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Be My Guest: Must-Haves for Your Guests’ Ultimate Comfort


  Things to Do to Make Guests Feel Welcome in Your Home Not to brag or anything, but I’d totally be a guest in my own home.  After years of being single and going away for many weekends, traveling, and hosting my own guests, I’ve got this down to a science. […]

Dear Chaya, Self Care Isn’t Selfish


 Dear Chaya, I’m feeling depleted, deflated, and just plain worn out. I don’t have the physical and emotional energy to give to my loved ones like I used to. I’m drained. Most days I end up feeling like a complete failure. I’m trying my best, but it feels like my […]

Dear Chaya, Top Ten Qualities to Look For In A Spouse


 Dear Chaya, I’m tired. I’m just so tired of being disappointed in Mr. Wrong. I want to get married, but I just feel like it will never happen. I keep picking the wrong type of guy for me and always wind up disappointed and hurt. Everywhere I look, it seems […]

Dear Chaya, What To Do About My Snoring Husband?


 Dear Chaya, I love my husband so much…until he falls asleep. Once that happens a whole team of lumberjacks invades the bedroom to saw logs in my ears.  At least that’s what it feels like. And it’s tough to NOT put random things in his mouth for some peace and […]

Let’s Bring Back Table Manners


  Okay, hear me out: Dinner, but with TABLE MANNERS. I know I may be dating myself, but I remember when the soft glow during dinner was from candles, and not from the cellphone/device my dinner companion was holding in their hands. I also have fond memories of getting Thank […]

Hostess Gifts


 Better than Wine: Thoughtful and Effortless Host Gifts They’ll Love If you know me, then you know I love to cook, host, and create the perfect Tablescape. There’s just something about pulling off the perfect meal served on a well-dressed table! But believe it or not, my friends, there are […]

Chinese Cookies


  These are definitely one of my top 5 favorite cookies, just like the ones you’ll find in the bakery.  I’m obsessed with Chinese food, and Chinese cookies might be my ultimate cookie love if you needed to know how to make my day. I know, one has nothing to […]

Best Ever Challah (Egg-free)


  You only need one bowl to make the most heartwarming of all Jewish comfort foods. Challah. This is by far my favorite challah recipe. It is soft, fluffy, delicious and incredibly easy to make! The dough is gorgeous and silky and comes together rather quickly. I adapted Rebbetzin Kanievsky’s […]

Coconut Flanken Roast


  Melt in your mouth Coconut Flanken Roast.  When you have meat that’s this amazing, you don’t need all the pomp and circumstance. I know it sounds weird but this literally smells like butter popcorn coming out of the oven. Buttery soft in your mouth, falling-off-the-bone-goodness, with a tiny hint […]

Orzo with Crispy Salami


  This probably falls under the category of top five favorite and most popular side dishes.  This. Is. Legit.  One of my most favorite sides.  EH. VER.  It freezes amazingly and it’s even better heated up the second day.  Like whaaaaat??? I totally promise.  Make it. And you’ll love me […]