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Sheitels And Strollers Mergers With Primetime Parenting

It has been a year since I started to blog about my life as a kosher foodie mom raising a family in New York. With two blogs running parallel lives, I’ve decided to move all of my Sheitels and Strollers content into Primetime Parenting.

Please come on over and continue the conversation, which always has something to do with kosher food, fun, frugal finds, and forty-plus parenting in “primetime”.

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Great Kosher Foodie Find in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Things have been pretty busy over here and I haven’t had a chance to update this blog since I my trip to Florida last month. You can see how much fun we had on Hutchinson Island, Florida in my recent post on Travelingmom.com  under TravelingKosherMom.

I still have so much to share about our kosher dining experiences at Walt Disney World as well as our meat lunch in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, at David’s East Side Deli. The place was clean and hip. The food was delicious, and the service friendly and fast. I had salad with a huge scoop of tuna fish salad on top, the portion was large and I even took some back to our room in Hutchinson Island, just 40 minutes north of David’s. It was well worth the drive and can be combined with some shopping in the area. This worked well for us because we were visiting family that were styaing literally a block away from the deli. Even though our family does not keep kosher, they loved the great tasting latkas, hamburg, whitefish salad, and hot dogs. 

It was so nice to get rave reviews from our non-kosher foodie family members and I think they will be heading back to David’s again soon, even without us kosher relatives in town.

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Bright Ideas That Won’t Cost Your Family A Lot of Gelt

 

Chanukah Events in the New York Area For Kids

 

I wanted to start a list of some of the Chanukah events I found going on in the New York area this year. This was not easy to do, as most of the events that came up in my search were from last year or even a couple of years before that. I was looking for events specifically for families with small children. If you are single, newly married or thought this list might have more parties, you should definitely check out Bangitout.com.

I tried to find events that were completely free, but there are some events included that aren’t free, but the event looked like a lot of fun so I just had to post it. Chanukah is one of my favorite Jewish holidays.

I’d love to hear if you attended any events from the list below and what you thought about it. If you have an event to post, please share it here!

Sunday, December 6

TEMPLE SHAARAY TEFILA ANNUAL BOOK FAIR

TIME: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

LOCATION: Temple Shaaray Tefila is located at 250 East 79 Street, New York, NY.  We are at the intersection of Second Avenue and East 79 Street.

COST: Monies raised go to support The Children’s Library Fund and The Library Fund.

ACTIVITIES: Books for Gifts, and Gifts for Chanukah!  You’ll find books for children and adults, fiction and non-fiction, Jewish cookbooks, culture, history and more. Judaica gifts, too! 

Sunday, December 13

MENORAH MAKING

TIME: 12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
COST FREE
LOCATION
Central Park, Belvedere Castle, Central Park (Located mid-park at 79th Street), Manhattan
PHONE: (212) 772-0210.

ACTIVITIES Let your holiday spirit (and appetite!) grow while creating your very own edible Hanukkah menorah. This program is part of the Central Park Conservancy’s Winter Holiday Program series. For more information and to view the complete Winter Holiday Programs schedule, please visit www.centralparknyc.org/winterholidays.

HANUKKAHTHON

TIME: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
LOCATION: Children’s Galleries For Jewish Culture, 515 W. 20th Street, Suite 4E
PHONE: 212-924-4500
COST: $8

ACTIVITIES: Exhibitions, treasure hunt, music, prizes. Make Hanukkah lamps out of clay; create large dreidels; design “stained glass” decorations to hang in the window.
http://www.cgjc.org/

CHANUKAH MENORAH LIGHTING

 TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Bay Terrace Shopping Center (upper level next to entrance to movie theater)
PHONE: 718-279-1457
COST: FREE Sponsored by Chabad of Northeast Queens

ACTIVITIES: Huge 18 foot Menorah * Live Music & Dancing * Sizzling Potato Latkes * Raffle * Edible Chanukah Gelt * Be entertained by Keith Leaf the Amazing Fire Juggler. For more information and for a listing of additional Chabad Chanukah activities go to the Chabad of Northeast Queens website, http://www.chabadnortheastqueens.com

 Wednesday, December 16

CHANUKAH ON ICE NYC  

TIME 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.COST: In Advance $22/Adult; $18/Children 3-13,
At the Door 25/Adult; $20/Children 3-13LOCATION: Trump Wollman Rink in Central Park

ACTIVITIES: Now in its third year, Chanukah on Ice NYC is fast becoming a New York Chanukah tradition! On Wednesday, December 16th, with the dramatic New York skyline as a backdrop, Jewish families and singles will converge on Trump Wollman Rink in Central Park for a celebration on skates. Chanukah on Ice features Jewish music, traditional Chanukah refreshments and a giant sparkling Ice Menorah which is lit at the start of the program. In attendance this year at the Menorah Lighting is the popular acapella group Six13, who will serenade the audience with their version of Chanukah classics. The Chabad Centers of upper Manhattan are sponsoring this event, which drew close to 1,000 participants last year
CELEBRATE CHANUKAH AT THE JCC

TIME:10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

COST: Free Member/Free Non-Member

LOCATION: 334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023
PHONE: (646) 505-4444

ACTIVITIES Celebrate the holidays in the lobby of the JCC. Crafts, stories, and more—a free drop-in program for your little one to enjoy.

http://www.jccmanhattan.org

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Tastey Thanksgiving Recipes From Manischewitz Ready To Server Broth. No MSG.

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Manischewitz® the leading brand in specialty kosher foods for over 120 years, brings fresh and exciting news to the broth category with the introduction of their all-natural line of Ready To Serve Broth. Available in three flavors, Chicken, Reduced Sodium Chicken and Beef these delicious broths are debuting just in time for the Fall and Winter Holiday Season. Produced to meet the needs of consumers who are looking for all natural, high quality products, Manischewitz new line of broths are made from a cherished family recipe that includes real kosher chicken and beef, natural spices and vegetables; then slow cooked in small batches to deliver that homemade taste.

These delicious broths hit the supermarket shelves at the perfect time. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, consumers are planning for gatherings with family and friends. Whether they use Manischewitz ready to serve broth as a base for soups or as a key ingredient in holiday recipe favorites, home cooks will realize that NOT all broths are created equal. If you are preparing a kosher Thanksgiving menu I’d love to hear what you will be serving.

“With the soup category on the rise and the broth category up by 11.4%, Manischewitz is delighted to introduce a kosher broth line that is both healthy and delivers exceptional flavor,” says David Rossi, Vice President of Marketing, for The Manischewitz Company. Additionally, as kosher foods continue to gain momentum, the timing is perfect to introduce our broth nationwide.”

Available in both easy to open 14 ounce cans and easy to pour 32 ounce reusable cartons, these wholesome broths can be found in the kosher and soup section of supermarkets nationwide. Suggested retail price for the everyday can is $1.69 and $2.99 for the carton. You can also find them online at kosher.com, your “one click online shop” for everything kosher. Also, be sure to enter your favorite recipes for the 4th Annual Man-O-Manischewitz Cook-Off! Entries will be accepted from September 15, 2009 through January 31, 2010 for a chance to win an all expense paid trip to compete live in New York City on March 18, 2010 and $25,000 in prizes including a state of the art GE Appliances. For contest details log on to www.Manischewitz.com.

Try this new and delicious Moroccan Meatballs with Caramelized Honey Onions dish:

Moroccan Meatballs with Caramelized Honey Onions

 5 Extra Large White Onions, sliced into thin strips 3 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 tsp. cumin 1tsp. curry powder 1tsp. turmeric 1tsp. ground all spice Kosher Salt and ground black pepper to taste 1 tsp. Manischewitz Clover Honey For Meatballs 1 lb ground lamb 1 lb ground chicken or beef 1 egg 1/4 cup Manischewitz Italian Herb breadcrumbs 1tsp. cumin 1 tsp. allspice 2 tsp. dried chives 1 tsp. dried parsley 1 tsp. kosher salt Pinch Ground Black pepper 2 cups Manischewitz Beef Broth ¼ cup raisins

In a large Dutch oven or soup pot, over med-low flame heat the olive oil. Add the onions and all the spices to the oil and mix well. Sauté the onions for about 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the honey and mix well. Adjust the flame to low and cover pot. Mix every minute or two to keep the onions from sticking to bottom of pot. In a large mixing bowl, add the 2 ground meats, egg, Manischewitz Italian Bread crumbs, and all the spices. Mix well. Remove cover from onions and using a slotted spoon take half of the onions and place into separate bowl. Start shaping meatballs that are about the size of small golf balls. Place them gently into pot nestling them into the onions. After placing all the meatballs take the remainder of the onions and cover the meat balls. Increase the flame to medium-low, add the Manischewitz Beef broth and raisins cover pot and cook for about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes remove cover, mix everything gently with a wooden spoon and cook for another 10 minutes or until the broth has reduced to less than a ½ a pot. Remove from flame and let cool slightly before serving meatballs.

Serve meatballs over Jasmine rice. For more recipe ideas from Manischewitz Broth such as Onion-Braised Beef Brisket with Roasted Tomato Gravy, Mushroom Risotto, Baked Turkey Meatloaf, etc. log onto www.manischewitzbroth.com.

About The Manischewitz Company: The Manischewitz Company is a leader in the Kosher Foods category providing delicious, premium specialty ethnic food products ranging from traditional Eastern European selections (Gefilte Fish, Noodles, Matzo Ball Soup, and Borscht) to the most comprehensive Kosher-For-Passover product line globally (Matzos, Cake Mixes, Macaroons, Baking Ingredients to a complete line of grocery products). The company markets well known brands such as, Manischewitz®, Season®, Rokeach®, Guiltless Gourmet®, Horowitz Margareten®, Mishpacha®, Goodman’s®, Mrs. Adler’s®, Mother’s®, Carmel®, Croydon House®, Jason® and Asian Harvest®.

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What Can You Make With a 5 lb. Bag of Idaho Potatoes? Potato Kugel

idaho potatoEvery week on Thursday my husband and have a very special kind of date night, we cook together. This is the only night of the week that we have a chance to actually have a conversation about us.  This is perfect for our schedule because on Thursday night we prepare all of our food for Shabbas. Why don’t we just cook on Shabbas or order a pizza?  The reason why we don’t cook on Shabbos is because G-d created the world in six days and on the seventh day he rested. In Exodus 20:11, after Fourth Commandment is first instituted, G-d explains, “because for six days, the L-rd made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and on the seventh day, he rested; therefore, the L-rd blessed the Sabbath day and sanctified it.” That is why we make all of our food in advance and in order to prevent the last minute rush on Friday afternoon, this is our Thursday night activity.

Tonight we are going to try out a recipe I found at tastebook.com for Bobby’s Famous Potato Kugel. I think the people from Idaho Potato would really like this recipe because it requires a 5 lb. bag of Idaho Potatoes (see complete recipe below). Even if you don’t keep Shabbos, this is a great food item to make a lot of and save  the rest in the freezer, it goes great with everything. I love to mix my food all together, especially brisket and potato kugel.  Do you have a potato kugel recipe that requires more potatoes?

(source  tastebook.com)

Bobby’s Famous Potato Kugel

This recipe is for a full 5 lb. bag of Idaho Potatoes (good for about 15 minutes on a Friday afternoon) 5 Lb. bag of Idaho Potatoes  5 Eggs Oil (about ⅛ of a cup) Salt Garlic Powder Onion Powder Black Pepper Flour (a dash) ¼ Cup Hot water Peel Potatoes and let sit in water (enough to cover the top of the potatoes) in the fridge over night. You will need one large hand grater. Preheat the oven to 3 Heat the oil in the oven, and while the oil is heating up, start grating the potatoes. Once the potatoes are finished, test the oil if it’s hot enough (a drop of potato or water to see if it sizzles). If it’s hot, pour all the oil into the grated potatoes. Next, add the flour and Hot water, and mix. Then add the Salt, Garlic powder, Onion powder, and Pepper to taste. (If you want, instead of onion powder, you can grate a medium sized whole onion instead). Be cautious of how much salt you put in, or mommy will say: “Someone’s in love!!!!” Once, this is done, crack 5 eggs, and mix in, and mix until completely mixed in (about a minute of good mixing) Pour the mixture into the heated up bowl, and place in the oven for about 1.5-2 hours (until the top is browned)

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Shopping At TJ Maxx With The Kids

tjmaxxI was approached by a PR firm to see if I was interested in how many kid friendly and back to school items I could find at TJMaxx and Marshall’s. The good news is that I was given $25.00 to spend in both stores.  The good news is I love shopping at TJ Maxx and Marshall’s, the bad news is that it is hard for me to just spend $25.00. I have never spent less than $100 at either store and I didn’t know what to expect. Not so easy a task with three kids in tow (four, two, and one). I had to plan for eve” shoesry possible situation, so I brought some juice boxes to tide them over so I could quickly search for their “back to school” sneakers since it was something that they really needed (you know how these kids grow out of a new pair of shoes in five seconds). 

We decided to go to the TJ Maxx on New Hyde Park Road near Lake Success and easily accessible from either the LIE or Union Turnpike. As soon as we arrived my kids were already clashing over who would push the stroller with their baby brother in. I knew instantly that this shopping trip would be a very fast one. Then, my four year old daughter said that she “had to make”.  Having been in this prediciment  before at this same store, I knew we had to go through the houseware section to get to the restrooms. I love this section and I always find unique bowels and picture frames.  I also found a turquoise body pillow that was soft and fluffy for $12.99. You should have seen my kids testing out these pillows (yes, they laid down on them right in the middle of the isle) and that is what they wanted.  I’d show you the picture but I had to return it because it was not good for my very allergic husband.

As we were on our way out of the store, my kids spotted the food section. I thought I had it easy because what food would TJ Maxx have that was kosher certified by a symbol (kosher authority) that I knew and trusted? I was pleasantly surprised when I found a couple of cookies (I initially noticed them because of their style of packaging) that I bought for the kids to snack on and as well as a flavored bottle of water drink that my daughter just had to have. The Late July Organic Mini Milk Chocolate Bite Size Sandwich Cookies (kosher OUD) late july organic mini milk chocolatewere very good and chocolaty. Not only is the packaging very colorful, but it features endangered animals and Late July is donating 10% of the profits to the Jane Goodall Institute. The original price was $4 and TJ Maxx had them for $2.99 for a 5 oz box. This is more than I would want to spend on cookies which I don’t even buy anymore because it is easier to just make your own (my husband has an awesome oatmeal cookie recipe). Since %10 of profits donated to the Jane Goodall Institute, it was worth it to me. I could only find one package of these USDA certified organic cookies but they can be found at Whole Foods or latejuly.com. Not to worry, a few inches away I spotted a box of Market Squares Vanilla Circus Cookies. These cookies are all natural and do not contain Trans Fats. A 2 oz package sells for $2 and TJ Maxx sold them for $1.29. Again, these are kosher certified by the cRcD (Chicago Rabbinical Council Dairy). I was originally drawn to this box because of the cover with two lions roaring at each other. No wonder, the owner of the company and his partner have a background in advertising, design and photography. They produce each and every design themselves. These cookies are also very tasty. In fact, Market Square was founded in 1982 by James L. Lockhart and his son David. James L. Lockhart is also a well known wildlife artist and his work can be seen online at Walden Press Museum Editions. market sqaure vanilla animal crackers

I love shopping at TJ Maxx and even though I didn’t find the shoes that I wanted for my kids (this TJ Maxx did not have shoes for kids) we found some yummy organic kosher snacks that had never heard about before. I still have a $20.00 credit because I returned the pillow and I am going to use if for when the Halloween costumes arrive and shop ahead for Purim costumes (Jewish holiday commemorating how G-d performs hidden miracles and we are hidden behind costumes). This holiday is especially fun for kids because they wear costumes to synagogue and school. I will be

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Sukkot Break Is Here, Do You Know What To Do With Your Kids?

At first, I looked at the calendar with eight days home with three kids, four and under as I downed my third cup of coffee. With a very limited entertainment budget to spare, I needed a way to keep my kids happy. I posted my concerns on facebook and the ideas came rolling in from friends also in the same predicament. Things started to look much better and our first activity of the week was a great success and it cost me only $14.                                                                                                                

When my friend suggested that we go to the Queens Zoo, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would it be smelly and overcrowded? Would my kids be able to walk the entire route or would the get kvetchy and fight for the stroller? Everything worked out perfectly, and I have my very professional and mother of five to thank for this. When my two year old almost climbed over the fence to hug the goats, she was there. When my one year old put his bottle back in his mouth after it had dropped on the ground, she was there.

In order to keep this visit to the zoo affordable, bring your own food and drinks. She brought a bagel with cream cheese and red pepper, water bottles, animal cookies, and cucumbers. Those cookies really saved the day when my two year old would not part from the barnyard. I brought juice boxes, whole wheat crackers, and cheese. No matter what I bring, my kids always end up eating what the other kids have in their bags. A special thanks to the moms that have this in mind when they pack their food. Speaking of food, all of the kids loved feeding the sheep, llamas, and goats. You can buy a hand full of grain for fifty cents, just make sure you have quarters because the machine is not sophisticated enough to take nickels and dimes. If you don’t have any change whatsoever, the animals will eat leaves as well. There are some other fun activities to enjoy while at the zoo. Our kids ran round a bit at the Migration Playground. It was a bit too advanced for my one year old because it is high up and there are open areas where he could fall. He knows I get scared when he tries to go down that way, he already has a sense of humor. It was hard to pull the kids away from the playground, this is where the juice boxes and cookies also came in handy.

On our way out, we treated the kids to a ride on the carousel. Originally installed here for the 1964 World’s Fair, this turn-of-the-last-century wood merry-go-round with 64 “jumping” horses (some with flying manes and tails), seven standing horses, a lion and two stand-alone chariots had my kids in awe. This ride is a piece of Jewish history, who would have known? The beautiful wood carvings were created by Lithuanian-born Jewish carver Marcus Charles Illions. He not only created carvings for carousel figures during the early the late 1800s and early 1900s, but he also was known to have created four sets of Ark lions for Brooklyn synagogues. As I found out more information about the history of the carousel, more Jewish names came up; Solomon Stein, Harry Goldstein, and Charles Carmel. These Russian Jewish immigrants used their skills from carving Torah Arks and channeled them into a trade that would provide food for their families in America. To see more images from the exhibition or to purchase a copy of the exhibition catalog, Gilded Lions And Jeweled Horses: The Synagogue to the Carousel, is also available at the American Folk Art Museum. Or call 212-265-1040 or www.folkartmuseum.org. sflamm@folkartmuseaum.org

 

 

 

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