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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Winner and Purim Recap!

I feel like I'm saying this a lot lately:)

The winner of the Ella giveaway is MELISSA, of the comment below:
Melissa said...

Cute layouts! I've been meaning to scrap one of those "day in the life of" pages.

Melissa, email me at keshet.shenkar@gmail.com and I'll send you your ebook info!

In other news, Purim was super fun!

It began with a lot of baking....

[my fave chocolate chip cookie recipe, found serendipitously on the Shoprite chocolate chip bag]

A lot of shalach manos preparation....

FYI, shalach manos are gift baskets that we give to family and friends on Purim. I make around 30 to 40, so that we give to whoever comes by and do our deliveries without having to count. I included candies, a note (stamped with Studio Calico stamps) and a little chocolate chick (more on that later).

I lucked out finding these barnyard boxes on Amazon:

As for the cake pops, that was a very LONG and harrowing saga.

Suffice it to say they are not *quite* as easy as they look. At least not to me;) After much frustration (the fact that my apartment was about 9,425 degrees was not helping) I decided to make little sitting chicks instead of cake pops.

The result was less gourmet than I had hoped, but people seemed to be able to identify them as chicks:

I affectionately referred to them as my little freakazoids.

And here is one little guy, in his treat bag:

While S and I didn't totally match the theme, let alone matching each other, we still achieved a harmonious balance between Minnie Mouse/Stepford Wife (I was torn) and a farmer:

We had a bunch of my high school friends over for the Purim feast, along with a couple in our building.

In honor of the barnyard theme, some guests came impersonating American Gothic (and looking very serious:))

And we got some fun (and some crazy) group shots with the camera self-timer. Loving all the costumes. These are some of my best friends in the world, who I met in high school--and I love that we can still enjoy "old times" miles away from home.

We talked and ate and laughed for almost 5 hours, and it was so much fun.

All in all, a wonderful Purim!

What's YOUR go-to costume?


  1. How fun! I love the shalach manos! And Esther is one of my favorite books of the O.T-though I am not jewish by faith (my grandfather and his family are jewish by blood) I too, Praise God for saving the nation of Israel through Esther-"who knows whether you have attained royalty for such a time as this?" Esther 4:14b

  2. Looks like fun. I have no idea what my go-to costume is! I guess I need to do more dressing up!

  3. That looks like such a great time! And I've been so tempted to try making those cake pops, but just knew it would turn into one of those projects that is harder than they make it seem. ;)

  4. looks like you guys had a blast. and those chicks are the cutest!

  5. Great photos, looks like you all had a wonderful time and as for the freakazoids.....I personally think they were super cute!!!

  6. Looks like you had loads of fun!
    We celebrated Purim twice this year- for shushan purim we went to Jerusalem. My husband and I were dressed up as local zoo employees and we each had a pet- our daughter was a kangaroo, complete with a kangaroo doll in her pouch and a tail and ears and our son was a puppy, a costume I sewed last year for his eldest sister. Both of the kids costumes were hand sewed by me!!! We got many compliments! Our Mishloach Manot was made of home baked chocolate chip cookies and dried fruit assembled nicely in a bag with a tag.
    Well... Purim's over and now starts the fun of cleaning for Pesach!
    I'm sure I'm going to find treasures along the way...
    Have you started cleaning?
    I wish I had time for scrapbooking!!!

  7. Those little chick cakes turned out great! Looks like a great time!!!

  8. Minnie Mouse/Stepford Wife? hahahahha.... you crack me up, Keshet! you're sooooooo cute!

  9. Sounds like a fun day.
    Your little chicks are cute. My daughter wants to try and make those cake pops.

  10. awesome pics and I love your costume. My go to costume is a cowgirl. If youre wearing jeans and a tee shirt (and I usually am) and you add a a cowboy hat, presto youre a cowgirl

  11. Awesome job with the chicks :) and I love your costume too!! I don't think I have a go-to costume, although my husband and kids tease that if we put braids in my hair along with wearing a black dress and stern face, I could be Wednesday from the Addamms Family, hehe!! :)

  12. I taught cake balls to a church group (teenage girls) and we had varying amounts of success with ours. Yours are cute!

  13. Now that looks like fun!!

    I have that apron too! So cute. :)

  14. Oh how fun!! And yum on the cookies-those look delicious!

  15. Looks like you guys had an amazing time - love how the cake chicks worked out!

  16. Looks like so much fun! You are too cute! love the cake chicks!

  17. Looks awesome Keshet. And I love your little cake pop chicks! xxx


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