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Whatever Wednesday: Happy Hanukkah

Hello Posse!

Hanukkah begins tomorrow so I thought today would be a great day to share a tasty Hanukkah recipe. There are several traditional Jewish recipes I have found over the years that I absolutely love. My favorites include potato knish, cheese blintzes, noodle kugel, and my favorite, potato latkes.

Luckily, potato latkes are easy to find here in Germany, especially near the holidays. If you are not that lucky to have kiosks around town selling these and need to make your own, you should check out this recipe from The Spruce Eats, Traditional Hanukkah Potato Latkes (<--- click here). These great tasty latkes are served with applesauce or sour cream. I personally prefer sour cream.

You can also find variations on the traditional recipe that include other vegetables like beets, spinach, and butternut squash. There are also varieties of toppings including avocado, pomegranate, or salmon. There are combinations to tempt just about any pallette. A quick Google search should find a combination that appeals to you.

Christmas is also getting closer and there are practically unlimited recipes, crafts, and gifts you can make to indulge in and share. How about a simple sweet Christmas craft you can share with family, friends, or maybe a few of the essential service people you deal with everyday like delivery people and shop workers. It never hurts to share a little love anytime of year but now is the perfect time to give to others. has a fantastic holiday idea for making Candy Christmas Tree Treats (<--- click here for directions). You will just need a few simple items for this project: Reese mini cups (only green wrapper ones), Hershey Kisses (only green wrapper ones), Rolos, gold glitter ribbon, sequins and stars, and a hot glue gun.

This would be a great project to do with kids. They can choose different decorations and make their trees unique. They can leave these out for Santa instead of cookies for a special personalized treat for Jolly Ol' St. Nick.

If you need a something to spruce up your house, A Pumpkin and A has a wonderful Snowy Mason Jar (<--- click here for directions) project that will brighten up any home and add a touch of Christmas to your decor.

You will need just a few supplies for this project: Mason jars, glue, Epsom salt, glitter, greenery & twine, flameless tea lights, and a hot glue gun. You can try adding different ribbon and decorations to make this project your own. This is a great craft with which to let your imagination run. The decorative holiday combinations you can create are practically endless.

If you need to take a break from all the holiday stress, I suggest checking out my Members Only page where you will find free downloadable short stories featuring characters from the Into the West Saga Serial. I have been toying with writing a Christmas short as a way to try to get my writing juices flowing again. They have been a bit frozen the last month and a half. It's starting to get on my nerves. Keep watching the Members Only page for that story if I can get my muses back to work!

If you are not a member of the the Member Only page, it is free to join and you can stop membership at any time. You control your membership, always!

Have a great Wednesday and if you are celebrating tomorrow, Happy Hanukkah!!



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