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

Good Morning Beautiful People! โค

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! โค


Hanukkah Latke Hackย 

Courtesy of: Kveller.comย 


  • 2 ยฝ cups frozen hashbrown potatoes, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp flour, matzo meal or gluten-free flour
  • ยผ tsp salt
  • โ…› tsp pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  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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