Sunday, April 20, 2014

Tiered Trays

Tiered trays have been around for years but lately I've spotted them not only on the buffet table but all through the house—indoors and out. Not only do they save space, they make anything look better when it's elevated on a stand.

When I posted our new kitchen remodel a year ago, I got more questions asking me where I got our tiered fruit basket then any other!
(I found it at Sur la table)

I used tiered trays on Chanukah to display cookies, gelt candy and small gifts.

Here are some other great ideas...
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What do you use tiered trays for?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Meet Me in St. Louis

Nope, I'm not talking about the movie starring Judy Garland.

I'll be in St. Louis on Sunday, April 27 for a women's event for Nishmah, a not-for-profit organization devoted to enriching Jewish identity and the empowerment of women and girls in the local community.

The event will kick off at 10:00 am, followed by brunch and a hands-on craft for everyone to take home.  If you live in the St. Louis area, please join me, along with Brooke Pratt (the genius behind the Sucre Shop) for a fun day.

I'd love to see you there--there's still time to sign up.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Bringing Wine to a Seder

Since each person is obligated to drink four glasses of wine at the Seder, bringing a bottle of kosher wine is the perfect hostess gift.

Take a tip from our friends at Martha Stewart and wrap yours in one of these beautiful wrappers... 

Left: wrap a piece of decorative paper around a bottle, overlapping the ends slightly; secure it with double-sided tape.  You can download the template for the matching tag  here.
Center: Cut crepe paper slightly larger than the bottle, with the grain running vertically, and secure it with double-sided tape.
Right: Scrawl a super-size message, then tie with a ribbon.
I'll be enjoying Passover with family and friends so I'll see you back here on Friday. Have a wonderful holiday!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Lemon Mousse for Passover

We're invited to our friend's house the first night of Passover and I was assigned dessert. Not just any dessert but the lemon mousse I made for them a few years ago—it's requested every time we have Seders together!

PHOTO: KATHY GOLDMAN; FROM PLAYING WITH MY FOOD
This is so refreshing after a large meal...the taste of fresh lemons really comes through.

I'm not crazy about using the non-dairy whipped topping but it's once a year and there is no other substitution for a parve mousse that's kosher for Passover.
Frozen Lemon Mousse
6 lemons
1 pint parve whipped topping
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar

1. Grate zest from two lemons and juice all six lemons.
2. Combine juice, eggs, zest and sugar in the top of a double boiler.
3. Cook, stirring until thick and creamy about 10 minutes.
4. Refrigerate at least one hour until cool.
5. Whip topping, fold into curd, then freeze.
6. Top with fresh berries.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Home for Passover

Our son Ben, moved to Philly in January for his first real job after college (yea!) He moved into an apartment with a roommate and took most of his bedroom furniture including the bed. 

Since he left home, his bedroom has become a dumping ground for projects, photo shoots, exercise equipment and more. Now, he's coming home for Passover and this was how his room looked just last week!
On top of all the prep work that goes into Passover I had to buy a bed, mattress and rug asap. Thank goodness Ikea is less then an hour drive—last week I picked up the Brimnes bed frame because it was cheap, sturdy and fit into my car. It came in black or white and I bought the black. 

When I got home I looked around the room and it dawned on me: black would look terrible in his room! Would Ben care? No, but I did. Fortunately we had one of those sunny semi-warm days so I was able to paint it Benjamin Moore's River Reflections with some leftover paint.
After painting I assembled the bed...
It took one coat of primer and two coats of paint but I'm so glad I painted...it looks so much better!
The duvet is the Color Block Striped Duvet from West Elm—I bought it on sale a few weeks ago...
and the gray quilt is the Vintage Washed Solid Quilt from the Threshold collection at Target.
I'm loving indoor/outdoor rugs lately. They're inexpensive and indestructible...you can wash them outdoors with a garden hose!
This one is the Bermuda Indoor Outdoor Rug from Ballard Designs.
You may remember the lamp I found last month for $10.00 at a consignment shop...I had this spot in mind when I spotted the lamp and it's perfect.
The artwork was a gift from a friend of my sister's while she was attending art school in Atlanta. I think the architectural feel of the artwork is perfect for a guy's room.
Now I can turn my attention to finish cleaning for Passover!

Monday, April 7, 2014

An Easy Afikomen Cover to Make

We don't own an afikomen cover—we usually just wrap a piece of matzah in a cloth napkin and call it a cover. But this year I came up with a paper version that is super easy to make and will make you look like a hipster, even if you're not!
Since it's made from paper it costs pennies and the best part is you don't have to know how to sew.

You can download this graphic here...
I don't have a color printer—I e-mailed mine to Staples and asked them to print the image in color on 8 1/2 x 11 paper.

While I was there picking it up, I bought a pack of white 9 x 12 envelopes...
Here's how:
1. Print the image as large as possible on white paper.
2. With a gold sharpie pen, I colored the Star of David to make it extra fancy.
3. The image was cut carefully with an x-acto knife.
4. A glue stick makes the back of the paper stick onto the white envelope.
What I want to know is: what's my prize for finding the afikomen?!

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Art Birthday Party!

Last week was Moussia's sixth birthday and her "Art themed" party. To say she was excited was putting it mildly! I hope all her guests had as much fun as she did.
Sources:
Balloons and streamers: Party City
Colorful goblets:The ohjoy collection at Target
Clear canisters for favors: Dollar Tree
Mini watercolors: Amazon
Banner: Target
Canvas aprons: Michael's
Wood letters: Joanne's
Pom Poms: Party City
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