Friday, February 15, 2013

Recipe: Cheater No Braid Challah

Think you can't make Challah? It's hard, it's messy, and it takes all day, right? Nope. Not if you know my secret.  I make perfect challah every time without the mess. It's better than store bought and is so very, very easy! You don't even need to know how to braid it. I call this Cheater Challah.

easy no braid challah recipe

Cheater Challah

Frozen yeast dinner rolls 
Vegetable oil
1 egg
Toasted sesame seeds

Place 18 frozen dough balls in a lightly greased loaf pan. Cover with waxed paper and let it defrost and rise for  4-6 hours. (This is the hardest part. You do need to remember to set it out ahead of time, but you can do this). After it has risen, lightly coat the dough with egg wash. Sprinkle sesame seeds on the top. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 30 minutes. 

polish pottery fresh baked bread loaf

There you have it freshly baked challah that everyone will love! And it's so easy you can make it every single week. Shabbat Shalom!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Regal Loves: Science Birthday Edition

This weekend my big girl turns 10. Double digits. Oh my! She decided that she wanted to have a science party at our house. Oh my my!

I'm going completely mental with thoughts of scientific formulas, exploding experiments, and how not to stain the hardwood floors. So for this week's Regal Loves, let's take a look at all things scientific.

I love the retro feel of this Chemistry Print by John W. Golden. 

And as a minor in biology, this shirt by foultshirts would be perfect for me. And my girlie would totally dig it to.

I am completely blown away by the embroidery art by Cheese Before Bedtime. This one is called Party Girls, and it is a perfect depiction of what I hope our party looks like.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Retro Storytime: Tell Me a Riddle

I  am delighted to start a new series, the Retro Storytime, here on the blog. It's a virtual story time, and everyone is invited. I'll be sharing my favorite vintage picture books from our book collection.

To get things started, I'd like to share a riddle book that has some really outstanding illustrations. The riddles can be a bit off at times, but I've picked out my favorites to share with you. And it's all about the pictures today!

cat in a birdcage

lion and monkeys reading illustration
You know it's going to be pretty silly when monkeys are pulling a lion's tail, and playing jump rope!

teepee and american indian vintage illustration
 What do you take when it rains? Shelter. 
Who couldn't love this thief?

What wig covers the head but is never worn? A wigwam. 
Love that teepee!

elephant and asian indian vintage illustration
 What's the worst weather for rats and mice? When it's raining cats and dogs.
When is an elephant heavier than an elephant? When it's led. 
Of course!

Where would you find an elephant? It's not easy to lose one, it's so big.
What country are children happiest in? Lapland. 
My fav-o-rite! Are you seeing his cowboy hat and cap gun? Too cute.

When is a thief lazy? When he takes it easy.
Hehehe. Even robbers need to take it easy sometimes.

What pies will you never find in a baker's oven? Magpies. 
Oh yes!

Why did the llama look over the fence? Because he couldn't look through it. 
Love a lovely llama with a baseball cap and pennant!

There are lots more knee slappers inside this book, so if you want to get your own copy, here are the details for today's book:

Tell Me a Riddle 
Edited by Dana Bruce 
Illustrated by Frank Elkin 
Copyright 1966

I hope you enjoyed the first installment of Retro Storytime! 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Regal Loves: Mini Embroidery Hoop

by The Creative Muster
The tiniest wooden embroidery hoops ever! Measuring just one wee inch, these would make the sweetest vintage fabric necklaces.


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