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Passover

As you guys know, Christopher and I are Christians. Neither of us are Jewish by religion or race, but Christianity came out of Judaism. And in honor of that, we try to remember the long-ago deep roots of our faith. So every year we celebrate Passover.

tableThe Passover table

Passover is a time to pass on the story. Not only how God brought Israel out of Egypt, but also how Jesus came to be our perfect sacrifice. And a wonderful opportunity to pass the story on to our children. So many things are different about the night that we celebrate Passover that children always ask questions like: “why do we sit on the floor tonight?”, “why do we have to eat the bitter herbs?”, “why does everyone wear white?” etc. These questions give us ample opportunity to pass on the stories and traditions.

plateMatzah, horseradish sauce, parsley (to dip in salt water as bitter herbs), and charoset (apple and honey mixture).  This is the plate we begin with. Each part of it symbolizes part of the story we read (both from the Exodus from Egypt and of Jesus’ death & resurrection).

foodAnd then after the first two hours of story telling, it is time to FEAST! We always eat lamb, but the rest of the meal is based on what everyone decides to bring.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes (2)

I made creamy garlic mashed potatoes. You guys… these are unreasonably delicious. And I’m not the only that thinks so. I had several people rave about them to me so I think it’s a definite winner!

creamy garlic mashed potatoes{Click recipe card to see larger. Recipe adapted from Pillsbury.com}

passoverChatting during the meal part of the Passover

I am thankful for Jesus.
I am thankful that He came.
I am thankful that He took on my sin and died for me.
And I am thankful that He rose again!
Easter is coming, my friends! Resurrection Sunday! 🙂

Love Rach

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Jerusalem Market and Challah Bread

For those who don’t know, Purim begins this evening and goes through tomorrow. Purim is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the story of Esther (a Jewish girl who became queen) who saved the Jewish race from extermination. You can read about the story in the book of Esther (in the Bible) or read about Purim here. Neither Christopher or I are Jewish by race, but as Christians we really enjoy learning more about the Jewish roots to our faith. 🙂 In honor of this Jewish holiday, I made my favorite Jewish recipe: Challah Bread!

challah challah(recipe from AllRecipes.com)

And since we will be busy all day tomorrow, we decided to celebrate Purim today by reading the story of Esther and going out for some Middle Eastern eats at the Jerusalem Market! 🙂

jerusalem market From the outside

jerusalem market

They brought us a huge basket of pitas to snack on while we waited on our food. They were warm and fresh and absolutely delicious! They also brought us olives and pickled cucumbers which Christopher particularly enjoyed. We ordered four balls of falafel at 25 cents each just to try. But our real meal was…

jerusalem market

Christopher got the Chicken Shawarma and I got the Lamb Shish Kabob in a pita. They were both absolutely excellent. Our waitress told us that the chicken shawarma is the most requested item and we can definitely understand why. It was delicious!

menu(click on photo for better quality)

And did I mention how inexpensive this place is? Less than $5 for each of our pitas stuffed with all kinds of deliciousness. 🙂

jerusalem market

The restaurant is connected to a market that sells all kinds of interesting Middle Eastern foods. It was fun to just walk through and explore everything. 🙂

baklava

And it’s a good thing we walked through the Market because they had a pan of freshly made baklava that called Christopher’s name. He said it was sweet and excellent. 🙂

Jerusalem Market on Urbanspoon
Jerusalem Market & Restaurant on Foodio54

“And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” – Esther 4:14

Love Rach

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes

These pancakes from the MinimalistBaker are SO delicious. So so delicious. So delicious that Christopher said he likes these even better than regular pancakes. Which is saying a lot because he loves regular pancakes. He said these are officially his new favorite. And he wants to know when we are having them again, ha!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes (1)

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes (2)
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes

Ingredients:

1 very ripe large banana
1 tsp baking powder
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup flour
3 tbsp semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat skillet to medium high heat. Mash banana with baking powder then add egg, vanilla, oil, and milk. Mix together.

2. Stir in oats and flour until just combined. Add chocolate chips and fold gently. Scoop 1/4 cup batter onto griddle and cook 2-4 minutes on each side until golden brown.

chocolate chip oatmeal cookie pancakes

I don’t know if you guys have heard the song “Rest Easy” by Audio Adrenaline, but it is one of my favorites from my teen years. My favorite lyrics from it are these: 

rest easy(side note, this photo is of Christopher’s old shed from when he lived in Illinois… when I say he grew up in the middle of nowhere I wasn’t kidding, haha!)

Anyway, just a little blessing for your Wednesday. Rest easy today, friends. 🙂
Love Rach