For someone like myself who likes things to look nice, but is far from fancy I watch this video of the prep of the Gingerbread white house and fireplace mantel….how long do you think it took that woman making the pinecones out of spun sugar to make them? And did you see the windows, you don’t really get a good look but I think they made sugar pane windows and they transferred photos of people drinking cocktails and opening presents on them.
If you want more information, and I love this, the White House actually has an entire website dedicate to videos, decorating tips and recipes!!!!!! The ” Edible Cookie” recipe, yes it’s called “edible cookie” not a good start, it also calls for 2 pounds of flour so that is a BIG cookie recipe. It’s meant to be molded in one of those fancy ye old cookie molds, which maybe pretty but I think I’d rather have a nice triple ginger spice cookie…still I love that they have recipes, it’s very cool.
The one below reminds me of our house, which already has a kosher kitchen, and what it takes to clean it up for passover. The reason they had to do this for Chanukkah is because it’s not a Kosher kitchen, in most Jewish homes Chanukkah is not a big deal and doesn’t require such a major transformation of the kitchen. Which is a very good thing!
Finally I am leaving Friday (yes I am flying on Friday the 13th) for Mexico, first Oaxaca then my favorite holiday escape destination Puerto Vallarta. If you have any suggestions or tips for me please, please, please let me know! I will be blogging through the holidays about my travels with lots of alternative ideas about holiday food. My first foray is tomorrows post which is a recipe for Lotus Chips and Spicy Red Curry Peanut Sauce! It’s never too late to spice up the holidays!