Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Up next....pizza?

There are a lot of milestones in the first year.
But eating food? That's a big one.
A whole new world opens up.
He doesn't look too sure, though, does he?

Dear Solly, I promise, food will be one of your favorite things.
Just wait...chocolate is way better than rice cereal!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

A Sweet Memory

My Bubbie Raye died this week.

She was my mother's mother. (My father's mother, bless her, is doing well at 95.)
Bubbie was 93 years old, and had 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

A few weeks ago, my mom was visiting her and brought to me all of her recipes. Some were not much to write home about, but I found what I wanted.

Bubbie Raye did not live in town, so she would come to visit and we would visit her. For all of her traveling years, those visits began with mohn (poppyseed) cookies. She would pull them out of her suitcase at our house or we would find the container in hers. Not-too-sweet, very simple and plain, full of those little black seeds. It never occurred to me that I could make them myself, they were hers.

So when I heard the news that she had died, I went to the store and got some poppyseeds.

And I made cookies...
Her recipe for Poppyseed Cookies (in case you can't read her handwriting)

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 (cup) crisco
1/4 cup oil

Combine and add to egg mixture
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
pinch salt

Then add 1/4 cup poppyseeds
Refrigerate overnight - roll out and cut into shape with a glass.

Bake at 350.

Now, she didn't say how long - I'm sure she made them so often that was second nature. But I'll tell you, 8 minutes is just perfect. Oh, and I put them on parchment paper, but I'm sure she didn't do that either. 

I have many memories of her, but biting into those cookies?
Very sweet.

Me and my Bubbie, in 2008
May her memory be for a blessing - zichrona livracha.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Cool Stuff Every Kid Should Know {Guest Review and Giveaway}

Chicago and the State of Illinois:: Cool Stuff Every Kid Should Know (Arcadia Kids)I received a copy of Cool Stuff Every Kid Should Know: Chicago and the State of Illinois. I decided that this was the perfect book for my oldest son, David, to help me out with. He is 9 years old and an avid reader.

He read the book and here is his interview:

Did you like this book? 
Yeah. It was a good book.

Because it had some pretty interesting facts and a lot of stuff I didn't know.

What was one of your favorite parts?
I liked reading about the Butter Cow. It says in the book that the butter cow sculpture is made out of 800 pounds of butter to cover a wood and wire frame to make a cow. It is very big.

What was something else that you thought was interesting?
When it is St. Patrick's Day in Chicago they make the water green in the Chicago River. They say in the book that it is a formula that is eco-friendly. I really want to go to that special celebration. {Ima's note: we live about 25 miles north of the city of Chicago but my poor, deprived children almost never go into the city.}

Anything else?
I thought it was weird because the Chicago style hot dog is made without ketchup. I really like ketchup on my hot dogs. I don't like any of the other stuff.

Do you think that kids should read this book?
I do. If they want to learn some cool facts about Chicago.

Thumbs up or thumbs down?
Thumbs up!

Ima's turn: This is a great little book for learning more about your own hometown. If we were going to take a trip to one of the other cities for which they've done these books, I would definitely acquire that book for my kids. (They've done 22 cities.) It is colorful, bright, and full of interesting little facts that I didn't even know! (Like...did you know that Chicago's O'Hare Airport's code, ORD, is for its original name, Orchard Field? Yeah, me neither.) And I thought it was really neat that this book was published recently enough that the 2011 blizzard was mentioned.

The publisher, Arcadia Publishing, is offering a 20% discount if you buy through their site, just enter the word COOL at checkout to get this discount. There's also a money back guarantee!

So...great book. Wanna win it? 
Just leave me a comment telling me about your favorite city to visit with kids.
Tweet it or Facebook it and you get an extra entry.
(Leave me a comment telling me you did it, please.)

Giveaway closes before Shabbat, Friday afternoon.

Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for review. I'm giving it away to one of you. I was not compensated for the review, although my young reviewer might have gotten a bribe payment extra treat for helping me out.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Five Months Old

(it all ended badly when he started chasing down the sign...first time I've had to pull paper out of this baby's mouth. I'm going to guess it won't be the last!)

Friday, May 6, 2011

How are ya....

Dear Blog,
I miss you. How are you? I hope you're doing well in what appears to be my absence.
I do expect to see you again very shortly. Posts are ruminating in my head, begging to be written.
But many other things seem to be getting in my way. A few of them are due in the next 10 days, so I'm expecting to be back here after that.
In addition, I'm working on convincing the little guy that I'm not an all-night diner.
But how can you really resist this face?

So...dear Blog, Shabbat Shalom. Let's have lunch soon, k?
the Ima