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A MizFit Hanukkah.

Fri, Dec 18, 2009

MizFit Muzings

How flattered am I that you guys are even remotely interested in how we celebrate up in herre?

While it doesnt make for a riveting post please to enjoy the minutiae of my life.

This year was different from years past in that the Tornado really “got” that something special was/would be happening for eight days.

Mostly, however, she was pumped as always that her dad came home early:


Most years I bail and it’s all sufganiyot all the time around here.  Im more a fan of the sweet than the tater & typically we get together with other people who are happy to make the latkes.

This year I decided it was time for me to attempt a pancake of the non-protein variety.

Much to the horror dismay of this blogger and this blogger this decision involved my having to BUY A GRATER.

(I learned later that I could have used my food processor so Im not entirely pathetic in the kitchen. I do own me one of those.)

Taters were grated, rinsed & ready:


Fried within an inch of their potato’y life:




And eaten.

Some people eat their latkes with sour cream (one of the many foodstuffs I do not enjoy) but Im an applesauce woman.  Ren Man? Tornado? Both ate theirs plain (I was totally betting on the Tornado demanding ketchup.  I was sorely mistaken.)

Yes the Tornado was in her pjs.  This is not a Hanukkah tradition. Ren Man & I were not.


After we ate (why yes! we DO like to do things a little a**backwards in Casa Miz!) it was time for a pretty damn crappy Hanukkah picture book and some candle “lighting.”  If by lighting you mean “turning of the traditional light bulbs on a plastic menorah”—-which we do.


Ahh groundhog day which is our life.

Cold latkes for breakfast. What’s not to love?


And really that’s about it for us Hanukkah-wise.

We repeat the above steps nightly (more the reading & the candles than the latkes. we dont do those nightly.) with a few donuts tossed in for good measure


and we’re done.

Im sure as the years progress (next?) there will be the requisite focus on a gift exchange but until then it’s all about the family, the (re)’flection, & the (traditional) food.


58 Responses to “A MizFit Hanukkah.”

  1. Michelle@Eatingjourney says:

    I think that having those family tradiation, regardless of the faith element, is so important. I appreciate you sharing your faith, as I don’t have any friends who are Jewish. I find that sharing eachother’s routines/rituals only helps us to be more compassionate, understanding and well-rounded people.

    Tornado is cute. enough said.

  2. Natalia Burleson says:

    Hey Carla,
    I think that traditions are nice. The latkes look very good. TT is just so darn cute! :)

    Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. BigFatPie says:

    The Tornado is sooooooooooooooooooo beeyootiful, what a smiley little person, she makes me smile whenever I see her. I hope one day to emulate that ‘i am happy with who i am ‘ glow that beams from her - what a role model. I HEART TORNADO!!!!!!

    Thanks for the glimpse into Miz-life! Happy Hannukah xxxx

  4. Yum Yucky says:

    I am horrid in the kitchen. Mostly because I don’t want to go in there. I hate to cook. Which is why I’m totally up for eating other people’s latkes. Yours would be the first.

    I really looks dang good. Really. It does.

  5. Tammy says:

    I really enjoy your blog MizFit.
    I look forward to starting my days here because I learn and also because I enjoy the glimpse into your life as well :)

    You’re so normal.

    Happy Hanukkah.

  6. Sarah says:

    Hi Miz.

    Thanks so much for this post.
    Our hanukkah looks alot the same but there is a big focus on gifts now.
    I wonder if you could keep it away fromthe commercial aspect as, which I know you know, hanukkah is really a minor holiday.

    I really look back and regret that we began the focus on presents.

    Happy last night,


  7. Jessica says:

    Your daughter is just sooo adorable!!

  8. Erica says:

    Nice! Latkes are sooooo delicious. Thank you for sharing your holiday celebration with us ;)

  9. Erica says:

    Hooray for date night btw! We’re going to dinner at this awesome little cafe, starbucks for hot cocoa and hopefully to the festival of lights (if its not raining too hard!!) Have fun

  10. Joanna Sutter says:

    You did it and by the looks of the Tornado’s sweet little face it was a great big success!

    Happy Hanakkuh to you and to the entire MizFit family!

  11. Donna Bush says:

    I love traditions, and especially love it when people honor them in their own way. This is a beautiful celebration and no doubt your daughter will remember them fondly as she grows and starts her own family.

    Happy Hanukkah to all

  12. South Beach Steve says:

    Great pics of you daughter - she is so photogenic!

    We have always tried to keep the focus off of gifts for any holiday. It is hard to do as the children get older, but ours tend to have less of a focus on them than other kids their ages.

  13. Andrea@WellnessNotes says:

    I loved reading about your Hanukkah traditions. And I smiled when you mentioned that you had thought the Tornado would ask for ketchup; I would have at her age… ;)

    Happy Hannukah to you and your family!

  14. Lori (Finding Radiance) says:

    Is the the first cooking we have seen on your blog? Yay! I like latkes, and these look yummy.

    Seems Tornado is a tater lover :D

    Happy Hanukkah season to you!

  15. MizFit says:

    IT TOTALLY IS, Lori!
    Id not even thought of that…

  16. Gigi says:

    Traditions make the holidays even more special. Enjoyed hearing about yours. Happy, happy Hanukkah to you and yours!!

  17. POD says:

    Love the traditions, the reflections and the photos too.
    Thanks for giving us a glimpse - RJHOA.

  18. Dr. J says:

    Love the family photos!! Happy (have they ever decided on the correct spelling of) Hanukkah!!!

  19. the Bag Lady says:

    Is this turning into a food blog now? :)

    Loved this post, Miz - thank you for sharing your Hanukkah with us!

  20. Ron says:

    So cool, thanks for sharing with us!

  21. Dinah Soar says:

    Love seeing/reading about your Hanukkah. My great grandmother was Jewish. She died before I was born. Last year we observed Hanukkah as well as Christmas..being Christians we also believe the Old Testament and love and serve the same God-Yahweh -and wanted to understand more about it and our heritage.

    In my great grandmother’s day and even my grandmother’s and mother’s there was still a lot of antisemitism, so people often kept the fact they were of Jewish lineage secret. I have a good friend whose older sister was in love with a Jewish man and her family was upset even in the 1960′s. They wanted to get married, but didn’t.

    I remember the show Bridget Loves Bernie…about a Roman Catholic girl who marries a Jewish boy. I think it ran in the late 1960′s or early to mid 1970′s.

  22. Leah J. Utas says:

    Thanks for sharing.
    I am now craving latkes.

  23. RunToTheFinish says:

    well for this non-jewish gal, this is a good start to understanding exactly what you enjoy… seems we all like light bulbs for our holidays

  24. Certifiably Fit says:

    Thanks for the glimpse into how your family is celebrating. Hope you enjoy your holiday.

  25. Sagan says:

    I love those little holiday traditions. So much fun! Thanks for sharing :)

    I like the Tornado’s style of pj-ing it up. I’m all about the pj’s.

  26. Nikki says:

    Thanks for sharing Miz…you have a lovely family!
    Have a great weekend!!

    Nikki from wet ‘n’ windy Vancouver Island

  27. Jill says:

    I love the ‘turning of the menorah light bulb’! That’s great!

    And I love seeing the Tornado in all her princessy goodness!! :)

  28. Cammy@TippyToeDiet says:

    I’m guessing ketchup on a latke just isn’t done? :)

    From the photos, it looks like your foray into latke-making world was successful. Kudos!

    And I agree: these holidays are about family and tradition and purpose. I have a wealthy friend who intentionally wraps inexpensive, ordinary items for Hanukkah, just to keep the focus in the right place. Her kids still love it. :)

  29. charlotte says:

    So sweet! Loved all the pics - esp. the PrincessTornado:) And now I want latkes durnnit

  30. tj says:

    aww that was so nice- thanks for sharing your traditions with us! I’m a sour cream girl on my potato pancakes. :)

  31. diana says:

    Thanks for sharing with us! Traditions like that are so important. It’s interesting to see her reactions as she grows, isn’t it :)

  32. deb roby says:

    My personal tradition: latkes (with sour cream AND applesauce) every Christmas Eve.

    Starting this year I think I shall add in the pjs.

    Celebrated Hannukah with friends this week -and I think I’m writing about Kwanzaa next week. For this spiritual but not religious gal- I’m spreading my holiday actions around.

  33. Stephanie says:

    Cold latkes for breakfast - love it!
    I was at a Thai restaurant on the first night. :/
    BODA weight loss

  34. Jody - Fit at 52 says:

    Miz, thank you so much for sharing!!! I have wonderful memories of celebrations when I was younger with the dreidel spinning & just lots of fun. I loved this part of your post.. I loved it all but this: but until then it’s all about the family, the (re)’flection, & the (traditional) food. So nice!

    Pics… I love them & that smile of Tornado - how can’t that not light up your day!

  35. Hallie says:

    I made latkes the other night for a party and let my (non-Jewish) boyfriend sample a few. I too am an applesauce all the way (I like sour cream but for some reason, not on latkes) but he wants me to make them and he wants to put carne asada (Mexican-style grilled steak) on top…like think nachos with latkes as the base instead of the chips. Unfortunately for him though, I think my latke-making days are over until next year…what a lot of work!

  36. Hallie says:

    OH and P.S. I’m late on the game with your Fit Chicks podcasts but I’ve downloaded them to listen to on my walks with my puppy and I LOVE them! Kudos.

  37. Melissa says:

    Happy Happy Hanukkah!!!! Now I’m craving latkes.

    MY FITBIT TRACKER FINALLY CAME!!! Hooray, it is so wicked cool!

  38. Linda says:

    Yes! Family and tradition! That’s what should be going on this time of year for all!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Of course the food ain’t bad either!

  39. Diane Fit to the Finish says:

    I love the peek into your holiday traditions. It makes me feel as though I know you a bit more! :) My sister is Jewish and they have a lot of family traditions that I love hearing about.

  40. Marisa (Loser for Life) says:

    What a wonderful celebration! Love that it’s all about the family! And love the latkes!

  41. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) says:

    Thanks for sharing Miz. Latkes looked good…I would’ve requested the ketchup. ;)

  42. Myra says:

    Hapy Chanukah Miz…..my beautiful daughter and I gifted eachother with a much saved up for Wii and Wii fit plus…oooh la la! Since we’re going to be snowed in, we’re going to celebrate the last day by cleaning out some major clutter, and frying up some potato pancakes…..then wii all day!
    savor the day

  43. Shelley B says:

    I love it when you share your life like this…the pictures are great and your light bulb menorah cracks me up! When will the Tornado be old enough to play with fire - uh, I mean light real candles? (says the mother of two boys…fire is fun!)

  44. love2eatinpa says:

    looks like you guys had a wonderful holiday. these will make for great memories for Tornado, that she’ll carry with her forever.

  45. Kathryn says:

    Your latkes look delicious! I made them for the first time this year too. Someone told me they dip in jam??

    Thanks for this peek :)

  46. Shannon says:

    great job with dinner miz :) tornado makes me smile!

  47. John Kaiser says:

    Ah, potato latkes. Delicious, but not on my paleo diet.

  48. debby says:

    Thanks for sharing Miz. Tornado looks like she is doing an imitation of her mom in ‘yoga pose.’

    I LOVE the instructions for the child and adult to make the sufganiyot together. It reminded me of when my nieces were little and would make donuts for me out of the ‘canned biscuit’ dough. (YUMM)

  49. Fitarella says:

    Me want to come stay at Mizzy’s!!!

  50. Jamie says:

    Miz, can I just confess right now that I miss hanging out with the Jews? I was close friends (and a little more, with a couple of girls) with several of the Hillel groupies at USC. But Kansas (apparently) has no Jews. Or very few Jews, at any rate. I clearly have to get out of this part of the country!

    How’s the community in your area?

  51. FLG says:

    I LOOOOOOVE latkes! They were one of the first things I learned to cook by myself. I’ve never had them with sour cream or apple sauce, but I’d definitely try that some time :)

    I’d love to celebrate Hanukkah one day. Same with Kwanzaa, and Thanksgiving and Independence Day and others :) Mainly for the food :D

  52. Anonymous Fat Girl says:

    Ahhh…. “tornado” I love it! She’s a doll for sure. MMMMMM cold lattes are my favorite. :)

  53. Laura Hegfield says:

    My eldest child is now 16 and really, it’s still about being together as a family…not to say the kids don’t appreciate the gifts…and the latkes (we are of the applesauce persuasion at our house too!)

  54. Hanlie says:

    I’m going to look for a recipe for latkes too! They look delicious!

  55. Cindy says:

    I am so happy you shared with us all…it’s what I love about blogs …just sharing the day to day with your friends!

    We are trying very hard this year to make our own way for the holidays. It’s been quiet but very nice.

    I just came upon a recipe for sweet potato latkes. They sounded wonderful!

  56. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) says:

    Approximately 34,645 years late commenting on this, but i just had to say I totally swooned at the cuteness of this post. I loved seeing your Hanukkah celebration!

  57. Julie @ Honey B says:

    Aww I love family pics!! And I love potato latkes! :-) Having a sister-in-law who is Jewish I now get to be a part of some of those celebrations, it’s so nice to experience. And a Jewish foodie friend of mine is having people over Friday night to share in the EATING part of the holiday, YUM!


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