Archives: May 2010

Dear blog friends,

It’s hard for me to even explain what’s happened in the past few weeks but I can start by saying there was a wedding, 2 funerals and 2 birthdays.

They always say that with the happiness comes the sad – but who knew it would all be at the same time…

Chad and I got married on May 15th and boy was it beautiful. Everything went as planned and we couldn’t have been happier with the outcome: beautiful day, easy-going people, wonderful guests and amazing, loving energy surrounding us throughout the night.

My mother’s parents were able to make it to the wedding, but only because my papa had incredible will power and really practiced mind over matter – he may have been in silent pain, but he never showed it once on his face. He proudly watched us walk down the aisle, exchange our vows and then he even came to the party and cut the challah! We couldn’t have been more proud to have them there to watch us.

Unfortunately, my father’s mother (my Omi) was not able to make it, although she was alive, she wasn’t strong enough to make the trip to where the wedding was.

With all that being said – the week after the wedding they stopped holding on…. 7 days later Omi passed away and then 2 days after that papa passed away.

My two grandparents who I’ve known for my entire life and who I’ve been scared to see die have just passed away in the same week.

I don’t think I have too many words: except that I feel as though I’m in a dream and that I have to wake up from it soon. I don’t want to depress any of you readers out there, but this is happening in my life right now and I feel as though I needed to share, especially since it’s been a while since I last posted – now you can understand why.

Besides all of this, the week is still not over and today: May 27th is my “husband’s” birthday! AND it’s a big one! 25!! That was my first time writing out husband, so excuse the quotes but I was excited!!

Saturday May 29th is my sister’s birthday and here we are again with the happy occasions. I’d like to stick with those. On that note, I will post some pictures from the wedding below! Enjoy!


Onetora Mountain House, Boiceville NY

S&C dancing

Hi all, I thought I’d share what I’m planning to make for dinner tonight:

Thai style coconut chicken with cashews.

I’ve made this before and boy is it delicious. The flavors burst in your mouth and you won’t believe that you actually prepared it! It seems like a professional dish from a restaurant! ENJOY!

2 boneless skinless, organic chicken breasts

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon grated, fresh ginger

2 scallions, diced (the green and white parts)

3 tablespoons tamari

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1/3 cup unsweetened, organic coconut milk

1 cup finely ground cashews

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

Wash and prepare chicken, cutting off all the fat. Cut chicken into cubes – it’s easiest to do this with cooking scissors – set the chicken aside until ready to cook.

In a large skillet heat the olive oil on medium heat. Add the ginger and scallions stirring frequently so that it doesn’t burn. Let cook for 2 minutes then add the tamari, maple syrup, coconut milk and sesame oil. Stir together on medium heat and add the chicken cubes. Stir frequently until the chicken is cooked through. Lastly, add the chopped cashews for your topping and serve. This dish goes well with a plain grain of your choice. We love quinoa, brown rice and kasha (buckwheat). It’s always fun to experiment!

Cheers to any new cooking adventures you encounter in this meal.