Holiday Times and New Year Celebrations

I hope everyone had wonderful holidays! The last night of Hanukkah is always my favorite because the menorah is so beautiful. As a kid, my two sisters and I would take turns lighting the menorah each night. Normal children fight to go first, but not me. I’d figure out which rotation would allow me to light the menorah on the last night with the most candles, and they never figured out my plan. Now I play that trick on David … Continue reading

Live Off the Land

My family planted a beautiful garden this year, and it has produced a lot of delicious vegetables. Even more are still growing and ripening! I was lucky enough to do some picking myself, and I am amazed at the backyard bounty we have ready to eat. I picked all kinds of peppers (red, green, jalapeño), a cucumber, string beans, cherry tomatoes, a huge tomato, and a beautiful eggplant. I am most impressed with the eggplant because I’ve never seen one … Continue reading