Born into an Ashkenazi family, I was used to the apple-walnut charoset. When I married my Sephardic husband, I found that I was not only allowed to eat rice and beans now but I had to change my charoset recipe!  Instead of apples, many Sephardic people use dates.  To be honest, I will still make the apple charoset because I personally like it better.  Perhaps I’ll make both in honor of our “blended” family traditions!

pesach-seder-plate-720x340

Ashkenazi Charoset Recipe:

3 apples (whatever kind you prefer)

1 1/2 cups crushed walnuts (I put in a bag and crush with a hammer)

1/2 cup kosher grape juice

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon white sugar

Stir together all ingredients and serve at room temp!

 

 

Sephardic Charoset Recipe:

15-20 dates (cooked until soft)

1 1/2 cups crushed almonds (I put in a bag and crush with a hammer)

1/2 cup kosher grape juice

1/2 cup raisins

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon white sugar

Stir together all ingredients and serve at room temp!

FYI Greenfield Judaica is having 15% off sale!
Promo Code: Hanukkah15

http://www.greenfieldjudaica.com/

When breaking the fast, the first thing you want to (or should want) is water! If someone doesn’t reach for a drink after the fast… they probably weren’t fasting. So after you have water or orange juice, you should have a small dairy meal. Here is what our family menu is for the break fast:

Cheese Sabusak

Kaak

Bagels and Cream Cheese

Tuna Salad

…and my person break fast item… ORANGE SODA!!!!!!!!

We are pet sitting for my sister in law and we found out that her puppy is confused by dreidels!

 

 

Here are some of the most unique, creative menorahs I have found on the market this year!

 

 

 

 

Christmas may be the most beautiful and festive holiday ever.  It is impossible to deny that there is something special in the air.  Every store, park… public place is gleamy with the spirit and glow of the holiday.  So… why can’t Jews just get off their high horse and celebrate Christmas?  Good question.  This was the very question my Christmas-celebrating mother asked me over the phone only a few days ago.   My only reply to her is that I thought about it and once you think about it, Jews can’t really celebrate the birth of Jesus.  It is a beautiful holiday if you are Christian or even nonreligious, but for a Jew, I feel that something contradicts.  That does not mean however that I can’t appreciate the fun and festivities, I just don’t really PARTAKE myself… And it certainly doesn’t mean I can’t post adorable vintage Santa pictures =)  Enjoy.

 

2289143777_b627897068_o-1024x840

 

vintage-christmas-card022

 

OldDesignShop_VintageChristmasPC2Free1

 

vintage-santa-postcard-hw

1fbcc19ca0e8b2a495bf14d8e787d59a

 

images (3)

 Warmm

This little cozy arrangement will give any space into a cozy, holiday vibe!

We placed ours in the kitchen to contrast with the black granite:

20141209_215506_resized

You need two containers (one has to fit inside the other)

A handful of red dreidels

A few red flowers cut close to the bud (I used 3 carnations)

20141209_215251_resized

Day 2 of the Hanukkah Craft Countdown….

thedreidelbowls

Very simple, yet elegant and chic way to display your dreidels…

You can purchase chalkboard bowls, or you can make your own using chalkboard paint.

 Choose 3 different types of dreidels:

Write dreidel, dreidel, dreidel in your best script handwriting… and done!

20141208_214444_resized

%d bloggers like this: