The Hanukkah Trifecta.

Whoa!  Are those traditional Hanukkah treats?  Wait, are there such a thing as ” traditional Hanukkah treats”?...more

Holiday Chaos is here!

My friend Laura Rossi's Guide to Conquering Holiday Chaos! Your Shameless Friend,Ginawww.ginabarreca.comTwitter @TheGinaBarreca...more

How to Keep Black Friday Spending Under Control

I did Black Friday one time. It was a year when we had Thanksgiving in Kansas City without my husband's family for the one and only time I think we've done that since we got married -- we were broke, broke, broke that year, too broke to take a car ride/cheap hotel Thanksgiving roadie, and I was willing to try anything to stretch my holiday dollars farther. I got some good deals, but I also threw up in my mouth a few times at people's behavior, so now I try to avoid Black Friday at all costs. However, I am not going to judge anyone who wants to do it. So let's talk about how to do it best! ...more

Best Gifts for Extreme Couponers

Wondering what to give that extreme couponer in your life this holiday season? Hey, she's saving you money. Let her at least be cute about it. (Who are we kidding -- of course it's you, so, hello? Take some of those dollars saved and gear up for a big 2012 of couponing!) ...more
Love watching #ExtremeCouponing but as a professional organizer at Downshifting Professional ...more

A Religious Fanatic and A Sexist Bring You the True Story of Hanukkah!

Recently, the world was blessed to learn that "Warner Bros has set up an untitled drama that teams Gibson and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas on the telling of the heroic story of Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee." I can't wait! ...more
Oi Vey. Mel. ::shakes head:: He's one hell of a story teller, and that's what's terrifying.more

What's a Jew to do in Bloggerville on Christmas?

Here is a picture of my baby sitting on Santa's lap. No joy, no tears, nothing. Unaffected. If this picture had accompanying dialogue it would be: "Mom? Aren't we Jewish?" Yep, babe, it's true. And as a result, I'm afraid all this holiday hoopla is not really meant for you....more

Happy Hanukkah!

Well, it's December, and that means the holidays have started. We're an interfaith family, so we celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas. Translation, on a year where Hanukkah starts early (like this year), it's a scramble of presents, traditions and insanity. Yes, 4 days after spending time with extended family, the holiday began. Wednesday night was the first night of Hanukkah. Our Hanukkah traditions are still a work in progress. Daniel says the prayers with me, repeating each word after me in hebrew and me giving a very basic translation of each prayer....more

Healthy Hanukkah

8 nights of lights, food, family and gifts, Hanukkah is here! Over 8 days you will be over eating, over conversing & dealing with family and over spending so how do you make this year’s festival of lights healthy, green & budget friendly?  With these tips & tricks!Eco-nukkah Decor & Festivities...more

All great suggestions. The Sweet Potato Kugel looks especially delicious.

You really should ...more

A Hanukkah Miracle: Gluten Free Latkes

sombrero boy lights menorah on Hanukkah In December 1960, I unofficially borrowed the Ad Man’s best scissors for the event that would change my world.  I had been invited to share my first tree trimming duties at a neighbor’s house when I was five years old.  Having no idea what tree trimming meant, I wanted to be properly prepared with a sharp instrument just in case I had to actually cut the tree.  Turns out trimming meant something else entirely, and from that moment on I was completely sold on the all aspects of decorating a holiday tree, eating Christmas cookies, and sharing candy canes with both the tree and my pocket.   Hanging stockings was not only brilliant, but something I could easily do at home....more

The Power of Latkes: A Shiksa's First Hanukkah

I celebrated my first Hanukkah eight years ago, back before I converted to Judaism when I was really and truly a shiksa (aka a non-Jewish woman). I had studied Judaism a bit in college, but I didn’t have any practical experience when it came to Jewish food or holiday traditions. Meanwhile, my fiancé is as Jewish as they come. Needless to say, I was slightly out of my element. ...more

I really liked reading this post. Although I didn't marry into a Jewish family and am not ...more