We are having a family Hanukkah party tonight with my in-laws and I can’t wait for all of the firsts with baby Ziva and our nephew Asher (also born this year). I’ve gone a little crazy with the presents and am only now realizing that half of them say 3+ on the labels… Ziva will just have a head start I guess. Don’t worry, they don’t have small parts.
This morning I realized I should plan for a bit of a cheat meal tonight. Hanukkah is about the Jewish people’s triumph over oppressors and the miracle of oil lasting for 8 days when it was only enough to light the menorah in the temple for 1. Because of this symbolism, on Hanukkah we light candles for 8 nights and eat foods fried in oil. Delicious foods like potato latkes (fried potato pancakes) and jelly donuts … Yum!
With that in mind I was skeptical about finding a way to make traditional Hanukkah foods a little more health-friendly… If it’s not fried, how is it related to Hanukkah?! Well, if you are looking for something Hanukkah and goal friendly, try these baked Sweet Potato Latkes from the Beachbody Blog. I bet I could easily swap out some gluten-free ingredients to make them Sarah-friendly too. They may not be fried, or even gluten free but they sure look good!
My your Hanukkah be filled with light, love, and abundant joy.
Today is a day for being thankful. I love celebrating Thanksgiving, and combining it with all of the traditions of Hanukkah only makes the pot that much sweeter. I had planned make sweet potato latkes this year, taking advantage of the combined traditions, but instead I opted to take it easy and enjoy some good puppy lovin’. Brian’s cousins are staying with us from Chicago and they brought their furry little dogger Zola. I’m in puppy heaven.
I am so grateful for puppies. Here are a few other things I am ever so grateful for:
The extended family that I inherited when I married Brian. With my family spread far and wide (but mostly in California and New Jersey), it’s nice to have a new extended network of family to enjoy the holidays with.
The Detroit Lions taking home a win today! It’s a Hanukkah miracle! They haven’t won on Thanksgiving in a decade.
Facetime. Now that my family all have it, I love getting some facetime in with them. Especially when we are this far apart on the holidays.
Having what we need today and everyday. I know that isn’t true for many people, and I am incredibly grateful for what we have.
Lastly, today and everyday I am grateful to have so many wonderful people and puppies in my life to love.