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How We Celebrate Hanukkah AND Christmas

His family is Jewish and mine is not.

We decided to raise the littles Jewish, so now what do we do?

Well, we do a lot of both and none of some…

So, here’s how we celebrate Hanukkah AND Christmas:

We light Menorahs AND put up a Christmas tree (aka Hanukkah bush.)

Our tree has a Star of David topper and we decorate it in blue and silver.

We have blue stockings (which, by the way, are really hard to find!) and our stocking holders say PEACE.

We read Hanukkah AND Christmas books before bed.

We open presents for 8 nights.

And on Christmas morning.

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I wish my life was as perfect as my Christmas card

But it’s not.

Sometimes I yell. Sometimes I curse.

Sometimes I’m mad at my husband. Sometimes he’s mad at me.

Sometimes he has a bad day at work. Sometimes I have bad days.

Those cruise pictures we took? We spent most of that cruise telling at our kids because they wouldn’t go to camp.

Those camping pictures? Emma refused to nap and I drove her around in the truck, then slammed on the brakes and yelled at her.

Our kids don’t always hold hands and hug.

They fight. They pull hair.

They scratch. They bite.

They’re not perfect. And neither am I.

So, don’t be fooled by our Christmas card.

I wish my life was as perfect as my Christmas card.

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Recipe: Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

I don’t know about you, but with all the breads, rolls, candy, gingerbread houses, cookies, etc. this time of year I NEED a good salad.

I had seen shaved Brussels sprouts salads around, but had never eaten one. I always thought, “Do they really just shave a Brussels sprout?” Turns out, yes.

Here’s my super easy recipe for a healthy salad this holiday season to keep you feeling on track and not so icky and bloated from all those holiday treats!

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Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

Brussels sprouts
dried cranberries (aka Craisins)
pecans
cheese (I don’t like blue cheese or feta but either of those would do)
chicken (my hubby grilled some for the week that we store in a Tupperware in the fridge)
hard boiled egg
avocado

I took a cheese grater and literally shaved my Brussels sprouts into a bowl. For like two of them. Then, I just started slicing and dicing them into small enough pieces for a salad.

Then, I arranged all my toppings and finished it off with a white balsamic shallot dressing:

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‘Tis the Season for Family Pictures

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‘Tis the season!

For holiday cards with family pictures!

This is the one time of year (I think) that most people get their family pictures taken.

We get ours taken usually a few times per year: birthdays, etc.

We usually take some for Emma’s birthday (at the end of October) and those usually end up being our pictures for our cards.

Here are some of my tips:

Set Expectations: Don’t tell your kids about the pictures RIGHT before you are about to leave for them. Give them some heads up. “We are going to take some pictures tomorrow.” Also, I always go in with the expectation of getting ONE good picture. ONE. If I get more, great. Don’t go in expecting the world and be disappointed.

Pick Outfits: Make sure you pick something your kid is going to actually wear. Comfortable. Nothing itchy. For example, my youngest refuses to wear anything but a dress at the moment. So, when I was picking out outfits, I knew not to dare try to put her in anything else.

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Bribery! We used to have our pictures taken in the mall. And we would tell the kids, “when we’re all done we can go ride the carousel!” Or have Chick-fil-A or go out to dinner after. Whatever works. I even brought lipstick to our last photo session to keep them happy! Whatever you have to do!

Outdoor vs. Indoor. This is all about personal preference. We usually take our photos inside at a studio (keep them contained!)

Take yourself vs. Professional This one would be tough to do by yourself with the exception of a timer on your camera, but if you have a friend or a family member it could work.

Here’s my last and probably most important tip: Take lots of pictures of your kids!

People always tell me, your kids are so photogenic! It’s because I take their pictures 20 times per day! LOL They know if they just look at me and smile once, I’ll leave them alone!

Seriously, we all have cameras on our phones now. It’s so easy to snap a picture of them! Plus, it gets them used to the idea of looking at the camera and saying CHEESE, which is all we really want!

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It’s Soup Season!

Happy December!

We are *STILL* waiting for cold weather here in Florida, but something about fall/ winter makes me ant to eat. all. the. soups.

I have made three different soups in the last two months (which doesn’t seem like a lot, but still)

First, in October, I made a Crock Pot French Onion Soup. We took this one to Disney with us and made it in coffee mugs there. It was a little strong on the thyme for me, so next time I will dial it down to 1 teaspoon.

Anywho, here’s that recipe:

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Crock Pot French Onion Soup

1 HUGE onion
1 tsp thyme
EVOO
1 container Beef Broth
2 Bay Leaves
2 tsp onion powder
salt & pepper to taste
2 tbsp minced garlic
1 loaf French Baguette
Thick sliced cheddar cheese

Cook onion with EVOO and thyme until tender. Add to Crock Pot. Add beef broth and spices. Cook on low for 8 hours.

Place soup in coffee mug, place French baguette and cheese on top and broil for 5 mins or until cheese is nice and melty and brown.

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New Traditions: Friendsgiving

For the last couple of years, my husband and I have talked about having a Friendsgiving, but it wasn’t until this year that I made it happen.

Since it’s Thanksgiving break, lots of our friends are out of school and work, so we settled on a day during the week to have all the mommies and kids over for snacks and crafts.

We made paper plate turkeys by:

1) coloring the paper plates brown
2) cutting out feathers
3) gluing the feathers to the back of the paper plate
4) hot gluing googly eyes
5) hot gluing a stick (if needed/ wanted)

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Then, the kids played outside on the playground/ with Legos, etc.

We had lunch of Chick-fil-a nuggets (because all kids eat those, right?!), broccoli cheese casserole, candied yams, pumpkin pie, veggie straws, Tee Pees, Corn Pops and more. It was potluck and all the moms brought a dish to share.

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BREAD! Recipes for Zucchini & Banana

I saw a video probably back in October for Death by Chocolate Zucchini Bread and thought, that is A LOT of chocolate. Not so sure how healthy it really is.

I had never made a zucchini bread, but any way I can sneak veggies into my kids (and hubby’s) meals, I’m in!

Hubby also just found out he has a fatty liver and has been on a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. Zucchini bread was one of the few things he said he could eat for dessert.

I also had a TON of chicken eggs that needed to be used and I read that breads are a good way to use them up, since most bread recipes call for at least 4 eggs.

HOLY MOLY! This bread is delicious. My kids don’t even notice the zucchini and eat it up for breakfast or we even eat it as dessert! It is SO GOOD.

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How to: Build Raised Garden Beds

It’s almost fall here in Florida, which means I’ve been getting my garden ready!

I planted cucumbers and pumpkins inside our house starting in August (it was WAY too hot here to be growing ANYTHING here).

In September, I moved them onto the patio and moved the sprouts to bigger pots.

Hubby and I (with a little help from the girls) put up a fence next to our chicken coop. It’s 16 feet by 16 feet off the side of the coop, which is 4 feet wide. The entire “garden” area is 16-by-20.

Hubby tilled inside this area and we put river rocks 1 foot around the edge of the inside of the fence.

Inside the fence, we are putting 4 foot by 6 foot raised garden beds. We used 1x6x6 and 1x6x4 and screwed them into 4×4 posts stacked three high. To make the beds 18 inches high.

We then stapled landscape mesh underneath each bed.

We then filled them with potting soil and we are starting to put out sprouts in it!

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Recipe Share: Homemade Blueberry Muffins

With Emma starting preschool, breakfast around here has been hectic.

I’m not used to leaving by 8:20!

I had picked up some mini blueberry muffins from Publix, but I went through two boxes of them in two weeks!

So, to Pinterest I went and found a few different recipes that I liked.

I wanted to use whole wheat flour.

I didn’t have any plain Greek yogurt to use.

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So this is what ended up being my recipe:

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From this…To that!

Last year for Halloween, my girls were Snow White and a Bumblebee.

And it was adorable. See for yourself:

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But I wanted them to have matching candy holders for each of their costumes.

I wasn’t finding what I wanted online or anywhere for that matter.

So I made them myself.

When I was younger, we just used good ol’ pillowcases for Trick-or-Treating.

1) There’s no way my kids can carry a big pillowcase

2) They don’t need that much candy

So I went to Wal-Mart and bought two regular orange Jack-O-lantern pumpkins. Then, I got brown packing tape and some red duct tape.

When I got home, I wrapped each pumpkin in it’s respective tape until the orange and the faces were no longer visible.

For Emma’s, I did an apple since she was Snow White and finished it off with some green ribbon wrapped around the handle.

For Addie’s, my bumblebee, I took black permanent marker and wrote “HUNNY” on it (like Pooh).

All in all, the project probably took me a day to complete (during nap time and after bedtime)

And my kids had one-of-a-kind Halloween treat bags.

This year, we are going as the Sanderson sisters (from Hocus Pocus) so they will have little cauldrons as their treat bags.

More on our costumes and those in a later post!

Happy Halloween!

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