Happy Hanukkah !

Hanukkah starts tonight at sun down and this year instead of doing a craft we decided to get cooking and make some latkes. Food is a great way to teach your children about traditions whether they are ones you have been celebrating your whole life or if you are exploring them for the first time. Learning about holidays that we don’t celebrate is important to me, it teaches my son about diversity, respect and gives him a richer worldview.

We used a packaged latke mix, this made it simple for my son to make it with little aid from me.  At 4 doing things independently is more important than doing things from scratch, and it was on sale at the market .

I handled the frying. While we cooked we chatted, which for me is my favorite part of our time cooking together.

It got the thumbs up from the cook and Daddy at dinner.

Hanukkah Crafts

Want to make something fun ?  Try one of our Hanukkah Kids Crafts

Book

Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat: A Chanukah Story by Naomi Howland is a Hanukkah story about kindness repaid and how things can go awry. Sadie is a kind young woman and after she offers her fire wood to an older woman who is cold the older woman repays her with a magic frying pan. This pan magically makes latkes , as many as you want if you say the magic words . Her hungry brothers are overjoyed, their bellies are full but as often happens, they get greedy.  See the frying pan will keep cooking and cooking unless you know the magic words to make it stop, and her brothers didn’t hear those words. Mayhem ensues but the family and village find a way to make the mountains of latkes into a celebration. Beware you will be craving latkes after reading this.

Comments

  1. says

    LOVE latkes!!! they are so yummy! I’ve never made it from the mix we use a old recipe from an old boyfriends grandma, I loved going over to her house for some Latkes :) the girls help and we have alot of fun and I eat them till I feel sick :) now I want some Latkes!

    Ok sorry for the super long comment :)

  2. Zombie Mom Comics says

    Great idea! I may need to try this tonight. Not that there is anything wrong with crafts but I love the idea of cooking something related to a culture.

  3. Tanya M. says

    Awesome, Allie! :) We are in full latke mode over here, too. I helped my daughter’s preschool class make latkes from scratch this morning for their big Hanukkah party (she goes to a Jewish preschool). And, of course, we are making them tonight for the 1st Night! Mmmm! So yummy with applesauce and sour cream!

    • admin says

      we had the not so traditional ketchup… I thought we had sour cream in the fridge but it was a half empty container of ricotta cheese , oops.

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