Jewish Food & Cultural Festival 2019

Back in March I traveled to Little Rock for the annual Jewish Food & Cultural Festival. I went with a sweet friend of mine, and we met up with one of her sweet friends. We had a wonderful time!

It was really cold that morning so we were all ready to eat some matzo ball soup! It was the perfect food for a cold day!

A scroll of the Torah.

A basket full of yarmulkes.

After we all enjoyed the festival we went to La Madeleine’s for a nice cup of coffee and a tasty pastry! It was my first time to go there and it was amazing!

I opted for a small cappuccino and the ‘pastry of the day’ that was recommenced by the owner. It was delicious!

I had a mille-feuile and guys it was amazing!

We sat right by the fireplace and it made for an even more amazing experience. I mean come on- fireplace, coffee, and deep conversation with new and old friends makes for a great afternoon!

I took a quick picture of the inside, I will definitely come back!

I bought a loaf of poppy seed challah home. My Mum said it made excellent French toast as well!

I had a lot of fun and can’t wait for next years festival!

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Christmas & Candlelight 2017

Two weekends in December of every year the local state park hosts ‘Christmas & Candlelight.’ During this time the entire park is decorated for Christmas and each house is decorated by a different group of people or family. There are luminaries throughout the entire park that are lit at dusk. Most of the houses and buildings are open for tours and there are different Christmas music programs at the various churches.

My Mum has decorated the Block family house for the past couple of years. This is the only house that is not decorated for Christmas because the Block family were Jewish. Mum decorates the house for Hanukkah, which usually takes place sometime in December. Now Hanukkah is an eight day Jewish celebration of the rededicating of the Jewish Temple during the second century B.C. Two of the main colors that are associated with Hanukkah are blue and white, so Mum used a lot of blue grosgrain ribbon to decorate with.

On the dining room table is the Menorah. The middle candle on the Menorah is called the Shamash, this means helper or servant, and this is the candle that you use to light the other candles. On the first night you light the Shamash and then one candle. On the second night you light the Shamash and two candles, and so on.

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Mum used some greenery, fake pomegranates, and a holly berry garland to decorate the fireplace mantle in the sitting room. The park asks for volunteers to used fake food to decorate with to help preserve furniture and to keep little critters away.

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A driedel game is set up on the table in the sitting room.

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A sign printed in the print museum at the park.

I love how the decorators used copies of old newspapers to make their paper chain. Super cute idea!

Some candles that were made and some that are drying and waiting to be trimmed.

A picture of the inside of the blacksmith shop. It was nice and toasty in there!

Christmas tree in the 1836 courthouse.

Judges desk in the 1836 courthouse.

I didn’t take too many pictures as we didn’t go to many buildings that year. This year I want to try and go in every building!

Winter Antiquing

It’s a very cold, rainy, dreary, winter day here in southern Arkansas. Initially I didn’t want to leave the house, but Mum asked if I wanted to go with her to pick up the sis from college so I decided to get out. We stopped off at a bigger (for our town) flea market that’s across the road from the college. While looking around Mum pointed out two adorable pie plates that she thought I’d like.

I’m not quite sure on what the pattern is called- it only has U.S.A on the back of the pie plates. I do love the pattern though, and it’ll go with my other dishes as well!

This is a close up of one of the pie plates. With my “every day” dishes I collect a mixture of Blue Italian by Spode, Blue Willow, and Historical Ports of England. So these pie plates will fit in perfectly. (:

When I went to take my sister to the college for another one of her classes, I decided to pop into one of my favorite antique stores in downtown. The owner of the building has recently had one part of the building restored, and it is gorgeous!

I always enjoy walking around that part of the antique store! I found this reproduction 1915 Economy Cookbook while walking around.

 After turning a few pages I knew that this little cookbook was coming home with me!

There’s a booth with all kinds of quilting fabrics and vintage sewing notions. These quilting fabrics jumped out to me and I thought they’d make some adorable quilted potholders. Yes, there will be a blog post on those. (;

I’ve been looking for these little dessert plates and finally found one. Now to find three others like it!

I always have fun antiquing, even if no treasures come home with me. Have you been antiquing lately?