mashed potatoes with a flair

Mashed Potatoes with a Flair

Photography by Daniel Lailah This article by EstherO. originally appeared in Mishpacha Magazine Fried potatoes, mashed potatoes, cooked potatoes… It seems as if there are potatoes at every meal over Passover.  Here is a way to add some color to your mashed … Continue reading


Seder Pillowcase Coupon

Though the Seder is only a week away, it’s not too late to order these magnificient pillowcases that are sure to enhance your Seder. Take advantage of the $5.00 discount off each pillowcase, plus free shipping. Time is running out….. Be sure to order … Continue reading


Seating Cards

Seating cards need not be reserved for formal occasions. Let your family and guests feel special knowing that there’s a space at the table reserved just for them. These elegant place card holders are economical and easy to create. Use them … Continue reading

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Shop Amazon-50 Products to Enhance your Passover Season

With Passover coming in less than 3 weeks, and the traffic that fills our streets with the hustle and bustle – Amazon is a super convenient shortcut to Pesach preparation! There is a whole world of shopping out there that can literally … Continue reading


Free Shipping on Seder Pillowcases

Put some “seder” to your Seder! It’s that uniquely special night of the year, the Seder table adorned with a pristine white table cloth, the freshly polished silver glistening, everyone is standing around in their new Yom Tov  finery – and then, … Continue reading


Purim Party Setup Ideas

Everyone is always looking for cute yet simple and inexpensive ideas to enhance their Purim table. Here are some attractive ideas for   you to create that festive look. Whether you use china or plastic, your  guests will surely be delighted … Continue reading


Quick and Classy Mishloach Manos Ideas

There is no denying it, Purim is just around the corner!! If you haven’t had the time to prepare your Mishloach Manot yet, don’t despair!! There are plenty of easy, quick and classy Mishloach Manot you can put together in no time at … Continue reading

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Cheese Board Mishloach Manot

Spread the Cheer this Purim!!! I was so excited when Tamar of Joy of Kosher asked me to design a Mishloach Manot using Natural and Kosher Cheeses. I have always thought that a cheese board would make a great Mishloach … Continue reading


Warm Purim Wishes (Mishloach Manot)

We just can’t seem to leave winter behind this year! Celebrate the fun winter memories with an adorable winter theme. My sister Basya dressed up  her children as snowmen a couple of years ago and gave out this delicious package. To … Continue reading

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Fit for Royalty Mishlaoch Manot

   This article by esthero originally appeared in Mishpacha Magazine. Photography by Leiba Bernstien Ombre Petit Fours Ombre cakes (shaded or graduated in tone) seem to be a huge trend now. Create this cake in any color you choose. Presented … Continue reading

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Noah’s Chocolate Ark

Ever since my mother sent me this adorable Noah’s Ark Chocolate Mold, I’ve been using it  yearly for Parshat Noach to create our very own chocolaty ark. Last night, I prepared it thinking I’d accomplish two things, the ark for our Shabbat party, and a … Continue reading

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Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fill your cookie jars with these adorable Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies-perfect for Parshat Noach and throughout the year.(They are sure to make a “big splash”!) For these cookies I used my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and added the colorful chocolate chips. … Continue reading

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Biscotti with Candy Pearls

Lately, I have been getting a lot of requests for ideas of things to send to a Shalom Zachar and Kiddush. Biscotti seems to be a great thing to send to a Simcha; they are  delicious, easy to make and easy to … Continue reading

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Tefillin Bag Party Favor

Photography by Todd Trice Tefillin Bag Party Favor Shortly before my sons Bar Mitzvah, my sister-in-law asked me to send her a picture of his Tefillin bag to make a party favor with. The “mini Tefillin bags” she created, were … Continue reading

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Fall Tree Cookies

As we are surrounded by fall’s beautiful foliage outside, how about bringing some color, creativity and fun indoors as well. Perfect for a long Sunday afternoon – you wont  be”leaf” how much your children will enjoy creating these “tree”ts. Supplies: … Continue reading

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Magnetic Bracelet Kits

As a craft stylist, I often get requests for ideas for craft activities suitable for parties. Although I’ve been directing craft programs, and writing craft related articles for quite some time now, I have found this request somewhat tricky. As  … Continue reading

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Hanukkah Gelt Necklaces

Gelt Necklaces-where style and tradition meet! Standing at the Paskez booth at Kosherfest last week, I noticed chocolate Chanukah Gelt in a variety of colorful wrappers. Always on the lookout for Chanukah party ideas, keepsakes, and crafts, I realized that … Continue reading


J Create Magazine

I’m so honored to be a part of the first ever Jewish craft magazine, J CREATE . This online magazine is the brainstorm the very talented  Abbey Wollin.Drawing from the creativity of a variety of gifted contributors, this magazine brings together … Continue reading

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Hanukkah Party Menorah Contest

Each year by our family Hanukkah party, aside from the standard routine, we try to bring a new activity to keep it exciting and fun for the children and adults alike. Last years addition (which was a huge hit) was … Continue reading


The Re”marker”able Menorah

No more dried out markers for you with this Re”marker”able Menorah! What a genius idea! For this menorah, marker covers are set in Plaster of Paris, creating a fantastic marker organizer.You can be sure you wont ever lose a marker cover again! … Continue reading

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Colorful Chocolate Dreidels

These colorful and cheerful  Chocolate  Dreidel Pops, which really do spin, are sure to be a big hit throughout Chanukah. Supplies: Candy Mold-3D Square Wonder melts Wooden dowels or Lollipop sticks Directions: Begin by melting your chocolate in a double boiler, … Continue reading

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18 Great Hanukkah Activities

One of the high”lights” of Hanukkah is the opportunity to get together with friends and family. With eight days of Hanukkah (and lots of time off from school for the children) many of us find ourselves doing lots and lots of entertaining. Of … Continue reading


Play it “Right” on Hannukah Night!

Here is a Hanukkah game that is sure to keep all players laughing and giggling. My sister came up with this idea a few years ago, and it is always a blast to play.I hope that you will enjoy this game as much as my family … Continue reading


Rainbow Band Stand

Here’s yet another activity to keep your children entertained over Hanukkah. With all the Rainbow Loom craze going on, I figured that loom bands would certainly be the perfect idea to keep the children busy at your Hanukkah party.In honor of Hanukkah, I … Continue reading

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Crispy and Silky English Donuts

I was talking to my friend Rivky Manies, author of the cookbook “Recipes Unplugged”, a superb and handy recipe collection, that uses no machinery (other than an oven or stove top) and asked her about her favorite donut recipe; Rivky, was thrilled to share … Continue reading


Corporate Gift Baskets Sweepstake!

*** ENTER SWEEPSTAKE *** » Part of what I love about my job is the fact that it’s so versatile.  One day I’m tweaking recipes for the perfect whole wheat muffin.  Another day I’m experimenting with new kosher products and … Continue reading

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Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Photography by Todd Trice Fun to make and fun to eat, this idea is perfect for that cold, frosty winter day. Design your chocolate on a stick, swirl in boiling hot milk, then watch how it transforms into a luscious, … Continue reading


Eats ‘N Crafts

  When I attended Kosherfest this year, it was with intention of finding new and exciting products  to pass on to my readers. To my delight, I encountered  the Paskesz candy company  first. Right away, I knew I was off … Continue reading

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Gelbstein’s Bakery Frogs

    Consider yourself warned: Forecasts caution that this week, swarms of green frogs are scheduled to invade downtown Lakewood and make their way into hundreds of homes and schools. This particular species of frog is known to occupy domestic … Continue reading

Striped Jello Cups

Striped Jello Cups

 These eye-catching Striped Jello Cups can be created easily. We used this concept for the Jello Menorah on Hanukkah, however you can use this for a fun and easy treat throughout the year.  An old time favorite, this enjoyable low calorie, … Continue reading


Tic-Tac-Toe Salad Plate

I recently wrote a ten page spread for Mishpacha Magazine Family First showcasing ideas for preparing your own simcha. Included were exciting recipes, garnishing and plating ideas from entree through dessert. The feedback (no pun intended!) was fabulous.  Over the next few weeks, I … Continue reading


Homemade Razzles and a Review and Giveaway of Kids Cooking Made Easy

Gone are the days where teaching your kids to how to cook consists of pointers on how to boil macaroni and making rice crispy treats. Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek are changing the way our kids cook with their newest … Continue reading

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Dried Fruit Art

As a child, I always looked foward to our family Tu B’shvat party.I loved the tasty and colorful array of the many fruits my mother artfully displayed.   Fast forward to today where there is an even more extensive selection of … Continue reading


A Time to Be Creative

I always feel honored to be able to give back to my children’s school by helping them with the décor at their Chinese auction. I worked with a group of phenomenally creative women and the results completely transformed the room. … Continue reading


The Bowling Team Mishloach Manot

Get ready to bowl your friends over with this one! This adorable Mishloach Manot contains freshly baked cupcakes topped with chocolate bowling pins.  To recreate the look shown here, you will need a bowling pin chocolate mold. Carefully paint the … Continue reading

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Ice Cream Party Mishloach Manot

This adorable Mishloach Manot was sent to me by the Borensteins, using their name under the Baskin Robins logo.  The idea is so cute, you can do it even if you don’t share a name with any ice cream store! … Continue reading


Camp Theme Mishloach Manot

  This Mishloach Manot is perfect for letting everyone know that summer is on it’s way after a very long winter! The Mishloach Manot was packed in a fanny pack and contained all that was needed for a  fabulous summer away. … Continue reading

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“Under Lock and Key” Mishloach Manot

I love this time of year when the Purim “buzz” is in the air! It seems that everyone is already searching for a great idea for Purim. Over the next few weeks, I hope to share some exciting ideas with … Continue reading


King Courier Mishloach Manot

How did Haman get the news across 120 countries?  He used couriers of course!  This Mishloach Manot goes back in time with an accent looking scroll.  To get the look, wrap parchment paper or scrapbooking paper around  a 2″ plastic tube. You can … Continue reading


Airline Meal Mishloach Manot

Kids love to dress up as pilots and stewardesses. This easy to create Mishloach Manost will really “take off”! Using a Styrofoam tray, wrap up a delicious meal to go that puts any real airline meal to shame. This Mishloach Manot … Continue reading


Light Bulb Mishloach Manot

Looking for a bright idea?  How about placing your Mishloach Manot into fillable light bulbs!  This idea will go great with an electrician costume. Place both bulbs in a box with a cardboard in-between to get that light bulb box look. Have … Continue reading

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Megillah Mishloach Manot

The latest issue of JCreate Mag is LIVE and it’s beyond gorgeous!! When Abbey asked me to contibute an article for the Purim issue, I knew that this adorable Mishloach Manot idea would be a winner! There’s nothing like going … Continue reading

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Only Kosher

While my readers were frying latkes and lighting menorahs, I was rolling up my sleeves and getting busy with Purim baskets.  I anticipate Purim all year, it lends itself to all sorts of creativity, from costumes to baskets and everything … Continue reading

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130+ Purim Costumes

My kids are debating about what to dress up like this year.  It actually changes by the hour, so we didn’t settle on anything yet.  With so many opinions, it helps to have many ideas to choose from.  I’ve started a … Continue reading