Holiday Crafting

Happy holidays everyone!
We finally got seasonal weather up here in the North Country, and the weather today was positively delightful, so we went out and played in the snow. Missy and Charlie (the dog) had a ton of fun.

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Missy and I built this baby snowman. “The snowman” asked us to build his dad, but the snow wasn’t packing well so we will try again soon.

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We went on a quest for a sled, which were nearly sold out everywhere. We did find one though, and Missy played with it a little. Tomorrow if the weather is nice we will go to the hill.

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We did inside stuff too! I made a big batch of gingerbread, and we went to town with icings and sprinkles.

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We made a lot of them. 😉

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I also made a gingerbread house! We put tree and man cookies outside on the lawn, too. There’s also a couple pies lurking in my kitchen, and a fruitcake in the oven.

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Last but not least, check out these stockings! I made them! I’m really proud of them.

I truly hope you are all safe and happy and warm tonight, and every night. Happy holidays if you are celebrating, and joy to all the world.

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Hanukkah

We caught a special Shalom Sesame about Hanukkah today, and Missy really got into it. (Gotta love Sesame Workshop.)
I believe in learning about other cultures and participatory learning, so I threw together a small celebration, and we talked about what she learned on the show.
I think I might also toss together a Kwanzaa day, learn more about the pagan solstice celebrations…. do it UP. Why not, while we do the Xmas stuff (and while my mom asks her about Jesus birthday cake).

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I tossed together 9 candles.

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I made some challah. God that bread is good. I always make half of the Challah I recipe on allrecipes.

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I made sweet potato latkes. The oil foamed up weirdly, I guess because of the eggs. Seriously, though, omg those were goooooood. I followed a recipe on allrecipes.com.

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Lastly, behold the holy sufganiot that I acquired from Dunkin just 10 minutes before closing.

Productivity

I’ve been busy today!

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These fruits are macerating, in preparation for fruitcaking later this week. I also made a big batch of Alton’s hot cocoa mix, yum.

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Spent a big chunk of the day on this. Wanna guess what it is??

We also *finally* hung the lights and wreath out front, but I didn’t get a picture. 😦

We were excited this year to be able to do some Angel Tree gifts. Last year we were traveling and the year before we couldn’t find a tree! And the year before that we were hella broke. We selected 3 kids this year: an 11 year old girl who wanted an RC airplane, an 8 year old girl who wanted Hot Wheels cars, and an 11 year old boy who wanted art supplies. I am super happy to be able to give these kids a gift and encourage them to keep being themselves.
Note about the Angel Tree: what’s up with people judging the kids for what they ask for? Poor kids don’t get to wish for an iPod? I mean yeah it’s expensive, but you don’t get to judge them and be rude about them wanting it. Sheesh, classist much.

Rant over.

Anyway, happy holidays. I know we are now on the 2nd night of Hanukkah, even though Xmas and Kwanzaa and the solstice are still a bit away.

Rosh Hashanah

I’m not Jewish. Never have been and presumably never will be.  So why, you may ask, am I writing about one of the High Holy days?

Well, it has to do with my deep love for autumn. In the early days of autumn, as the air cools, the apple harvest comes in, and the leaves begin to turn, I feel like I come alive. I can’t explain it. I feel like this lovely time of year is much nicer and way more logical for a New Year than the middle of dreary winter (ahem, Gregorian calendar).
I can’t even attempt to claim to “observe” the holiday. I mostly just hijack it as a great excuse to make delicious bread and eat apples. I began this “tradition” last year in fact. I was (and am) a fervent reader of the blog Shiksa in the Kitchen, and her posts about holiday food enticed and inspired me. It’s just a coincidence that it fit so well with my own feelings about the season.

I’m celebrating today by making and consuming a delicious Challah bread, eating apples with honey, and drinking kosher wine. I won’t tell you the rest of my meal because it’s positively blasphemous. 😉