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.

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

Life is Fleeting

Today, our sweet little blue-eyed buckling, Blue Suede, entered an eternal sleep.  He was fine last night and this morning when we went out to feed he was unable to get up.  We brought him in the house and warmed him up and administered thiamine, but he was not improving.  As we were on our way to the vet, he drew his last breath.  The end of a precious life.  He will be missed.  =(img_1715


Look how sweet my poodle is with him.  He is usually my shadow, but he just wanted to be near this little guy.  He kept licking him and laying by him.  I think I will change his name from Driggs to Dr Driggs.img_2007img_2013img_2009