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Chanukah Lollipop Candle Favors

The lollipop is peeking through a cut out in a shape of a flame. I used very thin foam for that. It’s from the dollar store, so it’s indeed very thin. I didn’t intend on using foam originally, but I think it turned out nice this way.

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Little Bear Was Yummy

Little bear was yummy. So he ate it. As for the rest of the lunch……… Maybe he got tired of rice, after 2 days of rice bears and birds, or it got to be too artistic for him. Oh well. The truth is, I do this because it’s therapeutic for me ūüôā Upper tier: Rice pandas with black olives, baby sweet red pepper, green bell pepper. Bottom tier: Plum, apple, cranberries, seitan slices with cream cheese, and the greatest attraction—– The yummy little bear cookie.

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More Toothpick Ideas

Having plenty of toothpicks and more stickers on hand, I had another idea- using the toothpick for educational purposes.

I wrote a letter on one sticker, and drew something very simple that begins with that letter on another sticker, and stick them together on one tip of the toothpick. Also, use the same idea with numbers and dots. Of course, the last idea can’t be taken too far, as there’s just so much room for dots on a small sticker…

But anyway, I think it’s a nice idea for practicing the alphabet and numbers 1-10.


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Rosh Hashanah Toothpicks

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. So I’ll spare you more than 850 ¬†words.¬†

I had some apple stickers, from a teacher’s sticker book I got at the dollar store. I had some more of bears with honey. So it fit just fine. I put one apple sticker on the edge of the toothpick and a honey one on the other side.

A great activity for kids. It’s easy, fun, and can be used with different stickers throughout the year to decorate their meals. Though for working with kids, I’d rather get the cocktail picks, which are thicker and not pointy.

You could probably print out tiny apple and honey jar pictures, and glue them to toothpicks, or wrap a piece of tape around them. 



That’s it! All done!

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Shofar Cookie Cutter Tutorial

Few years ago I was thinking about making my own cookie cutters. However, the only tutorial I could find was one using a copper strip, which gets to be pretty expensive nowadays. After a while I’ve found a tutorial about making a cookie cutter from an aluminum pan, but to be honest- ¬†I didn’t have a great idea for a cookie cutter to bother with it.¬†“Timing is in everything”. ¬†

I guess the time has come for me to make a cookie cutter.
(For the tutorials that inspired me, go here: http://blog.jugglingfrogs.com/2007/10/make-your-own-cookie-cutter-from-clip.html  and here: http://whatscookingamerica.net/PegW/CookieCutters.htm

My Tutorial is the take-as-many-shortcuts-as-possible way…)

Without further ado- to the tutorial!

What you need:

Aluminum pan or a (very) heavy duty aluminum foil


A ruler

 A small piece of aluminum foil


1) Draw a simple shofar on a paper (no fancy curly yemenite shofar- the simpler, the better!)




2) Cut a strip of the aluminum pan. I used a used, pareve pan ¬†that I didn’t mind letting go of. The pan is pretty strong. I’m sure some thick aluminum foil would also work well. The pictures feature a strip taken from the long side of the pan, which gives a thinner cutter.¬†

The strip was about 12”x2” (about 30 cm. x 5 cm.)




3) Fold the long cut sides about 1/4” towards the middle.Be very careful as the edges are sharp! I used a ruler to help with folding. After folding it on the ruler, I flattened the fold with the ruler.






4) Fold the strip in half so the long (now folded) cut sides meet. 



5) Flatten the folded side so it’ll be easier to cut the cookie dough.



6) Start shaping the cookie cutter. Put the strip on the drawing with the thinner, ¬†flattened side, touching the drawing. Mold the strip to shape, following the lines on the drawing. Don’t worry, it’ll come together! Just keep shaping it until the strip meets the other end. Look at the shape from the side that was touching the drawing- that the side that’ll cut the cookie dough, so make sure you find that side to your liking.



7) Let it overlap about 1/2”, and cut the the rest of the strip.¬†



8 ) Secure with a small strip of aluminum foil, folded in half lengthwise. Wrap it around the ends and press. 

Turn the cookie cutter over, and take a look on the bottom side, the side that will cut the cookie. Make sure it’s to your liking.


9) You’re done! Cut the cookies, bake and enjoy!

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