Monday, July 28, 2014

Masking Tape Vase

Here's a simple project you can make in no time at all and all you need is an old vase and some colored masking tape.
I love how mine turned out and there are so many variations to this using other colors of tape and different vase shapes.
1. I started with a clear glass vase in a cylinder shape.
2. It was given a quick coat of white spray paint.
3. Gather the colored masking tape...I used five different colors but it's up to you.
4. I cut mine into thin don't have to be exact.
5. Start covering the vase, wrapping the tape around and cutting it at the end.
6. Keep adding additional colors until you are pleased with the finished vase.
These would be great for a doesn't take long to make a dozen or so for multiple tables. You can even choose the colors you like to match the theme of the celebration. (Colored masking tape is popping up in lots of stores...I found a nice selection at Staples.)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Zelda's Ducky Birthday Party

Zelda turned two this week and to celebrate, we used one of her favorite things for the party theme...rubber ducks!
We kept it low-key and had the family for dinner and dessert. Zelda didn't care—she was very excited since she understood it was HER party!
She's such a fashionista...Zelda loved to open her birthday gifts (mostly clothing) and model them for everyone.
Shhhhh...just don't tell her that her dress is actually on backwards :)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Gluten Free Pesto Chicken Burger with Fire-Roasted Tomato Jam

Today is the final day of "A Very Jewish Summer" series and today it's Chanie from Busy in Brooklyn with an AMAZING Pulled Pesto Chicken Burger perfect for summer. 

This burger is especially interesting to me since I have celiac disease and it's gluten-free. There is no bun and instead she uses large portobello mushrooms! Sounds crazy but the recipe won second place in a mushroom contest so I'm definitely going to try it.
Looks amazing, right? Head over to Busy in Brooklyn to get the whole story and the recipe.

It was fun being a part of this series and a special thanks to Dena from Chai and Home for all her hard work pulling this together.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Freezer Cooking for the Grill

Today in our series "A Very Jewish Summer" it's Happily Hectic's turn.  She gives some tips for freezer cooking...done in advance and onto the grill for a quick meal for busy working moms.
Check out her post here for lots of summer grilling ideas.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Succah (Sukkah) Lanterns

We're halfway through "A Very Jewish Summer" and today's it's Sara Rivka's turn. Sara blogs over at creative jewish mom and she is clever--she's making decorations for her Sukkah during the summer before the high holidays begin and we are all super busy cooking and entertaining!
This craft would be a great way to keep the older kids busy this summer. To see how she made these pretty lanterns, head over to creative jewish mom.

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Picnic for Shabbat

Today is Day 2 of A Very Jewish Summer. Yesterday I showed you how to make Havdalah candles in the sun, and today Dena is here from Chai and Home showing us a charming picnic lunch.
Shabbat Picnic Lunch
You can read about how she put together this pretty picnic right here.  Be sure to stop back tomorrow to see what Sara from creative jewish mom has for us!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Summertime Havdalah Candles

Summer is the perfect time to make these mini havdalah candles. All it takes is a hot summer day and some thin candles in a foil pan.
Start with some thin candles. I found mine online from the Crate and Barrel outlet store.
Wait for a hot sunny day. Place the candles in a disposable foil pan and place in the sun. Depending on where you live and the temperature will determine how long it will take for the candles to get soft. Be careful they don't melt too much or you'll have a runny mess! They should just be soft enough to be flexible so you are able to braid.
These can also be placed in a microwave oven for two minutes or so (again, every oven is different so you'll have to experiment) just until they are soft enough to braid. Work quickly before the wax starts to harden.
Mine are short and will only be used a few times...for a longer lasting candle look for long tapers.
Older children can join in making long as they know how to braid.
Wrap a bunch of candles in some silky ribbon—it makes a great hostess gift!  If you'd like to learn more about the havdalah ceremony you can read about it here.
Be sure to stop by all week to see  A Very Jewish Summer where five bloggers come together and post some great ideas for summertime Jewish fun!
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