Tuesday, December 20, 2011

WOTT is WOYWW and it's Hanukkah!

What's on Tap Tuesday (WOTT) is What's on Your Workspace Weds (WOYWW) as well.

As usual, a quick thought turned into a card. The first night of Hanukkah caught me unawares. The bad angel almost convinced me to let it go. The kids are teens, do they really care anymore? Our celebrating was always geared to their adolescent joys... little presents every day, chocolate gelt (money)....

But the good angel whispered in my ear, "They still like lighting candles and eating corned beef and latkes.... " So I picked up fresh warm corned beef and pastrami from our favorite deli and bought the ingredients for potato latkes (pancakes) and just before I started on the cooking, the good angel added, "you know, you could take a chance that they still like your annual scavenger hunt for gifts."

So I left the kitchen, gathered up some hoarded Hanukkah supplies and literally made two quick cards to tuck a little cash in. Then I left clues in five different places and after dinner, they rolled their eyes but smiled and indulged me in running around the house following the clues. We're talking about 6 foot tall teenagers. That did the parents' hearts good.

So tonight's makeshift workspace is on top of the last post's card pieces (still being worked on). The chocolate Riesen you see on the table were attached to the card envelopes with big fat glue dots.

Card #1and #2 (I told you they were quick ones....)

Once they were made, stuffed with cash and hidden for the scavenger hunt, it was time to make the latkes. Cooking tip: skip the frustration of grating potatoes (and knuckles) and pick up a nice bag of frozen hash browns for starters. I added 6 eggs, 6 tablespoons of flour, salt and pepper and mixed together.

I like to drain them after cooking so I lined a cookie sheet with these adorable paper towels. So apropos, no?

I dropped large spoonfuls of the mix into hot olive oil. Wonderful crunchy yumminess to eat with sour cream and applesauce... comin' up!

First night is one starter candle in the middle and one candle below. We add one more every night for 7 more nights.

Hope you liked the tour and I wish you a merry season of joy ahead whether it's Hanukkah or Christmas. Enjoy!

Cindy (aka Scrapcollectr)


505whimsygirl said...

Yum! I love potato pancakes and corned beef and pastrami. I'm glad your kids indulged you in the scavenger hunt.

Waiting for midnight (or so) to post WOYWW.

Kirsty.a said...

Happy Hannukah. Glad you didn't give in to Bad Angel. traditions are important whatever your age

Helen said...

Happy Hanukkah! Your pics have made me very hungry... must go and cook the dinner, lol!

lynn said...

great post, cindy! your latkes look yummy! love your cards, too! happy hanukkah!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

That was lovely to see how another family celebrates another festivity. The latkes look delish :)
Hope you have a wonderful holiday!
Hugs, LLJ #43 xx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Great cards for a quick toss together. Sometimes I liken my desk to an archeological dig--the different layers show the different projects.

okienurse said...

I am not sure if my blog posting is off or if my mind is. I was sure that I had posted to your blog yesterday but... Loved reading your Hanukkah story and the 6'kiddos playing your game! Love it. Hope you are going to post each day of the holiday. I was brought up in a christian household and it is nice to see and participate in others customs. Thanks for sharing. Happy Hanukkah! Vickie #44 WOYWW #2WOTT

TangolikeRaindrop said...

Lovely card, and your latkes look super tasty! :) Tango #84

Sarah said...

It looks so cosy and homely and goog for you for plumping for tradition - it holds families together and they will cherish the memory later on and even pay it forward!!! Yum Yum! Thanks for sharing in such a busy week! Hope you have a very festive and wonderfully merry time - see you in 2012! Sarah at 11.

Lydia Fiedler said...

AAAH - Hanukkah is my fave card making holiday, I'm not gonna lie, and your creation is why! Gorgeous!!!!

And thank you for the recipe - I never added flour before and I bet that's why they don't hold together! Heavens to Betsy I do miss those from my days in NY.

Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!! :)