DIY, Food, Parenting, Recipes

Making baby food in two hours per week (or less, even as an expat)

I made all of both my daughters’ baby food for stretches of about six months per child.  It sucked at first, but I slowly got into a rhythm that allowed me to make it in large batches.  Look, being a working mother is hard (being a mother is hard, period).  And I can see why folks don’t… Read More Making baby food in two hours per week (or less, even as an expat)

Jerusalem, Parenting

Yom Kippur in Jerusalem

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. On this “Sabbath of Sabbaths,” the entire country shuts down. As non-Jewish visitors to Jerusalem, we don’t always get to observe the religious side of holidays (and are conscious of appropriation as well); however, that doesn’t stop us from appreciating the secular benefits of a Jerusalem without… Read More Yom Kippur in Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Parenting, Travel

Grace’s Baptism

The day after Bertrand returned from Cotonou with the girls, the monks from the monastery where Bertrand attends services called to remind us that we were baptizing Grace on Pentecost. We hadn’t yet found godparents, we hadn’t made any plans for a reception. Hell, we didn’t even have a dress for Grace to wear. The… Read More Grace’s Baptism

Jerusalem, Parenting

Darom Adom Southern Anemone festival in southern Israel – Watching the Desert Bloom

Friends of ours invited us to join them on a trip to the Negev to see Israeli’s national flower, the anemone bloom.  The flowers bloom only for a few short weeks after the rainy season, before disappearing until the next year.  After over a month cooped up in Jerusalem, we were happy to get out… Read More Darom Adom Southern Anemone festival in southern Israel – Watching the Desert Bloom