How To Teach Happiness!!


Hello lovelies,

The topic on the table today is HAPPY.

The reason – Because we all want a piece of the “Happy” pie.

The problem – Obtaining it.

The solution – Wait for it…Teach it.

Stay with me here as I run through a “typical” lifespan.

~ Born, daycare, school, work, retire, die.

Awfully bleak, right?  I would concur.  I certainly would be unhappy if my life translated out like that.  That’s why it is time for a change, a revolution if you will.  A revolution of happy people.

Now, I do believe there is a difference between happy people and selfishly happy people.  Stay with me here because I am sure this is important.  Truly happy people are just that ~ happy.  They have a light inside them that is not connected to possessions or acts.  They are happy because they learned/understand that happiness is a state of mind.  Selfish people become, repeat that…become happy when possessions are acquired or acts are performed whether by them or for them.  The typical…I’ll be happy when (fill in the blank).

So, here is the interesting part, let’s digress into childhood and look at what we are teaching our children?  Clearly, we are teaching them the latter, that happiness comes from obtaining.  The problem is the quest to obtain is infinite. Therefore, the quest for happiness becomes equally infinite!  Brilliant strong parenting at it’s best!!  (Insert sarcasm)  What an amazing way to set our kids up to fail even before they’ve left the gate.  This makes me sad and mad and too many other adjectives to throw at you.

Even more unfortunate is the life we are creating for them.  We send them into the world with the ability to read and write so they can obtain great jobs only to pay shrinks, yogis, priests, pastors, counselors and life coaches to help them “find” themselves.  How to make sense of their lives and how to obtain……you guessed it, the elusive ~ HAPPINESS.

I am clearly very passionate about raising “happy” children.  Far more passionate now then I ever thought I would be.  To give you some history, the light bulb came on when we pulled our kids from traditional school and chose to home school.  After about two weeks of decompression from the rigor of our old lives I realized what a rat race we had entangled ourselves in.  How we had worn ourselves down into drones functioning to the schedules dictated by the institutions.  Then we just STOPPED.  BOOM!!  Silence…followed by time.  Time to be a family.  Time to laugh and play at will.  Time to decide what would fill our days and what would be deleted.  Once that happened our world as we knew it ceased to exist and that drove our happy quota through the roof.

Happiness is without question the most sought after intangible in the world.  It can not be bought or traded.  It can not pass hands or be left to someone. It can, however, be shown, taught and exhibited.  It is one of the few things on earth that can be obtained equally and unilaterally, no strings attached.  Most importantly, it is free.

So why on God’s green earth isn’t everyone happy?  Simply put, we need to let go.  We need to stop attaching our “happy” to people, places and things and realize that happiness is built brick by brick by living a happy life.  Leaving the bad behind and growing day by day into your own personal happy.  Realizing that your job is not your happy, your car is not your happy, your house is not your happy.  These things may make “life” easier but they surely should not be attached to whether or not you are happy.  When these things are attached to your happiness they make your happiness vulnerable – vulnerable to the slightest shift in change.  1 million people a year commit suicide.  Their happiness was vulnerable and therefore they made the ultimate, permanent decision.  Very tragic for them and all those who loved them.

Therefore, we must learn from others who are happy.  We must teach happy to our children with the utmost vigor!!  We must make sure without a shadow of a doubt they go into the world armed with the tools they need to keep themselves afloat.  We must give them the ability to compartmentalized their life into necessary and unnecessary and distinguish the effects each have on their “happy”.

We must do this for them so they can make their world a better place.  It will be our greatest gift as happy people are nice people and that seems to be just what the world needs right now.


Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.

Be blessed, Stay blessed and remember if you don’t laugh at yourself someone will do it for you!!

Love, L.




Matzo Ball Soup – Part 1…The Balls

Matzo Balls Plated

There a few things in life that just make you feel good no matter what…

Pizza, ice cream, not having to leave the house on a rainy day and of course, a big bowl of matzo ball soup.

People running into things also makes me feel better (as long as they’re not hurt) but that’s a whole ‘nother story…what’s wrong with me??

Back to the task at hand – SOUP.  As long as I can stay focused you are about to have the best Matzo Ball Soup EVER!!

Matzo Ball Ingredients

The starting line up for today is as follows:  3 packets of “Matzo Ball Mix”, not to be confused with “matzo meal” (there are two packets per box – To risk stating the obvious – you will need two boxes equalling 4 packets, which gives you one to save for later), 4 eggs (I always use extra-large eggs in my recipes), 1/4 cup canola oil, 1/8 cup chicken stock fat (if you don’t have this ingredient substitute with canola oil), 1/4 tsp kosher salt and 1/2 tsp pepper .

You can see in the photo above the worlds most amazing whisk.  Papi got this for me as a gift and it’s by far the best whisk I’ve ever owned.  I take it with me everywhere, not really, that would be weird.

Coolest Egg Crack

To start, crack 4 eggs into a bowl, any bowl, it doesn’t have to be this bowl.

Oil Pour

Pour 1/4 cup canola oil into the same bowl.


Here comes the pepper.


Then comes the salt…then comes the bride, not really it just sounded right so I went with it.

Just add the salt.


Then the chicken stock fat known as “schmaltz” in Yiddish.  Now you can sound really smart when talking to your friends about chicken fat.  You’re welcome!

Plastic Wrapping

Whisk it all together so it looks like this.

Cover with plastic wrap and let the mixture get its cold on.

Chill for at least 25 minutes.  If you can leave it longer that’s preferable.  The colder the better!!

Kitchen Helper Oso

As you look down at the dog sleeping on my foot, you will notice the crumbs on his back.

I fling food around when I cook, I also dance and say “OPA” a lot.  Am I sharing too much?


When your matzo ball mixture has chilled it is time to make the balls.

I use a teaspoon scoop so they are all uniform.  As evidenced by the photo, this is the rough draft for your matzo balls.

Just scoop them out and plop them down – You’ll make them tight and pretty in the next step.


See, what did I tell you.

Take the matzo balls one by one, give them a good squoosh in your hand.  Roll them until they are round.

I could actually eat these raw just like cookie dough.  How gross is that?

Flying Matzo Ball

Once your water is at a rolling boil it’s time to add your matzo balls.

Drop them in one by one. Swim my little one, swim for your life…

You have to admit this is really an awesome photo if I do say so myself!

Swimming Matzo Balls

Once all the matzo balls are safely swimming, it’s time to turn the heat down to simmer and place the lid onto your pot.

Set your timer for 20 minutes.

Fishing out Matzo Balls

When your time goes off, fish one of your matzo balls from the pot and conduct a taste test.

If you are satisfied, scoop out the rest.

I prefer to use a slotted spoon for this step specifically because I do not want to harm these little guys.

I set them on a plate until I am ready to slide them into my soup.

Dropping Matzo Balls

Onto the plate they go…

Matzo Balls Plated

And there you have it.

My sons kept coming in the kitchen trying to steal them.  I had to chase them away with a spoon so I could take this photo.  You’re welcome!

At this point, I have to use all my will not to gobble them down.

If you stopped right here you would have yourself a great meal.  However, I suggest you serve it with my soup recipe coming up next 🙂

Until next time…Keep being awesome!!

Be blessed, stay blessed and remember if you don’t laugh at yourself someone will do it for you!!!

Love, L.

Matzo Balls


Step 1:  The Matzo Balls

  •   4 extra large eggs
  •   1/4 cup canola oil
  •   1/8 cup chicken stock fat
  •   1/4 tsp kosher salt
  •   1/2 tsp pepper
  •   1 1/2 cups Matzo Ball Mix (I use Manichevitz) – not to be confused with plain matzo meal.


The Matzo Balls

  1. Bring 2 1/2 quarts (10 cups) to a boil in a stock pot.
  2. Combine the first six ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Cover with Saran Wrap.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 25 minutes.
  5. Once cold, roll into 1” balls.  I use a 1 teaspoon scoop for uniformity.
  6. Once the water is boiling add the matzo balls, there is no need to add oil or salt to the water.
  7. Drop the temperature to simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes.
  8. Use a slotted spoon to remove the balls.
  9. Either eat them as they are or continue on to the next step to make the soup.