Hamburger Buns!

As I hold onto the last tastes of summer, I found this incredible recipe for homemade hamburger buns. Trust me…these will take your summer bbq’s to the next level.

I always double this recipe and if by any chance there is one left over, I toast it in the morning and top it with peanut butter!

Hot summer days, carefree moments and delicious memories!

p.s these are equally amazing with bbq miami ribs or minute steaks for the ultimate steak sandwich !

Hamburger buns 

Ingredients

3 tablespoons warm milk (I used coconut milk)

1 cup warm water

2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) instant yeast (I use active dry yeast)

2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 large egg

3 cups (13.5 ounces) bread flour (do not substitute this)

1/3 cup (1.5 ounces) all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons fine salt

3 tablespoons (1.5 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature (I use earth balance)

For topping:

1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water

Sesame seeds

Directions

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the milk, water, yeast, sugar, and egg. If using active dry yeast, let the mixture sit for 5 minutes, until frothy, before continuing. Add the flour to the bowl, and mix until incorporated. Mix in the salt and butter. Knead on medium low speed for about 10 minutes, or until the dough comes together into a soft yet tacky dough (should not be unbearably sticky). Avoid adding too much extra flour because it will create tough buns, it’s better to be sticky than dense I promise!

Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 to 2 hours.

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Divide the dough into 8 equal parts. Gently roll each portion of dough into a ball and place on baking sheet, 2 to 3 inches apart. Cover with a clean towel and let rise again until puffy and almost doubled, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Brush the tops of the buns lightly with the egg wash. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake the buns about 15 minutes, rotating halfway through baking, until the tops are golden brown. Transfer to a rack to cool completely. Serve or store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to one month. Let defrost at room temperature before reheating in a 350°F oven until warmed or toasting.

Tea Cup Salads!

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It was a beautiful warm day so I planned for a fresh summer salad in tea cups for an extra creative take on a regular old tea party!

I placed quinoa, corn, hearts of palm, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, scallions, radishes and cilantro in each cup and drizzled a nicoise dressing on top.

Ladies loved walking around and chatting while holding their salads!

Wooden forks can be found on Amazon.com and the tea cups were from HERE.

 

Tea Party Cookies!

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A sweet little platter of tea bag cookies added that special touch to the tea and coffee bar and dessert table!

All you need to do is make some cookie dough, roll it out, cut out an almost rectangle shape. Place cookies on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and using a knife, cut top two corners off cookie dough. Then use a straw to poke a hole. Bake and let cool. String with ribbon and using double sided tape, stick a cute tag onto the string.

Melt chocolate chips and a little vegetable oil in a bowl and dip cookies in and lay flat on a cookie sheet and place in freezer. When the chocolate has set (about 20 minutes) place in an airtight container in freezer until your party or simply place on a platter and serve.

Here is a pdf of the tags you can print, cut and use and stick to the cookies!

Etiquettes-the pdf

And of course….. the best cookie dough!
Basic Cookie Dough
3 eggs
1 cup margarine (Earth Balance)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 cups flour
2 cups icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
3 tsps. baking powder
Yields 7 to 8 dozen (if dough rolled thin, 4-6 dozen if kids are making them:)
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large mixer bowl, beat eggs. Add margarine and vanilla. Add flour and baking powder and mix well.
Roll out dough on a floured board to 1/4″ thickness and cut into desired shapes. Place on cookie sheet.
Press sprinkles onto cookies.
Bake 10 – 12 minutes or until slightly browned.
Remove from Cookie sheet to cool.
(Recipe credits: Spice and Spirit The Complete Kosher Cookbook)

Shine A Little Light

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These jars were packed with pink matchsticks and a label that read ‘Shine a Little Light”.

A take home favor with a Shabbos candle lighting card to match.

Dina Hurwitz was our incredibly inspiring speaker and the label here is the name of the song her husband wrote which was shared at the event.

You can find matchsticks in a variety of colors on Etsy (or use regular colored matchsticks) and you can purchase the bottles Here.

 

Milk & Cookies Bar!

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These ADORABLE milk cartons are fillable and seal with a lid in a variety of color options!

I filled them with a mixture of almond milk, chocolate almond milk and regular milk and tucked them into a ceramic ice bucket full of ice to keep them cold.

Add this to a dessert table full of cookies and cakes and you’ll have the BEST cookies and milk bar!

I promise, this is NO kiddie desert table and my guests took the deliciousness very seriously:)

You can order milk cartons here.

And add a label if you wish from http://www.evermine.com.

Flower Bar!

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Last Sunday I made a women’s event in honor of my birthday! It was a creative take on a tea party and since it was close to Shavuos I decided to make a flower bar!

I set up a table with a variety of flowers and greens and vases! I had scissors and clippers and pitchers of water so women could get creative and make their very own bouquet to take home for Shavuos.

It was so much fun, the ladies really found creativity in arranging their masterpiece and it added an easy uplifting activity!

I gave out a handout with the flowers which explained about the connection between flowers and women and Shvauos.

The Tags on the vases were tied with divine twine and read: “Bloom Where You Are Planted”. and can be purchased at http://www.evermine.com

The vases were clear glass hobnail style, click here to order.

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Welcome Baskets & Chocolate Bars!

I think I made these just for me. I mean, not really for me…. but for my love and passion to create cute little things and package them all up.

Just remember you have to have fun while putting together events and simchas! It’s so important to find the details of enjoyment instead of simply being overwhelmed by an endless list!

So , here is just one sample of my welcome basket for our out of town guests. Each one slightly differed from the next as they were packed with love and care and each guest in mind!

This one was for my brother and his new wife of only 4 weeks! I included a cute little notebook that looked like an ice cream sandwich!, two mini expresso ceramic cups with their initials on it from Williams Sonoma. Some boxed water that sums up California – environmentally friendly living and some snack bars and chocolate and almond butter spreads. I also included an adorable lip balm from http://www.shopsweetlulu.com (the scent was bubblegum and makes you want to eat it instead of wear it!) The clip board held a welcome sign (it was a coaster designed on http://www.evermine.com) and was supposed to hold an itinerary of the couple days together… but it didn’t actually get done….you got to let go somewhere!

And then the chocolate bar was the cherry on top because it simply made the package look fun!  It was from http://www.sweetpapershop.com which has WAY TOO many options to choose from! I had to trim mine a bit so that they would fit two mini sharffenberger bars stacked on top of each other but hey, no one complained!

Ice cream notebook : Click Here

Mini Clip Boards: Click Here

Retro Lip Balm: Click Here

Chocolate Bars (the 1oz bars) Click Here

Berry Basket to hold everything Click Her