I can’t believe today is the 22nd of December, and it’s almost 2015!
It seems like yesterday when we dropped off our freshman son off at college and my daughter left for her semester abroad to Australia (we got to visit her in November).
Remember when you were a kid. The school days passed by so slowly, and the summers ran by us full speed. Those days are just passing memories now.
First, I want to apologize for not being up to date on all your posts. It’s not for lack of interest! For some reason, my notification emails are not getting to me. I have looked, I still am following all of you, so not sure what is going on. It really makes it easy when you have an email to click on! I just don’t get to my reader like I used to. I’m just too busy being busy.
I want to thank all my fellow bloggers for all the support over the years. I have (virtually) met so many kind, smart, interesting and helpful people in this blogging world.
Happy Holidays and a Healthy New YEAR!
If you’re interested to see this years pictures, click on the Holiday card!
Tonight is the first night of Passover. When we celebrate the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.
Every year our family gathers together for a Seder. As a child I loved Passover. I was so fidgety having to responsively read the Haggadah. I wanted the Seder to be over so I could find the Afikomen. 5 kids running around looking for the wrapped up Matzah. The winner the lucky recipient of a crispy new $1.00 bill. The night was always the same, people arrived about an hour before the Seder. We started with appetizers in the Living room(so fancy), chopped chicken liver, potato latkes and gefilte fish. Then we were herded into the Dining Room (I had to sit with my cousin on a bench, there never were enough chairs) for the traditional Seder. It seemed like it lasted forever. After the Seder we finally got to eat. I remember the food being delicious and abundant. Chicken soup with matzah balls, brisket with carrots and potatoes, chicken fricassee and sweet potatoes with baked mini marshmallow on top. And, of course the obligatory Jello mold. My mother always made an elaborate multi-layered mold of jello, canned fruit and sour cream. It took her hours to make, starting the previous day, so each layer would be able to set.
Fast forward to the present. We still have our traditional Seder, just with some different players. I no longer have to sit on a bench, I’m the adult (kind of). No jello mold and the finder of the Afikoman gets $20.00! Maybe I will make a jello mold next year….then again, probably NOT!
Here is my contribution, a red velvet coconut macaroon cake. I found the recipe in The Forward.
This trip will take us to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and our sister city Haifa. We will travel for 8 days. There are 40 of us, all woman! We will See, Learn and be exposed to situations we wouldn’t ordinarily do on a visit to Israel.
I’m looking forward to leaving tomorrow. My backpack is stuffed with 2 camera’s, 4 lenses, 20 cf cards 10 sd cards, a media reader, notebook, flash drive, external hard drive for extra space and tons of powers cords. And, of course, the all important power adapter/converter. My laptop will be the last thing to be added. Now I have to start packing the clothes!
I plan on posting daily. It may be pictures, a description of our day, or a piece written by me, or a fellow traveller. So…check in to find out what’s happening on our journey!
I have chosen my childhood Menorah. It reminded me of the year when my brother and I were fighting over who was going to get to light the candles. I’m not sure who won, but, I remember my hair caught on fire. It was put out quickly and no harm was done. Just a bunch of smelly smoke!