Wednesday, October 7


Little Bit has only been part of our family for a very short time but she has changed our lives in big ways. She has helped me become a better parent not just to her but to Froggy as well.  Two months in the NICU forced me to slow down.  Even now that we are home Little Bit is not allowed out of the house except for doctor's visits so we are still moving at a slower pace.  The enforced slow-down has been an amazing lesson in patience.  This new found patience has made me a better parent to both my girls.  

Monday, August 3

Recipe Redux - Enchilada Bake

Our family has been doing more vegan meals and one of our new favorite dinners is Enchilada Bake.  It is based off of this one from two peas and their pod.  But I made enough changes to the recipe that I wanted to note them here (specifically for Abba who is doing more of the cooking this Fall).  It makes enough that I can bring it for a potluck or Mitzvah Meal for the large families in our community. It is two meals minimum for our little family.
it is beautiful and yummy and this picture is from the original as well rather than mine.

1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
2 cups water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 red pepper, seeds removed, diced
1 orange pepper, seeds removed, diced
1 bag frozen corn
Juice of 1 small lime
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 (15 oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans red enchilada sauce

  1. Add quinoa and water to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion,. Sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add in the garlic, peppers and corn. Cook for about 3-4 minutes. Add the lime juice, cumin, chili powder, and cilantro. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Add the cooked quinoa and black beans.  Pour in the enchilada sauce and stir.Let simmer for flavors to combine.
These freezes lovely.  I serve it with cheese, chips and a nice green salad. 

Friday, May 22

When does no mean never?

It is so hard sometimes to know the right path, to open your heart and hear the divine message.  How do you know if the horrible suffering you are experiencing is a test you need to push through or a sign you are headed down the wrong path?

It is really really hard to be told no over and over and over again while other people are being told yes all around you and not believe NO is your only option.

When is it time to pack up and go away?

Tuesday, May 19


I made my first ever attempt at pickles. We were given a bunch of carrots that I am experimenting with.

The first batch was a sweet recipe from Well Preserved and the second batch is a rosemary garlic variety from the same book.  The third batch is a very traditional recipe I found here.  We have only tasted the first kind as the others still need to sit and develop a bit.  We are going to do a taste test at Shabbos dinner this week.

Monday, May 18

Parenting Musings

During my morning contemplations, I was struck with the differences in how I parent the visiting children who come into our lives versus how I treated Froggy at the same age. These thoughts did not sit well

For a variety of reasons, legal requirements foremost among them, these young visitors are tucked into bed, kissed goodnight and then left; left to their dreams, good or bad, left to their unknown thoughts and feelings, left at time when not leaving is a sign of trust.

These visitors were never abandoned but I am not sure they knew that, believed that deep in their hearts.  I do know that I tried to make that clear but that does not mean I succeeded. With Froggy I always made sure it was clear and never left any room for doubt.

Tuesday, May 12

Biking Adventures

This summer marks a mighty change.  Last year we pushed hard to enable Froggy to make a decent length bike ride.  But it was still a challenge rather than a fun activity.  This year, she rode a whopping 4.5 miles without any serious struggle. Each week we are taking a bike ride ranging from 2-6 miles typically with a stop at a midpoint destination but sometimes it is just a fun circle.

Thursday, March 19

Muddy Feet

There is one good thing about mud season.  It gives some of the best tracks.  Here are a couple we saw one a recent hike.
This one was easy for Froggy to identify. We get lots of deer around here.