Seating Cards

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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 at your own meal or give them as a gift to your hostess/mother/mother-in-law.

Add a special sweet touch and present the frames along with preprinted cards of all the names of their children, grandchildren and guests that they will be hosting.

They will surely love the pretty frames and the fact  that the name cards are so easily interchangeable and can be used to for different guests at each meal.

So treat them or yourself and enjoy a relaxed meal knowing that Great Aunt Bertha was seated in a place that will keep her and the rest of your company happy.

You will need:

  • Inexpensive mini frames – I found acrylic frames at a discount store for 50 cents a piece. These mini frames are another great option for this project.
  • Preprinted place cards (I love using Leah from omg designs for all my personalized printing projects.)
  • Rhinestone stickers
  • Pretty box for storage.

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Bedazzled Seating Cards

Continuing once again with myriads of uses of diamond wrap, I present another simple idea that can add so much to an otherwise basic seating card . With  two simple steps you can transform your ordinary seating card display to the extraordinary. (Remember, these are merely suggestions, the sky is the limit with diamond wrap… let your imagination and creativity guide you to endless possibilities.

Supplies:

Directions:

  1. Print guests names onto the seating cards.
  2. Measure and cut diamond wrap.(I used two rows of stones.)
  3.  Glue trim onto seating card using a glue gun.

 

Purim Setup Ideas

Delight your family and friends with these adorable Purim setup ideas-eye catching,fun and oh so simple to create.Use one of these ideas and you’ll be “set” to go!

Last year at my Purim Seudah, I used my Haman Tree Centerpiece as my main centerpiece and placed a vase filled with tulips and a jumbo lollipop on each side.

Using inexpensive masks with your place settings  will give your table loads of character and plenty of attention.

The bow tie was formed by simply fanning a black luncheon napkin and adding a small piece of red ribbon in the center(I did not open it up before I folded it.).For the buttons I used candy melts.

HAVE FUN AND ENJOY ALL YOUR PURIM PREPARATIONS!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Fun and Easy Uses for Wonder Melts

As mentioned on my January 13, post, I will be giving step by step instructions for some of the ideas I came up with using Gefen Dairy Free Wonder Melts for the Zichron Shlomo Refuah  Foodfest which took place this past Sunday in New York.(For those of you who read all the other Wonder Melt posts-sorry for the speech again!)

In today’s post I will be featuring chocolate covered pretzels, drizzled marshmallows, and mini cupcakes. Once again, these are some of my ideas, but go ahead and experiment on your own as well, the possibilities are endless, and it’s loads of fun and not difficult at all!

Begin by melting your chocolate in a double boiler, microwave or a chocolate melting pot.(I purchased melting pots to use at the show.It was such a pleasure using them.I intended to use them at the show only,but I decided to use them at home as well.I often end up burning the chocolate in the microwave and with a double boiler,there is always that chance of getting water in the chocolate.With the melting pot,it can sit on the counter for hours keeping the chocolate melted and ready to use.)

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Supplies:

  • pretzel rods (I use with salt)
  • 2 color Wonder Melts
  • 1″x12″ cellophane bag and ribbon(optional)
  • sprinkles,nuts..(optional)

Directions:

  1. Dip pretzels in melted Wonder Melt.Twirl or tap gently to remove excess melted Wonder Melts.Allow to dry on parchment lined cookie sheet.
  2. Place melted Wonder Melts(second color) in a gallon size freezer Ziploc bag(you do not need much).Cut a small hole in the corner of the bag and drizzle the pretzels(the way you would use a pastry bag). Allow to dry.
  3. Place each pretzel in a cellophane bag,tied with a ribbon.(optional)

Marshmallows

Place melted Wonder Melts in a freezer Ziploc bag (you do not need much).Cut a small hole in the corner of the bag and drizzle the marshmallows (the way you would use a pastry bag).Allow to dry.

Simple enough?!?!

Mini Cupcakes

Supplies

  • mini cupcakes (your favorite recipe)
  • chocolate molds ( flower/bow design….)

Directions

1. Make chocolate mold decorations.

I found that making the tiny chocolate molds was very tedious work. To combat this, instead of filling each of the “cavities” individually, I put a couple of globs of chocolate on the mold and run a spatula across, like this:

When completed, place in the freezer, until chocolate hardens.

2. Remove from freezer and take chocolates out of the mold.

3. Dip the tops of the mini cupcakes into Wonder Melts

4. Apply chocolate mold design immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cake Pops

As mentioned on my January 13th post, I will be giving step by step instructions for some of the ideas I came up with using Gefen Dairy Free Wonder Melts for the Zichron Shlomo Refuah  Foodfest which took place this past Sunday in New York.

In today’s post I will be featuring cake pops. There are so many variations of cake pops – what the cake ball is made out of and how it is coated and decorated. Here are some of my ideas, but go ahead and experiment on your own as well – it’s loads of fun and not difficult at all!

Supplies

For this project I used a Cake pop machine, and followed the recipe for Vanilla Cake Pops found in the instructions manual.

Vanilla Cake Pops

  • 11/2cupsall purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (I used margarine)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used soy milk)

Directions:

  1. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and creamy. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  3. Alternately blend in flour mixture and milk into butter mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
  4. Fill each cookie reservoir with about 1 Tbsp of batter.
  5. Bake 4-5 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a cake pop comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool before coating.

Directions for dipping cake pops:

  1. Begin by melting your chocolate in a double boiler, microwave or a chocolate melting pot.(I purchased a Chocolate Melting Pot
    to use at the show.It was such a pleasure using them.I intended to use them at the show only,but I decided to use them at home as well.I often end up burning the chocolate in the microwave and with a double boiler,there is always that chance of getting water in the chocolate.With the melting pot,it can sit on the counter for hours keeping the chocolate melted and ready to use.)
  2. Dip the tip of the lollipop stick into the melted Wonder Melts, then stick into the cake ball (the chocolate acts as a glue).Allow to dry.

3. Insert the cake ball into the melted Wonder Melts. Twirl or tap gently to remove excess melted Wonder Melts. Place dipped cake pops on a parchment lined cookie sheet to dry. Alternately, you can place the  sticks in a piece of Styrofoam to dry.

Directions for decorating cake pops:

If you are using sprinkles, add them while the chocolate is still wet. It will harden quickly.

For fondant decoration:

  1. Roll out fondant.

2.  For the butterfly, cut out butterfly using a fondant butterfly shaped plunger. Lift the “wings” of the butterfly slightly and allow to harden in that position (a couple of minutes). Attach the butterfly to the cake pop with a drop of melted Wonder Melts.

 

For the flower, cut out flower using a fondant flower shaped plunger. To attatch, simply slide the flower down the stick of the cake pop.

 

Wrap in  & Clear Bags and Ribbon, if desired.

Store in a single layer,  in an airtight container.

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Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookies

As mentioned on my January 13th post, I will be giving step by step instructions for some of the ideas I came up with using Gefen “Wonder Melts” for the Zichron Shlomo Refuah  Foodfest which took place this past Sunday in New York.

In today’s post I will be featuring Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookies.Originally, I wasn’t planning to post this simple idea, but when I saw how many people were quite surprised to see that this chocolate mold even existed, I decided to post this.  These cookies are pretty and unique enough to be included on your sweet table or even used as party favors. Additionally, they make a great idea for Mishloach Manos.

Supplies:

  •  cookie candy mold (the one that I used was purchased at Michaels).Molds are available in a variety of themes.
  • Gefen Wonder Melts*
  • Oreo cookies
  • double boiler,microwave or chocolate melting pot
  • flat metal spatula

*I made the apple green color by mixing 1 package of yellow with 20 green Wonder Melts pieces)

Directions:

  1. Begin by melting your chocolate in a double boiler, microwave or a melting pot.(I purchased melting pots to use at the show.It was such a pleasure using them.I intended to use them at the show only,but I decided to use them at home as well.I often end up burning the chocolate in the microwave and with a double boiler,there is always that chance of getting water in the chocolate.With the melting pot,it can sit on the counter for hours keeping the chocolate melted and ready to use.)
  2. If you would like to accent your mold with different colors,use a thin paint brush to “paint” in the colors.Allow to dry.

3.Fill about one third of the mold, with melted Wonder Melts.

4.Place Oreo cookie on top of melted Wonder Melts.

5.Fill remaining space of the mold with melted Wonder Melts.(I like to use a metal spatula to smooth out the chocolate).

6.Place mold in the freezer till firm. Remove from mold.

Hanukkah Party Setup

Photography by Dan Engongoro

Symmetry and bold color combine to give your Hanukkah spread balance, and absolute wow factor, and memories of miracles which transpired in those days, in this season .

From the understatement of unassuming children’s Menorahs,to the Peacock Feathers of a proud bird who struts his stuff, from edible place cards, to ribbons to appeal to Jews of all stripes, this is a table of welcome for family and friends.

It beacons, it charms, it enchants, and it promises to serve Hanukka delights in a way to ensure a delightful Hanukkah.

Arrange any combination of these open and airy Square Shelves to suit your requirements  and creativity.(They’re available in black ,white and wood tones).  Alternately, these shelves can be lined up against a wall as a striking backdrop for a buffet table.

Use the power of the flower to incorporate whatever hues you’d like to introduce to your décor .Little splashes of color,in improvised bloom holders wake things up, and shake things up. The focus will still remain on all things Hanukkah.

Combining color and a design element-such as these stripes of ribbon-give decorations a powerful punch .Cover your table with a solid color tablecloth and unroll ribbons…(crepe paper streamers  is an inexpensive alternative)

For  candleholders -use double-sided tape to attach streamers around glass.

Coin Napkin rings

Napkin rings that will literally cost you pennies to make……

Supplies

  • Copper spray paint
  • Empty paper towel roll
  •  Shiny Pennies
  • Hot glue gun

Directions

  1. Spray paper towel roll with spray paint – allow to dry
  2. Cut into 1/2’’  rings
  3. Glue pennies on

(If you don’t want to use spray paint you can glue a ribbon around the ring instead.)

* Makes a cute gift too!

Cookie seating cards

  1. Use  your favorite sugar cookie recipe.
  2. For each seating card you will need to cut out 1-3” dreidel and  1-1×1 -1/2” rectangle of dough.
  3. After cookies are baked and decorated,use a toothpick to chisel a groove on the back of the dreidel in a 1”(horizontal  line in the center of the cookie.Lean the dreidel cookie on the short side of the recangle  cookie.I found that  with this method my cookies stood beautifully and did not require chocolate to stick them together .Voila! a dreidel that never falls!

HAPPY HANUKKAH!

This article by EstherO. originally appeared in Mishpacha Magazine.

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Tri Color Fruit Trifle

Photography by Dan Engongoro

These cool and refreshing, easy to make trifles will add color and pizaz to your sweet table (as long as they last- that is-whenever I make them they’re one of the first thing to go).

Alternately, they can be served in a larger cup as a refreshing start to your meal.

Yields:

20- 2 ounce cups

20- 6 ounce cups

Kiwi Layer:

  • 16 kiwis-peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/3 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 can crushed pineapple-drained
  1. Blend all ingredients.
  2. Fill 1/3 of your trifle cup
  3. Freeze till solid

Pineapple layer:

  • 4 cans crushed pineapple-drained
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar

Blend and add the second layer.

Freeze till solid.

Strawberry layer:

  • 2 lbs frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • ½ cup crushed pineapple – drained

Blend and fill remaining third of the cup.

Freeze till solid.

Defrost to serve.

Yields:

60- 2 oz cups

20- 6 oz cups

*For more trifle recipes check out chocolate-nut-trifle , blueberry-custard-trifle , fruity-trifle-spread

This article by EstherO. originally appeared in Mishpacha Magazine.