Surviving 3-day Yom Tov (x3!)

There are three 3-day Yom Tovs this month. And yes, there were three 3-day Yom Tov's two years ago. Did I mention it's the same schedule next year too? Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining about Yom Tov, a time of simcha. Just sayin' it's a challenge to cook and eat all those meals. … Continue reading Surviving 3-day Yom Tov (x3!)

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Soft pretzel shopping cure

Don't ever go to the mall on the Sunday before school starts no matter what your kids need for the new year. Not even if your kids will have to go to class barefoot. And not even if Rosh Hashanah starts the week after school begins. You know that Shabbos dress your daughter's been wearing … Continue reading Soft pretzel shopping cure

Garden fresh salsa

We've got tomatoes, jalapeno peppers and cilantro galore out back right now just waiting to become salsa. And even if you don't, the farmers' markets grew it for you. Make this recipe once, and you're not likely to ever use store-bought salsa again. Eat it by the spoonful, pour it over burritos or munch on … Continue reading Garden fresh salsa

Funky monkey shake

See this face? Two minutes ago he was face down on the sidewalk in a full-out 2-year-old tantrum. The ice cream man rode by on his bike, and mommy said no. Guess I'll wear my World's Worst Mom badge with pride. Believe me, I'm not against ice cream. But I don't think we should eat … Continue reading Funky monkey shake

Sunday morning goodness

It won't take much for this week to prove better than last. The aggravation of seeing our basement turn into a giant toilet bowl (thanks to Chicago's sewer system in a flood) paled in comparison to what our nation experienced. But just to be sure we start this week off on the right foot, we … Continue reading Sunday morning goodness

Pesach, Granoladox style

We start out Pesach with grand plans. We're feeling like royalty--dressed in our finest clothes, the table is set for a king and we even lean to drink our wine. And then, only a few hours into the holiday, the matzah, matzah balls, brisket, potatoes and  chocolate-eggy-sugary-potato-starch concoction settles in, and we feel like beached … Continue reading Pesach, Granoladox style

After school snack ideas

No matter how much food I pack in my kids' lunches, every day they come home from the bus famished. I'm lucky if I get a hug before I get a load of whining. Many days I'm too busy finishing up work to prepare an after school snack. But every time I do get something … Continue reading After school snack ideas