Thankful for yummy, minty sweet candy canes...
and their ability to transform a white gift bag from Hanukkah wrap to Christmas gift.
Thankful that they can be crushed and and pressed into semi sweet chocolate to make the best - and easiest - peppermint bark. (i'm also thankful for vacuum cleaners that pick up all the cane bits that ended up all over the kitchen floor - and a special thanks to two doggies who gladly licked up what the vacuum left behind.)
Thankful for these games (some new, others old favorites) that were played on each night of Hanukkah - and continue to be played almost daily. Tradition dictates that no work be done while Hanukkah candles are burning - only playing, singing and dancing - so on the nights that the kiddos received clothes or mama made items they also received one game to share and play. Several nights they also chose to grab an old favorite to play.
Thankful for kiddos who requested banana French toast for dinner. Just mix cinnamon, vanilla extract, and a splash of orange juice into eggs. Top with bananas fried with a bit of cinnamon and maple syrup. Yummy and super quick.
Thankful for playing-in-the-snow days.
Happy Holidays Everyone!