Friday, May 31, 2013


week 21 already! a portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2013.
with che and fidel
Aidan: brothers with papa. happy boys.
Bella: bondng with a friend in the kitchen. they have not seen eachother since they were 2 and they had a wonderful day. it was extra special as this sweet, sweet friend spent the last year in and out of hospitals and it is so wonderful that she is better and that they got to spend such a happy day together.
Kai: here you are seconds after going face first into the dog bowl lapping up the water. needless to say, i have been calling you "trouble".

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

jewish penicillin.

they call chicken soup, jewish penicillin.   it has been noted that chicken soup has a long held tradition of curing the common cold and flu.
last year i finally got my dad to teach me how to make his delicious chicken soup, which the kids always devour.
i actually don't eat it but am told that my chicken soup is just as good (if not better, oh my!) than saba's.
thought i would share the secret.
i think it comes down to the amount of water you put in and my father claims, you need to use kosher chicken bones.
so this is the pack. if you look close on the far right side it says .718 grams. basically for every 100 gram weight of chicken bone, i add 1 cup of water. so for this bone i added about 7.5 cups of water.
you then need to bring the chicken bones and water to a gentle boil and skim off all the grey sludge that collects on the top until it is basically all gone and the water is clear.
my helper peeling vegetables
then you can cut up all these vegetables and add them to the pot
1 zucchini
2 carrots
1 sweet potato 
(my dad does not put this in as he says it makes the soup sweet. but my kids like it)
2 parsnips
2 celery stalks
1 whole onion
 reduce heat and simmer covered for 1 hour. it should look like this.
at the very end you can add some fresh dill and peel the meat off the bones and discard the bones.
you can also cook little noodles to make a classic chicken noodle soup!


forgot to upload these....
A and B: scheming with the sprinkler
K: the first time sprinkler experience!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

i made these cookies with bella and her friend today. i wanted to make good ol' fashioned simple cookies with whole ingredients. you just can't buy store bought cookies like these ones.
i got the recipe here and made half the batch. they were really good.

Saturday, May 18, 2013


this year seems to be flying by. which in some way i am not bothered by, as i can get to the other side of these toddler years.  another week with che and fidel. enjoy!
A and B: the many faces that can be made when eating whipped cream. a delicious mother's day treat from the strawberry shortcake. (i will post the recipe soon!)
K: wild and messy you are. that would be food keeping your hair up so high.

Friday, May 10, 2013


another week with Che and Fidel
Aidan. Bella. Kai. Summer, at long last.....and slowly cleaning out the shed and all the winter mess