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Good Day to everyone!  I've decided to call this week the last for the year.  Yes, I know it's a while until all the hoopla actually starts, but I will be leaving on a brief vacation on the 24th and not return until the 28th and yours truly will be having house guests until New Year's-so I'm afraid today and Wednesday will be it until either the end of December or on Sunday, January 4th!

With that in mind, let's talk about our holiday menus!  Do you plan ahead?  Are you the type that flies by the seat of your pants?  Is it just those that live in with you, or do you have many get-togethers during this time of the year?

Me?  I'm one of those who just really isn't in to having massive amounts of family and friends in my home.  I know that's surprising since I love to cook and enjoy the looks on everyone's faces when I serve, but honestly-I know my body and it isn't as thrilled as I am to do all the work!  And because I am a foodie, I simply do not like to "bring it in".  I don't turn down some much appreciated help, but I like to do my own recipes and enjoy the time preparing-TO A POINT!

My mom, bless her 78-1/2 years was over yesterday and announced she wanted to have everyone over for Hanukah before my husband and I leave.  We decided on the first night.  That would be this coming Sunday.  I made her promise that she wouldn't do any cooking.  Our son was home and said something like "all right mom, are you making the latkes?"  And then he also remembered "Hey, I'll bring the jelly doughnuts".
Hmmm.  Great, somehow with holidays-I'm always the one making the potatoes.   Thank goodness for that Krispy Kremes-Adam really can do that part.  It's only him, my hubby, niece, nephew and from what I understand, our older grandson Dylan who will eat the fried dough thing.  I've also been drafted to make some biscotti (no getting out of it and we refer to them as mandel bread for this particular set of 8 days) for the ones who love to dunk dessert into their coffee.  Especially my dad.

The rest of the meal?  My mom promised it will be one of two main dish fare-either she will go traditional and get a couple of rotisserie chickens from Costco or we have a great deli down the street from their home and she'll get a platter of deli meats and breads.  We will round out the rest of the meal with a veggie plate, salad fixings and some cole slaw.  I'm covering the latkes and the homemade applesauce; my sister will probably bring a fruit salad.
That's our holiday tradition-we are big believers in Hanukah "gelt" (money)-our reasoning is simple:  It's always the right size, the right color and you don't have to stand in line to return it!

Wednesday-I'll share some tips on how to make latkes and jazz up homemade applesauce!


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