Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I want to go everywhere I haven't been, and back to everywhere I have been.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

A Hanukkah Dinner Menu and My Jelly Bean Problem

What's a blogger to do when most of her readers
don't celebrate Hanukkah, and are in no need of 
a dinner menu for the holiday that commemorates the festival of lights?
She posts it anyway, 
for her blog followers who are of the Jewish faith
but also, in hopes that random googlers querying
"what should I make for Hanukkah dinner?" 
will find their way to her post.
She yearns for them to pin it like crazy, 
which will result in thousands of new followers to her blog.

Can I get an amen?
In addition to a Hanukkah menu 
(that surely, one doesn't have to be Jewish to enjoy),
l've got a little story that has nothing to do with Hanukkah.
 Although, it is conceivable for one to make the connection
 that because jelly donuts are traditional Hanukkah foods,
jelly beans are, too.
Never mind that it is all about the oil that fries the donuts  
surrounding the jelly, and not about the jelly itself. 
It's a minor technicality.
I'm sure the Macabees wouldn't mind me stretching that fact 
for the purposes of a blog post. 

Okay, I'm just going to come out right with it.

I've got a big jelly bean problem.
You may already know about my love affair with sugary confections,
but I think it's getting worse. 

Last week, I was in the supermarket, and noticed that they had little boxes of jelly beans.
I bought one, thinking that eating such a small amount really wouldn't do me much harm.

They really hit the spot.

Unfortunately, I couldn't get them out of my head,
and literally invented a reason 
as to why I needed to go back to the supermarket the next day.
I rationalized that I would buy six eight ten boxes,
and eat just one little box a day.   
It would be a good exercise in self-control.

It didn't help when the cashier remarked that these little boxes 
make such great stocking stuffers!
Uh, yeah, that's why I'm buying them. 

Great idea.  
I went home, and stuffed them in my sock drawer.

The one-box rule worked on day one.........and day two.
On day three, I made a deal with myself that I would have two boxes, 
but then go back to just one a day.
And then on day four, I got on the scale, and practically fainted.
It seems that all of the eating I've been doing (not just the jelly beans, of course) 
finally caught up with me.
I needed to start dieting, ASAP.   

I had to get rid of the rest of the jelly beans, and quickly.
And so, I ate three boxes on days four, and three boxes on day five.

They're gone.
But, now I've got a jellybelly pot belly.

About that Hanukkah menu........

After lighting the first candle, start out with some Chicken Noodle Soup.

Chicken Noodle Soup

 For the main course, make Rosemary Fig Chicken.

Rosemary Fig Chicken

Serve it with a side of Potato Latkes.

Potato Latkes


Brown Sugar Rugelach

And maybe a small box (or three) of jelly beans.
I won't tell. 

Happy Hanukkah!!!