cooking

Instructions for a Six Strand Braided Challah

I've always wanted to be able to make challah that looks professional. Well, I've finally learned the secret! Here's how:   Attach 6 equal strands of dough at one end   2.  Take topmost right strand (as looking toward the attached pieces) and place on opposite side   Take 2nd from top left strand and place… Continue reading Instructions for a Six Strand Braided Challah

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getting around, history

Magna Carta musings

I’ve been remiss in writing, mainly because I’ve been lazy, but also because I haven’t been inspired. That’s not to say that we haven’t been enjoying our time in Boston and New England – we took our girls to New York City for a whirlwind weekend in early June, spent the day in Providence and… Continue reading Magna Carta musings

history, sightseeing

Of Minutemen and Marathons

We just celebrated Patriot's Day here in Boston. It's a Massachusetts State holiday that commemorates "the shot heard 'round the world" and the start of the American Revolution. It's also the day of the Boston Marathon, and with the bombing last year, emotions were running between remembrances (memorials to the victims and celebrations of the… Continue reading Of Minutemen and Marathons

getting around, history, sightseeing, weather

Acting like the Tourists that we are

We had a tourist from Tempe last week -- Shira, our older daughter, came to visit Boston for the first time during her Spring Break from Arizona State University. Shira is what I call weather-perverse -- she likes cold, cloudy weather, the wetter the better. Having grown up in SoCal, and now going to school… Continue reading Acting like the Tourists that we are

history

Feeling Historical

Todd & I aren't really museum people. You know who you are...you like going to museums, you choose to go without being a field trip chaperone. Don't get me wrong, I like seeing Art (when I can recognize what it is), but it's not high on my list of activities, as in "it's Saturday...let's spend… Continue reading Feeling Historical

getting around

A Target Weekend

So, as I've mentioned, I'm a suburbanite, used to having a car available to go where I please, when I please. Distance in SoCal isn't measured in miles, it's measured in travel time, i.e. a trip from South Orange County (where I lived) to the West San Fernando Valley (where my family lives, a 75… Continue reading A Target Weekend

getting around, weather

The adventure begins…

I'm a California girl, born & bred, never left. I have travelled around the US, Europe, and Israel, but I've never lived anywhere for more than a few weeks. So when the opportunity came for my husband, Todd, to consult in Boston for 6-12 months, I was itching to go. First, it was a job… Continue reading The adventure begins…