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dark chocolate covered candied orange peels

Ran across THIS online – recently and realized I could NOT go one more week of my life without making and consuming these delicious wondrous treats.


So here I go.

I started with four oranges…


cutting off both “ends” and scoring the peels – slicing off little strips and just…eating the oranges. because why not?


Blanching the strips in boiling water – TWICE – for several minutes (3-4) each time.


straining and rinsing the rinds in between the two blanchings


meanwhile – I had one cup of sugar boiling with one cup of water – making a simple syrup


after blanching, straining and rinsing the peels twice – I put them in the boiling simple syrup


and covered it – turning it to low – and letting them simmer in the sugar water for an hour.


then I removed them from the syrup with a slotted spoon and placed them on a wire cookie rack (parchment paper underneath) to cool and dry for a few hours.



they’re so beautiful ..and delicious – just candied like that!

but chocolate makes everything better.


so I melted some dark chocolate chips…


double-boiling – water in the pot, and a glass bowl with the chocolate inside.

until it was all smooth and creamy-licious…


and then dipped each slice right on in!


and placed them on parchment paper to cool and harden…


omg so freaking delicious and beautiful.

I love orange-vanilla everything, and orange-chocolate everything. I’m in heaven.

(the house smells delicious after blanching the orange peels, too, bee tee dubs)




SO I made the deliciousest plum sangria today. I INVENTED it.

One bottle of Jam Jar’s sweet shiraz wine

like a cup or so of blackberry brandy. I think ginger brandy would’ve been good, as an alternative, too.

a cup of spiced plum simple syrup* that I made yesterday

a couple of chopped up plums, blackberries, grapes.

pour it all together and refrigerate it for a few hours

then drink it UP. kind of summery…kind of autumny…all the way decadent and perfect for sipping midway through September while I read The Great Gatsby for the first time in my whole 35 years. weird, right?


rimmed my glass with cinnamon sugar.

*boil one cup of sugar, one cup of water, four pitted and quartered plums, some cinnamon, a few cloves, some all spice until it’s a lovely simple syrup. strain everything out. there you go.


deep fried awesome

so I decided to make these deep-fried tequila shots..

step one – you get your tequila and you put some in a bowl!tequila

angel food cake

you get your store-bought angel food cake because, time. then cut it up into cubes. bite sized.


you heat up some frying oil



(I squeezed some fresh lime juice into my bowl of tequila)


also make sure you have two adorable helpy helpers


dip the cubed angel food cake into the bowl of tequila/lime juice, and then place them into the hot oil…

fry ’em up til they’re golden brown (don’t leave them in too long…)


take them out and let them dry/cool on some paper towels

then sprinkle powdered sugar all over them…


definitely DELICIOUS and awesomely worth it…

but I would’ve let them soak in the tequila for like a whole minute, in retrospect. I only dipped them for a second or two, and they’re not AS tequila-y as I’d like them to be.

still yummo


try them! 

David Letterman Reflects On His 38-Year Friendship With Robin Williams, And Yes, You Will Lose It


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in the words of my sweet friend Roger:
“Currently, I’m both in production and fundraising modes for my film, “Steve Ross: Giving Back to America”.
It’s a film that I started working on in 2000 about a Holocaust survivor who spends his life after liberation helping young people stay off the streets and steers them to schools.
He becomes a licensed psychologist for Boston for over 40 years, founds the iconic New England Holocaust Memorial, and, after a 67-year search for the US soldier who liberated him from Dachau, is united with the soldier’s family.

Right now, I am in the midst of a crowd funding campaign on a website called Jewcer to raise funds to continue production and edit a rough cut of the film. Week 2 is coming to an end and we’ve raised about 8% of our goal of $40,518.
We could surely use a push with 30 days to go. The website is
If you’re in a position to make a contribution, I’d greatly appreciate it. But, perhaps, the best way to help out is to share the link to the website on any social media you may be on, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the like, plus emails and any groups to which you may be connected.
Thanks in advance for whatever help you are willing to give. It’s vital to tell Steve’s story to the world while he and other survivors are here to share it with us.”

and from the fundraising site:

The Jewish Innovation
Since 2000, I’ve been working on a film about Steve Ross, founder of the New England Holocaust Memorial and survivor of 10 concentration camps over 5 years. Despite his tragic childhood, he came to America as a war orphan, learned English and earned 3 college degrees. First, working with youth on the streets of Boston and then as a psychologist, he helped at-risk kids stay off the streets and stay in school, helping them find jobs. His most enduring accomplishment was founding the inspiring New England Holocaust Memorial, which stands in the heart of Boston on The Freedom Trail. After a 67-year search, he found the family of the US soldier who liberated him from Dachau and showed him compassion for the first time.
The Impact
As more and more Holocaust survivors pass away, the truth about what happened to them fades, as deniers grow more prevalent. Steve Ross is a survivor who tells the world of the atrocities that inspired the construction of an iconic Holocaust Memorial in the heart of Boston’s Freedom Trail. This film will afford Jews and others an opportunity to see and hear one of the most outspoken and compelling survivors of the Holocaust, and meet several other survivors who bore witness to the brutality of the Nazis. They will also meet some of the people who were saved by Steve Ross from lives of crime and abuse to become outstanding citizens who paid it forward to help future generations.
This film will help Jews of all ages better understand what happened to their people,
to work towards tolerance and understanding, and inspire all people to strive to achieve exceptional accomplishments.
Participating in funding this film can help raise awareness of the tragic past, while paving the way to a more hopeful future.
What the money is for
The funds will go towards completing the shooting of the film, and for the editing of a rough cut of the film. Approximately 80-90% of the film has already been shot, but except for a demo reel/trailer, no post production has been commenced. The amount needed would pay primarily for a professional editing studio, under the direction of the producer, to edit the preliminary version of the film during a three month period. The funding will also cover some of the costs for our small, professional film crew to shoot additional material, acquisition fees for the archival film footage, some legal fees, and minimal administrative costs needed to push the film towards completion. Funds beyond our goal would go toward graphics production, a second cut of the film, and possibly, some marketing and distribution. Please note that all professional organizations working on this film are providing top level services at substantially discounted rates.”  – click this link to donate and/or share all over the internet.

How childhood trauma could be mistaken for ADHD

ACEs Too High


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Dr. Nicole Brown’s quest to understand her misbehaving pediatric patients began with a hunch.

Brown was completing her residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, when she realized that many of her low-income patients had been diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

These children lived in households and neighborhoods where violence and relentless stress prevailed. Their parents found them hard to manage and teachers described them as disruptive or inattentive. Brown knew these behaviors as classic symptoms of ADHD, a brain disorder characterized by impulsivity, hyperactivity, and an inability to focus.

When Brown looked closely, though, she saw something else: trauma. Hyper-vigilance and dissociation, for example, could be mistaken for inattention. Impulsivity might be brought on by a stress response in overdrive.

“Despite our best efforts in referring them to behavioral therapy and starting them on stimulants, it was hard to get the symptoms under control,”…

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