What I’m Making: Round Challah for Rosh Hashanah

How to braid a round challah – http://www.kimwerker.com/blog

Fall is the only time of year when I absolutely love cooking. Everything about making fall food makes me happy.

And fall is when we celebrate the Jewish New Year – Rosh Hashanah. As with most Jewish holidays, one of the most salient ways we celebrate is by feasting as a family.

Traditional Rosh Hashanah foods are sweet, for wishing our loved ones a sweet new year. We dip apples in honey, we eat sweet kugel, we make apple desserts.

And to mark and celebrate the cycle of the year, and of life, we eat challah that’s round instead of oblong.

Challah is a mildly sweet, braided egg bread that’s usually braided. Want to make some?

For Rosh Hashanah, here’s my favourite way to braid my loaves into a circle – it’s more like a combination of weaving and braiding.

How to Braid a 6-Strand Round Challah

Register for Stamp Camp and Learn to Carve Your Own Stamps!

Learn how to sketch and carve stamps! Register for Stamp Camp today – https://classes.kimwerker.com/courses/stamp-camp

Learning how to carve stamps is one of my favourite things to come out of my Years of Making. Stamp carving is like the opposite of knitting and crocheting – you can sit down for an hour or two and create a stamp you can use over and over again pretty much forever. Compared to making things from yarn, it’s practically instantaneous! And it’s fun.

And, let’s face it, it’s also practical. I’ve designed a thank-you stamp for making cards to send after my kid’s birthday. I’ve made outlines of shapes to use in my bullet journal or to layer over all sorts of stuff in my art journal. I’ve made a stamp of the title of Stamp Camp – so meta! And of the tiles in my cousin’s bathroom. (Ok, that last one isn’t practical at all. But it sure was fun.)

So I’m really excited to say that registration for Stamp Camp is now open! Join me in learning how to make your own stamps!

Here’s the intro video from class so you can see what it’s all about:

Register for Stamp Camp today!

Register now for all-time access to:

  • Over 40 minutes of video instruction
  • Stamp template PDF to print and trace if you want to start with a ready-made design to carve
  • Thorough introduction to required and optional tools and materials
  • The instructor (me!) so you can ask any questions that come up and get timely answers
  • Connect with other students in class

Yes! Sign me up!

You can also access some of the class as a free trial to see how the platform works and to get a feel for what’s offered in class. So no risk! Give it a try today and let me know if you have any questions.

See you in class!

What I’m Making: Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry muffins – http://www.kimwerker.com/blog

Now that summer is finally over (heat wave here in the Pacific Northwest notwithstanding), I’m getting back into my cooking groove. I don’t enjoy cooking enough to be bothered to do much of it in the heat and frenzy of summer, but as soon as school is about to start, all I want to do is make food.

Starting with my kid’s favourite kind of snack to take to school: muffins. I love making muffins. They’re so easy, and they freeze well. So even if the kid decides he’s sick of one kind after taking them to school all week, I don’t have to force him to take them for a second week because I’ll have put a half dozen of them into the freezer. Then I can make a different kind, and thaw the first kind after a few weeks when he’s forgotten he was sick of them.

The ones I just made are a modified version of the Kitchen Sink Muffins in The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet. (Lots of the recipes in this book are for sandwiches, so not exactly earth-shattering. But the kid enjoys flipping through it and telling me what he wants to eat, so I love having it around.) This recipe has no egg in it, so it’s easy to make it vegan if you’re so inclined (one of us is lactose-intolerant, so I always bake non-dairy).

What’s your favourite muffin recipe?

New Ink!

Compass rose tattoo, by Sam McWilliams, Vancouver, BC. http://kimwerker.com/blog

If you read my Friday newsletter, you know my college roommates are visiting for a few days. It’s only the second time in fifteen years that we’ve been in the same place together.

And as you do when you’ve been friends for over twenty years, we got to chatting before the visit about getting matching tattoos. Diamonds, which last forever just like our friendship. Aw. And also, the ridiculous thing that inspired this trip is… a Neil Diamond concert.

The thing is, our styles are really different. I, especially, struggled with the idea of a diamond. I’m not so big with the shiny sparkly things, and also the ethics of diamonds are just deeply problematic. But I love these women, and our friendship is forever.

Somehow, I got to thinking about compass roses, and whether I could really stretch the diamond concept into the four points of the compass. I didn’t even realize at the time that I put a compass rose into the branding of my business a few months ago. There’s something about this symbol that’s stuck in my head these days. Something about adventuring, getting lost and found again, staying grounded while taking risks.

Leave it to the amazing Sam McWilliams to put a diamond perfectly in the centre of a compass rose tattoo. One look at her sketch and I was like yes. This is the one.

In my love of traveling, in my love for friends near and far, I know where I am and who I am and which direction is my personal north. This design on my arm forever, with the diamond at its centre that matches the diamonds my beloved friends have inked on themselves, is simply perfect.

Pegboard DIY (and a Class in Production!)

My next online class is in production, and I needed to film it against a background that was, well, that was not the lumpy 100-year-old wall of my tiny studio.

Pegboard to the rescue! Though it started out white, I wanted to give it a good coat of paint. So I lightly sanded the white surface, and dug up a leftover can of ceiling paint. Ceiling paint is great for filming against, because it’s about as matte as matte paint gets. Plus, it covers great and dries quickly!

Two coats later and it was ready to go.

Super quick pegboard DIY – http://www.kimwerker.com/blog

Can you guess the topic of class? It’s on carving stamps for the very first time!

If you’ve wanted to learn how to make your own stamps – of anything at all, that you can use over and over again in all kinds of projects – and you want to learn and play in your own space at your own pace, sign up to be the first to hear when the class launches!

YES! TELL ME AS SOON AS THE STAMP CLASS IS READY!

Onward!