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Shaatra weighs in on:Enhance It! – Easy but Elegant Tips to Beautify Your Sukkah.

This month’s expert:Mrs. Jennifer Sasson, Party Planner, JSCO Events

Thought you’d have to pass on using your beautiful holiday tablecloth outdoors? Jennifer presents an exciting option that will have you (or rather, your table) covered: Your local fabric store (as well as Save-a-Thon) carries cotton fabrics in exquisite or fun patterns that can be cut to fit your folding tables. Go for geometrics, florals, or tweeds for unique cloths.
For the price of one standard tablecloth, you can select all the patterns you love, and have cloths for multiple holiday meals (a great perk considering there’s no doing laundry for eight days….).

Do you have any practical ways I can enhance my Sukkah on a budget?

Jennifer: The sky’s the limit! Why don’t you, or even your children, in fact, have fun with these flowery ideas? Buy fake flowers – hydrangeas, orchids, peonies, lilies – from a craft shop (I like Michael’s).

Dangling Flowers– Create an exquisite effect in your sukkah. Using a hole puncher, punch a hole in each flower. Cloak some twine (available at craft stores) with the flowers and fasten to bamboo sticks above. 

DIY Flower Balls – Remove flowers from their “stems” leaving the pointed segment below each flower. Poke the flowers into foam balls, all around. Foam balls are available in multiple sizes.

Hanging Flower Ribbons– Cut tulle or ribbons in an array of varying lengths. Tie coordinating flowers to the edge of each ribbon. Hang from bamboo sticks for a soft and heavenly atmosphere.

By the Number

Remember making those paper chains as kids? According to the Guinness World Records, the longest paper chain made by an individual was created in 2014, and was 2,556 feet long (almost a half-mile long). In 2005, the record for the longest paper chain made by a team of people was set. In twenty-four hours, sixty people created a paper chain measuring an astonishing 54.33 miles! Can your kids top that one?

Forget
About It!

Although Sukkot is a grand time to try out new and exciting tablescapes, you don’t want your valuable housewares to become damaged in the process. Many sukkot are tight for space, have lots of children, or contain wobbly tables on wobbly turf. While this lends to a cozy, close feeling on this most special holiday, Jennifer cautions against using heavy items like tall glass vases or unsteady centerpieces.

Shopping List

Some suggested purchases from Jennifer, besides the disposables plates and cutlery, of course, that will take your holiday table up a few notches include:

• Disposable runners and rose petals to scatter across the table

• Gold plasticware

• Chargers matching to your table theme

• Giant green leaves upon which you can place your
(disposable!) serving platters

• Paper chandeliers (available at Ikea for approximately $20.)

spotlight on:
Napkin Rings Made Easy

Here’s an easy and budget-friendly idea that will be the perfect finishing touch on your holiday table: Using a glue gun, glue a fake flower to a disposable napkin ring (packages of these are available in silver and gold from Amazing Savings). Using a brightly colored flower will add that fresh burst of color and happiness to your table.

By Miriam Sasson
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Forget about… consuming fatty foods too late at night. If you’re going to eat those fattening foods, avoid doing so before bed. Late-night snacks and meals that are high in fat mean lots of hard work for your digestive system, and that means poor sleep patterns for you. So, get a good night’s sleep, and limit the fatty stuff to breakfast, lunch, or an early dinner.

Here’s a multiple-choice challenge for you: Where do you store your perfumes?

a.On a pretty tray atop your dresser.

b.In your bedroom closet.

c.In the bathroom.

d.Inside the refrigerator.

If you chose d., you’re right on! The fridge is the best place to store any of your chemical-filled products. That includes nail polish and hydrogen peroxide, too. Placing these items in the fridge will keep chemicals active, retaining their potency or smell for a longer time period. So move the milk and eggs on over and make room for your toiletries!

This one’s for you, all of you salad lovers out there! Introducing the Ziggler Citrus Sprayer! Costing around $5.00, this citrus sprayer apparatus allows you to easily squeeze fresh lemon “straight from the source”
onto your salads or favorite dishes.
No need to cop out by using juice from a bottle or pull out your lemon juicer (if you even own one) to eke out some of the sour liquid. Just pop the Ziggler Sprayer directly into the lemon and give it a spritz or two. The sprayer also maximizes the amount of juice you’ll get out of your lemon. There are two sizes included in the set for use in citrus fruits as well like grapefruits and oranges. You’ll also find a pedestal dish perfect for resting your lemon.

The teaspoons of fat consumed by someone eating a one-ounce
bag of potato chips

Turns out some of us aren’t reading the nutrition facts carefully enough. A measly handful of chips from this wee, shimmering, snack bag can contain up to two teaspoons of fat! The problem really begins when you dip your hands into a giant bag and keep going back for more. Time flies when you’re eating! After just a few minutes, you very well could have finished three ounces of potato chips, equaling six teaspoons of fat. Ugggh!

How do I pick out a good quality, ripe cantaloupe?

Here are several tips that should help you sweat no more when selecting a cantaloupe:

Even though they can be purchased year round, cantaloupes are in season from June through September. Go for a smooth, round ball with an even yellowy netting. You want the orange melon to feel firm but soft at the “belly button.” Do not purchase a melon with the stem still attached. A ripe cantaloupe will have a sweet aroma and its seeds will rattle upon being shaken. If you purchased an unripe cantaloupe, allow it to ripen at room temperature and then proceed to put it in the refrigerator.

It bears mentioning that cantaloupes have several health benefits: They have been known to reduce fever, blood pressure, arthritis symptoms, bladder problems, and constipation. So enjoy your cantaloupe and the health benefits that come along with it!

Thanks to Alexander P. Anderson, millions around the world enjoy a variety of puffed cereals. In the early 1900s, he experimented with little grains and their starches, coming up with a high-pressure cooking method that  allows water vapor to puff them up.   The Quaker company produced the first ever cereal, which was Introduced as a snack at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, In 1905, the stuff hit supermarkets and was finally marketed as a breakfast “cold cereal.”

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