I always loved having hydrangeas around, but they never seemed to last more than a day or two before they began to wither and wilt.
Then a friend of mine showed me a simple tip to keep these magnificient flowers looking fresh for 7-10 days (and at times up to two weeks). This picture was taken when my flowers were 8 days old!
Erev Shavuot, as I was standing in line at the floral department at Shop-Rite, a number people remarked to me that they NEVER buy hydrangeas as they just don’t last. I shared this tip with them and would like to share it with you as well, so that you can also enjoy hydrangeas for an extended period of time.
Here we go….cut the stem to desired height and then cut an x on the bottom of the stem so that the bottom 2-3 inches of the stem is divided in 4. Fill vase with water and place flower in vase.
All the flowers that grace your Shvuos table will surely be a delight to your eye, these will surely be a delight to you palette as well. Create them at any level, simple or sophisticated; any way you make them they’re sure to be a sensation.
- Flower pot (4” opening)
- 4” styrofoam ball
- 16 mini cupcakes
- Small silk leaves
- Fondant or frosting
- Choice of fondant flower plunger, flower mold or pastry bag with tip (available at baking supply stores)
I used rolled fondant for my bouquet, however, there are many ways to create the flower cupcakes.
Here are some suggestions:
Fondant: Form flowers with a fondant plunger or mold. You can stick the flowers to the cupcake with a little icing or just by dabbing a little bit water on them.
Frosting: There are many ways to make flowers using cream. Using different tips will create different flowers from roses to hydrangeas to sunflowers……You can even tint the pastry bag with food coloring to create different shades of colors in your flowers.
Place the Styrofoam ball into the planter. Push it in to secure.
Push the toothpicks into the Styrofoam and then attach the cupcakes. (I put 9 cupcakes around the bottom,6 in the middle and one in the center.
Fill gaps with leaves.
Last Shvuot, my friend Leah Schapira invited me to be a guest blogger on cookkosher.com. Click here for the directions for the sweetest bunch of flowers yet! All it takes is a trip to the candy store, and let your creativity blossom as you fill the skewers with candy.
Last Purim, my friend Leah Schapira invited me to be a guest blogger on cookkosher.com/.I shared the article that I had written up for the Jewish Press.This Haman’s family tree is fun to make and will make a most memorable Purim centerpiece
I found these sleek looking shot glasses in a number of discount stores. Lined up neatly, they can create a simple, yet striking (and certainly sweet) centerpieces for your Hanukkah party.When purchasing the shot glasses, stick with something simple. The simpler the glass, the more dramatic the projects will look.
The pearl candies used in this Menorah come in a large variety of colors. Color coordinate your “Menorah” to match your partys’ color scheme.
- Pearl candies (available in candy or baking supply stores)
- 9 Orange fruit slices (available in candy stores)
- 9 shot glasses
- Glass tea light holder
- Kitchen shears
- Narrow tray (optional)
1.Layer candy pearls in shot glasses.
2.Using kitchen shears, cut a flame shape out of the fruit slices.
3.Place flames on toothpicks and insert into the candy pearls.
4.Line up all the shot glasses in a neat row (place on tray if desired)For the “Shamash”, raise the center glass by placing it on a glass tea light holder (turned upside down).
I love working with Presidor Cannolis. They’re simple, yet elegant and their delicious taste appeals to all ages.You will have fun while using them to create this edible menorah.You can create this menorah by putting the candles on a tray, directly on the table or for a more sophisticated look,you can have a glass cut to size to use as the base.
- 10 Presidor cannolis
- Small cupcake holders
- Baking chocolate
- 1- 8 oz dessert whip (such as Richs Whip)
- 2 Tbs instant vanilla pudding
- Leaf chocolate mold to be used as flame
- Orange royal icing ( you can purchase Wilton ready made icing)
- Sanding sugar
- 2″X15” piece of glass (about five dollars) – optional
- Small square glass vase – optional
- Glue dots – optional
Assembling the Base:
- Turn square vase upside down.
- Place a glue dot in each corner.
- Lay cut glass on top.
- Place 9 cupcake holders on the glass.
Assembling the Candles:
- Melt chocolate in double boiler or microwave.
- To create the” shamash”, dip the rim of one cannoli in melted chocolate and attach it to the bottom of another cannoli, thereby creating a larger candle.
- Dip one side of each cannoli (shamash included)in melted chocolate.
- Make the flames using the chocolate mold.
- When chocolate is hard and ready to use, you may decorate the flames using orange royal icing and sanding sugar.
6.Allow to dry over night.
7.Place dessert whip in the bowl of your mixer and whip until firm and. Add in the vanilla pudding.
8.Fill a pastry bag (or Freezer Ziploc) with star tip and pipe whip into candles.
9. Place flames on top of the candles.
10.Place cannolis into cupcake holders on the base.