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birthday celebration, the final chapter: dam, svardeah… hag sameach!

I can only start this story with a reference to the ten plagues.

Dam, Svardeah… Hag Sameach = Blood, Frogs… Happy Birthday

There are no frogs in this story. However Shicheen (Boils) doesn’t rhyme with Sameach.

The alternate title (in my head) also references Passover: Dayenu! = It would have been enough for us.

If . . . → Read More: birthday celebration, the final chapter: dam, svardeah… hag sameach!

adventures in low-fat cooking: green chile chicken enchiladas

Words cannot express how much we love green chile chicken enchiladas. Or their holiday incarnation with leftover turkey. It is the cheesiest, creamiest, brown crispy crustiest, warm chile can’t stop eating it -iest food on earth.

Here’s the photo from our Thanksgiving enchilada – meant to blog about that whole week. May still go back . . . → Read More: adventures in low-fat cooking: green chile chicken enchiladas

low fat and kid-friendly recipes (for joanna)

For my friend who asked, and anyone else curious about the recipes for the dishes mentioned in the previous post…

Wild Rice Dressing with Turkey Sausage, Apples, and Chestnuts

1 cup wild rice blend (such as Lundberg) 1 package (approx 7oz) of roasted peeled whole chestnuts, cut in half 1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley . . . → Read More: low fat and kid-friendly recipes (for joanna)

i couldn’t stick to a new year’s resolution if my life depended upon it

But make that my husband’s life, and I get a little bit motivated.

Almost two weeks ago, Scott went to the emergency room in severe pain (in the middle of the night, of course). At 3 a.m. he was admitted and put on the wait list for gallbladder removal surgery, which was executed at 3:30 . . . → Read More: i couldn’t stick to a new year’s resolution if my life depended upon it

cake

Leila’s younger son’s birthday party was today. He’s 9. She’s not here to bake him a cake, so I offered to do it. I’ve only ever made three cakes in my life – two for Jonah’s first birthday parties (yes I had two birthday parties for him when he turned 1) and one for his . . . → Read More: cake

guest post: in which leanne is tricked into making kringle

Okay, so a few weeks back, I posted a meme from Mayberry Mom about the holidays. LEANNE, a longtime reader and internet friend, posted her responses to the meme in the comments, specifically mentioning a holiday dessert her mom used to make but she’d never made — and that I’d never heard of but sounded . . . → Read More: guest post: in which leanne is tricked into making kringle

traveling with toddler kauai day 3: chickens, eggs, potatoes

If you are traveling in Kauai with a toddler, definitely pick a resort that has CHICKENS! and ROOSTERS! on the property. Serious delight-makers. Every day so far has involved much CHASING. Our vacation sound scape is a combination of crashing waves and cockadoodledoos.

We never did make it to the swanky organic market. 45 minute . . . → Read More: traveling with toddler kauai day 3: chickens, eggs, potatoes

its madness, i tell you (with recipes)

The day started out well. FINALLY the two week break from music class ended and off we went this morning, too early, so we stopped at a park. We played on the fiberglass horses in the old west area, dug in sand for a bit, found a really cool rock that we decided to keep.

. . . → Read More: its madness, i tell you (with recipes)