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Monthly Archives: December 2014

New Year’s Eve Traditions

Do you have any New Year’s Eve traditions?

I am all about holiday traditions. Christmas talent shows, fondue and gingerbread houses are just a few examples of traditions I force upon my family that we observe.

But New Year’s Eve is tricky.

By this time in the year, I don’t have the energy for anything elaborate. Yet, a fresh new year calls for something special.

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Last year I made aebelskivers and we hit a piñata.

But, truth be told, the aebelskivers were “meh” and just weeks ago at Miss Rae’s preschool Christmas party, she sobbed when her classmates hit a piñata, so I wasn’t anxious to reinact that scenario.

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So this year, we made chocolate covered strawberries (among other things) and played Mario Cart.

It was pretty fabulous.

I did, however, keep one tradition.

My red sparkle shirt

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This year and last year.

Because, really, when else can you wear a red sparkle shirt?

What are your New Year’s Eve traditions? Can I borrow them?

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Holla for Challah

Today I got this email from Matty B.

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Punching?

Initially, I assumed that the photo attached showed either J Man with his new Seahawks punching bag, or maybe an unfortunate black eye on one of the children?

I dubiously opened the picture.

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My challah! And here is evidence, proof, if you will, that I have overcome my yeast curse!

We’ve already celebrated Christmas. It’s not yet time to ring in the New Year. What else should we celebrate, but Hanukkah, of course!

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Our Hanukkah cooking class inspired us, so in addition to my challah, we had potato latkes,

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Fish loaf (a soy chicken casserole my Grandma V used to make),

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Rugelach,

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and what about my challah?

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Beautiful.

Amazing.

Light, fluffy, and delicious.

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It was a great night. Wanna try your hand at challah? I used this recipe from food.com.

Holla for challah!

Green Piña Colada

I absolutely hate being cold.

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Okay, this was pretty fun, but when Miss Rae asked to go inside, I was the first volunteer to assist her.

I hate being cold.

My sister and I were planning on running at 6 am tomorrow (gotta break in my Christmas shoes!…not to be confused with the song “Christmas Shoes”…)

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But we took one look at the weather forecast and bailed.

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Snowing on Monday? 19 degrees on Tuesday? No thanks.

So my lunch choice will totally surprise you.

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A smoothie? An ice cold, frosty smoothie? I can’t explain it.

I take that back. I can explain it.

Christmas cookies, fondue, ice cream Yule log, gingerbread, and coffee cake. That explains it.

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I took the normal piña colada ingredients and added some green juice. My concoction included banana, pineapple, large flake coconut (unsweetened) and vanilla yogurt. And, if you count my green juice, spirulina, chlorella, barley grass, spinach and broccoli.

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It’s pretty ugly, so I used a goblet and garnished with a pineapple wedge. You eat with your eyes first, right?

And while I couldn’t necessarily channel myself to a warm, sandy beach, I did enjoy this smoothie. While sitting in front of the fire.

I hate being cold.

She & Him, 52/52

I can’t believe we’re on week 52.

So, for a little nostalgia, check out Miss Rae and J Man on 1/52:

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And 52/52:

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A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014

She: pink personified
Him: Seahawks proud

So, Merry Christmas

I’ve been “unplugged” for a few days (partially deliberately, partially due to lack of wifi) and it was everything I thought it could be.

I have to say, it’s somewhat freeing to not feel the pressure to collect blog content. I hardly took any photos, (it wasn’t even necessary as I was surrounded by people who were constantly snapping iPhone photos of my kids) but was instead “in the moment.”

I did, however, attempt the obligatory “Christmas jammies in front of the tree” photo.

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What a disaster.

In other news, J Man took special pains to make sure Santa knew where to go.

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Translation: This is not the chimney.

Trust me. Santa figured it out.

The Coolest Cake Idea Ever

Miss Rae and I went to Walmart. Our list consisted of:

1. Cake mix (for today’s cool cake idea)
2. Chapstick (cause my kids have perpetually chapped lips)
3. Orange tic-tacs (because it’s not Christmas without tic-tacs in your stocking)
4. Photos for Christmas gifts
5. 37 other things that I didn’t know I needed

I picked up the envelope of photos from the photo counter and went to the front to make my 41 purchases.

I don’t know how it happened, but the shopper in front of me accidentally got my photos (paid for them too, I guess) and I had to re-order and then make Matty B go pick them up later.

Someone, somewhere has 10 of the same photos of my kidlets and they’re very confused.

I was so mad.

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Apparently anger makes me generous because Miss Rae raided my pockets for quarters to ride the Walmart warthog.

It was the one good thing that came out of our fateful Walmart trip.

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Well, cake mix was the other good thing.

So here’s how you make the coolest cake ever.

1. Buy two boxes of white cake mix. Prepare batter to package specifications.

2. Scoop out 2 cups of batter, divided, and let your kiddos go crazy with the food coloring.

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3. Bake the colored batter in a mini muffin pan. A squeeze bottle allows little hands to squirt red batter everywhere help.

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4. Once the colored muffins have cooled, put a handful in a larger cake pan. Cover with remaining white batter. I did two pans for layers.

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5. Invert baked cakes and let cool.

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6. Ice as desired. Of course I chose chocolate.

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7. Slice, and impress.

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I think they were impressed.

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She & Him, 51/52

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A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014

She: With Auntie Paige at brunch

Him: Incognito

(Am I the only one who is absolutely baffled that my post title notes 51/52? Where did 2014 go?)