So it’s officially summer though, to be honest, I wouldn’t know it. I’m knee-deep in teaching summer school health. It’s actually not as bad as it sounds. While I’d REALLY LOVE some time off, I rarely get to be in the classroom teaching students subject matter that I’m so passionate about. I mean, what’s not to love about spending 2 hours a day, 5 days a week talking to high schoolers about topics such as consent education, mood disorders, and sex education!? Fun, right!?

In the midst of all of this, my husband has been out-of-town for a week and a half (half a week to go!) and while I’m really loving having all this time with our girls, mama is in need for a little ‘me’ time. As it is, I’ve been getting up at around 5am just so I can enjoy a hot cup of coffee and a fresh episode of The Great British Baking Show before the girls get up and it’s ‘go’ time. I don’t know about you, but as a parent, I struggled with anxiety when it came to the weeks leading up to being alone with the kids for an extended amount of time. When Eden was just 4 weeks old, husband had to go to Miami for a few days in order to complete some research for his PhD and if anyone is a proponent of exposure therapy for anxiety, it is me as that time alone with an infant and a 3 year-old truly taught me that I can do it. Now that the girls are older and Eden is at one nap a day, I’m able to actually enjoy my alone time with the girls. We can get out, explore this great city with my little buddies and, dare I say it, have fun. Our absolute favorite activity is to head to the beach with sand toys and picnic in hand. I’ve been trying to up our picnic game as lately it’s been day-after-day of pb & j sandwiches and cucumbers. Therefore, I put a call out to some food blogging buddies and the result is the recipe round-up below, which is chock full of vegetarian and vegan options for your summer picnics! I hope you enjoy and don’t forget your sunscreen!

 

Kosher ‘Krab’ Cakes with Zoodles and Avocado Crema from Jewhungry

 

Broccoli Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing from The Roasted Root

Kalyn’s Tabbouleh with Almonds from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Arabic Potato Salad from Persnickety Plates

Chipotle Hummus-Stuffed Potato Bites from The Lemon Bowl

Moroccan Sweet Potato Salad from Food Faith Fitness

Mediterranean Deviled Egg Recipe with Roasted Red Pepper and Hummus from Two Healthy Kitchens

Lentil Quinoa Salad with Golden Raisins and Lemon Dressing from Noshtastic

California Cowboy Caviar from Fork and Beans

Lentil Hand Pies with Walnut Pesto from Delish Knowledge

Israeli Couscous Recipe with Chopped Veggies, Chickpeas, and Artichoke from The Mediterranean Dish

All-Natural Carrot Dogs from Healthy Slow Cooking

Falafel Feta Salad from Jewhungry 

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Happy baby shower to Emily! I’m so so so so very honored to be sharing a sweet little recipe in honor of Emily of The Pig & Quill and her upcoming piglet! When I got the email inviting me to participate in this little virtual celebration, I knew I had to dust off the camera and break out the food blogging. Who doesn’t love celebrating new life?! And especially for Em!

Now, I never had a baby shower cause it’s not something we EXTREMELY paranoid and superstitious Jews do but I’ve been to one and man, it was nice. The food was nice. The atmosphere was nice. The present-giving was nice. I mean, what a lovely time. Also, folks really seem to go all out with themes when it comes to throwing baby showers. The creativity is really something special.

If I had to pick a theme for why I chose a milkshake for this post, it would be ‘cravings’. Currently in my 14th week of pregnancy with my 2nd kiddo, it’s been a rough ride. That being said, once I got over my weeks of morning sickness during both pregnancies, the cravings came on . . . strong. The one craving I’ve had with both pregnancies has been for milkshakes. But not just any milkshake, mint milkshakes. I believe they’re know as Shamrock Shakes in the non-kosher world. Anywho, I’ve wanted buckets of them. I mean, put a mint milkshake in a Big Gulp, gimme a straw and I am good to go (please note, I do not actually ingest that much milkshake. I want to, but I don’t).

So, I thought, why not bring something delicious, refreshing and totally in the theme of pregnancy cravings to a virtual baby shower! And since Em has confessed to loving ice cream and Ranch dressing, I feel like she’d be cool with showing up with milkshakes to a party.

 

I wish Em and Chris so much love and goodness and sleep and health and happiness as they are about to enter this huge new phase in their lives. I remember bringing home our new baby girl like it was yesterday. I remember being scared sh*tless. I remember sweating profusely for like 4 weeks straight (hormones). I remember thinking, “I can’t believe they sent her home with us!! ‘They’ trust us with a baby!?!” I also, most importantly, remember not knowing what the heck I was doing but thanking my lucky stars I had beloved girlfriends and a sister-in-law who I could call on at any time for help or just for a hormonal cry (it’s gonna happen. Just go with it). So here’s my unsolicited advice:

1. Find a few close friends who view the world as you do and make them your parent-advice go to.

2.  Invest in those Yes to Carrots! Baby Face wipes. They were/are the greatest necessity on the planet. I would wipe myself down after a nice night sweat session but could also use them for the kiddo.

3. Make no excuses for living in your pajamas and yoga pants for at least 6 weeks. You be you, girl. You. Be. You.

4. Oh, and get yourself (or register for) some of those nice button down jammies you can get from Vickie’s Secret. Great for hospital visits and you feel like a lady.

5. Finally, whatever you do, don’t forget to take care of yourself as well. Ask for help. Take a shower now and then, even if there’s laundry to be done and dishes to be done. They’ll get done. No worries. You get an excuse to be a little selfish. Own it.

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Checking in for our induction. We had an AMAZING birth experience . . . induction, epideral and all. Oh, I’m totally faking the pain here. There was none.

 

Match Mint Milkshake

 

Ingredients (for 2 milkshakes):

3 scoops of vanilla bean ice cream
4 tbsp matcha tea powder
1/2 tsp peppermint oil
3 cups of milk of choice (I used almond because it’s a bit thicker)
Whipped cream
Maraschino cherries

Directions (this seems obvious but I’m posting anyway):

Place all ingredients except for whipped cream and cherrry into blender. Blend well. Pour into glass of choice and top with as much whipped cream and cherries as your heart desires.

Also, please check out the recipes from the INSANELY TALENTED BLOGGERS who are also ‘attending’ and ‘cooking’ for Em’s little piglet party. One day, I’d really love to go to an actual real live party with these folks and eat their real live food. Yes please. Enjoy!

Below are the links for each participant:

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Jewhungry Coffee Round Up

 

Team, we’re on vacation.  We’re back in Miami but this time we’re at my husband’s place in Coconut Grove. And yes, it’s EXTREMELY weird to say the sentence, “my husband’s place”. These kinds of trips, trips back to a city you used to live in, are always a mixed back.  You spend so much time running around trying to see everyone and the chances of me disappointing someone on this trip is/was quite great. It’s a pretty awesome problem though; the problem of having so many loved ones and not enough time to see them.

When we moved from Miami to LA, I honestly thought we’d never head back. It’s a lot less expensive and less chaotic for my husband to do the traveling to LA than for me and the 2 1/2 year-old kiddo to be traveling to Miami. But, the hubby got a gig reading the Torah on a few shabbatot (multiple shabbats) at the Coconut Grove Chabad and as payment, the Chabad bought us tickets to come out to see him.  It’s a pretty sweet deal. Part of the negotiation though was I was not gonna head back to LA with a jetlagged toddler without some help.  We get back on Tuesday and I go right back to work on Wednesday. Parenting a toddler is exhausting. Parenting a toddler alone and working as a school counselor is EXTREMELY exhausting. As a result, my morning coffee consumption has gone from 1 cup everyone morning to 2 cups. I’m officially a 2 cup of coffee lady. My love and, let’s face it, addiction to coffee is deep and it is real. I’m a monster when I don’t get my coffee. It’s shocking how rapidly I change from she-beast to relatively pleasant person after even one gulp of coffee. As a result of this new change in coffee-drinking status, I bring you a post dedicated ENTIRELY to coffee.  I’ve got coffee everything. There are smoothies, brownies, salad, fudge, homemade creamers, and, of course, drinks! I hope you find something you like!

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1. Bourbon Blondies with Chocolate Vegan Glaze from Jewhungry

2. Vanilla Almond Frappuccino from Jewhungry 

3. Coffee-rubbed Lamb Chops with Blueberry Balsamic Reduction from Kitchen Tested

4. Coconut Coffee Ice Cream from Running to the Kitchen 

5. Chocolate Chip Coffee Muffins from Very Culinary

6. Cardamom Coffee Beet Salad from What Jew Wanna Eat

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Coffee-Rubbed Lamb Chops with Blueberry Balsamic Reduction from Kitchen Tested

 

 

7. Dark Chocolate Bark with Coffee Pistachios + Sea Salt from With Food + Love

8.  Mocha Tahini Protein Fudge from Spabettie

9. Coffee Hazelnut Spritz Cookies from Healthy Delicious

10. Sugar-free Homemade Coffee-Liqueur from  All Day Long I Dream About Food

11. Espresso Cookies with Salted Caramel Ganache from Keep It Sweets Desserts

12. Butternut Butterscotch Latte from An Edible Mosaic                            Paleo-Mocha-Almond-Pancakes_labelled

13.  Paleo Mocha Almond Pancakes from The Healthy Maven

14. Coffee Toffee Thumbprint Cookies from Crumb Blog

15. Chocolate Coffee-Almond Granola from Cooking on the Weekends

16. Chocolate Espresso Mousse from The Lemon Bowl

17. Coffee Smoothie with Fresh Cherries from Cook the Story

18. Coffee Kahlua Fudge from The Kitchen is My Playground

Coffee-Hazelnut Spritz Cookies from Healthy Delicious

Coffee-Hazelnut Spritz Cookies from Healthy Delicious

19. Mocha No Bake Granola Bars from Mom on Time Out

20. Toasted Coconut Cold-brew Coffee from Ari’s Menu

21. Baileys Irish Coffee Caramels from Bake.Love.Give

22. Energizing Green Smoothie from Tasty Yummies

23. Tiramisu Dip from Lemon Tree Dwelling

24. Mocha Pound Cake from Confident Cookie, Hesitant Baker

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