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Adar 5772 March 2012

Elegant Impressions

Volume I, Issue III

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What’s Inside Education

Great Minds... Different Kinds Mommy, Can You Read Me a Story? GPS! Navigation for Your Soul

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Storybook Parties

Little Red Barn 16 Goldilocks & the Three Bears 17 Jack & the Bean Stalk 18 Wizard of Oz 19

Features

The Professor’s Perspective 20 Photo Contest Winning Photo 21 Travel: Sedona, Arizona 22 Power of Tehillim 23

Food & Desserts

Hamentaschen with Four Fillings 24 Portobellos, Goat Cheese, & Vinaigrette Salad 26 Citrus Tuna Steak with Avocado & Spinach 28 Restaurant Review: Olive 29 Sweet Potato Ravioli, Maple & Sage 30 Woven Challah Roll 32 Nutter Butters 33 Red Velvet Cupcakes 34 Mocha Crepe Cake with Chocolate Sauce 36 Lemon Meringue Pie 38 Blueberry Crumb Muffins 39 Coconut Cloud Cake 40 Linzer Tart Cookies 41

Home

NYIGF Housewares Design Awards 44 NYIGF Fabulous Finds 46 Designing a Reading Nook 50

Health & Nutrition

Helping Your Child Maintain a Healthy Weight 52 Clean Conscience 54 You Are What You Eat 56

Beauty

Concealer Tips 58 Layered Bow Tutorial 58 Bow & Headband Holders Tutorials 60 Shrinky Dink Necklace Tutorial 61

From Our Readers

Parties 62 Poll Results 63

Just For Kids

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Shabbat Games 64 Experiments 65

Read the magazine online at ElegantImpressions.com Contact info@elegantimpressions.com 917-830-4262 Editor In Chief Amy Oren Editor Jacob Mograby Contributing Writers Leah Benguigui Esther Ben-Hamu Judith Tobal Betesh Violet Chkouri Avi Fishoff Jordan Leibzig Maggie Mograby Yvette Miller Estreya Mograby Rabbi Yochai Oren Margalit Romano Esty Saadia Dr. Jack Sadacka, M.D. Rabbi Yaakov Shain Creative Design Amy Oren Photography Maggie Mograby Ad Sales Barbra Panigel Steven SorscherOne Stop Marketing Group Judith Tobal Betesh Published By Elegant Impressions All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form without prior written consent from the publisher is prohibited. Elegant Impressions Magazine assumes no responsibility for the content of articles or advertisements in the magazine. Elegant Impressions is not responsible for typographical errors. Readers should always verify kashrut status independently.


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Great Minds... Different Kinds By Rabbi Yochai Oren

,ekxc it lr xrpl jpg” “Educate a lad according to his way,

(’e :’ak ,ilyn) “dpnn xeqi `l oiwfi ik mb

Education

so that even when he will get old, he will not stray from it.” (Mishlei, 22:6) Rav Ezra Attiah, Rosh Yeshiva of Porat Yosef, explains that despite Shlomo’s extraordinary wisdom, he was able to teach “the people”, the common man of average intelligence. He was able to teach each individual according to that person’s level of understanding. Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach once said, “If the gemara says that the Torah speaks in the language of people, surely, people should speak in the language of people.” Parents and educators sometimes have a hard time seeing the world through children’s eyes. In order for us to reach our children, we must first understand them. We should take the time to get to know their interests, hobbies, and skills. Children learn best when they are taught according to their strengths. Learning is not “one size fits all” but rather, should be tailored to meet each child’s learning style. Differentiation is the practice of modifying and adapting instruction to meet the learning needs of students. Historically, traditional teaching methods were inflexible and were based on a model similar to the following: The teacher delivers instruction, typically through lecture; then the teacher models the skill, often on a blackboard; the student is given practice work, usually in workbooks or on handouts; the teacher reviews the student’s work using a pencil and paper test; and the teacher provides feedback on the student’s performance, usually in the form of a grade for the work and marks on items missed. Disadvantages of traditional methods: • They were inflexible and instruction only adequately met the needs of about half of students in a classroom.

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• Students with diverse backgrounds and disabilities often did not respond well to this delivery. • Instruction focused on memorization and less on higher level thinking skills. Differentiated instruction has many advantages over traditional teaching methods: • They meet the needs of diverse students with a variety of learning styles. • They accommodate students with learning disabilities and other types of disabilities. • Differentiated instruction stimulates creativity and helps students understand ideas at higher levels of thinking than teaching through memorization alone. Studies from the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development have shown that a multisensory teaching method is the most effective way of teaching children to read. This means that the lesson is taught through more than one of the senses. Most teaching in schools is done using either sight or hearing (visual or auditory sensations). Multisensory methods are: 1. Visual: That which you see. 2. Auditory: That which you hear. 3. Auditory-Digital: Your self-talk. 4. Kinesthetic: The tactile ... where the child touches and handles objects. Involving the use of more of the child’s senses, especially the use of touch and movement will give the child’s brain tactile and kinesthetic memories in addition to the visual and auditory ones. For example, many children experience confusion over the direction of ‘b’ and ‘d’. They can both be seen as a stick with a circle at its base. But on which side does the circle sit? A teacher might give the child a tactile experience of the letter ‘b’ by getting the child to trace the letter in the air, on sandpaper, over puff paint, or even having the child shape the letter out of play dough or clay. A commonly used ‘trick’ to remember the direction of ‘b’ and ‘d’ is to show the child the word ‘bed’ on a card. This word begins with ‘b’ and ends with ‘d’, so that if you draw a bed over the letters, the upright part of ‘b’ will become the head of the bed, and the upright part of the ‘d’ will become the foot. You can draw a child lying on the bed to complete the picture. This gives a strong visual memory for the child to use each time the letter has to be written.


The net result of these activities will be that a child has a visual memory from seeing the letter, an auditory memory from hearing the sound it makes, a tactile memory from tracing the letter on sandpaper, and a kinesthetic memory from having drawn the letter in the air. Altogether a multisensory experience! Traditionally, schools have emphasized the development of logical intelligence and linguistic intelligence (mainly reading and writing), but according to the theory of Multiple Intelligences there is a wide range of cognitive abilities. • • • • • • •

Spatial Linguistic Logical-mathematical Bodily-kinesthetic Musical Interpersonal Intrapersonal

Spatial This area deals with spatial judgment and the ability to visualize with the mind’s eye. Artists, designers and architects all work with spatial intelligence. A child with spatial ability may also be good with puzzles. Giving students the opportunity to draw, paint, build, or design taps into this intelligence. Linguistic This area has to do with words, spoken or written. People with high verbal-linguistic intelligence are typically good at reading, writing, telling stories and memorizing words along with dates. They tend to learn best by reading, taking notes, listening to lectures, and by discussing and debating about what they have learned. Logical-mathematical This area has to do with logic, abstractions, reasoning and numbers. Students with this ability may be especially good at recognizing abstract patterns, scientific thinking and investigating, mathematics, chess or computer programming. Bodily-kinesthetic People who have bodily-kinesthetic intelligence learn better by involving muscular movement, and are generally good at physical activities such as sports or dance. They may enjoy acting or performing, and in general they are good at building and making things. They often learn best by doing something physically, rather than by reading or hearing about it.

Happy students of YDE, ready and eager to read from their very own siddurim.

Musical This intelligence has to do with sensitivity to sounds, rhythms, tones, and music. Since there is a strong auditory component to this intelligence, those who are strongest in it may learn best via lecture. Language skills are typically highly developed in those whose strongest intelligence is musical. Incorporating music, song, instruments, rhymes, chants, and language games to the lesson will be especially helpful to these types of students. Interpersonal This area has to do with interaction with others. In theory, people who have a high interpersonal intelligence tend to be extroverts, They communicate effectively and empathize easily with others. They typically learn best by working with others and often enjoy discussion and debate. Intrapersonal This area has to do with the ability to be introspective and self-reflective. This refers to having a deep understanding of the self; what your strengths/ weaknesses are, what makes you unique, being able to predict your own reactions/emotions. Philosophical and critical thinking is common with this intelligence. Many people with this intelligence are authors, psychologists, counselors, philosophers, and religious leaders. There are so many ways that children learn. It’s our responsibility to tap into each student’s strengths and make teaching more effective and learning more enjoyable. Rabbi Yochai Oren is a first grade rebbe at Yeshivat Darche Eres and is certified in the Orton- Gillingham Multi- Sensory technique for reading and writing. He is also a rabbi in the Ahi Ezer Torah Center.

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“YDE has exceeded all our expectations. We are seeing tremendous accomplishments by our first grade son in all areas. There is a special emphasis on love for Torah, our rabbis and our traditions.” -Vicki Cohen

Its amazing how much information you can pump into those little brains” - Lucy Aini “The warm, delicious, and, most importantly, healthy lunches and snacks give the children the perfect energy level to enjoy their day.” - Regine Fallas

WHAT PARENTS ARE “There is nothing more rewarding than seeing my three boys walk through the door with smiles on their faces, all excited to tell me how much they learn every day!” - Sarah Zamir

“YDE is everything we hoped for and more. We are so proud to be part of the YDE family” – Raquel Mansour

“The teachers leave the children always wanting to learn more. I am so happy knowing that my son is being challenged and motivated to reach his potential.” -Muriel Bawabeh

“They truly recognize our children as individuals and give them the love and support they need to succeed.” - Racquel Franco

“Mrs. Sophia Dabbah’s professionalism and expertise in the field of preschool education is like no other. In the short months since our school year began, she managed to pick up on the qualities of each child, thereby helping each one when needed. Seeing her outside the building at drop off and pickup times gives me a feeling of satisfaction, knowing that my child is under the care of Morah Sophia and her team.” - Joyce Kassin “Good midot are the keys to being a good person. When I see my first grade son coming home learning not just Torah, but also kindness and good characteristics, I know that YDE will lead him to be an amazing young man.” -Shella Cohen

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“Mommy, Can You Read Me a Story?” The Importance of Reading to Your Kids

By Leah Benguigui As parents, we all know reading to our kids is a good thing- but do you know the advantages your child can receive by being exposed to reading?

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According to the U.S. Department of Education, children who are read to at home enjoy a substantial academic advantage over children who are not. Pre-schoolers are more likely to write their own names and recognize all the letters of the alphabet. Older children who do more reading at home are better readers and have higher math scores. Also, children gain the knowledge that reading is fun! Early reading for toddlers helps them to view books as a treat, not a chore. Kids who are exposed to reading are much more likely to choose books over video games, television, and other forms of entertainment as they grow older.

5 Tips to Raising a Reader

Children learn the basics of how to read by you reading to them. They learn that text is read from left to right, and that words on a page are separate from pictures. Sharing a story with them also enhances their ability to think logically, grasp abstract concepts, and recognize cause and effect. They learn new vocabulary words by hearing them used in context, and expand their horizons by learning about places and situations outside their own experiences. Reading helps improve focus and concentration, memory, creativity, and analytical thinking.

• Read favorite stories over and over again. Kids often request to hear the same books and stories. Reading these favorites is both comforting to young children and helps them develop word recognition.

Lastly, and most importantly, reading to your child allows for a stronger relationship with you. Snuggling up with a book lets the two of you (or three, or more) slow down and share some quality time together. Your kids will be much more likely to express themselves and share their experiences. It can become an activity that will bring you both closer together. By making books an integral part of their lives, you have the power to boost your child’s learning potential and make a difference in your child’s life. Reading is one of the best parts of being a parent. Enjoy!

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• Read with your child daily! Making story time a daily routine instills the message that reading and spending time together are enjoyable and important to your family.

• Dramatize! Use different voices, sound effects or body movement to add some action to the story you’re reading. Your kids will love it! Talk about the illustrations, point to and ask questions about the objects and characters in the story. • Ask open-ended questions — “Why do you think the lion is going into the woods? What do you think will happen next?” This encourages your child to think about the story and to ask questions. • Visit the library. Libraries are great resources and not just for the many books you can borrow. Many libraries offer free story time programs designed to engage toddlers and preschoolers. Librarians can also suggest books appropriate to your child’s age and interest. After more than a decade in education, Leah Benguigui has chosen to further develop her creativity in her jewelry business. She can be reached for appointments at 718-339-5659.


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New from Artscroll

By Avi Fishoff & Yaakov Shain

Chapter1: Unconditional Love

GPS! Navigation for Your Soul

Analyzing the unique relationship between parents & their children

”.‫"לא נמצא רחמי שום נמצא על זולתו יותר מרחמי האב על הבן‬ ‫ספר העיקרים מאמר שלישי פרק ל"ז‬

Sefer Ha’Ikrim: “We don’t find any love greater than the love a father has for his child.”

Hashem set up the world with an innate indestructible love that every parent has for his child:

‫"רחמי האב על הבן הוא‬ ‫רחמנות הבאה מטבע כל החיים כדרך הכלבים‬ ”.‫והבהמות‬ ‫ספר אורחות צדיקים שער הרחמים‬

The mercy a parent feels toward his child is a natural instinct similar to that found in all other living creatures, such as dogs and other animals.

Let’s analyze this for a moment: Just as you can build a relationship and create positive feelings toward another human being, so too those feelings can cool off and the relationship can dissolve. A person can detach himself emotionally from any relationship; you can split from a business partner, dissolve a friendship, and even divorce a spouse. However, parents can NEVER STOP loving their children, because the relationship is not man-made;

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rather, it is a natural instinct created by Hashem. But what about all the pain, agony, and frustration a child can sometimes cause his parents? Doesn’t it sometimes seem that some parents “hate” their child? When we see frustration, tension, and anger between parents and children, we are actually witnessing the manifestation of their indestructible bond, because when parents overreact and “freak out,” that is the very proof that their internal love is still intact. It would be much LESS painful and much EASIER for parents to cope with a difficult child if their loving bond would lessen as their relationship deteriorated. The proof is: Would they ever get this worked up because of their neighbor’s child, their nephew, or anyone else in the world!? Therefore, when a child sees how angry and frustrated his parents are because of the way he acts, he should realize that this proves how much they love him! For if they didn’t love him so much — they wouldn’t be so infuriated! Furthermore, if the child would become deathly ill or in need of a kidney, these same parents — who seem so full of hate toward the child — would surely do whatever is necessary to help save their child! And what if the child would, G-d forbid, die? Who would bury the child … mourn the child … say Kaddish for the child …?


Only parents grieve endlessly and even decades later still feel pain and longing for their child!

Here’s a powerful example of this concept: Dovid HaMelech’s son, Avshalom, is the perfect example of a son gone entirely wrong. After all, what can possibly be worse than a son trying to murder his father!?

:‫"וירגז המלך ויעל על עלית השער ויבך וכה אמר בלכתו‬ ‫בני אבשלום בני בני אבשלום מי יתן מותי אני תחתיך‬ ...‫אבשלום בני בני‬ ‫והמלך לאט את פניו ויזעק המלך קול גדול בני אבשלום‬ ”!‫אבשלום בני בני‬ ‫ה‬:‫שמואל ב' י‬ Yet when Avshalom was killed, Dovid cried out eight times, “My son” and he could not be consoled! He even cried out, “If only I could have died instead of you!” The lesson to us is clear: A child always remains a child regardless of what he does, and even when it seems that the child has destroyed his relationship with his parents, the internal connection is still completely intact. We all know of many stories where parents and children made up with each other even after many years of horrific fighting and separation. Had someone else caused that much pain to the parents — there would be NO coming back. But with a child, emotions and tears pour forth with words of love as soon as the walls of separation come down. The reason that children, and particularly young adults, have so much trouble understanding this concept is because of one sad fact: It simply does NOT work both ways!

”!‫"גדלה רחמי האב על הבן יותר מבן על האב‬ ‫שפת אמת בראשית פרשת ויגש תרל"ט‬ The natural inborn love that a child has for his parents is not nearly as strong as the attachment the parents have for their child. Therefore, until a person has his very own child, “unconditional love” is just a theoretical concept but not a feeling he can actually experience. He can hear the concept of a father risking his own life to save his child — even if the child is mentally challenged and physically ill — but he doesn’t have anyone in his life for whom he would actually do that.

It is for this reason that a child can begin to comprehend and appreciate his parents’ unconditional love for him only after he has his own child toward whom he will feel unconditional eternal love.

The difference This is the difference between the parent/child relationship and ALL other relationships. All other relationships begin when you meet someone and begin to develop a connection. At this point your association is purely external and is void of any internal feelings. However, as you continue to share life experiences together, you will develop an internal bond with that person. Thus, every other relationship begins with externally getting along and “liking each other” and then it slowly works its way into the internal emotional zone of love. Under normal circumstances, you can’t develop a real emotional bond with someone you just met two weeks ago. You can really like them and enjoy being with them, but it takes time until that connection develops into internal emotional feelings.

This is why there is no such thing as “falling in love.” “Falling in love” is an oxymoron and only morons fall for it. Love is a person’s deepest emotion, and it takes years and years to truly develop real internal feelings for another human being. You cannot simply “fall” into it. People claim to “fall in love” and then “fall out of love” over and over again, “falling” in and out, in and out. But the quicker you “fall in love” the quicker you “fall out of it,” because it was never a true emotional connection and inner bond. In truth, you were never in love with anyone (other than maybe yourself )!

However, when parents create a child — the love they feel for their creation is not based on any external factors, since the baby has not done anything and is not doing anything to earn their love or respect.

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‫“כי אין רחמים גדולים‬ ”!‫כרחמי האכ על הבן‬ ‫רד“ק תהלים פרק ק“ג‬

GPS! Navigation for Your Soul

Yet “internally,” in the emotional zone of love, a parent’s heart is completely in love with their child right away, from the very first minute! If someone would disturb your night’s sleep demanding to be fed and changed — night after night — you would probably HATE that person with a passion and you’d call the cops! Yet, this baby — who you only know for two weeks — gets away with it night after night … and to top it all off — you even think that he’s the MOST ADORABLE thing on the planet!

What did this baby do to earn this kind of emotional attachment? Absolutely Nothing! And that is precisely why this love is: Indestructible! Thus, the basis of “true love” is an internal emotional connection that is an indestructible, unconditional, internal, eternal bond. You are emotionally attached to that person and that is not based on how well you get along or how strong your exterior connection is.

:‫"כל אהבה שהיא תלויה בדבר‬ ;‫בטל הדבר בטלה אהבה‬ ‫ אינה בטלה לעולם‬:‫”!ושאינה תלויה בדבר‬ '‫אבות דר' נתן פרק מ‬ When love is dependent on something external, then when that thing is taken away, the feeling of love — that developed only because of that external thing — will evaporate. However, when the love you feel for someone is not based on anything external, then it can NEVER be destroyed. Therefore, the only way that true love can develop is if an internal emotional bond is created. This happens slowly over time by helping each other, giving to each other, supporting each other through

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hard times, etc. …. These things build a true internal connection between one person and another. After true love develops, even if the external factors fade away over time, the internal connection continues to grow stronger and stronger. However, the deep feelings of love and attachment that a parent has for a child are inserted by Hashem directly into the internal zone of love without going through the external process. Therefore, it is unconditional and indestructible. There is no internal joy like the “nachas” parents get from their child … even a little baby cooing … saying “mama” … crawling in the mud … eating melted chocolate with his hands … it’s all “delicious” to his parents. (Just to “his” parents!) Conversely, there is no pain like the pain parents feel when their children give them agmas nefesh (grief ); from little things that bother them way out of proportion, to big things that break their hearts in a way that no child can even begin to understand. Yet even if the outer connection between parent and child is so damaged that they may even seem to hate each other, still and all, the interior emotional connection and inborn instinctive feeling of unconditional love remains completely intact. As we have seen with Dovid HaMelech, his son Avshalom was ready to take his father’s life — yet when Avshalom’s life was taken, his father cried out in terrible pain. So too, regardless of what happens between parents and their child — nothing can break the eternal bond.

Now we can discover something amazing: ‫"כד ברא קודשא בריך הוא עלמא‬ ‫ברא ליה כגוונא דלעילא‬ ”.‫למהוי עלמא דא בדיוקנא דעלמא דלעילא‬ .‫זוהר כרך ה‘ (שמות) פרשת פקודי דף רכא‬ The Holy Zohar teaches us that the physical world was created as an exact mirror image of the invisible mystical world above. Just as we explained that a child cannot comprehend the concept of “unconditional love” because it does not exist in any of his relationships, so too, parents would never be able to comprehend this unique concept of “unconditional love” if they did not have this feeling toward their children.


We can now appreciate that the reason Hashem chose to create the concept of an instinctive unbreakable love from parent to child is specifically so that we could have some way to comprehend the concept of unconditional love! For if there was no earthly concept of “unconditional love,” then we would have no way to wrap our minds around the idea that Hashem can love US unconditionally!

‫לי ואנוהו‬-‫“זה א‬ ”.‫אלוקי אבי וארממנהו‬ ‫ב‬:‫שמות פרק טו‬ The Torah says that after the Splitting of the Sea we all sang to Hashem: “He is MY G-d and I will honor Him, the G-d of my father and I shall uplift Him.” During the last Shabbos of the Divrei Shmuel’s life, he quoted the above verse, which is also found in our daily prayers, and then he passionately challenged the people around him:

?‫לי שלי‬-‫לי? במה הוא א‬-‫“זה א‬ ?‫מה מסרתי והקרבתי בעבורו‬ ?‫וכי שניתי את הטבעיות והתשוקות שלי לכבודו יתברך‬ ”?‫ומה זכותי שיקרא אלוקים שלי‬

whenever she introduced her baby to other people … they replied, “Oh … yes … adorable … definitely one of a kind …” and found some excuse to quickly slip away.

!‫"שבכדי להיות 'בן’ אינו צריך למסור ולהקריב מאומה‬ :‫כי בין אם ימסור עבורו ובין אם לא ימסור‬ ”!‫הרי אביו הוא‬ ‫מובא בנתיבות שלום חלק ב' דף רצ"א‬ To attain the title “child,” you do not need to do anything at all. Once you are someone’s child you will always remain that person’s child and nothing will ever change that! Since the only example on earth of indestructible love is the love of parents for their children, that is davka (specifically) why Hashem chose to call us — of all titles:

‫"בנים‬

"!‫אתם לה' אלוקיכם‬

‫א‬:‫דברים יד‬ “You are CHILDREN to Hashem your G-d!”

‫מובא בנתיבות שלום חלק ב' דף רצ"א‬

Hashem chose to call us His beloved CHILDREN, knowing full well the ramifications of this comparison — and He certainly meant it — in every sense of the word!

“Is Hashem ‘MY’ G-d? How did He become ‘MY’ G-d? What did I do to earn that He should be ‘MY’ G-d? Did I overcome my natural tendencies and withhold my desires out of respect for His honor? What did I sacrifice to merit and acquire His love and devotion to me?”

Interestingly, as seen above, the instinctive feeling of love that parents have toward their children is far stronger than the love children feel toward their parents. Accordingly, we can be sure that Hashem’s love for us far exceeds the love we can possibly feel toward Hashem.

Let’s be honest; every relationship is a two-way street. To obtain love and affection from someone, you need to do something to “earn” it.

Authentic Yiddishkeit believes that the love parents feel toward their children is instilled by Hashem as a natural instinct and it is not dependent on anything at all. Now you know exactly why Hashem chose this specific way to describe His unconditional love toward each and every one of us!

You can’t simply pick someone out of the blue and proclaim, “This person is MY best friend,” if you’ve done nothing at all to earn that title. Making mighty proclamations about your “close” relationship with Hashem, and grand statements like: “hk-t vz (He is MY G-d)” is spiritually dishonest if you have not done anything to earn this title! Then the Divrei Shmuel explains: In every relationship one must earn the other person’s affection; however, there is one exception: Suri waited for five years to finally be blessed with a child. She could not stop talking about her “gorgeous zeeskeiyt,” the cutest baby on the planet! But for some reason,

Now you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that regardless of who you are and what situation you are in … Hashem loves …YOU! To reach the authors: GPSFORYOURSOUL@gmail.com GPS! Navigation for Your Soul takes some of the brilliant concepts and themes of Nesivos Shalom and "translates" them into contermporary languge and terms. You will find answers to fundamental questions like: How can I know if Hashem still loves me? Is my essence damaged from the sins that I have done? Why does Hashem make me suffer? What is the current phase of our exile all about? And many, many more!

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Storybook Parties

Big Red Barn Party Design and Styling Sandra Downie Event Designs Photography Fiereck Photography

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Goldilocks & the Three Bears Paperie and styling Frog Prince Paperie

Photography John McLaughlin & Paula Biggs

Name Blocks & Burlap Banner Laugh Loud Smile Big

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Storybook Parties

Jack & the Beanstalk

Party Design, Styling, Printables & Photography Piggy Bank Parties

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The Wizard of Oz Event Concept, Design & Styling Kate Landers

Silhouette Design Pen N’ Paper Flowers

Printables The TomKat Studio

Photography Open Shade Studios

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The Professor’s Perspective... By: Professor Jordan Leibniz (no, of course that’s not my real name) Dear Professor, I know that teenagers tend to distance themselves from their parents at some point, but it seems like I can barely hold my daughter’s attention for longer than a minute. She’s constantly either texting or on the phone or computer. If I tell her to put away her phone by the dinner table she just ends up upset with me. When we’re alone in the car, we can barely exchange twenty words, any conversation that may start always ends up being interrupted by a text. How can I get alone time with my daughter without getting her angry, but also without coming across as a cheesy, emotional mother begging her daughter for time? Mother Who Doesn’t Know How To Text Dear Mom without Texting, I don’t think your daughter’s behavior is unusual, but that doesn’t mean it’s acceptable. You need to have a good strategy to change the situation for the better. The first thing I recommend is to try to respect the texting phenomena somewhat. Texting is a very efficient way to communicate, and is popular among adults as well as teenagers. The downside of being so connected is that face to face interaction isn’t what it used to be. Imagine that you are in the car with your daughter and several of her friends- you would probably understand perfectly if she chose to talk with her friends instead of with you. Well, when you are in the car with your daughter and she has a cell phone, it is just like her friends are in the car with her. If you can see it from her perspective it can help you avoid being insulted. The second thing is to completely ban cell phone use during family time. When I was growing up, we took the phone off the hook during dinner so it wouldn’t ring. I think that idea is just as relevant today. Make it a rule that everyone - adults and children - has to leave their cell phone in the next room on silent. You still can’t force anyone to have a conversation with you, but you can enforce a rule that prohibits conversation with people who aren’t physically present. Finally, if you really want to have more conversations with your daughter, try to have them on her terms - at least sometimes. Send her a text message once in a while. Try

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sending a text asking how her test went, and don’t be surprised if she texts back a few lines. Being more open to using her preferred channel of communication, i.e. electronic, might make her more open to yours also, i.e. face to face. Dear Professor, I have a situation that comes up pretty frequently, and while it may seem like a silly question, its very frustrating to me and a cause of tension with my husband. Once a week we have to drive to a destination that’s about an hour away, and my father in law comes with us. My husband drives, and he expects me to move to the backseat and give my father in law the front passenger seat out of respect. If this would happen only occasionally, I wouldn’t mind at all, but it’s every week. Besides for making me feel secondary in my husband’s esteem, I get extremely carsick in the back seat. My husband knows this, but he feels that there’s no choice. I offered to drive and let my husband sit in the back, but he just laughs it off. The Third Wheel Dear Third Wheel, This is a tough situation. Your husband’s father should indeed be offered the front seat, as you are both obligated to honor him. But if sitting in the back makes you carsick then that should be addressed. Asking your husband to sit in the back instead of you seems like a good solution, whether it means you drive or that you ask your father-in-law to drive. If your husband insists on being the driver, then another suggestion is to explain the situation to father-in-law, and ask him if sitting in the front seat matters to him. He might not mind sitting in the back if he knows it will spare you discomfort. If these solutions don’t work, he should tell his dad that the carpool arrangement is not working out. Dear Professor, I’m a freelancer who provides a service for a fee, and while business is not bad, it’s not like I have extra money lying around. My problem is that I have family members who expect me to provide them with my services for


free because they figure it doesn’t cost me money to help them out. Am I really supposed to work for free for them just because I have the skills to do so? It’s not like I have the time! If it weren’t for the money, I wouldn’t even be working at this job, so it’s not like I want to be spending more time doing it for family members who are too cheap to offer payment. Ready to Retire at 25

t s e t n o C o t o h P Winner

Dear Ready to Retire, Accountants, electricians, plumbers, photographers, and all kinds of service professionals are known to sometimes use their skills to help family members at lower rates or even for free. That doesn’t mean you have to honor this tradition, but it should explain why your family members think they can expect free work. I understand why you might only want to do work for paying customers, but you have to decide if it’s worth the cost of saying no to family. They may see it as you refusing to do them a favor, and that can really cause damage to family dynamics. Consider making yourself a set of ground rules that apply to family. One approach is to say you will charge nothing for plain vanilla services and offer a family discount for more complex services. Or you could limit your courtesy services to only immediate family members, like parents or siblings. I think this is a good compromise between sharing and feeling used. And with clearly defined boundaries you should be able to refuse without insulting by saying, “I’m sorry, but I can only afford to do such and such for family. What you are asking for is beyond what I can afford to do for free.”

Goldie Gruber

Great Shots

Leora Yedid

Zehavit Mizrahi

Shevy Lerner

Do you agree, disagree, or have something to say? Add to the discussion by emailing the professor. Email your questions & comments to professor@elegantimpressions.com.

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Travel

Sedona, Arizona

Often called “Red Rock Country”, Sedona is a picturesque city surrounded by massive redrock formations. While it’s possible to see some of Sedona’s famous red rocks while walking down Main Street, to really get a good look at the spactacular view, Sedona offers a variety of guided tours including jeep tours, air tours, hot-air balloon rides, horseback tours - even a leisurely afternoon on a scenic railroad. There are countless hiking trails - some hikes lead to high elevations, some hug winding creeks, some afford awesome views of distant vistas, and some offer intimate beauty. Sedona has an extensive network of bike trails as well. Fishing the waters of Oak Creek Canyon is another popular pastime. Sedona is also especially good for bird watching and star gazing. Escape and unwind in Sedona’s world-class hotels and resorts. They boast some of the best spas in the country.

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You can’t help but feel relaxed in Sedona. The weather is usually mild and sunny, the air clean, and the majestic beauty is breathtaking. At the north end of the city is the stunning Oak Creek Canyon, a spectacular 16-mile gorge with streams and waterfalls between sheer rock walls.


The Power of Tehillim By Violet Chkouri It is written in the urei `lt that when a Jew faces hardship or is setting out on a long and dangerous journey, he should recite Tehillim every day without interruption and with the appropriate concentration. He is guaranteed to see great results. Four years ago, a close friend of mine became very sick and had to undergo a risky operation on her lungs. Her situation troubled me greatly, and I yearned to help her in any way I can. I thought to myself, “What can I do, how can I add zechuyot in her merit and bring Heavenly mercy upon her and her family?” I gathered some friends together, and we started a Tehillim teleconference reading group. We started with 20 women, and Baruch Hashem, today we’ve grown to over 100 women who participate every morning in reciting Tehillim together over the phone. On Fridays we have over 300 women reciting the special beracha of Hafrashat Challah together through the teleconference. Baruch Hashem, my friend recovered completely from her illness, and many of the women who participate with us have seen tremendous yeshuot. Every single day, since the start of our teleconference,

the women are committed to this special connection with Hashem, and they use this time to beseech Hashem for yeshuot. Since its inception, we’ve witnessed many miracles occur to the ladies involved, from parnassha, to refuah, zera kayama to shalom bayit. People phone in their requests, and we recite the names to be prayed on behalf of. May Hashem answer our tefillot, and may we only have praises of thanks to sing. One of the perakim we recite is ’bk wxt (23) when asking for parnassah, livelihood. David composed this perek during one of the most dangerous periods of his life, when he was running away from King Shaul and his army. In desperation, he hid in a forest. He had no provisions, but Hashem did not forsake David. He miraculously soaked the dry forest with a moisture which had the flavor of Olam Haba, making even the grass and leaves in the forest edible. David realized that Hashem nourishes and provides support at all times. He praised Hashem with this perek, “xqg` `l irex ’d” He thought, “Hashem knows what’s best for me, He knows where I should be and what I should have. I lack nothing.” He understood that Hashem provides us with everything and exactly what we need. The Arizal explains the connection between this perek and parnassah. The perek contains 57 words, which in gematria equals to the word of (nourishes). It also contains 227 letters, which is the numerical equivalent of the word beracha. The Arizal says that those who recite this perek and live by its message, will always be blessed with parnassah.

Teleconference Number: 401-694-1602 Ext. 1818 or 1826 or 718-627-8166 Call in at 10:00 am.

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Cookbook

A Revolutionary New Cookbook Offers Innovative Techniques for Creating a Limitless Kosher Recipe Repertoire

Kosher Revolution By Geila Hocherman and Arthur Boehm “Kosher is a set of rules, not a cuisine, and, as Geila Hocherman amply proves, you can be kosher and cook Chinese, French, Italian, Indian, New American—any cuisine in the world. With Geila’s ‘tool box’ and system, and with so many exotic ingredients getting kosher certification, there’s no excuse for kosher cooks not to turn out interesting, even sophisticated, and, of course, very delicious meals every day and every holiday.” —Arthur Schwartz, author of Arthur Schwartz’s Jewish Home Cooking

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Hamentaschen with Four Fillings

These triangular Purim treats are traditionally made with a poppy seed or prune filling, but nowadays, they’re available with other fillings like apricot and raspberry. My own “hamentasching” has resulted in the new and delicious fillings included here, such as dried cranberries with apricot and Nutella with coconut. Adding breadcrumbs to the fillings ensures that they stay put. These are easily made and are welcome year round. Geila’s Tips: It’s much easier to work with the dough and fillings when they’re cold. I like to prepare everything the night before and form and bake the hamentaschen the next day. (It’s necessary to make and freeze the chocolate filling in advance.) Makes 36

Crust 21/2 cups flour, plus more for flouring work surface 11/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 cup canola oil 3/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 2 large eggs 1 tablespoon orange juice (optional) Poppy Filling One 2-ounce jar poppy seeds One 12-ounce jar black currant jam 1/4 cup raisins, soaked in boiling water until soft, drained 1/4 cup breadcrumbs

Apricot Filling One 12-ounce jar apricot jam 1/2 cup dried cranberries, soaked in boiling water until soft, drained 1/4 cup breadcrumbs

Raspberry Filling One 12-ounce jar raspberry jam 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/4 cup breadcrumbs

Coconut-Chocolate-Hazelnut Filling One 13-ounce jar Nutella, or other chocolate-hazelnut spread 1 cup flaked coconut

1. First make the crust. Sift the flour and baking powder onto parchment paper. In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the oil, sugar and vanilla, and blend at medium speed. One at a time, add the eggs, incorporating the first before adding the second, and blend. Add the orange juice, if using, and blend. Reduce the speed and add the flour mixture gradually to make a dough. 2. Divide the dough into 2 parts and flatten each to make a disc. Wrap each disc in plastic wrap, stack the discs on a plate, and refrigerate until stiff enough to work easily, at least 2 hours. 3. Meanwhile, make the filling(s). For the poppy, raspberry and/or apricot fillings, combine the ingredients in small bowls, stir to blend, and refrigerate for 1 hour. For the chocolate, combine the ingredients in a small bowl. Transfer half the filling to the center of an 18-inch piece of plastic wrap, fold the wrap over the filling to enclose it, and squeeze the mixture to create a log 1-inch in diameter. Repeat with the remaining filling and freeze the logs. 4. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Flour a work surface well and roll 1 of the discs out on it. Using a 3-inch glass or round cookie cutter, cut out rounds. Pipe about 1 tablespoon of the poppy, raspberry, and/or apricot filling(s) in the center of each round, wet the edges with water and bring up the sides of the rounds to make a three-sided triangular shape. Pinch the dough together to seal. Alternatively, drop the filling onto the dough by heaping tablespoons. For the chocolate filling, cut the frozen logs into 1/21/2-inch discs. Fill the rounds by placing a disc in the center of each, form, and seal. 5. Transfer the hamentashen to 1 or more cookie sheets and bake, in batches if necessary, until pale gold, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a rack and cool.

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Cookbook

Recipe By Geila Hocherman and Arthur Boehm Kosher Revolution

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Roasted Portobellos with Goat Cheese & Asian Vinaigrette Everyone loves the special earthiness of roasted mushrooms. My version pairs portobellos with goat cheese, now available in many kosher-certified types, and a sprightly salad. My secret is the Asian Vinaigrette, a real flavor powerhouse that’s both hot and just sweet enough. This gets any meal off to an elegant start. Convert It: To make this into a pareve dish, omit the cheese. Geila’s Tip: You can plate and refrigerate the greens and mushrooms and prepare the vinaigrette ahead. Bring the salad to room temperature and dress it just before serving.

Salad 6 garlic cloves 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 3 large portobello mushrooms, stemmed, wiped with damp paper towels Vinaigrette 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/8 cup soy sauce 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 2 tablespoons sugar 3 drops hot chili oil 3/4 cup grapeseed or canola oil 6 cups mesclun or other mixed greens One five-ounce goat-cheese log, crumbled 1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Cover a baking sheet with foil. 2. In a small food processor, combine the garlic, olive oil and salt, and process until roughly puréed. Alternatively, mince the garlic and combine in a small bowl with the olive oil and salt, and whisk to blend. 3. Brush both sides of the mushroom caps with the mixture and transfer to the baking sheet. Bake the mushrooms until golden and most of their liquid has evaporated, turning once, about 35 minutes. Cool to room temperature and slice 1/21/2-inch thick. Set aside. 4. To make the vinaigrette, place all of the ingredients except the grapeseed oil in a blender and blend. With the motor still running, drizzle in the grapeseed oil until the mixture has thickened. Alternatively, place the ingredients in a large measuring cup and use a hand blender. Adjust the seasoning. 5. Place the greens in a large bowl, drizzle with 1/3 cup of the vinaigrette, and toss until the leaves are evenly coated. If the salad seems dry, add more vinaigrette and toss again. 6. Divide the greens among 6 serving plates. Surround one side with portobello slices and add crumbles of goat cheese on the other side. Serve. Serves 6 27


Recipes

Grilled Citrus Tuna Steak with Avocado & Spinach 1 tuna steak (ahĂ­ or yellowfin) pinch of salt and pepper 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided 2 Tbs. soy sauce 1 tsp freshly minced ginger 2 cloves garlic, minced

Recipe & Photography Bev Weidner

1/2 cup chopped cilantro juice of 1 lime, plus the zest 1 tsp sugar 1/2 avocado, thinly sliced 4 cups spinach

Season both sides of the tuna with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, whisk together 2 Tbs. oil, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, zest and sugar. Add the fish and marinate for at least 2 hours in the fridge. In a small skillet heat the last Tbs of oil. Add the spinach and wilt slightly. Toss in a teeny pinch of salt and pepper. Remove from heat and set aside. Remove the fish from the marinade and grill (or sear) for 2 minutes on each side. Keep it rare in the center. Pour the remaining marinade into a small saucepan and reduce until it becomes thick, 2 minutes. Top the wilted spinach with the grilled fish, followed by the sliced avocado and a nice drizzle of the reduction. Yield: 1 Serving

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Restaurant Review Olive 2 Avenue I, Brooklyn, NY 347-492-5337

The Food

We were served popular favorites: a Greek Salad and a Tuna Wrap, as well as a delicious interesting change, Stuffed Mushrooms. The mushrooms were stuffed with sautéed onions, creamy pesto sauce, melted mozzarella and feta cheeses and a kick of parsley.

Why We Loved It

- Parking was a breeze. - Beautiful, contemporary décor, quiet and very spacious, so you don’t feel like you’re dining with those at the next table - Their menu is completely 100% organic and they use lots of raw fruits, vegetables, and grains so that the natural enzymes are left alive and intact. This is a restaurant to go to when you want to feel good. After eating our meal we felt full but without feeling heavy. The food tastes fresh and delicious. - There are so many unique options and flavors on their menu. When you want something new and special, this is the place to go. I was especially impressed with the multitude of fresh juice concoctions available. Some tempting choices are the Village Immune Booster made from oranges, grapefruit, carrot, ginger and lemon, or the Hawaian Holiday Smoothie made with mango sorbet, tofu, frozen banana, pineapple, soy milk and coconut. - Next time I think I’ll try the Goat Cheese Wrap… or maybe the Village Gourmet Pasta with sautéed vegetables, walnuts and vegetarian chcken… or the Four Seasons Pizza with Vodka sauce, black olives, wild mushrooms, red onion and tomatoes…

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Sweet Potato Ravioli with Maple, Brown Butter & Sage

Recipe & Photography Adam Barnes

2 large sweet potatoes 1/4 cup walnuts 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided 2 tablespoons finely minced shallots kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

For the pasta: 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more as needed 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 4 large eggs 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon rubbed sage 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon red cayenne pepper 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus extra for the table 1/4 cup grated pecorino 1/4 cup ricotta cheese 1 egg yolk

For garnish: 2 tablespoons fresh minced sage

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place the sweet potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet and prick all over with a fork. Roast until a knife slips in and out of the potatoes easily when pierced, about 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool before scooping out pulp, discarding skin. Place cooked sweet potatoes in a large bowl, mash and set aside. In a large sautÊ pan over medium heat, toast the walnuts until golden and fragrant. Remove the walnuts from the pan, coarsely chop and set aside. Wipe the pan clean. Heat the olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat, add the shallots, season with salt and pepper, and cook until shallots have softened, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, stir, and cook for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and pour into the mashed sweet potatoes. Combine the next 8 ingredients (beginning with the maple syrup and ending with the egg yolk) with the sweet potato mixture. Mix well and taste for seasoning. Set the filling aside while you make the fresh pasta. 2. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade, add 2-1/4 cups flour and the salt. In a glass measure, combine the eggs and olive oil and add to the flour mixture. Process until the dough comes together in a sticky ball, about 10 seconds. Dump the dough on a well-floured surface and knead the dough, using the heels of your hands to push the dough away from you. Fold the dough back over itself and push again. Continue kneading and folding and rotating the dough until it is soft and supple, about 3 minutes, adding a little more flour as needed. Shape the dough into a ball, cover with a large overturned bowl and allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes. Roll out the dough: Cut the dough into 4 pieces, then slip the 3 back under the bowl. Flatten one piece slightly, then run it through the widest setting on a pasta roller, dusting with a little flour in between if it feels sticky. Fold the dough into thirds and pass it through again. Repeat 3 to 4 times. Continue passing the dough through the rollers (you don’t need to fold it at this stage), moving the dial 1 notch narrower after each pass, until you reach the second to last setting and/or until the dough is about 1/16-inch thick. Lay the length of dough on a floured surface. Fold the dough in half to help you mark the center, then unfold it. Spoon or pipe 1-inch balls of filling about 2 inches apart in a straight row down the center of one side of the fold. Dip a pastry brush in cool water and lightly brush around the filling. Fold the dough over the filling and using your index fingers, press around each ball of filling to eliminate air bubbles and seal the pasta. Cut out the ravioli with a fluted 2-to 3-inch square cutter and place in a single layer on parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet(s). Repeat with remaining dough sections. 3. Bring a large pot two-thirds full of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add half the ravioli; cook until ravioli float and are al dente, about 2 to 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon or a skimmer, transfer the ravioli to paper towels to drain. Cook remaining ravioli. 4. In a large sautÊ pan over medium, heat the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter until frothy and it begins to turn light brown, about a minute (watching carefully so as to not let it burn). Immediately remove the pan from the heat, add the ravioli and toss to coat. Using a large spoon, evenly divide the ravioli among the plates and garnish each with some sage, walnuts and Parmesan. Makes 4 to 6 servings

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Recipes

Woven Challah Roll

1. Form 4 even balls out of your challah dough. 2. Roll them out into logs. 3. Weave them into a checkerboard, alternating one log under and one over. 4. Take each end that is an “under” piece, and place it over the piece that is near it to the right. Do this for all four “under” pieces.

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Tutorial Estreya Mograby Photography Sofia Saka

5. Repeat the previous step, but this time, bring the “under” pieces over the pieces to the left of them. 6. Continue doing this, alternating right and left directions until the strands are too short to continue. 7. Tuck the loose ends underneath the weave, forming a ball.


Nutter Butters Cookies 13 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) unsalted butter, divided 1/2 vanilla bean 1 cup quick-cooking or homemade oats 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon kosher salt 3/8 cup granulated sugar 3/8 cup light brown sugar 3/8 cup natural , chunky-style unsalted peanut butter, excess oil poured off and discarded 1 1/8 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons heavy cream Filling 3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) unsalted butter 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/8 cup plus 1 tablespoon powdered sugar 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp. smooth style unsalted peanut butter In a medium skillet, melt 1/2 stick of the butter over medium heat. Using a small paring knife, split the vanilla bean in half and lengthwise. Set half aside for future use. With the back of the knife, scrape out the pulp and the seeds, and add the scrapings and the pod to the butter. Add the oats, and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring constantly, until the oats are lightly toasted and a golden-brown color. Transfer to a bowl, discard vanilla pod, and chill the mixture.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the rest of the butter, the baking soda, and the salt on low speed for 2-3 minutes, until the butter is softened. Add the sugars, and mix on medium until the mixture is light and fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the peanut butter and mix to combine. Turn the mixture off, and add the oats and flour. Turn the mixer on low speed, and mix for another minute until the ingredients are incorporated and the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Using your hands, roll the dough into balls 1 inch balls. If you find at this stage that the dough balls are still extremely crumbly, add another tablespoon of butter or be prepared to have fragile cookies. Place the balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet, 2-inches apart. Use the heel of your hand to flatten the balls into disks (about 1/4-inch tall). Using a fork or sharp knife, mark diagonal crisscross patterns over the surface of each cookie. Chill them for about 15 minutes until firm. Preheat the oven to 350째 F. Bake cookies for 16-18 minutes, until lightly browned and slightly firm to the touch, rotating sheets halfway through. Allow them to cool. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and salt on medium speed for about 1 minute, until the butter is softened. Add the sugar and peanut butter, and mix for another minute to combine them. Make into sandwiches, and enjoy! Yield: Approximately 20 smaller sandwich cookies if made into about 1-inch balls.

Recipe & Photography Darcy Levy

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Recipes

Recipe & Photography Julie Balutis

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Ingredients: For the cake: 2 1/2 cups cake flour 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 tsp baking soda 1 Tbsp cocoa powder 1 tsp kosher or sea salt 2 eggs, room temperature Scant 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature 2 Tbsp red food coloring 1 tsp distilled white vinegar 1 tsp vanilla extract For the frosting: 1/2 lb cream cheese 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter 1/8 cup light brown sugar, packed 4 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 Tbsp heavy cream

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Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two cupcake pans with paper liners and set aside. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt. In a larger bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together eggs, oil, buttermilk, food coloring, vanilla, and vinegar until combined (about two minutes). Add the dry ingredients in two additions and beat on medium speed until each addition is incorporated. The batter will be liquidy. Fill the cupcake liners about 2/3 full and bake for 18-20 minutes (until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean). Let cool in pans for five minutes. Remove to racks to cool completely. To make the frosting, beat the cream cheese on mediumhigh speed until light and fluffy, about a minute. Add the butter and beat until combined and fluffy, about two minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add the brown sugar, salt, and vanilla and beat to incorporate. With the mixer on low, add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, beating each addition until well-incorporated and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add the cream and beat on medium-high until light and fluffy. Yield: 24 cupcakes


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Recipes

BrulĂŠed Mocha Crepe Cake with Chocolate Liqueur Sauce

Recipe & Photography Xiaolu Hou

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Crepes 5 large eggs, lightly whisked 1 cup all purpose flour 1 1/2 cups milk 3 Tbsp white sugar 2 tsp vanilla bean paste OR pure vanilla extract 2 Tbsp melted butter, plus more to grease Filling and Topping 8 oz. dark chocolate, coarsely chopped 3/4 cup light cream 1/3 cup espresso 6 to 8 Tbsp white sugar, divided Sauce 4 oz. dark chocolate, chopped 3 Tbsp light cream or half and half 3 Tbsp espresso 3 Tbsp chocolate liqueur (Recipe below) 3 Tbsp brown sugar 2 tsp honey (optional) Blend all the crepe ingredients just until smooth. Set aside for 30 minutes to rest. Heat an 8-inch non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Brush with melted butter. Pour in enough batter to coat the base of the pan (swirl the pan to coat it evenly with batter immediately). Cook for 1 minute or until lightly golden and just set. Use a spatula to turn and cook for a further 30 seconds or until golden. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining batter, reheating and greasing pan between batches. To make filling, place chocolate, cream, coffee, and 4 tablespoons of sugar in a heatproof bowl over a small saucepan of simmering water. Use a spatula or heatproof spoon to stir for 5 minutes or until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Taste a tiny bit and add up to 2 more tablespoons of sugar if desired. If more sugar was added, heat the mixture until new sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat; cover with plastic wrap. Place in the fridge, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes or until mixture cools and thickens. Line a 6 to 7-inch springform pan with plastic wrap. Place a crêpe in the pan. Spread with a little filling. Continue layering with crêpes and filling, finishing with a crêpe. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge until chilled and set (at least 3 hours and up to 1 day). To make chocolate mocha sauce, combine chocolate, cream, coffee, liqueur, sugar, and honey in a heatproof bowl over a small saucepan of simmering water. Stir for 5 minutes or until sauce is smooth.

Turn the cake out onto a clean serving platter. Sprinkle the top of the cake evenly with the remaining 2 tablespoons of white sugar. Then melt the sugar evenly with a kitchen torch to form a crisp caramel topping. Allow to sit at least 5 minutes before serving. Use a sharp knife to cut into wedges. Place on serving plates and drizzle with hot sauce.

Chocolate Liqueur Makes 3 1/2 cups 5 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder 1 cup boiling water 1 cup sugar 3/4 cup water 1 cup vodka 3/4 cup heavy cream, for optional topping Cocoa nibs or chocolate shavings, for optional garnish In a bowl, dissolve cocoa powder in boiling water. In a saucepan, bring sugar and 3/4 cup of water to a simmer, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add sugar syrup to cocoa syrup. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a jar with a lid. Add the vodka, cover and refrigerate overnight. (It will keep up to 1 month, but will lose potency over time.). If serving on its own, stir well and strain again through a fine-mesh sieve into a glass until 2/3 full. Top with lightlysweetened whipped cream, or float heavy cream on top (by holding a spoon with the bowl down and the edge almost touching the liqueur in the glass then pouring cream slowly over the back of the spoon until a layer of 1/8 to 1/4-inch deep floats on top of the liqueur). Garnish with cocoa nibs or chocolate shavings.

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Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe & Photography Lauren Zietsman

Recipes

Crust: 3 Tbsp. vegetable shortening, chilled 4 Tbsp. butter, chilled and cut into pieces 1 1/4 cup flour 4-6 Tbsp. ice water 1 Tbsp. sugar 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs Custard Layer: 1 1/2 cup cold water 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup cornstarch 1/8 t salt 6 egg yolks 1 Tbsp. lemon zest (zest from 1 large lemon) 1/2 cup lemon juice (from 3 lemons) 2 Tbsp. butter Meringue Layer: 1/2 cup water 1 Tbsp. cornstarch 4 large egg whites 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar You can buy a ready made pie crust or make your own using this recipe. To make the crust, combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a mixer, food processor, or by hand. Add the shortening and the butter and allow the mixer to blend them until small crumbs are formed. Add four tablespoons of ice water and mix until just blended. If the dough isn’t coming together, add up to two more tablespoons of water. Flatten the dough into a small disc, wrap tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least an hour. Once it’s ready, take it out of the fridge and allow it to rest for a few minutes. Use the graham cracker crumbs in lieu of extra flour as you are rolling out the dough. This makes the dough more resistant to the sogginess that is correlated with baking custard pies. As you roll out the dough, continue to sprinkle crumbs above and below to incorporate them. Roll the dough out into a 12-inch circle and carefully lift into the pie pan. Tuck the extra edges

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under, and crimp the edges using your fingers or a fork. Stick the crust in the freezer exactly as it is for about a half an hour, or until it’s firm. Then line it with foil, covering all the edges so they don’t burn, fill with pie weights or beans, and bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove the foil and beans and finish baking another 12-15 minutes until the crust is a deep, golden brown. Let it cool completely. While the crust is cooling, you can make the rest of the pie. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. For the custard layer, bring the water, sugar, cornstarch, and salt to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium heat (keep it at medium no matter what!) while whisking constantly. Once it thickens a lot and starts to turn translucent, whisk in the egg yolks, two at a time, then the lemon zest, lemon juice, and lastly the butter. Go slowly and whisk constantly. Allow the mixture to come up to a full simmer (it should be getting very thick!), then remove from the heat. Lay a piece of plastic wrap over the top, right against the custard, to keep it hot and prevent a skin from forming. Bring the water and cornstarch to a simmer in a small saucepan. Once it’s thickened and translucent, remove from the heat and set aside. In a mixing bowl, whip the eggs and vanilla until frothy. Add the sugar and cream of tartar to the eggs, one tablespoon at a time, whipping at medium speed until soft peaks form. Add the cornstarch mixture, and continue whipping at medium speed until stiff


peaks form. You are ready to assemble the pie. Peel the plastic wrap off the custard layer, and test the temperature. If it has cooled a lot, return to low heat for a minute until hot. Pour the custard into the cooled pie crust. Even the custard layer out with a spoon, then drop large spoonfuls of the meringue over the top. Press the meringue into the crust to ensure that it adheres, and gently even out that layer with a spoon. It’s also quite pretty to use the back of a spoon to press into and lift from the meringue, making nice peaks all over for the effect shown here. Bake on the middle rack for twenty minutes, until the meringue is golden brown. Cool to room temperature before serving.

Blueberry Crumb Muffins

Recipe & Photography Chef Amy Casey Muffins 1/2 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup sugar 1 egg 2 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup milk 2 cups blueberries 1 tablespoon flour

Crumb Topping 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup butter, softened 1/3 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a standard sized muffin pan with cupcake liners and set aside. For the muffins, in a large bowl cream together 1/2 cup butter, and 3/4 cup sugar. Add egg and beat well. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with the milk. Toss blueberries with 1 tablespoon of flour and gently fold into batter. Fill each muffin liner about 2/3 full. Set aside. In a small bowl, combine the topping ingredients until it is crumbly. Use your fingers or a fork to combine ingredients. Sprinkle some of the topping on top of each muffin.Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Serve warm with butter. Yields about 12 muffins.

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Coconut Cloud Cake

Recipe & Photography Christina Enoch Ingredients 2 cups all purpose flour, plus more for pans 2 cups sugar 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup buttermilk, shaken 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon pure almond extract 1 cup hot light coconut milk (I just microwave it for 30-40 seconds) Cream cheese frosting recipe follows Preparation 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 2. Combine all the dry ingredients. 3. In another bowl, combine all ingredients except for coconut milk. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Add coconut milk and stir just to combine. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 30 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely. I cut off browned crust on top, bottom and around

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the side as well. 4. Place 1 layer, flat side up, on a flat plate or cake pedestal. With a knife or offset spatula, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up, and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake. To decorate the cake, sprinkle the top with coconut and lightly press more coconut onto the sides. Keep the cake in the refrigerator. Take it out 5 minutes before serving. This cake tastes even better next day!

Cream cheese frosting Ingredients 1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract 1 pound confectioners’ sugar, sifted 6 ounces sweetened shredded coconut Preparation In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the cream cheese, butter, vanilla and almond extract on low speed. Add the confectioners’ sugar and mix until just smooth.


Linzer Tart Cookies Ingredients 2 sticks of margarine or butter 3/4 cup sugar 1 egg 3 cups of flour pinch of salt 1/4 cup of blanched and ground almonds your favorite jelly confectioner’s sugar

Recipe & Photography Maggie Mograby

Cream together butter and sugar. Add the egg and mix. Add the flour and almonds and continue mixing. Refrigerate the dough for an hour. Roll out the dough between two pieces of parchment. Using a cookie cutter cut out the cookie shapes from the dough. Using a small cookie cutter, cut out a small hole in the center of half of the cookies.Cookies may be positioned closely together on the tray, they dont grow and won’t touch each other. Bake at 375 for 12 minutes. Let them cool. Powder the cookies with the holes, and spread the jelly over the other cookies. Sandwich them together.

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Countertop Kitchenware These are the 12 “Best in Category” award winners of the 2012 Housewares Design Awards presented during the winter New York International Gift Fair. Housewares Design Awards finalists were chosen based on design believed to differentiate a product with unique appearance and/or function. The judges considered appropriate aesthetics, innovative materials and technology, user benefits (i.e., performance, comfort, ease of use, safety) and market response.

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Cookware & Bakeware Welcome Home Brands’ Oven-Safe Paper Bakeware is a disposable foodgrade paper bakeware that is said to make it easy to bake, serve, store and give in one unit. There is no need for pre-greasing or cleanup of metal pans, noted the company. Oven safe to 400F and freezer safe, the paper bakeware is available in a range of shapes, styles and designs.

Tableware, Serveware & Beverageware Black + Blum’s lunch pot features a simple screw-off top and a watertight locking seal. During transit, a strap mechanism holds both containers in place as the weight of their contents keeps everything taut. The lunch pot is microwave and dishwasher safe, and the smaller pot fits into the larger pot for compact carrying when empty.

Joseph Joseph’s NoSpill Mill electric spice mill conceals an integrated base that captures excess salt or pepper after use, preventing particles from being deposited on surfaces when the mill is placed down. To operate, hold the unit with one hand and squeeze the flared lever at the top until the desired amount of salt or pepper is dispensed. Release the lever and the base of the unit closes, sealing off the grinding mechanism. The mill has an adjustable, ceramic mechanism that grinds from fine to coarse grain.

Floor Care & Cleaning Appliances The Electrolux Nimble upright bagless vacuum provides power and maneuverability for fast, multi-surface cleaning around the home, including tight spaces and hard to reach areas. It is equipped with a swivel action guidance system; a 3-in-1 Versatool attachment; cleaning power with cyclonic technology that is said by the company to never lose suction; and a Quick-Release telescopic wand and hose combination that extends cleaning to 14 feet of reach.

Countertop Cooking & Beverage Appliances The Jura IMPRESSA J9 One Touch TFT is a one-touch automatic coffee center that can prepare specialty coffee beverages at the touch of a button. It features the company’s new state-of-the-art TFT color 3.5-inch-square display that combines graphics and text to showcase the type of beverage, number of ounces, coffee strength and amount of milk. The system brews crema coffee, espresso, ristretto, latte cappuccino or latte macchiato in less than 60 seconds. Other features include fine foam technology and a height-adjustable cappuccino spout.

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Countertop Food Prep Appliances

Home Environment Appliances

Cuisinart’s Blend and Cook Soupmaker handles the tasks of a traditional blender and can prepare and cook soups. An internal heater ensures that soup is kept at the optimum temperature, and digital controls allow users to set the unit’s cooking time and temperature for sauteing, simmering and boiling. The blender has 900-watts of cooking power, four blending speeds, pulse and stir functions and a thermal, shock-resistant glass blending/cooking jar that holds up to 48 ounces of hot liquids and 56 ounces of cold liquids.

Stadler Form Anna Fan Heater by Swizz Style is a white ceramic heater that uses special paint to keep the unit looking white even after being exposed to heat. The sleek and modern heater features two power levels, a PTC heating element that prevents overheating and an automatic shut-off with integrated tilt protection.

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Cutlery

Accommodating either a horizontal photo, Nambé’s Elbow photo frame consists of an oval base made of Nambé Alloy and two sheets of glass to enclose a photo.

Robert Welch’s Signature Knives combine European and Asian cutting-edge technologies. A 15-degree edge angle on German stainless steel gives the knives sharpness and edge retention and each blade is uniquely curved to optimize the cutting action for its function. An Oak Step Block incorporates hidden magnets to protect the blade edges and an integrated and removable ceramic wheel honing device is positioned on top for knife maintenance.

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Personal Care The Remington Pro Power Series Haircut & Beard Trimmer uses cutting blades coated in titanium for extra strength and reduced vibration. A soft-open blade door mechanism allows the user to open the trimmer and wash the clipper after use. The model HC5550 trimmer features a 40-minute runtime, high performance DC motor with turbo boost and no-slip comb lock, as well as a USB charging capability.

Gadgets & Kitchen Tools

Home Organization Cool Gear International’s Go Gear Travel Tubes are made of a squeezable BPA-free silicone material and feature wide-mouth bottle openings for simple liquid transferring and dispensing. Go Gear’s shape allows it to stand on all sides, top, bottom or laid flat on its side; and they come with write-on sticker labels for identifying contents. Go Gear is available in 1.25-, 2- and 3-ounce sizes and meet airline-approved guidelines.

The SleekStor Pinch+Pour Beaker three-piece set by Chef’n Corporation measures up to 1, 2 and 4 cups for cooking and baking. The beakers feature Chef’n’s Pinch+Pour technology, which combines flexible silicone that can be pinched to create a pour spout with a sturdy nylon core that helps beakers retain their shape when filled with hot liquids or used in the microwave. A translucent viewing window aids in precise measuring.

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Fabulous Finds

at the 2012 Winter New York International Gift Fair

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A perfect complement to Chilewich’s tablemats are the Raymaille Napkin Rings. Innovative and completely functional, the Raymaille Napkin Ring is a stainless steel mesh weave that creates the perfect accessory for a contemporary table setting.

Inspired by a recent visit to the gold museum in Bogota’, Colombia, Ornella Pisano, of Ercole Home, designed these gorgeous pieces. The buffet is embellished with beautiful antique gold and antique silver glass mosaic doors. The 36” mirror above features an exquisite primitive pattern in antique silver glass mosaic.

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Mediterranean shorelines, terraced vineyards, and ancient winding coastal roads along the Mediterranean reflect in the 24K gold and platinum of these iconic pieces of the Amalfi Collection by Michael Wainwright USA.


M i l a n o Bamboo Risers by Impulse! Enterprises are perfect for a buffet. Available in 4 sizes, these risers add not just height, but style and functionality to your decor and table top. Stand them straight and put some flowers in them for a unique vase or lay them on thier sides and you have a sushi platter! The ultra smart and stylish Lumin Magazine Rack by Nambé is a stunning piece of modernist sculpture with a definite practical side.

The unique feature of these mouth-blown wineglasses are the rims that are angled at 14 degrees. Each glass is a work of art, by Eva Solo.

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Nambé turned the humdrum concept of a wine rack into an objet d’art by joining two curves and conceiving the ingenious idea that bottles can be stored horizontally by their necks only. A base formed of Nambé Alloy, their signature metal that polishes to a silver-like luster.

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Christen Maxwell’s Watercolor Linen collection blends hand-painted sketches with state-of-the-art digital fabric printing to achieve a one-of-a-kind watercolored fabric. Timeless patterns become modern, such as the Arabesco, echoing geometric Moroccan tile forms, the houndstooth, and the chevron styles seen here.

Layering is more fun than matching. With Julia Knight’s abundant floral shaped platters and bowls, you’ll never lose your sense of creative inspiration. Use the dishes on their own or layered.

Adorable and simple to use, the Stem Gem by Chef’n, strawberry-stem remover will appeal to both children and kitchen-gadget fiends alike. Unique design hulls strawberries effortlessly with a simple to use push button mechanism.

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Meet the GarlicZoom by Chef’n. Simply peel, fill, and roll. Stainless steel blades turn out perfectly chopped garlic from your peeled cloves. Your hands will thank you!

Toss out the old kebab sticks and give the Grill’n Barbecue Branch Skewer a try. It holds twice as much food as a traditional skewer. By Chef’n.


Inspired by the rich hues and topography of Southern California, alternating layers of opaque and transparent colors are applied to hand blown glass. Designed by Caleb Siemon.

Michael Aram’s Sona Collection evokes imagery of a treasure that looks like it might have been unearthed a thousand years ago. Ancient-looking Bronze vessel dipped in liquid gold.

Welcome Home Brands presents a line that offers a new and innovative way to bake. The paper bakeware collection eliminates the need for metal bakeware as well as messy after-baking clean-up, making it easy for the consumer to “bake, serve, store and give.� Coming in various shapes and designs, decorative paper bakeware brings fun and convenience to baking.

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Designing a Reading Nook By Esther Ben-Hamu EB Design

Image Credit: PrettyHandyGirl.com

Creating a cozy reading nook will get your kids excited about reading! All you need is a small space, adequate lighting and a comfy seat.

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Finding a Spot A reading nook can really be positioned anywhere, from the corner of a kid’s bedroom to a roomy landing at the top of the stairs. The all time favorite is the window seat, but your options are many. Think outside the box! An extra closet can be converted to a cozy reading nook like in the image on the right by Brittany of PrettyHandyGirl.com. An upstairs hallway reading nook can be great, centrally located between all the bedrooms. Set up a cute bench with a cushion and some book baskets underneath. If you’re short on extra space, arrange a low bookcase between two beds that doubles up as a nightstand. A low ceiling attic space can be the perfect spot to curl up with a book. Image Credits: Ehlen Creative & Kathryn Johnson Interiors Inc

A Cozy Seat For the seating, you want something that is comfortable and inviting. Anything can work here: A cute kid size armchair or couch is fun and provides ample space for snuggling up to a good book. Small fabric ottomans in a variety of prints are also great, coordinating with your existing décor. Prop up a cute pillow and throw to add some warmth. In small areas, you can go with a neat suede or leather cube, just the right size for little ones. And of course, sinking into a plush bean bag is a great way to relax ‘n read.

Setting up the Library A pretty bookcase loaded with great classics will always have kids coming back for more. Add a few fun knickknacks to add visual appeal. A corner bookcase is a great idea in tight spaces. Book racks are an attractive way to showcase books, keeping favorite titles on display. They can be wall mounted or freestanding depending on how much space you have. In a small bedroom, hang a book rack above the bed, keeping books close at hand for bedtime reading. A decorative book shelf can also work, keeping books neatly in place with a lovely pair of bookends. If wall space isn’t available you can always place books in fabric lined baskets on the floor. Image: Witt Construction; Saratoga Springs, NY

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Image Credit: Alicia Ventura Interior Designs

Proper Lighting If space allows for it, place a small table near the seat, a perfect spot for a decorative lamp. A lamp will provide the proper lighting for nighttime reading. A pretty pair of wall sconces is a good option in a corner if there isn’t enough space for a table and lamp. Get Creative Use fun bold colors that are vibrant and exciting. Coordinate the seat, lamp and or book basket by using colors and prints in the same hues. Keep with the tones you already have, but feel free to introduce a pop of contrasting color. In a boy’s room try a splash of brown and orange or keep it cool with navy and lime green. For a girls room, aqua and white is sharp and fresh, or go classic with a lavender and silver combo. Color coding the books in the library is a fun and educational activity

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you can do with your kids, and it looks amazing. Lastly, define the space with some whimsical artwork, and you’re all set- wall decals are a great option. Setting up a cozy reading spot is easy and can even be accessorized with things you already have around the house. Be creative, have fun with it, and see how your kids will too. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Esther Ben-Hamu of EB Design is a certified interior designer. She is passionate about home decor and is also the owner of The Satin Stripe, a wallpaper boutique in Lakewood, NJ. To ask any decorating questions or comment on featured articles, email her at ebdesign@ymail.com.

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Helping Your Child Maintain a Healthy Weight By Dr. Jack Sadacka, M.D.

Health & Nutrition

In recent years childhood obesity has increased so significantly that approximately 25% of American children are overweight, and approximately 18% are obese. Obesity is the most prevalent nutritional disorder among children and adolescents in the U.S. Unfortunately, these numbers are on the rise.

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Risks Associated with Obesity Health problems once reserved for adults are now showing up at an alarming rate in our overweight children. The following is a conservative list of what obesity can be a predisposition to: hypertension, liver and renal disease, bone and joint problems, hyperlipidemia, skin conditions, reproductive dysfunctions, and cardiovascular disease. Even worse, some might argue, is the overall devastating negative psychological impact the overweight child is susceptible to in our weight society. Causes of Obesity Childhood obesity is a complex condition but some key factors contributing to this hazardous trend remain uncontested: increased portion sizes, excessive sugar intake, and empty calories. Americans have become accustomed to fast food restaurants advertising supersized meals. In fact, the standard industry size for plates once measured 10.5 inches, has grown to the accepted 12 inches. Toss into this calorie mix the ever available and cheap processed foods. These high glycemic foods are quickly digested, raising blood sugar levels leading to a crash a few hours later, stimulating hunger, and inducing you to overeat. Still, in some cases, the root cause for an expanding waistline can be a medical condition. The latter can easily be ruled out though a physical exam and some blood tests. Talk to Your Doctor If you are concerned about your child’s weight, speak to your pediatrician. He will assess your child by using his/her height and weight to calculate the BMI (Body Mass Index). Even more, your healthcare

provider should take the time to ask you about your family health history and that of your spouse. Questions regarding environmental factors such as lifestyle behavior like eating and exercise habits will help your child’s doctor aid your child’s individual needs. So don’t be shy about sharing information! Food & Diet Fad diets either exclude nutrients or encourage one to eat too much of a nutrient. Either of these options put one at risk for illness, perhaps not in the short term, but certainly in the long term. Stock your kitchen with healthy foods such as whole grains, lean meats, lowfat dairies, and an abundance of vegetables of fruits. Fruits and Vegetables Fruits and veggies are packed with vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, fiber, and are low in calories. Bear in mind, the more deeply colored the vegetable/fruit, the higher the concentration of the benefits. Moreover, different colors mean different vitamins and minerals, so feed your family a rainbow variety of produce. Kids 2-6 years old should aim for 3 servings of vegetables and 2 servings of fruits daily. Children 6 years old and older require approximately 5 servings of vegetables and 2-4 servings of fruits daily. Proteins Proteins are particularly advantageous for children whose bodies are growing and constantly changing. Protein gives us the energy essential for maintaining our cells and organs. A good rule of thumb is 0.45-0.55 grams per pound of body weight for kids one to fourteen years old. Carbohydrates Healthy carbs are digested slowly and keeping insulin levels stable, making you feel full longer. Though carbs have gotten a bad reputation as of late, they are necessary to a healthy diet. Carbs provide the body’s most readily available source of energy. For kids two years of age and older 50%-60% of calories consumed should come from carbohydrates. Snacks & Meals When utilized properly, snacking can be helpful to those watching their waistline, it simply depends on the nature of the snack. The key is to plan ahead, so prepare some cut up fresh fruits, veggies, and cheeses, and allow your children to graze smartly. Studies show thinner people eat smaller meals


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more frequently. Oftentimes, moms have shared the following complaint with me, “I made a healthy well balanced meal, but my son/daughter refused to eat it!” My advice remains, make it clear that the dinner choice is what you have prepared and try to include one side dish you know your child enjoys. Stress Studies show that when your body is under stress, it produces a hormone called Cortisol. This hormone triggers cravings for high calorie foods and leads to binge eating, so teach your kids healthy ways to deal with tension. In addition, lack of sleep has been linked to weight gain, so establish healthy sleep habits. One to three years old should sleep 12-14 hours a day, 3-6 year olds, 10-12 hours a day, 7-12 year olds, 10-11 hours a day, 12-18 year olds, 8-9 hours. Water Many times is hard to distinguish between hunger and thirst, so encourage your kids to drink and wait approximately 20 minutes to see if the hunger doesn’t subside. Exercise Grade schoolers need a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity at least 3 times a week. Usually, kids this age are so active that they get the required amount. Find creative ways to get your children moving. One of my patients came up with an ingenious idea- she bought everyone in her family a pedometer and they actually competed on who took the most steps every day. The best ammunition in adopting a healthy lifestyle is knowledge. It’s the overall pattern of your choices that count and the long term benefits are priceless. Dr. Jack Sadacka M.D. is a Board Certified Pediatrician in practice for 20 years. Serving the community at 813 Quentin Road.

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Clean Conscience By Judith Tobal Betesh Does your home have a chemical dependency? - a green pop quiz Question 1: Would you eat off your floor? Question 2: Can you safely wash out your mouth with your soap? Question 3: Do any of the bottles under your sink contain anything that's drinkable without having to go immediately to the emergency room afterward? Question 4: Do you like to inhale the smells of your cleaning products while you clean? If you answered "no" to any of these questions, your home has a chemical dependency and it’s time to lay off the hard stuff. All it takes is a little intervention and you can get your home back on a healthier, happier, and nicer smelling track. Most popular glass cleaners are made with ammonia. The problem is that the poisonous ingredient in ammonia is ammonia. The Environmental Protection Agency says ammonia is a toxic chemical that causes lung and eye damage. That’s a high price to pay for clean windows. Solution: Mix two nontoxic items you probably have in your kitchen: vinegar and water. Then use a microfiber cloth, or newspaper to scrub those windows. The kitchen, more than other room, is the heart of the home. While we store, prepare, and eat food here, we also store, heat and re-heat food in some of the scariest chemicals around. We're conscious about buying organic to keep pesticides out of our bodies, yet we're spraying pesticides (in the form of certain cleaning agents) all over the kitchen. It’s important to understand the difference between cleaning versus killing. Most disinfectants boast of killing every bacterium they come into contact with. The thing is, we have more bacteria in our bodies (up to 500 different types) than cells. This is actually a good thing. Bacteria help digestion, make vitamins in our system, and help fight off various diseases. And another thing: bacteria don't cause the common cold and flu. Viruses do. Do all antibacterials kill viruses? Nope. Solution: Clean often, with naturally derived products. By cleaning often, you


minimize dirt and bacteria accumulation and you won’t even need antibacterials. The feather duster is just plain nasty. It’s not trapping any dust, just moving it around, putting all those dust mites in motion around the room. Solution: Microfiber is the new miracle cloth. It will trap and hold dust, thanks to millions of microscopic hooks in each cloth, and it’s washable so you can use and reuse it almost forever. There's more E. coli in your kitchen than in your bathroom. it's shocking, since E. coli is a fecal bacteria. E. coli likes the moist environment: the counters, the sink, and especially the sponges. All those crevices mean lots of room for the bacteria to grow (up to seven billion E. coli!) They come from the food that’s left on dishes, those annoying little bits that you used that very sponge to get rid of. They get off the plate, but move into the sponge. And if the sponge stays damp, the E. coli can live up to two weeks. Solution: After working with food, use a good all -purpose spray cleaner and a clean cloth and wipe your surfaces down (Note that I didn’t say to use a sponge- you might just be spreading more E. coli around!) About that sponge, it can be cleaned by washing it in the dishwasher or zapping it in the microwave for a couple of minutes. Research shows that two minutes in the microwave at full power killed or inactivated more than 99% of all the living germs and the bacterial spores in the sponges including E. coli. After an additional two minutes -- a total of four -- none of the bacterial spores survived. Make sure to microwave only sponges or plastic scrubbers that do not contain steel or other metals. The sponge or scrubber should be wet, not dry when you stick it in the microwave. Be careful in removing the sponge from the microwave because it will be hot, let the sponge cool down and thoroughly dry before using it again. Fruits and veggies seem like a healthy no brainer, but they can be covered in dangerous pesticides. Here's a list of the some of the worst culprits, in order from worst to bad: peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, grapes, and pears. Buying local or organic produce is the safer alternative, but you should still wash off them off before

cooking or eating. Fortunately, you can drastically reduce your exposure to pesticides and bacteria found on produce with a thorough vinegar and water wash. Experts found that a white vinegar and water wash kills 98% of bacteria and removes pesticides. Mix 3 parts water to 1 part white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray on fruits and veggies to get rid of pesticide residue. Rinse with water after spraying. Or simply soak the produce for a few minutes in a bowl of water with 1/8 to 1/2 cup of vinegar, and then rinse with water. Your floor: you may not hang out there much, but your kids do and you'll be floored to find out what you're probably spreading around every time you clean it. The active chemicals in many common floor cleaners are chemicals that are known toxins. Two of the worst actors, 2-butoxyethanol and methoxyethoxy ethanol have been linked to many birth defects as well as short-term problems like nose and throat irritation and headaches. Kick the bucket and look for nontoxic floor cleaners. While most companies don't list ingredients on their labels, producers of natural, nontoxic stuff usually brag about it in really large type. Try using microfiber rags with a good nontoxic floor cleaner and you've got ready to eat off of, couldn’t be cleaner, floors. The best part is: no buckets, no water to lug around, nothing to wring out, just one lightweight mop that incidentally can go in the washing machine. The average adult is exposed to 120 chemicals every day by using personal care products. Yikes! You already probably know about the toxic chemicals in the products you use to clean your bathroom. And you know how inhaling these products can be really bad for you. Add hot water and things get worse. The steam from the water opens up your pores, creating an open-door policy for all those toxins to just come in and join the bloodstream. Your morning routine probably exposes you to well over 100 chemicals. While cosmetics companies are required to list all ingredients on product labels, the government doesn't require standardized tests for the chemicals in those products. Yet over 800 chemicals used in personal care products are known to be toxic. When you shower, shampoo, maybe add conditioner, shave, and do your facial routine, the chemicals may enter your system. Learn to scrutinize your product labels the way you would food labels. You are non-toxic and biodegradable. Deep down your home wants to be that way too. Judith Tobal Betesh has been mixing her love for the arts, health & nutrition, and writing for years. Follow her blog www.elvirasallnatural.blogspot.com for all things health and beauty related.

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You Are What You Eat Blueberries

Blueberries are packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants work to neutralize free radicals — unstable molecules linked to the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s. When selecting berries, note that the darker they are, the more anti-oxidants they have. Blueberries are also anti-inflammatory, and inflammation is a key driver of all chronic diseases. In just one serving, you can get almost 25 percent of your daily requirement of Vitamin C which aids the formation of collagen and helps maintain healthy gums and capillaries. It also promotes iron absorption and a healthy immune system. A handful of blueberries can help you meet your daily fiber requirement, keeping your heart healthy and your cholesterol in check. Recommended serving is about 1/2 cup every day. Frozen are just as good as fresh.

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Tomatoes Tomatoes are widely known for their outstanding antioxidant content, including, of course, their oftentimes-rich concentration of lycopene. Tomatoes do not have to be a deep red color to be an outstanding source of lycopene. New studies show tomato lycopene (and other tomato antioxidants) strengthens bones and may decrease the risk of osteoporosis. Intake of tomatoes has long been linked to heart health. Fresh tomatoes and tomato extracts have been shown to help lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. In addition, tomato extracts have been shown to help prevent clumping together (aggregation) of platelet cells in the blood - a factor that is especially important in lowering risk of heart problems like atherosclerosis. In a recent South American study of 26 vegetables, tomatoes and green beans came out best in their antiaggregation properties.

Chocolate Dark chocolate has a low glycemic index — the measure of a food’s impact on blood sugar levels. This means that eating chocolate, will not cause your blood sugar to spike and then crash. Dark chocolate and cocoa are particularly high in the antioxidants called flavanols. Flavanols have been shown to stimulate the production of nitric oxide, a key gas inside artery walls that relaxes and widens arteries, allowing for the easy flow of blood and reduced blood pressure. Two tablespoons of natural cocoa have more antioxidant capacity than four cups of green tea, 1 cup of blueberries and one and half glasses of red wine.

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Beauty Tips By Esty Saadia

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Tip 1: To get rid of under eye circles, darkness or puffiness, skip the cream concealer and opt for a brightener or illuminator to diffuse and reflect light.

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Tip 2: For imperfections like breakouts, scars and sunspots, look for a cream concealer in an exact skin match. Tip 3: When using cream concealer for maximum coverage, don’t use your fingers, because it will deposit natural oils and thin out the coverage. Instead, pat product on skin with a synthetic-bristle concealer brush then blend away any visible edges. Tip 4: To camouflage redness often caused by rosacea or acne, use a green corrective concealer. To cover blue or purple under the eyes or over veins, use a peach corrective concealer.

Tip 5: If you use a liquid or cream foundation, apply concealer afterwards so that it doesn’t get moved around or sheered out. If you use a powder foundation, apply concealer first so it sets in place. Tip 6: Always use a primer first if applying concealer to an area with fine lines or wrinkles. Otherwise, over time the concealer will settle into the skin and draw more attention to the wrinkles. Tip 7: If you’re looking to get more for your money, you can also apply cream concealer to lids as an eye base and to lips to neutralize the natural liptone before applying color to get a true shade payoff. Esty Saadia is a freelance makeup artists. Her technique is referred to as elegant & sophisticated She’s known for her ability to enhance with minimal makeup & create a luminous, fresh look. 718-419-1848

Layered Bow

Tutorial Estreya Mograby Babies ‘N Bows Photography Sofia Saka

Instructions: 1. Cut strips of ribbon to desired length (shown: 10”). Cut as many strips as you want the bow stacked with. 2. For each strip, bring the ends together and sew down the middle. 3. Stack the ribbons forming a bow shape. Sew them together in the middle. 4. Add an embellishment to the center of the bow or wrap a ribbon around the middle.

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Crafts What you need: Picture frame Spray paint Ribbon Scissors Glue gun

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Tutorials Margalit Romano Photography

Instructions: Maggie Mograby 1. Wipe away any dust or dirt from the frame. 2. In a well ventilated area (outside is best) spray paint your frame. 3. Allow the first coat of paint to dry and repeat with at least another coat. 4. After frame is painted and completely dry, arrange ribbons in desired pattern to hold your bows. 5. Turn frame face down and glue ribbon to the back of the frame. Make sure ribbons are pulled tightly or they will not hold bows correctly. 6. Clip your bows onto the ribbons!

Headband Holder

1. Cut fabric to fit around a container wide enough to hold headbands. (Shown: family size Clorox Wipes- this is a good size for elastic headbands, but hard headbands will need something wider.) Containers that open can be used to store barettes and other accessories. 2. Paint Mod Podge onto container. 3. Starting with one edge of the fabric (pattern facing you) apply fabric to container. Smooth out any bumps by pulling the fabric tightly around the container. Add additional mod podge as needed. 4. After fabric is dry, add Fray Edge to the edges of your fabric so that it does not fray over time.

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5. Using your hot glue gun, add a fabric flower or any other embellishment to the top of your container.


Shrinky Dink Charm Necklace This project is great because it is easy, inexpensive, and the supplies can be found right in your kitchen! What you need: Clear square plastic containers (There should be the number 6 in the recycle arrows found at the bottom) Hole punch Scissors Permanent markers Drinking straws Beads (optional) String/ yarn/ elastic Aluminum foil Instructions: 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees 2. Cut out shapes from the flat sides of the container. Shapes will shrink to 1/3 of its original size. Pointed edges become sharp after the plastic is baked. All edges should be slighted curved. 3. Color your plastic with permanent marker. Make designs, write your name, and get creative! 4. Hole punch the top of your charm. 5. Place decorated charms onto aluminum foil and bake in

oven for about 90 seconds. (you may need slightly more or less time depending on size of charm. 6. Allow charms to cool. 7. Decorate and color your drinking straws with permanent markers. 8. Cut straws to desired size. 9. Create a jewelry masterpiece by stringing all the beads and charms onto a necklace! • To prevent markers from staining little hands, coat with thin layer of hand lotion!

Margalit of Swirly Curls Art, uses nontraditional techniques and materials She teaches art classes for kids, and writes a blog dedicated to DIY.


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Shabbat Games

Just For Kids

By Yvette Miller

Shabbat is my favorite day. When else do we get a chance to disengage from the world of work, and take a break from all the screen time that permeates our modern lives? For one day each week, my family and I eschew e-mail, video games, instant messaging, iPods, iPads, iPhones, and everything else that clutters up our days and makes us feel hectic during the week. Instead, like countless Jews before us, we experience Shabbat as a day of holiness, relaxation and togetherness. Shabbat offers us a time to connect with our friends, with our spouses, with our children, in a direct, visceral way. Without electronic stimulation or distraction. Face to face. Games and other fun activities can help us to relate to one another in fun, new ways. Here is a list of some entertaining Shabbat activities to get you started. Genius Select a short poem, story or Torah passage. (To give this game a Shabbat feel, try to keep your selections within a Jewish theme.) Who can memorize the most in five minutes? Prepare, then have a contest to see who can repeat verbatim the most text with the fewest mistakes. Invent a Story Did you know that Mary Shelley wrote her famous novel Frankenstein as the result of a bet? The year was 1816, and Mary was on vacation in Switzerland with her good friends, the poets Lord Byron and Percy Shelley. (Mary Shelley was Mary Godwin at the time; she married Percy Shelley later that year.) These three amazing writers decided to have a contest to see who could write the best horror story during their trip. (Frankenstein won.) Writing things down is of course prohibited on Shabbat, but telling long stories is a fun way

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to enjoy spending time with others. Take turns. Try giving each person ten minutes to make up a story. To give this game a Shabbat feel, have a rule that there must be a Jewish element in your story (for instance, it could take place in a Jewish home on Shabbat, or could be about people at a Passover Seder, etc.). Have a vote at the end to determine which was the funniest, the most uplifting, the saddest, the happiest, etc. Song Title Challenge Take turns challenging each other to think of a song about a particular topic. (You can make a challenge only if you yourself can think of one.) For instance, one person might challenge the other players to think of a song about sunshine (“You Are My Sunshine”) or King David (“David Melech Yisrael”). Try to get obscure to stump the other players. Do keep in mind, though, as you play this, that Shabbat is a day to elevate ourselves. Try to choose songs that are uplifting and wholesome, rather than the opposite! Jewish Shopping List This is a well-known children’s game, but with a Jewish twist. One player starts, saying, “I went to the store, and I bought . . .” They then choose something Jewish that starts with A. It could be a Jewish food, a Jewish ritual item, etc. For some turns you’ll really have to stretch, and that’s okay. For instance, “I went to the store and I bought an Afikomen (the matzah we eat at the end of the Passover Seder).” The next player then adds something starting with B. For instance: “I went to the store and I bought an Afikomen, and a Jewish book.” The next player adds something starting with C, for instance “carrot tzimmes.” Keep going around and around, and adding one new item each time. This game quickly gets challenging as each player struggles to remember the growing list. Association Sit in a circle. One person starts by saying a word. The person on their left then says the first word that pops into their mind (for instance, “swimming” after hearing the word “sea”). The person on their left then says the first word they think of, and so on. Some initial words you might like to try include “miracle,” “Jewish,” “G‑d,” “Israel” or “Holy.”


Jewish Talk Show This is a nice activity to do with family, particularly if there is more than one generation present. So often, we don’t think to ask our parents and grandparents about their childhoods, or don’t think to convey our formative experiences to our children and grandchildren, even though talking about our families in this way can bring us closer. To play, choose somebody to act as host, and one or two people to act as guests on the show. Everyone else is the audience. The host introduces a Jewish topic (say, Hebrew school, or their family’s religious life, or their thoughts about being Jewish), and questions his or her guests about it. Ideally, you can get an interesting discussion going about each “guest’s” life, their experiences, and their thoughts. After ten minutes or so, switch so there are new guests and a new host. Marathon Shabbat Chat This game can be silly, but it can also be fun. Get a cup of ice cubes ready. Then choose a topic. Some ideas might include favorite Jewish subjects to study, favorite Jewish activities, or what you think are the most rewarding aspects of your family’s religious life.) Choose somebody to go first, and hand them an ice cube. See if they can talk, staying on-topic, without repeating themselves, until the ice cube melts. Then choose a second person to go, hand them an ice cube, and continue around the room. Who am I? This is best played with a lot of people. One person is selected to leave the room for a few minutes. While they are absent, the remaining players agree on a famous person. To put a Jewish spin on this game, try keeping your selections to well-known figures in Jewish history or Jewish life. When the player who left the room returns, they have five minutes to guess the identity of the famous person, asking only yes or no questions. If they can successfully identify the famous person in that time limit, they win. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Yvette Alt Miller, Ph.D. is a mother and adjunct professor of Political Science living in Chicago. She is the author of “Angels at the Table: A Practical Guide to Celebrating Shabbat” (Continuum 2011). Reprinted with permission from TheJewishWoman.org, a project of The Judaism Website, www.Chabad.org.

Kids’ Corner Couldron Bubbles Materials: • clear glasses • water • oil • salt • sugar • sand

Instructions: 1. Check with an adult before you begin. 2. Fill a glass half full of water. Add about a half-inch of oil. The oil will float on top because it is less dense than the water. 3. Pour in some salt. What do you see? When you pour in the salt, it brings a bubble of oil down with it. The salt and the oil together are more dense than the water, so they sink. When the salt dissolves in the water, the oil floats back to the top because now it is less dense than the water. 4. See if you can make cauldron bubbles with different materials. Try sugar and sand. Make predictions about what you think will happen with each different material.

Color Symphony Materials: • disposable cups • 3 different bottles of food coloring • milk • white glue • dishwashing detergent

Instructions: 1. Pour the milk into a bowland let it warm up a little on the counter. It’ll work better if it’s not cold. 2. Add drops of food coloring into the milk a triangle or square pattern. 4. Put a drop of soap in the middle of the food coloring design and watch the colors move. Cool, huh? Milk has fat in it and the soap breaks up the fat. The food coloring swirls into the places where the fat used to be. 5. Try this with glue instead of milk. Soap also prevents glue from sticking together. If you let the glue harden, you can cut away the cup and you have a colored disk.

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