Saturday, April 12, 2014

Blueberry Muffins for Passover, a Reminder, and a Break



Passover Blueberry Muffins  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Are you always rushing around?

I'm playing beat the clock to get this post finished. 
Such PRESSURE!!! 

I swear, I even rush to get into bed at night. 

Somehow, I thought that once I left my job, 
I'd be doing everything at a leisurely pace.

Oh, not so, my friends. In fact, I think it's worse than ever. 

I apologize for not blog-hopping much this last week,
but "life" has been going on, and sometimes I think 
that even if I didn't sleep at all...
there still wouldn't be enough time to do everything I want to do. 
Note the key word: Want
My "Want To Do" list and my "Need To Do" list 
are two very different things. 

Passover Blueberry Muffins  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've been so busy all week, 
that I didn't get to make my Passover recipe until yesterday.  
I had a fabulous idea, but when I googled it,
I couldn't find anything like it. 

I could barely curb my enthusiasm 

that no one else had thought of it...

...which meant I had to figure out how to make it on my own. 

Uh, well, I'm not the best at that, and here's proof:

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Epic Fail.
 Yuppers, that's my fab Passover dessert. 

  I dare you to pin it.

Mr. Goo Shoes dared me to eat it, and I did.
Can I tell you --  it tastes great! 

I'm not going to tell you what it is, 
because I think it is SUCH a great idea...
and I don't want anyone to beat me to it. 
It could be a Pinterest first!

And...now I have an entire year until next Passover to get it right :)


Passover Blueberry Muffins  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The blueberry muffins were my fall-back recipe, 
and they are PRET-TY PRET-TY good!
(Any Larry David fans in the house?)


Every Passover, the one thing that stumps me 
is what to eat for breakfast. 
This wasn't always the case...
when I was a kid, nothing could better
than some matzoh shmeared with butter.

Passover Blueberry Muffins  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Now? Eight days of matzoh for breakfast?
Thanks, but no.
And there's only so much matzoh brei one can eat. 
I need a little more variety, 
and these muffins are the answer.

Passover Blueberry Muffins  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I can't remember where I got the recipe,
so if it's yours, let me know and I'll give you a shout-out. 

Passover Blueberry Muffins  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

These can be whipped up in about five minutes,
and they take 15-20 minutes to bake, 
depending on your oven.

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Passover Blueberry Muffins
1 cup superfine sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1/2 cup matzoh meal
2 tbsp potato starch
1 tsp cinnamon
1 3/4 cups blueberries

Preheat oven to 350F. 
Line muffin tins with paper baking cups.

In a medium bowl, beat the sugar, oil, and eggs with an electric mixer for 2 - 3 minutes. Set aside. 

In a small bowl, sift together the matzoh meal, potato starch and cinnamon.  

Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture.

Stir in the blueberries.

Spoon mixture into muffin cups.

Sprinkle tops with cinnamon and sugar.

Bake for 20 minutes.  While still hot, sprinkle again with cinnamon and sugar. 

Cool for five minutes. Then remove the muffins and cool on a rack. 

Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Makes 1 dozen.
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The problem is, you can't eat just one.
Or at least, I can't.

Check out my other Passover recipes here and here,
but be kind...they were some of my very first posts, 
and the photos are pretty crappy.  
Oh, and have a look at my Jewish Recipes board.  
What, you don't eat?  


Passover Blueberry Muffins  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Just a little reminder...
Don't forget about "Show Us Your April" --
 a link party that my friend, Claire, from A Little Claireification 
and I are throwing from May 1 - 7. 
Click here for details. 

Show Us Your April

And one last thing...
I'm going to take some time off from blogging next week 
to enjoy Spring Break with my family. 

Happy Passover! 
Happy Easter!

 
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre: Jerusalem


Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Why is a Nice Jewish Girl writing a post about one of Christianity's most holy sites?

When we went to Israel in December 2012 for my son's Bar Mitzvah, one of the highlights of our tour was visiting  
The Church Of The Holy Sepulchre 
in the Old City of Jerusalem, which is said to be the site of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. 

Although I should be baking an unleavened cake for Passover right now, I figured this may be my one and only opportunity to write a post that is relevant to Easter. 

One of the things that fascinated me about the Old City 
is that within less than a square mile, 
the three major religions of the world co-exist. 

The history is daunting... 
It is  where the Jewish people built their temple,
Mohammed rose to heaven, and Jesus was resurrected. 
It houses the holiest places for the three religions... 
for Jews --The Western Wall; 
for Muslims -- The Shrine of the Rock; 
and for Christians -- The Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

Our tour started with a walk down Via Dolorosa
the street where Jesus took his final walk. 
The first nine Stations of the Cross are along this street.

Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

It was difficult to get good pictures, as the area was crowded.

Church of the Flagellation,  Jerusalem --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem

It is said that the Church of the Flagellation,
 on the Via Dolorosa, 
is where Jesus was flogged by Roman soldiers 
and condemned to death. 

Church of the Flagellation, Jerusalem

Church of the Flagellation,  Jerusalem --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Church of the Flagellation, Jerusalem

Church of the Flagellation,  Jerusalem --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Church of the Flagellation, Jerusalem

The stained glass mural above the altar depicts the flogging.

Church of the Flagellation,  Jerusalem --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Church of the Flagellation, Jerusalem


The last five Stations of the Cross occurred
within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Jesus was stripped of his garments; nailed to the cross; died on the cross, taken down from the cross, and laid in the tomb. 
 
Tradition says that the Stone of the Annointing 
is where Jesus' body was prepared for burial. 

Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem
It's considered a holy place to pray.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

The tomb of Jesus is located in the Aedicule inside the church. 
This is not a good photo, but it shows that the Aedicule is a 
structure built right in the center of the main rotunda. 

Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem
The Jacobite chapel, below, was damaged by fire. 

Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

It is said to house tombs of those who took Jesus off the cross, 
and buried him. 

Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem
These are not my best photos... or maybe they are (!), but I hope they give you a sense of where Jesus spent the final days of his life. If you want to learn more, and see better pictures, click here.  

I'm clearly no expert on this subject, 
so if I got anything wrong, please, by all means, let me know. 

And now, I must go buy some matzoh, 
and start making some Passover preparations. 

To all of you who celebrate, I wish you a very Happy Easter!



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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

How Old is "Sexy?"


How Old Is Sexy? --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes (Photo by Geoffrey Wade; artwork by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes)
Photo by Geoffrey Wade; Artwork by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Do you still feel sexy? 

I'm sitting here in my bathrobe shoving popcorn into my mouth at the moment, so um, no, sexy isn't quite the adjective I'd use to describe myself right now.

But sometimes... SOMETIMES...

"I'm sexy and I know it!
When I walk into that spot, yeah 
this is what I see, ok 
everybody stops and they starin' at me."

OK, maybe not that sexy. LMFAO! (get it?)

But every now and then...like once every four blue moons...I look in the mirror and say, "Hot Damn, girl, you still got it"...or something that is vaguely reminiscent of my former "it." 

I might even still turn a head or two...
in the "60 to Dead" demographic, but hey, heads are heads.

So when do we become "un-sexy?" Or don't we?

My friend, Jacky, whom I've known for 30 years, seems to be getting sexier as she gets older...and, at age 62, has become a worldwide phenomenon...

...as a lingerie model!

"How Old Is Sexy?" This 62-year old sure is !  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes (Photo by Marsh Brady, American Apparel)
Photo by Marsha Brady, courtesy of American Apparel

Now, THAT's what you call "I'm too sexy for my shirt!"

The tag line for the American Apparel lingerie ad is...

"Sexy Has No Expiration Date"

Don't you love that???

Jacky has been modeling for American Apparel for just about 2 years. Not just undies...in fact, most times, she is fully clothed. 

If ever there was a story to prove that dreams can come true an any age, this is it. 

"How Old Is Sexy?"  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes (Photo by Marsh Brady, American Apparel)
Photo by Marsha Brady, courtesy of American Apparel

Jacky and I met back in 1983. I was working at a television network, and we hired a temp to do secretarial work. In walks this 6-foot tall woman, wearing a man's coat, men's galoshes, men's glasses, a baggy dress, no makeup, and her hair up in a kerchief. My co-worker and I exchanged concerned glances... WHO did the agency send us? Even Jacky says, "I looked like I just got off a boat on Ellis Island." 

Just before lunch, she excused herself to the Ladies' Room,saying something about going on an audition.  When she came back, our jaws dropped. It took us a minute to realize this was our temp. We had witnessed a Cinderella moment.

She had popped in her contacts, put on some makeup, done her hair and changed her clothes. Jacky was...

Stunning.


l"How Old Is Sexy?"  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes (Photo courtesy of Jacalyn O'Shaughnessy)
Photo Courtesy of Jacalyn O'Shaughnessy

She ended up working for us for four years, and we were crushed when she decided to move to LA to actively pursue her acting career.  She did land some great roles (you can watch her 5-minute reel here) --Moonlighting, Night Court, Growing Pains, to name a few. Check out her professional website here. 

"How Old Is Sexy?"  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes (Photo courtesy of Jacalyn O'Shaughnessy)
Photo Courtesy of Jacalyn O'Shaughnessy

Even after 24 years, LA never "clicked" for Jacky.  She missed her friends, family, and the change of seasons. So we weren't totally surprised (truth be told, we were secretly thrilled!) when she moved back to New York City in December 2011, just before her 60th birthday.  She just couldn't see starting a new decade in a city that never felt like home.

"How Old Is Sexy?"  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes (Photo courtesy of Jacalyn O'Shaughnessy)
Jacky and her dog, Wolfie (2004); Photo Courtesy of Jacalyn O'Shaughnessy
As she was pondering a move back East, Jacky was also thinking about "next steps" in her career, and thought she'd like to try "mature modeling." Ironically, after all those years in LA, Jacky was back in NY for about 5 minutes a few weeks when she was "discovered" as a model.

"I was sitting on a stoop in the West Village late one night,  smoking a cigarette (I had one at night to help me fall asleep), when a woman, who was about to hail a cab, said, "You look very regal, sitting there smoking that cigarette."

Jacky's reply -- "I don't think many people would agree with you," meaning that most people wouldn't think smoking was "regal."  But as the woman got into the cab, she said, "YOU are beautiful." 


"How Old Is Sexy?"  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes (Photo by Geoffrey Wade)
Photo by Geoffrey Wade
A few weeks later, Jacky was sitting at the bar in a restaurant in the West Village, when a woman who looked familiar walked in. It was the "taxi" woman.  She asked Jacky to join her for dinner and the two talked non-stop for hours. At one point she asked Jacky what she did. "I am an actress, and I'd like to try "mature modeling," having no idea that her dinner companion, Marsha Brady, was the Creative Director at American Apparel.

Nor did Marsha reveal herself as such, until a few weeks later, when she called Jacky for the first of several photo shoots...and the now "renowned" lingerie shots were taken. American Apparel, who is known for their provocative and artistic advertising campaigns, got tremendous response from this shot, as well as some critical comments...but Jacky says that during the photo shoot, she was told to "just relax," so she sat in the same position she's been comfortable in since she was two years old, with her legs...as we would say in Yiddish... "oysgeshprait" -- or spread apart.

"How Old Is Sexy?"  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes (photo courtesy of Jacalyn O'Shaughnessy)
Photo Courtesy of Jacalyn O'Shaughnessy
Jacky and I had dinner a few weeks ago, along with some other friends. (I cannot believe that I am posting that old photo of me -- but I'm "taking one for the blog post").

Amy and Jacky...Then and Now
She was telling us (modestly, I might add) about the online attention she is getting... Elle Magazine, Fashionista, Huffington Post, NY Daily News, Perez Hilton, as well as coverage all around the world....Vogue Italy, The Guardian (UK), France, Vietnam, Chile, Norway...There are way too many to name. She's pretty popular on Pinterest and Instagram, too.  

Not only that...she's been contacted by several very popular TV talk shows...in fact, she's going to be on the Today Show in a couple of weeks!
  
Has it gone to her head? Nahhh! She's still the same down-to-earth person she was when she walked into our office all those years ago. Better dressed, yes, but still "our Jacky" with the incredible wit. I'll have you know that she is a very gifted writer, and we keep trying to convince her to start a blog, or write a book. DO IT, JACKY!

So what does it feel like to go viral? Jacky says that she's "surprised" when she's recognized...like when the guys in her local deli pulled up a photo of her on Instagram, and said, "Is this you?"  

Surprised? Uh, Jacky, I think your silver mane and 6-foot frame kind of make you uniquely noticeable, make-up or not.

"How Old Is Sexy?"  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes (Photo by Marsh Brady, American Apparel)
Photo by Marsha Brady, courtesy of American Apparel

But her favorite "fame" story is when a waiter in a local restaurant told her he showed Jacky's lingerie photos to his wife, and said, "This is what I want in 38 years." What he meant was, he wanted them to age like Jacky has, and hoped that when they hit their 60's, they'd have Jacky's energy and vibrancy. 

I guess that definitively answers my question of...

 "How old is sexy?" 

"How Old Is Sexy?"  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes (Photo by Geoffrey Wade)
Photo by Geoffrey Wade
It's as old as we damn please.






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