This Christmas we traveled to Kansas City, MO to spend the holiday with Alex’s family.  There is no ambient light and absolutely no “city” noise, which is a nice change of pace from DC.  I’m not a country kind of gal, but I love our little mini vacations on the farm.

First and foremost here is my favorite picture from the weekend! We put Sophi on the barrels of hay and the farm cat (Kitty) jumped up for the perfect Christmas Card shot.

Here are the other highlights from our Xmas break …

Santa’s Whiskers Cookies


YUMMO and let me tell you I’ve had far too many cookies this week.  They are kind of addictive and I just adore how they have the holiday colors in them.  Besides the cookies I made a cheese cake and my MIL made pumpkin bars so there is no lack of sweets in this house to choose from.

The Farm Pictures




And of course it wouldn’t be Christmas without the tree and presents!!

I hope you and yours had a fabulous holiday weekend.

Happy Christmas!!

Happy Hanukkah (or Chanukah depending on your spelling preference)!!!

This year my friend who usually hosts a Hanukkah party decided to go on a vacation with her sister and mom.  I mean really how dare she go away without providing me with potato latkes before she left. =)  So this meant I would have to make my own potato latkes for the first time ever.

This recipe is super easy and if you have a food processor / Cuisinart it is like a hop skip and a jump to the frying pan.

Ingredients:

2lbs (~3 large potatoes)
1 medium onion
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
2 tablespoons flour
vegetable oil

You will also need apple sauce and sour cream to serve with your potato latkes, and I guess if you are my husband then hot sauce should be on the table as well.  Hot sauce is new one for me and I would say skip it, but he insists it tastes good.

Using a food processor or a box grater shred the potatoes and onions. The food processor saved me a ton of time and makes it so easy!  I got to use one of the attachments for the first time, which is always exciting (it’s the small things, right?!).

Transfer them to a colander and squeeze dry. Mix the potatoes and onions with the eggs, flour and salt.

In a skillet, heat 1/4 inch of oil. Drop about four tablespoons for the mixture into the skillet and press lightly to flatten them. Cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until browned and a little crispy. It should be about 6 minutes.

I found that a fish spatula worked really well for flipping these babies and not messing them up.  Just randomly grabbed it, but thought I should pass along the tip nonetheless.  Remove from skillet and place the latkes on paper towels to drain the oil.  It makes about 12 latkes.  And take a look … Voila!

Potato Latkes Recipe, holiday recipe, hanukkah | Life's Tidbits

MAKE AHEAD: The potato latkes can be at room temperature for up to 3 hours. Reheat on a baking sheet in a 350° oven before serving. If you plan to reheat them remember that they cook a little extra in the oven so don’t over fry them.

Just writing this blog makes me want to go reheat the extra latkes and eat them!  Anyways put some sour cream (I prefer light as it is less fat but still tastes great) and apple sauce on the table and serve.

Potato Latkes Recipe serve with a side of apple sauce and sour cream, holiday recipe, hanukkah | Life's Tidbits

And seriously how cute is that double serving bowl?  Thank you wedding guest and Crate and Barrel’s Registry.

Happy cooking!

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My life is a compilation of the small things, tidbits, that day to day, week to week, and year to year make me … well me!  I love photography, cooking, hanging out with friends and most recently wedding DIY projects … oh and course my little dog, Sophi!!

I was in part inspired to start this blog by my recent wedding, but it’s more than that.  I love sharing recipes, DIY tips, and more with my friends, coworkers and family.  Not to mention all the fabulous stuff they share with me!!  My girlfriends and I instituted a monthly wine and cheese night.  It is a nice way for us all to catch up on what’s been going on in our lives.  At each girl’s night the topics are different.  From food, traveling, books and party planning to babies, decorating and renting or buying a home … everyone has their own tidbit to share.  Life’s Tidbits is a way to share all these fun and useful tips and ideas with a broader audience.

Enjoy … and don’t forget to share your life’s tidbits with us along the way. :)

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