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Coffee Concentrate to Serve a Crowd

Coffee concentrate (or essence) comes in handy when you are tired of instant coffee and want some actual good tasting coffee on Shabbos. Or, it is also good when you want to serve coffee to a crowd without having to be in the kitchen brewing coffee while everyone else is having a good time. Or maybe that’s just me… an avid Aeropress user. Continue reading

Why You Need to Visit Israel

Back in 2016 we decided we had to make a trip to Israel. Bonus reason was that at the time we only had one child and she was under 2 (her plane ride was free!). So as soon as we received our tax return, we bought our plane tickets for December so we could experience Chanukah in Israel. We decided to stay for a month because we didn’t know when we’d be back again and we really wanted to live like locals.

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Easy Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Easy Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Servings: 2-3

Easy Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a jar or small bowl (I usually put in the order listed under ingredients).
  2. Stir well with a spoon to combine. It doesn’t have to be completely mixed. Push the oats down to ensure that they are covered by the milk.
  3. Cover securely with a lid.
  4. Place in refrigerator overnight (or for at least 6 hours).
  5. When ready to enjoy, mix again. Eat as is or garnish with toppings.
  6. Best when enjoyed within the first 12-24 hours, but will keep in refrigerator for up to 2 days.
https://outoftownjew.com/pb-overnight-oats/

Thriving Jewish Observance Outside of New York

The term “out-of-town”, in Judaism, is often used to refer to anyone who lives outside of the Tri-State area, or even just the greater New York area.

My husband initially suggested the name for this blog and I really liked the sound of it. To me, it means more than simply just living outside of New York. I am proud that I grew up in a very small town in Montana. “Out-of-town” living was literally where we lived, 8 miles outside of a small town of about 2700 people.

Now, years later, living in a city and being a part of a smaller Jewish community, I can see that I will always be an out-of-town girl. One who enjoys the occasional challenge of working a little harder with limited resources. And it is a great feeling to know what it means to be an integral member of a community. Sometimes in a large community it is just too easy to blend in.

Living in an “out-of-town” smaller Jewish community has its pros and cons. It is easy to know most of the wonderful people in our community, and overall everyone is pretty laid back and welcoming. There is a connection amongst each other that cannot be broken. You don’t have to “dress to impress”. For the most part, you just have to be yourself. Most smaller communities also have better housing prices and job opportunities. While we live in Seattle, where tech jobs are pretty abundant, but housing prices and the cost of living in our neighborhood are pretty high. With all the positives of living out of town, on the other hand,  sadly we don’t have a lot of kosher restaurant options.

Another aspect of this blog is to include tips and info on traveling. Getting out-of-town and exploring. And all our journeys along the way. Honestly, this blog is something I want to do for fun in my spare time. Blog posts may happen a lot or a little depending on life and of course, my motivation.

Slow Cooker Pepperoncini Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Pepperoncini Pot Roast

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place Pot Roast in a slow cooker
  2. Add pepperoncinis (including the juices from the jar)
  3. If the roast is not covered with the pepperoncini juice, add some water
  4. Cook on low for at least 8 hours

Notes

This is one of the easiest, simplest, and most delicious crock pot meals ever. We’ve left this on the crockpot overnight for Shabbos lunch and it still tasted good.

https://outoftownjew.com/slow-cooker-pepperoncini-pot-roast/

Gondola Ride to Masada, Israel

Stitch Fix – The Best Way to Shop as a Mom and Orthodox Jew

So I went for it and got myself a “fix” for my birthday this week.

Opened Stitch Fix Box

 

Style cards included to help coordinate your outfits:

Laila Jayde Quinne Hoodie Knit Top Renee C Galinda Printed Maxi Skirt Lysse Kaidence Skirt

 

The final verdict was: I LOVED IT!!! Seriously, I wanted to keep everything but unfortunately could only afford one thing at the time (so I kept 2, ha!). I ended up keeping the purple hoodie because it was so comfortable and cute. Then I posted about it in a Facebook group and everyone confirmed my thoughts about the long skirt. I couldn’t decide which to keep, so I kept both.

 

Stitch Fix Selfie 1Stitch Fix Selfie 2

 

I was so happy with Stitch Fix because they listened to my preferences which included how I am an Orthodox Jew and I cover certain body parts and do not wear pants.  Do you know how frustrating it is to go shopping and to spend HOURS searching for something that is modest and your style? Sometimes to not even find anything.

 

The best part is, you can order your fix whenever you’d like. This isn’t a subscription you have to commit to. Just choose: On demand: I’ll schedule each Fix when checking out.

 

Please note that if you buy all 5 items a 25% discount is applied. Once you get your items and decide what you want to keep, double check the price with the items you want and with all five items, sometimes it is actually cheaper to keep all 5 items.

 

To return any items, USPS.com offers free pickup with your regular mail delivery. See this link for more info.

 

Want to try it out?

Get your first $20 styling fee waived for 30 days when you sign up using this link.

 

Here are my tips, if you are an Orthodox Jew and want to try Stitch Fix:

  • The “What types of jeans do you prefer?” question on your style profile… don’t answer it.
  • “What do you like to flaunt? What would you rather downplay?”
    • I answered “less is more, keep it covered” and “I’d prefer a more relaxed fit” for all of these questions.
  • Make sure you have a Pinterest Board of styles that you love for your stylist to look at.
  • Here’s what I put under “Final Thoughts”:
    • I’m an Orthodox Jew so I only wear skirts and my clothing covers my knees (skirt must cover knees when sitting), elbows, and collarbone. Often I will just wear a long sleeve shirt underneath other shirts. I usually wear closed-toe shoes.
  • When I ordered the fix I also made a note to see what I had written on my style profile under Final Thoughts.

 

See more of my Stitch Fix finds on Pinterest.

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