Find Yourself Fridays/ WANTED: An 8th Day…for Moms Only

Contributed by Audrey Matalon-Rogers

I’m in this quandary about time. How is it there’s never enough? 

A few weeks ago we celebrated Rosh Hashana which marks the beginning of a new luna year. Now Jews around the world begin reading the Torah from the beginning, again. “In the beginning…” in the Torah, it says G-d created day and night. Was this the first marking of time? Was that when pressure began? Does pressure exist without time? 7 days is just not enough when you’re a mom.

I know peaceful living is important, feels better and is better for me. But it takes time to get… Zen. And if you live in the Mother’hood as I do (that’s the neighborhood where time’s a scarce resource, patience is thin as film and demands fog all sight) we need to ‘arrange time’ to ‘have time’ for peaceful-living. But we ‘need time’ to ‘arrange time’ in order to ‘have time’ for peaceful-living. It’s known by many that Moms can do, fix, arrange, create and recreate anything. Can we do the impossible, redesigning the 24/7 week?

To add on to the confusion about time and how to make more of it, as a massage therapist for 20 years (pre-motherhood) I definitely was one-of-those-people who pontificated ‘you have to make the time for yourself” or “carve it out if necessary”. If I had been a mom during my years of Zen advising it might have sounded very different.

Meditate… Mediate your kid’s fights. Bribe with cookies if necessary.
Breathe deeply… Breathe deeply, shallow, pant–anything. Every chef-waitress-driver-cleaner-24/7 butler- needs oxygen to stay awake.
Stretch… For earplugs to block out baby crying.
Make gratitude list… Make a survival list.
Go for a conscious walk… Go for an unconscious Ben & Jerry’s blitz.
Take a relaxing shower or bath… It’s raining. Take the garbage out, get the mail—by any means steal the time to get wet.

Maybe that’s why on the 7th day, the Sabbath, Gd rested. But moms still have to be Mom on the Sabbath.
And after hours. And on vacation, holidays and snow days. Back to my original quandary of being short on time to fulfill all my roles.

And wondering, would pressure to get “it all” done exist without time? Is time just a function of a collective illusion or ordained by Gd?
Could Gd have created an
8th day…a “day of rest” just for moms?
Or is it too late?

Leave a comment if you want to join the collective illusion of an 8th Day: Rest Day for Moms


A Sweet New Year With The ‘Cherry Heering’ On Top!

I never knew how important it was for me to marry a man that can cook until I married a man that could cook. He even bakes challah and all of the birthday cakes in the home! With a marathon of Jewish holidays in queue, he has already started to plan out the meals. Yes, a ‘marathon of Jewish holidays’. This coming Sunday evening, September 16 will be Rosh Hashana; 2 night meals and 2 day meals. September 25 is Yom Kippur; 2 night meals. Otober 1 starts the holiday of Sukkot; 8 night meals and 8 lunch meals. See what I mean?

Again, I am very thankful that my husband can cook! This year, we decided to make our meals and the celebration of the Jewish New Year even sweeter with a couple of bottles of Cherry Heering Liqueur and Cherry Heering Coffee Liqueur. You may know this brand from one of those family get togethers when you were a kid, like my husband did. Whether you knew about this brand before, or just learned about it recently (that would be me), here are some new ways to serve it up this Jewish New Year:  

The Perfect Hostess Gift
Your friends will be inspired to either pour it over ice and drink it after a meal (my husband loves this).

A Cherry Heering L’CHAIM
Orange Dessert
Drizzle Cherry Heering over cut, fresh oranges.

Cherry Dessert
Serve your Rosh Hashana guests a shot of Cherry Heering in a cordial glass.

Coffee Brownie Blast
Drizzle Heering Coffee Liqueur over a warm chocolate brownie and serve.

Ice Coffee Cream
Serve up a cup of PAREVE (non-dairy) ice cream and drizzle Heering Coffee Liqueur on top.

Now, doesn’t that sound good? What great ways could you think of to serve Cherry Heering Liqueur or Heering Coffee Liqueur this Rosh Hashana?

About Cherry Heering
Since 1818, HEERING CHERRY LIQUEUR has been a fashion accessory, adding extravagance and civilization to the mix of some of the most legendary cocktails of all time, including the original Singapore Sling.

HEERING CHERRY LIQUEUR contains only natural ingredients including Danish grown cherries. No additives or artificial colouring. Swirl with ice, lean back and chill. Heering Cherry Liqueur is the original “Cherry Brandy” CONTAINS NUTS.

For nearly two centuries, the world famous HEERING CHERRY LIQUEUR has helped to create some of the most legendary cocktails of all time.

Today, HEERING COFFEE LIQUEUR continues the tradition by delivering a rare blend of laidback Caribbean Rum, dark coffee and rich cocoa.

Only natural ingredients, no additives or artificial colouring. Pour it on ice and chill.

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Disclosure. The opinions in this post are my own. I was supplied Cherry Heering Liqueur and Coffee Liqueur to review.

Manischewitz Potato Pancake Mix Inspires Best Dinner in Weeks

After a very long, hot summer day in New York, I still had to muster enough energy to prepare dinner for my family. Thanks to my husband, there was nice package of fresh Tilapia fillets sitting in the refrigerator. Would my kids go for this? I just wasn’t convinced that plain fried Tilapia would go over well. I needed to enhance these beautiful displays of fish so that the pallet of a 4 year old would want to eat dinner.

I looked high and low for a way to make them more “kid friendly”. There, on the very top shelf of the spices, I found my “dinsperation”. Just as square as the day it was bought, an unused box of Manischewitz Potato Pancake mix became the star of the show. This would be the perfect coating for the Tilapia!

So, I created a Tilapia Fillet Covered in Potato Pancake Mix! Maybe this has been done before, but I was beyond thrilled with the results. So thrilled that I just had to share it with you here!

This is how I did it!

Tilapia Fillet With Potato Pancake Crust: What You Will Need

Canola Oil (enough to cover the bottom of a frying pan)
Garlic Salt
3 Eggs
1 lb of Tilapia Fillets
1 Box of Manischewitz Potato Pancake Mix

How To Make It

Put canola oil in a pan and heat up enough so small bubbles appear
While oil is heating up, put 1 box of Manischewitz Potato Pancake Mix in a bowl
Add 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, mix, and set to the side
Crack 2 eggs (you may need a 3rd) and check each yolk for blood spots
Put all eggs in one bowl and mix
Take 1 piece of Tilapia and dip it into the egg

Once dipped into the egg, put into Manischewitz Potato Pancake Mix and cover both sides with it
Add to heated oil
Cook 5-7 on each side (this may vary according the heat source)
Flip onto the other side for 5-7 minutes
Remove from heat source. Ready to serve. I served this with tomatoes, corn, and a side of whole wheat pasta.

This was a big hit! My kids loved it, my husband loved, and I loved it! This was so easy to make and it really tasted delicious. You just never know what a box of Manischewitz products can do. In fact, I just got a list of the newest Manischewitz products available. While a lot of these products are perfect for a Rosh Hashana feast, you don’t have to be Jewish to love them. The All-Natural emphasis on these products is something anybody looking for ways to eat healthier could appreciate.

Some of the new products for the New Year include:

Manischewitz® new Turkey Broth joins the full line of broths which include Chicken, Low Sodium Chicken, Beef and Vegetable.  These broths are kosher, contain no MSG, and are fat-free.  These All-Natural broths can be used to enhance a number of recipes and are available in 14 oz cans and 32 oz cartons. Suggested retail price for the everyday can is $1.69 and $2.99 for the carton.

Manischewitz® All-Natural Gravies are made from a delicious, home-cooked recipe.  The flavors include new Turkey which joins the three original varieties: Chicken, Reduced Sodium Chicken and Beef.  Not only is it the only all natural, kosher gravy on the market, but its healthy, delicious taste will makes it a pantry staple. Suggested retail price for the gravy is $2.49 for a 12 oz jar.

Jason’s popular line of coating crumbs now include Cornflake Crumbs, another answer to consumer demands for “better-for-you” products. A good source of fiber, the delicious, crunchy coating will revitalize a number of meals and add a contemporary flare to any kosher kitchen. Featured on the back of each can is a delicious recipe to make and share with others. Suggested retail price is $2.99 for the 12 oz can of corn flake crumbs.

Manischewitz Organic Matzos, recognizing the recent Organic craze, has just been pulled out of the oven.  It is a perfect option for those health-conscious consumers!  Available in a 16 oz. box with a SRP of $5.79.

Some other great and tasty new offerings from Manischewitz® for holidays and anytime include:

Manischewitz® Gluten-Free Cake Mixes are great for anyone needing gluten-free options such as those with Celiac Disease, which affects nearly 3 million people. The Gluten-Free mixes come in Yellow and Chocolate, both with a baking tin for convenience, and a delicious chocolate frosting. Available in 15 oz. boxes for a SRP of $4.69.

Guiltless Gourmet Crunches are a new deliciously addictive snack from the Guiltless Gourmet line. These all-natural crunches are bite sized snacks packaged in a re-sealable pouch, and available in three flavors; Toasted Almond Crunch, Roasted Cashew Crunch, and Berries & Cherries Nut Crunch. Available for a SRP of $4.49

Manischewitz® Mediterranean Matzos are full of flavor featuring rosemary, oregano and olive oil. These flavors offer a delicious new option for those looking for matzos with distinct taste that is so good it can be enjoyed at any time of the year! Available in 10 oz. boxes for a SRP of $3.99.

Manischewitz® Mediterranean Gefilte Fish adds a tasty twist that distinguishes it from traditional Gefilte Fish with the flavors of Rosemary, Oregano, and Olive Oil. A jar of the Gefilte fish has a SRP of $5.99 and is available year round.

Not sure how to use these products? Well, you can be creative like me, or just head on over to for additional recipes including entrees, appetizers, sides and more. Best of all, these recipes are so simple to make that they will allow you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your guests.

Keep up to date with Manischewitz Company and get the scoop on giveaways and contests! “Like” them on Facebook and follow their updates on Twitter @ManischewitzCo.

Disclaimer: The opinions in the post are my own. I was sent Manischewitz Company products to review and received a sponsorship to the The Niche Mommy conference in New Orleans, LA, from Manischewitz Company.

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