Avigail Goes to America- TN Adventures

 

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Wow has time flown by! I’ve been back home for a little over a month and I’ve been dying to share with you people my America adventure! It seems so long ago… but man what an Incredible- just INCREADIBLE experience! I feel like there’s the before America Avigail and the after America Avigail, still the same ‘ol goofy lively Avigail but I’ve learned so much from this adventure and from the many many many  amazing people I got to meet! Sooo you already heard of Me Rants ’bout flying so I’ll skip that unpleasant part! I arrived at the Campbell’s house way after midnight, I was exughsted, stinky and lets not mention what I was wearing… Haha! That was funny, ok I’ll tell you! It was so miserably cold on the plan that I literally put every item of clothing that I had on, and well when I was packing for my trip I could not possibly imagine in the heat of August to need a sweater, so I packed a light cardigan (by light I mean super thin! ultra thin!)-big mistake! So all I had in my carry on was a T-shirt, the cardigan and my big puffy colorful Shawel, I’m not sure what they are called in English there these thin puffy pants with lots of designs and colors! So I was wearing this purple/blue skirt with lots of designs on it  so I put my pants on and my skirts and underneath all that I was wearing my big puffy shorts and then I put my bright red T-shirt over my pink elbow shirt and on top of that went the cardigan, oh and did I mention socks and sandals? Yep! Did all that help? Not really. I told myself I would change before I got off the plane but I kinda fell asleep and totally forgot all about what I was wearing. So I got off the plane, got my suitcase, found Granddad (Colene Campbell , us ruby girls called Nancy and Colene Nana and Granddad), got in the car, started driving and then I look down and realize what the heck I was wearing! So that what those funny looks were about! Ha!

So the next day I met some of the family and the other above rubies helper!! The sweetest thing in the world! We had such a great time together! She has such a sweet, joyful ,generous, bubbly, encouraging and inspiring spirit!! Love you Morgan!

On the second day I met the one and only Vangibabeeee!!

Can words describe the INCREADIBLE time I had with her! Too much stinking FUN!! We had a blast! Beyond! The best the best the best! Ok wanna hear something crazy?! Soo Vange (She is Nancy Campbell’s Daughter), lived in Tiberius with my Grandmother for a couple years in the 90′,  at the time my Mom was seventeen. Her and my Grandmother stayed in touch over the years. She heard that my Mom had a baby girl back in 2000 (me!) and guess who pops up in her ‘neck of the woods’ seven teen years later?! Too awesome! Only God could do such a thing! Funny thing is she kept calling me Sarah (that’s my Moms name)! We look a lot alike too, me and my Mom!

I really just felt right at home! Defiantly feels like a second family! Nana (Nancy) was just so sweet, kind and understanding. Even when I was running late to get to the office, taking wayyy to many trampoline/potty breaks! Office work is hard on me, mate! She would find as many opportunities to let me do other things outside of the office. Like photographing some items she wanted to sell and making bunches and bunches and bunches of necklaces to sell! ha! I made at least a few hundred necklaces! Nancy is such an inspiring Godly women! I made such great memories cooking and talking with her! I gained so much wisdom from her words but even more from her actions and behavior! Always queenly, patient and lovely! Never once did she ‘lose’ it or complain. It amazes me how much she does! Me and Morgan were laughing once saying how we’ve been using the word ‘lovely’ so much more ever since we became Ruby Girls and being around Nana. IMG_20170818_182346107Such good times!  I loved going into the kitchen every morning (usually exhausted and barley dragging myself outta bed, there always seemed to be something going on so it was rare that I got to bed before midnight!), and Granddad,  would always have the biggest smile on and the most cheerful “Good Morning girls!”, it would make everything seem so much better, the sight of him making coffee helped too! 🙂 You know how I love coffee! Especially with some raw, pastured cream! I absolutey loved all the yummy Raw kefir! When I first arrived in TN, Nana had tons of kefir and she was delighted that someone was finally  helping her eat it! Let’s just say that by the time I left there wasn’t so much:). I defiantly digged in, LOVE me some kefir!!

I could go on and on about all the great times I had in TN but that would never end… So I’ll just share some pictures!

Me and some of the grand girls! They love having tea parties and photo shoots! Fun times! Miss me girlies! IMG_20170817_181215044Shopping at WalMart- Lazy style! The rag is my bandage:)! Somebody even asked me if I needed help… umm nop! doing just fine! Thank ya though! oops… Haha!IMG_20170823_143504159

Me and Sahara (Vange’s daughter), could we be sisters or what?! She’s such a sweetie! Granddad even called me Sahara a couple times! Haha!

Some of the family members! Top right is Rashida, at her baby shower, the most amazing baby shower I’ve ever been at! Such fun!! Then on the left is Kate, who is Nana’s sister! Such an amazing, fun person! And last but not least SABER!! Cutest kid in the WORLD! Don’t tell my siblings that ,okay? Sorry but he won the cuteness contest, I’m such a traitor ! IMG_20170814_131448_01Grandgirls came over for Shabbat dinner! Such fun!!

Top right is Serene! Had such a fun time with her, Talking health and food! Top left is Chalice, Serene’s daughter so sweet! We had such a great time together! And down there at the bottom is Isaiah, he’s Serene’s son.  He burnt his foot really bad and couldn’t stand on it much, so he kept me entertained while I made hundreds of necklaces! He was like a big brother to us Ruby girls, always teasing us and telling us hat not to do.

Now you must meet Shaina…..

 

She joined the Ruby Girls force in my last two weeks in TN! And the party was onnnnnn!  Shaina is so creative, artistic, fun and generous!   We had such incredible times together! Here’s a little peak of some of stuff we did!

We went to the Opryland Resort Gardens and had a blast!

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One evening we had a photo shoot and just had the funest time in the world! TN is so pretty!

 

I can be serious too

But It’s not my nature…

I have no idea what I’m looking at in that first shot!! The second one, it looks like I’m giving birth!! Haha! And of coarse we can not forget our talented Photographer… Autumn!

AHHH! WAIT! STOP! HOLD IT! We forgot the bestest part of the whole stinking evening!! I COUGHT A BUTTERFLY!!! LOOK LOOK!

Isn’t it a beauty?! This has been one of my lifelong dreams, to actually hold a butterfly with out it flying away! They had a few pots with flowers at the Campbells house, and the butterflies loved those flowers, but I could never catch any!

Any ways my beautiful readers, we now finish our TN adventures and off we go to California!! But that my friends is a different story for a different time! 20170831_091934

Have a fabulist week my peeps!

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XOXOX

Avigail!

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Me Still Here!

Avigail Camra Pictures Late summer 2017 710I haven’t forsaken you my Peeps! I haven’t stopped blogging! Just have been enjoying life so much haven’t had the chance to sit down and write to my lovelies:). I just wanted to stop by real quick and wish you all Chag Samech! I love Sukkot! My favorite Chag (holiday) for sure! Man, I still have so much to do eek! I really shouldn’t be taking a break! But I missed blogging so maybe God will just stop the clock or something? Haha! You wanna hear what I’m making? Cranberry and Walnut Challah with a honey glaze! Savory Pumpkin soup, the new no-moo cheesecake recipe (Trim Healthy Table Cookbook!), Pumpkin pie, Tummy Tucking Ice cream, Cinnamon Bundt Cake(Just pulled it out of the oven, dying to try it! I added cloves and ginger for an extra kick), Pickled hot peppers and pickled ginger! We have a tradition of making Sushi in the Sukkah and I’m on a mission to make myself some super foodie Sushi this year! Will see how it goes… Fun, fun fun! Also will be making Sourdough Bagels another Family tradition-Bagels in the Sukkah!(This Recipe:) I’m sorry my Beauties but I really have to go! Only have another hour and a half until the Chag starts and I have way too many things to finish! I would put a picture of our beautiful Sukkah now if it were done… Still need to decorate! Go! go! go!

CHAG SAMECH!!

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Avigail

Israeli Ice Coffee-THM FP

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Yep yep my friend here is anootherrrr Ice coffee recipe, so why am I sharing another ice coffee recipe when there are another 101 THM iced coffee recipes? Because myns special myns like no ‘otha! Did you notice that there are no floating ice cubes up there? Yep nada! So instead there is 28 crushed ice cubes up there, ah yah 28 insane. So I hope you have lots of ice cubes on hand so you can make this! Ok also I called this israeli ice coffee because, not because we necessarily invented it ’cause we probably didn’t, but actually because this is the only kind of ice coffee you can find here, we only serve ONE kind so when I think of ice coffee I think of coffee that is blended up with tons of ice, like a slushy almost.

The first time I had my own Ice coffee was when I was nine, my Grandmother bought it for me, boy did I feel so grown up! I remember drinking it in the car on the way home and thinking ‘I’m gonna prove to everyone how big I am ,by not going crazy from the caffeine, I’m going to act like a grown up lady’ HA! Well somehow I told myself that it was perfectly normal for ‘grown up ladies’ like me, to spin around like crazy in the living room and jump from coach to coach screaming  ‘superman tadadam’ and for big people like me to stay up until midnight jumping on there bed (man I used to have the bounciest bed in the world, that bed was so much fun, I was so upset when we got rid of it). Yah, perfectly normal… I’ve always loved coffee, I would always offer my Mom to make her coffee so I could steal some to myself:), thank God I tolerate caffeine much better now and act ‘perfectly normal’ around coffee, well if you consider  singing about ‘oooh how I love coffee…’ and having a good happy dance every time I’m gonna drink coffee normal. Then I’m good.אייס-קפה-ומוזלי

Needles to say our ice coffees are so badddd for your health, loaded with sugar-check, loaded with powdered milk and other unknown ‘powders’-check, anyway STAY FAR AWAY! You can find better ways to support Israel then by buying our Ice coffee:), if you need ideas just contact me, hehe! Onward to ‘de RECIPE!

 INGREDIENTS:

  • One cup(measuring cup) of your favorite kind of coffee (make it STRONG!)
  • Favorite Low glycemic Sweetener*
  • Tablespoon of coconut milk
  • Optional dash of vanilla extract
  • 28 ice cubes (not a typo)
  • Half a scoop of whey powder**20170713_150908 (2) 

     

     

 INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Blend the coffee,coconut milk and sweetener and vanilla if you want, in a blender.
  2. Add the 28 ice cubes, and let it blend and blend and blend… (yah it takes awhile for it to get all crushed up), try it and see if you want more sweet, more vanilla etc’
  3. Add the 1/2 scoop of whey powder and blend for a second just until it’s incorporated, don’t let it get frothy! DONE! Wasn’t that easy?!

NOTES:

*Use your favorite sweetener in coffee, you don’t even have to sweeten it but I like it sweet, I usually sweeten it with about 1 teaspoon of coconut sugar and another tablespoon of gentle sweet, so just taste and treek to your liking!

**You don’t have to put the whey in, it makes it slightly creamier but it’s not a must, Collagen would also work instead if you can’t have dairy.

So now you can have Ice coffee with your homemade sourdough bagels recipe here.

Enjoy!

Avigail

Me Rants ’bout flying

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(The rants of Avigail as she flies for over ellen hours…sheesh)

Right now I’m writting from above !!  Up in the sky, look it’s a plane nooo it’s… I used to watch  superman cartoons all the time… Another three hours and a half to go… Ahhh I can’t stand sitting much longer !  Like how many movies can you watch for crying out loud ?!  More like how many bathroom visits can you make ?!  My poor tooshie, it’s never had to sit for this stinkin’ long. Buttt it feels much better after this last bathroom visit… Yes yes yes I figured out a few exercises that can be done in the air plaine bathroom, I must admit it took a few bathroom runs to figure it out but here goes-(these make you feel so much better ! )

1.Wall sit, it’s just barley big , line up against the wall across from the sink and slowly slide down to a 90 degree angel making sure your knees don’t pass your toes, most likely they can’t since there is no more room. Haha !  And hold this position as long as you dare keep the people outside waiting… To make this more challenging so you don’t take so long, raise your heels and hold the position on your tippie toes. You can support yourself with the sink if you dare touch it( : . enough

2. Single Leg squat- You pretty much lift up one foot off the ground and you lift it up and down using your other foot(that’s on the ground) make sure you squeeze from the glute and not from your knee. Make sure you know how to squat properly before trying this.

3. Half Arm Rolls- can’t forget your arms right ? You know those regular arm rolls where you lift your arms in the air and do circules ?  Well there isn’t enough room for you to fully extend your arms in the bathroom so you have bend them and do the same idea, just keep rolling… Rollin’ Rollin’ on the river… Change it up and puls upwards or downwards. You could even try and do single arm rolls like one hand each time but that’s kinda time consuming.

4. Wall push up- stand against the wall and place your hands as if you were trying to do a push up, just on a wall( :  and try and lean over your wrists to add some weight. Go as low as you can and hold in that position as long as you can… Best way to make this chalenging is to do one hand at a time. You could even do this excercise on the diaper changing pad( :  it all good.

 

Warning : After doing these exercises there might be a long line of people waiting after you. (I keep expecting them to knock or yell at me but they don’t they must not have to go so bad…maybe there just like me they just use the bathroom as an excuse to get up and shake a leg but I usually do have to pee as Eliana would say : ‘Avigail has a bladder the size of a peanut ! ‘)

Tip : Make sure you flush the toilet after you do the exercises, that way they’ll think your stomachs upset and when they go into the bathroom they might actually be relived since it won’t smell so bad( :

 

Sheesh three hours to go… Tick, tock tick, tock… Guess what ?!  They have Alladen on this tv thingie, yep yep yep you betchya I watched it… Well I skipped the snakey part that still scares the heak out of me, No I’ve never watched a horrow movie. Having ‘dear friends’ tell me ALL about them was enough to scare me for a decade… Hey !  We’re finally flying over land !!!  Just finished going over the Atlantic !!  4,600 miles down and I’m dying to get off !  I still can’t believe  I’m actually going to americaaa… WHAT ?!?!  It hasn’t sunken in this brain of myn that I’m in a plane and that I’m actually gonna be in America. I wish they would open the windows, this darkness and making me kookoo, how long can you sleep for ?!

 

Good bye !  Time for another water and potty break I might have to do the potty dance for this one, apperently it’s stormy and we aren’t allowed to get up !

 

Anyways so long dear freinds from a girl who’s sick of the sky actually sick of this CHAIR !! 20170831_091934

 

XO Avigail

ONE YEAR OF BLOGGING!! Whattt?!?!

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I can’t believe it’s been a WHOLE YEAR since I started blogging! Like WHATTT?!?! Time is flying by! Wow when I started blogging last year I didn’t have a clue what this place would look like in a year I started blogging with no expectations, I just decided to get up and do it. To be honest I never fathomed I would have a blog, my Aunt actually was the first one to say ‘Avigail, you need to have a blog!’ but I didn’t even consider it until last summer when God told me to start a blog. At first I was like “who me?! I’m a terrible writer! Like haven’t you seen all my spelling mistakes?!who would even read my blog?! My Mom?”. It’s funny how when God wants us to do certain ‘missions’ or tasks we suddenly become so ‘humble’, I put humble in quotation marks since it’s not that we’re so humble, it’s coming from doubt of Gods power and strength.  Because our strength isn’t from us but from the Almighty God.

Back to our little tale, a few weeks after God told me to start this Blog I opened a blog and at first I had no idea what to write about, but amazingly a few days later God put this blog post idea in my head Just Jump-Will you Trust?  and walla my first blog post was launched? Born? Posted? (what would you call that?). That first blog post really described how I felt about starting this blog. I really just felt that I was just taking this huge jump into the ‘unknown’ territory of blogging. Haha! It really was I had no idea what to expect.  From then on Blog posts and Ideas have just kept popping up all the time (Like more then 50 of them, sheesh it’s gonna take me forever to get through all of those).Avigails Camra Pictures 2017 1302

Well since a year ago People have visited this blog from all over the world, from places I’ve never even heard of before…Like Kuwait ,Guam ,Gibraltar…  So so awesomeee! It has been such an awesome experience Blogging this past year, it has been such fun! I really have enjoyed writing! Thank you to all my amazing readers! If your curious the most popular post this year has been: Dandadadamdadam –Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls!

I love those guys! There perrty yum! Hopefully when I come back from America I’ll take new pictures of them with step by step photos! Talking about Americaaaa I’m leaving this Monday! AHHHH! I can’t believe it’s actually happening!! All through this process of putting together this trip I was keep telling myself ‘Avigail, you need keep an open mind, it might not work out etc’ ‘ so know I’m trying to reverse the effects of that brain work by telling myself to ‘stop day dreaming! Your actually flying! Get your act together! You have a 101 stuff to do!’ Yes I’m excited, it’s my first time flying in over ten years and the first time by myself  (Thank God I have smart Uncles well more like Uncle 🙂 that know every little tinny detail about flying, Thanks Tim!). Yep so it defiantly feels like a new ‘Just Jump’ adventure, so will see what happens next! it’s exciting! Avigails Camra Pictures 2017 764

Love you guys,

Avigail

 

Thoughts on Tisha B’av

Avigails Camra Pictures 2017 1358.JPGHellooo my Beauties! How’s a going? Next Tuesday is the Fast of תשעה באב (the ninth of Av) ,for all those that don’t know- Av is the hebrew month that we are in now and on the Ninth of Av both Temples (the first and second temple) were destroyed we have mourned their destruction every year on this date for two thousand years (1949 years since the destruction of the second temple). So I wanted to share some teachings about Tisha Bav, that I found really beautiful. (Most of these teachings are from Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach)

“In the Holy Temple, the most important part was the singing-the singing of the holy tribe, the Levites. According to our tradition, there were 50,000 instruments and 100,000 voices. They would alternate every few minutes, day and night. They would sing and play for the One, for the only One. Every note and every melody was the deepest prayer in the world. Those songs and prayers were so deep, they reached into the deepest depths of every human being. You cannot hear those melodies and prayers without returning to the One, the only One…”  DSCN2980 (2)

“The month of destruction is called Menachem Av, Menachem is the hebrew word for “consolation”, Av is one of the hebrew words for Father, so the name of this month means that God ,our Father in heaven, is begging us, his children, “Please, console me!” , “Nachamu, Nachamu Ami…” (Isaiah 40;1) “Console, console my people”. God is begging us “Please my people console me! Please!” and what do we answer? Menachem Av-How do we console our Father? We promise you that this will be the year. This year, will come back to you. This year we’ll come back to the temple. This year will answer your nocking. This year we will return…”

For as much as we cry and our heart is broken over this state of גלות (exile) he hurts so much more, he has been hurt so much more “On him whom they have pierced…” (Zechariah 12:10). Meanwhile we are waiting, waiting for the Mashiach to come and take us out of this exile. Waiting for the ‘א’ (alef) to turn גולה(exile) into גאולה (redemption). And while we wait we mourn and fast so

“The fasts of the fourth,fifth,seventh and tenth months will become joyful and glad occasions…” (zechariah 8:19)

Avigail

 

Mini Sourdough Bagels- THM E

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Here you goooooo, here is the recipe for Mini  Sourdough Bagels!!!!!!! Kilililililiyyyy! Woohooo! I’m so excited about this recipe!! Don’t ask how long ago I created this recipe, you’ll hate me for not sharing it way back then, Three months ago? um… that’s a nice rounding, you know five=three months that’s kinda close right? Yah just recently had a chance to make it again and take pictures… These bagels are sooo yummy! They have a chewy crust and are just amazzzzing!  There cute and small to help portion control them. Sooo making Bagels sounds pretty scary doesn’t it? Especially on plan bagels… But it isn’t I promise! It is actually pretty easy, you pretty much have three stages:

  1. Make and Knead the dough, let rise.
  2. Shape the Bagels (super easy and fun!)
  3. Put The bagels in a warm water bath for just a minute
  4. Sprinkle optional toppings and bake!20170713_135112 (2)

That’s it!  LETS DO THIS!

INGREDIENTS:

For Dough:

  • 3 Cups Spelt flour (plus a little extra to lightly flour your counter)
  • 2 Cups Rye flour (freshly ground)
  • 2 Cups Sourdough Starter
  • 1/2 Cup Egg whites
  • 1/2 Cup Low fat Greek Yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • Drizzle of Honey (about a Tablespoon)
  • Sprinkle of Salt

For Water Bath:

  •  Water to fill up your pot or pan 3/4 of the way
  • 3 Tablespoons of Honey

For Optional Superfoodie Topping:

  • Egg yolk to brush on top(for a golden shine)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast *i
  • 1 Tablespoon of Chia seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon Onion Flakes
  • 2 teaspoons of Chunky Sea salt
  • Any other herbs or spices you love (Garlic,Oregano, Basil, Za’atar, Chilli flakes… the skies the limit)

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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1.  Mix and then Knead the dough (You only need to knead until everything is nicely combined and you have a pretty smooth ball of dough, no longer than five minutes)
  2. Let rise for seven+ hours, yep seven hours! You can even  let it rise overnight.
  3. After it has risen, pick a medium size pot or a large pan and fill 3/4 of the way full and add the three Tablespoons of honey. Bring water to a boil, then reduce heat to medium or medium-high so that the water remains simmering.
  4. While water is boiling divide into 12 balls and stick your fingers in to make a whole (make it a little larger then the size you want your whole to be)
  5. Once the water starts simmering drop 3-4(make sure they don’t touch)  bagels into your water and let each side ‘cook’ for thirty seconds  (don’t worry too much if you go over this time) take out and place on a rake to drain all the water. Repeat until all bagels have had there turn in the water.
  6. Now the fun part! Brush a little egg yolk on each bagel and sprinkle on whatever toppings you like. If you use the Super foodie toppings mix all the ingredients in a wide mouth bowl or a plate and take each bagel and dip into the mix.
  7. Put each finished bagel on a cookie sheet with wax paper  and bake for 20-25 min at 175 c/350 f. Check after 15 minutes to make sure there getting evenly baked!

DONE!

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NOTES!

*If you don’t like nutritional yeast DON’T PUT IT ON! It can have a somewhat strong flavor if your not sure if you like it or not don’t try it on this recipe, you don’t want to discover after all your hard work that you don’t like them!

So what do you put on an E bagel?? If you live in America you can use up to one ounce of 1/3 less fat cream cheese but make sure you don’t add any other fat in your meal or you can add a few wedges of laughing cow cheese. Other more puristie  options:

  •  Low fat cottage cheese I actually love cottage! (well used to I can’t eat it now)
  • Extra strained low fat Greek yogurt (I make homemade)
  • Homemade low fat kefir cheese (pretty much extra strained kefir)
  • גבינה לבנה
  • Bolgrit cheese(that’s only 5% fat so keep to no more then 1/2 a cup)
  • Parmesan cheese (Check and see how much fat is in your parmesan cheese to make sure but most are pretty low fat) You could melt some on top of your bagel! Yum!
  • Or you can make the Laughing mama cheese that’s in the THM cookbook!

Of course if you want to have a crossover then the skies the limit for all the options! These also taste amazing warmed up with some butter on top! Try and only eat one or two of these bagels and fill up on a big salad on the side!

I hope you enjoy these:)

Avigail

I’m BACKKK-all about camp!

Heyyyyyy! How are all you peeps doing? Enjoying summer? Boy I sure am! I absolutely adore summer, but that’s not anything new. I can’t believe I’m just now sitting down to type this post, it’s been way too long since I’ve posted so, sorry. I wanted to post this two weeks ago but ya know life happens:).

Two weeks ago I went to a music summer camp which was so so so much fun! I had such a blast. The camp was for four days, on the first day (we arrived in the afternoon so it was only half a day) after we met every one briefly I had a guitar lesson the teacher was really fun and laid back so it was a cool class, even though I wasn’t as advanced as the other kids playing there. I’m still trying to work on my Guitar skills, just need more time… and maybe some more discipline… That night there was singing and worship (every night there was actually, it was so amazing!).we slept at Shoresh,a town nearby,it was soo pretty there and I met my awesome roomies! Sweetest girls ever! DSCN2853 (2).jpg

Then on the second day I took singing lessons, which was so much fun! The teacher was just so sweet and precious. It felt good to have a singing lesson again, I took singing lessons when I was thirteen as part of my school requirements and I really enjoyed it so it was great to have the opportunity to take a lesson again! In the afternoon there were a few workshops that were really nice and then dinner, after dinner it was open mic night it was cool seeing everybody’s talents.

On the third day, this was one of the funnest days. I went to the filmmaking class and I was expecting that we would probably just learn how to film and how to use the camera etc’ but instead we had a professional filmer come and make a video to a song with us acting it out and stuff. It was really fun! Then in the afternoon we watched him edit it and put it all together it was pretty amazing! That evening me and my friends we outside right around sunset, wow, the sunsets there are so beautiful! andddd I got them to pose for me:) 20170629_165657 (2)20170629_161517 (2)

The fourth day was a blast in the morning we went to the pool which was so much fun and refreshing it was so hot.They blew up a slide at the end and it was fun sliding down it and going down backwards and headfirst you get the picture:). Then in the afternoon we practice with the band/team they put as in or we threw the football around. We brought our football to the camp, I am so glad we did we had a ton of fun with it!

On the last day we work up super late, we didn’t get to bed until around two thirty in the morning, it was the last night so we thought might as well make the most out of it:) so we talked and played games. Almost everyone missed breakfast that morning. We packed up took pictures and said good bye! I learned so much from this camp and such amazing inspiring people it was great!

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If you’re wondering what I  ate at the camp for four day(with sticking to my crohn’s/THM diet) this is what I did:

I made ahead muffins for breakfast I actually didn’t have to, since they always had boiled eggs and veggies there, that’s one great thing about most meals here there is always salads and lots of them! Then for lunch I made Flax flatbread(I forgot what it’s called!) and made a sandwich out of that with goat cheese and veggies. Then for snack I made superfood chews! so yummy! and PB cookies. Dinner was really good, there were tons of different salads to choose from and then the was fish and meat it was really delicious and for dessert they had fresh fruit, so I ate well. That’s about it my friends!

Can I be mean for a second? Here’s a sneak peek at next week’s post:) Mini Sourdough Bagels my Friends!20170713_133703 (2)

Have a great weekend:)

Avigail

 

Summer Goals and such:)

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SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE!! YAHOOO! Who’s dancing with me?? I can’t describe how much I love summer, you’d think I live in the North pole or something by how much I love summer! Just last week it dawned to me that summer was really here and was here to stay! No rainy days for next few months, woot woot! It caught me a little off guard, you know how you keep waiting and waiting for something to come and then when it finally comes you can’t believe it’s actually here?! This is my last week of school! Yay, finishing 11th grade forever God willing;)!20170619_174231 (2)

What are you doing this Summer Vacation? Do you have any summer goals? I love writing down summer goals every summer to help stay focus, it seems that if I don’t write them down I kinda forget about them and it never really gets done. The most important is not to stress it, it’s just a helpful guideline if other stuff come up or you wanna do something else then do it! Even if your not gonna be able to check everything off your list, it’s summer have FUN!

Here are some of my summer goals/things I’m doing-

  • Trip to America- I will be volunteering for a few weeks in Tennessee (with Above Rubies) and then will be visiting family in the states for a couple weeks! I’m super excited! It will be so different!
  • Summer Camp! This is next week, for four days, I’m looking forward to this camp! It will be fun!
  • Counseling-I will be finishing  counseling by the end of July after almost two years of being with my crazy nine year old girls group, so I really want to make some fun last memories with them! Tomorrow a professional photographer is coming to take pictures of them, maybe he’ll let me use his camera for a lil.:)
  • BEACH!- I’m crazy nuts about the beach! Thank God my family is too! In the Summer it is a bare necessity (it’s a bear necessity… a simple bear necessity… memories!) so we go to the beach once a week for the whole day! I’m so excited we’re going to the beach this Thursday! Yipeee!20170619_183349 (2)
  • Volunteering at Ba’ad Chaim (a ProLife organization)- I’m hoping to volunteer twice a week this summer instead of just once a week like this past year, will see if it works out with my schedule.
  • Exercise- Keep exercising  work on better form and learn new exercise methods and techniques. Love exercising!
  • Catch up with Friends- Hiking,pool,shopping, walks whatever:)
  • Spend time with my awesome siblings! I really want to get in some quality time with them before I leave to the states. (some ideas are: bake something yummy together, play a board game, have a spa night, well I don’t think my Brothers would appreciate a spa night:), go throw a football with them, read a book to them, watch a movie together the options are endless!)
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Here’s a few of my siblings, I only picked the good looking ones, just kidding they’re all crazy gorgeous I don’t have enough room to post pictures of all eight of them;) 

  • Guitar- mostly practice more and learn new songs to play!
  • Improve my freestyle
  • Study- I really want to read and learn the book of Daniel and try and read it in Aramaic (Aramaic is the original language of the book of Daniel), don’t think I’m some crazy language genius because I’m not, Aramaic is very similar to hebrew but I’ll still need the hebrew translation to actually get what they’re saying. Also read more about Health, Nutrition and the body. I ordered some books on those topics, I can’t wait to get my hands on them!
  • Photography! I really just want to learn more and improve my pictures!20170619_174556 (2)
  • This BLOG! Don’t worry I’m definitely gonna try and keep up with posting (you guys know I have over 50 blog posts ideas?! well it was over 50 the last time I counted, which was a few months ago… ideas and new recipes just keep popping up!), I want to rephotograph (is that a word?) most of my recipes and share more recipes, you have no idea how many recipes I have for ya’ll that I just haven’t had the time to write down and take pictures of them! Hopefully this summer I’ll have time!
  • Garden- try and work on raised garden bed and keep up with the plants and herbs I already have!

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    Little but mighty 🙂 veggies from my garden!

  • Work! Baby sitting and working for my Sabba(Grand father) I’m not gonna bother with getting a steadier job like working as waitress since I’m leaving for America in the middle of the summer also I don’t have time:) but I’m hoping when I get back from the states I’ll get something more steady because I really really want to get a driver’s license and driving classes are crazy expensive!20170619_182952 (2)

Well I think that’s it, I probably forgot something my brain is officially dead and let’s not  talk about how antsy I am for sitting for so long on a regular chair! (I miss my gym ball! I type these blog posts at my Grandparents house and they don’t have a ball for ME!! even though I suggested that they could really really use one of those gym balls!:)20170619_182527 (2)

 

Have an amazing summer!

 

Avigail

Soothing Sanity Smoothie- THM S

IMG-20170615-WA0004Try saying that three time :). Guys this smoothie is amaaazing! Especially if your having a crazy, hectic and insane day, this is THE smoothie for those kind a days it makes you feel sane again even if the world is falling apart around ya also it soothes an upset stomach, it supports your hormones, it lowers inflammation, it fights cancer, boosts your immune system, supports good bacteria in the gut and so much more! Support your body and treat yourself to this smoothie!

Ingredients:

  • Two cups Double fermented kefir
  • 1/2 an Avocado
  • One cup of berries*
  • 1-3 Tablespoons Flaxseed oil **
  • 1-2 teaspoons Maca powder***
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon amla powder
  • A chunk of fresh ginger****
  • 2-3 Doonks(1/32 of a teaspoon) stevia

 

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Our cherries outside are ripe! They are tart cherries I call them my sour bombs, I love tart!

Instructions:

Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth! That’s it!

Notes:

*Any kind of berries work but one cup of blueberries would be to many carbs for an s.

**Start with 1 Tablespoon of flaxseed oil and then add if flavor isn’t too strong (some brands of oil have a stronger flavor then others)

***Start with only one teaspoon of maca if  you don’t like the flavor of Maca or if you’ve never tried it, it takes some getting used to, I like a tablespoon of Maca now.

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Enjoy! לבריאות

Avigail