When Tyler and I first got married, I suggested that we hang-dry our clothes in order to save money because it cost to wash and dry clothes at our apartment. But Tyler was none too fond of the idea because he doesn’t like crunchy clothes.
Well, now we are in our second year of marriage and guess what? We are hang drying the clothes (I admit, it is much more out of necessity than desire.). We have a small washer machine, but apparently it’s rather common to not own a drier machine.
So I get to do life in a little more of the old fashioned way. I pull out the clothes pins and hang out the clothes on the line that is tied from one end of our tiny ledge to the other end. Its just enough to room to get all or most of the clothes out.
We also take cold showers right now while its summer time, because it costs more to turn on the water boiler to heat up the water. I am sure when winter sets in we will use it, but for right now it doesn’t hurt to save every penny we can.
I think between hang drying my clothes and taking cold showers and living in a foreign land, I feel like the pioneer women must have felt. Ok, may be I am exaggerating a little, but it does sometimes make life funner to pretend.
On another note, Tyler and I decided to buy some date honey and try it out. It kind of tastes like honey and molasses, but with a very distinct date flavor. I think I will need to get used to it, but it really isn’t bad. I would like to be able to find particular recipes that specifically call for date honey.
I was reading a ladies blog in which she said that it is very possible that when God promised the Israelites that he would bring them to “a land flowing with milk and honey” that he was speaking of date honey and not bee honey. It seems very likely, too, considering date honey seems to be much more the thing here in Israel and a good amount cheaper here then bee honey.
This may already be a known fact to everyone, but being an American I guess I just always assumed that it was bee honey, not even knowing that date honey existed. But now that I am living in Israel, date honey makes much more sense.
Bread and Pastries
Last week Tyler and I decided to divulge in buying some fresh Cinnamon roll pastries and we were not disappointed. They were so delicious! Sinking your teeth into the pastries was pure joy itself. The flavor, the sweetness, and the texture were all just perfect together. I don’t know if we will ever eat a cinnamon roll that perfect again.
Several weeks ago we bought a loaf of Challah bread which was also absolutely superb, but since then all the Challah bread that we have found has not been quite as perfect, as that first one.
I would like to eventually try my hand at making my own Jewish pastries, even if just one time. But very likely it is just as cheap or cheaper to buy it at the open markets rather than make it myself.
I have been slowly trying to build up my baking ingredients, but not knowing the language makes it hard to read labels sometimes. And some things that are very easy and cheap to buy in America are not so easy or cheap here.