Sukkot – The Festival of the Harvest

One of the lesser-known Jewish holidays is Sukkot, the festival of the harvest. Sukkot takes place in the fall, following the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The mainstay of Sukkot is building a Sukkah, a wooden structure that is covered across the top with palm leaves and decorated inside with handmade decorations […]

Apple Picking: Day in Julian (Part 2)

After gathering three bags (or half pecks) of apples from our Peacefield Orchards apple-picking adventure, we headed to the town of Julian for a snack. And snack we did – on cider donuts, coffee and a mega Diet Coke (mine) from Julian Pie Company. Allow me to digress for a minute about Julian Pie Company.The […]

Apple Picking (Part 1)

We recently made a family trip to Julian, CA to celebrate Bryan’s birthday and for our first apple-picking adventure. For those of you not familiar with Julian, it’s a small mining town in the mountains just outside San Diego. They are famous for their abundant apple orchards. People come from everywhere to visit the little […]

The Truth About Cats and Dogs

My mother-in-law likes to use this clever platitude when describing the difference between dog and cat ownership: Dogs have owners. Cats have staff. Now that I’m the owner of a cat for the first time in my life, I’ve come to find out that’s not the only thing that distinguishes the feline from the canine. […]

My Apologies to the Football Fans

It’s football season. I know. Oh, the team spirit, the food, the Sunday afternoon television ritual. But you know what? I’m just not a football person and I could care less about it. Before you read on, here’s my disclaimer: I apologize in advance to all you football fans. I’m not criticizing the teams or […]

Make Your Own Pizza — It’s Easy!

Have I shared with you my homemade pizza? So like most of you, I LOVE pizza! And I actually make my own pizza – from scratch.Yes, from scratch. I love being able to have pizza anytime I want, with just the ingredients in my pantry and fridge/freezer. I love not having to write a check […]

A “Dog” Day Afternoon

After a flea invasion left poor Casey and Romeo at their wits-end (as well as Bryan and I), we decided to take matters into our hands. We headed to the South Bark Dog Wash to help these poor pups get some relief. This was one of the best family outings we’ve had! It was so […]

Sophie’s First Day of School

Today was Sophie’s first day of preschool! Sometimes I can’t believe I have a little daughter, let alone one that just started full-time preschool. Being a parent really gives new meaning to the phrase, “Time flies.” Of course, Sophie did great. She was SO excited to go to school, see her friends and her teacher. […]

September 11, 2001

It seemed like any ordinary day. Nothing was different. No phone calls to our condo. The alarm went off to the annoying buzzing sound that it did every morning (the only way that I’d get out of bed). Bryan left the house before 6 a.m. since Tuesdays were his early-morning day to teach spin class […]