Monday, September 29, 2014

Break the Fast: Gluten-Free

Picture this: It's Yom Kippur and you've fasted all day. You are invited to a break-fast meal and the offerings are a typical dairy menu—bagels and lox, quiche in a pie crust, noodle kugel, lots of cakes and cookies.  If you're on a gluten-free diet (like me) this can be a nightmare!

If you are playing hostess after Yom Kippur and serving the break-fast meal and have guests that are on a gluten-free diet,
here are a few ideas to get you started.  (Trust me, your guests will thank you!)
1. Gluten-Free Cheese Blintzes
2. Open faced smoked salmon sandwich
3. Yogurt and Fruit tart
4. Gluten Free Banana Bread
5. No Crust Vegetable Quiche

I always prefer eating a dairy meal...what will you be breaking the fast with?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Sweet New Year

With the start of a new year, I'd like to say thank you to all of you who interrupt your busy day and take a moment to read this blog.
May you have a sweet year filled with only good things!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hudson Valley Weekend

I love weddings (who doesn't?) and I thought it would be fun to share a few photos of the wedding we attended this weekend in the Hudson Valley.
1. The wedding took place in a vineyard overlooking the Hudson River.  2. The beautiful bride and groom.  3. Kippahs stacked in a basket.  4. Love the personalized napkins.  5. Great idea: framed photos of the parents, grandparents and great grandparents of the bride and groom.  6. Beer served in a canoe in keeping with the rustic theme.  7. A huge tent for dining on the grounds of the vineyard.

Next up: Rosh HaShanah prep!

Friday, September 19, 2014

This & That

Geesh, I can't believe Rosh HaShanah is NEXT week! Are you ready? I still have tons to do and this weekend we are leaving for the Hudson Valley (New York) to attend a wedding of our friend's daughter.

Clockwise from top left:
Paint, paint and more painting in Ariel's new/old house. It's looking good...more pics soon.
I spotted this adorable idea for making a shofar for kids using party horns from the dollar store at biblebeltbalabusta. Oy, I can hear Yosef now.
I love putting together fall flower bouquets using ornamental cabbages and seeded eucalyptus. They always come out looking beautiful.
Don't know about you, but I'm using the Rosh HaShanah banners everywhere!

Have a great weekend and Shabbat Shalom!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ten Desserts Perfect for Rosh HaShanah

If you are entertaining this holiday or bringing dessert, here are ten beautiful and delicious desserts perfect for the Rosh HaShanah holiday table.  You're welcome.

First up is my own Apple Cake...everyone who has made this has raved about how delicious it is!
How gorgeous is this Naked Honey Cake from Chai & Home? Your guests will be impressed.
Such pretty Honeycomb Sugar Cookies from A Beautiful Mess.
Taiglach are small, knotted pastries boiled in a honey syrup, a tradition for Rosh HaShanah —these are from storyofakitchen.
Honey Cake Skewers with Honey Caramel Sauce from the Oh Nuts blog are so chic.
This beautiful trifle shows off the pomegranate, an important symbol of Rosh HaShanah. If you or your hostess is kosher you'll probably want to substitute soy milk and a nondairy whipped topping to enjoy this after a meat meal.
The kids will love these cupcakes decorated like apples from
If you're gluten-free like I am these honey cakes from glutenfreecanteen are perfect.

Honeyed Pears in Puff Pastry are so elegant and look like little bee hives!
Or, just forget baking and dip some small apples into caramel with an apple twig for the stick!
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What will you be having for dessert?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Rosh HaShanah Banner

Planning on having flowers on your Rosh HaShanah table? Tuck this banner into your flowers to make your centerpiece even more festive for the holiday.
I already made one for you—simply print it out on colored card stock of your choice. Just copy and paste the image below onto a document or graphic program,
Next, cut out the image carefully with sharp scissors.
Mine is ten inches wide but you can also print these much smaller to use as napkin rings or taped to skewers as cake toppers. Maybe taped to the front door to greet guests? What will you do with yours? Post your ideas on Facebook!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Painted Bureau and Honey Gift Box Winner!

The front entrance to Ariel's new/old house is a large space but there was really no storage. You knowa much needed spot to drop your car keys, charge cell phones and drop the mail. This bureau I found on Craig's list turned out to be the perfect solution—not only is there plenty of storage in seven drawers but the bright yellow color adds so much to brighten up the dark paneled space!
Here's how it looked before painting...
After a coat of stain blocking primer it was ready for paint. Although the yellow color was my idea, after the second coat I remembered that yellows and oranges are the hardest colors to cover. (Something about the pigment.) So, after about ten coats of paint I was finally done!
I don't have a photo but the top right drawer had a hole cut in the back. In the drawer is a power strip which is plugged into an outlet. It makes a perfect spot for a charging station.
I love the ring and drop pulls...I found them at knobs4less.

And, drum roll please...the winner of the Savannah Bee Honey Tasting box is:
Jewelkat! Please e-mail me (my e-mail address is located on the right column) so I can send you the honey gift box in time for Rosh HaShanah.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Displaying New Year Cards

I don't have an ideal spot in our home to display the Jewish New Year cards that have started dribbling in the mail this week. So, I came up with a simple idea that can go anywhere from a coffee table, kitchen counter or sideboard and shows off the cards nicely.
I started out with a simple wood tray and filled it with some mini pumpkins I found at Pier One. You can also use cranberries when they're in season, acorns or small stones.
The cards are simply clipped with wood clothes pins. (I used a bit of putty on the bottom to keep the pins from falling over.)
Just use a larger tray if you are popular and receive lots of cards!

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Best of Summer '14

Labor Day has come and gone and the kids are back in school so that means summer is officially over. I thought it would be fun to look back at my summer blog posts and revisit the most read (and my favorites) from summer 2014.
The post on Summertime Havdalah candles shows how to use the summer sun to create these cute mini candles. This was part of the Very Jewish Summer seriesI was one of five bloggers that participated. 

Stenciling the Front Hall took far longer than I would have liked but now that it's done it's a show stopper! 

The Paper Straw Light Fixture was just that...a cool light fixture made out of paper straws and spray painted gold. The best part was the cost...under $5.00!

I'm amazed at how some paint and wood stain totally transformed this 1950's table into something that looks much more current in this Updated Coffee Table post.

Onward to fall and lots more to come!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Honey Lollipops for Rosh HaShanah

Here's a fun way to eat honey on Rosh HaShanah...honey lollipops!
These can be tucked into favor bags and passed out at the end of the meal, placed in an envelope along with a New Year's card or just give to the kids for a yummy honey treat.

The ingredients are...
You'll also need a candy mold (I found some at candylandcrafts), a candy thermometer.

Honey Lollipops
Makes 1 dozen
1 cup sugar
1 cup honey
2/3 cup light corn syrup
Flax seeds, if desired

1. Prepare an ice water bath and set aside.
2. Combine sugar, corn syrup and 1/4 cup of water to a boil in a saucepan, stirring only until sugar dissolves. 
3. After about 5 minutes or so, the candy thermometer should register 300 to 310 degrees.
4. Quickly set pan in the ice-bath water to stop the cooking and let sit for about 20 seconds. 
5. Pour syrup into candy molds, press in lollipop sticks and press seeds into the syrup. 
6. Let harden and cool. 

Flags were made with Washi tape and the message is written with a sharpie marker.

If you haven't already, don't forget to enter the contest to win a honey gift box give-a-way!

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.
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