The light was just magical yesterday evening.
Lara's first night of Hanukkah started with her absolute favorite activity - "look at pickies of Wawee on the computa".
Such a wonderful night. Misha came home a little early from work, and to my delight we actually ended up living out some of the events of the book about Hanukkah that we got for Lara as her first present. I made latkes and realized that we were short one egg, so we "borrowed" from our next-door neighbor, just like the little girl in the The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes. Lara was entranced by the candles, though she was disappointed to learn that they were not to be followed by "and now cake!" like the ones a month ago. She wouldn't eat a bite of latke, but was a big fan of unwrapping her present. Incidentally, the latkes came out so yummy!
2 pounds of peeled, grated potatoes,
1 grated onion
Beat eggs with salt and pepper. Add potatoes and onion and mix well. Heat a a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet, then add dollops of potato mixture with a large spoon and flatten slightly in the skillet. Cook 4-5 on each side, until nicely browned. Sop up extra oiliness with a paper towel. I like mine with sour cream, but Misha eats them with apple sauce.