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This sweet little girl turned 9 yesterday. I got to go into her class with 32 (yes, 32!) cupcakes for all 31 kids and her teacher. We sang happy birthday, ate up the sweets and then passed around little phone books so the kids could take down numbers and have playdates (or just use the tiny book with their dolls). I can’t believe 9 years have passed so quickly. We love you Zoe!

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me and Z in her class

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Yum! Gluten free cupcakes!

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and a shot of Zoe on the day she was born… so pretty, right?

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We have cousins Stella and Allison to thank for turning our attention to My Froggy Stuff and their super fun youtube channel. The Froggy Stuff gals know how to occupy my kids’ cold winter days with DIY crafting for miniture rooms and spaces. I guess it all started when Zoe starting to request a ginormous Barbie Townhouse for the holidays … and all that pink plastic in our house kinda scared me. So I gave the kids an old Ikea credenza that we were not-quite-using anymore and .. voila! My kids wallpapered, created additional bunk beds and lofts and pasted in fake wood flooring and .. well they just keep going. Ezra is mastering his ‘contractor’ skills while Zoe enjoys creating a mini version of her ‘future gluten free cafe and art gallery’. I highly recommend upcycling an old bookcase over buying more pink plastic housing for dolls:

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and some others that I’ve seen online! How clever are these?

and we are kinda obsessed with making donuts out of cheerios (gluten free, of course):
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Just before New Year’s Eve, we made a trip to Kansas City for cousin Stella‘s Bat Mitzvah! Aside from the joy of watching Stella lead a service and turn 13 on the same day, we also got the added bonus of some time to dart out to get some yummy BBQ and see the American Jazz Museum. Now that Ezra has made the move to Louis Armstrong Middle School, it was extra fun seeing all the info on our own musical great in the museum – while also learning about the (new to us) Kansas City jazz scene. Of course in the end, Zoe was sad to leave the cousin crew – and we can’t wait to see them again.

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enjoying the Jazz Museum

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and some of its instruments

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and of course, the bat mitzvah girl herself!

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Mazel Tov cousin Stella!

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Zoe was too sad to leave, and tried to hide in the hotel coat closet ; (

 

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This usually means getting to see the holiday store windows (while everyone else is home opening gifts – no crowds!) and of course a sushi dinner out.  Check out the very sweet cake and candy inspired windows from Bergdorf Goodman on 5th Avenue below! We hope you are having a sweet week as well (on to some New Year’s fasting next week, perhaps?) Meanwhile check out this cool video of how they put together the Bergdorf Goodies …. my dream job! Click here or go to:

Enjoy!

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Our holiday ended a week ago, but we have these lingering photos of a massive menorah lighting at the Friday night service – and Ezra is doing some more performing at synagogue lately!  He’s sitting on and playing a percussion instrument called the ‘cajon‘ here, and performing with the cantor.

We hope your December is going well and you are staying warm.

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Wow was I impressed when the kids got home from Sunday school with these awesome menorahs that they made by hand! Dovetailing and all! And of course we had to add a little Italian ‘mozzarella and tomatoes’ with delicious pressed olive oil to the mix, along with E&Z’s dad’s BEST and most crispy latkes.  This amazing recipe is from grandma – and they are a favorite even to our neighbors (who sniff them out while we are cooking). See below – our neighbor Eesha  – whose mom says she ‘didn’t even get her coat off before eating them’.        ; )

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Director of Community Affairs at our synagogue ‘Souks’ lends Ezra a hand..

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little Eesha means business with her latke eating skillz!

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During Veteran’s Day we stumbled on the new Hunter’s Point coastal walk … one of many new and improved ‘coastlines’ of Queens.  There are others around Manhattan and Brooklyn – see here: (https://ny.curbed.com/2018/8/9/17667488/new-york-domino-park-hunters-point-south-photo-essay.)  When I first came to NYC in 1989 it seemed liked so much of this land was used for tossing trash, or vacant and ignored.  It’s so great to see it now is used as recreation area and more saliently, landscaped in a way that’s good for promoting ‘run off’ to keep city toxins out of the soil.  I love how the grasses here were planting to facilitate this – while at the same time avoiding land erosion.  Best of all it seems to last year round (colors looking good in the fall, and perhaps even staying around for the winter).

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