Holiday Ideas

Holidays from Hanukkah to Yom Kippur are an important part of Jewish Culture. Embracing life and love is worth celebrating in as many ways as possible!

Here you'll find ideas for distinctly Jewish celebrations among other more secular Holidays like Thanksgiving and Halloween.

These sections offer craft ideas, recipes and home decoration ideas specific to each holiday. Click on the links below to find some wonderful and inspiring ideas for the next holiday.
I’m updating these sections all of the time, so please bookmark and check back often.

Happy Celebrating!


Below you'll find all my latest Holiday ideas from Crafts to Cooking. Have fun!

Passover Yum or Yech?


My friend Erin cracks me up. We were invited to her mother-in-law's house for the second night of Pesach. We Stones were THRILLED to be part of a large family setting for the event--a small Seder at home just isn't the same. Lots of children meant … [Read more...]

My Valentine’s Day Home

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As you probably know, I love to decorate my home for holidays and celebrations! Valentine's Day is certainly no exception as I get to fill my home with even more love than usual! As is my style, I like to keep things tasteful and beautiful. On the … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Recipes


Find the perfect Valentine's day recipe for two to impress your partner this Valentine's Day. From simple and easy pasta and lasagnas to decadent chocolate truffles and heart shaped cookies. Make this the perfect Valentine's Day with this simple main … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Craft Ideas

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Homemade Bath Bombs Fabric Hearts Heart-shaped Trinkets Lavender Scented Fabric Hearts Valentine Bunting Marigold seeds Key to my Heart Garland     … [Read more...]

Key to My Heart Garland

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This is my favorite Valentine's decoration, the incredibly romantic Key to My Heart Garland! It's such a simple but effective play on a traditional garland that looks fantastic around my home. With a few vintage keys, you can show your loved one how … [Read more...]

Valentine Bunting


Much like many of my Buntings, this one requires the same traditional bunting method but produces loving results! This Valentine Bunting is a beautiful way to show love in and around your home. I used a combination of red and white fabric with red … [Read more...]

Heart Shaped Trinkets

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These gorgeous heart-shaped trinkets are the perfect decoration for Valentine's Day and they're really easy to make. There's no one way to make these lovely trinkets, you can be as creative as you like! Hang them around your home on the 14th of Feb … [Read more...]

Lavender Scented Fabric Hearts

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These Lavender Scented Fabric Hearts are both beautiful and practical! Display them around your home- in your kitchen, living room and even your wardrobe- to release the wonderful Lavender fragrance and help keep those pesky moths at bay! Shop bought … [Read more...]

Fabric Hearts

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Fabric hearts are a wonderful decoration perfect for Valentine's Day. In fact, I think they're perfect all year round! To show someone you love them and to fill your house with love, why not try making your own fabric hearts with this simple and easy … [Read more...]

Gelt Baubles


Can there possibly be tastier bauble? I don't think so. That's why I like to make Gelt Baubles for my Hanukkah bush. I don't expect them to last very long, particularly in this house! But the golden and silver sparkle of these chocolate coins really … [Read more...]

Homemade Hanukkah Gifts

Below you'll find a selection of my favorite homemade Hanukkah gifts. Homemade Owl Pillow Cushion Chocolate Candied Pretzels Homemade Hanukkah Greetings Cards Homemade playdough Homemade … [Read more...]

Hanukkah Recipes


Below you'll find a list of my favorite Hanukkah recipes from traditional potato latkes to soft and sweet doughnuts. Enjoy!   Potato Latkes Not the healthiest but still the best Potato Latkes ever! CLICK … [Read more...]

Winter Craft Ideas


Here you'll find a list of my favorite Winter Crafts to decorate your home. I make these crafts mid-autumn so I have just enough time to assemble everything as Autumn passes and Winter draws closer. I'll keep adding more inspiring ideas so do check … [Read more...]

Homemade Gift: Rock Frame

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Home made gifts are great for kids to make over holidays, particularly Hanukkah. I love to encourage my boys to create home made gifts and I really encourage them to recycle unused objects around the home. It's a really Victorian way of making … [Read more...]

Snowy PomPom Garland


  In my Winter home I love bring in the outdoors in many ways and Pom Pom Garlands are a great way to bring the snowy cold comfortably indoors. They are very easy to make and highly effective hung from ceilings, doorways and around mirrors … [Read more...]

Homemade Gift: Fudge

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Fudge is a wonderful treat and an even better homemade gift to give to loved ones. My recipe yields about 30 cubes of wonderful fudge. By wrapping batches of 5 in plastic wrap or mesh fabric then tying with ribbon, you'll have a wonderful homemade … [Read more...]

Hanukkah Wreath

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  Wreaths are a wonderful way to decorate the front door of your home. Just because we're Jewish doesn't mean our door should be bare this holiday season! To the contrary; there are so many different designs, sizes, colours and materials that … [Read more...]

Winter Leaves


Winter leaves look fantastic around your home and they are  great way to make a winter garland. With the added sparkle of white and silver glitter, they really bring the magical feeling of winter to life. They look fantastic and are so easy to … [Read more...]

Kids Baking Apron


Jack loves to bake. I think baking is such a wonderful skill for kids to learn and be part of, plus it's so fun! To keep the mess of cookie dough and fudge to a minimum,  I've made Jack a few winter aprons over the years and this winter is no … [Read more...]

Winter Snowflakes


Homemade Snowflakes are a lovely decoration to have dotted around your home during winter. They look wonderful, you can make them in all different shapes and sizes and they are incredibly easy to make.     All you'll … [Read more...]

Glittery Candles


These glittery candles decorations look so fantastic everywhere around the house during winter and particularly during Hanukkah when the blue and silver sparkle away throughout my house. I've found that store bought glittery candles are actually … [Read more...]

What is Gelt?


Gelt, which is a Yiddish word for money, is a wonderful treat for kids over Hanukkah. Hanukkah Gelt are chocolate coins which are usually wrapped in gold foil and give to children in mesh bags. Gelt is often associated with the dreidel as it's … [Read more...]

What is a Dreidel?

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A driedel is the centerpiece toy and game for kids played during Hanukkah. It's a four-sided spinning top with Hebrew letters on each side.  It's such a fun game to play with kids as there's gelt to be won on every spin. Here are the … [Read more...]

Halloween 2011


Our Halloween was a so much fun! Since it's now past and the home page has moved on, I'm summarizing the Halloween links here for your enjoyment in case you missed any of it! I hope your Halloween was fantastic too!! Photos from the Halloween Party … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Recipes

Here you'll find a compilation of my favorite Thanksgiving Recipes. As a vegetarian, I hope they inspire both the carnivores and the herbivores amongst you all to make these heartwarming comfort dishes on such a wonderful day of thanks. Starters … [Read more...]

Winter Branch Vase Decorations


Winter is a magical time. As autumn begins to fall and fade away, a frosty cool fills my home. I have lots of different home decoration ideas and winter branches are one of my favourite. They are so fun to make, from scavenging for branches in the … [Read more...]

Snowy Pine Cones


Pine Cones look fantastic unadorned throughout the autumn period. They have a true rustic autumnal look and sit perfectly in any autumn arrangement indoors. Over winter, I like to re-dress my pine cones by trasforming them into snowy, sparkling … [Read more...]

My Winter Wonderland Home

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  I love to use home made decorations to reflect the seasons and winter is no different. As the cold and frost approaches, I prepare to transform my home in to a magical winter wonderland. From the icy wreath on my front door to the roaring … [Read more...]

Winter ‘Snow’ Bunting

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As Winter draws closer, I prepare to transform my home into a winter wonderland and a Snow bunting is a beautiful way to encourage the transition between autumn and winter. Like all the buntings you find on my site, this one is no different. You'll … [Read more...]



Doughnuts are a true Hanukkah recipe that everyone can enjoy. But sometimes people can be fussy when it comes to their favourite doughnut- don't worry! This recipe acts as a base for a huge variety of different fillings and toppings that will truly … [Read more...]

Hanukkah Visuals


Here you'll find some visual inspirations from both my own crafts, decoration and home ideas as well as other ideas that I've found inspiring. I hope you find these ideas inspiring too!   … [Read more...]

Hanukkah Lanterns


Hanukkah Lanterns are a fantastic craft for kids and lovely gift for them to give to their family. They are fun and messy in equal measure but very easy to make. They look great indoors by a window with a small tea light illuminating the glass day by … [Read more...]

Hanukkah Menorah Wall Hanging


This is a wonderful alternative for children and those a little too young to light real candles. It's really easy to make and you can be as adventurous as you like! I love to hang my felt menorah wall hanging near my fireplace, it's so effective. I … [Read more...]

Hanukkah 8 Days Wall Hanging

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This Hanukkah Wall Hanging countdown calendar is perfect for little ones and it's really fun to make and stock with little treats, messages and gifts. I like to make one for Jack every year and this year I'll be making two! It's going to be wall … [Read more...]

Happy Hanukkah Bunting

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As you may have guessed by now, Buntings are one of my favourite crafts. I love to make a Hanukkah bunting each year with variations of colour and fabric to hang across the fireplace in my living room. The blue, silver and white in my Hanukkah … [Read more...]

Hanukkah Star Cookies


These sugar-soft star cookies are Jack's favourite. They look and taste incredible and with the sparkling glitter icing they are really fun to make! Below you'll find my recipe card for the ultimate cookie dough, my own video with step-by-step … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Visuals

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I like to create 'mood boards' of images that are both mine and sourced on the Internet to inspire me. Here's my growing compilation of visuals for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is such a wonderful celebration. Even though we live in the UK, we still … [Read more...]

Inspiring Halloween Baking Visuals


Here's a compilation of inspiring baking ideas for Halloween!  Sometimes I just need a quick visual reference to inspire me to be creative with baking. This is my growing compilation of Hallowee visuals. I thought since I'm making it for me, I … [Read more...]

Black cat templates


What's Halloween without a black cat! Pull these templates into microsoft word, stretch them to size and print them out to create a great and easy Halloween decoration! Imagine one of these cats on your fireplace mantel or on top of a … [Read more...]

Rat Templates!

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Black paper rats create a very cool effect on skirting boards and painted stairs. Here's my collection of rat silhouettes for you to enjoy! Simply right click on any rat to download them. Insert into Microsoft word or eqiv and stretch to your … [Read more...]

Halloween Outdoors!


No spooky house is complete without a creepy front entry! We've really had fun decorating outside our front door this year. A home should be festive for the trick-or-treaters! I hope you find these ideas inspiring! These decorations are a … [Read more...]

Our Halloween Home

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Halloween Madness at our house! Here are some photos of the house decorated from this week...   We made the witch last year. Isn't she cool?!   The bunting and cardboard spiders are also homemade. Check out my halloween craft … [Read more...]

Alligator/Crocodile/Dragon/Monster/Electric Eel Easy Sew Costume


Perhaps it's all kids but especially my boy Jack--he loves to dress up but he wants to be comfy. He does not want to feel restricted in a costume. So I tend to make dress up out of clothes he already has that I can add to. It's easier on me and more … [Read more...]

Super Easy No-Sew Yoda Costume


Jack was invited to a Star Wars themed party this weekend.  To be honest, I forgot we had to make a costume for it until  Jack looked at the wall calendar and reminded me. The day before. However, he'd never seen the films, so he wasn't sure which … [Read more...]

Halloween Crafts


Here's my growing compilation of  THE BEST Halloween Crafts and Baking Projects for Kids! I hope you'll find these ideas useful and fun! I'll be adding to this list all month so please bookmark it and keep coming … [Read more...]

Cheesecloth Ghosts!


Cheescloth [or Muslin as it's known in the UK] Ghosts are easy and fun to make. This is a great craft project for kids and I think they effect is great, don't you? To make these wonderful Ghosts all you need is: Some Milk bottles or glass jars … [Read more...]

Autumn Felt Leaves


Autumn Leaves are a fantastic little craft that can serve multiple purposes over the autumn months. You can use them in autumn garlands, indoor hangings or decorations for cushions and bags. You can even use these leaves as part of a Halloween … [Read more...]

Halloween Snow Globes


Halloween Snow Globes are fast and easy to make and require few materials to create the wonderful effect. They are great to have around the house over Halloween for kids to shake and see what's inside. All you'll need: 1 glass jar and lid [we … [Read more...]

Halloween Templates: Spiders and Spooky Bats


Spiders and Bats are creepy any time of the year but around Halloween they get even creepier! I like to make hanging spiders and Bats to dot around my house. You wouldn't believe how many people think they're real! It's a fun way to trick your … [Read more...]

Halloween Painted Lanterns


Halloween Painted Lanterns are such a fun craft for kids. They are really easy to make and look fantastic inside or outside. You can choose the size and shape of your lantern and be creative when it comes to choosing your characters. Jack and I made … [Read more...]

Spooky Halloween Wreath

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Spooky Halloween Wreaths are the perfect way to horrify trick-or-treaters before they knock on your door...if they dare! It's really easy to make a Halloween Wreath with basic materials which you can easily pick up from your local craft store. If … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Sukkot


So Sukkot is one of those celebrations that kind of comes and goes as a tradition without really feeling much like a celebration. We're eating outdoors. Big deal, right? Well, it's usually the last opportunity we have to eat outdoors until next … [Read more...]

For Yom Kippur


It's no use making resolutions if they aren't kept. And that's what Yom Kippur is all about. It's a week and a day's reminder to stick with our Rosh Hashanah resolutions. The focus is on reminding us that we promised to be a better person, to … [Read more...]

Rosh Hashana Candle Guidance


On Rosh Hashanah Jewish women all over the world light candles, just as we do for Shabbat. We have so much to be thankful for, to recognize on this special night! If you're new to all of this, I thought it would be useful to help you along. So this … [Read more...]

Make Rosh Hashanah Apple Bunting!


Come On! It's the New Year celebration! We need to get into gear and make some decorations so it feels like a celebration. This bunting is really easy to make and oh so cute! You could also add honey pots to alternate the flags if you … [Read more...]

How to Plan a Bris


So you're having a baby boy. Hooray! Here's a step by step guide for what you'll need to do to prepare for a Bris. [If you need to back up and read what a Bris actually is, click here.] 1) Book a Moyel. A Moyel is a specially trained Rabbi who comes … [Read more...]

How to Make an Affirmation Board


With Rosh Hashanah this week, we are being given that clear wake-up call to remind us that it's not too late to make our dreams happen for 2011. But we have to have a plan, we must be organized with our desires! Otherwise, how do we expect to make … [Read more...]

Easy Sewing: Bunting


Bunting is very easy to sew and creates a lovely gift or a beautiful decoration for your home. This is an ideal project that only requires very basic sewing skills, it's all a straight line! I've made many buntings in less than ten minutes as a quick … [Read more...]

Very Easy Costumes [Fancy Dress] for Kids

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Home made costumes are so much better than store bought ones. I can't be bothered to sew detailed, complicated stuff though. I make costumes that can be finished in a half hour or less. I hope you find this page inspiring! I grew up calling  them … [Read more...]

Halloween Cupcakes


Halloween Cupcakes are the perfect size to decorate your halloween party feast. The icing against the softness of the sponge is a great combination. You really can be as creative as you like using the icing to write 'trick or treat' across your 12 … [Read more...]