Thanksgiving is coming, so the Holiday of The Fried Foods can't be far behind. We love love (love) Chanukah in our house, and I am not embarrassed to say that we give our kids something small as a gift each night. My parents did that for me and my brother when we were growing up and it's such a nice little tradition that we continued it. Four kids later, it's getting a little expensive. I am generally much more on the ball than this - I have not yet purchased one gift. I usually buy stuff on sale months in advance - I don't know what my problem is this year. Oh wait, maybe, and I can't be sure, but maybe it's because they don't sell gifts at Shoprite and that's the only place I ever go by myself. Hmm, I wonder.
With less than three weeks to go, I like to have my super-secret hiding place in the attic filled with gifts - wrapped gifts (and I can say that because none of my kids know how to read). Anyway, this year, nothing doing in the present department. Time to panic? Maybe. But I think we'll be okay. And just think, three weeks from today (tomorrow), I will, (please G-d!) Be On Day 21 Of The 30 Day Shred. Yes, those words need to be capitalized.
Today's project of the day is the first of hopefully much Chanukah related fun. We colored, cut, punched holes, sewed and stuffed and came out with these cute-ish latkes made from cardstock (really, just a thicker paper). My kids loved them, they have been frying them at their little kitchen all night - and serving them to the baby every three minutes. Fun for all.
There were several steps involved here, and if you had ten minutes to yourself you could make a bunch of these and just give them to the kids to play with. But if I had ten minutes to myself I would probably just take a shower, so instead, I made them with my girls this afternoon, and yes, it took all afternoon. Just as well, it was way too windy to go for a walk, tree branches falling everywhere.
So we gathered our cardstock (2 pieces, they were white, although if you have brown you could probably save yourself twenty minutes), brown crayons, brown markers, safety scissors, hole puncher, yarn and a plastic needle with a big enough eye to thread the yarn. I had to make a special AC Moore run for those last two - I possess no sewing knowledge and do not own anything that involves darning or crocheting.
We sat, we colored, we licked crayons (and when I say "we", I do not mean "me"), and we drew latkes on one of the sheets of cardstock.
Then we stacked the two sheets of paper so that the colored side faced out on both sides of the paper sandwich. Cut out the latke shapes while holding both sheets of paper so you wind up with two sides of one latke. They should be a mirror image of each other. Hold each pair together, back to back, and punch holes around the perimeter.
Thread your needle with yarn (in retrospect, my choice of color might have not been the best one) and sew up your latke, using the same stitch one might use in kindergarten when sewing one of those cards with a shoelace (fine motor skills, people). I won't even pretend to know what that stitch is called. Just don't sew it all the way closed because next we stuffed a tissue inside it, kind of like how one might stuff a tissue in one's bra in the eighth grade. I realize most people would reach for a cotton ball to stuff their latkes, but we were downstairs and cotton balls don't live in the downstairs bathroom. Anyway, sew it shut (I'm talking about the latkes) and tie the yarn with a knot. They don't have to be beautiful, they just have to fit into the pots that come with the little kitchen.
Serve warm, on a plate.
And then sit back, listen to how your delicious four-year-old teaches his two-year-old sister what bracha to make on latkes and then shake your head when your five-year-old informs your four-year-old that you aren't supposed to say amen at the end of your own bracha. Then smile and know that your tuition dollars are going to good(?) use.
Are you a Mom?
Of course you are,
your shirt is dirty :)