Thursday, July 31, 2014

SucraLite Recall to Replace

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Consumers of artificial sweeteners should be aware that "SucraLite 150 tablets", barcode number 7290012697371, batch number 14014001, with an expiration date of 01/2016 were found to be less sweet than expected.

The company is working to remove the affected product from store shelves.

Consumers who purchased the product are asked to call 03-902-7477 to arrange for a replacement product.

This information was translated from  The Ministry of Health's Recall Notice

Shabbat Menu

Gotta make Shabbat, but I'm still not quite back to my normal self. Everyone else seems to have more or less recovered from being sick, but it's taking me a little longer to kick it. But I will kick it, just give me an extra week or two. It's one of those really annoying things - I am unlucky enough to have asthma and it has major repurcussions - like when I get sick, I get sicker than people who don't have asthma (or only have mild asthma), and I think it's so unfair. I guess that's why the medical establishment says that people like me have a higher risk of complications from regular illnesses. I find it completely frustrating and totally unfair.

But back to my Shabbat post:

I'm not sick enough to be contagious anymore, as far as I can tell, and we'd invited friends who just moved houses to come for lunch, since their place is completely topsy turvey, and we like their company.

So here's the plan for Shabbat:

Fresh challot (hoping I can manage that with help from the kids)

Friday night:

Vegetable soup
Roast chicken with rice
Vegetarian rice and pan fried tofu for my vegetarian teenager
Make your own salad (putting the kids on vegetable chopping duty!)

Shabbat lunch:

Black bean cholent
Oven Fried Chicken
Potato Kugel
Eggless Broccoli Kugel (will try to post the recipe)
Salad (guests bringing)
Black lentil salad (probably black lentils, brown rice, craisins, mango, sunflower seeds, in a vinaigrette dressing)

Dessert: fruit salad, coffee cake

Seudah shlishit:
Challah, spreads, vegetable sticks (cucumber, carrots, peppers), fruit salad 

What are you making for Shabbat this week?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Better World Books - New Sale

Save on used books with the Better World Books Double Donations Flash Sale. 

If you are ordering from the US, you'll get 30% off your purchase of 3 or more used books!

International customers will get 15% off your purchase of 3 or more used books (not as good, but still good!)

And of course, there's always free shipping worldwide.

If I don't stop buying books, I might have to open a library, so I think I'll sit this sale out.

Some of you out there might find some great bargains though!

Let me know what new treasures you're getting!

Sodastream, anyone?

Thinking of buying a SodaStream?

I've been debating getting one, because in the summer we seem to go thru a lot of seltzer... There is only *SO* much plain or lemon water I can handle! I go back and forth, but right now I'm leaning towards getting one. I think the investment will pay off sooner than I'd initially calculated...

AND, they seem to have a summer deal going on right now!

Also, if you buy one, make sure you look around for the best price you can get on refill cartridges - it may well be that you'll find a significant difference in the price at the supermarket or hardware store than from their online shop. I've been told online may be less expensive.

What do you think? I'd love to hear if you think it's worthwhile to buy one of these.


Better World Books - Clearance Sale

Save 20% when you order 6+ books from the Sale section! offers free worldwide shipping, and with 20% off your order, it's DEFINITELY a good time to check if they have the books on YOUR list!

I'm completely addicted and I buy tons of books from them... They keep sending me those huge M-bags full of books!

So, give it a try, and share this discount with all of your friends too!
Let me know what you ended up buying! I love to hear what you're reading!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Deal Alert!


A LOT of you have asked about discounted membership to the The Israel Nature
and Parks Authority.

And I've been waiting for one too! So I was really happy when I saw this deal show up this afternoon!

Here's a Group-e deal for an annual membership or renewal.

There are a lot of options so make sure you choose the right one for your needs!

Here's a rundown of the options:

Membership for:      Couple                                           220 ש"ח
                               Couple + 1 child                             272 ש"ח
                               Couple + 2 children                        317 ש"ח 
                               Family (3+children)                        357 ש"ח
                               Adult + 1 child                               198 ש"ח
                               Adult + 2 children                          239 ש"ח   
                               Adult + 3+ children                         299 ש"ח 
                               Couple (seniors)                             176 ש"ח 
                               Couple (seniors) + 1 grandchild       218 ש"ח 
                               Couple (seniors) + 2 grandchildren  253 ש"ח
                               Couple (seniors) + 3 grandchildren  285 ש"ח 
                               Senior + 1 grandchild                      159 ש"ח 
                               Senior + 2 grandchildren                 191 ש"ח    
                               Senior + up to 4 grandchildren        239 ש"ח
                               Senior Citizen                                 115 ש"ח
                               Adult                                              145 ש"ח
                               Student                                           144 ש"ח
                               Soldier                                              50 ש"ח

There are a few things to note: children up to age 5 are free
A Family membership includes all children in the family under age 18

For full information, please read the Group-E page carefully.       


Menu planning for the week

Five out of six of us are sick - we seem to have caught a nasty summer  cold.

I'm hoping it clears up soon, but with all but the 9 yr old sick, we'll just be eating whatever I have the energy to pull together.

Here are some of the easy-to-prepare foods I've got around:

Pasta with veggies (found that in the freezer)

Other pasta (have about 3 bags of pasta in the house)

Noodle soup left from shabbat

Lentil soup

Split pea soup

Baked potatoes (planning to scrub and bake a whole oven-full of those just as soon as I can get myself into the kitchen, that way they are here and ready to be used whenever)

Scrambled eggs

And whatever else we can manage until I'm feeling less feverish.

Luckily, no one is too hungry and everyone has been fine with tea and toast so far today!

Has anyone else caught this stinkin' summer cold?

How are you all holding up?

p.s. Did you check out my "what I'd bring on my lift" list yet?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Aliyah Ramblings

Some of you may have decided to bring a lift with your belongings to Israel when you make Aliyah. So I sat down to write up my list - IF I was putting together my one lift now, 4 yrs after we sent our lift, here are some of the things that would be on it (yes, this is my "hindsight" list!):

Note: Some of these items actually did come on my lift, others are items I have thought of as time went by.

Furniture (including that dining room set we sold)

The huge freezer

A self cleaning oven

A large capacity 220V food processor 

Filing Cabinet. or more than one. These are VERY hard to find in Israel. Israelis file things in labeled binders on shelves, so if you are partial to your old filing system, bring the cabinet and all the hanging file folders and manilla folders you can fill it with!

TERRO ant bait

Roach Pheromone Traps

Pantry Moth pheromone traps

Baking Soda in bulk (but not if you'll be near a place that sells it cheap, like in Yerushalyim) NOTE: this is now available almost everywhere in Israel. I'm leaving it here as a reminder that at first sometimes it's hard to source items on your own, so be sure to ask your new friends and neighbors (or me) for help!


Diatomaceous Earth

Books of course

Very warm blankets (something like this wool comforter , or down blankets are great!)

Towels and comforter covers, sheets if you are bringing beds from abroad (I got some good deals at TJMaxx and HomeGoods)

Clothing, including stuff for the kids to grow into (I shopped all the thrift stores on discount days for months)

Rain boots and shoes, including stuff for the kids to grow into (I found great deals at Marshall's, TJMaxx, and Famous Footwear - I did not want used shoes)

Kitchen Items - like good stainless steel baking pans, pots, mixing bowls

Thermal Carafe (large capacity is great if you can find one. A good one will keep your water hot from before candle lighting thru Shabbat morning for coffee, and you won't need to run an electrical appliance for hours and hours!)

Huge rolls of Aluminum Foil

Natural kitchen products in bulk: unbleached baking cups, unbleached parchment paper, unbleached coffee filters (I like If You Care)

Good sponges (cheap sponges are abundantly available here, but "good" ones are hard to find)

Insulated bags like tote bags, picnic bags, and lunch bags (reusable) - I'm always walking around with my insulated tote bag! So helpful when running errands on a warm (or hot) day!

Good thermos items like travel coffee cups and thermos bottles

Specialty items specific to my needs like these bandages

Legos, bought on sale, or at garage sales, thrift shops, etc

Wooden toys, bought on sale, or at garage sales, thrift shops, etc

Fisher Price toys, bought on sale, or at garage sales, thrift shops, etc

Playmobil toys, bought on sale, or at garage sales, thrift shops, etc

Anything your kids will play with that is well made

New toys to give as gifts (shop the sales!)

Books! We brought about 3000 books with us. But we're crazy bookworms.

Storage containers to store your things

Dollar store items that are decent deals: toothbrushes, dental floss, hairbrushes, nail clippers, nail files, etc are also good to stock up on if you have extra space

Fabric Tablecloths and cloth napkins are good deals when you can find a sale, so if you see some for a great price, those are good stock up items, and make great gifts here, too. 

Glue Gun (dual voltage)
I brought other items like coffee, laundry detergent, and shampoos as well, but I no longer feel that is essential, with Vitacost and iHerb shipping the natural products I love here!

 I'm sure there is more to add to this list, so please let me know in the comments!

Other pre-aliyah items I highly recommend:

Very lightweight Duffle Bags that meet airline regulations (I found these awesome duffle bags that weigh just one pound and are EXACTLY the right size!)

Wheeled Cooler for one of your pieces of luggage (you will be so happy to have it, whether it's while you are waiting for a fridge to be delivered or when you are going on a tiyul, or just for getting ice cream home from the supermarket in summer, trust me!)

Kindle or a Tablet (I have found both very useful)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

And... more coupons!

Sorry it took me a little longer than expected to get back to posting coupons.

Still good for printing and using, though!
Any time you want to come back here and print these, you can! Just click the Coupons tab on the menu bar and you'll find a list of posts with coupons!

Please check the fine print on each coupon to see which stores will honor it, to avoid disappointment at the checkout!

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A few more coupons!

Still have some more coupons.
The majority of these are good through the end of the calendar year (2014) so feel free to come back and print whenever you need them in the next few months (if you click on the "coupons" tab at the top of the page you should find them all waiting for you!)

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Some more coupons!

Here are a few more coupons I found for you.
Be sure to check the store list on each coupon and take note of expiration dates!

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