Thursday, August 15, 2013

5 things to do with Apples & Honey

In getting ready for the Jewish New Year coming up on September 4th, More Than Paper has collected 5 things to do with apples and honey so you’ll be sure to have a sweet new year.    Here are some ideas to do with your kids or on your own to honor traditions and make this year special!     

#1:  Make apple stamped artwork!  Slice an apple in half and let the natural inner pattern guide your kids in a painting experience.  Dip the apple in fall colors of deep red, orange, and yellow.  Stamp in patterns to make beautiful artwork.   When the artwork is dry, you can frame it, wrap it up and add an apple stamped tag like this one we found here.   Bring it over to dinner and give the artwork as a present to grandparents – a keepsake they’ll likely treasure no matter how it turns out!

Fun with apples for Rosh Hashanah!
Photo via Baby Center, image by Nicole Gerulat of A Little Sussy

#2:   Make your own Challah!  Have you ever tried making your own Challah?  We found a great apple Challah recipe with step by step directions (and photos!) from KingArthur Flour Blog.   Don’t forget your round pan here!  

Recipe photo
Image via King Arthur Flour Blog 

#3: While you are in a baking mode, try this honey tea cake.  You'll find the recipe and gorgeous food photography here on Tartine and Apron Strings blog (foodies: take note!) It makes a delicious dessert on Rosh Hashanah. 

Image via Tartine and Apron Strings blog

#4:   Can and label your own honey!   These make great decorations on the table or small hostess gifts.  Purchase honey in bulk at your local grocer and mason jars at Michael's or your local craft store.  Pour in honey and then add your own labels or sentiments using your personalized stamp.  Checkout these Rosh Hashanah printables that we found online, too that would be great on these honey jars. 

Image via Pinmarket

#5: Make crafty pom-pom apples as decorations!    You’ll need a red pom-pom, green felt cut into oval shapes for the leaves, and brown pipe cleaners.  Super glue or hot glue together in the shape of an apple and voila!  You have an adorable craft to do with older kids in the spirit of the New Year.  (These also make a cute gift for a teacher when going back to school!) 

Image via Pinmarket

While you are in the spirit, don't forget about sending cards for the holiday!  Our Jewish New Year cards are up to 20% off retail and many designers are offering free return address or address labels for additional savings! We have thousands of card design, including ones with apples and honey.  Shop all of them here

Have a sweet new year!