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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Rosh Hashanah Dinner

Dear Sis,

Our dinner was a success! I think I’ve had enough pomegranate until next year:)

Honey Apple Challah
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 c warm water
  2. 1 egg + 1 yolk
  3. 6 T honey
  4. 1 T olive oil
  5. 1 t vanilla
  6. 1 t salt
  7. 4 c bread flour
  8. 1 T dry active yeast
Apples Filling
  1. 1 granny smith apple
  2. 1/4 c sugar
  3. 1 t lemon juice
Egg Wash
  1. 1 egg white
  2. 1 T water
Instructions
  1. Place wet and dry ingredients in a bread machine in the order they appear, placing yeast on top. Manually program bread machine: 2 pound loaf, first rise 40 minutes, second rise 30 minutes, no shaping, or baking.
  2. Peel, and finely dice apple. Toss with sugar and lemon juice, set aside.
  3. Divide dough into four equal portions. Shape dough into long ropes. Flatten into strips and place bits of diced apple in the center of each length of dough. Reshape dough into ropes around apples. Braid into a round loaf. Use the link below as a reference if you aren't sure how to go about it. Transfer loaf to a parchment lined baking sheet. Rise 30 minutes.
  4. Whisk together egg and water and brush over loaf. Dust with coarse sugar if desired. Bake at 350. 20 minutes. Brush with another coat of egg wash. Tent with foil, to prevent over browning, and return to oven 20 - 25 minutes.
  5. Tap bottom of loaf to test doneness. Should sound hallow. Cool on wire rack before serving.
Adapted from Tori Avery
Adapted from Tori Avery
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How to Braid a Round Challah

Roast Fowl with Apple Stuffing
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. whole chicken or duck
Stuffing
  1. 1 lb. ground turkey
  2. 2 green apples
  3. 1/2 c breadcrumbs
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1/2 t marjoram
  6. salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Peel, core, and chop apples.
  3. Mix apple, crumbs, egg, and marjoram into ground turkey to create stuffing.
  4. Remove neck and giblets from fowl. Place in a roasting pan and pack check cavity with stuffing. Dust skin with salt and pepper.
  5. Cover and Bake 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and bake 2 hours more. Rest 30 minutes before serving.
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New Fruits for the New Year Salad
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 6 c arugula
  2. seeds of 1 pomegranate
  3. 1 apple, diced
  4. 1/2 red onion, minced
  5. 4 dry dates, diced
  6. 1/4 c walnuts, coarsely crushed
Dressing
  1. 1/2 c olive oil
  2. 3 T red wine vinegar
  3. 2 T lemon juice
  4. 1 1/2 T honey
  5. 1 T minced garlic
  6. 1 1/2 t salt
  7. 1/2 t pepper
Instructions
  1. Place arugula in a salad bowl or individual dishes and top with fruit and nuts.
  2. Place dressing ingredients in a pint jar and shake to combine before each use.
Adapted from Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller
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After our meal, we greeted the New Year with the tradition of apples dipped in honey and watched a Youtube video featuring shofar blasts🙂

Pomegranate Fudge
Serves 16
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Ingredients
  1. 4 c Quality Chocolate chips of preferred variety (I like 2 1/2 c Milk chocolate, 1/2 c semi-sweet, and 1 c dark)
  2. 1 (14.5 oz) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  3. 1/4 c Pomegranate Molasses
  4. 1 t salt
  5. Pomegranate seeds (opt)
Instructions
  1. Line a square pan with parchment in both directions, so that fudge will lift out easily once set.
  2. Melt together chocolate, milk, molasses, and salt in a double boiler, stirring occasionally until smooth. Pour and spread into prepared pan. Press pomegranate seeds into fudge as desired. Cool at room temperature until set. Cut just before serving.
Notes
  1. Store fudge wrapped in parchment. Fudge lasts until it begins to dry out. However, fruit topped fudge lasts only for the day it is made.
Adapted from Honest & Tasty
Adapted from Honest & Tasty
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Pomegranate Molasses Recipe

Rosh Hashanah Party Favors

Love,

b

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Rosh Hashanah Favors

Dear Sis,

Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) is on the 20th! We are hosting a dinner for the occasion with our Landlady, Miss Julie and her husband. These are the favors:)

Materials

Small Containers Honey & Cellophane Bags to hold them

Sweet New Year Printable & Coordinating Card Stock

Yellow Marker (if you don’t have a color printer)

Paper Crafting Adhesive of choice

Thin Ribbon

Tools

Paper Cutter & Scoring Board

Scissors & Hole Punch

Assembly

  1. Print Sweet New Year Tags. Color bees yellow, if you don’t have a color printer.
  2. Cut tags on cutting lines. Cut coordinating card stock in 5×3 inch pieces.
  3. Score at 2 1/2 inches. Adhere bee tags to card fronts.
  4. Fold, punch, write personal message, and tie to honey filled bags with ribbon.

L’Shana Tova,

b

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A Party that is Out of this World

Dear Sis,

Littlest will be 5 in nine days, but we celebrated today.

Invitations

Cupcakes & Cake

These are the cupcakes we took to school yesterday to share with our classmates.

The cupcake toppers are lollipops made with candy melts.

The mold was an Amazon find.

The planets are glass marbles… another Amazon find.

The set is a little out of date. It still included Pluto.

It is lucky for us Pluto has been demoted.

He wouldn’t have fit on our cake anyway:)

The candles are sparklers!

Space Snack Buffet

Menu

Space Soup

Space Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 (24 ct. pkg.) frozen turkey meatballs
  2. 1 lb. carrots, peeled & coined
  3. 5 stalks celery, diced
  4. 1 small onion, diced
  5. chicken stock, to cover
  6. 1 heaping t herbs de province
  7. 1 c pastini (small star pasta)
  8. 2 T olive oil
Instructions
  1. Place frozen meatballs and vegetables in a stock pot or slow cooker. Add enough chicken stock to cover. Season with herbs de province. Cook 3 hours.
  2. Prepare pasta according to package instruction. Drain and mix in oil to prevent pasta from sticking, set aside. Stir pasta into soup just before serving.
Notes
  1. We served our space soup with "stars & moons" a.k.a. round crackers with mild cheddar cheese cut into stars with a small cookie cutter.
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Stars & Moons (Cheese & Crackers)

Astronaut Apple Sauce (in a pouch… the zero gravity way)

Love,

b

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Airplane Birthday Party

Dear Sis,

Little is 7! Time to PARTY!!!

Boarding Pass Invitations

Wooden Airplane to Paint

…because all kids like to play in paint!

Pin the Propellor on the Plane

I draw and painted the plane, then made propellors our of craft foam. Each propellor has a piece of double sides sticky tape, so the kids can peel and stick the propellors… blindfolded of course:)

Airplane Piñata 

In-Flight Snacks

Cake & Cupcakes

These are the cupcakes we shared with our school friends Friday. 

Love,

b

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A Quick Wedding

Dear Sis,

I know you are eager to see some wedding photos even though you are still honey-mooning:)

The Dress

You didn’t need to swim through a sea of wedding dresses to find the one. You ordered your dress with confidence without even trying it one! Luckily, you ordered just before the dress was discontinued.

The Dress Portrait

Veil: a custom made 1930s Juliet Cap Bridal Veil by AgnesHart


Bridal Party

Bridesmaid Pattern

For the Bridesmaids, we chose option A, used kelly green silk taffeta, and accented the dress with floral ivory belt and matching hair comb.

Version 2

For the pregnant Matron of Honor, we lengthened option B and made 3/4 length sleeves to mirror the design choices of the other two bridesmaid dresses.

materinity dress

Lastly, you knitted us lovely shawls, which the 90+ degree day rendered unusable.

bridesmaid stole

Pattern Here

MOH:baby shawl

Pattern Here


Venue

Raccoon Township Fire Hall

The Hall

The Pavillion

Dining Tents


The Shower


The Ceremony

Programs

Fan Program

Guest Book & Gift Table

Guest Book:Gift Table

The card box was made by the grooms grandparents for their aunt’s wedding. Next spring, it will be used for a third time, Nate’s brother’s wedding!

Guest Seating

Seating Sign

The sign, remounted for your wedding, is from my marriage to Josh back in 2014.

Processional

Bride’s Mother’s Parents

Bride’s Father’s Parents

Groom’s Mother’s Parents

Groom’s Father’s Parents

Mother of the Bride

Mother and Step Father of the Groom

Father of the Groom

Bridesmaid & Groomsman – Friend of the Groom & Brother of Groom

Bridesmaid & Groomsman – Friend of the Bride & Friend of the Groom

Matron of Honor & Escort – Sister of the Bride & Brother-in-law of the Bride

Bride and Father of the Bride

Procession

Opening Address

Opening Address

Exchange of Vows

Vows

Unity Ceremony

Unity Ceremony

Ring Ceremony

Ring Ceremony

Pronouncement & Presentation

Kiss

Recessional

Recession

Ode to Joy, Ludwig van Beethoven


Reception

Food

The Grill

John grilling hamburgers, veggie burgers, & turkey hot dogs

Buffet ii

Condiments, Burger Fixings, Veggie Tray, Potato Salad, & Fruit Salad

Buffet iii

Bar Cookies & Chips

Beverage Table

Beverage Table: Iced Tea, Tropical Punch Kool-Aid Fountain, Ice Water & lots of crazy straws!

The Cake

The Cake

Fun

Badminton

Badminton

Bean Bag Toss

Bean Bag Toss

Bounce House

Bounce House

Cotton Candy

Cotton Candy

Giant Jenga

Giant Jenga

Kur-Plunk

Kur-Plunk

Ladder Ball

Ladder Ball

Pop Corn

Popcorn

Snow ConesSnow Cones

 Send Off

Decorating Team

I hope your honey moon is going well!

Love,

b

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S’more Love Wedding Favors

Dear Sis,

I have tested and made adjustments to the S’more Mix Recipe we found on pinterest so that it fits our needs. Also, the sample packaging is complete and awaiting your approval before another paper crafting frenzy can commence. 

Smore Love Favors

S'more Mix
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups golden graham cereal
  2. 2 cups mini marshmallows
  3. 1 c mini pretzels
  4. 1 c milk chocolate candy melts
Instructions
  1. Line a jellyroll pan with parchment.
  2. Spread cereal, marshmallows, and pretzels over lined pan.
  3. Melt chocolate and drizzle over dry ingredients.
  4. Stand until chocolate is set. Store airtight.
Adapted from Like Mother, Like Daughter
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 Love,

b

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