Friday, August 27, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
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!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
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.
Friday, August 6, 2010
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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
Senior Editor of Rooted Living Magazine 2010 - 2012
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.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
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
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) September 18, 2010
Look for blog posts discussing each of these!