(Review) Tropics in the Big City of New York

vita coco kids

Contributed by Lauren Finkelstein of Save1person.org

Prime Time Parenting sent this mommy blogger and world saver (www.Save1person.org) on another delightful and fun adventure in New York City. I was sent to scout out the best coconut drink for kids.

Lauren Finkelstein of save1person.org

Lauren Finkelstein of save1person.org

Recently, I was in the Dominican Republic on a short holiday. And one thing I love about the tropics is when the locals come around with a coconut and cut it in front of you, and serve you the coconut water. It’s delicious. Who knew there’s a company that makes a drink like this for city folk too.

Vita Coco makes such a drink. I went to their event promoting their new kid drink Vita Coco Kids, and I served it to my son and he gave it the thumbs up: healthy, tasty, and filling. Who knew the tropics could be as close as Target or Amazon. If you want a taste of the Caribbean without leaving your house, you may want to check out Vita Coco or Vita Coco for Kids.

The story behind Vita Coco is fantastic, you’ve got to read it. Bring the tropics to you and your kids, check out where you can find Vita Coco kids and why it is so good for your entire family!

Keep up with Vita Coco Kids on facebook too!

Disclaimer. This was not a paid post. Prime Time Parenting was sent to find out more about this product in order to write this review.

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Finding Myself Friday: Food for Thought

sweet_up_event-1-2 organizers and judges
This past week was very busy and full. It started off with the very first Kosher Cupcake Bake-off, an event that I co-produced with SweetUP partner Abbey Wolin (Not2shabbey.com), Breezy Beckerman (breezyny.com), and Beth Rosen (Chicagonista.com and 4KeysMedia.com). Thank you all for making things happen. Event planning can be very stressful and tiring, especially for parents also working full-time and taking care of young children. Family is first, and being a mother and wife are my top priorities. I am so thankful that my husband and children gave me the extra five minutes, which often became fifty, while working on this event.

Once everything came together at Breezy’s beautiful store in Cedarhurst, NY, and over 100 people from just a few streets away to as far as New Jersey filled the room, I remembered why I work so hard on these events. The end result is always good. This event, an idea that came from the talented Beth Rosen, came to fruition in just five weeks. These things only happen when every member of the team is contributing what little extra time they have to make things happen. All of our time was donated to create this event and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Achiezer Hurricane Sandy Fund.

It was so nice to see the tremendous support from the community, which was a mixture of foodies, friends, and fans of everything cupcakes. Our special MC for the afternoon was Jamie Geller. In addition to being a mom of five children, she is the founder of the Kosher Media Network, Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller Magazine & JoyofKosher.com. Even though Jamie now lives in Israel with her family, she takes frequent trips to the USA for speaking engagements and press events. We were thrilled to have Jamie join our other impressive panel of judges including, Bobbie Lloyd, President and Operating Partner, Magnolia Bakery; Alessandra Rovati, an Italian food writer and lecturer and founder of dinnerinvenice.com; and Tamar Genger MA, RD Director of Digital Media for Kosher Media Network and Executive Editor for JoyofKosher.com. There was no shortage of sweet treats at the event, but I also want to thank Esti from Fruit Platters and More for supplying a beautiful platter of fresh fruit. She also donated the pomegranate seeds that our contestant used during the competition. Also, just as important, was the hip tunes sound system donated by the fab DJ Ben Black.

Check out some of the photos of the event from Lia Jay Photography and Heidi Schwartz.

The contestants were incredibly talented at their trade! They included Melissa Kaye of lilmisscakes.com, Faige Goldner of cupofcakenj.com, Michelle Goodman Frohlich of cakeabite.com, and Shira Perlman of DelightfullySweet.com. They all produced some of the most amazing looking, and tasting cucpakes, I have ever had. All of these cupcakes, from cake to frosting, were dairy free. Part of the fun in this event was the element of surprise. The contestants were sent a box of ingredients to use in their cupcakes earlier in the week. These ingredients included Cherry Heering Liqueur and Coffee Liqueur, King Arthur Flour, Fig Jam, and Balsamic Vinegar. They could either use all of them in one cupcake, or use them in three different cupcakes. For the icing on the cake, literally, the contestants had to pick three of the following ingredients: pomegranate seeds, lavender, cumin, cinnamon maple butter, apricot kernel oil and wild sweet orange Tazo tea. The theme that they had to create in their cupcakes was Purim. They had a total of 45 minutes to create their frosting from scratch and decorate their cupcakes.

Once the clock started, attendees watched as the contestants made their way to great creations. Breezy provided all of the tools and fondant a cupcake designer could desire. When their time was up, the contestants presented their cupcakes, all so inventive and festive. Once the judges had a chance to view and taste the three cupcakes from each contestant, they took a few minutes to make their decision. During this time, the winners of the raffle prizes were announced. The raffle prize sponsors included Joy of Kosher, Earth Balance, KitchenAidUSA, King Arthur Flour, Breezysny.com, Not2Shabbey.com, and Fairway Market.

The winner of the cupcake competition went to Cup of Cake NJ. Faige Goldner, with her baby in tow, created Fig Cupcakes with Pomegranate Cream Cheese Frosting. Faige’s cupcakes and winning recipe will be featured on joyofkosher.com and in the Shavuot issue of Joy of Kosher Magazine with Jamie Geller.
Feeling full from such a tremendous event, but not yet done for the week, I attended the 7th Annual Kosher Food & Wine Experience on Monday evening. This event was sold-out and 1700 people attended. I just loved running into some of the food personalities I met since I started my blog over four years ago. From Chef Jeff Nathan of Abigael’s to Nachum Segal of the Nachum Segal Show, it was an evening full of the leading personalities in the kosher food world. The food at this event was so beyond what most people think a kosher meal should be; move over matzo balls! Kosher food has influences from all of the countries that Jews have lived. We’ve been everywhere! For a complete listing of the food and wine, go to http://www.kfwe2013.com. Who knew?

As I now start my next diet, or is it I am picking up from the last one I was keeping? I am thankful for having a full week. Now, as Shabbos approaches along with a major winter storm named after a fish in a Disney film, #nemo, I am happy to also have a full tank of gas, a refrigerator of food, and a heart full of appreciation of what is on my plate.

Eat, Drink, and be Berry in NYC

We all know how hard it is to take the family out to a meal in NYC.  Sure, you can find kosher vending machines a quick fix, but what about a real opportunity to sit at a table with your friends and family?

If you live near New York City, or are planning a visit this summer, I’ve got 3 fantastic kosher places for you to enjoy (not a vending machine coupon). Thanks to my friends at  JDeal, here a 3 great deals going on right now from Estihana, Berrylicious, and Nargila Grill. Grab them now and dine later.  Here they are:

$25 for $40 at Estihana Manhattan for dine-in, take out -OR- delivery
Venue Information:
Estihana Manhattan
221 W. 79 Street
New York, NY 10024Website

 

$5 for $10 worth of Frozen Yogurt at Berrylicious – UWS
Venue Information:
Berrylicious
641 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025Website

 

$200 for $375 prix fixe Catered Shabbat Meal
for 12 people from Nargila Grill
Venue Information:
Nargila Grill
1599 York Avenue
New York, NY 10021Website

 
$200 for $375 prix fixe Catered Shabbat Meal
for 12 people from Nargila Grill
Venue Information:
Nargila Grill
1599 York Avenue
New York, NY 10021Website

 
Please share these deals with your friends. You don’t have to be kosher to enjoy them, just hungry:)
 
 

Esti’s Passover Playlist

One of the biggest Jewish holidays, Passover, starts this evening at sundown. What would a celebration be without a playlist.  Enjoy them, share them, and share the Passover story with your friends and families!

Esti’s Perfect Passover GIVEAWAY

Next week, Jewish families everywhere will be shopping and preparing for Passover. This holiday that celebrates the freedom of the Jewish people from their enslavement in Egypt. What better way to celebrate than make a Passover meal. Yes, it is time to get out the Kosher wine, bring on the brisket, and munch on Matzo. Not yet ready or know what to make this Passover? Get your Passover pallet inspired by listening to Joan Hamburg’s interview with Tory Avey of the Shiksa in the Kitchen.  If you are not making a Passover at home, Joan also shares various places in the New York area where your can go and enjoy a Seder.

This year, I’ve got some NEW Passover friendly products to wow your friends and family at the Seder.  You will notice that they are GLUTEN-FREE, a theme that I wanted to focus on this year. This area is even more popular than ever. “I am impressed with the vast amount of new gluten free and organic items introduced for Passover enabling more consumers to celebrate this holiday with a more healthful lifestyle,” said Marty Stein, Account Manager, Kehe Distributors Tree OF Life.

 There are so many delicious Passover products that even non-Jewish foodies can enjoy. So, what are these products I am giving away? I actually have 2 Giveaways and you can select which one you would like to win in the comments below.

1st GIVEAWAY

New Cookbook: THE WHOLE FOODS KOSHER KITCHEN: Glorious Meals Pure & Simple by Levana Kirshcenbaum

KOSHERKEEPERS containers (36 box set)

Jeff Nathan’s GLUTEN-FREE Panko Flakes-“Breadcrumbs” get a Passover make-over with All Natural Gluten Free Panko Flakes (Jeff Nathan Creations)

Passover Kitchenware Gitelle Frog Oven Mit from The Kosher Cook

2nd GIVEAWAY

DAVIDA APRONS matzah crumber

Sweet Goodies GLUTEN-FREE sour belts candy Kedem

Yehuda’s GLUTEN-FREE Matzo

SHALOM SESAME: It’s Passover Grover (SISU Entertainment) Shalom Sesame

Esti’s Perfect Passover GIVEAWAY- It is so easy! This is now closed.

  1. Leave a comment below and let me know which GIVEAWAY you would like to win (required)
  2. SHARE this contest with your friends on FACEBOOK
  3. Tweet out this GIVEAWAY on TWITTER:I just might #WIN a  #PASSOVER #GIVEAWAY  from Esti @primetimeparent  you can too, enter here http://bit.ly/4wxe8y

Extra Entries – Increase your chances to WIN

  1. Follow @primetimeparent @LevanaCooks @kedemfoods on TWITTER
  2. LIKE Shalom Sesame on Facebook
  3. LIKE Kedm on Facebook
  4. LIKE Levana Kirschenbaum on Facebook
  5. LIKE Kosher Keepers on FACEBOOK
  6. LIKE Jeff Nathan-Abigael’s on FACEBOOK

Disclaimer: I did not receive compensation for this post. These Passover products were donated by Kosherfest exhibitors. This contest runs from March 29-April 1. This contest is open to US residents only.

Now, how about some more Passover recipes.

Passover recipes from Levana’s new cookbook The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen: Glorious Meals Pure and Simple. Here are some of links to Levana’s Passover suggestions:

Roasted Garlic Artichoke Soup
http://www.levanacooks.com/roasted-garlic-artichoke-soup/

Almond-Stuffed Salmon
http://www.levanacooks.com/baked-almond-stuffed-salmon/

Brisket in Sweet and Sour Sauce http://www.levanacooks.com/brisket-in-sweet-and-sour-sauce/

Roasted Turkey with Jasmine Chocolate Sauce
http://www.levanacooks.com/roast-turkey-with-jasmine-chocolate-sauce-recipe/

Artichokes and Mushrooms
http://www.levanacooks.com/lamb-shanks-with-artichokes-and-mushrooms/

Chocolate Espresso Bark
http://www.levanacooks.com/chocolate-espresso-bark/

Molten Chocolate Cakes
http://www.levanacooks.com/molten-chocolate-cakes/

Cookbook author Norene Gilletz offers up a scrumptious selection of quick, healthy Passover recipes and terrific tips from her best-selling cookbooks: The NEW Food Processor Bible: 30th Anniversary Edition, Norene’s Healthy Kitchen and Healthy Helpings. http://www.gourmania.com/pages/holidays.htm#passover”.

Do you have a special Passover plan? I would love to hear what you do, even if it is making reservations for a Seder!

The Spice Is Right In Jack’s Gourmet Kosher Sausages

 

Last year I interviewed Dr. Alan Broner about Jack’s Gourmet Sausages. This past week, I had the opportunity to sample Jack’s Kosher for Passover sausages. My husband and I are already big fans of the Buffalo Style Chicken, Sweet Italian, and Turkey & Apple-Cranberry sausages. Jack’s Gourmet Sausages also makes mouth watering flavors in Jamaican Style Jerk Chicken Sausage, Hot Italian Sausage, Spicy Mexican Style Chorizo Sausage , Cured Bratwurst Sausage, Boerewors Sausage, Sliced Corned Beef Brisket, and Sliced Pastrami.

Since we are within a week of Passover, I wanted to share some great news about two of Jack’s Gourmet Sausages that are Kosher for Passover and Gluten Free!

Beef Kielbasa Sausage – A mild and garlicky sausage, this Polish delight is just that and will add a new spin to your Passover Seder. We already have big plans for this sausage. Did I mention that we love garlic in my house! We can’t keep enough cloves in the kitchen. We have sauteed these sausages, diced them up, and tossed them in a bowl of Quinoa. We also added some sauteed green pepper and onions for extra kick. This was fantastic and we will definitely serve it up at one of our meals this Passover .

Spicy Southwestern Style. Spicy, bold and packed with flavor. My husband added these sausages to a pot of chicken soup. My husband also added spinach, onions, and green pepper to the soup when it was boiling. He let it simmer for 30 minutes. For extra kick, he added some extra cayenne pepper. Remember I told you how much we love spicy! I had seconds and thirds (I ate more than my husband). The flavor that this added to our soup took our taste buds away from the bland and into the sand of the southwest! 

On the Jack’s Gourmet website, they suggest adding sautéed diced sausage to mashed potatoes and form into patties and fry them. These sausages can also be served as part of a mixed grill plate alongside marinated chicken and juicy tender steak.
Now, where can you get these special Kosher for Passover sausages?

1.Check your local supermarket
2.Order online at http://www.jacksgourmet.com
3.For great recipe ideas, and to share some of the ways you have made these sausages, follow @jacksgourmet on twitter and “Like” Jack’s Gourmet on Facebook. 

Disclaimer: This was not a paid post. I did receive samples of the Kosher for Passover sausages in order to write this review. The opinions here are my own.

Super Bowl Nosh

Not up to making a Super Bowl feast today, check otu some of these Super Bowl Restaurant Specials around the US. Thanks to our friends at Great Kosher Restaurants Magazine for making this information available. 

 MANHATTAN

Abigael’s  

Super Bowl Special: 10% off on all take-out sushi platters. And click here for exclusive pictures of their new renovation

Clubhouse Cafe
Click here for their Super Bowl menu specials and
be sure to stop by to watch the game on their large screen TVs

Eden Wok

Click here for their Super Bowl Specials:
Dozen Buffalo Wings – $2.99 / Chinese Hot Dog – .99 each
Sushi – 50% off.

Eighteen Restaurant
SUPER BOWL PACKAGE MENU
Assorted Sushi Platter, Franks in the blanket, Moroccan Cigars
Israeli Salads: Humus, Matbucha, Tahini and Babaganoush
Guacamole, Assorted Deli Sandwich Platter, Coleslaw and Pickles
5 person minimum: $100 / Package for 10 @ $200 

  

Meat Me
Click here for their Super Bowl Party menu, including sandwich platters, crudites platter, hors d’oeuvres platters, sushi platters

Mendy’s 34th 

Click here for their Super Bowl take out special
In House $40 All-You-Can-Eat & Drink Buffet (34th Street only)
· Multi-foot long Heroes, Buffalo Wings, Hot ‘N’ Spicy Fingers
· Cole Slaw, Pickles, Israeli Salad
· Bottled Beer (Amstel , Corona, Heineken) & Soda  

 

Mr. Broadway

Click here for their Super Bowl Packages, for as low as $149.95

Sushein
Super Bowl Specials:
Sushein Burger & Beer – $28  / Chicken Wings & Beer $18

Watch the game on their Large Screen TV
*Special Chefs Super Bowl Sushi on conveyor belt during the game

  

Talia’s Steakhouse 

Talia’s offers a fine selection of finger food along with some American / Middle Eastern style favorites: wings, burgers, fries, onion rings, spare ribs, wraps, hummus, falafel and more! 

Specials on drinks: BEER: $4; COCKTAILS: $8; SHOTS: $4
Great atmosphere and friendly with large screen TV.

Catering packages available.  For more details, click here.

 

Village Crown/Esprit Events 

Click here for their catering package, for as low as $30 pp

 

  

RIVERDALE

Carlos & Gabby’s
Click here for their Super Bowl packages, for as low as $250+ tax

 

WESTCHESTER

Eden Wok
Click here for their Super Bowl specials

   

BROOKLYN

Carlos & Gabby’s 

Click here for their Super Bowl packages
12 person package now includes a 3 ft. hero
20 person package now includes a 6 ft. hero 

China Glatt
Click here for their catering specials, $99 for 8 people

 

El Gaucho Glatt 

Click here for their Party Menu for $13.95pp

 

Essen NY Deli
Click here for their Super Bowl packages, as low was $110.
Order by January 31st and get 10% off your order 

Glatt ala Carte
Click here for their Party “By The Tray” Menu,
including Deli and Sushi Platters
* Save 5% if you order by Thursday, Feb. 2

 

On the Grill
Click here for their Super Bowl packages, for as low as $49.99

Subsational (all locations)
Click here for their Super Bowl packages, for as low as $99

Sushi Tokyo
Click here for their Super Bowl special- 10% off sushi platters 

 

 

5 TOWNS

Holy Schnitzel
Click here for their Super Bowl packages

 

King David Deli 

Click here for their Super Bowl packages, for as low as $150.  
They will also be showing the game in the restaurant on their big screen TV.  All-you-can-eat menu for $19.95 (excludes tax or tip). Reserve by January 31st and get the buffet for $17.
Large groups welcome.  Space is limited, reserve now.

   

Prime Bistro  

They will have the game on their large screen TV’s with special Super Bowl packages.  Inquire within.

 

Simply Sushi Catering 

Order your sushi platters for the Super Bowl and get a free plate of Sushi Poppers with your order!

 *Special applies only to a Specialty or Supreme Sushi Platter.

Applies to any of their locations in Cedarhurst, Queens, Manhattan or Brooklyn. Available, for catering and corporate parties.

 

Traditions
Click here for their Super Bowl packages, for as low as $179.95
 

 

GREAT NECK

Dougie’s BBQ
Click here for their Super Bowl packages, for as low as $139

  

 

MONSEY
Sushi Metsuyan
Click here for their Super Bowl take out menu, for as low as $169

 

 

NORTH JERSEY

Ariel’s of Englewood

A reminder for those who are home for Yeshiva break that plain family size pies are $9.99 ALL THE TIME! Great for the Super Bowl.  Available on Saturday Nights and Sundays.   

 

Dougie’s BBQ (Teaneck)
Click here for their Super Bowl packages, for as low as $139
 

Fish of the C’s (Teaneck) 

We love this promotion…so look for it during the Super Bowl.

When the GIANTS SCORE, they sell $1 Appetizers*

*$1 appetizers are only available to customers dining with them or calling in for take out. You have 5 minutes to call in for a $1 appetizer. Choose any of the following – Any fish popper, onion rings, or crab nuggets. $1 appetizer only valid with the purchase on any Entree Item or Catch of the day.

*Two  appetizer limit per table/party, or per take out order. Must order within 5 minutes of touchdown

 

Smokey Joe’s BBQ (Teaneck)  

Click here for their Super Bowl packages, for as low as $139

 

SOUTH JERSEY

Down to Earth Restaurant (Allenhurst/Deal)

Watch the big game on their big screen TV’s and surround sound

Delicious All You Can Eat Buffet & Sushi Bar – $26pp
Salads – Wraps – Fish – Finger Food – Chips & Dips, etc.
 

  
656 Ocean/Stingers Bar (Long Branch) 

Super Bowl Sunday – All you can eat buffet, to include:

Marinated Baby Chicken, Philly Steak, Chili, Wings,
Sesame Tenders, French Fries, Onion Rings, Sliders, Hot Dogs,plus all the breads and toppings. All soft drinks included.

$35 per ticket to enter / $45 game day to enter.

Watch the game on 11 HD flat screens, with 6 draft beers on tap and a full bar. The only kosher sports bar in NJ.

 

 

SOUTH FLORIDA
Chai Wok
Click here for their Super Bowl catering packages, as low as $99
Watch the game on their Giant 65″ inch Screen TV and enjoy their All-You-Can-Eat Deluxe Buffet- $21.95 adults, $10.95 kids. Sports Trivia & Raffles at each quarter! Sushi platters available.

Before Game Special – 5% off (must order 1 day prior to kickoff)

  

House of Dog: Dogs n’ Beer

Dogz Super Bowl Party Special- $40 for 2 Dogz, Wings, Fries,
3 Beers

A Little Make-Up Goes A Long Way

 

Make-Up Room at the Rachel Ray Show

We all know that traveling with kids can be draining, both physically and mentally. How come my parents never looked drained in their vacation pictures? In the 1960s, people actually dressed-up to go on to the airport and board an airplane. I’ve seen the pictures. My mom wore lipstick and her hair looked beautiful. My dad wore a tie and his hair was combed nice and neat. When visiting my in-laws, or even my own mother, I apply make-up just before we arrive at their homes! Nobody wants to show up looking as tired as they really feel, right?

Is this a common theme in motherhood? Add a husband to the mix (no offense, darling) and looking all together before heading out the door is “mission impossible”. Just when I felt like my makeup days were over, I was introduced to the perfect make-up for me. Yes, it is kosher too! In today’s world, kosher is a term known to represent items that are “pure” as well. I can definitely say that about ShainDee Cosmetics. Not only do I love their colors, this make-up is hypoallergenic and fragrance free.

I tried out the mineral foundation in light. It really did feel “lite” and went on like silk. Formulated from elements derived from earth minerals, these powders scatter light. They leave no greasy shine, no cakey texture-just the glow of natural beauty. They also provide natural protection from the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays, non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic and water resistant. This is ideal for summer, especially when taking the kids from the park to the pizza store. I also love that the mineral foundation can cover and help calm inflammation from acne and rosacea. I may be well out of my teen years, but I still have some skin issues “pop-up” once and awhile (must be stress). This is also something good for my PrimeTimePregnancy readers experiencing a surge in hormones!

Something very, very special about Shaindee Cosmetics is that it can be applied on Shabbat (day of rest). How? Shabbat is a day of rest. We all know about “rest” from using obvious modern appliances; tv, internet, automobile, washing machines, and cell phones. I have included this video from ShainDee Cosmetics about the laws of applying make-up on Shabbat.

ShainDee has information on these issues and I want to share them with you in this post. In fact, the make-up I received for review came with complete Shabbat Cosmetics Instructions. Shabbat cosmetics may only be used within the following Halachic (Jewish Law) guidelines, in accordance with the opinion of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein zt’l*. Rabbi Moshe Feinstein was a very learned Rabbi that studied Jewish Law. Here are instructions for using make-up on Shabbat.

  1. Face must be dry and clean from any other makeup. Spray Shabbat moisturizer (also sold by ShainDee Cosmetics) and allow to dry before applying any Shabbat makeup.
  2. You cannot blend two colors together to create a new shade.
  3. You must use a separate brush for every color and loose poser so you are not blending two colors. No sponges, applicators or fingers may be used. ShainDee Cosmetics has brushes that are custom made to enable the beset results.
  4. You can reapply the same color with its own brush as often as you like. You may not apply Shabbat makeup onto non-Shabbat makeup (applied before Shabbat).
  5. You can remove makeup with liquid makeup remover or wash your face with the cleanser only (without cotton balls/swabs or pre-soaked pads).. Rinse off with water, dry with a paper, and then with a towel.*Although Rabbi Moshe Heinermann does not rely on the opinion of those who permit the use of makeup on Shabbat, he has tested these makeups and has determined that they meet the guidelines of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein for Shabbat and Yom Tov use for women who rely on Rabbi Feinstein’s opinion.

I also like that ShainDee has instructions on using these makeup products during the weekdays as well. For example, the mineral foundation. During the week, I can apply in a circular motion with a kabuki brush (suggested and sold by ShainDee). During Shabbat, mineral foundation is applied around the blush (this does not cause blending, which is prohibited on Shabbat).

That’s not all. The Star-K has reviewed the ingredients of these products and has determined that many of them are chometz (wheat) free. For many Observant Jews, make-up with any chometz is prohibited during Passover (by the way, Passover is on Saturday evening, April 7, 2012). If there is any doubt about make-up products and if they contain chometz, there is a full list of chometz free products at www.star-k.org. Can a make-up that is Kosher look good as well?

If you are looking for a new makeup that is good for your skin, I would highly suggest ShainDee Cosmetics. I love that these products are affordable, hypoallergenic, fragrance free, and Shabbat friendly. They are easy to use also. Here is a video of CEO and Founder of ShainDee Cosmetics, Shaindy Kelman with some very easy to follow instructions. 

Disclaimer: I received the Shabbat Kit to try out ShainDee Cosmetics and other products to write this review. These opinions are my own.

Chanukah Day 7: Win a Tin of Walkers Shortbread

We just lit the 7th candle and we are now in the 7th day of Chanukah. Today was full of sweetness. I finally had the opportunity to try out the Babycakes Donut Maker with my friend. She decided to host a Chanukah party for a group of her 6 year old daughter’s friends. The project was to have fun and decorate donuts (hence the Babycakes machine). We both agreed, this is a great appliance, and a great gift idea!

The donuts came out beautifully! Here are some images so you can see just how easy it is to make professional looking donuts. This was also very cost-effective. Buying Kosher donuts at the bakery is much more expensive. We were able to have our donuts and eat them too!

The kids loved decorating them with powdered sugar, chocolate and vanilla icing, and sprinkles. Some kids even saved a donut to bring home.

Speaking of sweet things, I have something great to giveaway for the 7th day of Chanukah. Have you heard of Walkers Shortbread? Walkers have been baking shortbread in the Scottish Highlands since 1898. They still use only the finest pure ingredients with no artificial colours, flavourings or preservatives. Suitable for vegetarians and certified Kosher OU-D. If you have not yet tried these products, you could get a chance by entering my giveaway. You will get to try the products I loved, like the Scottie Dog Shaped Shortbread Cookies, Mini Festive Stars and Mini Chocolate Chip, Shortbread Rounds, Quadruple Chocolate Chunk Cookies, and the Milk Chocolate Oatcake & Fruit Cookies.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Congrats to Jen! I am giving away all of these cookies and I will choose a winner by tomorrow, December 27, at 11:59pmEST.

Please leave a comment below with the name of the product from Walkers Shortbread that you would like to try.

More chances to “win a tin”:

Follow @primetimeparent on twitter
Like Healthy Kosher Food and Beverages on Facebook

Tweet: I just might win a tin of #Walkers Shortbread and Cookies from @primetimeparent http://bit.ly/4wxe8y

I was not compensated for this post. I was given samples of the Walker Shortbread products to review.

First Night of Chanukah: Celebrate The Miracle With Jewish Food From Around the Web

I can’t believe tonight is the first night of Chanukah, or is it Hannukah, or Hanukah?? However you spell it, this is one of my favorite Jewish holidays. Not only because it is so rich in meaning (and the food is rich too, oy) and symbolism. Who else would eat vats of oil for 8 days straight!! Lite, baked,or fried, this holiday can help us all see the miracles around us every day. Especially if we don’t gain inches!! So, let’s get this party started with some good Jeiwsh food!

If your Jewish holiday cooking book is falling a part, or has to much caked-on (what is that?) flour to see an entire recipe, I can help. I have included some links that you will find helpful in preparing a festive and delicious feast (sans cookbook) for your friends and family. I already feel guilty because I may have left somebody off this list. Please let me know if you have stumbled upon a great Chanukah recipe or blog that I could share with my readers. Continue reading