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!

Friday, August 15, 2014

The New Old House:The Girl's Room

We just finished painting the living room and there's still so much more to do on the first floor but I'm already thinking ahead to the children's bedrooms because that's where the real fun begins!
The two girl's share a room...although it has great bones boasting a bay window and fireplace, it's tricky to design. There is only one spot for two beds in the nook under the windows, and it will be a tight squeeze fitting in the twin beds. I have to come up with very slim bed frames that take up as little space as possible and I'll be making upholstered headboards. Each girl will have a reading lamp behind their headboard and a chair for a shared desk. I've been loving coral lately and this room is the perfect place to introduce that color.

You may remember I bought these two Canonball bed frames last spring before they moved into the house. I was going to paint them black and use them for the girls but now that they're in the room the space is just too tight for such large beds...
Lesson learned: Don't buy things for a new house until you're moved in. Luckily, I listed them on Charish and they just sold! It's a great website to use if you are selling vintage pieces of furniture.

Have a great weekend and Shabbat Shalom.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The New Old House: The Third Floor

The third floor of Ariel's new house has three bedrooms and a bath. It will serve as guest quarters for the many visitors (mostly students) they will have over Shabbat and holidays. 

Although I've driven down route 9 in Amherst many times I never noticed this old sign until Ariel pointed it out and mentioned how great would be be as a poster hung on the third floor!  A few weeks ago while visiting, I took a quick photo and sent it out to Staples (they are now having a special on large blow-up photos).
I put it in an inexpensive frame from Michael's (40% off)...
and it will hang in the hallway--first thing people will see when they get to the top of the stairs!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Paper Straw Light Fixture

The ceiling light in Ariel's dairy kitchen was doing it's lit the kitchen which tends to be on the dark side. But it was just a bare light bulbso sad!  We needed to keep the functional part of the light but make it more appealing on a tight budget.
I created a fixture to cover that light bulb and still let the light through for under $5.00!
I already had lots of left-over paper straws was various birthday parties—it's okay that the colors didn't match since it was going to be spray painted. The embroidery hoop was from the craft store and I already had the floral wire and snipers.

Here is the inspiration photo from Pinterest...
and here is a shot of the bare ceiling light before...

To make this, insert the floral wire inside the paper straws to create the shape you are going for. I kept looking at my inspiration photo and imitating that shape as I worked.  The only change I made was using the ring for the top instead of forming it into a point.
Use the wire to attach each shape to one another. When I finished, I used a bit of hot glue where the straws met to cover up the holes in the straws.
I already had the paint—a quick spray of primer covered up all the stripes and made the gold paint go on nice and even. Scotch indoor mounting squares adheres it to the ceiling.
The porcelain base was also painted with gold craft paint.
So much better than a bare light bulb, right? Who knew paper drinking straws could make such a pretty light fixture?

Friday, August 8, 2014

This + That

Summer is speeding byI don't mind since fall is my favorite season. I'm ready for cooler weather and more of a scheduled day! Here are some highlights from my week...
1. Bought two of these accent tables for a client and I love them so much I might just order two more—one for me and one for Ariel's new house.
2. If you're serving apples on Rosh Hashanah table try cutting them all fancy like Mutitaedibleart and you'll really impress your guests!
3. Target has some new embroidered pillows and they. are. gorgeous.
4. This week I'll show you how I made this light fixture for under $5.00!

Shabbat Shalom and have a great weekend.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

New Pillows

Since we moved eighteen months ago, the two khaki colored chairs in our den have been wearing the white pillow inserts for months and were crying out for some covers. While shopping at a local fabric store a while ago for a client I came across this Tess Hickory fabric and knew it would be perfect for my chairs. 

I'm a sucker for anything with dots and these dots are embroidered with a gold metallic thread onto the gray silk fabric which makes them even more interesting.
I sent them out to be professionally made since my sewing skills are bad pretty basic and such beautiful fabric should have some well made covers!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Tisha B'Av

After weeks of missiles falling on Israel and bombs dropping on Gaza, we land on Tisha B’Av. Tuesday is the 9th of Av on the Hebrew calendar, a sad day for the Jewish people and commemorates a list of catastrophes. Not only were the first and second temples destroyed, but other historical events like the Spanish Inquisition, World War II and the Holocaust began on this day.
The last thing we eat before beginning the fast is a hard boiled egg dipped in ashes, along with bread and water. And, hopefully when it's over, in these days of missiles and tunnels, we can all find meaning. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

The New Old House: Dairy Kitchen

My daughter's house is moving along much to do! At least the "dairy kitchen" is almost done thanks to several coats of paint and some new hardware.
Here is a peak of the kitchen on move-in dark and dingy.
This is one of two butler's pantries, and it's since not original to the house we painted it Benjamin Moore's Edgecomb Gray.
First it was wiped down with a deglosser to remove any dirt and grease and get rid of shine which the paint would not adhere to.  Next we primed with Stix, then painted.
A combination of a mini roller and brush worked well to cover the bead-board.
The counters are a combination of slate and wood. We used chalkboard paint to mimic the look of slate and sealed it with two coats of clear vanish.
 It worked out really well and blends the two surfaces together.
The brass pulls and knobs are Martha Stewart from Home Depot...
I used the same pulls in my own kitchen. They're beautiful and a great bargain.
A mirror opposite the window helps to bounce more light into the room.
Next week I'm going to DIY a cool light fixture for the ceiling made out of paper straws!
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