Happy Passover

We send happy wishes to all of our friends and family near and far away celebrating Passover tonight.

Passover or “Pesakh”begins at sunset today. It’s an eight day celebration observed every year by the Jewish religion. It commemorates the freeing of the Israelites (biblical name for the Jews) from slavery after centuries of poverty and oppression under the reign of the cruel Egyptian, Pharaoh Ramses II.

Families celebrate Passover by sharing a Seder. With special foods, songs, and customs, the Seder is the focal point of the Passover celebration. Seder means order, and the passover story is read in order from a book called a Haggadah.

This wooden child size Passover teaching set includes a Seder plate, goblet, two pieces of matza, bottle of wine, prayer book Afikomen and matza covers.

Although there are a number of food-related traditions that are observed during Passover, perhaps the most important part of the celebration is the ritual retelling of the Exodus story. In the Torah’s Book of Exodus, Jews are exhorted to tell their progeny about the enslavement and escape of the ancient Israelites. The act of recounting this story in a ceremony known as Magid forms a key component of the Seder feast, and it is told from a special text known as the Haggadah. The ceremony is meant to be interactive and inclusive, and includes questions and answers, special blessings, discussions, and songs. The story is usually told in both Hebrew and the native language of the majority of the guests attending the feast, according to tradition.

Apples 4 the Teacher explains Passover:

Fearing that Jews were becoming too strong, a Pharaoh decreed that all male Jewish babies were to be killed. Jocheved and Amran, a Jewish couple, wanted to save their infant son – so they put him in a basket that floated him down the river. The infant was rescued by the Pharaoh’s daughter and she raised him as her own son. She named the baby Moses, which means ” take from the water.”

When Moses grew up, he empathized with the Jewish slaves and tried to get the Pharaoh to free them. The Pharaoh refused – so there were 10 plagues sent down to Egypt: Blood, Frogs, Lice, Beasts, Cattle Disease, Boils, Hail, Locusts, Darkness, and Slaying of the Firstborn. The name Passover comes from the Plague of Slaying the Firstborn. The Angel of Death passed over the homes of the Jews who had put lambs blood on their doors.

After the 10th plague, Pharaoh agreed to let the Jewish slaves go. They gathered up their belongings quickly, and didn’t have time for their bread to rise, so they had to bake it and take it the way it was. This is why the Jewish people eat matzah during Passover.

As the Jews were fleeing, Pharaoh changed his mind, and sent his army after the people to bring them back. Moses parted the Red Sea for the Jews to cross, and as soon as they were safely to the other side, the waters closed on the soldiers, drowning them all. The Jewish people were free.

Happy Passover!

Not your second cousin twice removed’s wedding, but hip hip hooray let’s celebrate National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day 2014! Who doesn’t enjoy a good old grilled cheese? There are so many variations, and methods of grilling/cooking this comfort food.

My all time favorite is the Johnny Depp method. Wearing a ric rack trimmed apron in the1993 movie Benny and Joon, Sam cooks a stack of grilled cheese using a hot iron and ironing board. Have you, or do you even know anyone who has tried this method? Whenever I’m thinking  grilled cheese, there is never an iron and ironing board handy. Besides, it sort seems like a “only in the movies” thing anyway.

With peaked curiosity look what I found? Real life people cooking the Johnny Depp way. Grilled Cheese Social has a step by step pictorial for those wishing to perfect this method.

Jamie Oliver has his revolutionary unconventional tipped on it’s side toaster way. I see an I hate Jamie Oliver cheesy mess of a toaster here.

The cooking method is up to you. Totally Kids fun furniture & toys has the equipment for cooking up some super good pretend grilled cheese sandwiches.

We have the iron and ironing board.

We have the toaster, bread and butter. You add the cheese.

We have the traditional kitchen.

We even have a deluxe stainless steel frying pan.

If you are looking for a more gourmet grilled cheese, give some of these recipes a taste test. Menue

Grab a can of tomato soup and have a Cheesy Celebration!

Rice Krispie Eggs

This time of year, there are lots of these colorful little plastic eggs, like everywhere. This week’s Recipe for Fun is a tried and true one offering a tasty way to fill them. Round up the kids and whip up a batch of good old Rice Krispie treats and have some fun trying to fill them. Please believe me, the only not easy part is the disappearing filler.

Tried and True Recipe – Rice Krispie Eggs

  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
  • - OR -
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal

Direction
1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add Rice Krispies. Stir until well coated.

3. Using buttered spatula stuff mixture into your little plastic eggs which are perfect molds.

 

Tip: If your house is anything like ours, you will want to double this recipe to compensate for the disappearing filler.

Bon Appétit

Farewell Bri

Today we have to say “farewell” to our fabulous Bri.  As she heads south to her new home in Nashville we wish her safe travels and all the best in her new home!

Scootcase at Totally Kids fun furniture and toys

If this Scootcase was available in a larger version we could have sent Bri off on one.  It is however, a stylish way for the younger set to travel. Fill it up with favorites, then hop on and scoot along your way.

Skootcase filled with favorites

Notice the generous space inside.

Flip to Win Hangman at Totally Kids fun furniture and toys

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys offers many classic travel toys aka: backseat boredom busters.  Anyone remember Hangman?

License Plate game at Totally Kids

The classic license plate game is an all time favorite for road trips. It is also a geography refresher for some. Without mentioning any names, we know a few road map challenged folks in our midst.

Bri, as you travel, be sure to stop and smell the roses along the way.

 

 

 

Yellow Roll Bar Car Bed

Day three, High Point Spring Furniture Market: Wow, pop a wheelie – look at all of the beds on wheels we’re finding!

Silver Metal Car Bed

Designed to look like a real rough and tumble dune buggy, this fun twin sized bed’s spoiler doubles as a built-in shelf.

Colorfull Metal Car Bed

Another dune buggy in brighter colors and just the right size for a growing child with a hunger for action-sports

Green tipped car bed

A touch of green accents on the 2014 Prowler. If a dune buggy has been in your dreams, now you can have one to dream on.

Freedom Racer

Freedom Racer for your Captain America.

School Bus Bunks

Would there be better grades if sleeping in a school bus bunk bed?

Fire Truck Bed

When I grow up I want to be a fireman. Why make him wait until he grows up? With a fire truck bed it can be a nightly event.

Bed on wheelw

A reclaimed look now available in any size bed, plus it is on wheels. Choose any size from twin to king.

Rolling right along this has been a wheelie good spring market.

 

 

Talking about the chairs

Day Two, High Point Furniture Spring Market: You couldn’t miss this colorful Adirondack bench out in front of Showplace even if you tried. It would have been a shame not to stop, take a closer look, climb up, sit down and make a new friend.

Seated high up on the arm was charming 12-year-old Acacia Woodley who shared with us her dream of spreading friendship and kindness.

Acacia is a small girl with no right hand and only two fingers on her left hand, so was an easy target for the bullying she experienced as a new student at a Florida school. From this Acadia came up with an idea -  The Friendship Bench.

In 2012 she started the Tiny Girl, Big Dream Foundation to help children of all ages and backgrounds spread kindness and achieve their goals. Acacia explained “children are supposed to sit on the bench when they’re being bullied or just having a bad day.”  “That lets others know they need a friend to talk to.”

Friendship Chairs

The Friendship Benches are kid sized to fit in schools. They are made from recycled milk bottles by C.R. Plastics, a Canadian company. Each is hand-painted with words of encouragement and positive character traits such as hope, respect, listen, dream and encourage. There are also three quotes about friendship, one on each arm and one along the front edge.

Chilling in the Chair

Another “lucky day” at market getting to meet Acacia with her Friendship Bench to help stop the bullying.  What an inspiration she is for all of us!

Lucky Pot of Gold

Day one, High Point Furniture Spring Market.  Backwards it may be, but starting off by finding a pot of gold, we knew there must be a rainbow near by. Those two leprechauns who just happened to be on Main Street did bring lots of luck for finding a rainbow of color everywhere we went.

Upholstered Twin Beds

Fully upholstered twin beds in an array of colors.

One World Shelves

Stop in Totally Kids fun furniture & toys about six weeks from now and you will see many of these colorful shelves around the showroom. They will be ideal attached to walls for kids sleeping on bottom bunk beds.

Corner Lounge Bed

This full size corner lounge bed is low enough to be used as a starter bed and offers tween and teen appeal as well.

Sideways Bed

Here is the same concept sideways lounge bed shown in a twin size.

Sideways Desk

While talking sideways, what do you think about this sideways desk?

Orange bike

For you DIY’ers out there, look how you can create some three dimensional art with an old bike, Christmas lights and spray paint in your favorite color.

Peace rug

Suyra introduced a new line of rugs for kids. This green peace sign may be good for sibs sharing a bedroom!

Yellow Bunk Beds

A sunny yellow bunk would brighten any room. Could it melt the twelve inches of April snow in Minnesota? (that we missed)

Birds

A little birdie told us that Lindsey, our interior designer will be excited about a flock of colorful birds for bed covers.

Hello Color

More color, color, color.

Red Cuddle Chair

We were truly surprised at the use of color everywhere at this market.

Tomorrow is another day, and with those two leprechauns around, we plan on keeping the luck of the Irish with us.

jet plane

Our buyers are flying south. Leaving on a jet plane for the Spring High Point Furniture Market where there is over 10 million square feet of home furnishings. They always find new and exciting kids furniture for Totally Kids fun furniture & toys.

Minnesota will be enjoying another 12 inches of snow while they are away in sunny and warm North Carolina.

We will be posting pictures of many of the great finds.  Stay tuned.

Big Hugs

how-to-catch-a-leprechaun

It has been said that if you’re lucky enough to catch a leprechaun, he not only grants wishes, but surrenders his pot of gold.  Holy Leap’n Leprechauns Batman! Did you ever think that you could really catch one?

The Suburban Mom will show you how you can, and if you want to catch a leprechaun, there’s no time to be a wasting.

Can you keep a little secret?  Good, then this is just between us. Jen, the creator of this terrific trap reveals, “of course, you can’t actually catch a leprechaun (they are too quick)”.  She says: “if you are lucky, he will leave behind a few gold coins (AKA shinny pennies, gold chocolate coins, etc) as evidence of his quick escape”.

Hurry on over to her blog for the leprechaun trap building plans that will thrill your kiddos and maybe start a new tradition at your house.

A Little Leprechaun History for Kids

We all know that leprechauns have played a central role in modern St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Leprechauns first appeared in medieval texts, and are a type of fairy native to Ireland. His small stature helps in evading capture; by the time humans realize something is amiss, he’s out the door! At some point in time, this little symbol of Ireland became a secular mascot for St, Patrick’s Day. Also, this legendary little green man has no connection to the Catholic saint.

May the luck of the Irish be with you finding a leprechaun or not! A wish that every day for you will be happy from the start and may you always have good luck and a song in your heart. May good fortune be yours, may your joys never end.

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