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Thursday Thrills: Brides Sweet Like Candy

Get ready for your mouth to water. Ready? Promise? Last chance!

Lavender Fleur d’ Sel Caramel, Strawberry and Coffee Marshmallows, Chocolate Truffles — how do those all sound to you?

These all could be yours, for the price of a… comment!

Calabasas Candy Company offers delicious, kosher, melt-in-your-mouth caramels, marshmallows, and truffles that would make faaaaabulous wedding favors, shower hostess gifts, or bridesmaid goodie bag swag. With over 3005 etsy sales and 100% positive feedback, this is one giveaway you don’t want to miss!

Treats are always a win-win. And when you don’t have to do the hard work, it’s really more of a WIN-WIN! You get to relax knowing that Calabasas Candy Company is taking care of your sweet tooth order, and recipients of such a gift will thank you — with their mouths full — for providing such deliciousness. And if you want to gift these to the best person you know — yourself! — then by all means, feel free. We’re totally not judging. In fact, we shamelessly wish we could win this grab bag of goodies for ourselves!

High quality treats are hard to come by these days. But we promise you’ll enjoy these adorably designed delicacies. It should be illegal that they taste this yummy. And they’re so cute and perfect! After all, you deserve it, you sweet bride, you!

Calabasas Candy Company will be giving one very LUCKY winner a grab bag of delicious treats. Just visit their etsy page and tell us what treats you wish you could eat right through your computer screen! Leave your comment below and random.org will help us find the winner! The giveaway will run until Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. and the winner will be announced on Monday. Anyone can win (you do not have to be Jewish or a current bride in order to enter to win), so leave a comment and dream about the luscious goodies that could be yours!

Good luck!

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  • Abbie says:

    Oh the things I would do for those St. Patty’s day mint truffles!

  • Mindy says:

    As caramel is my chocolate those vanilla caramels look amazing!!!

  • Patti Jacobs says:

    My birthday is coming up on St. Patrick’s Day, so of course I immediately was drawn to the beautiful shamrock lollipops and mint truffles….until I searched the rest of their candies and had to abandon my birthday loyalty and start dreaming of the fleur de sel chocolate caramels…hmmm Calabasas is not that far away. Got to go!

  • Marcee Kleinman says:

    I’m salivating!

  • dale says:

    all looks so yummy… especially the carmels

  • laurie heaps says:

    beautiful and unique flavors

  • Robin says:

    I love spice flavors so the Red Hot Cinnamon caramels and the Cinnamon Sugar Marshmallows got my mouth watering. I’ve never seen or tasted anything with cinnamon prepared that way—very unique.

  • Gaby Witte says:

    SO CUTE! I LOVE Calabasas Candy Co.! There are my absolute favorite!!!!

  • Rachel says:

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMM hand dipped truffles. YUM

  • Justine says:

    Those coffee marshmallows would be amazing added to a cup of hot chocolate!

  • Leah says:

    duuuude! those are ridiculous. want!

  • Vicki says:

    These all look so delicious! I don’t think I can wait for a party…

  • sheila says:

    Yuuuum!! Sounds delish ;)

  • Karen Getelman says:

    The candy looks amazing. If I could only have one, I would have the caramels!

  • Kelly says:

    Oh Yum! Looks delish!

  • Lisa says:

    I’m a big fan of salted caramel and the candies here look incredible. I can’t wait to try some!

  • Lori says:

    These candies look so delicious that I may have to actually get off my computer and go get some.
    Thanks for the great info.

  • Robin Steinberg says:

    the candy looks fabulous and delicious!

  • Felicia says:

    Wow, these candies look delicious! Yum!

  • Loretta Kaye says:

    Oh my God! The Fleur d Sel candies sound so good. I am leaving my office and going to buy some and tomorrow I will walk two hours on the tread mill………YUMMY

  • maggie says:

    These look amazing!!!

  • serena says:

    love this place… hope im a winner ;)

  • Stacey Evans says:

    What a wonderful resource for a Jewish wedding. They look delicious and have a style for almost any type of wedding. Nice job.

  • Dana Glantz says:

    Everything looks yummy, especially the coffee marshmellows and chocolate bars!

  • Dana Opas says:

    My sweet tooth is mad at me for not satisfying it with Calabasas Candy Co sooner! Plus, now that Valentine’s Day and all the sweets that came with it have passed, I am experiencing major chocolate withdrawal – Good thing you posted this though, because I’m positive that the Fleur de Sel Chocolate Caramel as well as any and all these dark chocolate yummies would work wonders on my cravings!

  • Linda Liscano says:

    May the bride and groom, bride and bride or groom and groom have a wedding that features these luscious candies. And a marriage that is as sweet and beautiful as these etherial confections. What a wonderful tradtion – think Fiddler on the Roof – to celebrate each year of wedded bliss with Calabasas Candy Company AND your beloved. There should be a “registry” a the store so lovers can sign up for their favorite assortments. What a great gift between husband and wife for birthdays and wedding anniversaries. And for friends and family to give to the couple in the year’s ahead. Who needs diamonds when you can have “chocolate diamonds”.

  • Sharon says:

    Every single confection looks like it’s worth the calories. I’d be happy to try any of them. Delish. Thanks, Wedding Yentas for your yummy information.

  • sara says:

    Wow! The candy looks amazing!!!! I will definately keep these in mind for any special family events…

  • Cathy Reeves says:

    I would make the most deluscious, yes de-luscious S’Mores with those goodies!!! Ooooooooo pick me!!!!!

  • Hyunah Poa says:

    Love this website! Beautiful candy treats and gorgeous photos. I hope I win chocolate or coffee truffles- my favorites. They look amazing.

  • Michael D says:

    Unique treats are the best. The lavender caramels look great.

  • Linda Pachino says:

    Sounds wonderful!

  • susan landau says:

    The site is great.

  • Randi S says:

    Delicious website!

  • Evan says:

    Wow! these look so yummy! I love the caramel, strawberry and fleur de sel! But honestly, they all look they could melt in your mouth! What a lovely idea!

  • Linda Rosenberg says:

    The candies look wonderful I hope I win…..

  • Nikki Shocket says:

    Everything looks go yummy and beautiful. It is hard to choose what to buy, they are all so delicious looking. I would buy these candy’s for my next party, I don’t think you need to wait for a wedding.

  • ashleigh says:

    Omg they all look deeeeeeeeeelicious! I wanna win! I love caramels so I guess I’d love to eat the cream caramel, vanilla caramel or coffee caramel. yeah i picked out 3!! hope that’s okay!!

  • aj says:

    oh the marshmallow trio is right up my alley. or maybe the cinammon sugar marshmallow…that’d be good melted in hot chocolate!

  • Gail Shaevel says:

    I would choose a chocolate Fleur de Sel caramel because it symbolize both the Sweet and salty parts of marriage. Who knew that because of the CCC there is now a legitimate reason to eat candy!

  • Heidi says:

    These candies look fabulous. I really hope I win!

  • Kimberly says:

    I would very much enjoy trying one (okay more than one) of their vanilla caramels.
    Kims2312@verizon.net

Thankful for A Thank You Note Guide

Dear Distant Relative I Don’t Know Who My Mom Insisted We Invite,
Thank you for the ugly vase we did not register for and will never be able to use in our house. As a young newlywed couple, it would have been great if you could have gifted something from our registry that we pre-selected or just written a check (preferably with at least two zeroes at the end). I’m sure I’ll never see you again, but I guess my husband and I hope to see you soon???
Love, but only because we can’t write “Sincerely,”
Bride and Groom

How many times have you wanted to write a thank you note that reads like that one? Have you ever felt this way when receiving a gift, whether it was wedding-related or not? Perhaps your engagement party or shower included guests you’d never even heard of and you’re stuck about how to make your note of appreciation sound sincere. Maybe you got a really ugly gift and you’re not sure how to respond. Or maybe — a better problem — you got a very generous check and you don’t know how to adequately and appropriately thank Uncle Moneybags.

These are all normal traces of anxiety while scribing away at thank you notes. Most women see them as a chore, and don’t even get started on trying to get your other half involved. Most guys want nothing to do with them. But the fact is, thank you notes are necessary. It’s just plain rude not to write them. So avoiding them altogether does not help your cause. Different sources of etiquette offer different due dates for sending thank you notes. We strongly believe that you have three months from after your wedding to send a note of gratitude. Keep in mind, though, that wedding gifts might trickle in prior to your wedding date. That’s okay — send out your thank you notes as you receive the gifts! This helps you cut down on the work to be done after your wedding. The three months do not apply to events like engagement parties or showers because, most likely, your guest list will be smaller so you’ll have fewer notes to write. Try to shoot for a month after the event.

But what to say without sounding like a broken record? That’s where our new favorite guide to thank you notes comes in! Stacey Agin Murray, owner of Organized Artistry and author of Monday’s guest piece, has written and published a tool you should hold very close to your heart… and writing desk!

Stacey created a 7-step organized system for writing thank you notes, saving her and her husband from constantly wondering, “What should I write?!” She was able to use this system to write notes that sounded personable, sincere, and appreciative. We’ve reviewed the system she developed — now published for you to use! — and we agree that it’s helpful and goal oriented. With sample letters and a guide that includes thank you note writing 101, you’ll feel good about sending your guests a personalized note that thanks them for their gift, time, and thoughtfulness. Stacey even includes ideas about what to say other than just “thank you.” She encourages you to write about a favorite memory with the individual at the party/shower/wedding or to reference an upcoming get together. And if you receive your 17th seder plate, well, you’ve got to keep it fresh for each recipient. This allows you to sound like a real human instead of a thank you note-writing factory. In fact, Stacey even received thank you notes… for her thank you notes! There’s no reason you can’t receive the same since, after all, thank you notes are much more fun to open up than, say, bills, bills, bills!

Stacey’s book, 7 Steps to an Organized Wedding Thank You Note, can be all yours if you enter to win this week’s thrilling giveaway! You will feel the cloud of stress disappear from your sky when you flip through the book and realize that writing thank you notes doesn’t have to be the end of your wedding honeymoon phase. In fact, think of thank you notes as an opportunity to extend your bridal experience as you revisit some of your favorite people and their generous gifts. And for the gifts you feel a little “meh” about, well, Stacey offers you sample letters to guide you through those tricky ones.

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So, now it’s time for you to win it!

Leave a comment below and tell us your biggest thank you note trick or pet peeve. We all have ‘em! The giveaway starts Thursday, February 3rd and runs through Sunday night, February 6th at 11:59 PST. You do not have to be Jewish or a current bride in order to win as the sweepstakes is open to all eligible people in the United States. Winner will be announced on Monday!

  • Shelly says:

    What a HELP! I can tell when I get a thank you note that is not personal from the individual, and I think this guide should help people overcome this. Neat idea.

  • Rachel says:

    I’m a fan of coming up with standard text for my thank you notes and then inserting one special line to personalize it. That means I can power through lots of thank you cards because I don’t have to sit and think about what to write for each person.

  • Diana says:

    Thank you notes are sucha chore but writing them is better than jsut not getting a gift at all I guess.

  • Kelsey says:

    This would be a good resource next to my other wedding planning books and gift trackers.

  • Shana says:

    I actually like writing thank you notes! Still, this is a good checklist in case of a brain freeze.

  • Julie says:

    Don’t get me started! My pet peeve with TY notes is when the gift is not acknowledged by indicating what it is—the note just says, TY for your gift. That is just plain rude and inconsiderate. I enjoy reading a TY note that adds a personal touch about the gift to the recipient. That’s what I always try to do. The gift giver most likely put a lot of thought and time into the gift selection. Good topic, Wedding Yentas.

  • Ilene says:

    I have a number of pet peeves when it comes to receiving Thank Yous, but this is my biggest. If I am sending a check to you and am not able to come to your wedding, don’t write the dollar amount that I gave in the tahnk you card. It’s almost like you are insulting that I gave your $50 even though you didn’t have to pay for me and my date to attend. We really weren’t that great of friends to begin with and you aren’t invited to my wedding, so you’re welcome for the no-hassel check!

  • Sabrina says:

    I could use this!! Thanx!

  • Lindsay says:

    I’m still waiting for a thank you card from a bar mitzvah boy from 7 months ago. I think I should win this and send this guide as a hint to his parents! Rude!!

  • Debbie says:

    Thank you notes are annoying but it feels good when they’re done.

Winner Announced!

We hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating 2011! Hopefully you enjoyed some champagne (and not too, too much!) and a lovely little kiss at midnight, and you’re now set to engage in a successful year ahead full of good health, laughter, and love!

But the year just got even better for one lucky winner who will be puckering up with soft lips and a perfect color! Susie Chhuor Professional Hair and Makeup Team sponsored this week’s Friday Favorites and with the help of random.org, we have a winner! The lucky gal taking away the MAC Lustreglass lip gloss in Love Nectar is … drum roll! … GRETCHEN! Congrats, Gretchen! We hope you get in lots of smooch time with your new MAC lip gloss!

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Thank you to everyone else who participated and left comments in this week’s Friday Favorites! We always appreciate your loyalty and enthusiasm and hope you learned a new lip care tip! Please check back for more giveaways and make sure to “like” us on Facebook to catch all the latest news in Yenta Land!

Friday Favorites | Kiss and Tell

We’re getting ready to kiss goodbye to 2010 and we’re excited to see all of the exciting chapters that unfold in 2011 for The Wedding Yentas, the beautiful brides who come to enjoy the articles, and all of the talented and professional vendors who visit our little site that could. So, it’s only fitting that our final Friday Favorites of the year is a New Year’s Eve themed gush about making sure your kisser is in tip-top shape for puckering up at midnight!

Not only is your New Year’s kiss important in order to start the year off on the right foot, er, lip, but it’s good practice for your smooch under the chuppah on your wedding day. It’s never too early to rehearse! So make sure you treat your lips with care so that you and your lucky kissing partner will enjoy a fabulous and romantic moment.

Today, we are excited to gush over a product that you should all run out and try. We always recommend practicing with some makeup before your wedding weekend, and coming straight from one of L.A.’s most popular makeup artists, this is one lip product you should include in your makeup collection. Susie Chhuor of Susie Chuuor Professional Hair and Makeup Team offers tips to care for your lips and also her favorite must-have.

Susie, herself, says that MAC Lustreglass is a great product because it’s inexpensive, not too sticky on the lips (no one wants to kiss sticky lips!), and has a great sheer color with light sparkles that work for everyone’s skin tone. It’s not too hard to maintain (like red lipstick or lipstick in general) and, even better, it’s a great moisturizer for your lips. Susie recommends MAC’s color called Love Nectar because the color looks great on all faces and is the perfect bridal hue.

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In the time leading up to your wedding, Susie recommends taking care of your puckers just like you’d take care of other parts of your body so that you glow on the big day.

Tips for getting rid of dead skin on lips: Apply Vaseline for about 10 minutes and then use a toothbrush to rub off the excess skin. This will give you smoother lips and easy application for glosses and lipsticks.

And this pretty little gloss can be yours! We’re giving away one tube of MAC Lustreglass in Love Nectar that you can win simply by entering and leaving a comment below.

Tell us about your favorite New Year’s Eve memory or location. Were you at a hotsy-totsy hotel roof top? Or snuggling with your beau in a cabin in the mountains? Maybe you were actually in Times Square to see the ball drop? Did you have a night out with the girls in your cutest (and most painful) pair of heels? It’s time to party like it’s 2011 with the Yentas. You can enter through Sunday at 11:59 p.m. and the winner, selected by random.org, will be announced Monday. You don’t need to be Jewish or a bride in order to win. Good luck and happy New Year!

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  • Ilene says:

    Although my favor New Year’s Eve happened before I met my now fiance, it still remains one of the best memories I have to bring in another year. I spent my last new year’s in college on the Whitsunday Islands in Australia. I loved that instead of being bundled up and surrounded by snow, that I was in a bathing suit on the beach BBQing with new friends that I had only met a week prior.

  • Sharon says:

    Favorite nye memory–welcoming the new year with my husband and daughter in the english countryside.

  • Shana says:

    My favorite NYE was with my fiance and all of our friends. It was a magical night and we got married later that year!

  • Katie L. says:

    I got engaged on New Year’s Eve last year! I think that qualifies as my favorite ever. By the way, i love MAC products and would really love to win this lip gloss. Thanks for all of your advice and tips. You girls are awesome and really know how to help. I look forward to your articles every day.

  • Jenny C. says:

    Favorite New Years was in London. Best people, food, drinks, and ambiance. It was a good party and a good way to start off the year.

  • Gretchen says:

    This year, I’m in Mammoth with my beau and his family. I cooked dinner for everyone and now we’re relaxing and staying warm inside. Nothing like a low-key evening to close out the year. :)

  • Ekaete Ekwere says:

    Favorite New Year’s Eve by far was spent at home doing karaoke with the family, sipping on Apple Cider and laughing as my mom butchered ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’. Good times…

  • Rachel says:

    This year was wonderful! We spent it in Newport with new and old friends. I wore my really really high heels from 5pm to 2:30am so yesterday and today my calf muscles have been S-O-R-E. Oh well! All for the price of beauty! OH and of course the BEST part about this new years was my niece being born!

    Happy new year.

Friday Favorites | The Traditional XMas Dinner

Once again, the week has cycled through and we’ve found ourselves at Friday. More specifically, it’s Christmas Eve. More specifically, it’s Chinese Food and a Movie Eve.

It’s no secret that the traditional Christmas activity for people of the Jewish persuasion is to see a movie (What will it be this year? Tron to satisfy your future grooms? How Do You Know with the family while you secretly gush over Paul Rudd?) followed by a gourmet Christmas dinner of Chinese food at your local, regular place. Nothing says December 25th like popcorn in the afternoon, followed by won ton soup and kung pao chicken in the evenings. It’s the Christmas meal of champions.

But what if you’re snowed in and can’t get to your favorite joint for beef with broccoli? Or maybe the Chinese restaurant you like actually closed for Christmas this year! We want to share a recipe with you that empowers you to make your own Chinese food. Next year, you’ll have your whole synagogue knocking down your door with this fabulous orange chicken dish as you learn to cook Chinese food like the nice Jewish girl that you are.

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Ingredients:
2 pounds boneless chicken pieces, skinned
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
White pepper
Oil (for frying)
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon minced ginger root
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 dash crushed hot red chilies
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 tablespoon rice wine
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon sesame oil

Orange Chicken Sauce
1 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoon water
5 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons white vinegar

Directions:

Cut chicken pieces into 2-inch squares and place in large bowl. Stir in egg, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon oil and mix well. Stir cornstarch and flour together.

Add chicken pieces, stirring to coat. Heat oil for deep-frying in wok or deep-fryer to 375 degrees. Add chicken pieces, small batch at time, and fry 3 to 4 minutes or until golden and crisp. (Do not overcook or chicken will be tough.)

Remove chicken from oil with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Set aside. Clean wok and heat 15 seconds over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil. Add ginger and garlic and stir-fry until fragrant. Add and stir-fry crushed chilies and green onions. Add rice wine and stir 3 seconds. Add Orange Sauce and bring to boil. Add cooked chicken, stirring until well mixed.

Stir water into remaining 1 tablespoon cornstarch until smooth. Add to chicken and heat until sauce is thickened. Stir in 1 tablespoon oil and sesame oil.

Serve at once. You may want to add grated zest of 1 orange to the sauce for flavor.

We suggest serving with some brown rice, green onions, and steamed broccoli for a complete and delicious meal! L’chaim!

And to give you some inspiration while you cook, we want to show you this video that’s totally tappin’ into our message! Enjoy the laughs!