A Year in Reading

In my continuing “ode to 2011” posts, here’s a look at the books I read this year. It’s hard to pick a favorite; they were all so great in different ways. Secret Daughter, Shilpi Somaya Gowda Best Kept Secret, Amy Hatvany All That is Bitter and Sweet, Ashley Judd Sky of Red Poppies, Zohreh Ghahremani […]

A Year in Cooking

Did you miss any of my recipes this year? Don’t worry — here’s a summary of what I cooked in 2011. The numbers in each photo correspond to the recipe link below. Be sure to check out my reorganized Cooking page. All recipes are categorized and described by the recipe name. Go on … check […]

The House That Sugar Built

I finally saw Moneyball this week and it lived up to everything I hoped it would. This Aaron Sorkin-scribed baseball movie was amazing! However despite today’s title referencing baseball history, this post is not about sports in the slightest. Today’s post is all about the gingerbread house that Bryan, Sophie and I decorated. Gingerbread, icing […]

Hanukkah, Hanukkah, Come MAKE a Menorah

Hanukkah, Hanukkah, come light the menorah … or in this case, make one! Hanukkah – the Festival of Lights – begins tonight at sundown. Sophie I started celebrating a few days early by making our own paper menorah out of – wait for it – toilet paper rolls. I was inspired by a similar idea […]

Peppermint Swirl Cupcakes

Be warned … I am on a baking spree and it will continue during my two-week vacation (starting now). I whipped up peppermint swirl cupcakes for my office potluck this past week. I wanted to make something festive and unique, and of course, holiday-ish. So I got a box of white cake mix, my red […]

Writing a Torah One Letter at a Time

This past weekend, Sophie, Bryan and I had a rare and humbling experience. Our Jewish congregation — in honor of its 150th anniversary — is creating a Torah scroll for the synagogue. The three of us were extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to dedicate a letter in the Torah and be present when it […]

Books Take Over My Nightstand!

I’It shouldn’t be a secret to any of you that I am a huge lover of books. In fact, my idea of the perfect gift is a stack of new books or gift card to a bookstore or Amazon. Clothes, shoes, make-up – please! But I admit that lately my nightstand that contains all my “to […]

Magical Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

I am sharing with you a recipe I found years ago at an office cookie exchange — Magical Candy Cane Kiss Cookies. I’ve made them again this year, but for a virtual cookie exchange. These cookies are delicious, easy and really special for the holidays. Mainly because the main ingredient – the Hershey candy cane […]

The Joy of Pine Cones

It was one of those beautiful San Diego fall/winter days, where the sun was shining brightly and the air was crisp, cool, and the wind blowing overhead. Sophie and I decided to enjoy the day by going on a hunt for pine cones. There are several towering pine trees lining our streets that lead to […]