Sunday, December 17, 2017

potato pancakes...

feeling in the hanukah spirit this week and decided to make potato pancakes!  these are my absolute favorite!  we grew up celebrating both hanukah and christmas and as we got older hanukah was celebrated less and less and we started to incorporate eating potato pancakes on christmas morning.  there isn't much to the recipe; potatoes, onion, flour, salt and pepper.  but my family has one secret ingredient that i have never seen anyone else use.  it is cinnamon!  it is very subtle and hard to taste, but the addition of it makes them perfect! and of course they need to be eaten with sour cream and apple sauce!  bowie approved!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

holiday cheer!

thank you to our dear friends bob and cheryl for the special holiday delivery this morning!  my door was so naked and i look forward to these chocolate covered oreos every year!

Friday, December 15, 2017

christmas cookies...

we had a fun playdate at a friends house baking christmas cookies!  baking and decorating cookies with toddlers can sure get messy. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

toddler time...

bowie is funny about toddler time, some days she spends most of her time in the snack room but days like today she took full advantage of the place and had a ball.  she loved dressing up as snow white (this is 1st for her with the dress up) and had fun making christmas ornaments.  she didn't even want to leave.  hope this means a good nap for her!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

turn overs...

originally had a play date scheduled at a friends house today, but her daughter is really sick, so she cancelled and i offered for the other mom to come over to my house.  of course the house is kinda messy and i don't have much food in the house.  when i have morning play dates i like to have some sort of pastry and coffee for us moms to enjoy.  i didn't have much time to run to the store and to be honest, it was too cold to leave the house.  so i looked around to see what i could whip together.  i could do muffins, but that seemed like too much work.  but i found a package of pilsbury crescent rolls and i always have raspberry jam!  this sounded like the pepperidge farm turn overs my mom used to buy.  i used 2 rolls to form a rectangle and a big tablespoon of jam in the middle and closed the seams with a fork.  baked at 350 degrees until golden brown (sorry forgot the after pic) and i had "homemade turnovers."  my friend was impressed that i "baked," and they were pretty tasty. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

reindeer festival...

this week we met some friends at the cougar mountain zoo in issaquah for their reindeer festival.  bowie enjoyed feeding the reindeers apple slices and was curious about santa but didn't feel like getting too close.  it was a cold morning, 37 degrees, we bundled up and also got to see the cougars, tigers, alpacas, birds and lemurs.

Monday, December 11, 2017

cookie exchange!

last weekend i went to my first ever cookie exchange.  it was a fun brunch with my girlfriend and her family.  i made cracker toffee, or most people call it "christmas crack."  i made 3 batches for the party and 2 for jarad's office.  and i came home from the party with all these goodies!