Bagels originated in Southern Germany but were eaten by Jewish families in Poland in the early 17th century.  It was a matter of convenience really, bagels could be baked very quickly so they ate them on Saturday evenings after the Sabbath.  It sort of reminds me of our sandwich night after Sunday night church service.  By the time service is over, you are hungry and want something fast but good.

It’s NATIONAL BAGELS & LOX DAY!!!  If you’re not familiar with lox, it is thinly sliced cured salmon that is spread on the bagel.  It’s an iconic Jewish-American dish.  It was once only found in New York delis, but it’s now available all across the country.  Our local deli here in Wichita even has it!  Woo-hoo!!!

Lox symbolizes the saltiness of tears and was invented by America.  In the 1800’s the transcontinental railroad began shipping barrels of salted salmon to the East Coast.  Bagels symbolize the circle of life.

Take part in this Jewish-American tradition and enjoy a tasty bagel topped with cream cheese, lox, red onion, tomato and capers!

Have you heard the word “schmear”???  That’s the Yiddish word for “grease” which back years ago was slang for a bribe, as in greasing someone’s palm.  But today, a “schmear” in a bagel baker’s world is anything that can be spread on a bagel.  They don’t spread – they “schmear”. 

The bagel, an unsweetened doughnut with rigor mortis.  – Beatrice & Ira Freeman

Why is there a hole in the middle?  It’s thought that bagels were sold off of a dowel on street corners – and it made it easy to tote them around.  And why are they called bagels?  The original name was derived from the Yiddish –  beygel from the German dialect word beugel, meaning ring or bracelet.

Was that lox…  or box???  This is a few years old – but so cute.

I wanted to see if I could find something a little more healthy than cream cheese – and found this recipe online:

I think that might be pretty good.  Avocado still has fat in it, but it’s healthier fat than cream cheese!

All this talk of bagels and lox is making me – ya know…  hungry!!!  🙂




On this day in 1920 the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, was formally adopted into the United States Constitution .  Its two sections read:

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

I must say this is important to me as a Republican conservative woman.  I do not take my right to vote for granted.  Since I was old enough to vote, I’ve done so.

 Patriotism is easy to understand in America – it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.  – Calvin Coolidge

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I’m a conservative Christian American woman and I vote. Want some apple pie?

I do more than make a mean apple pie!  My ears are open and my mouth is shut.  I want to hear something good from the Republican party.  I want to hear someone say they have a plan – I’m tired of hearing that they don’t like the other side’s plan – duh – none of us do!  Give me substance in your thought process, not just empty rhetoric!  I’m tired of tippy-toeing around because I might offend someone.  If my faith offends you – oh well…   TOUGH TOENAILS!  P.C. is strangling us!  We are a diverse nation – that’s what makes us so great!  Let’s be different – yes!  Don’t be afraid to believe what you believe.  I need the same freedom.

America was founded on Christian principles and beliefs.  Taking God out of things will never take Him away from me.  Did it ever occur to you that this country is in such a mess because its people have turned their backs on God?

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  – 2 Chronicles 7:14

Well, we have another election in 2016.  I’ll be voting if I’m alive.  Until then, I’m listening to candidates and studying policies, but above all else, I’m praying that God will direct the right person to run for office and win the election.  I want God’s divine hand involved in America again.  We need His help whether we think we do or not.  🙂