Wednesday, April 14, 2010


You may have noticed that I've neglected this blog for a while. That is because I have been busy with Stylistit. Stylistit is my blog of Israeli style and design. In Stylistit I feature Israeli designers of jewelry, Israeli fashion designers, fun Israeli stuff, some of my favorite shops and other things that would interest people who care about design & style or Israel or both.

Please go to Stylistit and check out the site, and please comment. I would love to hear from you.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Carrot Cake

Yesterday, just before dinner, my son read the Ugat Gzer (Carrot Cake) book by Mirik Snir, to my daughter.
He is second grade now and reads whatever he can get his hands on.
At the end of the book there is a simple recipe for carrot cake, and they wanted to make it.
So before sitting down to dinner we quickly grated the carrots put every thing is a bow and into the oven before we sat down for dinner.
Ok, so the recipe calls for whipping the eggs and adding the ingredients slowly and in a certain order. But, I could not be bothered, I was in a rush to get them to dinner.
Anyway, the wonderful smell of carrot cake filled the house and I offered them to come down after their bath and have some of the cake and tea.
But, they didn't want any. "It's carrots, Ima." They told me. "We don't eat carrots".

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Storks over Zihron Ya'akov

It's now bird migration season again and there are thousands of birds flying through Israel now. If you can get to the area below Zihron Ya'akov on the coastal road, you can see hundreds of storks in small and large groups. These large birds are everywhere, flying in loops in the sky, in the trees, in the fields and of course around the fish pools of Ma'agan Michael.
For a special tiyul, take the train to Haifa that passes right by the fish pools. That way you don't have to worry about driving and running into cars that slow down or stop at the side of the road to look at the birds. It's really not a sight anyone can ignore.

This is a picture I took from the car.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Hello Again

I've been wanting to restart writing here for a while and this seems like a good time.
Summer vacation has finished and the kids are back in school and Gan (kindergarten). The next thing on my mind is Rosh Hashanah which is just around the corner. That means I am now somewhat obsessed with honey cake recipes and trying to recall the Rosh Hashanah salad I made last year that was requested again this years holiday dinner. … All I an remember is I think it had pomegranate seeds in it.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Emek Izrael (Jezreel valley) Pioneer Museum

I've always loved pioneer museums. When I was growing up I used to love going to see "how people once lived" in the room set up like in real life back them, and there were plenty of them in Illinois and Wisconsin and Texas.
In Israel they are called Halitzim and most Halitzim sites you can go visit deal with the idealism of the settlers, the battles that went on in the area, the poetry and mythology created around the pioneer ideal. Not many fill my interest in the private lives of the individual people.
Well I finally found a place for that.
The Museum Emek Izrael (Jezreel valley) Hityashvut offers a real glimpse of how people actually lived, worked, cared for their children in the "Emek" in the Moshavim and Kibbutzim of the area.
The museum is in Kibbutz Yifat not far off the road between Kiryat Tivon and Nathareth.
The Halitzim museum has a few areas some with life size replicas of Kibbutz and Moshav houses much smaller then any one room cabin you would see in the US. This is the part I liked best. In this area there are also replicas of school rooms and kibbutz "children's houses". Another area has a display of old tractors and pioneer worksites for building the rail track, clearing way for the roads, fieldwork and livestock.
My kids enjoyed the kitchen where you make Halitzim meals (when we were there in Passover in was Matza balls in chicken soup), old time childrens games (mostly outside games of rope or stilts and some wooden toys), and especially an explanation on bee keeping and collecting honey.

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Cattle passing by

The other day I heard some moo'ing not far away. I looked around and didn't see anything. So I carried on with my housework, but when I went into my daughters room I saw a herd of cows passing by the path at the back of the house.
My husband asked the cowmen to let the cattle graze on the overgrown weeds on the side of our plot.

Most of Northern Israel is spotted with cattle herds. There are a few herds around our town and they graze on weeds and vegetation in the open spaces on the outskirts.
The mayor told up they cooperate with the cowmen letting the cows graze on areas so that they don't have to bring in someone to clean up the overgrowing weeds and vegetation. They just invite in the cattle and let them eat it all up.

Thursday, March 5, 2009