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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Grrr... More Internet Woes

You may have noticed that this posting is a bit later than my usual. Until a few minutes ago, just as I was reporting that there was no internet in the house, just as I was about to bang, tap, type our phone's "identity number" into my smartphone, the red light on top of the router (or whatever it's called) turned a healthy green.

This is the logo, which ironically says:
"Bezeq- The Best at Home"

So now my morning schedule is fokokt, but at least it's on now.  Spoke too soon, at this point all the upper lights are off... but when they're back I'll post this, Gd willing.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Chanuka-Rosh Chodesh Tevet, Women's Prayers

Suddenly I've noticed that Chanukah is very, very soon, and I'm not ready at all for it!!! There's one thing I can do from here in the den and that's announce that the next Women's Rosh Chodesh Prayers at Shiloh Hakeduma aka Tel Shiloh will be:

Women's Prayers at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh Rosh Chodesh Tevet
Sunday December 13, 2015
1st of Tevet, 5776, 9:30am*
Hallel and Musaf for Rosh Chodesh
Tour of Tel Shiloh
Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors
תפילת נשים ראש חודש טבת בשילה הקדומה, תל שילה
יום א' 13-12  א' טבת, תשע"ו *9:30
הלל ומוסף לראש חודש
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות

Please save the date and let others know. Join our facebook group for more updates. And remember that there are many other things to do at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh. It's open to visitors six days a week. For more information call  02-994-4019.

*We're making it later 9:30am* than it has been for the past few years to make it easier for women to come from further than the Gush Shiloh area. 
התפילה תהיה יותר מאוחר מרגיל כדי לאפשר לנשים שגרות מחוץ לגוש שילה להגיע.  ב9:30

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Cooking From Cookbooks? Passé?

I've been married forty-four and a half (44 1/2) years, and I have quite a collection of cookbooks, diet books and healthfood books. My mother and other relatives used to get me all of the kosher cookbooks they could find mostly during the 1970's. I have a full collection of Adelle Davis books and the then popular Italian, French and Chinese Kosher series that had the crazy Yiddish type food names.

When I planned my kitchen over thirty years ago, I made sure I'd have book shelves for them:

Do you recognize any of the titles there?

I also used to have a small box for index cards on which I copied my favorite recipes or recipes I had gotten from now forgotten sources and people. That was a trick I learned from a friend to keep my cookbooks clean and also kosher for Passover.  But a number of years ago, I threw that out. It was disgustingly dirty and not used much, except for the Hamantasch cookie dough.

In the old pre-internet days, if I was looking for a recipe, I'd pull out a number of cookbooks that could possible contain the sort of recipe I needed. I'd open the index and search and then go page by page sticking little pieces of paper to hold the place, and then I'd read all the options, choosing which to follow or combine.

Now, since I'm a food blogger, I've blogged most of my recipes, so it's just easiest to check my own blog with the help of google. And if I'm looking for a new recipe, or something I haven't blogged, I just "google" with some key words, compare the recipes and cook. I've never been very OCD about following an exact recipe. If you look up things like chocolate cake, meatballs or challah, you'll find such a variety of recipes and instructions...

  • Nu, what do you do?
  • Do you cook from cookbooks?
  • Do you still have your own recipe files?
  • Ot do you just buy ready-made or what?

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Latest Blog News, HH and KCC

I just posted a new one on Shiloh Musings!
Jewish and Israeli Blog Posts, aka Havel Havelim
So, please check it out. There are also some Kosher food posts aka Kosher Cooking Carnival.

You know what they say about branding. Try to keep a recognizable name, so I'll just keep calling my blog "round ups" Havel Havelim. There's a facebook page, on which there are updates about when I'm posting one. Join it! This time I really didn't give much notice, sorry. You can always email me ( links with HH as subject, and I'll file them away until the mood strikes.

Friday, November 27, 2015

My Latest "New" Nail Polish Look

Yesterday when I was going through my stash of nail polish to choose which color to wear, since there was a wedding (no, I didn't go to the Litman-Beigel wedding) I wanted something nice. I discovered silver, but that would be much too much on all ten fingers. Then I my sophisticated but staid sage green. It felt too boring, especially considering that I'd be wearing black. So I decided to try something very new for me. 

colors are pretty distorted here, tablecloth was actually white
Just one finger (the same) on each hand got the silver.

I never had very attractive hands or nails, but ever since I started using nail polish I feel much better about my hands. What do you think?

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Simple Winter Compote

The other night I came home from work hankering for a cooked fruit dish, so I quickly cut up an apple and an orange, placed it in a small pot with some water, not much, and cooked it up.

The orange spiced up the apple. And it ended up being absolutely delicious.

The fruits had enough natural sugar, too. They cooked up quickly and hit the spot. I highly recommend this simple, easy to make dessert or just "comfort food."

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

My New Watch for "FREE!"

I haven't had a watch to wear in a very long time. I generally check the time on my cellphone, but I can't do it on Shabbat. My last watch, an inexpensive one, functioned well, but the band broke, and replacing it cost as much as the watch. So I didn't bother. For the past few years i've been managing, but recently, I decided that I really needed a watch. One of the reasons is that without a watch on my wrist I need to wear two bracelets. I don't have enough bracelets, so I figured that it would be a good idea to get a watch.

I didn't actually have an idea of what sort of watch, nor where to buy it, but a miracle happened. The other day in Jerusalem I saw some in a store window, went in and bought one. The price was NS-nothing.

Here's my new watch:

It has a plastic burgundy colored band and face. The numbers are easy to see in the dark, and it's comfortable to wear. Believe me, it's from a real store and has a price of NS59, which is low for watches, even cheap ones.

And this is why it cost me nothing. It is on sale in FOX, and I have a "membership" in that chain. Every time I buy something there points are added to my personal account. I've been saving the points for something for me, and the watch is it. And there are still some points left. So, I'm happy.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

ELISHA DAVIDSON and the Ispaklaria--In Suspense!!

I just finished the middle (2nd) of the  series, ELISHA  DAVIDSON  and the  Ispaklaria, and as expected, I'm in suspense and anxiously awaiting the third and final book of the trilogy. M. R. (Rhonda) Attar (nee Antelman) has me mesmerized and hoping that I won't have to wait too long to read the final instalment. It took a few pages to get me back into the narrative, and I wished I hadn't sent the first one away to a young reader abroad. So, my advice is not to give any of the trilogy away, because you will want to reread them all!!
The strangest summer of Elisha Davidson’s life turns into a reality-shattering adventure when Elisha figures out how to access an Ispaklaria’s powerful ancient secrets without ever leaving his own bedroom. Now Elisha is the only person in the world with the know-how to face the most cataclysmic day on earth and that’s only because he’s being mentored by the wisest man who ever lived. And while Elisha’s training sessions are more amazing than his wildest dreams, why has Elisha been hand-picked to ‘receive’ so many mysterious gifts of wisdom while the greatest masterminds of his generation are clueless, going insane or fighting for their lives? 
Elisha Davidson and the Letters of Fire isn’t based on fantasy. It draws only on non-fiction manuscripts, dating as far back as 5,775 years ago, and exposes the most extraordinary and cryptic teachings of the human race.
Yes, although I'm not a fantasy fan and have never ever read a Harry Potter nor seen the movies, and I'm well above the targeted age for the Elisha Davidson series, I've been enjoying myself reading the books. I recommend the series wholeheartedly. Either give it as a gift, or if you are looking for a book to read to your children, this is it. Enjoy!


Product Details- Amazon

  • File Size: 1345 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Menorah Books Limited (August 17, 2015)
  • Publication Date: August 17, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01438TE3I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled 
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled 
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,189,104 Paid in Kindle Store

Monday, November 23, 2015

"What a Face!!"

Here's the animal picture I used for 52Frames "animal" theme.

This dog is owned by a neighbor of mine. It was a gift of sorts from a friend whose health made it impossible to care for her dogs.

And here are the ones I almost used.

Did I choose the best?

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Week's Favorite Blog Posts or Why I Have Two Blogs

You and readers of Shiloh Musings, my "other blog," may wonder at times --as I do-- why I blog daily on two blogs and why I maintain two very separate blogs. Most people, legitimately so, have enough trouble managing to keep one blog alive. You'd think that one would be enough for anybody normal, but I've had two from almost the very beginning.

Shiloh Musings was my first blog. I started it to publicize the "musings," as a called them, the letters I'd been emailing to a growing list of people about the "situation," my feelings about the terror attacks and what was going on in Israel and the world. People had been telling me to get an internet site, and that's how I discovered the free sites called blogs, which were pretty new then.

Soon after, I started this one, which I then called me-ander, from meandering thoughts about all sorts of things. The basic topics are more personal than political, even though the politics in Shiloh Musings is always from a personal perspective. Food, kosher food and dieting also are popular topics. I first thought that I'd have this as an anonymous blog, but that's not my style at all. Rather recently I switched the name to "A Jewish Grandmother," since me-ander made no sense to anyone.  Both banners were done by Sarah, who no longer blogs as far as I know. The present banner is just a simple photo and information which I did on blogger.

I'm convinced that I'd lose readers if I tried to combine the blogs. I just checked the hits/visits to the blog posts on both blogs for the past week, and you can see from  which blogs were most popular that few of the same people would be interested.
Shiloh Musings: Where have All The Arabs Gone?
A Jewish Grandmother: Could Be An Entire Meal
If you haven't yet, please check them both out.

And also, my horoscope is Gemini, twins, meaning that I am rather multidimensional. I'm just curious. Do you read, follow both of my blogs?

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Israeli Beer in Jerusalem

Not long ago, I heard from Doug Greener, the Beer Mavin, that there's a new store in Jerusalem that specializes in Israeli beers. He recently blogged about the store, Beeratenu בירתנו.
"With the opening of Beerateinu at 3 Yanai Street, the city finally has an Israeli craft beer specialty shop where you can purchase close to 100 different kinds of Israeli craft beers from over 20 micro-breweries. 
The name is a play on words which means "our capital" and "our beer."  
The Israeli beers on display include: HaDubim, Sparrow, HeChatzer, Mosco, Dancing Camel, Buster's (cider), Negev, Alexander, Vilde Chaye, Fass, Lela, Herzl, Arava, Emek Ha'ela, HeChalutz, Jem's, Cabara, Malka, Bazelet, Shapiro, Ronen, Meadan and Beertzinut." (Doug Greener)
Last Tuesday when I was in Jerusalem I found the store and stepped in, introducing myself as a friend of Doug's. I apologized for not being able to buy beer, some of which I remembered from the beer tastings at Doug's, since I wouldn't be home for another day.  When they heard that I'd be in Jerusalem that night I was invited to the meeting of brewers that they had scheduled. It included tastings and information for those who are making beer at home. Beerateinu not only sells beer, but it sells the equipment to make it and provides guidance and support for those who want to make their own beer.

Some of the participants brought samples of their beer for us to taste and told how they made it and what sort of beer/taste they were trying to achieve. From what I understood beer is as varied, if not more so, as wine can be. The store was packed with beermakers. I was the only outsider, so I had the least expertise, other than my own drinking and tastings experience. The discussion began in Hebrew but kept ending up in English. The participants were both religious and not from what can be guessed from how they dressed.

I definitely plan on being back. You can join their facebook page.  And by the way, Israeli beer is very good!! Don't be afraid to try it. And if you've ever thought of brewing your own, this is the place to learn how.

All photos are by me, Batya Medad

Friday, November 20, 2015

"Adventures in JewishBookLand"

Maybe you've guessed that Tzivia is the host of this month's Jewish Book Carnival. She is! This is a Jewish blog carnival that features book reviews on Jewish books of course.

And you must have also guessed that I have a review in that collection, Book Review: Lessons in Leadership by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.  I also have a collection of books to read and review. I'm in the middle of one right now. It's the second of the Elisha Davidson series. My review of the first is here-click. I generally get books to review from agents and publishers who somehow heard that I review books.

I also contact people when a book seems interesting offering to review it. That happened very recently when I saw reference to a new book on facebook. I commented that I review books on my blogs. I was told to write to the author's email, which I then did. She asked me about my blogs, so I sent the links. Then she replied that we know each other. She's a customer of mine in Yafiz, Sha'ar Binyamin, and I had just recently tried to find an item for her. So instead of mailing the book, she dropped it off at the store for me. You could say that we all have our secret lives...

So, check out the Jewish Book Carnival to get some ideas of books to read and buy. Chanukah is almost here, and books do make great gifts.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Savta/Grannie Time, Seeing A Play!

Even though most of my grandchildren live pretty close by in Ofra, I don't see them all that often. Remember that I'm still working part-time. When they were little and I was teaching, I managed to spend a lot more time with them. That's how they know, at least understand, English so well. It's not that they are fluent or answer me in English, but when I visit and speak English to them, they generally understand exactly what I'm saying. At times, the older ones translate amazingly accurately, for the younger ones.

The other day I went to spend the afternoon with them, especially the youngest, who, on that day of the week, finished Kindergarten before the big ones finished school. So I got her a treat and made her lunch. Then we went off to see a play that was being put on. The kids loved it.

I could see that she was totally mesmerized by the actor and his one-man show.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Could Be An Entire Meal

In this nice, and well used, bake and serve dish, I placed not only the pumpkin you see on top. There's squash, onion, eggplant and bite-sized pieces of chicken breast. Other vegetables can be used or added. There are no rules.

Add some oil on top, catsup is optional, bake in a hot oven. Cover half-way through. If you cover early, it will just take longer to cook. It's ready when the vegetables are soft.