Monday, April 21, 2014

The Faberge "Big Egg Hunt" and The Dentist



Faberge "Big Egg Hunt" NYC --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Good Monday morning, everyone!
I hope you all had a Happy Holiday...
whether you celebrated with egg matzohs or Easter eggs.

I'm just back from a week off.
The Goo Shoes family spent Spring Break on the high seas.
More about that coming up soon.
But for now, I've got a question for you.

On the "punctuality" spectrum, where do you fall? 
Are you always early, always late or right on time?

When it comes to appointments, I like to be on time.
And if those appointments are in New York City, 
I allow myself LOTS of extra time for commuting.

Just before I left for vacation, I had a dentist appointment,
and I gave myself two hours to get in to NYC
even though it should only take 40 minutes.
One never knows, when it comes to traffic.
Turns out, I was an hour early, and it was a gorgeous day, 
so I thought I'd kill some time in Rockefeller Center,
which is close to my dentist's office.
 
Faberge "Big Egg Hunt" NYC --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Faberge "Big Egg Hunt" NYC --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I was hoping to get a great photo for my April Photo Diary...
maybe of the ice skating rink...

 But that seemed so ordinary.  


Faberge "Big Egg Hunt"  NYC --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
  

Faberge "Big Egg Hunt"  NYC --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

 I needed a NYC moment...
something unexpected...
I was just about ready to give up, 
and head to Saks Fifth Avenue.
But as I walked up the stairs towards 5th Ave... 
I was greeted by a garden of Faberge eggs!
Bingo! 
(Speaking of Bingo, I have SUCH a story to tell you,
but that has to wait for now). 

Faberge "Big Egg Hunt"  NYC --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I had heard about Faberge's Big Egg Hunt on the news.
260 eggs are "hidden" all over NYC, and the object is to 
find the eggs by using a map on your smartphone.
The eggs were designed by artists, 
and some famous NY'ers, like Diane von Furstenberg...

Faberge "Big Egg Hunt"  NYC --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes 

and Ralph Lauren...

Faberge "Big Egg Hunt"  NYC --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

After the hunt ends on April 25, the eggs will be auctioned off, 
and the proceeds will go to charity.

Faberge "Big Egg Hunt"  NYC --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Faberge "Big Egg Hunt"  NYC --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

 I wandered around snapping photos for almost an hour. 


Faberge "Big Egg Hunt"  NYC --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Faberge "Big Egg Hunt"  NYC --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Faberge "Big Egg Hunt"  NYC --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

When I used to live and work in NYC, 
I would NEVER take pictures around town. 
Oh, to be mistaken for a tourist...
it would totally blow my image
of being a hip and cool New Yorker, LOL. 

Faberge "Big Egg Hunt"  NYC --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Faberge "Big Egg Hunt"  NYC --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

But blogging changes a person, doesn't it?
Now I'll whip that camera out 
and I don't care who thinks I'm from Nebraska. 
No offense, if you're a cornhusker.
Hey, I'm from Jersey. I shouldn't talk. 

Faberge "Big Egg Hunt"  NYC --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Can you see me in the reflection?

Faberge "Big Egg Hunt"  NYC --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Hello, Humpty Dumpty! 

Faberge "Big Egg Hunt"  NYC --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Oh, that reminds me of something.
When Junior Goo Shoes was little, 
he used to call Home Depot "Humpty Po." 
That still cracks me up!

The gardens were all decked out with tulips. 

Faberge "Big Egg Hunt"  NYC --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Faberge "Big Egg Hunt"  NYC --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

It was a perfect pre-dental activity.

Not only did I get an awesome photo for my April Photo Diary, 
I got a whole blog post out of it!

Which egg is your favorite?
If you want to see more, 
or find out about the artists, click here.

Faberge "Big Egg Hunt"  NYC --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I'm going into the city on Wednesday 
to meet a friend for lunch.
What do you think the chances are that I'll stumble upon 
something as egg-citing as this for my April photo diary?



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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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