Chanukah Days 5 & 6: Celebrate At Home

Friday night was the 4th Night of Chanukah and Shabbos! A double header for us Sabbath observant Jews. My husband made latkes that flew off the serving platter. Sure, they were full of oil (symbolism of Chanukah) but they were also delicious. The kids loved them and so did I! The recipe was easy as ever. Simply combine pealed Idaho potatoes, onions, egg, salt and pepper in a bowl. Mix it up. Put at least ½ of oil (we use canola) in a pan. Make sure it is hot before adding the potato mixture. I asked my husband how to know when the oil was hot enough. He told me the secret. Drop water on the oil and if it dances, it is ready for your potato latke mixture. Drop in the pan and when they are brown and crispy flip, about 5 minutes on each side. Another tip in making latkes, do not drain the the water with the potato starch. It is this starch that keeps the latkes together. Latkes are an appetizer that you can serve even when it is not Chanukah. I know that we will definitely have these again and again.

Once Shabbat ended, we continued our regularly scheduled Chanukah program. We lit the candles and sang Mazur together. The kids couldn’t wait to get back to their coloring sheets. I also decided to make my own Chanukah Party Play List (see below). This was a big hit and the kids were still singing the words to “Chanukah Fever”and “The Funky Gold Menorah” when they went to bed.

Today, Sunday, since it was Christmas, we had to order to Chinese food. We lit the 6th candle and tasted some of the best Chinese food ever. We ordered from Annie Chan’s!

Tomorrow we are going to a Chanukah party. My friend told me that she will have a decorate your own donut activity. This was my idea, since I was give a Babycakes Donut Maker following a BJ’s Blogger Event earlier this month. Here are some details on this product that may make you pick one up for yourself and a friend.

This kitchen gadget can bake 6 donuts in just 4 minutes. Dust them with powdered sugar, or add icing and sprinkles. We always fry our donuts, but the Babycakes donut maker is a nice alternative to a lot of oil. This version of the donut is a lighter, healthier option and the non-stick coating makes baking and clean up fun and easy. My dreams come true! The donut maker features power and ready lights, convenient cord wrap, latching handle and it comes with a convenient wire cooling rack.

Stay tuned for the pictures from the party! Tomorrow night, the 7th night of Chanukah.

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