Happy Labor Day

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Happy Labor Day! I think this is the first time my husband and I are working at jobs that actually observes Labor Day, and I’m pretty excited. We were able to take our long weekend and go to South Carolina to celebrate a friends birthday and just relax. Is this what being a grown up feels like? The nerdy side of me wanted to know more about why I had this lovely day off, so I did some research. Continue reading

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Purim and Hamentaschen

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For those of you who don’t know, I am Jewish, and the Jewish holidays have also been really special to me, even though I don’t celebrate them very actively. Purim, one of my favorite Jewish holidays, was on Thursday, and I wanted to share with you all what it’s all about. On the outside Purim is basically the Jewish Halloween. People dress up in costumes, share sweets and tell “scary” stories. Purim, however, like all other Jewish holidays is steeped in history and mythology. The holiday originates from the Book of Esther which retells the rise in power of Queen Esther, the most beautiful, savior of the Jews. Continue reading

Hannuka history and customs

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Channuka started on the 12th and I often have people asking me what this holiday is all about so I figured I would share some history and customs with you all this year. The story I was told as a child explained that Chanukka celebrates the maccabean rebellion around 200 bc and their oil lamp lasting 8 days, when it should have only lasted for 1 night. There is a lot more to the story.

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10 things I’m grateful for this year

As I’ve mentioned many times over, the past few years have been full of blessings and hard times. I moved between jobs and career paths, lost a football teams worth of people, including both of my fathers, and felt utterly lost for the better part of a year. But, I also married the love of my life, gained a whole new family, got to travel to Amsterdam, my blog is flourishing and I’ve found a home in a wine community that is supportive and feels like family.

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, and with that marks the beginning of a time of thankfulness and giving. What better time to share the things I am grateful for this year. Continue reading

Thanksgiving menu

Oh My G-d! I can’t believe Thanksgiving is here already. It definitely snuck up on me this year. Lucky for me, I make pretty much the same thing every year, and remembered soon enough this year that I could do a run-through on some new recipes I wasn’t quite sure about. Every year, I make roast turkey and brine it, mashed potatoes with gravy, brussel sprouts with cranberries and bacon. My mother makes glazed carrots, green bean casserole, and deviled eggs, and a triple layer pie. This year I am making a wild mushroom and bacon stuffing, which is the new recipe for me, but I’m sure it will come out great. I also opted this year, for less stress, to makePillsbury Original Crescent Rolls and use canned Cranberry Sauce at my husband’s request. He likes to slice the jelled stuff to put on sandwiches the next day.

Most of these recipes are pretty basic and self-explanatory but I do have a couple of tricks to make things extra tasty and I figured I would share this with you today. Who knows maybe you’ll give them a shot in this will be your best Thanksgiving meal yet.

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Thanksgiving Wine Ideas

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I can’t be more excited. As I write this I’m also cooking my run through recipes for Thanksgiving, i.e. recipes I want to try cooking before the big say to determine if they’re up to snuff or if I need another alternative. But, all this prep work made me realize I also still have to figure out what we will be drinking! Continue reading