Help with my Hamentashen

I made dozens of Hamentashen today, but I froze when I rolled out my dough and it crumbled. Lucky for me, I was able to call up the cookbook author, because she’s a dear family friend. She talked me through and gave me extra tips. While I was baking, I thought about the many times…

Postponed Chanukah

We were about ready to put away our holiday decorations when we remembered that we hadn’t yet finished! Mama and I had postponed our candle lighting on the 7th and 8th nights of Chanukah this year due to health reasons. We fully planned to reschedule our traditions after a week or so, but it didn’t…

Following our own traditions

As is the custom with many American Jews, we ate Chinese food and watched a movie today. Thankfully, Mama and I didn’t have to leave the house to fulfill today’s tradition. We did it all at home with the help Trader Joe’s Spring Rolls and Mandarin Orange Chicken! We watched “Downsizing” (streaming on Amazon Prime), and…

Happy festival of lights!

Mama and I have decided to postpone our lighting of the 7th and 8th night Chanukah candles, until a time when I can stand the sight of light again. My migraine has not yet released its grip on my skull. Today’s #OneGoodThing was a happy Chanukah with Mama! Here’s wishing you a happy festival of lights! Day…

Adjusting my crown

Latkes with brisket, applesauce, and sour cream Chewing has ranged from uncomfortable to painful for the last three weeks, so today I returned to my dentist for an adjustment on my recent same-day crown. Thankfully, no numbing was required, just a bit of grinding down until my bite was even. I was thrilled to be…

Lighting Chanukah candles with friends

For the fourth night of Chanukah this evening, Mama and I joined a couple of friends to light candles and celebrate. We sang prayers and a song, and we played a hilarious game of driedel with gelt and mini porcelain figurines. Our colorful, paper crowns from the Chanukah crackers added to the festivities. We enjoyed…

Decorating just in time

The Jewish holiday of Chanukah began tonight, and so Mama and I decorated our living room this afternoon. The last-minute effort wasn’t exactly procrastination; the holiday just sort of sneaked up on us this year. (The date is based on a lunar calendar, so it changes each year.) Thankfully Mama and I found a few…