Jewish Food & Cultural Festival 2019

Back in March I traveled to Little Rock for the annual Jewish Food & Cultural Festival. I went with a sweet friend of mine, and we met up with one of her sweet friends. We had a wonderful time!

It was really cold that morning so we were all ready to eat some matzo ball soup! It was the perfect food for a cold day!

A scroll of the Torah.

A basket full of yarmulkes.

After we all enjoyed the festival we went to La Madeleine’s for a nice cup of coffee and a tasty pastry! It was my first time to go there and it was amazing!

I opted for a small cappuccino and the ‘pastry of the day’ that was recommenced by the owner. It was delicious!

I had a mille-feuile and guys it was amazing!

We sat right by the fireplace and it made for an even more amazing experience. I mean come on- fireplace, coffee, and deep conversation with new and old friends makes for a great afternoon!

I took a quick picture of the inside, I will definitely come back!

I bought a loaf of poppy seed challah home. My Mum said it made excellent French toast as well!

I had a lot of fun and can’t wait for next years festival!


Chloe’ Mae’s Coffee Corner Talks Part 9- Christmas Holiday

For Christmas last year the family and I went to one of my favorite places on earth- Florida!!

It was so nice to get away for the Christmas season, and even nicer that we were able to go to the beach! While it was colder back home, we all enjoyed 60 degree weather, the beach, the ocean, and the fact that we could wear shorts in December!

Along with the trips to the Naval Aviation museum, beaches, and flea markets we were able to drive around the University of West Florida campus. I hope to transfer there after I finish my bachelors degree!

The view from our condo’s balcony! It was so peaceful to sit and listen to the waves crash onto the shore.

The pier on one of the beaches. Every time we go to this particular beach I end up taking so many pictures of the pier……then change my cover photo on Facebook to one of the pictures of said pier. (:

The above picture was my favorite of the pier…and the picture I picked for my cover photo!

The ‘Pensacola Beach’ beach ball shaped water tower is in the background of this picture. It always amazes me how white the sand is and how blue the sky is at the beach!

The ocean was so gorgeous on Christmas Eve, what better place to be?

Our itty bitty sandman….it was A LOT harder to build than I initially thought. My sister and I accidentally destroyed the first sandman while attempting to fix it. Dad ended up making this one…good job Dad!

My sister bought me this adorable turtle bracelet! I absolutely LOVE turtles! It was by far my most favorite gift. (:

Our Christmas bauble cake. It was almost too cute to eat! (;

On one of the last days of our holiday the sister and I went for a walk along the coast of the bay behind our condo. I enjoyed all the one on one time we got to spend together.

A gorgeous hibiscus flower. Usually I don’t care for the color orange, but I think that in this case it’s just lovely.

The Christmas tree at the boardwalk, I loved the blue ornaments and the starfish!

Of course we went back to the Naval Aviation Museum while we were there! It was our second time going and it was amazing. You could probably go every day that the museum is open and see something new every time!

I know that this post is a couple months late, but I wanted to share a few of my favorite photos from our trip. How did you spend your Christmas holiday?

Reenacting Memories….Part 1

I don’t remember how I got started in reenacting, but I used to go to quite a few events. I would do a mixture of camping events and day events. I wanted to share a few pictures and stories from these events with y’all..

2014 Battle of Pleasant Hill…

My first camping event was the Battle of Pleasant Hill 2014. When my dear friend Sarah and I first arrived the guys were still being very busy and putting up tents and getting all the firewood they thought we would need for the weekend.


This is what our camp looked like when we arrived!



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Our tent!


A group of friends attempting to start a fire.


Back to the tents…


Again with the tents…


Even more tents and campfires!

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Shortly after we unpacked our home for the weekend Sarah changed into one of her dresses. I decided to opt out and still wear 21st century clothes since the event didn’t start until the next day.

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Here she is being very helpful and sewing buttons on one of the guy’s coats. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat and have taken pictures while she sews buttons. That’s now a tradition- the men come to her to sew on their buttons that just keep falling off, and I sit and take pictures. I think it’s a pretty good tradition if I do say so myself. (;


This event is what started our tradition of always bringing tea and having mini tea parties. It’s a nice thing to do in the afternoon while waiting for the battle to start.┬áThe battle at Pleasant Hill is always really neat and fairly long- which is nice!

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Soldiers having a meeting before the battle.


Starting to head out to the battlefield.


Spectators beginning to follow the soldiers to the battle.


All units starting to come together.


Waiting for the battle to begin.


Part of our group went to the woods.

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The drummer boy.


Fighting the Yankees!


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Battle surgeons tending to the wounded.

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Deciding what to do about this one.


The remaining survivors walking the field to see if they can find any wounded soldiers.


Ladies visiting while dinner cooks.

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Helping do the dishes before we get ready for the ball.


This look on my face…I have no explanation for. I think someone said something that caused me to give this look…or it could be the fact that I touched wet food. Who knows? Anyway on to the ball! There were *a lot* of people at the ball and it became *quite* crowded. Sarah and I only stayed for a few dances, but we still had a lot of fun!


Making new friends!

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Wearing our blue ball gowns!


We woke up on Sunday to it POURING rain outside. Everyone quickly got dressed and tried to break camp when the storm let up. Here are the guys all huddled together under one of the remaining tent fly’s. After we broke camp we all went into town to eat at Denny’s. We were still in our 19th century garb and we were wet and muddy, but we still had a fantastic time!

2016 Battle of Pleasant Hill…

In 2016 when I went I made a put together lunch that was quite delicious if I do say so myself. I made a chicken and rice dish in my dutch oven. The ladies who enjoyed it with me agreed that it was the fire, the cast iron, and (of course) the fresh rosemary that made the dish perfect.

After lunch we ‘chilled out’ aka. we went and relaxed/took naps in our tent. While two of us took a nap one of the ladies was busy making our dinner. She made a very yummy beef and vegetable stew.

Later on the group went to the ball, then came back and had campfire visits. Campfire visits is when we go visit the campfire of good friends and sit and talk for hours to catch up. They’re a lot of fun and a great way to spend the rest of the evening before bed.

Here are some other pictures I took of the event:

I already posted about this event so I didn’t put too many photos on this one post…the links to the other posts are as follows:

Battle of Pleasant Hill Part 1

Battle of Pleasant Hill Part 2

Battle of Pleasant Hill Part 3