Monday Musings ~ December 7

Ready to muse? Here are a few thoughts for today. 1. How many of you know it’s Pearl Harbor Day? It’s important to remember these important dates in history, especially in light of everything going on in the world today. 2. Last night was the first night of Hanukkah. We had potato latkes and lit […]

What Happened to My Holiday Cheer?

It’s December and the holiday season is in full force. This is a time of year I typically love — decking my halls for Hanukkah and Christmas, sending greeting cards, and preparing my holiday baking list. But this year, the holiday spirit seems to be lost on me. When I say I’m not in the spirit, it’s not […]

Dreidels and Menorahs – Getting Crafty for Hanukkah

Have you noticed it’s November? Where did the year go?! This may sound strange, but I’m already planning Hanukkah activities. That’s right, Hanukkah is early this year. We light the first candle at sundown on Nov. 27, the night before Thanksgiving! I’m not terribly thrilled the Festival of Lights is in November, but it is […]

Will Santa Claus Be Coming to Town?

The other night, Sophie asked me the question. … The question I managed to avoid for the past five years. “Mommy, is Santa Claus coming to our house this year? He didn’t come last year and I really want him to come. Will he come to our house?” As many of you know, Bryan and […]

Hanukkah Happenings

A few photos from the first few days of the Festival of Lights … Sophie’s preschool Hanukkah show (she’s in the back row with the polka dot dress) … The family photo (coming soon to a holiday card near you) … Our 14th year celebrating Hanukkah together … Lighting candles … Vintage school bus menorah […]

Hanukkah, Hanukkah, Come MAKE a Menorah

Hanukkah, Hanukkah, come light the menorah … or in this case, make one! Hanukkah – the Festival of Lights – begins tonight at sundown. Sophie I started celebrating a few days early by making our own paper menorah out of – wait for it – toilet paper rolls. I was inspired by a similar idea […]

Golden Potato Hanukkah Latkes

Get out your menorahs, dreidels and frying pans. Hanukkah is here! This year, I made a recipe that I’ve never tried before and let me say, they were delicious! Here’s the secret: Yukon Gold Potatoes. Gold Potato Latkes 3 pounds Yukon gold potatoes (I didn’t even peel them tonight) 1 small brown onion (I did […]

Happy Hanukkah!

Tonight was the first night of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. It was a great celebration — we ate latkes, lit the menorah,  played dreidel, and ate gelt (well, Sophie ate the gelt). Now that Sophie is at the ripe ‘ol age of 3, she really understands Hanukkah and all the symbols and traditions associated with the […]