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Archive for November, 2009
Celebrations for Chanukah will be starting soon and I have been searching for something easy to make for the children in our family. The traditional thing to do on Chanukah is to give money for the 8 days. Our family does not give money (otherwise known as Chanukah gelt). We also don’t give 8 gifts, one for each day of Chanukah.
We do however, have a Chanukah party and give each child one gift. I couldn’t find a gift that easy enough for me to make, unfortunately I am not that crafty. What I did find was a lovely handmade pouch to put the gift in. Of course….it is a Martha Stewart craft!
Each year, children celebrating Hanukkah receive a small bag filled with gelt, the Yiddish word for money.
Tools and Materials
Velvet backed with fusible interfacing Rubber stamps
Hanukkah Gelt Bag How-To
1. Cut a piece of velvet measuring 5 by 15 inches. Fold it in half and sew a tight zigzag up both sides. Fold the top edge over twice and hem.
2. Select a rubber-stamp design. If you cannot find Hanukkah-appropriate rubber stamps, print out the template below and bring it to a rubber-stamp store to have one custom made. Turn the velvet pouch inside out and place the stamp inside. With a spritzer, spray the pouch where it will be embossed. Using an iron set on high, press the fabric for 30 seconds. Turn right-side out.
It only comes along every now and then and it is now here!!!!
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I think I must be one of the rare people that absolutely LOVES Christmas cake! I have searched and tried various recipes, some good, some not so good. This one is a wonderful recipe for Christmas Cake.
This cake is ideal for Christmas or other special occasions, and can be marzipaned and iced with royal or fondant icing. Make upto 2-3 months in advance.
650g/1lb 7 oz dried mixed fruit (or a combination of currants, raisins and sultanas)
75g/3oz glace cherries (chopped)
50g flaked almonds (omit and use extra dried dried fruit for a nut free cake)
Grated zest of 1/2 an orange and 1/2 a lemon
215g/7.5oz plain flour
1/2 tsp mixed spice
175g/6oz butter (softened)
2-3 tbsp brandy
Put the dried fruit, nuts and cherries in a large bowl.
Add the brandy (or use lemon or orange juice) and stir well.
Cover the bowl with cling film and leave overnight.
Next day, grease and line a 18cm/7″ round or 15cm/6″ square tin with a double thickness of grease proof paper.
In another bowl cream the butter and sugar together, then add the eggs, lemon/orange zest, flour and spice and mix well.
Fold in the fruit and nuts and mix until well combined.
Spoon into the prepared tin and level off the mixture.
Bake in a pre-heated oven 150C/Gas 2 for around 3 hours. Turn the oven down slightly for the last 30 minutes, if the cake starts to get too brown.
Test if the cake is cooked by sticking in a sharp knife or skewer. If it comes out clean then the cake is cooked.
Allow to cool in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack. When cold, wrap the cake tightly in a double layer of foil or clingfilm and store in an airtight box until needed.
Optional: ‘Feed’ the cake with extra brandy by pricking the surface with a skewer and spooning over a little more brandy. Repeat this every few weeks. Be sure to wrap the cake back up afterwards.
Have a “krafty kid”? Here is a great new product that we just got in by the makers of all things krafty for kids!
With the Kid Kraft Artist Easel with Paper Roll, young artists are free to let their imaginations run wild! Parents will love watching their kids create one masterpiece after another.
Features of this childrens art easel include:
• Chalkboard surface on one side and a dry erase surface on the flip side
• Wooden strips can hold paper firmly in place
• Made of wood
• Smart, sturdy construction
• Packaged with detailed, step-by-step assembly instructions
When my granddaughter Maia was just a baby ( she is all of 15 months now :) I used to help my daughter bath her. There was nothing better than bathing this beautiful baby! She loved her bath, never cried ( although I think that is because we bathed her in the spa baby tub) and I swear, even though she was just a few weeks old, smiled!
Having a mother with an online baby store really helped out when something was needed for bathing the baby. My daughter had received a few hooded baby towels as gifts for the baby. Some were of better quality than others. She would take the wet baby out of the bath and Maia would get cold (no matter how warm the room was) and she would cry.
I decided to practice what I had been preaching to my customers…..try the Kangaroo towel…you will love it! I brought over a kangaroo towel, a uniquely designed hooded towel that the adult wears (literally wears), when the baby is ready to be taken out of the tub , you just slip him/her into the pouch and snuggle….hmmmmm, no better smell than a baby after a bath!
So, if you are looking for a great shower gift or a fabulous hooded towel for yourself, look no further! The Kangaroo towel at petiteposh.com is the perfect hooded baby towel!
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I know I have said this before but I am saying it again! Zoobies are great! I just got in 4 of these limited edition Zoobies. The Koala and Baby Kai Koala is, in my most humble opinion, THE cutest Zoobie around.
Khimba the Koala and Baby Kai Zoobie are what they used to call a “twofer”. Mama Khimba the Koala Zoobie opens to a pillow and blanket. While your little one is snuggling with Khimba baby Kai is just waiting to be held and cuddled also!