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Growing Family Update: 19 Weeks

May 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Here I am at 19 weeks, 4 1/2 months and well into my 2nd trimester.  I keep asking Michael “do I look pregnant in this? (as opposed to just fat) and, well, judge for yourself. Things are going pretty well.  At 17 weeks I saw my wonderful family doctor for the last time (she’s switching […]

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Family Update at 14 Weeks

April 28th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Well, I hit my 2nd trimester a little over a week ago.  I’m now 14 1/2 weeks along.  The pregnancy sickness is still with me but the worst of it is *knock wood* over.  I still get stomach pain as my primary gut issue.  I’ve also been eating like crazy, lots and lots of very […]

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A New Member of the Family

April 5th, 2009 · No Comments

Hello all!  It’s been a while since I’ve posted here regularly.  I blame it entirely on technical problems.  Has nothing to do with me whatsoever.  *ducking*  My camera went bad and I replaced it, then had horrible problems with the disc, replaced that, had the same problem with the new disc (different brand), realized the […]

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Gourmet Garden (Petaluma, CA)

December 26th, 2008 · 1 Comment

It’s Christmas Day and time for our annual tradition of Jews eat Asian food on Christian holidays (why? you ask…because we get the day off and nothing else is usually open, though that’s changed in recent years).  Normally we go down to Todai, a chain of buffets with huge amounts of decent sushi and other […]

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Categories: Food · Restaurant Reviews · SF Bay Area Restaurant
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Miriam’s Photography

December 20th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Miriam has always been more of a director than an actor.  Since she was old enough to hold a camera, she would grab one at any opportunity.  A child’s digital camera is a promised present (anyone know of one that is kid proof, has a display screen, and is under $30?) but, until then, she […]

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Namaste Cafe (Petaluma, CA)

December 11th, 2008 · No Comments

My brother, his girlfriend, and my 10 year old niece came to visit us and shop at the local outlet mall.  Last time I saw them all (at the Marin County Fair the 4th of July) I brought a huge picnic lunch for everyone but this visit I decided not to cook.  I’d been wanting […]

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Homemade Pumpkin Puree

December 6th, 2008 · 4 Comments

I’m not going to pretend that making your own pumpkin puree is just as easy as opening a can and everyone should do it, but it is more satisfying, it tastes better, and does double duty using up your Halloween pumpkins.  And it’s not particularly hard. Start with the right pumpkins.  Your fabulous jack-o-lantern is […]

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Categories: Desserts · Food · Recipes · Religion & Holidays · Thanksgiving · Vegetable Dishes
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Goodbye old car!

December 3rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

“Goodbye old car!  Thanks for taking good care of us all these years! We’re going to miss you!” Miriam repeated words like this many times today.  I don’t know why I get sad when getting rid of a car.  Am I doing the right thing??  How can we just leave it here to be scrapped […]

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Vegan Pumpkin Pie

December 1st, 2008 · 2 Comments

Shhh…don’t tell anyone it’s vegan: they’ll never guess.  The first time we made this was Thanksgiving 2007 and it (along with all the cashew cream) was devoured. Someone else’s pumpkin pie (homemade with traditional ingredients) still had half left.  In 2008, this Thanksgiving treat was one of 3 pumpkin pies (all gluten-free as it happens) […]

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Categories: Desserts · Food · Places to Go · Recipes · Religion & Holidays · Snacks · Thanksgiving
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Cashew Cream

November 30th, 2008 · 7 Comments

This is a simple recipe but difficult to get just right. You need a good blender and some finesse. I made the cashew cream to go with a vegan pumpkin pie I took to a Thanksgiving Potluck in 2007 and again in 2008, though it’s delicious on anything sweet. Recipe: 2 cups raw cashew pieces […]

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Abyssinia (Ethiopian/Eritrean, Santa Rosa, CA)

November 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

Some comfort foods come from childhood (the one that fills my soul is very soft, very slow cooked scrambled eggs over buttered whole-grain toast, something I can no longer have) and others are with you all along but hidden until you happen upon that food.  My adult-found comfort food is Ethiopian.  The sour spongy bread […]

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Homemade Corn Dogs

November 14th, 2008 · 1 Comment

In my ongoing quest to discover 1001 things to do with masa, I came up with this little gem.  Guaranteed to please three year olds everywhere. Start with fresh masa if you can get it.  Reconstituted masa harina if you can’t. Grab a chunk, roll it into a ball, then flatten by hand into a […]

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Halloween 2008: Look! up in the sky! it’s…SUPERMAN!!

November 3rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

This year, Miriam (age 3.5 years) wanted to be a superhero for Halloween.  Her first choice was Superman, and she was quite clear that she meant Superman, not Supergirl.  Being 3 though, she had a lot of back and forth.  At times Supergirl was okay and so were Spiderman, Batman, or anyone from the Justice […]

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Peterson’s Pumpkin & Honey Farm (Petaluma, CA)

October 27th, 2008 · 4 Comments

After all our travel posts, I thought it was time to share some places close to home.  Really close to home in this case. Peterson’s Farm 636 Gossage Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952 ettamarie@petersonsfarm.com http://www.petersonsfarm.com/ Yes, we are lucky enough to live across the street from a small, working, chemical-free farm.  In a mere 6 acres, […]

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Categories: Farms · Food · Food Markets · Picnics · Places to Go
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Building a Sukkah (2008)

October 23rd, 2008 · 2 Comments

This year the spirit possessed us and we decided to build a sukkah for the holiday of Sukkot.  We’d done a poor attempt a few years ago but this was the first real one for all of us. Sukkot occurs 5 days after Yom Kippur, in late September or October.  It reminds us of the […]

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Categories: Building · Family Life · House & Home · Judaism · Religion & Holidays · Sukkot
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