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

 

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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

Ein Kerem Hiking Trip!

Halloo my dear peeps! Three weeks ago was my 17th birthday and for my B-day I really just wanted to go hiking, I love parties but I don’t really care for being the center of attention of the party I rather go hiking.  Also the weather was super nice so I was just aching to get out and to get to use my camera some more. My grandfather took me and a couple of my siblings off to Ein kerem, Ein kerem is in Jerusalem and is surrounded by the Jerusalem forest, the town itself is an art colonie, peoples gardens there are really unique and artsie. We went into a chocolate store there and I bought some organic cocoa beans they sounded so puristy and superfoodiesh  and I thought I’d like them, I feel so unpuristy now but they were pretty yuck. There I said it I’m a total purist traitor. I’m not quite sure what to do with them, nobody else in my family likes them. Well here’s one puristy point at least I didn’t spit them out when I first tried them like the rest of my family I actually ate two of them.  Have you ever tried raw cocoa beans? aren’t they pretty? Look at that color!image

Then after the chocolate store we sat and ate lunch and I found a ripe passion fruit on a vine! Lucky me! image

Then we started hiking towards Even Sapir and I was defiantly lugging behind taking all these pictures!image    This tree was so pretty!image

Then I walked pass a blooming almond tree that was buzzing with bumblebees! So I was able to snap this picture. I love bumblebees! There so cute! I still love ’em even though I’ve gotten stung by them. Well that was kinda my fault since I sorta stepped on it. Yah, don’t go walking around clovers buzzing with bees barefoot, lesson learned. Look at this bumblebee isn’t he a great poser?  imageAlmond trees were blooming everywhere now all the almond trees are covered with new green leaves.

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Once we left Ein Kerem we went up and took a trail going through a mountain which was gorgeous, since we could see the view and all the mountains around us. I live in avery pretty country:). imageimageimage

At this point my cousin and sister were complaining like heck, so me and my grandfather and brother sped up and let them groan to themselves.  Then we made it to a cave that had freezing cold water in it and my grandfather went in and I was debating with myself if I wanted to go in but before I made up my mind I found myself pulling off my boots and walking in, I have a very strong pull towards water even towards very cold and trashy water! The water actually  got ,towards the end, chest high but knee high was enough for me!  bwww it was COLD!image

Then we hiked around a little more and headed home! It was such a fun day! Are you planing any hiking trips this spring? I’m hoping to do some more hiking on my Pesach vacation it’s only a week away. Yahoo!

Have a great week!

Avigail

Spring’s Coming PEOPLE!

temporarySprings right around the corner people! As you can imagine I’m pertty excited! This time right now is so pretty! All the wildflowers are blooming, everything is green and the almond trees are in full bloom. On thursday me and my family went to a nature park for a few hours, it was so nice to get out for a little and be out in the sunshine enjoying all these beautiful flowers. I had a blast taking pictures of all the flowers with my new camera!  I really do enjoy photography. ooh! I forgot to mention that my cousin who I haven’t seen in seven years is coming to Israel!! I’m gonna go pick her up from the airport with my dad in an hour or so! So excited to meet her! We’re gonna have so much fun. It will be great to actually have a cousin my age, most of my cousins are under the age of nine (not complaining! I love those little guys! It just will be great to have someone my real, live age:). Here are some pictures from that day!

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There was an herd of goats and sheep there, it was so funny this flock of birds kept riding on there backs! Probably eating all the fleece on them, never seen anything like it!

The view there was stunning!

I love red poppies! so pretty! some of my sibs, we are all doin’ are own thing!

Also it’s the month of Adar! It’s gonna be busy busy busy, my Mom has a birthday this Wednesday , myns right after hers on Sunday(EEK I’m turning 17!!), then Purim is the next saturday night then the week after that on Sunday is my Grandmother’s yahrzeit( marking a year since she died).  I still can’t believe she’s not with us, or that somehow I survived a year without her. She really was like a second Mother to me, we were so close. Somehow you have to keep pushing forward and hold on to that hope we have, that one day we will be reunited, without all the flaws of this world. Won’t it be amazing?

Shavuh Tov! HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

Avigail

I GOTTA CAMERA!!

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I gotta a real camera!!! I can’t believe it’s finally in my hands!! This morning when my brother brought my package in, I just couldn’t leave it alone! Only problem was that I didn’t know that I needed a memory card so all the space this camera could  hold was like five pictures! I kept taking pictures and deleting them:). I just got a memory card so hopefully Ill be able to take lotsa pictures this weekend! I’m going up north to the chermon with Friends for Shabbat, so ill have lotsa stuff to take pictures off! It will be my first time up at the chermon, I am exited! It will be fun! The zoom on this Nikon b500 is CRAZY! I’m also super exited to be able to have better quality  photos on here. This is a huge improvement then taking photos with this:temporary

Yep, It was super duper challenging taking photos with this totally smashed and busted up Iphone 5. The most challenging was this bright line you would get at the top, you might have noticed it in a couple photos of mine, like this one-image

So now you know the behind the scenes of  the pictures here:)

What have you been up to lately? I’ve been babysitting, working, volunteering,baking, some loom knitting, gardening, I got my passport! Yay! I went to the kotel  which was such an awesome refresher, oooh and I got a nose ring(at first it feels so weird! but you get used to it)! Also we are putting together a show with the group of girls I counsel, so lotsa practicing! I actually have a rehearsal in like a half hour so I need to hurry up and I still need to pack for this trip! were leaving at four in the morning… blech… so i gotta go… one last thing, look at this awesome tie pie my grandfather built!temporary

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winter has the prettiest sunsets!

Have a great weekend!

Avigail

 

‘Fall’ in Israel-and Ein Gedi

Hellooo! Its been getting cooler here in Israel, it’s getting dark earlier, and we had our first rain last week, we always get exited from the first rain! ( but then I get sick and tired of it, I am dying for warmer season so we can go to the beach! I have a very hard time not going to the beach during the cooler season!) anyway Back to fall(:, and all the fruit on the citrus trees are ripening! What’s funny about the fall here is that you could have a tottaly cloudy and rainy day, but the next day will be absolutely gorgeous with bright blue sky. Actually most days in the fall are like that, warm with pretty blue sky and only occasionally there will be rain. Once I read a poem called “fall not very falley”(it was in Hebrew). It was all about how Fall in Israel is warm, all the citrus fruits are ripening etc, how it’s not really like ‘fall’. It described fall pretty well(:.

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A  Klemantinah tree, almost ripe!image

An orange tree, still not quite ready!

Then today we went to Ein Gedai, which is down in the Negev(in the dessert) and it was really warm! Ein Gedi is sooo pretty. Here are a few pictures from today!

The right photo was the view, that was behind us and the left photo is the view that was in front of us.  That’s the Dead Sea behind.

The water was colddd, but it was fun to get under the waterfalls! Can you spy the ibex in the right picture? They were so cute!

At the end the was this gorgeous waterfall and cave (that you weren’t really supposed to go into, but don’t tell anyone kay?).

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Hope y’all are having a great fall! Coming soon are some fall inspired recipes, stay tuned!

Avigail❤️

Chagim Cookin’s

So I thought I would share some of the yummy food that’s been coming out of our kitchen the past couple weeks, with all the chagim! I’m so exited, Sukot is just around the corner! It’s my favorite holiday!! What is your favorite holiday?

Sourdough challah! Didn’t it rise beautifully?! This is a triple batch of my recipe!

The challah braided and baked with a honey glaze!! It was pretty Amazin’. If I say so myself!

Sourdough Apple Braid! I’m tottaly drooling here! 😋

imageApple and carrot with a bunch of other stuff koogle i put in it apples, carrots,zucchini,onion,white radishes and a sweet potato:). It came out ok, need to do some treeking on it.

imageSourdough Cinnamon Rolls!  Can you tell Ive been having tons of fun with my sourdough?! they aint the prettiest but there good. My lil sistah loves to eat straight dough,haha, I need to keep an eye on her to make sure she doesn’t eat the whole batch! We made so much more food but I wasn’t able to take pictures of it all!

image A little garden peek, my stevia plant is blooming! isn’t it pretty!

Have a Chag Samech!

Avigail❤️

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Summer 2016

This summer has been an awesome summer! It has been so much fun! It had just the right balance between busy but still restful and laidback. So here is a few of the stuff I did and places I went, enjoy!!

 

I went to the dead sea which was totally FUN!

I went to the Kineret(sea of galilee), and got to ride that cool thing!

Fun times downtown Jerusalem! Trying to be a fountain!

Volunteering at an organic farm, bensfarm. Was so much Fun!

 

I caught my first fish in a creek up north and I got to go tree jumping! Fun times!

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Making Sourdough Challah!! Recipe coming SOON! Stayed tuned!

 

Gardening! Extending my herb garden and working in my veggie Garden.

isn’t the baby basil, so cute?!

Grape picking! and making grape juice!

and so much more, I taught  my younger sibs Hebrew, volunteered at Ba’ad Chaim, B-day parties, Shopping, learn how to make kombucha, learned more about Nutrition and Herbs, went to the Pool, spent time with Family and friends and so much more!!

Hoped you guys had a great Summer!!

 

Tishah Bav:at the Kotel

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This past Tishah Bav, I went down to the Kotel(western wall). It is just so amazing! Standing down by the wall, with hundreds of other people, all praying, crying, mourning, yearning, and singing. You feel so connected, to your people, to this land, to Jerusalem, to G-d.

When we all stand there by the wall, orthodox, mesortie, chilonei we are all one. It is so deep.

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עם ישראל חי!  Am Yisrael Chai!

On the funnier side, when the fast was finally out and we could eat and drink, I was waiting in line to wash my hands (נטילת ידיים) so I could eat bread, a lady brought her toothbrush and was brushing her teeth! 😂 (During the fast you are not allowed to brush your teeth, yep it’s gross.) she kept saying:”I just can’t do it! I just can’t eat without brushing my teeth!”

״אני פשוט לא יכולה כך! פשוט לא יכולה לאכול בלי לצחצח שיניים״

So that was pretty funny! Have a great day!

Avigail❤️