Every year when Tu B'shvat comes around I recall with fond memories,how each year ,my mother would decorate a plastic tree with dried fuits hanging from its "branches".Though it was "just" a plastic tree, and not exactly the most chic presentation, to me and my siblings it was the neatest thing in the world, something that made Tu B'shvat memorable! Fueled by these nostalgic feelings, I always sought out these plastic trees to present the Tu B'shvat fruits for my children, the same way. Never succesful in locating these trees, I had all but given up on them. Well, lo and behold, this past Sunday, by the Zichron Shlomo Refuah event, my "neighbor" from the next booth Chani Vogel from NK (Natural and Kosher) Cheese, and I were discussing ideas for presenting cheese. She told me that sometimes she sticks cheese cubes on....... plastic money trees ( there's no such thing as a money tree... but there is the plastic kind!) the very type of tree I was looking for - and- they're available from Amazon. (Why I didn't check Amazon myself - I don't know.) BTW-Natural and Kosher really makes awesome cheese!! So here are the simple instructions, easy enough to be done by anyone in the family. Go ahead... create your own Tu B'shvat memories!
- Money Tree
- Dried pineapple/kiwi discs
- Dried apricots
- Kitchen shears
1.Using your kitchen shears,cut leaves out of the dried pineapple/kiwi discs.
2.Stick the leaves into the branches.
3.Cover the bottom with a layer of pineapple/kiwi discs.
4.Place craisins around the "bark" of the tree.
5.Finish off by putting the dried apricots in between the craisins and the dried pineapple/kiwi discs.
Happy Tu B'shvat!!