Chanukah 2016

With 2016 officially in the books, I knew I needed to get my Chanukah 2016 post up!  If for no other reason, because I love looking back on old blog posts from special occasions.  I know blogging has not been consistent these days, that’s a whole different issue, but really it’s for good reasons. I’ve been enjoying life, out of routine, and blogging simply has not been a priority.  I thought I’d try to catch up on life in a few different posts as to not do one huge photo dump of the last month.  So today, Chanukah 2016!  While I have many more pictures from Chanukah, these are specifically the menorah photos, since nothing says Chaunkah like a brightly lit menorah and smiling faces!

William will be three in April, so this is the first Chaunkah he started to understand how it worked.  After the first snow in St. Louis, before Chanukah began, I took him outside to show him the snow in the morning.  “It’s Chanukah?” he asked.  It’s funny how people always associate Christmas with snow, but my little Jewish boy equated Chanukah with snow.  Then, when the snow melted, still before Chanukah began, he questioned, “How will we have Chanukah if there’s no snow?”  The associations he makes and questions he asks continue to amaze me.

William celebrated Chanukah at his school where they played games, ate snacks, and made their own menorahs.

The first night of Chanukah may have been celebrated in the morning because both William and I were too excited to wait for the evening.  We lit the menorah first thing after breakfast and I gave William his first gift.

William is really into playing games right now, so I gave him a new game (Pop Up Pirate), and it provided a lot of entertainment for the day.  His imagination is running wild these days.  We played the game, but then he took the pirate and the barrel and turned it into a ship.  Then, we drew pictures of our own pirate ship and he made the game pirate hop in.

The second night of Chanukah was a big family get together at my cousins’ house.  They host a beautiful Chanukah dinner every year with my mom’s side of the family.  The cousins play, the adults visit, and many menorahs are lit.

My parents had our immediate family over for Chanukah.  I say it over and over again, but it’s still true.  William is so close with his cousins Jacob, Audrey, and Jackson.  I hope that bond is always there.  Yaya and Pops sure instilled love in our family!

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And now the kids picture:

The following night, William and I went over to Stephanie’s house.  Audrey was so kind in letting William help her with her menorah.  She was cracking up when he went out of order in putting in the candles.  She so gently held his hand while they lit the candles together.

Another night, just William and I spent Chanukah with my mom.  I love our big family, but some quality one on one time is definitely nice, too.

At William’s school, they made menorahs and wrapped them up as gifts which was sweet.

It’s funny because even prior to seeing it, I helped William make handprint menorahs for a Chanukah card for his great-grandparents.  I’m pretty sure there is a handprint craft for every single holiday out there.

The last night of Chanukah fell on New Year’s Eve.  We, of course, spent it with Jacob and Audrey.  Bright lights and a glittery gold background!

I love that Chanukah traditions are beginning with William, and he is starting to appreciate the importance of the holiday.  With our hearts full, Chanukah 2016 (and all of 2016 actually) is officially over!  We have many memories to look back on and celebrate.

How were your holidays?

just ONE afikomen

If you’re Jewish, you know that Passover began Friday evening.  If you’re not, well now you know. 😉  We started the holiday with a lovely seder at my grandparents’ house.  They’ve hosted every year for as long as I can remember and probably years before that, as well.

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The evening was filled with warm bodies, full hearts, good food, and lots and lots of laughter.  It’s always so nice to be surrounded by those you love.

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Yes, William’s curly locks are just as amazing in person as they are in photos.

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The strongest women in my family.

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Lots of little ones present, but missing many more!

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Part of Passover’s tradition includes finding the afikomen.  The afikomen is part of a piece of matzoh broken off, wrapped up, and hidden to be found by the children.  But if you know children, then you know it’s totally not fair if just ONE child finds the afikomen.  So to prevent meltdowns, every year every child wins.  Yep.  This year there were eight afikomens hidden.  My cousin Michael did a great job explaining the rules before letting the children loose to explore.  He made it clear that they were allowed to find just ONE afikomen, and no matter how good of finders they are, they must exit the room immediately after finding their own.  Then he made them stay back while the babies got a head start.

Take a glimpse into our evening with this short video my sister made (including the rules and finding of the afikomen!):

Stephanie takes the best pictures and puts together awesome videos.  We’re always grateful for her capturing our memories!

Here is William and I last Passover (just look at that face!!!).  And this Passover:

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He is a growing boy, that’s for sure!

How was your weekend?

Fall Arrived in St. Louis

Well, fall has officially arrived.  Even though it really came two weeks ago, cooler (COLD) temperatures hit St. Louis over the weekend.  We’re talking temps in the forties.  Friday was when it dropped, and over the night our house went down to sixty-seven degrees. Brr! I turned the heat on for Saturday night because I didn’t want William to be cold.  And then on Sunday it was seventy degrees.  Hello, St. Louis!

I went to my sister’s house on Friday right after school as we were all planning to go watch my nephew Jacob play in his soccer game.  This was last minute, so I didn’t have warm enough clothes for William.  Luckily Stephanie saved everything from Jacob, and had the cutest things ever, so William was taken care of.

bundled up

Bundled up and adorable as ever.

Note: That Indiana hat is from when my little brother Justin graduated from college.  We’re not really Hoosier fans! 😉 Mizzou and Miami all the way over here!

For the record, Jacob’s team won 10-3 and he scored four goals.  Stud.

When we got home, I put William on his changing table for a clean diaper and pajamas.  His hat hair, giggles, and feet grabbing were cracking me up.

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Yes, that’s a Burberry sweater he’s wearing.  I told you Stephanie had the best clothes for Jacob!  They only get better as he got older, too.  William is a lucky dude!

Saturday was Yom Kippur.  Yom Kippur is always ten days after Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and is the Day of Atonement.  Most Jewish people fast to repent for their sins, but that didn’t happen for this breastfeeding momma or hungry baby (obviously).  We did, however, attend children’s services.  William loved looking all around and listening to the music!

william yom kippur

Stephanie got William this gorgeous sweater from Yellow House Knits. Warm & cozy!

My nephew Jackson joined us at services with my brother Jason.

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We had time to take photos before since we had the time wrong and arrived thirty minutes early.  Better than late as we usually are, I suppose.

Steph’s family had gone to temple earlier in the day.

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Nice, fall clothes for temple.

Following services, we went to Stephanie’s house for break the fast (dinner).  She had quite a spread, and nobody went hungry.  As always, it was marvelous to spend time with my family.  Linking up with Healthy Diva for Marvelous in my Monday!

Audrey, my mini-me, was more than happy that we joined them for dinner.  Apparently she let out an excited shriek when we pulled up to their house. I wanted to wrap William at one point in the evening, so I asked Audrey if she wanted to come to the car with me to get the wrap.  Of course she said yes since she’s always attached to my hip which I love.  I asked her if she wanted me to carry her or if she wanted to find shoes to wear.  She found her brown boots to wear… just like Lindsay!  Haha.

Anyway, so once I got William wrapped up… Audrey needed to wrap her baby!

aud babywearing

We love babywearing!

Audrey wouldn’t let Stephanie wrap her baby – only me!  Then, when it was time to put William in his pajamas, she found matching ones to wear.  And by matching, I mean both kiddies had white on their footed sleepers.  Too cute.  I love them.

What did you do this weekend?  Does it feel like fall where you live?

happy happy

Happy happy Friday!  What a whirlwind of a week this has been with Monday being Labor Day and yesterday being Rosh Hashanah.  For those of you who don’t know, Rosh Hashanah is a holiday to celebrate the Jewish New Year.  My parents hosted dinner on Wednesday night and mid-dinner Jonny received a phone call from his brother who had just proposed!  And she said yes!

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Itz extra awesome because Jonny proposed to me on Rosh Hashanah five years ago!  We’re excited to welcome Becca into the Itzko family and I can’t believe that all THREE of my brothers will be planning their upcoming weddings!  My older brother got engaged in March, my little brother got engaged in April, and now my brother-in-law is engaged!  Robbie and Becca are coming to St. Louis this weekend, so we’ll get to celebrate their engagement.  And of course talk wedding details.  Well, Becca and I will.

My mom always sets a beautiful table and this year’s holiday was no different.

rosh hashana

I didn’t take any pictures of the food, but it was quite the delicious spread per usual.  There was lots of happiness as there always is when our family gets together.  Big thanks to my wonderful parents for hosting the evening and who not only show a great deal of love for each other, but truly have an unconditional love for all of us, as well.

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Even though family events are pretty busy and a lot of time is spent running after all the little rug rats, my mom, sister, and I always find a moment or two to snap a selfie!

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And don’t tell the others, but I’m totally my dad’s favorite…

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I promise Jonny was there even though we didn’t get any pictures of us two together.  However, his best little buddy is our niece sweet Audrey Rose, so I’ll show you a picture of her instead because she’s just too stinkin’ cute!

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What makes you happy happy?

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As I wrote on my Facebook page, “Yesterday’s events are horrific, disturbing,
and unforgettable.  While we cannot undo the damage, we can move forward
and try to improve ourselves and the world we live in.  We can come
together as a community, as a country, and as the world.  Do something
nice for someone else, smile at those you encounter, and pay it forward.
Be a bit kinder, more tolerable, and open your heart to those need. 
Let’s make the world a better place one tiny action at a time.”

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Since it is Monday, let’s try to find some marvelous here since we can’t let fear rule our lives.  We can find joy in the little things and enjoy our time we have together with our loved ones.  My Saturday night started out doing just that.  I got dolled up, and Jonny and I headed to our dear friends’ home for a Chanukah party.  Of course I added a spritz of my Forever Red perfume from the Cosmo VoxBox.

Forever Red

Loving itz scent.  We had an absolute blast celebrating the last night of Chanukah with some of our closest friends, eating delicious latkes, and smiling and laughing and merely enjoying each other’s company.

Sunday morning began with sleeping in (kind of, if 7 am counts), then making a homemade oatmeal pancake for breakfast.  I topped it with a smear of sunflower seed butter, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a drizzle of honey.

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So good.  After some cleaning and laundry, I decided making it to the gym wasn’t a priority.  Instead, I broke out my new yoga mat and turned on my Tara Stiles yoga dvd.  I felt rejuvenated after the 15 minutes of the “relaxed easygoing flow.”

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Child’s pose, one of my favorites as itz so relaxing.  For Sunday night dinner we went over to my parents’ house where we celebrated the last night of Chanukah for the second time.  Lighting all the candles on the menorah is too nice to do just once!

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My dad prepared an enormous beef tenderloin – literally, the size of a small cow.  My mom made her famous twice baked potatoes and green beans, cauliflower, and tomato mozzarella salad were our sides.

sunday night dinner

And while we were over there, I obviously had to show off the Program Guide of a local gym’s magazine where I was featured on the cover.  Hehe, it just doesn’t get old!

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Now there’s some marvelous for ya!  What’s marvelous in your day?  For a whole lot of marvelous, pop on over to Healthy Diva Eats where itz Marevlous in my Monday!

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Breaking The Fast

I had a very nice Yom Kippur yesterday.  Thank you to everyone who wished me a “meaningful fast.”  This actually was the best fast I’ve ever experienced.  It could be my new perspective on fasting during the high holy day.  The day seemed to go quickly with minimal thoughts of food.  Once the sun began to set, we headed to my grandparents’ along with the rest of my family to break the fast.  The evening began as we congregated to recite the blessings over the wine and challah.

After the blessings, we all ate like savage beasts filled our plates, took our seats, and dug in to the delicious food my grandmother worked so hard to prepare.  It was quite the spread, as it always is, and there was enough food to feed an army, as there always is.  Nobody went hungry.  Usually I stuff myself to the point of feeling sick because I am so hungry, but I did a little better with moderation this time.  Also, I wanted to make sure I saved room for the amazing dessert I made. #priorities

My dear sister, Stephanie, and I actually made the exact.same.dessert.  This happened once before and it was naturally a competition to see whose was better (mine was).  When it came time for dessert, Stephanie’s was missing.  (My family is known for taking plates of food and hiding them.)  I made her play the “hot – cold” game until she found it.  You know the one, “You’re getting warmer… warmer… nope, colder,” until she found herself in my grandpa’s closet.  Heh heh.

The dessert was cake batter blondies, and you know how I feel about the cake batter flavor!  I followed SCP – zilch.  Mine was much gooey-er while Stephanie’s was more cookie-like.  I’ll definitely be making it again as it totally and completely replicates the cake batter flavor!

By the end of the evening when our bellies were stuffed, Jonny was waiting so patiently while I helped my mom and grandma clean up.  But a day of fasting, and then making up for it during a decadent dinner and dessert is hard work!

First, he closed his eyes while reclining on the couch.  Then, my dad came and saw the opportunity to photo bomb.  When I came back later, Jonny was full-fledged asleep on the couch – green and orange Miami socks sticking out and all.

It was a lovely evening with delicious food.  Tomorrow will be lots and lots of water for me, as well as greens at every meal.  Time to get back to a regular schedule again.  Many thanks to my amazing and beautiful grandmother for preparing their house and cooking quite the feast.

Mama, you made this Yom Kippur as special as always.  I’m lucky to be a part of the best family ever and I cherish the time we spend together.

What are your family celebrations like?  Have you ever fasted for any reason?

Chocolate Covered Kale Protein Smoothie

Today is Yom Kippur – a Day of Atonement.  It comes 10 days after Rosh Hashanah, and is celebrated by partaking in a fast, attending synagogue, and repenting.  Itz the holiest day in the Jewish religion.  While everyone celebrates differently, I plan on fasting throughout the day, yet drinking water to stay hydrated.

With all the running I’m doing in preparation for the half-marathon, I don’t want to totally throw my body off.  I’ll continue my streak of running by doing a very easy one-mile jog.  Obviously, it is not recommended to exercise at all during a fast, but I believe a very slow-paced jog will be fine for my body, especially since I’ll be drinking water.  Itz one day a year, and this is how I’ll choose to celebrate.

Jonny and I will attend services with my family in the morning, lay low throughout the day, and break the fast at my grandparents’ home in the early evening.  For our wedding, I bought Jonny a University of Miami (his alma mater and obsession love) yarmulke (or a “kippah”) that he gets to sport twice a year when we attend temple during the high holidays.

Jonny’s always gotta be showing his “U” love – even at temple!  Today also happens to be WIAW with Jenn at Peas and Crayons.  While I can’t promise to be reading all the wonderful blogs that feature delicious looking food today during my fast, I promise I’ll catch up later!  Fasting is a challenge and gawking at drool-worthy pictures certainly don’t make it any easier (and itz not supposed to be easy! Read my sidenote at the bottom of this post).  For those of you notcelebrating Yom Kippur, I’ll share my eats from the past couple of days for today’s What I Ate Wednesday.

I’ve still been working hard to eat a lot of greens, but I am out of spinach and just have kale in my fridge.  A lot of you told me that you add kale to your smoothies, so I decided to give it a go in my breakfast protein smoothie.

Chocolate Covered Kale Protein Smoothie

~makes one serving

  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon cacao powder (to really amp up the chocolate flavor!)
  • 1 teaspoon maca powder (optional)
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • a few drops of NuNaturals vanilla
  • handful of fresh kale

The verdict?  Well, I like kale, so I thought it was delicious!  If you could turn a green vegetable into a candy coated delight, this is it.  It tasted like chocolate covered kale which sounds completely and utterly odd, but it was actually quite delectable.  Unlike spinach, the kale taste was very evident in this smoothie.  Strangely delicious, packed with protein and nutrients, and filling.

Lunch this week has been a rainbow salad with chicken that I made during my food prep day on Sunday.  I keep the salad cold and warm up the chicken.

Dinner came together quite nicely, too.  We had some chicken that was leftover from our Sunday night dinner with the in-laws, and I prepared asparagus and a spicy quinoa pilaf that I’d picked up from the farmer’s market.  The asparagus was frozen from Trader Joe’s – a newbie to me that I love!  All you do is cook it in the microwave (or the stove), and I added a drop of sea salt and crushed red pepper flakes.

Tomato slices fresh from our garden add a nice splash of color, too!  There you have it, my eats from the past couple of days shown to you on a day where I am fasting and repenting.

Yom Kippur sidenote: I’ve been e-mailing with Jonathan from ENERGYbits (more to come at a later date).  After learning that Jonathan is a fellow Jew, I wished him an “easy fast” which is common to hear among Jewish people on Yom Kippur.  He wrote back, “I’ve been thinking about the fact that we wish people an easy fast… that defeats the purpose of the fast! It’s good to take a step back and realize that life isn’t always easy! With that said.. Have a meaningful fast!” 

That makes so much sense, right? Itz like a lightbulb went off for me as this totally clicked and jived with my thoughts.  Jonathan’s right: Life isn’t always easy, but itz what we make of it by taking the time to reflect (and on days like today, repent) on how we can improve and better ourselves.  Thanks for the insight and your honesty, Jonathan.  While the fast will be challenging, it will be an opportunity to take a step back from the business of everyday life.

So to my Jewish friends, family, and readers: may you have a meaningful fast!

To everyone else: Happy Wednesday! 🙂 

Do you add kale to smoothies?  Can you taste it?  Does a chocolate covered kale protein smoothie appeal to you?

Food Overload

We enjoyed a lovely second Rosh Hashanah dinner at my parents’ last night.  Per usual, my mom and dad outdid themselves and had enough food to feed an army.  We all left with stuffed bellies and overflowing to-go boxes.

My mom set a gorgeous table (which I didn’t think to take a picture of until after dinner – genius), served homemade matzo ball soup (delish), and a fabulous buffet for the main course.  There was brisket, salmon, green beans, sweet koogle, kasha shells, and mashed potatoes.  There is no picture of my dessert plate, just the dessert table, because that’s what my dessert consisted of.  I didn’t make a plate; I stood around chatting with family members having a bite of this, a nibble of that, being sure I sampled each and every thing.  Oy vey.  Food overload.

While I am extremely grateful that we left both Rosh Hashanah dinners with boxfuls of leftovers, I am in a bit of a need to refine my eats from the past two nights.  Itz not to say I won’t eat and enjoy these leftovers – I definitely will.  However, my focus will be on portion control.  I ate much larger servings than my typical dinners entail.

What’s my plan?  No crazy diet, juice fast, or any other bizarre fad.  Obviously, I’ll continue working out as I’m training for a half-marathon, but in addition, I’ll up the veggies, use portion control, and drink tons of water with these two magical ingredients:

Option 1) Squeeze half a lemon into a glass of water.  Drink up.

Option 2) Pour 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar into a large glass of water.  Can sweeten with lemon juice or NuNaturals lemon or orange stevia.

Both options have cleansing properties, and make drinking water a little lot more flavorful.  Tosca Reno swears by lemon water, and there numerous benefits of drinking ACV like: promotes digestion, pH balance, and helps remove body sludge toxins (source).  And now just for laughs:

My dad, nephew, and brother sporting their “Fisher Staches” from the St. Louis Rams home opener this past Sunday.  Funny stuff.

What do you do when you’ve had a food overload?  What’s your plan?

Marvelous Runs

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Speaking of running, I had some marvelous runs this past weekend.  Lindsay at Cotter Crunch challenged everyone to capture a picture to describe the weekend.  Here’s mine:

Left: Saturday speed workout – 6 one-mile repeats. Goal: 8:00 minute miles.  Goal achieved!  We walked 100 meters (about a minute) in between each mile.  I was happy to maintain the pace for all six miles.

Right: Sunday long run – 10-mile run to my parents’ house.  Not easy by any measure.  Miles 5 – 7 were particularly rough, but I pushed through and managed to end with an average of 9:00 minute miles.  I’ll take it.

Bottom: My new shoes – The verdict?  I’m totally loving my Brooks PureFlows.  My legs were super tired during/after my long run, but I think that’s because of the distance and the two consecutive days of tough running.  Today will be one easy mile with lots and lots and lots of stretching and foam rolling.

Some fuel during my long run and after my long run:

Left: Chocolate #9 energy gel – My foodie penpal had sent me this a couple months ago, and I just now tried it.  I took it at mile five, and thought it tasted good.  Later, I got a cramp in my side.  I’m not sure if it was due to the gel, not consuming any fluids during my run (dumb mistake), or just a running cramp.

Right: Zico Pomberry Coconut Water – I ran to my parents’ and went straight to their fridge when I got inside.  I was super thirsty, and this coconut water caught my eye.  The pomberry flavor was good, but I prefer the original flavor better.

I was especially happy about and grateful for my marvelous runs, especially considering my rough runs last week.  Thanks to Diva Katie for hosting Marvelous Monday, as always.

Something else marvelous today is Rosh Hashanah.  For those who don’t know, Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year.  Itz a joyous celebration with sweet foods and lots of family time.  Last night, Jonny and I went to his parents’ house to bring in the New Year with his side.  Good food was consumed:

Raisin challah bread was dipped in honey (honey is traditionally eaten during the New Year).  There was also gefilte fish, matzo ball soup, brisket, sweet koogle, green bean casserole, potato casserole, kasha shells, and dessert.

I made Mama Pea’s Healthy Monkey Bread again, this time two separate batches.  One regular cinnamon sugar, and one coconut (made with shredded coconut and coconut oil instead of cinnamon and butter).  I liked the coconut batch better, but both were tasty.  And in addition to the monkey bread (which the family kept calling “monkey balls”) I had a gooey butter cookie, too.  No one went hungry last night.  We’ll be celebrating with my side of the family tonight with plenty more good food.

As we say on the New Year, “L’shana Tova,” which literally means “for a good year.”  So L’shana Tova to those celebrating, or Happy Monday to the rest of you. 🙂

Matzo ‘n Eggs

Ever since Passover began (2 nights ago), breakfast has looked the same over here: matzo ‘n eggs.  Matzo ‘n eggs is a traditional dish prepared during Passover due to Jews not eating leavened bread, and, instead, consuming [a lot of] matzo.

Jewish lesson for the day: Matzo or Matzah?

  • Both words mean the same thing, itz just a different spelling.  Matzo is the Ashkenaz (of France, Germany, and Eastern Europe descent) transliteration while Matzah is the Sephardic (of Spain, Portugal, North Africa and the Middle Eastern descent) pronunciation.  (source)

Being that my ancestors are from Russia and Poland, I am an Ashkenazi Jew.  Some Jews call matzo ‘n eggs “Matzo Brei” (translation: fried matzo), but my family always called it matzo ‘n eggs.  Also, matzo ‘n eggs doesn’t have to be eaten just during Passover.  It was always a treat when my mom or dad made it anytime in the year and we often requested it.  So now, Jewish or not, Passover or not, you will learn how to make this yummy dish!

Ingredients:

  • 7 matzos
  • 3 eggs
  • splash of milk
  • dash of pepper

Directions:

1. Run matzo under water to soften.

2.  Beat 3 eggs in medium-sized bowl.  Add splash of milk and dash of pepper.

3.  Break matzos and coat in egg mixture.  Let sit for a couple of minutes.

4.  Pour into sprayed pan and cook on medium heat until eggs are thoroughly cooked.  (Break them up and mix every so often as if you were preparing scrambled eggs.)

5.  Find your favorite toppings and serve!  My family always consumed matzo ‘n eggs with sour cream and jelly while Jonny’s family used syrup.  Now, I like mixing plain greek yogurt and strawberry chia seed jam.  Syrup is not bad either though. 🙂

There ya have it!  You learned some more about Jewish history, traditions, Passover, and a new recipe!

PS: Week 11 Day 6‘s workout involves 1 hour of cardio – your choice.  At some point today, that will be accomplished.  Once my matzo ‘n eggs digest!

What is a traditional meal you eat during the Spring?  (Passover, Easter, or other)  And to those celebrating: Happy Easter! 🙂