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How To Choose The Right Bento Box For Lunch

 

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Before you start putting together fun lunches for your kids with a Japanese style you have to pick the right box.  Here is an overview of what is available:

What’s Your Style? Although the concept of bento is Japanese, just about anything can be used as a bento box, as long as it’s easily washable, and relatively watertight.


 

Infused Honey

 

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One of my favorite experiences growing up in Seattle was driving to the Puyallup Fair every September. We admired the enormous prize-winning animals, rode the roller coasters, and walked through the booths of “As Seen on TV” products. What I looked forward to the most was the Snoqualmie Valley Honey, and every year we stocked up on a variety of flavors for Rosh Hashanah. My whole family and I stood at the honey booth, taste-testing each one, from Washington Wild Blackberry (my favorite) to Clover and Peppermint, while my mom loaded up on honey bears and honey sticks for us to enjoy year-round. Since I no longer live in Seattle and always miss going to the fair, I love to make my own infused honey to use for the holidays. Every drizzle is a trip down memory lane and there is nothing more gratifying than making your own artisan honey.

The directions are the same for any flavored honey you choose, and the options are endless!


 

DIY – Painted Lace Honey Jar

 

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I know it may seem that the lace on this jar is real, but I have to tell you that it’s actually painted on. When I painted it this morning and showed it around to my friends, they couldn’t believe that the lace was actually paint and had to go and touch it to make sure.


 

Rosh Hashanah Gifts – Honey Finds

 

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Rosh Hashanah is now less than a month away, have you started planning your menus yet?  If your lucky, maybe you are eating some of your meals out.  Whether as a hostess gift for someone else or a fun new addition to your High Holiday table, these honey themed finds will sweeten your year.


 

DIY Mercury Candle Holders with Gold’s Jars

 

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If you’re like me then you probably love Pinterest. I tend to go onto the site three to four times daily looking at different craft projects and adding them to my “I WANT TO DO THAT SOMEDAY” List.

Well one thing that I have always wanted to do was to make my own Mercury Glass Candle Holders. I love mercury glass especially the old distressed look of the design.


 

Homemade Beach Snacks For You and Your Kids

 

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Packing for a trip to the beach means making sure you have all of the essential items to making your day enjoyable and carefree.

The ultimate checklist consists of:


 

How To Make Homemade Halva

 

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One of my favorite things to do when I am in Jerusalem is to go to the shuk. I love the bustle and energy of shopping there. The fresh produce, the spice shops, the fresh baked pita, all the stalls draw me in inviting me to purchase just a bit of this and a bit of that. But no display grabs me quite like the halvah stand. Huge slabs of halvah in every imaginable flavor, with the shopkeeper handing out samples so good you just can’t help but buy some. I always end up buying way too much, but no one seems to complain when I bring it home.

Since I don’t live in Jerusalem and don’t have the good fortune of regularly shopping at the shuk I wanted to try to recreate some of that amazing halvah in my own kitchen. It turns out that the flaky yet creamy texture that makes halvah so alluring it somewhat dependent on making industrial sized batches, which makes it a bit tricky to translate to the home kitchen. That being said, I have come up with a method that yields delicious halvah that is so much fresher and more delicious than any packaged halvah available for purchase. It is slightly less flaky than the halvah I remember from the shuk but it comes very close in texture and matches it in flavor.


 

Flavored Ice Cubes

 

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In the insane summer heat in Long Island, I pretty much drink everything ice-cold. But watered down drinks are a pet peeve of mine so I’ve been having some fun with the solution to that problem. By making my own flavored ice cubes, I have control over the flavors that keep my drinks cool and my kids love helping fill the ice cube trays with their favorite fruits and drinks! Here are my 6 favorite ice cube flavors but the options are endless! You can even make savory and spicy ice cubes for whiskey and tomato juice.

Strawberry and Blueberry Flavored Ice Cubes


 

DIY Kosher – Delicious Summer Drinks for...

 

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Forget about those pre-packaged drink mixes and wow your guests with these fresh homemade iced tea and punch drink recipes.

Summer is my favorite season for entertaining on Shabbat. Since the afternoon lazily passes by, lunch becomes an unhurried affair full of good food and conversation—quite different from the winter rush when we barely finish dessert before the sky gets dark.


 

Strawberry and Blueberry Flavored Ice Cubes

 

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Strawberry and Blueberry Flavored Ice Cubes Posted 07/10/2013 by Melinda Strauss
When you're looking for a refreshing kick to a simple glass of water, these berry flavored ice cubes are a great choice!

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DIY – How To Use Chalkboard Paint on Glass

 

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For a while now, I’ve been getting a bunch of requests for a tutorial on how to use chalkboard paint on glass. These projects are all over Pinterest and my fans want to know HOW DO THEY DO THAT???

Well guys….. IT’S SUPER SHMEEZY EASY!


 

New Father’s Day Gift Idea – Homemade...

 

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Finding the perfect gift can become a real guessing game. Some people become overwhelmed with doubt, unsure whether the gift they choose will be appropriate and appreciated. Yet one thing that is always sure to please is a present made with a personal touch, chock-full of love. For the modern day foodie, the go-to DIY gift is, naturally, a gourmet treat.

And there is no better place to start than with homemade flavored olive oil, also known as infused oil. It is a quick yet sophisticated option to be
given out at various holidays and occasions: At dinner parties or birthdays, as housewarming gifts, or “just thinking of you.” You will be giving more than a fantastic kitchen staple that can be used for salads, sauces, garnishes and more; it will be a gift of your time, thought, and little bit of yourself too.


 

DIY Painted Glass Bud Vases

 

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Create these simple bud vases in 4 simple steps!


 

The Best Summer Crock Pot Recipes

 

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I know you are thinking Summer and Crock Pot, those don’t go together.  Why not?  Our busy schedules haven’t changed and more than ever we want to be siting outside and relaxing not standing over a stove top cooking.  There are tons of recipes you can make in your crock pot that don’t have to be heavy and wintery, here are some that stand out.

Moroccan Chicken Stew

Moroccan Chicken Stew


 

The Best Julienne Peeler

 

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We recently posted a recipe for Zucchini Spaghetti that really is best made using a Julienne Peeler.  This kind of peeler has little rivets on the blade that allow it to cut the food into long thin, even strips.  Sure you can use a regular peeler and then cut it, but to get perfect uniformity and do it in seconds you need one of these peelers.  You can do so much more with it too, cut up carrots or cucumbers for salads or for sushi rolls into thin julienne pieces. The only question now is which one to buy?