Bah Humbug

Scrooge

I honestly don’t mean to be a Scrooge, and I actually think that ultimately I’m not… Truly. Remember that as you read this. I do love the holidays, I love it brings out the best in people, I love tasteful decorations, and I love that my kids believe in all of it. Not just Santa, but in the miracle of Channukah, the birth of Jesus and all of it. (I swear one of these days I’m going to start reading them Siddhartha as a bedtime story just to add a theological wrinkle.)

Here is something I don’t love…

Seriously?!?!

I will be the first to admit that I don’t understand a lot of things about Christmas. I am Jewish, and have always have a love/hate and love to hate relationship with a lot of things Christmas. I won’t get into it in detail but I spent one Christmas break at probably the worst.temp.job.ever where I was putting samples of gum into little packets and then heat sealing the packages. All while wearing a hair net, gloves, lab coat (yup I looked like Laverne and Shirley) and listening to Christmas music on CBS-FM for EIGHT HOURS A DAY!!!!!!  I’m sorry but that is just too many times to listen to anything holly jolly. I also don’t understand inflatables but I get that my kids like them. And I get that how as a kid I would have wanted one too… but really, parents you have the purse strings, you can say NO!

Back to my original soap box….  CARS DECORATED TO LOOK LIKE REINDEER!

SERIOUSLY?! I mean, SERIOUSLY?!?!??!?!

I’m going to apologize now for any of my friends who may have in fact decorated their cars as reindeer, you might want to stop reading, or by all means defend your choices. Was it a momentary state of holiday adrenaline rush? A drunk Amazon purchase? A gift you feel obligated to display? Are you really a 17-23 year old girl?

It is impossible to take anyone with this on their car seriously while driving. I’m not going to let you merge, because I will laugh at you every time you honk your horn. Seeing you does not put a smile on my face, it puts a scowl. Just keepin’ it real here. It is like the teddy bear on the front of the Mac truck. It just doesn’t work. It looks stupid. No one is going to tell you that to your face because they don’t want to hurt your feelings. But really, if someone at your office saw you get out of your car in the parking lot whatever clout you have, it will drop.

I’ll give a pass to the wreath on the front of the car, although honestly isn’t it enough to just have one on your house. Or 10, because heaven knows you need one on every window…. pushing it down… the every window thing doesn’t bother me all that much.

Let’s just all take a pact. STOP DECORATING YOUR MODE OF TRANSPORTATION UNLESS YOU’RE IN A PARADE OR BEING PAID TO ADVERTISE SOMETHING.

 

Thank you that is all… I’m going to go see what that Ghost of Christmas Past wants with me.

 

Oh and Happy Holidays.

holiday card

We had a lovely time over Thanksgiving at my parents house. And as it has become a new Thanksgiving tradition, we take a big family shot… When I say big, I mean extended because let’s face it, my side of the family is pretty small. It’s just me and my parents. So now with the addition of G and the kids we’ve doubled. If you’ve taken pictures with toddlers, you know that you don’t get very long and you also don’t keep them all clean for very long either.

Sure enough, as soon as we opened the door to head out into the backyard, D tripped and got a nice grass stain on his knee. E was soon to follow. We needed to go and we needed to go quick. After getting our immediate family it was time to start arranging the larger group shot. My mom wanted some of just them and the kids…. shockingly the kids cooperated.

But we still had our fun:

Shoot me now

Shoot me now

Pretty much everything about this picture cracks me up. And yes, my parents have a very good sense of humor so they were laughing too when they saw it.

I have been feeling a bit behind with everything, so when we got home that night, i uploaded the pictures and went to my go to site (Shutterfly) to create the card. Normally we just send out one with the kids on it, but my mom did such a nice job with a family picture that we put all four of us on it.

And here are the results… coming to a mailbox near you (if you’re on “the list”)

Stationery card
View the entire collection of cards.

Pinterest Post

So I have finally downloaded pictures from my camera, about 3 months worth! I know that I had alluded to this before, but I am a Pinterest ADDICT! I have found a bazillion recipes, decorating ideas, clothes, and other ideas.

Back in April, it was Easter (duh, I know). I found this amazing Pin

I clicked through to FoodJiMoto and printed out the recipe. Yes printed and read through at least 10 time because I wasn’t sure if I was really up for it. Every year we head to my in-law’s house, and it is a FABULOUS affair. About 20 adults and 15 kids! INSANITY!!!!  And the food is always amazing, and while my brother-in-law always makes fun of me for finding recipes online I HAD to try this.

THREE important things of note:

  1. I’m Jewish, so while I have been celebrating Easter with Glenn’s family for over 10 years I am still somewhat a neophyte when it comes to tradition.
  2. Because of point 1, I have never dyed Easter Eggs. EVER…. EVER EVER EVER
  3. I have never made Devilled Eggs

So while Karolyn at FOODjimoto does a GREAT job at breaking it all down, I was TERRIFIED of making them. But I also don’t back down from a fight.

Step One – we boiled the eggs then gently tap tap tapped them to crack the shell while they were cooling.

Step Two – Food Coloring. It took us a LONG time for G to find this in the store. He went up and down a lot of aisles.

HOLY CRAP. that was easy!!!! Who knew?! D wanted to keep them in a super long time to make them REALLY dark. I overruled him for the most part.

Seriously?! Look how awesome! Not to toot my own horn but I was very impressed with these.

Final Product – Hardly any were left over!

Even my Father-In-Law, who likes things “normal” had one and I gave me compliments. I made sure to have some white ones for him and my mother-in-law.  Ironically, my sister-in-law also used food coloring in her dish, and she and my niece made an adorable bunny rainbow cake.

Enjoy!