Shabbat Shalom, Your Peace of the Week

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Shabbat Shalom, Your Peace of the Week

1 Comment 10 March 2010

Written by: Marissa Anteby

Wow! You did it, you got through the bulk of your preparations for Passover. It’s almost Shabbat.

You deserve a reward.  Treat yourself to a little ‘me time’ to congratulate yourself for all of your efforts this week.

What I’m giving you here, is something you should be giving yourself on a regular basis; permission. Yep, permission to take a break. Sit down for a moment and pause. What would make this even better? Oooh, how about a foot massage? Here’s a quickie pressure point massage that will re-charge your whole body.

If you like, you can use any cream you have and rub it in to your feet with the technique I’ll be sharing with you. Next time you can even go out and buy the following items to make your own homemade scented oil;

6 oz. of Sweet Almond oil

6 drops of Jasmine essential oil

4 drops of Frangipani essential oil

3 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil

Note: essential oils can be purchased at

1) Sit down and take your cream, oil, or just your bare hands and rub the the sole of one foot, from heel thru the inner arch to the ball of your foot, all the way to your toes, and the top of your foot.

2) With one hand, hold your foot by the ankle, with the thumb of your other hand, use long strokes to press your inner arch, moving from your heel towards the ball of your foot. Make these strokes, slower and deeper. (Try not to slouch your shoulders while your doing this – my tips for a shoulder massage aren’t in this article ; )

3) Keep holding your ankle with one hand, and use your other hand to tug your toes one at a time. Start with your big toe. Repeat that 2 more times; tugging each toe.

4) Now push your thumb in to the mound at the base of each toe. So, you still have one hand holding your ankle, and the thumb of your other hand is massaging the sole of your foot. Move from big toe mound thru little toe mound. Stop at any toe that needs a little more attention.

5) When your ready, switch to your other foot!

Shabbat Shalom,


Marissa Anteby is a wife, and a mother of 4 children. Her company hosts holistic exercise classes in Cycling, Pilates, and Yoga, in cities throughout New York and New Jersey. Marissa maintains more than 10 wellness related certifications, including Reiki Massage, and Thai Yoga Massage.

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Candle Cafe’s Last Call for Winter

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Candle Cafe’s Last Call for Winter

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Courtesy of Candle Cafe

Serves 6-8

Recipe Ingredients

3 medium butternut squashes, peeled, seeded, and cut into 3-inch pieces

1 large onion, peeled and coarsely chopped

1 1/2 stalks celery, coarsely chopped

6 cups water

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

2-3 tablespoons maple syrup (optional)

Parsley leaves, for garnish

3/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds, for garnish (see Note)

Kosher Recipe

Directions Cont’d

1.  Put the squash, onions and celery in a large soup pot. Add the water and stir in the parsley and salt. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 20 minutes, until vegetables are very tender. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

3.  Transfer the soup (in bathces) to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth, or use an immersion blender. After blended, reheat gently. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding maple syrup if you prefer a sweeter-tasting soup. Garnish with parsley and toasted pumpkin seeds and serve at once.

Note: To toast pumpkin seeds, place the seeds in a dry skillet and sauté over medium heat until the seeds begin to brown and pop, about 3 minutes.

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    Almond-Coconut Macaroons

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    Almond-Coconut Macaroons

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    Who knew that even Martha Stewart is cooking Passover treats?

    These Passover cookies couldn’t be easier to make — just stir and bake — and they require only a handful of ingredients. The coconut treats are crisp and nutty, with a chewy center.

    Prep: 10 minutes
    Total: 35 minutes

    Makes Serving Size of 8

    Recipe Ingredients

    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 1 large egg white
    • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
    • 1/4 cup whole almonds, chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • Pinch of coarse salt

    Kosher Recipe

    Directions Cont’d
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat or parchment. Whisk together sugar and egg white in a large bowl. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
    2. Form dough into eight 2-tablespoon mounds, and drop each onto sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake macaroons until
      Coconut macaroons, a type of popular meringue-...

      Coconut macaroons, a type of popular meringue-like cookie which has an egg white base and prominently features dried (and often sweetened) coconut meat shavings. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

      golden-brown on bottoms and edges, about 15 minutes. Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks, and let cool. Macaroons will keep, covered, for up to 1 week

    Check out Martha Stewarts Chocolate Chunk macaroons!

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    Passover Kitchen Accessories

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    Passover Kitchen Accessories

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    These Passover kitchen neccesities wont be mistaken for anything that you use all year round!

    Check out these kosher kitchen items to wrap up as a gift or purchase for your own Passover kitchen this year.

    Just click on the images to purchase!

    Passover Pot Holder

    Passover Towel

    Matzah Place Mat

    Passover Napkins

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    Afikoman Gifts for Kids


    Afikoman Gifts for Kids

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    One of the highlights for a kid at your seder  table is searching for the Afikoman .  Be prepared with a selection of  Passover themed gifts for them.  Check out these handpicked Passover gifts from Amazon. They will think that you agonized over what to buy them when all you have to do -is click below. You still have time! Click  now!

    Personalize Your Party and Chic Gifts!



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