Made doughnuts. Ate doughnuts. Feeling appropriately smug.

I’ve felt a need to make doughnuts for the last month. I guess chodesh Kislev will do that to ya.

Kept it simple though… after spending too much time drooling on Pinterest, I googled ‘simple doughnut recipe’ and found this: Applesauce Doughnuts.

They were actually super easy to make. The lesson learned was not to have the oil heat too quickly. The outsides fried so fast that for a few of the doughnuts, the insides were still raw when we broke them open.

I would totally do this again. The recipe made about two dozen of these guys, and they are small enough to eat one or two and not feel horrible about yourself.

Homemade family magnets.

Don’t know about your kids, but mine loves to play with the fridge magnets. Well, with the fridge, period, but also, with the fridge magnets.

I combined that fact with a tip my mother (an early intervention specialist) gave me: show photos of family members to baby or toddler and teach them the names – mama, daddy, grandma, etc., to help him/her identify loved ones.

It’s especially important for us ex pats who left family behind. Half of my son’s extended family lives on one side of the globe, and half on the other. He has been fortunate enough to meet both great-grandmas twice now, but this is a way of incorporating them into his daily life. Same for his grandparents, uncles, and cousins.

It’s been on my to-do list for ages (it’s that kinda thing) and I finally got around to it this week. Here’s the recipe – cheap, easy, kid-friendly – if you’d like to give it a try.

Homemade family magnets

What you’ll need:

  • Photos
  • Colored paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Lamination machine/access to one
  • Stick-on magnets


  • Love of your family
  • Fridge

Step by step:

  1. Choose photos that show a nice-sized, clear view of the person’s face (that’s the most important part, right?). For me, that ended up being a lot of photos of great/grandparents holding Koala – all the better, as he’s starting to recognize himself.
  2. Get the photos printed. For-real printed, not ghetto inkjet-style.
  3. Trim the photos down into fun shapes (for the sake of space and, yeah, fun shapes!).
  4. Create a background for each photo with a different colored-paper. Cut it in the same way but leaving a little bit of a border.
  5. Lightly glue the photo on to the paper (lightly, because it won’t matter once it’s laminated and you don’t want it to be weighed down).
  6. Go to Office Depot to get them laminated (it’s around four shekel a page). Or if you own a lamination machine, well, you know what to do.
  7. Place a strip of stick-on magnet to the back of each photo.
  8. Stick on fridge, bring your baby over and start naming people!

P.S. It’s a great idea for a kid’s birthday party if you can borrow/invest in a lamination machine.

P.P.S. If you’re friends with me and have a kid the same age as Koala, you better not steal that birthday party idea.

P.P.P.S. I think I’m falling in love with lamination machines. That could get dangerous. Stay tuned.

Homemade kreplach, courtesy of husband.

Never again can I declare that I never win anything. Somehow I won the biggest contest there is and life has never tasted so good.

My husband is right now making kreplach, home food he’s been missing since he left Australia. He’s the type to miss a dish and then think to himself, well, why don’t I just make it? Me, I miss a dish, marry a guy who likes to cook and hint strongly. He’s a doer. That’s why we keep him.

Here’s the tasty outcome:

Here’s the kreplach recipe he used. B’teavon!

Dough: 1 egg, 1/3 cup of water, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, about 2 cups of flour.

Meat filling: 150-200 grams of ground beef, 2 spoons of oil, 1 big onion, salt, black pepper.

~ Put egg, water, salt in a bowl and add flour. Mix into dough, starting with wooden spoon and then by hand.

~ Finely chop the onion and put in a pot over flame. Add oil and fry until the onions brown. Add the beef. Lightly cook for 5 minutes or when the colour changes. Add salt and pepper.

~ Put flour on the base you’re working on and roll out the dough on the flour to a height of approximately 2 millimeters. Make circles from the dough with the mouth of the cup.

kreplach ready for boil










~ Take small spoonfuls of the meat mixture and put in the center of the
dough circles. Fold the circle in half and press the two ends together to create a tight closing along the seam. Take the two end corners and bring towards the back of the half circle (the straight side) and press together.

~ Place the kreplach in boiling water (with oil, salt and pepper) for fifteen minutes. Remove and let cool. A word from the chef: It’s easy enough to do, just time consuming. Make a big batch and freeze what you don’t need. 

P.S. The cookbook he used is a Hebrew charedi Shabbos collection. I think it’s funny that it assumes a woman is making the recipes, according to how its worded. Clearly, its authors have not met the two of us.

Recipe: Homemade lazy lemonana.

Heat’s on the rise, and it can mean a few things, but one in particular that I’m excited about: my homemade lazy lemonana. How to, you ask? It’s very simple. If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t do it (read the recipe title again).

1. Grow nana (mint) plants in your windowsill. Since this is the lazy lemonana, your husband has already done that for you.

2. Acquire lemonade flavored Crystal Light. Since this is the lazy lemonana, your mother sends you dozens of packets whenever she can.

3. Pour some Crystal Light into a pitcher.

4. Pour some cold water into the same pitcher.

5. Break off a bit of nana, wash it and bend the stem at different points.

6. Put the nana into the pitcher.

7. Mix.

8. Drink.

9. Go back to being lazy.