Monday, September 1, 2014

Pomegranate Placesetting

Here is a perfect place setting idea for your Rosh HaShanah cards simply tucked into the top of a pomegranate.
As you probably know, the pomegranate is an important symbol of Rosh HaShanah--a pomegranate is said to have 613 seeds, which is the number of mitzvot (commandments) in the Torah. We eat pomegranate on Rosh HaShanah to show our hope that we will perform all the mitzvot of the Torah during the coming year.

And, here is the coolest part...
the tops of the fruit form the perfect shape to hold a place card!
The fruit can be cut and eaten during the meal...leftover Pomegranates make beautiful bowl fillers to use through out the season.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Gluten-Free Banana Bread

I'm not much of a baker but when a bunch of bananas on the counter started getting brown and soft I didn't want to just toss them in the garbage. I remembered this recipe I found on Pinterest.

This banana bread uses no flour—instead it calls for ground almonds (you can find them at Trader Joe's.) It makes a moist bread perfect for breakfast or snacking.
Banana Bread
3 ripe banana's mashed
3 eggs
1 T. vanilla
1 T. honey
1/4 cup vegan shortening (I used coconut oil)
2 cups ground almond flour
1/2 t. sea salt
1 t. baking powder

1. Place bananas, eggs, vanilla honey and shortening in a food processor or bowl.
2. Mix together.
3. Add almond flour, salt and baking soda. Mix well.
4. Pour batter into a greased loaf pan.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes.
6. Remove from oven and cool.
Recipe from: elana's pantry © 2013
You can file this recipe away in your Passover recipe book, too. So easy and good!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Honey Gift Box Give-a-Way

The Savannah Bee Company, home to the world's finest honey and naturally luxurious health & beauty products is giving one lucky reader a beautiful honey tasting box just in time for Rosh Hashanah!
Savannah Bee Company is the leader in honey purity standards. Any honey poured by Savannah Bee Company as a specialty varietal honey must have a minimum of 80% pollen count. This ensures that the honey exhibits the best flavor and texture possible from the blossom crop. They take take pride in the honeys' flavor and purity, so they don't process, over-filter, or add anything at all.
They are giving their Once Upon a Hive-The Book of Honey. This magical honey sample set is packaged in a fairy tale gift box and includes nine 3oz jars of premium Savannah Bee Honey. Each honey variety is accompanied by tasting notes. Loaded with flavor, facts, and fantasy,The Book of Honey is a tasting party in a box and makes an attractive and fun gift!  It's also KSA Kosher Certified.

To be eligible, you must be a follower of design megillah on the blog (just "join this site" on the right) or like us on Facebook. Next, leave a comment on this blog post or comment on the Facebook post. U.S. residents only. Winner will be announced on September 10. Good luck!

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Powder Room Walls

In the twenty months that we lived in our new home I've tackled practically every square inch of walls, ceilings and floors. Paint, carpet and new flooring have freshened and updated our 1950's home. 

Except for the powder room. 

Sure, I've been busy with lots of other things but the real problem is I keep changing my mind as to what to do with the walls!

Here's a peek of the room from the previous homeowners...
And here is how it looks now after stripping the old wallpaper, installing a new vanity, toliet and mirror...
I plan on painting a decorative paint treatment on the walls and here are some of my ideas...
Right now I'm leaning toward this last one, but we'll see if that changes again!

Friday, August 22, 2014

The New/Old House:Dining Room Light

When the previous owners of Ariel's house said they were taking the dining room chandelier with them, we weren't concerned. It was an old fashioned light fixture that seemed to fit right into the decor of the old dining room.

The room needed a splash of something modern to contrast with the old Victorian moldings and doors. And, since this dining room will be used to entertain college students in Amherst, Massachusetts it had to have a "hip" factor. Well, we accomplished just that...
the room is large and needed a chandelier to fill the space—we found this 18-Light Brushed Nickel Chandelier at Lowe's and it's perfect.
Here is a before peek of the room from the real estate listing...
Unfortunately the chandelier was cut off from the photo but you get the idea, right?

The sputnik light from Lowe's comes in a brushed nickel finish but we wanted it gold...
so, my favorite gold Design Master spray paint from Michael's came to the rescue. 

It came with Edison bulbs which are really pretty but Ariel wanted something that she wouldn't have to change more than once every few years so we switched out the Edison bulbs to dimmable energy saving bulbs. She painted over the typography on the bottom of each bulb with an artist brush and gold paint.
The room is still a work in progress (you can see the gorgeous blue/green color we painted the walls) but at least those floor lamps are finally put away.

Have a great weekend and Shabbat!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Honey Bear New Year Card

The Jewish New Year is only weeks away so now is the perfect time to create these adorable New Year cards for Rosh Hashanah.  You can even get the kids involved before school starts—just have them cut the shapes from colored paper and glue stick onto cards.
You'll need:
colored paper (gold, light brown and dark brown)
ready made cards and envelopes
sharp scissors
glue stick
sharpie marker
a brown colored pencil

Simply copy and paste onto a word document and trace onto colored paper. 
After all the shapes are cut, glue onto a finished blank card. You can draw the detail on the top of the hat with a sharp colored pencil and add the face with a sharpie pen.

For the labels, you can print these the same way, just be sure to print in color.
So cute right?
Even the "Farmers Markets" postage stamps I bought at the post office have an autumnal feel which looks good with the honey bear!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Thinking About Rosh Hashanah

Are you still in summer mode? The weather here in Connecticut has definitely changed—becoming much cooler at night, Moussia and Yosef go back to school next week and the mums are out in the supermarkets. That means fall is right around the corner and so is Rosh Hashanah.

Here are a few of my favorite (and most pinned!) Rosh Hashanah posts from the last few years.

Apple Cake

Jewish New Year's Card With Photos

Table Setting

Hostess Gift

Okay, so maybe we still have a few weeks of summer left but it's not too early to start planning holiday preparations now!

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