Fall For These Inspiring Modest Fashion

One of my favourite season is almost. You guessed it…FALL!  Smelling the scent of pumpkin, seeing colourful leaves falling gracefully from tree gives me a sign that it’s time to take out my boots and scarves.

I love this season and the fashion. So take out those sweaters and grab a cup of pumpkin flavoured coffee and check out our Pinterest board for this fall. Click on the link below.

Have a wonderful and safe fall and high holidays.

Pinterest Style




Decluttering your Email & Digital Mess

For me, I can testify that having a cluttered computer makes me loose focus on my work because I have to constantly re-find files or go through multiple (same) files to get to the most current one. And to further put myself out there- because I am busy, my email inboxes get cluttered with unread emails and spam or promotions that can often get leave attended for months at a time. I currently have 13,000 unread emails!!!!!!!!!!!!!! On top of this, my husband hates to see my desktop (the place I save my “go-to” files) lol.

So for me, a photographer and graphics design- the computer is my best friend. However, it can be a love-hate relationship when I leave those cluttered files unattended to. So join me as I clean my digital mess over the next month.

As we approach our May 2018 Bible Study on “Decluttering your Life”, here are a few links to help you in an area that most people skip (or don’t even think about) – your digital mess.

-Rebbetzin Keturah

 

The 13 Step Digital Declutter

 

How to Easily Clean & Organize Your Digital Files

 

It’s ‘Clean Out Your Computer’ day. Here’s how to declutter your computer in 4 steps.

 

Manage & Organize Email & Other Digital Info




The Kosher Pet Life

Ever wonder what we should feed our pets? Has it ever cross your mind of what is the “kosher” pet food standard for your furry ones?

This subject wasn’t the first thing that came to mind. Until, I saw an article about the kosher pet food commandments.

I would love to share what I’ve learned, so the Kosher Pet Food Fact Sheet was born. This will list all the information on what we can and cannot feed our pets during the whole year-round and Passover.

Click here or image below to download the information sheet.

Based on the information, we must be aware of ingredients that are listed in the pet food. There is some pet food that are not safe and we must be well aware if there are any recalls. Hopefully this small guide will help you, as it helped me and my fur ball Rocky.

For more information, regarding pet foods and being kosher, visit Kashruth Council of Canada: Kosher Certification Agency. If you have any Halakhic questions regarding Pesach, always remember to consult your local Rabbi.




Vegetarian Options During Passover

If you are a vegetarian or vegan during Passover, it may seem that you lack options for recipes during the week. But we have found a list (and a good one too) from an article we like online that gives you alternatives for both nutrition and flavor during Passover.

There are two different (main) traditions in eating style during Passover. The first one, which is considered the main one in the West, is that of European Jewry, the Ashkenazi tradition. This tradition, in summary, bans all food that is Kitniyot or “appears to puff or raise”, even if it does not have yeast/leaven in it. The second tradition is that of Middle Eastern Jewry (Israeli & Yemen) & Ladino Jewry (Spanish & Italian Jews) of the Sephardics who ban yeast/leaven but allow Kitniyot foods during Passover. What is considered Kitniyot you may ask? Foods like beans, rice, hummus, soy, corn, green beans, etc. (You can also find the complete list here.)

For a vegetarian, most Kitniyot foods have the nutritional value that is needed but many people are not aware of this tradition because we live in the West where almost everything during Passover season is geared to the Ashkenazi tradition. If you live a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle while Jewish- you can still enjoy real food and not be under the harsh nutritional value of only eating matzah in every dish. And I teach everyone who enters our shul that we must adopt the Jewish traditions that fit you, your family and HaShem, not just the one that is most popular unless you live in that community because most people within Messianic Judaism do come from a Church background and was not raised in these traditions. Furthermore, while we are commanded to eat matzah, we can and should- but to eat it in everything can also be hard on your stomach, so having options is great for everyone.

So, here is a “Top 10” list of “must-haves” for Vegetarians during Passover. Notice that seitan meatless meat is not on the list as it is too controversial between Rabbis on whether Vital Wheat Gluten is Kosher for Passover or if it is an instant recipe for nonobservance of the Holy Day properly. So if you crave meatless, it may be safe to avoid using Vital Wheat Gluten at least for the week of Passover and get your meatless cravings by eating more creatively. Besides, it is only a week…you can survive with no meatless meat for 7 days. Trust me. Enjoy!

The list is taken from: https://forward.com/food/154303/keeping-up-with-tradition-a-vegetarian-passover/

1) Quinoa is not only a great source of complex carbohydrates but also contains 8 grams of protein per cup. Check out my flavor-packed Vegetable Quinoa Pilaf below!

2) Eggs offer essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. I purchase free-range eggs, which have the added benefit of a nice dose of omega-3 fatty acids.

3) Avocado provides excellent heart-healthy fat that will give you lasting energy. One of my go-to breakfasts on Pesach is mashed avocado on matzah with a touch of lemon juice and sea salt.

4) Nuts are another source of heart-healthy fat and also give you a bit of fiber too. I am so grateful that there is a Kosher for Passover almond butter on the market! I’ll definitely be packing an almond butter & jelly matzah sandwich with some fresh fruit for work a few days of the holiday.

5) With so many of my usual snack foods like hummus and granola bars cut out of my diet on Passover, I survive on fresh and dried fruit throughout the holiday. I carry bananas, oranges, or boxes of raisins wherever I go, so that I always have an easy snack on hand.

6) Since tofu, tempeh, and seitan are out of the picture, I use Portobello mushrooms instead since they have a great meaty texture and delicious, savory flavor. I stuff them with sautéed onions, spinach and matzah meal for a main dish (I make a variation of this recipe) or I grill them with red peppers and zucchini for a side.

7) Vegan chopped liver with Tam Tams is a yummy start to any seder. The eggs offer a great source of protein, the walnuts contain omega-3, and the mushrooms are one of the only plant-based sources of vitamin D.

8) Salad can get boring so easily, so I jazz mine up with interesting toppings. Hearts of palm are super easy to find in the Passover section and I love slicing them up on top of my salads. They have a great texture and taste and give you a nice dose of potassium, zinc, and iron.

9) Another delicious dip I always have in my fridge around Pesach is Sabra’s Caponata. They make a bunch of excellent dips that are free of kitniyot. They’re a perfect size to bring to work or a Pesach picnic.

10) When I’m missing grains, I cook up some Matzo Meal Couscous (Savion is one brand I like) in vegetable broth and toss in some roasted broccoli, garlic, and sautéed mushrooms. It has a toothsome chewiness and a neutral flavor that’s ready for any seasoning or add-in you see fit.

This list of items certainly will satisfy anyone in your home, vegetarian or not. So this Passover, try some new foods and recipes out.

Read more: https://forward.com/food/154303/keeping-up-with-tradition-a-vegetarian-passover/




It’s Cleaning Time!

It’s this time of the year again and many of us are looking forward for Passover. Of course, there are many things that we need to be to prepare for the high holidays such as, remove all the chametz, do the passover grocery shopping, and of course cleaning/decluttering your home.

Cleaning your entire home can be a lot of work. The bigger the home, the more cleaning to do. But do not worry, we have you covered. Introducing…THE NISHMATI CLEANING CHECKLIST! Of course, cleaning your home may take a long progress to go through. We advise to start weeks ahead to have a stress-free cleaning time. Planning is key to everything.

Click here or on image below to download our checklist.

Note: not all of the listed item will apply to your home. We hope this helps you to prepare for Pesach.

Happy cleaning!




Bulletproof Stockings- Ultraorthodox Female Rock Band!

Bulletproof Stockings join The Hevria Sessions with their melodic “Day By Day”.




Do we really accept the Convert? An honest outlook from Orthodox Jew Rivkah Malka

Rivka teaches on the importance of accepting the convert and why it is so important in the line of the Messiah. Although Rivka is not Messianic and is Orthodox, her viewpoint is very powerful should be given lots of thought. Enjoy.




Kitchen Organizing

At Home With Nikki Youtube Channel Videos on Home Organizing is one of my favorite channels to watch. Enjoy!

 




The Myth of the Super Woman – Proverbs 31 Bible Study