Category Archives: Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites | Starring You!

Tis the season for sending cards and exchanging annual updates with friends and family thanks to the good ol’ USPS. If you’re recently married, it’s likely you put a wedding photo on a printed card and mailed a bunch out. Or if you’re engaged, maybe you used an engagement photo or a shot from a recent occasion. Either way, it’s the time of year that you and your plus-one make your mark on a card.

But what if you just realized that — oops! — you forgot to order your cards and now it’s too late for regular shipping, and you’ll have to pay an arm and a leg for a rush order, but then deliver charges go up because you snoozed???

On the laziest day of the week — Friday! — we want to share one of our favorite online resources for cards and photos in one! Jib Jab was made famous by satirical talking animations of politicians and Hollywood personalities. Usually, they’re accompanied by a parody or a silly song. Well now, Jib Jab allows you to put familiar faces inside talking heads to entertain your friends! You can email them, post them in your Facebook profile, or insert them in your blog.

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Yes, we know it’s over, but as an example, here’s a Chanukah card that the Yentas made starring the Yentas themselves, Alison and Nicky, and co-starring their dogs, Princeton and Charlie. Oh, and the dancing logo was a strategic face filler (we had to have five faces so, um, a graphical representation of The Wedding Yentas took its place).

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!

We encourage you to play around and send some cards to your list! If you’re looking for some holiday fun, there’s a great selection for all types of seasonal celebrations. If you are looking for something more general that you can send at any time during the year, we think there are a bunch of funny videos that will totally entertain! So no matter what you celebrate and when, there’s always a Jib Jab for any time during the course of twelve months and your friends will thank you for the laugh!

And on Fridays, who doesn’t like to laugh?!

Friday Favorites | The Apple of My Pie…Dish

Nothing says the holiday season like a warm apple pie. Sure, you could hit up your local bakery-restaurant and pay for Marie to bake you one of her pies, but there’s nothing like taking pride in your own work in the kitchen. And serving it in your fancy-shmancy pie dish really makes you look like a pro.

Don’t forget to add a cute pie dish to your registry for such kitchen adventures! We love the Emile Henry Artisan Ruffle Pie Dish from Williams-Sonoma that comes in three colors to complement any dining theme.

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But, what’s a pretty pie dish without a pretty pie inside? Cue our friend (ha! We wish!) Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa herself, who has created the ultimate apple pie recipe we want to make sure you stash away in your recipe box!

Oh, and the Yentas way to enjoy apple pie is to heat it up and dump a coop of vanilla ice cream on top. A la mode for the win!!

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Ingredients

* 4 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, quartered, and cored
* 1 lemon, zested
* 1 orange, zested
* 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
* 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
* 1/2 cup sugar, plus 1 teaspoon to sprinkle on top
* 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon kosher salt
* 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
* Perfect Pie Crust, recipe follows
* 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Cut each apple quarter in thirds crosswise and combine in a bowl with the zests, juices, 1/2 cup sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

Roll out half the pie dough and drape it over a 9- or 10-inch pie pan to extend about 1/2-inch over the rim. Don’t stretch the dough; if it’s too small, just put it back on the board and re-roll it.

Fill the pie with the apple mixture. Brush the edge of the bottom pie crust with the egg wash so the top crust will adhere. Top with the second crust and trim the edges to about 1-inch over the rim. Tuck the edge of the top crust under the edge of the bottom crust and crimp the 2 together with your fingers or a fork. Brush the entire top crust with the egg wash, sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar, and cut 4 or 5 slits.

Place the pie on a sheet pan and bake for 1 to 1 1/4 hours, or until the crust is browned and the juices begin to bubble out. Serve warm.

Perfect Pie Crust:

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) very cold unsalted butter

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon sugar

1/3 cup very cold vegetable shortening

6 to 8 tablespoons (about 1/2 cup) ice water

Dice the butter and return it to the refrigerator while you prepare the flour mixture. Place the flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse a few times to mix. Add the butter and shortening. Pulse 8 to 12 times, until the butter is the size of peas. With the machine running, pour the ice water down the feed tube and pulse the machine until the dough begins to form a ball. Dump out on a floured board and roll into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Cut the dough in half. Roll each piece on a well-floured board into a circle, rolling from the center to the edge, turning and flouring the dough to make sure it doesn’t stick to the board. Fold the dough in half, place in a pie pan, and unfold to fit the pan. Repeat with the top crust.

Yield: 2 (10-inch) crusts

  • Marla says:

    I love Apple Pie! This looks like a great recipe. Thanks Yentas.

Friday Favorites | Winner Announced!

It’s going to be a very, very happy rest of the Chanukah holiday for one lucky Yentas reader! She entered to win and did just that! She’s walking away with a fantastic Chanukah-themed grab bag sponsored by our friends at ModernTribe Jewish Gifts! Thanks, MT!

So, who’s the lucky latke? Mazel tov to RACHEL for winning a set of cute Chanukah cookie cutters, Jewish fortune cookies, and a super cool peace sign menorah! What a fun way to say goodbye to Chanukah 2010!

Thank you to everyone who entered and continues to swing by The Wedding Yentas!! The Yentas themselves, Nicky and Alison, always appreciate your support and warm enthusiasm. Stay tuned for more fun giveaways in the future where we will shower you with free fun stuff!

  • Rachel says:

    I love the Wedding Yentas!! Well, I loved you guys anyways, but winning is the cherry on top! Happy Chanukah!

Friday Favorites | Hanukkah Grab Bag

Just in time to get you in the mood for Hanukkah, which started Wednesday night, The Wedding Yentas has teamed up with ModernTribe Jewish Gifts once again to showcase some awesome gifts that you could win!

Whether you want these items for yourself or you think they’d make great gifts for a friend or family member, we’ve got you covered!

Hanukkah is definitely all about food, so it’s not easy to forget about sweets and dessert options! Jewish Fortune Cookies will be a great accessory to your Christmas Day if you decide to enjoy the traditional Jewish Christmas dinner of Chinese food! Go out and support your favorite local Chinese eatery. Who says latkes and wontons don’t go together? And for dessert, pop open a fortune cookie for a good laugh and a tasty treat! Enter below and these can be yours!

For a more homemade route to sweets, we’re also offering cookie cutters that create Hanukkah themed treats. Make or buy some cookie dough and a few slices later, you could have menorah, dreidel, star, and Torah-shaped cookies to enjoy as you celebrate the Festival of Lights!

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We LOVE the latke server, but we’re sorry to say that these babies are all out of stock! So, your grab bag won’t include the server, but you can put it on your list for next year. Don’t worry — you can still enjoy a latke (or two or 20) without it.

However, the Peace Sign Menorah is a fun and modern take on your candle display to commemorate the miracle our people experienced when eight nights of oil provided light and warmth for them. Is your family experiencing holiday stress? Tell them to “chill out” with this faaaabulous Chanukiah and let them bask in the glow and peace of this menorah!

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So, all three items can be yours for a little Hanukkah grab bag to enjoy for yourself or gift to a favorite person. There’s no better way to enjoy the season with Jewish gifts from ModernTribe, symbols of our holiday, and a prize that could have your name all over it!

Leave a comment below and tell us your favorite part of Hanukkah! Is it the latkes? Gathering with the family? Playing dreidel? Or, be honest, you love tearing off the wrapping paper to discover some awesome presents? Enter to win by Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. The winner will be announced on Monday. The sweepstakes is open to everyone, even those who are not Jewish or engaged. Good luck and Happy Hanukkah!

  • Ellen says:

    Favorite part of Chanukah (my preferred spelling)….plllleeease…the latkes! Oh, and being with family. Great gifts….love the Peace Chanukiah.

  • Amy says:

    My favorite thing about Hanukkah is lighting the menorah I got in Israel!! Reminds me of being back at the wall on Hanukkah two years ago.

  • Sue says:

    I enjoy getting the family together and the eating. Of course, snagging some presents is lots of fun too.

  • Sharon says:

    There’s nothing like the smell of latkes in the house and eating them plain–no applesauce or sour cream for me. Happy Hanukah!

  • Rachel says:

    My favorite part of Chanukah is lighting the candles each night and saying the blessings. My husband and I have never been into exchanging gifts (we always say we will wait til we have children) but it is the simple act of doing something Jewish for 8 days in a row that make me happy. Of course beating him at a good game of dreidel is priceless as well :)

  • Josef Ihlenfeld says:

    Hey, these items are great!

  • Zahn says:

    Hello, i´m beginning with rss subscriptions. Now i can stay current with your site and especially the giveaways!

  • Katie says:

    I love the cookie cutters and menorah! What a cute group of goodies.

  • Ally says:

    Well, I don’t get to do this anymore but when I was little my favorite park of Hanukkah was doing the Hanukkah show at my preschool. We all dressed up as candles and dreidels and sang awkwardly and slightly off key in front of all our loved ones.

Friday Favorites | A Feast of Thanks

Yesterday’s Thanksgiving holiday was wonderful. Nicky is in Texas with her husband and his family after arriving safely from a multi-day road trip. Alison stayed in the area with her own family and husband’s family in a combined Thanksgiving celebration where there’s a singing and guitar marathon after dessert. Overall, both Yentas enjoyed a holiday full of family, love, and of course, food! No wonder we like weddings so much; weddings typically also include lots of family, love, and food!

As we take this Thanksgiving time to reflect, we want to share what the Yentas are most thankful for:

Each other! The Yentas make a great team who need each other to survive.

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Our readers! You keep coming and coming, and we love that you’re enjoying this site!

Our vendors! We’re so happy to provide a place for you to call home so that we can feature your great work and give you a place to show off your talents in our directory and within the site’s integration.

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Our photographers! We are so lucky to have worked with many photography companies who trust us to showcase their work in a way that will not only help their own business exposure, but help other brides in need of a little inspiration. Photographers are true artists capturing real life on the canvas of their cameras.

Our Facebook fans! Our numbers continue to grow. You like us! You really like us! Thank you for being part of the grass roots efforts to promote The Wedding Yentas!

Our dogs! Charlie and Princeton keep our laps warm and our faces licked as we work long days and into the nights to create content and develop new ideas, tethered to our computers. They also provide us laughs we need when they “let” us dress them up in ridiculous outfits (like submarines or Italian waiters).

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JDate! We’ve developed a great partnership with the folks at JDate and hope to help their newly engaged successes as they begin to plan their weddings. Mazel tov! We’re also thrilled to be featured on JDate’s open access lifestyle magazine, JMag, and we’re thankful to be part of the JFamily.

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Beautiful weddings! Who isn’t thankful for eye candy?!?! We love getting wonderful submissions that allows us a glimpse into a couple’s special day and the countless hours of thoughts and ideas that went into the details of their wedding.

Jewish geography! We’ve connected with so many readers and vendors thanks to the big-but-small Jewish community nation-wide.

Our husbands! They are not only our support system in life, but they are our tech support as well. This site wouldn’t exist without Eric and Bryan. Kisses!

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