Playing in the Snow

Dear Sis,

Tonight we unplugged our extra freezer, so it could defrost for the move. I scraped away much of the frosty build up so that it wouldn’t make too much of a mess overnight. Mr. Baby embraced the opportunity to play in snow for the first time. 

When Mr. Baby took to throwing the frozen gobs, we moved things into the bathtub.

Mr. Baby will like playing in real snow when we get to Ohio!

Love,

b

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Our Gift Exchange

Dear Auntygoof,

We opened presents tonight. All the pretty paper crinkled and some of them had tags with bells! 

I got some new toys, some new clothes, and a photo book from my first year of life.

Happy Holidays & Drooly Kisses,

Mr. Baby

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Eighth Night of Hanukkah

Dear Sis,

We started the evening with a game of dreidel.

We used this helpful chart style instruction sheet to guide our game.

Then, Charlotte lit the Menorah while I sang the blessings.

Baruch ahah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam, asher kiddeshanu b’mitzvotav, vitzivanu, lehadlik ner shel Hanukkah. Give thanks for the blessing of lighting the Hanukkah candles.

Baruch ahah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam, she-asah missim la-avotaynu bayamim ha-hem barman hazen. Give thanks for the miracles performed for our ancestors.

I put the finishing touches on dinner, while Charlotte read The Chanukkah Guest to the three kiddos.

Menu

Latke Topped Salmon served with Applesauce and Sour Cream

Roasted Root Vegetables and Dinner Rolls

Pecan Cheesecake Pie

Latke Topped Salmon
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 pound salmon filet (thick end)
  2. 2 T butter or ghee, cubed
  3. salt and pepper
  4. 16 oz package shredded hash brown potatoes
  5. 1/4 c butter or ghee
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Place salmon in prepared dish. Arrange bits of butter on top. Season with salt and pepper. Bake 20-25 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, brown potatoes in ghee, in a hot skillet until moderately crisp and golden.
  4. Top salmon with cooked hash brown. Serve with applesauce and sour cream on the side.
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They don’t look glamorous because my photography is lacking a certain je ne said quoi, as it usually does, but I assure you… they taste glamorous!

Roasted Root Vegetables
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 3 beets
  2. 4 carrots
  3. 3 parsnips
  4. 2 sweet potatoes
  5. 1 red onion
  6. 1/2 c cider vinegar
  7. 1/2 c olive oil
  8. 1/4 c brown sugar
  9. 1 t thyme
Instructions
  1. Peel and thinly slice all vegetables.
  2. Preheat oven to 450. Line two jellyroll pans with foil.
  3. Combine vinegar, oil, sugar, and thyme. Pour over vegetables and toss to coat.
  4. Spread vegetables evenly over prepared pans. Bake 35-40 minutes, rotating pans halfway through.
Notes
  1. In future, I plan to by raw pre-cut sweet potato fries and half baby carrots to save prep time.
Adapted from Simply Recipes
Adapted from Simply Recipes
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I used this recipe. However, I intend to use the changes in the recipe below in future.

Pecan Cheesecake Pie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 refrigerated pie crust
Cheesecake Layer
  1. 2 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, soft
  2. 1/4 c granulated sugar
  3. 2 eggs
Pecan Layer
  1. 2/3 c dark corn syrup
  2. 2/3 c granulated sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 1/2 T butter, melted
  5. 1 t vanilla extract
  6. 1 c pecan halves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a springform pan. Center and press pie crust into pan.
  2. Beat together cheese layer. Pour over crust.
  3. Beat together pecan layer, stirring in nuts last. Pour over cheese layer carefully, so they don't mix.
  4. Lightly fold down any crust that extends more than 1/4 inch beyond filling. Bake 50-60 minutes.
Adapted from Inside BruCrew Wife
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With only 25 days left until the big move, it was biter sweet for us to talk as the children played into the night. They weren’t just neighbors, they were and are friends so wonderful they embraced us like family! We’ll miss Texas because of all the wonderful people and the strong sense of community we will be leaving behind, but we will work hard to recreate it in our next home!!!

Hope your Hanukkah was great like ours!

Love,

b

 

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Seventh Night of Hanukkah

Dear Sis,

Potato Latke Recipe

This time I deep fried them. Too much grease! As much as it is fun to try and follow tradition, my stomach much prefers a mildly oiled panfry instead!!!

Earlier today, we tried our new weather shield during today’s drizzle! I expected Mr. Baby to tolerate it, but he actually seems to really like the weather cover.

Love,

b

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Blueberry Oat Muffins

Dear Sis,

Blueberry Oat Muffins
Yields 12
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 c milk
  2. 1/2 c yogurt
  3. 1 c old fashion oats
  4. 1/2 c brown sugar
  5. 1/4 c unsalted butter, melted
  6. 1 egg, beaten
  7. 1/2 t baking soda
  8. 1/2 t salt
  9. 1 t baking powder
  10. 1 c unbleached flour
  11. 1 c blueberries, fresh or frozen
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375. Line a dozen muffin cups with parchment cups.
  2. Combine milk, yogurt, and oats. Stand until needed.
  3. Beat together sugar, butter, and egg.
  4. Combine dry ingredients. Stir into sugar mixture.
  5. Fold in oat mixture. Fold in berries.
  6. Spoon into prepared muffin cups. Bake 20-25 minutes.
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A gluten-free version of this recipe is available here

Love,

b

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Sixth Night of Hanukkah

Dear Sis,

In November, our neighbor friends, David and Merrill, were telling us about some upcoming travel plans. It made fun dinner conversation. As a diversion from hours in the car, they planned a visit to the Tabasco Museum in Louisiana. Josh laughed aloud when he heard and asked what had inspired their choice in leisure activity. To our surprise, Merrill told us she born and raised in Louisiana and identified with Cajan traditions… hot sauce included:) Josh and I were surprised. We had, until that point, believed Merrill to be a lifetime Texan. As a result of our discovery, Merrill promised to make us an authentic Cajan meal.

We had that meal today. It was the first time either Josh or myself had gumbo. Merrill was kind enough to make Kosher substitutions on our behalf. It was delicious! I am anticipating a recipe card.

After dinner, we did a gift exchange. Josh got a travel carrier for his charging cords. My gifts were nostalgic tributes to our time in Texas: a Blue Bonnet Cafe (a local treasure) Cookbook and an embroidered Marble Falls bread cloth. William got a new outfit for the Ohio winter, we will be moving to next month. He also got a tunnel! He didn’t need anyone to show him how it worked. He went right in and squealed with approval!!!

We gave David and microplane grater, which has a fun backstory for another time, and we gave Merrill more recipe cards. She let slip at Thanksgiving that she was out and couldn’t find any in the local shops. 

Merrill served a lovely bread pudding for dessert. I’ve had bread pudding on a few occasions and never enjoyed it. Her’s was fantastic. She served it with lemon sauce instead of bourbon. …another promised recipe I will be happy to add to my recipe book:)

We lit the menorah when we got home.

Love,

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