Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Being Happy and Matzo Ball Soup


Lately, my mood can best be described as reflective. I’ve been doing a lot of sitting quietly and contently, cup of coffee in hand, staring out the window past our Christmas tree in the corner, just thinking. Those moments of complete silence and comfort combined with the utter brilliance of the first sip of coffee that passes my lips makes me oh-so-very happy.

As I mentioned earlier this month, I’ve been having some trouble finding motivation to blog. But then I realized that I wasn’t even looking for motivation…I just flat out didn’t feel like doing it. Kids get a break from school during the holidays, and I wanted a break from this. So I took one. And also, soon I will not have the luxury of being lazy, so I’m trying to cram it all in now.

You see, I’ve got a new gig that’s going to keep me very busy and I’m absolutely thrilled about it. Like shout-from-the-rooftops kind of thrilled. I’m going to be writing and creating recipes for the food section of SheKnows, an online women’s magazine. Let me repeat that: I’m going to be writing. Me. Writing. Like, as a job. Cue the happy dance.

It just so happens that my first articles went live today, and I couldn't wait to share them...



Just in time for Hanukkah, I made matzo ball soup. It was my first time making it and I think it turned out pretty good. My goal was light and fluffy matzo balls and they came out perfectly, like little pillowy dumplings. Check out my recipe here: Matzo Ball Soup.

My other article is a fun look at the Mayan prediction for the end of the world, which happens to be one year from today, with some Mayan-inspired recipe suggestions for a tasty last meal. See it here.


So for this, and so many other things, I am happy. I have been given an opportunity to do what I love doing. I have family and friends who support what I do and are happy for my success. I have a husband with whom I couldn’t be more in love, who fills my life with love and laughter. And although it has been a difficult and sad week, one full of heartbreak with the loss of our precious little kitty, Rose, I have to remind myself how very lucky I am.

I’m going to attempt to post one more time before Christmas, but in case I don’t (there’s that laziness again), I’d like to wish everyone the happiest of holidays. And thanks to all of you for the kind and caring words on my last post. Andy and I appreciate it so very much.

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  2. Congrats!

    I love matzoh ball soup. My gentile mother make the best I've ever had. LOL!

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  3. That's fantastic news! Well done :) You'll love every minute of it, I'm sure!

    Fantabulous looking soup. It's making MY tummy do the happy dance

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  4. I LOVE matzo ball soup...and you've inspired me to make a batch soon :) Congrats on your new endeavor!!!

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  5. The soup looks amazing and congratulations on writing for SheKnows - I can only imagine how thrilled you must be!

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  6. Oy vey! That is one beautiful bowl of soup!

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  7. Found you on tastespotting. Love your blog and I have subscribed to it! I've just started blogging too and it's awesome to see so many people making gorgeous food like this. Have a great Christmas! Feel free to pop over and say hi sometime x

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  8. Love this little crescent shaped moon celery floating around - so pretty.

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  9. I have never tasted this soup, but now I am very tempted to try your recipe; fantastic photo. Thank you for your visit.
    Rita

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  10. This is in my top five favorite soups. Beautiful photo. Kinda want to go make it for dinner tonight now :)

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  11. Congrats on your writing gig, Karen...how exciting!!!

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  12. Hey Karen! That is wonderful news and I am so very happy for you and proud of you!

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  13. Congrats on the Top 9. That photo is just delicious looking. Love matzo ball soup. Going to read your recipe. Happy Holidays!

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  14. Congrats on writing for Sheknows, I see it's Canadian which appeals to me being one. Great recipe, wonderful photos. Congrats on top 9!

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  15. Looks wonderful! I've had matzo ball soup at a friend's home, and loved it. I really need to experiment more with matzo. :)

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  16. This soup, perfect for the winter, is featured on Bizzy Bakes.
    http://bizzybakesb.blogspot.com/2011/12/friday-favorite-finds.html

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  17. Congratulations, my friend. You are an amazing blogger, writer, chef and person. I am so happy for you!

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