Cleaning up our #HappiMess with Delta



This past week, we hosted an awesome {and messy!} New Year’s party.  That’s right.  A New Year’s party.  In September.  If you’re scratching your head over that one, let me fill you in; it was Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.  Now, if you’re scratching your head again wondering why a bunch of Christians got together to celebrate a Jewish holiday, that’s a long story…the short version of which is that we discovered some years ago the richness and depth it added to our own faith when we incorporated these holidays into our lives as well.  {I’d love to talk with you more about the whys and the hows of that, but that’s for another day}.

Since Rosh Hashanah isn’t the start of our American calendar, it’s more like a spiritual “fresh start.” It’s a time to reflect on the past year, to think about what we could have done better and what changes we want to make to be better people in the year to come.  It’s also known as the “Feast of Trumpets,” with the word for “trumpet” literally being shofar, a ram’s horn.  On Rosh Hashanah, the shofar is traditionally blown {sometimes even 100 times}.


This year, Little Crafter was successfully able to blow ours for the first time, and boy was he proud of himself!  It’s such a loud sound too…I’m sure our neighbors wondered what on earth was going on!  As for the celebration, there are several traditions besides the shofar.


One is called Tashlikh, or “casting off.”  The idea is that you go to a body of water {running water is preferable, but a pond is the best we can do in our neighborhood} and cast in stones or bread that represent the bad choices you’ve made in the past year.  The symbolism is that just as they sink to the bottom and are carried away, God takes away and forgets about those things.


After everyone had a chance to throw in their rock{s}, we headed back to the house for a time of eating and celebration.  We enjoyed some delicious traditional holiday foods…that also happen to be particularly messy.  You see, there’s an emphasis on the sweetness of the coming year, which is symbolized by sweet treats and most of all, honey.


First is the challah, a traditional homemade bread that contains egg and honey and is often braided like this loaf made by my “brother” Matt.  The top of the braid is also brushed with honey.


Our friend Ruth made these amazing honey cakes that are just as good as they look!  She and her husband Jeff actually own bees, so these are made with their own freshly harvested honey, along with various spices and sugar.


The most traditional food of all is apples dipped in honey, once again symbolizing the wish for a sweet and prosperous new year.


We had a wonderful celebration with our family and friends…so much so that when it was all over, Little Crafter told me almost in tears, “I miss Rosh Hashanah.” And part of the fun includes that you’re not technically supposed to do any work during the holiday either!


But when all was said and done, I did have quite a mess to deal with.  Isn’t that usually the way it works?  The more fun you have, the more there is to clean up, right?  There was honey on the tablecloth, grass and mud on the floor, and a sink overflowing with sticky dishes.  But I wasn’t worried about it because I knew cleanup would be easy as pie…well, honey cake…with my Delta Touch2O faucet.


You may remember me asking you all to help me choose which faucet we wanted…our choices were the Addison, the Cassidy, and the Trinsic in a variety of finishes…all of them are gorgeous, aren’t they?


We chose the Cassidy Single Handle Pull Down in Artic Stainless, and let me just say that we are LOVING it.  Not only is it beautiful, it has Touch2O Technology {Touch Two-oh}, which means that instead of trying to turn or pull a handle when your hands are messy or full, you can activate the water flow with just a tap anywhere on the faucet spout, hub, or handle.  Which means I don’t have to get honey {or on any other day paint, glue, cookie dough, and goodness knows what else} all over the faucet and making an even bigger mess while we’re trying to get clean!  The faucet also came in handy when we were prepping the food, washing off the apples, etc.  One tap, and the job was done!


When it was time to clean up, I had my kitchen and the rest of the house looking good as new again in no time.  Now that I’ve shared one of our many #HappiMess stories, it’s your turn!  Delta is running a social media contest where you can share your own messy moments for a chance to win big!  All you have to do is share your #HappiMess moments on their website or Facebook page for a chance to win a Delta kitchen and bath prize package valued at more than $2,400.  Good luck!


“Why do people treat mess like it’s a bad thing? It’s actually the evidence of a life well lived. When you’re out there making, creating, doing and playing, embrace your #HappiMess and let Delta kitchen and bath innovations help clean up so you can do it all again tomorrow.”


Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Delta via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Delta.

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