I found this recipe today and it is on my list to try on another day this week. I thought some of you may also want to try it! It’s a little pastry pie filled with soft cheese and topped with sesame seeds. Doesn’t it sound delicious?


I found the recipe at The Karaite Kitchen website. If you decide to make it, please come back here and post in the comments.  Here is the recipe with pictures and everything!


A New Chapter

herdThis month begins a new chapter for our family.  We have decided to sell our herd and are not planning to purchase any more for now.  The children are getting older and moving out and moving on with their lives, I am busy with my referral business and it just isn’t the right time for us.  It definitely makes me sad.  I love these sweet little Nigerian Dwarf goaties.  They give the BEST milk and they are just the right size!  They will be missed for sure!

Some day I hope to have some again, probably just 2 does, but for now, this is best for the goats and for us.

The chickens may go next.  Thankfully we don’t have to decide that right now.

Juice or Smoothie?

Several years ago I was introduced to green smoothies.  I thoroughly enjoy them!  Especially in the hot summer months.  What could be a more delicious healthy option than a creamy fruit smoothie with nutritious greens blended in?  My favorite is almond or coconut milk with mixed frozen berries and a vanilla nutritional powder I found.

I’ve also heard a lot about juicing.  My uneducated thoughts were that it was a waste of fiber and my body needed fiber, so smoothies are better because you have the entire fruit.  But then I did some research.  Here is what I found:

The reason people juice is so they can get the most nutrition out of multiple fruit and vegetables in one drink without getting full, all while giving the digestive system a rest. It’s a great way to cleanse your body, to train your palette and to be energized.  It’s also an outstanding way to lose weight, as a side benefit.  Years ago I watched the movie “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”, which originally planted the thought in my mind – very subliminally.


Last year I found out that we have a “Juice Bar” right in our little town.  Twice during the summer I did a 3-day juice cleanse from them.  I’ve also noticed the weight creeping up since I turned (ahem) the age I am… =)  and I am pretty disgusted about it.  In January 2017 I started a facebook group called New Dimensions where we are encouraging each other to lose weight, get fit, what-have-you and after 3 weeks, I decided I was going to do the research on juicing and what I found led me to decide to take the plunge!

Since I am a researcher, I researched the different types of juicers.  They have presses, masticating juicers and centrifugal juicers.  Each has advantages and disadvantages and they range anywhere from $50 or so, to thousands of dollars.  I talked to several of my friends and ended up purchasing the Omega 8006 Juicer.  Here’s why.  I plan to continue juicing for years and this one has a 15 year warranty.  Most of the others were 1 year.  It’s also a masticating juicer (sometimes referred to as a low speed juicer). The Omega 8006 processes at 80 rpm, whereas most other juicers process at a speed of 1,650 to 15,000 rpm. The low speed protects and maintains healthy enzymes, prevents oxidation and allows juice to be stored up to 72 hours without degradation. It is versatile enough to extract the maximum amount of juice from fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, even wheatgrass! (centrifugal juicers can not do greens and grass)  And you can also use this to turn nuts into nut butters (an all-natural peanut butter), make baby food from natural, fresh ingredients, whip up soy milk, extrude pasta, grind coffee and spices, and mince herbs and garlic.

I started juicing in early February and I LOVE it!  After a couple of days just guessing with combinations, I decided to use Joe’s 30 day Classic Reboot (from Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead).  The first 5 days are transitioning from food to juice so you don’t jolt your body.  His recipes are delicious and so easy!

If anyone would like to join us on our facebook group, we would love it!  You can share your experiences, ask questions or just have a friendly group of people to help hold you accountable.

Planners for 2017


I don’t know about you, but I have been a planner-holic for decades!  I started in high school with a homemade planner suggested by the book “Disciplines of a Beautiful Woman” by Ann Ortlund.  In the years that followed I used “Busy Woman’s Daily Planner” “Franklin Planner”  homeschooling planners and more.  When I saw The Life Planner by Erin Condren I was immediately smitten… except for the price. (which it seems has dropped considerably since they first came out). Then I found a similar design on Etsy – The Planner by Plum Paper Design and I have been using it for the past year and really liking it!  It has choices for paper size, cover design, fonts, sections you can add and just so many ways you can personalize it!  It’s very durable and attractive too.  You can start your year in any month and choose either a  12 month or an 18 month.  I could go on and on about how much I like it!  Another great thing about it, is many of the accessories for Erin Condren’s planner  (such as the plastic daily ruler/page finder) can be used on the Plum Paper planner.


I just discovered the Bullet Journal planner (Bujo) and I am so intrigued!  I haven’t bought one … yet!  But I am researching and I may play around with the concept for a bit.  It reminds me of the journal kept by Kevin Costner in the movie “Dances with Wolves”.  The one the soldiers found and they were tearing out the pages and then threw it in the creek?

For those of you who don’t like the rigidness of being locked in to a planner or you are very creative… check out the Bullet planner!  My two favorite sites so far for learning about the Bullet Journal planning method are Blue Sky Design and BohoBerry    There is a whole culture that goes along with this!  They have instagram, pinterest and facebook pages and groups for helping you organize, improve your handwriting, become a better planner and more.  All things that I enjoy!  =)

I will probably purchase a blank book from Plum Paper Design for now and use it as a “test” Bujo and then later (if I end up liking and using the “test” one) I will purchase an actual bullet planner …  they come in too many colors to name.

Do you use a planner? If so, what kind of planner do you use?  Tell us in the comments below!

Hanukkah Ideas

promo292887055I thought I would include here some resources for Hanukkah that I have run across.  Some of it is information and history and some is activities!  I hope you find it helpful!

Family Hanukkah Story from Torah Family Living

A Hanukkah History Movie – Reclaiming the Real Hanukkah

Interesting Hanukkah History Facts

Hanukkah Ideas from Torah Driven Life

Hanukkah on Pinterest

Children’s Hanukkah Activities

Hanukkah Playlist

Nehemiah Gordon on Hanukkah

Hanukkah Information