M.I.A.

Hey, all! Sorry I’ve been missing in action- school, illness, and other personal stuff has consumed me lately. I am very much looking forward to getting back to blogging, though! Because I’ve been so overwhelmed, I haven’t had the time to write a formal entry to I’m just going to share some cool things!

First… I went “pumpkin patching” with my roommates and I have to show you what I picked out!

Yeah, that’s me on the right, falling over (and laughing hysterically)! That’s not the pumpkin I took home, but I DID carve this baby…

Second… I read these and loved them, so I’m passing them along!

Have you done anything fun in the fall spirit? What inspires you?

The Cupcakes I Made

Last month my sister and I visited our friend Shira at her home in Atlanta. Unfortunately, due to distance, school, and time, our visits are few and far between. Luckily for me, though, Shira and her mom, Debra, have come down to Florida for vacation and they were able to join my family and me for Friday night dinner. In honor of their visit, Jessie (my sister) and I made red velvet cupcakes. We used a boxed mix for the cake but made a really simple cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

The cupcakes were delicious and a hit with my friends and family! I think there’s something very powerful about food. Obviously, we need it for nourishment, but food also seems to be a kind of glue. I truly think we bond over food!

One of my Favorite Things

I love my job at Mr. Food for many reasons, but I especially love that my job provides me with such easy access to recipes for just about EVERYTHING! We now have a selection of free recipe eCookbooks, each including a collection of recipes on a theme.

I’m sure you’ll probably think I’m just partial when I tell you that I think this is really one of the BEST cooking resources you have available. It’s a bunch of free recipes… what could be bad!

I hope you decide to check out the eCookbook! Everyone here works really hard on them!

Look for Mr. Food on Facebook and Twitter, too!

Do you have any favorite recipes or meals? Please share with me!

A Photo Journal of my Israeli Adventure

 I love to travel. The world is big and beautiful and my dream has always been to see everything there is to see in it! Besides taking the title as a religious and cultural epicenter, Israel is beautiful, eclectic, and historical, offering delectable foods, vivid colors, and remarkable people.  Here are just of the few of the many, many, MANY pictures I took on my INCREDIBLE trip through Israel!

A busy Tel-Aviv market

Fresh foods of a street vendor in the ancient city of Tzfat (Safed)

Yemenite food, luchuhe, consisting of tomatoes, cheese, zataar (mix of spices), baby greens, in a wrap made from egg bread

Yemenite street vendor in Tzfat (Safed)

Rosh Hanikra Grottoes on the Mediterranean Sea

Etrog (citrus fruit) growing field

Jilabun Waterfall

Gazing into the final resting place of our forefathers in the holy city of Hebron (c) Chabad.org