Happy Monday!

Have you ever wondered what really goes down at Bais Chana’s Getaway for Single Moms? Here’s an inside message from one of the greatest moms ever. She probably had no idea about the hidden camera I keep close by for occasions just like these…. presenting Marcy

BC Blogger: Hi Marcy, I understand you’ve known about Bais Chana for quite a few years and this is your first time here. What in the world took you so long to get here?

Marcy: Honestly, I don’t know how I even got here but it’s not at all what I expected. It’s not some inspirational, motivational rah rah weekend.

BC: Not inspiring?

Marcy: Nope.
It’s not like ” You’re so down, here’s a stool to prop you up from below and make you feel better.” It’s like heaven pulling you up to your true self.

The classes don’t speak to us on the practical mundane level. they speak to us on the level of our soul. Shabbos afternoon Rabbi Friedman’s class went on for hours and no one rushed out. There was nowhere anyone would rather be.

BC: What did you hear that was so exciting?

Marcy: This class was about marriage – wow. It was the first time I heard it described that way. Everyone needs to hear these things. The world would be a different place.

BC: Nice. Maybe one day we’ll share some excerpts from that class. Was that the coolest part of the retreat?

Marcy: Actually, the coolest thing is to see the change on people’s faces from the time they arrive. They come in with armor – I’m a single mom, I need to defend my position all the time – and then the camaraderie, the friendship, everyone completely opens up. The change is visible. It’s incredible.

BC: Were you surprised by anything that happened this weekend?

Marcy: Yes. People have a really wrong idea of what happens here. The learning – it’s universal. Everyone needs to know this stuff. The participants share a common experience and that makes me feel so close to each one, but the learning is universal. No one is telling us how to live in this tiny box of our experience. At the end of the day it’s about Jewish women raising children and that is the most important thing.

We are not ‘single moms’ – we are an amazing group of Jewish women who are having individual experiences of raising our children alone. We’re doing an outstanding job at it, and now we have each other B”H to lean on for support, understanding, kindness, laughter and love.

BC: True that. I feel the same way.

Marcy: I’ve never felt more open. This morning in my prayers I prayed that every woman should feel this way. I know that sometimes people feel stuck, but the more they come and grow, they’ll finally be able to move on.

There it is. You’ve heard it from the mom herself.

Want to see it for yourself?
Our next retreat is in the Berkshire Mountains in May and we’d love to see you there! 

Happy Monday!

Love and Blessings,
<3 the BC Blogger

 

PS: Some of the evidence heehee – 

 

 

Shoshi’s Corner

A Friday Formula from our Favorite Foodie

Can you spot her?

I found her in the classroom,

I found her outdoors,

I even found her knitting,

and all this time you thought she was in the kitchen!

Oh wait, I found her in the kitchen –

but that doesn’t look like no cooking to me! When did she do it all?! You know, that crazy, unbelievable, flavor-bursting, meticulously cut and crafted, beautifully presented fare she prepared twice, three times a day?

Honestly, I tried to sneak into the kitchen at all different times of day and night to see when the magic happens but at some point I just gave up. Whatever it is that she’s doing, it’s probably beyond the natural. I literally never caught her cooking! It’s like everything was always in order and in place. There was not a dish in the sink, not a crumb on the table, and Shoshi is on the counter knitting. Then I turn around for a second  and boom – seven dish meal bursting with crazy flavors all laid out pretty in the eating room.

I know you’re craving all the recipes at once but we’re not going to make it easy 😉
For today we present to you just the most popular ever, fan favorite dressing of all times:

 Shoshi’s Sweet Basil Salad Dressing

 2 cups fresh basil
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 cloves garlic
1 cup olive oil

In the bowl of the food processor
combine basil, vinegar,  sugar, and garlic.  
Blend for 2 minutes.
While the processor is still running slowly add the oil let run 20 more seconds and enjoy. 
And that my folks… is how it’s done!!
 
Wishing each of you and all of our sisters and brothers, sons and daughters, moms, dads, grandparents, neighbors and friends a most delightful Shabbos.
 
<3 Love, the BC Blogger
 
PS let me know what you think!

Selfies in the Snow

Hi warm people wherever you are in the world.

Gosh, it’s only been a day but I miss you already!

Remember Minnesota and the mild weather we enjoyed? Remember the breezy walks in the sunshine where we weren’t afraid to slip and break bones? Just kidding, I know, I’m just kidding!

In case you need a tiny reminder here are some of my favorite photos of us 😉

Selfies in the Snow

The rest aren’t selfies per se, but who could resist??

Gangsta Shots!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…  (Otherwise read as: More Gangsta shots!!)

And finally, one for the family.

Awww I know, right??

That’s all for now.
Stay warm!

<3 The BC Blogger

PS: For all of you who thought you found yourselves knee deep – you’ve got nothing on this one!

Welcome

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