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Chanukah Gelt – Homemade Made!

November 27, 2012

Chanukah is quickly approaching.  Here is our favorite Chanukah “Gelt” Cookie recipe!

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One tradition during Chanukah is to give “gelt”, money , to children.  The children are taught to give a portion of it to charity and to keep a portion.  Some give the children a small amount of “gelt” each night of Chanukah.  For those wishing to give “gelt” giving without actually giving money, chocolate “gelt” has been a fun way to keep the tradition alive.  


Here is another fun and creative way to give the gift of “gelt”. 



  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room  temperature
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup unsweetened  cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest (optional)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar


1.       In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg; mix until well combined.

2.       In a large bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, flour, salt, and orange zest, if using. Add flour mixture to egg mixture; continue mixing until the ingredients are just combined, scraping down sides of the bowl.

3.       Scrape dough onto a piece of plastic wrap; flatten into a disk. Wrap, and chill at least 1 hour or overnight.

4.       Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place granulated sugar in a small bowl.

5.       On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 2-inch-round cutter, cut out cookies. Carefully press each cookie into granulated sugar. Transfer cookies to sheets, spaced 1/2 inch apart.

6.       Bake until cookies are firm, about 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Wrap in foil.

(taken from Martha Stewart)

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There’s A New Zoobie In Town

November 25, 2010

Baa Baa Black Sheep? Not for this little lamb, Lola The Lamb is the newest Zoobie baaaing her way into your little ones heart.  This Zoobie is the most adorable sheep around, all pink and cuddle Lola the Zoobie is just waiting for the right little arms to cuddle and adore her.

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Handmade Chanukah

November 24, 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.

Hanukkah Gelt Bag

From Martha Stewart Living Television

Dollhouse to the Stars

October 22, 2009


My granddaughter is almost 1 1/2 years old now and just discovering how much fun it is to go shopping!  When it is my turn to pick her up from daycare I usually take her shopping.  If the weather is nice we go to the plaza, if the weather is not, we go to the mall.  She loves running around, pointing to bright signs and smiling at strangers that smile back at her.

One day we were at the mall, looking in a very upscale toy store and saw the most beautiful dollhouse we had ever seen.  I know that Maia is still to young to enjoy this dollhouse but I am sure there a lots of children that would love to have their fashion dolls live in this fashionable dollhouse. 

With the holiday season approaching and budgets in mind, why not surprise your little one with one fabulous gift instead of alot of little ones?  This Kayla Dollhouse by Kid Kraft is just about the most perfect dollhouse ever!

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September 25, 2009


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Menorah for Chanukah

December 20, 2008


No Menorah for Chanukah? No worries!  Here is a simple ( and beautiful) idea.

Take 8 wine glasses, sherry glasses or whatever you have available.  Don’t worry, they don’t have to match.  Fill each glass with sand, color or clear glass beads about 3/4 of the way.

Insert a beautiful candle in the center of the beads and arrange on a table or tray.  Voila!  An inexpensive and beautiful Menorah for Chanukah……Kid friendly and fun to make!

Chanukah Recipes – Child Friendly

December 12, 2008


Chanukah o chanukah!

Chanukah is a time of tradition, family, friends, lighting of the menorah and miracles! Starting a tradition with children for the holiday is the best Chanukah gift you can give to yourself!

Here is a very easy recipe ( but watch out, as soon as it cools it disappears!). The children can help to break up the matza candy once it is cooled, that is really the fun part!

Matzoh Candy
• 5 unsalted matzohs
• 1 c. margarine
• 1 c. brown sugar, firmly packed
• 6 oz chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Lightly grease a jelly roll pan.
3. Line the bottom of the pan with matzohs, cutting it as needed.
4. Combine butter and sugar in a saucepan.
5. Cook over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
6. Pour over matzoh and bake for 15 minutes or until it starts to brown.
7. Remove and sprinkle with chips.
8. Let it stand 5 minutes and spread the chips over the surface.
9. Cool thoroughly-break into pieces-can be refrigerated

Stocking Stuffer for a Digital Mind

November 20, 2008


Looking for a personalized, unique stocking stuffer? Now in stock is Name Your Tune, one of the hottest gifts for Christmas and heres why!

The NAME YOUR TUNE DIGITAL package includes Name Your Tune CD packaging, full-colour branded blank Name Your Tune CD and a unique verification code that is revealed after purchase (it’s underneath the CD.) This verification code invites the you to the NEW website where you begin to make your own personalized CD. Upon submitting yout verification code and name request, your digital file of personalized songs will be available from your online Pick-Up Window. From there, you will download the digital file to their computer and be able to burn their own Name Your Tune CD.

You will also be able to use the digital songs on their iPod, or other MP3 listening devices. In other words, once you have downloaded the songs, it’s yours to keep, use and enjoy. Customer service for this digital site will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

People Magazine calls Name Your Tune “this year’s most coveted item!” and NBC’s The Today Show calls the CD “Must have baby gear – now that’s something to sing about!” Celebrity Moms and Dads who love Name Your Tune CDs include Patrick Dempsey, Matt Damon, Jason Priestley, Soledad O’Brien, Adam Sandler, Debra Messing, Joely Fisher, Denise Richards, Tori Spelling and many more.


Stocking Stuffers for Children

November 18, 2008


Stocking stuffers for small children are not so easy to find. With the economy as it is we want the biggest bang for our buck. The perfect stocking stuffer is something that is useful, fun to use, will last (for more than a week 🙂 and won’t break the bank!

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Remember, this stocking stuffer sweet deal is available only until November 30th or until supplies last!

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