Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Printable Coupon - "Of Tov"

Looking for fast food solutions? Trust me, I know how it feels when life gets in the way and you just.can't.cook.

(My family is suffering from this problem right now.)

Here's your Of Tov coupons.

They're good thru December 31, 2013

Printable Coupon - Almond Milk/Hazelnut Milk

Do you buy non-dairy "milk"?

Get your coupon for 5 shekels off Alpro's Almond milk or Hazelnut milk!

The coupon is good at most supermarkets and is valid through December 31, 2013.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sukkot Menu

I'm sick. My airways have closed up in response to a regular ol' cold I caught from my daughter. She had this cold - fever, stuffy nose, sore throat for a few days last week (started Thursday) but she was all better by Sunday. 

On Tuesday it hit me. I woke up at 3 a.m. with fever and a sore throat. I was hoping that it wouldn't progress, but it has set off my asthma... so I'm trying to rest up, take lots of asthma meds and stay optimistic.
a corner of our sukkah. (a problematic corner) 

So this chag menu will be more of the same. EASY foods.

Here goes:

Whole Wheat Honey Challot (from the freezer)
Super Garlicky (forgive me, please, kids!) vegetable soup for healing
Oven fried chicken
Corn on the Cob (got our hands on some super sweet organic corn and I haven't found a ton of bugs)
Apple crisp (my girls will make that)
Roasted Summer Squash
Roasted Red Peppers
Lentils with sauteed onions
Brown Rice
Salad with honey-cinnamon oranges (the oranges we were able to get are still quite tart) for some extra vitamin C
Dessert: grapes, and a chocolate chip cake from the freezer
Snacks: popcorn, watermelon and these honey cinnamon roasted chickpeas I've been wanting to try...

Chag Sameyach to all of you!
What are making for chag?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Computer Gemach

This is a guest post by Shmuel Meyer. Please take a few moments to read about his wonderful computer gemach service! You can reach Shmuel at shmuel@meyer-services.com, or call him at 02-5862017. -Ester

The Computer Gemach
I have been an independent computer consultant since 1987. Over 15 years ago, I saw that my clients didn't have what to do with their used computers after they upgraded. I started to gather used systems and parts and put together working computers.

These refurbished computers are then donated to needy individuals and organizations. This includes people who are trying to get on their feet financially, sick children and various charity organizations.

The gemach (Hebrew for "acts of kindness") is just a one man operation. It is not a registered charity. That simply costs too much. I have been funding everything from my own pocket with very little help until now. 

However, I cannot continue alone. I need your help.

There is a need for what I am doing. People are always asking for help. There is no
bureaucracy here. People explain their situation and I try to help.

A side benefit is that it helps the ecology by keeping computers out of landfills.

I am seeking funds mainly to pay the rent on the small work and storage space that I use.

I am also trying to add 3 new projects to the gemach:
1) A lending library of computer books.
2) A lending library of software to learn computer related topics.
3) Lending of laptops for hospitalized people.

I have made appeals in the past. I usually get offers of a couple of computers. Sometimes the donor actual gives me the computer. But usually even that falls through...

You can find out all about my gemach on my website. Please check it out! In addition, I have created a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo. Please take a look at it and help out!

If you have any questions or need any further information, please
be in touch.

Shmuel Meyer

Friday, September 13, 2013

Better World Books Sale!


Looking for books?

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We ALWAYS are. We homeschool, and in addition to needing educational books, we are HUGE readers here.

So, for a very limited time - Shop the Better World Books International Literacy Day Sale, and save 15% off your purchase of 3 or more used books, all with Free Shipping Worldwide! 

(Sale ends 12 PM EDT on Saturday, so get your order in before Yom Kippur!)

Have fun book shopping!

a very small sampling of our used book collection

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Banana Coconut Oat Bran Muffins

I was hanging around my house in the crazy heat today, feeling like my brain was fried. I just wanted to go to sleep.

So I got myself up and into the kitchen, threw the window wide open (just hoping it would bring a cool breeze), and baked some muffins. They smell amazing so if they don't get eaten NOW, they'll be part of our break the fast meal after Yom Kippur!

This recipe came about because I didn't have much sifted flour left on hand, and I had a LOT of mushy bananas (note to self: stop buying too many bananas!)

Banana Coconut Oat Bran Muffins

6 overripe bananas, mashed well
2/3 c. sugar
1/2 c. oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 T. ground flaxseed
1.5 - 2 c. water + 1 tsp vinegar (or whey from kefir cheese making, or you can use half water/half orange juice to give it an interesting extra flavor)

combine well.

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup wheat bran (finished off my stash)
1.5 cups oat bran 3/4 c. shredded coconut                                                                                     
1/2 tsp salt
 2 tsp baking powder
 Mix well

This makes 12 generous muffins.
Pour batter into muffin tin lined with paper cups. Bake at 350 F/175  C for 25-30 min

Monday, September 9, 2013

Science Night - Free events!


This year's Science Night is Thursday, Sept 12, 2013, and there will be free events all over the country! These events are designed to make science fun for all, so it's sure to be a night of somewhat geeky fun. PERFECT.

So here's the info you need:

Events will take place at 14 different locations around the country, and all are free.

MadaTech in Haifa will have special programs from 5pm - 10pm

The Technion will have programs for age 9 + (advance registration required)from 4pm - 10pm

Haifa University will have programs from 5pm - 10pm for ages 4+ (advance registration required for some programs

Migal (in Kiryat Shmona) will have free events from 5pm - 9pm

Tel Aviv University will have events from 4pm - 11pm. Advance registration is required.

The Hebrew University in Jerusalem will have events from 5pm - midnight. They will also run programs in Maaleh Adumim at 5:30 pm

The Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem will have events from 4pm- midnight

The Open University will have events at the Raanana campus, from 4pm - midnight. Advance registration is required

The Weizmann Institute will have events from 5pm - 10pm

Ben Gurion University will have events from 5pm - 11pm. Advance registration is required for some events.

Bar Ilan University will have events from 5pm - 9pm

SCE will have events in Be'er Sheva and Ashdod from 4pm - 9pm

The Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institute (Eilat) will have events from 5:30pm - 10pm

Moona (in Sakhnin) will have events from 5pm - 9pm

Hope you can find your way to one of these events!
Let me know if you went, I'd love to hear about it!

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Menu Plan for the week

If I don't plan some menus immediately, we will have nothing to eat!
I'll easily get overwhelmed by all the tasks I have to take care of, our new schedule, which includes chugim (special activities) at supper time nearly every evening, etc...

So... no promises that I'll completely stick to this plan, but it's better to have a plan than NOT to have a plan.

I'll start with Monday this week, since it's already Monday!

OH... and I'm only planning supper. Not sure what we'll be doing about lunches, but at least we'll have a supper plan.

(Can you tell I'm still feeling a little topsy-turvey from the move?)

Monday: Tomato soup with rice, fresh rolls, salad

Tuesday: Pancakes, scrambled eggs, salad, yogurt

Wednesday: Lentil patties served on rolls, oven-fries, salad

Thursday: Pea Soup (not split pea soup), Roasted Carrots, Some sort of Casserole

Here's hoping  we can get back into some sort of daily and weekly rhythm!