memories to last a lifetime!




Shalom, Spring M Fricks

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

RECIPES



As promised, here are the recipes to some of the things I cooked for our last Shabbat Seder.


Israeli Cucumber Salad



This recipe shows my typical way of cooking. A list of ingredients combined in amounts that reflect the family's taste buds.

I add:

Couscous
Cucumbers, peeled and cut in small cubes
Tomato, cut in small cubes
Fresh Curly Parsley (a lot of it)
Fresh Lemon Juice
Salt to taste


Spinach Squares


3 Tbsp butter
4 eggs
1/2 cup whole wheat organic pastry flour
1/2 cup unbleached flour
1 cup milk
1 tsp salt
1tsp baking powder
8 oz shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
4 0z shredded White Cheddar Cheese
16 oz frozen (drained) spinach



Melt butter and coat bottom of large baking dish. Mix eggs, flours, milk, salt and baking powder. Add spinach and cheese. Combine well. Spread in bottom of pan. Cook at 350 for 35 minutes. Let cool.



Hope you enjoy!!




Shalom, Spring M Fricks

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Shabbat Seder Food Pics


Our special Shabbat Seder was a success!


We lit the candles.




Pronounced the blessing over the bread and wine (juice really. :-) )



And ate dinner!

(No pic of the steak and chicken. I mean really, it's steak and chicken.)

Here's the Israeli Salad.




Spinach Cheese Squares which turned out to be a huge success. Our son is the pickiest eater I've ever seen and has never eaten anything green. He asked what the strongest flavor in this dish was and I answered "Cheese"! Surprising us all, he tried one, loved it and ate 3 back-to-back. This will now be a staple in our home. LOL.



And, Sweet Potato Pudding. Great thing about this recipe is it's healthy! It's sweetened with grated apple and spices. So yummy.



Our plan was to finish the evening with back yard games, but it started to rain during dinner. So, we played board games instead. It was our best Shabbat to date.


Continuing Teshuvah

During this time of year, Jews all over the world are physically taking time to examine their lives in regards to repentance before the Lord. One thing that we take time to think about is relationships we've had over the past 12 months. Have we been offended? Have we offended someone else? What can we do to bring atonement to these situations? Sometimes it's difficult to think about friendships or acquaintances that have caused hurt in our lives, but hurts can become a barrier between us and God. I encourage all of us during this time to examine our relationships and ask the Lord for strategy on how to bring amends to these situations, whether it require us to forgive or to ask for forgiveness.


And, mark your calendar! Rosh ha-Shanah is coming up starting at sundown September 8, 2010 (Elul 29, 5770)




Shalom, Spring M Fricks

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Kids are Almost Here!



Just got a call from Nana and they are almost here with our kids in tow! I'm so excited. 10 days of having a no-kid zone does the body good, but I sure will be glad to get the Fricklets back in my arms.



And, since my wonderful in-laws (seriously, I really do love them) will be staying over, I'm making it an extra special Shabbat tomorrow.

Come 5:00 p.m., the sound of Erev Shabbat will be heard as the computer and Blackberry shut down and all attention turns towards the family and the Father.

On the menu:

Honey raisin Challah

Kosher Grape Juice (instead of wine)

Grilled Chicken and Steak

Israeli Cucumber Salad

Spinach Squares

Sweet Potato Pudding

Garlic Green Beans

Ice Cream for Dessert (yeah, dropped the ball on this one. )

(Note: We're Messianic - no kosher rules here. )


Followed by singing, laughing and family games. I can't wait. If I can remember to put the camera by the table, I'll be sure and post pictures this weekend.


On another note: We are nine days (at sundown) into the Teshuvah season. Teshuvah is a 40 day period in which we reflect upon the past year, atone for our mistakes, seek the face of the Father for forgiveness and gaze into the future of the year to come.

It is also traditional (and Biblical) to make amends with anyone that you've wronged....a time to make things right.

It's thought that during this time the Father, Adonai Elyon, is watching just a bit more closely and our actions will set the pace for the coming year. Hmmm....I think I'll let that linger and post on that next week.







Shalom, Spring M Fricks

Friday, August 13, 2010

Cooking


I’m bugged. (Or should say was bugged)

Can I say that?

The other day I was thinking about all the holidays that are coming up and what that means for menu planning. This logic led me down memory lane to all the food my Grandma and Great-Grandma Lever used to cook. I haven’t had food like that since my beloved Great-Grandma passed away.

Why? BECAUSE MY MOM AND AUNT NEVER LEARNED TO COOK THAT WAY AND THEREFORE NEVER PASSED IT DOWN.

For years, I’ve searched for recipes in cookbooks that resembled the foods that donned the table from my childhood, but I’ve always struck out. Until now…..

Two days ago, I headed to the library. I went because I’ve decided to embark upon the Mediterranean diet and needed a book to help, but that’s another post. Anyway, while searching the cookbook aisle I found this….



And, OMG! I found them. I found recipes that remind me of Great-Gram’s house. So, I have bought the book.

Cooking here I come! Noodle dishes, breads, glazed-anything-vegetable sides, roast chicken, brisket, roasted potatoes (which sound easy but I’ve never been able to master w/o a recipe) and desserts to spare.

Perhaps, I’ll even throw a Rosh Ha-Shanah dinner party complete with table cloths and folded napkins. Of course, this means I’ll need to buy a table cloth and fabric napkins, but doesn’t that sound fun? Best of all, you’re invited.

So stay tuned! And, don’t worry…Teshuvah is coming via post. It appears I’ve caught the bug my kids had (from previous post) and have been down for the count. But, tonight is Shabbat and rest will do wonders!



Shalom, Spring M Fricks

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Keeping It Real!



So, I started this challenge for a few reasons (listed in blog challenge post), but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that one point of this challenge is to prove that it is possible to celebrate the feasts and live according to Biblical principles even amidst the unforeseen circumstances of being a Mom of two elementary aged kids that are homeschooled, a wife who works from home WITH her husband and a cat who thinks she is the one paying the mortgage. Of course, if she offered to pay, I suppose I’d take her up on it and then she could do what she wants, however right now I’d like her to stop sitting in the middle of my desk every time I’m working.


I suppose I can’t complain too much. In the winter, she’d sit across my laptop because the heat emanating from the keyboard kept her furry little self warm. Ahhh….sweet. NO! Try getting cat hair and dander out of your laptop keys. So, as much as I love my kitty (and I do – very much) I would like to see her find another place to lie. You know, like the cat bed we made for her in the office so she wouldn’t have to sit on the desk.

On another note: A couple of days ago, we took a road trip for the purpose of dropping off our two pride and joys with their grandparents for a couple of weeks of fun in the “land of yes” before summer ends.

Plan: drive 4 hours with kids to meet in-laws at restaurant for lunch; eat lunch; drive 4 hours without kids back to the homestead.

The kids live for this time as they adore their grandparents. A blessing I do not take likely. So, the day of the trip they were up, dressed and in the car before our coffee had time to seep into our bloodstreams.

We hit the road running and made it through the first leg of the trip without incident. Get to the restaurant, order food, sit down, look at my son and think “Wow, you don’t look so good.”

About a minute later, son vomits all over table.

Yep, keeping it real!

So, today is Elul 1, 5770 on the Hebrew calendar and at sundown the season of Teshuvah begins. Look for a post this week detailing what this season entails.

PS – our son is fine and the land of yes is in full gear.



Shalom, Spring M Fricks

Friday, August 6, 2010

The Challenge




I’ve been excited about and yet dreading this day for the past three months. The day I publicly commit to a one year blog project.



One full Hebraic year.

No excuses.

No backing out.

So here it is:

What: My family and I are going to take one year and live/celebrate all the feasts of the Lord including Shabbat and major/minor Jewish Holidays.

When: Official start day is sundown Elul 1 (on the Hebrew calendar) or August 11, 2010. This is the start of the 40 days of Teshuvah which includes Rosh ha-Shanah, the Hebrew New Year.

How: In freedom! We are a family of four including two fun kids ages 6 and 4. Things don’t go as they are planned. But, we will do it with a right heart and we will find Father God in it. And, we will learn along the way.

Why: This is the question for sure. And, the answer is three fold.

  1. I am a Jew, but I was raised Christian. A little over a year ago, the Lord placed a burden in my heart regarding my roots and my family’s origin. He called me to return to a Jewish lifestyle as He spelled out in His Holy Bible. This year, we will do just that.

  2. I also believe in bridging the gap between Christianity and Judaism, so that Gentile and Jew live as one new man according to His biblical standard that we may reap the blessings of the Lord.

  3. To show that the feasts can and should be a celebration and lived out in joy and honor of our heavenly Father.

So, I hope you will come along for the journey. Join in on the conversation and walk with us through this year of discovering Messiah in the biblical feasts!



Shalom, Spring M Fricks

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Take Root Publishing is on Hiatus. We are no longer publishing at this time. Thank you.


In August, 2010 I had the opportunity to become CEO/Owner of Take Root Publishing, LLC. It's gone through a lot of transition since then, but the outcome has been rewarding.

Take Root Publishing, LLC currently houses two entities:



Take Root Site which is a conglomerative blog consisting of a community of writers with daily columns under seven different categories. All articles are written in a way that glorifies Christ and shows what life looks like when we pursue Him first and with all our heart. We don't always get it right, but we are working towards the goal. Hopefully, our experiences will help you along the way too.

And, Take Root Devotions. A site that offers daily inspiration in the form of devotions, poetry, inspirational thoughts and family stories.


In the past, we also published a monthly digital magazine called Rooted Living. Currently, the magazine has been rolled into the site and submissions are published on the front page of Take Root.



Shalom, Spring M Fricks



Guest Researcher for Messianic Vision and "It's Supernatural with Sid Roth"
Worked two years as member of Proverbs 31magazine's editing team
CEO and Owner of Take Root and Write Publishing, LLC  2010 - 2012
Senior Editor of Rooted Living Magazine 2010 - 2012

Published:

Yeshiva of Jewish Identity - published monthly in Rooted Living
Featured Writer at Take Root and Write for October 2010:
Interview Article
"Lighting the Candles: A Family's Shabbat"

www.ithirstnw.net Monthly - Mary's Journal - ran for 10 months
Churchmouse Publications

I Agree - a devotional I co-wrote w/another author for a missions ministry in China




Shalom, Spring M Fricks
Here's a list of books (not conclusive) that I have enjoyed and/or refer to quite frequently for information:

(Check back often as I'll continually update this list)

40 Days of Teshuvah by Perry Stone

The Messianic Church Arising! by Dr. Robert D. Heidler

The Seven Festivals of the Messiah by Edward Chumney

Also, www.hebrew4christians.com is a wonderful resource.





Shalom, Spring M Fricks

Welcome!



Welcome to My Page


Instead of a standard bio page, I prefer Coffee Talk…things we might talk about while sipping coffee in the comfy chairs in the corner of the local coffee shop.

And, since I used the word coffee three times in the above sentence, it’s a safe bet that you know by now that I love coffee.

However, my first and greatest love is Yeshua (Jesus). He is mine and I am His…Forever…end of story. And yes, I’m Jewish. I’m the granddaughter of Jewish Slovenian immigrants, who moved here as Hitler was starting his reign of terror all over Europe.


Despite my heritage, I was not raised according to Judaism. My family lived in an anti-Semitic area of Yugoslavia and quite a few generations back, they went through forced conversions to Roman Catholicism. As such, I was raised Christian. But, my heart is Jewish and so I believe in the bridging of Christianity and Judaism in which results the life Yeshua always intended for us as spelled out in the Holy Bible.

I’m also a writer. It’s the only way I know to keep my imagination in check and allow my dreams to come to life. To that end, I work in both fiction and non-fiction fields of writing as well as other areas of Christian media. And, I can’t talk about writing without mentioning my love for books, but that would take way too long and I’m sure it will come up in many blog posts to come.

The only thing left to share is that which is dearest to me, second only to Yeshua…my family. I’m married to my best friend and we have two hysterically wonderful children. For this I thank the Lord every day.





Shalom, Spring M Fricks

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Teshuvah is Coming


Upcoming Jewish Holdiays:


40 Days of Teshuvah begins sundown August 11, 2010 and ends with Yom Kippur.

Rosh ha-Shanah Tishri 1 or Sundown September 9, 2010

Days of Awe - the 10 days leading up to Yom Kippur

AND

Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) September 18, 2010


Look for blog posts discussing each of these!



Shalom, Spring M Fricks