I love dorky Jewish boys, can’t help it, it’s in my blood.  I love when the guy spills jelly on his lap!  I would totally do that.

This is a fuzzy picture of my dreidel.  I was not drunk, but my camera was.

With this dreidel I made up a Hanukkah drinking game at my friend’s birthday party last night. (The one where I was giving her a dude as a present, but I’ll get to that later). It’s all part of my resolution to be holidayrific. I was creatively drinking Fresca from a champagne glass to conceal my teetotaling ways.  Shhhh, don’t tell my secret.

Here’s how it went down for future Hanukkah party fun.

Spin the dreidel.

This is loosely based on the children’s game where you gamble with gelt (chocolate coins).  I’m especially good at making up drinking games when I’m not drinking.  When I am drinking I avoid them like the plague.  Below each letter on the graphic above you can see the traditional rules to playing with a dreidel.

In my version it went something like this:

Nun: Don’t drink
Gimmel: Drink twice
Hay: Drink once
Shin: Tell someone else to drink

So, in actuality I hate drinking games.  Even when I was younger and they were the standard I never liked being pressured into binge drinking.  If I was going to binge drink, I wanted that to be my decision 😉 (Errr, please drink responsibly.  Obviously by my creative ploys to “look” like I’m drinking while really throwing back grapefruit soda, I do not make heavy drinking a regular practice in my life.)

All in all this was a fun little bonding activity for a group of strangers at a party.  Next time you’re bound for an awkward social situation, why not bring a dreidel? Dreidels are a totally underrated ice-breaker.

Everyone had a good time.  I think I’m keeping that one for the books.

Oh, yes, and I gave my friend a guy for her birthday.  I don’t think there was a love connection, but he was a new person for her to meet and that’s what she asked for.  I hope he didn’t feel awkward.  I would totally have felt awkward.  He is way braver than I. I’m still amazed that he agreed to be given as a gift.

Breakfast 1

I was running a little behind this morning and just downed a yogurt on my way out the door.
I should have known that wouldn’t keep me satiated for long because two hours later I was starving.
It was time for…

Breakfast 2

Whole wheat toast, egg whites, American cheese, turkey bacon


The last of my Thanksgiving leftovers.  Turkey and sweet potato pie


I decided to be a little more adventurous with dinner and make one of my favorite take-out staples at home.

Star players

Hot & sour soup

Here’s the recipe if the pictoral didn’t do it for ya:

  • 4 cups of broth (chicken or vegetable)
  • 12 oz block of tofu cubed
  • 2 cups shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup bamboo shoots
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch, diluted in 2 Tbsp cold water.

Mix broth, hot sauce, vinegar and soy sauce in a pot.  Throw in tofu, bamboo and mushrooms.  Bring to a simmer (do not let boil) and then allow to cook there for five minutes.  Add the cornstarch mixture and cook for another 2 minutes.  Serve and never buy takeout again.

This weekend I’m going to finish wrapping holiday presents and put up my Christmas tree.  Yup, that’s how I roll, I’m an equal opportunity holiday celebrator.