Cinnamon Chip Cookie Mix

Dear Sis,

The holidays are quickly approaching! Over the past few years, I’ve learned that most cookies don’t ship well. This year I thought I’d send mix instead, so the cookies will be fresh instead of broken, stale, and flavor warped by neighboring cookie flavors.

Cinnamon Chip Shortbread Cookie Mix
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Ingredients
  1. 1 qt. mason jar
  2. 1 3/4 c unbleached flour
  3. 1/2 c cornstarch
  4. 1/2 c powdered sugar
  5. 1/4 t salt
  6. 1 c cinnamon chips
Instructions
  1. Whisk together dry ingredients. Pour into clean qt jar. Top with cinnamon chips. Replace lid and band.
  2. Decorate as desired. Printable instructions available.
Notes
  1. Gluten Free Option: Replace unbleached flour with 3/4 c rice flour, 1/2 c potato starch, and 1/2 c tapioca starch.
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Printable Cinnamon Chip Shortbread Baking Instructions

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Rosh Hashanah Dinner

Dear Sis,

Our dinner was a success! I think I’ve had enough pomegranate until next year:)

Honey Apple Challah
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 c warm water
  2. 1 egg + 1 yolk
  3. 6 T honey
  4. 1 T olive oil
  5. 1 t vanilla
  6. 1 t salt
  7. 4 c bread flour
  8. 1 T dry active yeast
Apples Filling
  1. 1 granny smith apple
  2. 1/4 c sugar
  3. 1 t lemon juice
Egg Wash
  1. 1 egg white
  2. 1 T water
Instructions
  1. Place wet and dry ingredients in a bread machine in the order they appear, placing yeast on top. Manually program bread machine: 2 pound loaf, first rise 40 minutes, second rise 30 minutes, no shaping, or baking.
  2. Peel, and finely dice apple. Toss with sugar and lemon juice, set aside.
  3. Divide dough into four equal portions. Shape dough into long ropes. Flatten into strips and place bits of diced apple in the center of each length of dough. Reshape dough into ropes around apples. Braid into a round loaf. Use the link below as a reference if you aren't sure how to go about it. Transfer loaf to a parchment lined baking sheet. Rise 30 minutes.
  4. Whisk together egg and water and brush over loaf. Dust with coarse sugar if desired. Bake at 350. 20 minutes. Brush with another coat of egg wash. Tent with foil, to prevent over browning, and return to oven 20 - 25 minutes.
  5. Tap bottom of loaf to test doneness. Should sound hallow. Cool on wire rack before serving.
Adapted from Tori Avery
Adapted from Tori Avery
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How to Braid a Round Challah

Roast Fowl with Apple Stuffing
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. whole chicken or duck
Stuffing
  1. 1 lb. ground turkey
  2. 2 green apples
  3. 1/2 c breadcrumbs
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1/2 t marjoram
  6. salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Peel, core, and chop apples.
  3. Mix apple, crumbs, egg, and marjoram into ground turkey to create stuffing.
  4. Remove neck and giblets from fowl. Place in a roasting pan and pack check cavity with stuffing. Dust skin with salt and pepper.
  5. Cover and Bake 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and bake 2 hours more. Rest 30 minutes before serving.
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New Fruits for the New Year Salad
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 6 c arugula
  2. seeds of 1 pomegranate
  3. 1 apple, diced
  4. 1/2 red onion, minced
  5. 4 dry dates, diced
  6. 1/4 c walnuts, coarsely crushed
Dressing
  1. 1/2 c olive oil
  2. 3 T red wine vinegar
  3. 2 T lemon juice
  4. 1 1/2 T honey
  5. 1 T minced garlic
  6. 1 1/2 t salt
  7. 1/2 t pepper
Instructions
  1. Place arugula in a salad bowl or individual dishes and top with fruit and nuts.
  2. Place dressing ingredients in a pint jar and shake to combine before each use.
Adapted from Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller
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After our meal, we greeted the New Year with the tradition of apples dipped in honey and watched a Youtube video featuring shofar blasts🙂

Pomegranate Fudge
Serves 16
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Ingredients
  1. 4 c Quality Chocolate chips of preferred variety (I like 2 1/2 c Milk chocolate, 1/2 c semi-sweet, and 1 c dark)
  2. 1 (14.5 oz) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  3. 1/4 c Pomegranate Molasses
  4. 1 t salt
  5. Pomegranate seeds (opt)
Instructions
  1. Line a square pan with parchment in both directions, so that fudge will lift out easily once set.
  2. Melt together chocolate, milk, molasses, and salt in a double boiler, stirring occasionally until smooth. Pour and spread into prepared pan. Press pomegranate seeds into fudge as desired. Cool at room temperature until set. Cut just before serving.
Notes
  1. Store fudge wrapped in parchment. Fudge lasts until it begins to dry out. However, fruit topped fudge lasts only for the day it is made.
Adapted from Honest & Tasty
Adapted from Honest & Tasty
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Pomegranate Molasses Recipe

Rosh Hashanah Party Favors

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Asparagus Sweet Potato Stir Fry

Dear Sis,

Tonight I made a dish Mr. Baby and I can both eat. He prefers when my food is his food and his food is my food! No more purees for my big boy:)

Asparagus Sweet Potato Stir Fry
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Ingredients
  1. 4 chicken tenderloins, chopped
  2. 1 T avocado oil
  3. 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
  4. 1/2 c chicken stock
  5. 1/2 lb. frozen chopped asparagus
  6. salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and stir until nearly cooked through.
  2. Add sweet potato and stock. Cover and boil 10 minutes.
  3. Add asparagus and cook until thawed.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Adapted from Primavera Kitchen
Adapted from Primavera Kitchen
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Handpainted Yarn

Hi Sis,

Yesterday, I tried hand painting yarns for the very first time! I had some stained old wool that was perfect for the project! 

Step 1: Soak the wool in water and vinegar… (I used 1 tablespoon citric acid per hank) for at least 30 minutes.

Step 2: Make your counter dye proof. I laid down a trash bag, and then put plastic wrap on top. The plastic wrap is important, as you are going to wrap up your yarn inside of it for the steaming part, so make sure you put the plastic wrap down.

Step 3: Start painting your yarn. There are no rules here, have fun!

Step 4: Roll up your yarn. By rolling it, you are treating it like a cinnamon roll. The plastic wrap will get rolled with the yarn. Make sure your ends and sides are sealed

Step 5: Steam your yarn for 45 – 60 minutes. I used a canning rack to steam mine.

Step 6: Dry

Step 7: Rewrap your hanks so they are picture perfect. lol

A perfect color combo for a cute little boy in our lives!

 

Love, 

Jamiegoof

 

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Pomegranate Molasses

Dear Sis,

One of the ingredients I need for our Rosh Hashanah dinner later this week is Pomegranate Molasses. It was the firs time I’d ever heard of it. We are an hour and a half away from a specialty store that stocks it, it is too expensive to express ship in, so I checked to see how it was made. It turns out it is really easy to make!

Pomegranate Molasses
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Ingredients
  1. 4 c pomegranate juice
  2. 2/3 c granulated sugar
  3. 1/3 c lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar dissolves, then stir every quarter hour as cooking down.
  2. Cook until reduced to a thin syrup; 1 1/4 - 1 c. Store in a glass jar up to 4 weeks.
Notes
  1. We are using it in a fudge recipe, but pomegranate molasses is more commonly used to flavor meats or salad dressings.
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Rosh Hashanah Favors

Dear Sis,

Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) is on the 20th! We are hosting a dinner for the occasion with our Landlady, Miss Julie and her husband. These are the favors:)

Materials

Small Containers Honey & Cellophane Bags to hold them

Sweet New Year Printable & Coordinating Card Stock

Yellow Marker (if you don’t have a color printer)

Paper Crafting Adhesive of choice

Thin Ribbon

Tools

Paper Cutter & Scoring Board

Scissors & Hole Punch

Assembly

  1. Print Sweet New Year Tags. Color bees yellow, if you don’t have a color printer.
  2. Cut tags on cutting lines. Cut coordinating card stock in 5×3 inch pieces.
  3. Score at 2 1/2 inches. Adhere bee tags to card fronts.
  4. Fold, punch, write personal message, and tie to honey filled bags with ribbon.

L’Shana Tova,

b

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