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20th May 2016

5:05pm: Some sinar sewing notes
Wow - it's been a while! I took some sewing time this week, and wanted to jot it down. I made a pair of sinar scarves (similar to the one I made here. )

When you make it all from knits, there is no hemming needed, so it sews up nice and quick. The body is the same size - a rectangle 20 by 17, rounded in the back. I've made the ties much narrower - two inches wide, and only 30 inches long.

Nice, huh? I'm pleased!

21st February 2014

3:00pm: Checking...
Yep. Still a lot of snow out there.

Still snowy photo IMG_5370_zps605895ce.jpg

At least the snowman is now visible again!

8th January 2014

9:43am: A crochet pattern
Well, I saw a picture of this head wrap/head band up on pintrest and decided I could replicate it myself (or at least something approximating it!

Wide mesh headband photo IMG_5140_zps728f2981.jpg

This is what I came up with:

Chain 161
Row 1: Sl st in second chain from the hook and in the next 44 chains.
(ch 15, skip 9 chains, sc in the next ch) seven times
Row 2-3: (ch 15 sc in the ch 15 in the row below) seven times
Row 4: (ch 15 sc in the ch 15 in the row below) seven times ch 45 end off.
Join in the first ch 15 of row 4 and ch 45 and end off - there will be two "tails" of ch 45 on
each side. Use these as the tie for the headband at the back of your head.

The first tie is wider than the other three, due to the sl st, but it's tied in the back, so I figure it doesn't matter. If it bothers you, make the original chain, end it off, and join the chain 45 stitches in and begin the mesh pattern there.

Wide mesh headband - side view photo IMG_5133_zpsa4467556.jpg


29th December 2013

12:22pm: Headcovering links
Flannel Sinar photo IMG_5075_zps44311f58.jpg

One more sinar covering for me! This one has a flannel base, which is nice an cozy, and it works fine, whereas that would be too stiff for a regular headscarf. This time, I stitched a strip of braided ribbon down the center of the two tails, so no joining of different fabrics, but still a nice layered look, I think.

SO, I've been collecting links to headscarf tips - todays' list are tying guides by various scarf shops:

16th October 2013

7:20pm: Sinar - take 2
Well, I tried again - I'm liking this one. I still need to make the strips a bit narrower, and I really need to take the time to press it nice and flat :-)

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It does look better on top of a real head - with hair.

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Here it is, untied.

17th September 2013

8:34pm: Sewing a Sinar
So, I've noticed lately references to an Israeli type headscarf referred to as a Sinar, an apron shaped scarf that has the look of layered scarves without the layering. Interesting, but not enough to buy it. So I went on a hunt for instructions to make one myself.
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11th July 2013

9:42pm: Spaghetti bake
Just so I remember what I did. It was a successful experiment!

Spaghetti Bake:

1 box of spaghetti
canola oil
1 very large onion, or 2 medium
6 eggs
1 bag frozen broccoli
Parmesan cheese
mozzarella cheese

Cook the spaghetti. Saute the onion in the oil, until starting to brown. Add salt and chopped garlic and saute another minute or two. Mix together the spaghetti, broccoli, onion, pepper, oregano, eggs, parmesan and some mozzarella. Top with a little more mozzarella and bake for 30-45 minutes in a 350 oven.

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Just a little left!

4th July 2013

6:32pm: Happy Fourth everyone!
Patriotic pie for dinner :-)

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And happy birthday to my nephew, too!

28th March 2013

8:48pm: Unexpected coldness
We ventured out on a chol hamoed outing today. Partly inside and partly outside was the plan - it's chag ha'aviv, right? We should be able to picnic and possibly take a short hike.


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Fun trips can be unexpected ones!

17th March 2013

5:50pm: A new classic?
A thought popped into my head today. Someone should write the Jewish version of the children's book "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie". They could call it "If You Give a Meshulach a Dollar".

25th February 2013

9:21pm: lowered expectations
The megillot are on the shelf, the box of graggers and extra packing materials are in the closet and my cute headscarf with the masks is in the back of the drawer!

So where do I pick up my Good Housekeeping award?

20th February 2013

6:22pm: Purim Past
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Just for fun. Purim Nineteen Seventy something!

11th December 2012

7:20pm: A busy day
I've taken a couple of vacation days for Chanukah (yay vacation time!) Yesterday I took the two youngest on an outing, but today they are back in school, so I had a day to fill. Mostly, I've been removing wallpaper paste from the walls in our front entry hall (Up the ladder, scrub, down the ladder. Move the ladder six inches. Repeat.) But I saved some time for playing in the kitchen! Behold yummy donuts for Chanukah -


I used the Dessert Doughnuts recipe from King Arthur Flour with the vanilla glaze. Yum! Okay, they are baked not fried, but I was frying sweet potato latkes, so we really didn't need more fried.

Happy Chanukah all!

8th November 2012

5:41pm: Ominous words
It's never a good thing to get a phone call from your son 7000 miles away asking "So, what do you know about food poisoning?"

Oh dear.

Turns out, he probably did eat something that disagreed with him, but he's okay now.

Ah, the joys of letting go...

30th September 2012

3:08pm: Happy Sukkot!

23rd September 2012

6:19pm: Time for more food!
Trying to prepare some vegetabley freezable stuff today.

I've got

Braised Red Cabbage

Spinach Vegetable Kugel

Broccoli Kugel with more eggs, less mayo

And a several Vegetable Pies

And also a batch of challah and a pineapple cake.

Eh. So so on the accomplishment list. But I had to do a shopping before I could start, so that took away time.

16th September 2012

4:47pm: Shana Tova to all!

Never interrupt a Jewish mother cooking on erev Yom Tov when she is wearing her Animal socks!
If you do, you might not get any leek patties ;-)


4th July 2012

9:47am: Happy Fourth!

24th June 2012

12:58pm: I want one of these...
I 8 sum Pi Tees
I 8 sum Pi Tees by shadowalker
Lean how to sell t-shirts on Zazzle

I would totally wear one of these. I am, unfortunately, just too cheap to spend $40 on a tee shirt.

13th May 2012

5:44pm: Doppleganger
Look at the photo in this blog entry

The guy standing on the right totally looks like my father might have in 1962!

2nd May 2012

6:15pm: Impressed
It looks like cake decorating skills have skipped a generation in this household!

The Performer decided she wanted to learn how to decorate cakes. This is her first try.


Unbelievable, right? I can't get anywhere close!

I think I need a cookie.

11th March 2012

2:05pm: Some positive feedback
Well, at least two of the recipients of our "veggie" shalach manos were very happy. One family reports that it didn't make it out of the car, the kids ate it all while driving around :-) And the other told us that they just left it out on the counter all day, and it was empty before dinner. Because having healthy finger food out and available as a counterpoint to all that junk works! So, yay us!

8th March 2012

10:40am: Mishloach Manos wrappped

That was before the saran wrap. I'm getting the munchies!

In any case, assembly is complete. Delivery is the responsibility of the Royal Spouse and children. On to preparing food for the seudah!
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