Tuesday, January 6

New Friends, New Tech

Froggy had her very first Google Hangout today with a new friend in Quebec.  They both avid readers without many local Jewish friends.  We were a bit caught of guard with the technical challenges.  We were expecting a text-based chat and ended up on a video call.  Froggy was surprised and extremely shy.  She finally warmed up and I think they hit it off.  Hopefully we will have more chances to talk.

Monday, January 5

Art with her Aunt

One of Froggy's favorite parts of our regular winter breaks trips up north are the special trips she gets to take with her Aunt Adrian.  Adrian is not related by blood but is part of what we call our chosen family.  She has been part of our lives for the last 20 years.  She has such a special relationship with Froggy and is the only person Froggy and I both trust implicitly to recommend new books.

Today they went to see the Gardner Museum which was according to Froggy, "cool cool super cool."  It is an old house turn museum with amazing tapestries, statues and a mosaic courtyard that captivated Froggy. They toured the first floor where the Greek statues were deemed "weird" and the portraits were awesome.

To make the trip even more special they stopped for ice cream on the way home at a place where Froggy had choices.  For a little girl allergic to dairy this is truly special. 

Monday, November 24

Menu Planning Monday - Thanksgiving Week

We are going to vegetarian friends for Thanksgiving Day which means a very non-traditional meal.  Shabbat will
have all the traditional foods instead.  Given that we will have two days in a row of heavy meals, the rest of the week is extra light. I am on break for the holiday which means the whole family can eat together.

Monday - Out
Tuesday - BFD - scrambled eggs and pancakes
Wednesday -  Wild Rice Salad and biscuits.  This is pushing Froggy's comfort zone but expanding horizons is important.
Thanksgiving - We are bringing lasagna
Shabbat - Challah, Gefilte Fish, Matza ball soup, Roast Turkey, Stuffing, Green Beans, Cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, Apple pie

Saturday, June 21

Menu Planning Monday - lots of kids

We have two little people visiting for the summer.  That means lots of extra mouths to feed and extra preferences to take into account.  Here is hoping I get close

Sunday - Pizza and Salad
Monday - Grilled Hotdogs/Veggie Burgers, Potato Salad, and Veggie sticks
Tuesday - Fish sticks, niblet corn and coleslaw
Wednesday-Stuffed peppers and fruit
Thursday - Leftover buffet
Shabbat Dinner -
  • Challah
  • Gefilte Fish Loaf
  • Matza ball soup
  • Apricot chicken (double the normal amout)
  • Strawberry spinach salad with parve feta
  • Honey roasted potatoes
  • green beans
  • Chocolate Raspberry bars
  • strawberry bread
Shabbat Luncheon - out

seudah shlishit

Monday, June 9

Menu Planning Monday - Summer Travels

With Shavuos, we welcome our summer schedule. We are officially done with school for the year and we head out for our first of several summer trips.  I am doing some major freezer cooking this week so that Abba will have healthy food to eat while Froggy and I are away.

Monday - Chicken Pot Pie (freeze)
Tuesday - Tacos (freeze)
Wednesday - Summer Salad Supper
Thursday - Head out of town

Sunday, June 1

Menu Planning Monday - Shavuot

Sunday - leftovers
Monday -pizza and salad
Tuesday - Shavuot
Wednesday Kiddush - out and I dont even need to bring anything!!! woohoo

Wednesday Dinner - An dairy antipasto spread
  • Challah
  • Quinoa salad
  • Asian Slaw
  • veggie plate (carrots, celery red pepper, peapods)
  • hummus
  • a cheese plate (purchased)
  • lox rolls
  • tuna salad
  • dessert kebobs
Shabbat -
  •  challah
  • tomato spinach soup
  • gefilte fish loaf (in freezer)
  •  apricot chicken
  • honey roasted potatoes
  • broccoli
  • leftover salads (??)
  • peach crisp with Peach icecream

Tuesday, May 27

Summer Bike Rides

Our big objective for the summer is to get Froggy proficient in really riding her bike.

 Our first adventure was almost our last.  It was a one mile ride up to the library.  Froggy was insistent she could not make it up the hill.  She turned around and headed home.  At the bottom of the hill, she asked how far we were.  I told her we were about 2/3s.  She got determined, turned her bike around and conquered that hill. 
Today, at her request, we tried a much harder 2 mile ride up to the ice cream store.  She had to walk about half a block up the last bit of one hill and pause to rest on two other hills but she did it.  And more importantly she did it of her own desire and without any whining or complaining at all.  My heart just about burst with pride.