Monday, November 14, 2011

Etsygreetings Holiday Blog Hop

Happy Monday! Today I am participating in the Etsygreeting's Team Holiday Blog Hop. The theme for this hop is to share our favorite handmade holiday traditions. As most of you know I am Jewish and celebrate Hanukkah. This year Hanukkah starts On December 20th and lasts for 7 days. Our favorite thing to do for Hanukkah is to light the menorah but since the theme of this bloghop is a favorite HANDMADE tradition I thought I would show you how to make your own Beeswax candles to use in the Menorah.
First you start with sheets of Beeswax. I got mine here
Next you cut it into strips.

When you are done with that you add a piece of wick to the middle of a strip and press it into the wax. Then start rolling and shaping it.

This is what you will get when you are done

Making these kinds of candles is not hard and would be a fun project to do with your kids too!

It is also traditional to eat foods fried in oil for Hanukkah which helps to remind us of the miracle of oil that burned for eight days during this time so I am also sharing my recipe for Latkes (Crisp Fried Potato Pancakes) with you.

Ingredients:
2 1/2 lbs of potatoes
1 large onion
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup of matzo meal or 2 to 3 Tablespoons of flour
Vegetable Oil for Frying

Instructions:
1.Start by peeling and grating the potatoes and onion. I use a food processor for this. Then squeeze out as much water as possible.
3. Add the eggs, Matzo meal or flour and the salt. Mix well.
5. Let rest for 5 minutes
In the meantime heat about 1/8 inch of oil in a heavy skillet.
When the oil is hot start adding the potato mixture by the spoonfuls and push them down with the back of the spoon.
Fry them on each size until golden brown and crisp.
You can eat them plain or with sour cream or applesauce.



I hope you have enjoyed learning about some handmade things you can do for Hanukkah. Be sure to click on the right arrow to take you to the next blog in the hop. If you missed the blog before me click on the left arrow. You can also see a list of all the participants by clicking on the circle. As always thanks for stopping by and I hope your week is a great one!




26 comments:

katy said...

LOVE latkes! Thanks for the recipe!

Cheers from Far Flung Cards

Susan ~ Killam Creative said...

Hi Terri - Yum, fried potatoes. I make zucchini cakes the same way - love them both!

The beeswax candles are so cool! Where do you find beeswax sheets?

Cheers,
Susan

Handmade in Israel said...

Great candles, Terri and delicious looking latkes. Yummy! I have a recipe on my blog from last Hanukkah for latkes made from zucchini.

Amy Jaz said...

Wow- how easy to make candles! I had no idea! Where do you get sheets of beeswax?

Linda said...

The candles look like a great project to do with the kids. The latkes look delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Adorebynat said...

Thanks for sharing about Hannukah holiday. The Crisp Fried Potato Pancakes looks so yummy. I'll need to try to make that. Hugs, Nat.

Anca said...

Beautiful tradition! My step-father's mother used to surprise us with latkes, way back when :)

BethieJ said...

Terri I LOVE your candles what a FUN project! and the latkes look and sound DELISH!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
Hope you have a GREAT day!

Maria J Black said...

Those candles are such a neat idea! Thanks for sharing.

Carrie L7Designs said...

Your candles and recipes look fantastic, but my favorite part is the Winnie the Pooh and Friends candleholder!

artbycarolann said...

Your candles are wonderful! The latkes look so yummy! Thanks for sharing.

Lindsay said...

Wonderful candles Terri! That recipe looks really good, might have to try that!

June K said...

Such lovely candles, Terri.

southernscraps said...

Great candles and yummy recipe! Love the candleholder too!

Joyce said...

What a great idea to make candles for Hanukkah. I need to try that with my girls. And, thanks for the latke recipe. That's one of my favorite things to do on Hanukkah (eat latkes!)

Molly said...

Wonderful post! I may have to try the latkes!

carol (krillsister) said...

I may try making candles some day. You make it look so easy.

Mara... said...

Your candles are great!!! And thanks for sharing the great recipe!

AnastasiaC said...

what a lovely tradition! ive heard about Latkes from Martha Stewart but Ive never tried them - thanks for the recipe!

Fiona Designs said...

I love Latkes!!! Now I am hungry!!! Your candles are great too!

Stelie Designs said...

Love the candle idea! Perfect project for kids. Thanks for sharing!

Sharron said...

What a cool project--love that it looks so easy too! And your latkes look delicious. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. Have a great week!

ij said...

I love latkes too! My mom tried to make them a few times. Bookmarking this recipe too to try in the future. I love me some spuds :)

Donna said...

I just may try that this Hanukkah. The candles are beautiful!!! My daughter is just young enough that she may enjoy it. If you have not tried sweet potato latkes, try that too.

Cammie said...

Terri, what a wonderful tradition for families to make the candles for the Menorah. Those latkes look delicious--thanks for sharing your recipe.

Melissa B. said...

Well those are some crazy cool candles. Love to see some crafty Holiday greeting cards come out of this blog.