Bat Yam Beach Trip

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Bat-Yam-500x375source: Eran Sandler

I took a trip to Bat Yam beach yesterday with a few friends. Bat Yam is located on Israel’s Mediterranean Sea coast and is very beautiful.

Bat-Yam1-500x375source: philrieberer

I was afraid to take my camera because the sand might have damaged the lens so I found a couple of photos on Flickr that show exactly what it looks like.

Bat Yamsource: Or Hiltch

You might be interested to learn that Bat Yam has “ladies only” days each week.  Except for the life guards, a large portion of the beach is restricted entirely to women (and young children). This is done for religious reasons, as many Israeli women will not show their bodies to men.

On a side note, having lived in Israel for almost ten years, I knew better than to spend an entire day exposed to the harsh sun. Instead, I made myself an impromptu beach shelter. Everyone was amazed at how well it worked.

No pictures are available but here are instructions:

1) Gather several beach towels, 1 large sheet, 4 strong rubber bands and 4 screw-in broom/mop handles with holes at the top.

2. Attach two of the handles together using the rubber bands so that they make a v-shape. Repeat with the other two handles.

3. Push each of the upside down v-shapes into the sand, about 3-4 feet from each other. These are your two walls. They should look very similar to the two ends of a swing set.

4. Drape the sheet across the walls. Since there is no “roof support” that sheet will drag slightly in the middle.

5. Use the beach towels to create the floor of your shelter.

Once the materials were gathered, the entire process took about 5 minutes and stayed up the entire day.

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Tangible Things Class: How To See The World Differently

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This Is Not A Chairsource: Maureen Didde

I am currently participating in a free, online class called Tangible Things. It is given by Harvard University and it is about truly seeing and understanding the objects around you.

We did a exercise today that I would like to share with you. The exercise consists of stretching your mind by looking at an object in your home in as many ways as possible.

For instance, a telephone is a form of communication, but it’s also an artifact of modern design, a scientific invention, a retail commodity, a method of relaxation, etc.

To do the exercise yourself, follow these instructions:

1. Watch the video called This Is Not a Chair located on Youtube.

2. Complete the template This is not a _________; it is a __________.

3. Photograph the object, if desired.

Here is my finished exercise

This in not a plate. It is a decorative object. It was purchased for the pleasure it brings to the eye.

This is not a plate. It is a method of eating. It allows the user a simple way of enjoying food away from the immediate area of the stove.

This is not a plate. It is a part of a cooking technique. Food is placed on the plate and then heated in a microwave oven.

This is not a plate. It is small bit of American culture. Corelle became popular about 35 years ago and is still sold today.

This is not a plate. It is an example of modern science. This plate is made from Vitrelle, a substance first invented in a lab.

If you decide to do the exercise, please send me your results. I would love to read them.

Healthy Barley and Lentil Soup

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Hearty Barley and Lentil Soupsource: Jodi Green

I found the original recipe for this dish on the Joy of Kosher site.  However, I skipped the kale, added some yummy Italian seasonings and simplified the instructions. The end result is a very good and filling soup.

3/4 cup barley

1/3 cup green lentils

2 tbsp olive oil

2 carrots, diced

2 stalks celery, diced

2 large onions, diced

1 28 oz can chopped tomatoes

1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 tbsp dried oregano

1/2 tbsp dried basil

1/2 tsp powdered garlic

1/4 tsp pepper

salt, to taste

Using a large pot, saute the vegetables in oil till softened. Slowly add 5 cups of water and bring to a boil. When the water boils, add the rest of the ingredients. Stir frequently and add additional water if needed. Cook till the flavors have melded and the lentils and barley are ready to eat.

Garlic Broccoli Salad

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Garlic Broccoli Saladsource: Laurel F

A friend of mine saw this recipe in a magazine in the doctor’s office and decided to copy it for me. She didn’t record the exact recipe, just the basics.

I filled in the blanks myself to create this easy and absolutely yummy salad.

Ingredients

16 oz. frozen broccoli, defrosted

5 minced garlic

3 tbsp light olive oil

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/2 – 1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar

Directions

Squeeze the broccoli to remove excess moisture.

Saute the garlic in the olive oil till light tan.

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Can be refrigerated several days before serving if desired.

Note: Feel free to adjust this recipe to your own taste. Adding more or less of the minced garlic, seasonings or vinegar is completely fine.

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Potato Chips and Dip

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World's Quickest Potato Chips and DipMatt DeTurck

World’s Quickest Chips and Dip is a recipe that’s so easy, I’m almost embarrassed to include it.  But it tastes so good, so I’m going to anyway.

Ingredients

1 pint sour cream

1 envelope onion soup mix

large bag of chips

Directions

Gradually combine sour cream with onion soup mix, to taste.  Sample after every addition.  Serve with chips for dipping.

Note: It is easy to add too much onion soup and this recipe is not forgiving! Be careful!

How to Make Cheese Balls

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How To Make Cheese Ballssource: Theresa

This Cheese Ball recipe has evolved so much throughout the years, that it is no longer anything like the original.

Ingredients

8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese

1 – 2 flat tablespoons cream cheese

1/4 cup finely chopped olives

garlic powder (to taste)

onion powder (to taste)

pepper (to taste)

Directions

Mix all ingredients until well blended.  You want the mixture to be very stiff, so add as little cream cheese as possible. Roll into a log or balls and serve with crackers. Note: You will have to mix the ingredients with your hands in order to get them blended sufficiently.

For a more attractive cheese, gently roll the balls in herbs or spice such as paprika, parsley or cilantro.

Variation: Chopped and rehydrated sun dried tomatoes can be also added to the cheese balls.

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Homemade Dickie

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Homemade Dickie

source: Miles Kimball

I have quite a few shirts that I dislike because of their necklines. They aren’t immodest by most people’s standards, but they are still lower than what I enjoy wearing.I was going through my closet yesterday and I decided to throw those shirts, plus a mock turtleneck with a stained front, into the garbage. Just as I was reaching for the trash, genius struck.

Why couldn’t I combine the shirts with the low necklines with the turtleneck?

I tried on several of the low cut shirts on top of the turtleneck and they looked great. The only problem was that I was waaay to hot for comfort.

I went to throw the shirts into the garbage a second time, and genius struck again.

I decided to make a homemade dickie out of the mock turtleneck. I took a scissors and cut the sleeves off the turtleneck and cut the sides open. Then I cut off its front and back till about 3 inches below the neckline. I tried it on with the other shirts again and this time it was perfect.

The result: Instead of throwing away four unusable shirts, I gained three very nice ones.

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