Chanukah started several days ago, but I'm just getting around to pulling this all out of my head now, four nights later.
So, sort of embarrassing, I forgot that I am a class mother. I mean, I remembered a few weeks ago when I was handed a class list and asked to make phone calls about the chanukah gift for the teachers, but after that it slipped my mind, until the first night of Chanukah, when I realized that the Primer was having their chanukah play the next morning and I needed to present the teachers with some sort of token of appreciation.
I'm not sure by whom, but it had been decided that the many many bouquets of flowers the teachers recieve after each play or performance were really just a waste of money. It was also decided that a note or a card would be a nice gesture. Except that I didn't have any blank cards - well, except for the thank-you notes left over from our wedding, but somehow, I didn't feel like a card with our first names scrawled across the front would really be a good representation of the primer class. I kept looking, knowing that I didn't really have anything else but also knowing that it was 10pm and there was no way I was going out to buy any.
What to do? So, once again, it's modge podge to the rescue! With some oaktag (we only had two and we needed four cards so they had to be cut in half), colored cardstock, scissors and some very funky white glitter that I once bought for some long-forgotten and never-made project, we were in business.
Some cutting, some modging, some white glitter all over the dining room and chango-presto, Happy Chanukah Cards for the teachers! And the best part, at least for me, was that the other class mommy did the whole presenting of the cards. While there are many things that I enjoy doing, public speaking is not one of them. My stomach hurts just thinking about it - it amazes me every time one of my kids gets up and willfully performs his part in a play without passing out. They are obviously not my children because I never ever find public speaking fun, only painful.
So anyway, the cards are done and all I needed to do was clean up the kitchen from the huge mess we made today.
We started the day by making sugar cookies, using no butter, just oil - in honor of chanukah. I decided it's gonna be a trans-fat free chanukah, if not exactly a fat-free chanukah. We topped them with either sprinkles, chocolate chips, or, and we went a little crazy here, both. Yup. Both.
They were pretty good - obviously not as good as sugar cookies made with real butter or margarine - but pretty good. And by shabbos, they were still soft so they apparently have a pretty long shelf-life, even without the solid fat. So there.
And then there were our decorations that we worked pretty hard on.
Up next: Chanukah Challah
Are you a Mom?
Of course you are,
your shirt is dirty :)