Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wikipedia

We love Wikipedia around here and use it often. This amazing resource is free and also free of advertising. How do they do it? By having a volunteer staff and by relying on donations. Below is a message from founder Jimmy Wales that I think that anyone who has used Wikipedia should read. I have also included this link if you decide to take the plunge and make even a small donation.

From Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Holiday Links

Here are a few of the things that I have seen around the web this holiday season. I hope you will enjoy them. Happy holidays!

1. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a major breastfeeder. I love The Tonight Show's version off eight maids a-milking . It starts at 1:52.

2. Check out Eat In Good Health a cooking show produced through the Yiddish Forward. It's in Yiddish with English subtitles. I love that the hosts are not little old Bubbes or Chasidic!

3. These are the cutest potato latkes I have ever seen.  I have always wondered if you could make latkes with yukon gold potatoes. They can be found at Shiksa In The Kitchen.

4. I love garlands and I love felt so of course I'm a fan of these felt Hanukkah garlands on Felt So Cute 

5. Emily from Flowing With My Ducklings made this very Waldorfy menorah with her son Yoav from a wood block and part of a fallen bay laurel tree.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Potato Latkes 2011

Potato latkes are not just for Chanakah around here. I make them for dinner throughout the year and serve them with a big green salad. I posted a recipe for potato latkes two years ago but noticed that my recipe has changed a bit. Remember that if you are going to freeze them to serve at a later date fry until the are just beginning to turn golden. They will continue to brown when you heat them up. This recipe makes about fifteen three inch latkes.

Equipment:
1. Food Processor
2. Fine grating blade. This does not usually come with the food processor so you will need to buy one. I used to grate the potatoes by hand and it was a big pain. The fine grate makes the latkes closer to the hand grated potatoes than the standard size grater does.
3. Unbleached cheese cloth
4. Frying pan and spatula

Ingredients:
5 lbs Russet potatoes
5 eggs
1/3 cup of sprouted flour (you can use regular flour or another starchy substitute. you are gluten free)
1 large onion
lemon
salt and pepper to taste
Palm oil or refined, expeller pressed coconut oil

1. Grate the onion in the food processor and put it in the mixing bowl

2. Squeeze some lemon juice into the grated onion and combine.

3. In the bowl that you will be putting the potatoes after they have been shredded scramble the eggs and put it aside. 

4. Peel 1 potato and cut it into large chunks. 

5. Shred the potato in the food processor and immediately add it to the onion and lemon mixture and mix it up. This will keep the potatoes from turning brown. Continue til all the potatoes are shredded

6. Put half of the potato mixture in a piece of the cheesecloth and squeeze out as much of the liquid as you can and put it in a clean bowl. Add them to the scrambled eggs and toss. This will again keep your potatoes from turning brown before frying. Repeat with the second half of the potatoes.

7. Add flour, salt and pepper and mix until it is combined. I like to use my hands!

8. Heat the oil in the frying pan on a medium flame.

9. Fry latkes until they are golden brown on both sides and drain on paper towels.

10. Serve with sour cream and apple sauce 


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Holiday Gifts for Kids

Hanukkah has been on the back burner this year because much of my extra time has been spent planning R's Bat Mitzvah. We are having a party on January 22nd and on February 4th she will be leining (chanting from the Torah) at a women's tefillah (prayer) service. We are all very excited. I did, however, want to post some things that I think would make nice holiday gifts for kids this year.

             Limited Edition Felt Fruit SetFelt Food Lunch or Dinner with a hamburger, chicken leg, and ravioli

Etsy is one of my favorite places to finds gifts and if you have not checked it out you really need to. This wool blend felt food is from Becky M's shop. Felt food is so much nicer than plastic and I find that the kids prefer playing with it. Molly, our dog, also likes felt better than the plastic and has unfortunately eaten our chicken leg!

                                The kid's book of creative lettering [Book]

All of the girls have are having lots of fun with The Kids Book Of Creative Lettering. I love all of the creative cards, signs and pictures they have been making using the ideas from the book.





Art DollsWool Felt Bug Kit

I just ordered the Artterro Art Doll Kit and the Wool Felt Bug Kit for the girls and have not yet received it. I still wanted to write about these kits because they really look great. I've been wondering when someone would put together a more eco looking craft kit. I will update you when my kits arrive but I'm sure the girls will have lots of fun with these.
   Jenga Wood Block Game -  Hasbro - Toys"R"UsJenga Wood Block Game -  Hasbro - Toys"R"Us

We have had Jenga since Z was little and it is still one of our favorites. I can't remember when Z started playing it but D was 5 (even though it says for 8 and up). Even I like playing this game and I don't like to play alot of games!
          Arsenal Crest Hoody ImageNike Arsenal Skills Ball  Image

Z is a huge soccer fan and Arsenal London is his team. If you have a soccer fan that you need to buy a gift for then Eurosport is the place to go. They have everything that a soccer fan would want in youth and adult sizes.
                                   Razor RipStik Caster Board - Silver -  Razor - Toys"R"Us
R is obsessed with her friend Ts RipStik. It's not like a regular skateboard. You have to do this twisty motion to get it to move and it's a real workout. They like to ride it on Shabbat in T's basement that has lots of long halls. I just ordered R one for her birthday.

                
We give our kids one 5 dollar bill each night of Hanukkah no matter what their age is. It's more than enough for them to buy themselves something nice but it's also not over the top.

So there's this years list. Do any of you have some gift ideas that you would like to share?

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