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

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Power Smoothie Before a Fast

I have a fear of fasting. It's partly because of my coffee addiction and partly because I normally eat ALL day. I can't be sure if it's the extra calories or just the reassurance of them, but somehow eating before a sunrise fast helps me get through the day. For these shorter fasts, I always … Continue reading Power Smoothie Before a Fast

Smoothie Cones for Shavuos

I've heard in more than one class on Jewish thought that life is like an escalator. We're constantly moving along, either up or down. If we're not growing, than we're more likely to be descending than remaining stagnant. I've seen it in my own life in spirituality, and certainly that's the message of counting the … Continue reading Smoothie Cones for Shavuos

Livin’ in the tropics

I'm not sure why Chicago's 87 degrees in mid-March, and I'm certainly not going to complain. All I know is that it's hard to stay inside cleaning when it feels like summer. Yesterday I compromised by biking to Hungarian for my first round of Pesach shopping. I only had an hour, and by the time … Continue reading Livin’ in the tropics

Berry almond smoothie

It doesn't take much to inspire a smoothie around here. A few days of good weather, and we're eating them every day. I pack them for lunches in water bottles or make them for after-school snacks. Just about any frozen fruit, combined with a banana, yogurt and milk makes a delicious smoothie, but lately we've … Continue reading Berry almond smoothie