Finest Hours

This Disney gem never got much attention, but it is worth revisiting if you missed the 2016 release.

Image result for finest hoursIt is clean, entertaining, and inspiring…our recipe for a worthwhile film.

The plot is based on the true story of a heroic 1951 Coast Guard rescue. Soft love story, strong characters, and intense scenes. Expect an increase in blood pressure–the characters are up against mad odds. 

Enjoy. You might become enamored with the Coast Guard as a result (Andy’s reaction). Or swear to never live in Massachusetts (my reaction). Either way, it’s a win.

*Note: it is rated PG-13. There is some profanity, but I expect the rating is for sheer intensity. No sexuality or gore.


The Coolest Dessert You’ve Never Had

Full disclosure:  Today’s brilliant idea was inspired by High School Musical–which we actually like quite a lot, and which we sometimes sing along with on road trips.  Also inspired by Abigail Adams, the very classy wife of President John Adams, second President of the United States of America.  So what do a tween sing-along and …

Baby Grahams

Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good (Isaiah 7:15). I love Isaiah and I love my pediatrician, but when it comes to my child’s health, I will take the advice of the latter. My pediatrician discourages dairy (for infants under 9 months) and honey …


Andy and I explored the frozen dairy section of the grocery store with considerable fervor during the last few months of my pregnancy, so we consider ourselves connoisseurs of ice-cream. Here is the summary of what we learned: Cheap ice-cream is, well, cheap. Sweet, frozen, and worthy of consumption, but not worth writing about. Red …

Holla for Challah!

My Hebrew pronunciation is lacking, so when I say “challah” (referring to the plaited Jewish bread), the Hebrew letter ‘chet’ comes out as a hard American ‘h’, and now the bread is “holla.” But honestly, this bread deserves a holla. Andy makes this lovely loaf every Easter Sabbath, and it is among the prettiest breads …