Why I Tore Up My Bucket List and You Should Tear Up Yours Too & the BEST Latke Hack! [RECIPE]

Good Morning Beautiful People! ❤

As the title suggests, I tore up my holiday bucket lists. That’s not to say that I won’t be doing anything and sharing it on here. It’s just that I don’t want to plan anything out. I had a moment yesterday when I felt myself making so many lists and plans for my bucket list that I felt frazzled. You know it’s bad when you’re making lists for lists! “This is stupid…” I told myself and stared at my list. While I wanted to do every single thing on the list, (and I still might!), I wanted the flexibility to do it when and how I please. I didn’t want to stress about having a post every single day. If I do a holiday item, great! I’ll share it with you right away. 🙂 But if not… that should be okay too. I realize that these bucket lists are self-imposed restrictions and perhaps that is the silliest part of all.

In a month when we should be relaxing… decompressing… feeling joyful and warm… here I am stressing about when to bake cookies and if I have enough frosting for a gingerbread house! So… I tore up the lists and tossed them into the trash. And let me tell you, as soon as I did I felt amazing. No, I felt liberated! Suddenly the world became my oyster. I could turn in and snuggle up early if I wanted. (And that’s what I did last night hehehehe!). I could cook whatever I want, even if it isn’t a “holiday” recipe. I could also do nothing at all! It felt incredible and made me yearn to do holiday things.

With no rules the sky is my limit. So some days I might have a Hanukkah item for you, and other days a Christmas item. Or heck, if I’m feeling adventurous I might have both! 🙂 For today, I want to share with you a Hanukkah latke tip. Now Hanukkah simply isn’t Hanukkah without potato pancakes, right? Around here we wait all year to fry up these little patties and add a dollop of sour cream or applesauce. They taste heavenly. But one of my biggest pet peeves about Hanukkah is that it always falls on a weeknight. (You know… because it lasts 8 days). Not to mention, the government doesn’t really recognize Hanukkah as a holiday… so there’s work and school too. This means that as we’re lighting the menorah, life is still trucking along. And I don’t know about you but the last thing I want to do on a weeknight is deep frying. No, thank you!

So let me present this latke hack to you. Yes, it does involve frying but it cuts your cooking time down tremendously! I hope you enjoy this simple Hanukkah latke hack everyone. Have a wonderful Tuesday and as always, keep on cooking! ❤

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Hanukkah Latke Hack 

Courtesy of: Kveller.com 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ½ cups frozen hashbrown potatoes, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp flour, matzo meal or gluten-free flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Instructions: 

  1. Thaw potatoes by leaving them at room temperature for an hour, or defrosting in the microwave.
  2. Mix potatoes with beaten eggs and flour (or matzah meal, or gluten-free flour). Add salt and pepper.
  3. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Fry latkes until golden on each side.
  4. Serve warm.
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