Winter Pumpkin Soup in a Scooped Pumpkin Bowl

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Winter Pumpkin Soup in a Scooped Pumpkin Bowl

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Winter Pumkin Soup, The Jewish Hostess

by @rsutton on The Jewish Hostess Instagram feed. Thanks Robyn!

This soup presentation will show that you really put a lot of effort into serving your family a warm cup of cozy vitamin packed soup that they will SO appreciate after a hard day at school and work. And even though you probably hard just as hard of a day, I really feel that that is what being a Jewish mom is all about. Somehow we have to manage how to be there for our families while we get our own act together. whether it be changing diapers or packing a hard day at the office or both! 

Here’s to you!  The Jewish Hostess!

Winter Pumpkin Soup in a Scooped Pumpkin Bowl

Sauté  in a stock pot:

  • 1 chopped onion,
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 4 carrots
  • 2 packages of cubed butternut squash
  • 1 cubed sweet potato
  • slice off corn from one cob


  1. Add water to cover, salt and pepper, and the cob that was sheared (for flavor)
  2. Cook about half hour, emulsify leaving some chunks.
  3. Can serve in scooped out pumpkin or acorn squash or a plain old soup bowl.
DIY Mishloach Manot Purim Cards- For That Extra Special Touch

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DIY Mishloach Manot Purim Cards- For That Extra Special Touch

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Dear Hostesses,

Every Sunday, we venture out to different parts of Brooklyn and NYC to check out some of the new exciting neighborhoods.

Last week, we journeyed out to Smith Street in Downtown Brooklyn and the sweet sight of moms and dads wheeling strollers and Sunday morning coffee shops made me feel like I’d like to spend a little time discovering the area. Looking for some great shopping, I started to scout around. You might be thinking that great spending to me means Intermix, Scoop, Chanel, and Prada- (well, it doesn’t hurt to window shop!), but really fun shopping is when I can walk into a store like Paper Source, and feel like a kid again. Located at 102 Smith Street, it’s a crafter’s dream.   For anyone that’s really a kid at heart, Paper Source will allow you to create to your heart’s content. The friendly staff will help you choose from arrays of colored and patterned paper, glitter, stamps, and tons more. (They didn’t pay me for this post! REALLY!)


I decided then and there, that I would try to see if I could challenge myself to some DIY Purim cards. After browsing around in heaven for a couple of minutes, I realized that I had to speed it up seeing that my hubby and kids were getting a little fidgety. I quickly threw some coordinating card stock, a wine bottle stamp, gold ink, leaf patterned ribbon, raffia, a burlap ribbon, and a hole puncher into my basket. As the sales girl rang me up, I also grabbed some packaged glue dots which ended up being a key ingredient to my DIY cards.

That evening, I was so excited to rip open my Paper Source bags. I felt like I had just gotten home from the toy store. The best part of the whole night was that I put away my phone, my kids became a part of the process, and together we created a fantastic mess, plus the one of a kind cards below.

The secret to this scrapbooking style of card making is to layer, layer, and keep on layering. And if you make a mistake, then LAYER again!

For my mishloach manot this year, I am thinking of buying wine, grapes, and cheeses and mounding in a basket. The greens and purple and golds were a good choice for me.

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Using the same colors and materials, we created several different designs featured below. Which one is your favorite? What colors would you choose for your own DIY Purim card?


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Below are some inspiration boards by the pros at Paper Source. I snapped photos in the store so that I could grab some ideas later on.

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A hole puncher is a great tool to help you weave cord through any shaped card like the heart shape below:

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See how their layers create such a professional and handcrafted look?

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Stamps like the “Thank You” below can really make it look like you did the calligraphy yourself.

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I hope you enjoyed my DIY Purim card. Even though life gets so hectic, its all about the personal touches in life. Whether we make our own Purim cards, lovingly pinch hammentashen, or tuck our kids in at night, its all about the memories that our kids take with them as they grow, and g-d willing raise their own families. HAPPY PURIM!!! XOXO

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Shredded Brussel Sprout Salad over Roasted Beets with Lemon Walnut Dressing

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Shredded Brussel Sprout Salad over Roasted Beets with Lemon Walnut Dressing

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Brussel Sprout Salad, The Jewish Hostess
Thank you Renee Safdieh for your gourmet Brussel Sprout Salad! Not only is Renee a fantastic cook- but she own her own chic baby knit hats company!
How’s that for a fabulous Jewish Hostess???
Check out Renee’s fantastic knitted hat creations! Call Renee for all of your baby gifts!
Shredded Brussel Sprout Salad over Beets 
By: Renée Cohen Safdiah
Instagram: @saturdayknitfever
  • 1 bunch Red Beets
  • 1 bunch Golden Beets
  • 2 lbs Brussel Sprouts
  • 3 stalks Celery
  • generous 1/2 cup toasted Walnuts, lightly chopped
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
*I used a mandoline to slice the beets, brussel sprouts and celery- but can be done by hand.
Roast beets, wrapped in foil at 400•, peel, slice, set aside.
Slice Brussel sprouts and celery very finely. Toss with walnuts ,cheese ,lemon juice, olive oil, salt & pepper.
Arrange beets on serving platter. Arrange Brussel sprout salad on top. Garnish with additional  Parnesan cheese and walnuts. Yum!
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