Monday’s Mixture

IMG_4011Well another week has flown by and can you believe it we are almost in October.  It seems my mind has been on other things recently and I have not been able to sit down and write.  However that does not mean I have not been cooking up a lot of things.  In fact just the opposite one day last week that is all I did aside from driving carpool… I cooked.  We had a couple really nice meals and I was so caught up in entertaining and getting things together that it completely slipped my mind to take pictures.  Clearly being a food blogger has not been my top priority.

We are in the midst of the busiest fall week for our family three birthdays and an anniversary and this year to the holidays are falling right in the middle as well.  Needless to say our days and nights have been busy.  I will try and link to some of the recipes we enjoyed and others I will have to recreate and post with pictures at a later time.

1.  What We are Eating ( September 21 – 26th)

Sunday – Super Nachos

Monday – Leftovers, we needed to clean out the fridge and make room for the anticipated holiday food

Tuesday – Chicken, Spinach, and Mushroom Quesadillas

Wednesday – Chicken Matza Ball Soup with Challah, Kale & Apple Salad, Noodle Kugel, and The Baked Brownie with Vanilla Ice CreamIMG_4012

Thursday – Brisket (epicruious.com), Sweet Potato Casserole, Salad, Challah, & Apple Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream

Friday – Repeat of Wednesday/ Thursday just the three of us (Brisket, Kale & Apple Salad, Sweet Potato Casserole)

Saturday – Another busy weekend that included dinner out

2.  Pumpkin Spice – I am very much a fan of pumpkin flavor as I have always enjoyed a good pumpkin pie.  In recent years pumpkin flavor has become so popular it is everywhere.  I will admit I do enjoy pumpkin products – pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin dip, and pumpkin soup.  But how far is it going to go with this pumpkin obsession?  Have you seen some of the products on the market recently?  Pumpkin Spice Oreos, and M &M’s.  This is where I draw the line some things are just better in their original form.

I did, however, grab a bag of pumpkin seeds for mixture this weekend and popped one in my mouth this morning.  I did not realize when I purchased them they were pumpkin spice flavored pumpkin seeds.  They are fine and I am sure Little Miss Mixture will enjoy them, but they do not taste like pumpkin seeds rather they taste like cinnamon sugar crunch.

3.  Shoes – Did you know that shoes can grow a mold?  What else is this.  With the changing of the season and the cooler weather moving in, I started to move clothes around in my closet.  I do this each season.  I put the sandals and whites up high and bring down the sweaters and boots.  Apparently after the downpour I was caught in during pick up a few weeks ago my sandals, though they felt dry, were in fact still damp.  This is what I found when I went to move shoes around.  Luckily it had only been a few days and they cleaned up well.

How odd.  Now I am rethinking whether I like keeping them in the clear shoe boxes or not.

 

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Luckily it had only been a few days and they cleaned up well.

How odd.  Now I am rethinking whether I like keeping them in the clear shoe boxes or not.

4. Beer – If you recall about two months ago, Mr. Mixture and I visited some local breweries and did some sampling.  We visited Triple C first and by the end of our afternoon I had forgotten which beers I enjoyed at their brewery.  This weekend we attended a function where Triple C was on tap.  I am not sure which beer out of the four was the most popular of the night, but both Mr. Mixture and myself enjoyed the Smoked Amber.

5. Birthday Party – Little Miss Mixture has a birthday this week and like may little girls she has specific ideas on what her birthday should entail.  Here are some of the ideas she has us working on her to make her birthday special.  What did we do before the internet and Pinterest for ideas, tutorials, and pictures?

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Be sure to check back next week to see how we made the birthday special.  What our go to fall mixture snack is and some recipes of what we have been eating.

Happy Monday! Happy National Coffee Day!

 

*Pictures via Pinterest, Real Life, Real Estate, Real Dana, fortandfield.blogspot.com, food.com

Monday Mixture

One month left of summer vacation and we still have a lot of things on our summer bucket list to get done.  Truth be told we keep adding things to cross of as we are not doing very well getting to many of the original ideas.  A few yes, but I think we were trying to be to ambitious.  Good news though we are having a busy and fun summer, so in the end who cares what was on the list as long as everyone enjoyed themselves and are ready to start another school year. We still have a month and this week was a productive one and enjoyable one.

1.What we are eating (July 13 – July 19)

Sunday – Grilled Chicken & Pineapple on Brioche Rolls, Grilled Okra, and Watermelon

Monday – Milkshakes & Leftovers

Tuesday – Taco Salad

Wednesday –  Gazpacho & Bread

ThursdayTomato Mozzarella Salad, Grilled Sausage, Grilled Corn

FridayChopped Salad

Saturday – Light appetizer type meal before going to a baseball game.

2. Okra – Little Miss Mixture wanted to plant some seeds in my barrels, so you may recall I gave her some space.  One of the items she picked was okra.  Look at this the plant flowered and we have these growing.

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3. Mixture – Little Miss Mixture had a friend over this week.  She wanted to make it fun and special, so of course to her that meant fun JUNK FOOD.  In fact when she asked for cinnamon roles her exact comment was ” if you make them, please do not make them healthy.”  Hmm clearly she knows me well.  I obliged and got her the store bought ones and made a mental note to try and make some healthier ones another time.  True to her taste, Little Miss Mixture decided on a fun mixture for their evening snack.  Clearly my love of mixture and creation of them is being passed on as this was not too bad Mr. Mixture and I found it quite tasty while we enjoyed our evening television as well.IMG_3461

4.  Food Holidays – Did you see this article Bon Appetit published about National Food Holidays.  Sorry Bon Appetit, but maybe there is a reason you are no longer arriving in my mailbox. We clearly do not have the same idea or love of all things food.  How can you come down on foodies who embrace the little things and celebrate these fun created holidays.  Of course someone created them that is how all the holidays have come about, but it gives everyone a day to feel special or something to look forward to, and I like the excuse to try a new recipe or an old favorite and indulge in good food.  Maybe this is a great way to encourage some people (kids or picky adults) to try new foods.

Parent: “It is national eat a peach day?  “Let’s have peaches”

Picky eater: “No”

Parent: “How can you NOT eat a peach.” You are NOT going to celebrate National eat a peach day.”

Picky eater:  ” Okay I will try it.  It is a national holiday”

So what if some are silly.  Who is with me?  Who is going to celebrate the little things in life?

5.  Upcoming Holidays I hope to celebrate                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            7/25 National Hot Fudge Sundae Day                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              7/26 National Coffee Milkshake Day  and National Dance Day                                                                                                                                                                                                    7/30 National Cheesecake Day                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          8/1 National Girlfriends Day                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             8/3 National Watermelon Day                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              8/5 National Waffle Day                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           8/9 My Anniversary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 8/10 National S’mores Day                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   8/23 National Eat a Peach Day                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      8/31 National Trail Mix Day (Woo Hoo a day to celebrate Mixture, and I did not create it)

These are just a few of the fun days ahead.  One could fill their whole calendar with things to celebrate.  Come to think of it that might be the way to make a summer bucket list.  Besides we have to eat each day, why not determine our menu based on celebrating the little things.

Happy Monday!  Hope everyone has a good week and look for more recipes involving cherries to arrive this week as well as my love of Chopped.

Which side of the Seder Plate?

Can the Easter Bunny visit next weekend we have an early soccer game that is causing a conflict?

Why don’t we petition to move Thanksgiving to a Saturday then schools would not have to work around the holiday break.

Here we are on spring break and there are tons of tweets and post on Facebook reflecting two important holidays this week.  I have seen some amazing Passover recipes and some delicious Easter desserts and menu plans.

As I mentioned in my first post, I was brought up in an interfaith household and raised to make my own decisions on religion.  I married into a Jewish family, though from the very beginning their Jewishness struck me as not quite the norm.  I think my Jewish Southern Baptist small town upbringing might have been more jewish.  I lit candles at hanukkah and on occasion candles burned for Sabbath and our Friday night dinners.  I was versed in all things jewish – bagels and lox, potato latkes, matzah brei, gefilte fish, and hamentashens.

How do you spawn from a NYC raised jewish mother and never had or been introduced to Borscht or Gefilte Fish?  Can you really call yourself jewish without having consumed these foods.  Do they allow you to be Bar Mitzvahed without eating lox? Of course  there are all levels of observation. Though I was perplexed having been invited for break fast our first year dating, when visiting after evening services on Yom Kippur and the family broke out their bowls for ice cream.  Sure I was not about to say no, but I had only twice during my college years fasted.  But I thought I was nontraditionalist, the partial Jew.

Turn the calendar forward several years and several grandchildren later.  Mr. Mixture and I have chosen to continue certain holiday traditions but the time had not yet come to discuss religious school for Little Miss Mixture.  We were asked to come to Seder at my in-laws but rather than on the first night of Passover we would celebrate the weekend before to accommodate out of town people.  I was taken aback.  Not sure what to say or how to prepare food.  I found it odd to change the holiday. Sure my family had held their “gift exchange” whenever convenient as we got older, but somehow in my mind it was totally different.  We no longer lit candles on a menorah or had a tree, it was just a family get together with gifts.

Was it different?

Could I be hypocritical?  Sure I can be because I am opinionated and we can all think our own thoughts.

Present day all grandchildren are school age and despite the grandparents best efforts all are being raised with minimal religion in the home.  So trying to continue traditions the Seder was again planned for prior to the actual holiday.  Time will tell as the children age and lives change, but this convenient Passover Seder has occurred three times now and each time I laugh about several things.

1. Okay now we had Seder. So do we eat anything we want for the next few nights until the holiday actually begins.  

Truth is I do not think anyone in the family keeps kosher for Pesach, but the question is still there.

2. Does our food need to be Kosher for Passover since it is not really Pesach as yet?

3. Why didn’t Elijah show up surely he is not busy since we must be the only people having Seder tonight.

For lack of a better thought right now Jesus you mean we were not the only people.  How did I miss that this was a new trendy occurrence. There is a whole debate on having Seder on convenient nights.  Similar to this article in The Washington Post I am not sure how I feel about the whole thing.

Passover makes a point of trying to teach us during the Seder.  We must pause and think about how ” this night is different from all others?”  Again the irony in the question if we are celebrating on nights convenient to us.  Why is this being done?  Is it really because as a society we are too busy to take the time to stop and celebrate when the calendar indicates?  Or should I be a little more stereotypically and ask is it because Jewish mothers will be Jewish mothers.  Thus the need to control and have everyone together to feed them.  I realize as families grow and move farther away from each other it is harder to celebrate as a family.  A family though can range in size and celebrating a holiday does not have to include the entire extended family.  Many people are having traditional Seders with friends and/ or families.  Teaching children traditions is important but are the families who are having “convenient” Seder’s stopping to think about this message they are teaching the children?

Should we expect the Santa watch on the news to start lasting multiple days to accommodate everyone’s schedule? 

This is not even what I planned to write about today.  I was going to write about % of Jews who keep Kosher for Passover.  We do not.  I have said it.  I am fine with this as it is my current choice and one day I may choose differently.  I do however expose my daughter to traditions and will allow her to form her own choices as she gets older.  I am not of the mindset to force religion and religious observances on her. Hmm pause that could be another Passover question.  Is that why people are having convenient Passover Seders? I have heard too many stories of that and they typically do not turn out as envisioned.

So enough of my abstract head rambling and thoughts here is what I sat down to write.

I had to laugh last night as I am sitting at Chipolte enjoying the South Florida air and the kids behind me are singing Dayenu.  It only lasts for about a minute of which I have to catch a glance.  Internally I am hysterical and comforted at the same time, as the mom is enjoying her burrito bowl and dad his burrito.  Clearly the mom was self conscious as she quieted the children stating” that is not a nice song to sing in public.”  I think she was flustered.

Are we bad Jews because we are enjoying our non kosher for Passover food.  

Should she feel this way?  I could have misread the situation, but it did strike a cord.

How many people keep kosher for Pesach?  Should we feel guilty for wanting to enjoy spring break without restrictions?  Should we fell guilty for moving the holiday?  Are these the same people having the convenient Passover Seder?  

Oddly I have to believe the number of people keeping kosher for Pesach has wained in recent years.  Though with all the gluten free and trendy paleo diets and what not there are so many more foods available and recipes around where one can keep kosher for Pesach and enjoy more than matzah and brisket.

How do you feel about when Seder should be held?  

What are your thoughts on keeping Kosher for Pesach?