Wednesday, December 5, 2007


Santa may still be making his list and checking it twice but Channukah is already here!

My new stove arrived late yesterday afternoon, just in time to fry up some holiday potato latkes (pancakes.) They are traditionally served with apple sauce, sour cream or both!
3 cups of shredded potatoes (about 3 large potatoes)
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
About 3 Tablespoon flour
Oil for frying

Mix everything together, except the flour and oil.
Pour about 1/4-1/2-inch of oil in a large skillet and heat until hot. Quickly mix flour into potato mixture, then use a large serving spoon to drop mixture into hot oil. Flatten slightly with a spatula. Fry until brown and crispy, then turn and cook other side. Drain on paper toweling. Serve at once or keep warm in a 200 degree. Can be refrigerated and reheated in 400 degree oven. Serve with apple sauce, sour cream or both!

Before I jump on my elliptical walker to work off last nights latkes, I thought I'd share a photo from The Inspired Room blog.

I know it’s only December 5th but I've already heard a lot of whining about Christmas burnout. If you are seeing red over all that red and green, I found a project you might like to try. It’s wintery, fresh and non-denominational.

These gorgeous ice sculptures, designed by Sandra Evertson, are one of the ideas featured by Melissa during her Creative Inspiration Week ( You’ll find more photos plus instructions that make it easy to create these pretty centerpieces. Just add glitter!

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four shabby chicks said...

Love the new post -- the potato pancakes look delicious! Enjoy your new stove.

Love the inspiration -- keep on posting!

yvonne at the "four shabby chicks"

Gail McCormack said...

Your pancakes look scrumptous Barbara! Love the idea of the Ice Sculptures, I think they may be the best affordable decorating idea yet, you could adapt them to all sorts of celebrations, birthdays with tiny hearts frozen into the minds working overtime...

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Those potato pancakes looks soooo good!

I do love those ice sculptures...

Diana at Chloe's Chic Boutique said...

Barbara, Your post made me hungry... and it's midnight here LOL...The latkes look yummy!

Stop by my blog to pick up an award.


Cottage Magpie said...

Mmmmm....I've always wanted to try latkes, but wasn't sure I'd know if I had them right or not. I'll try your recipe now!
~Angela :-)

PAT said...

The Latkes look delicious, Barbara!

I saw those ice scultures at Melissa's. I might have to give them a try. They are very pretty!


fabulous fifi said...

Happy Hannukkah from one MOT to an other.

cjan said...

Hi Barbara, Thanks for the Recipe. Sounds delicious!
The ice sculptures would do great here!! I just picked up a Rose mold for a cake or jello etc. that would be neat for a sculpture too. I don't know where you find the time to keep us updated, but it's greatly appreciated. Hopefully you can take some time to enjoy the holidays.


All Things Bright and Beautiful... said...

Dear Barbara - thank you so much for the mention:-). I thought the ice sculptures were jellies when I first saw them :-)

Sandy said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog. The Latkes look sooo delicious!

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Barbara, love your blog and the ice sculpture. I think they are so beautiful...I've seen the idea before, very pretty.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi Again!
Thanks for popping over and saying such nice things about the mosaic birdhouse I made for Kim at Daisy Cottage. I am glad you had a hand in it too :-)

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Hi Barbara,
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog...I love yours!
I'm a big fan of potato pancakes, but have never made them myself. Thanks for the recipe!
Kimberly :)

Mélanie said...

Happy Hanukkah , I wish you the best

Cindy Roberts said...

Hello, Barbara! Heard about you from Jennifer Grey at The Old Painted Cottage. Jennifer was photographing my home today for her blog and mentioned your blog and new book. I can't wait to hear about your progress and the final publication!

Cindy Roberts said...

Barbara, thank you for visiting my blog! I would describe my home as shabby, cottage, and romantic! My colors are white, pink, some yellow and green. I'm a Rachel Ashwell fan if that says anything!

Can I tell you how excited I am that you are writing a book and how fantastic it would be if my home could be a small part of it! Jennifer Grey mentioned your book to me today when she was here. My home will be featured on Jennifer's blog next year, but if you are interested in considering my home sooner, I would LOVE to submit some photos or I could ask Jennifer to submit some of the ones she took today. Let me know how I can assist you!

I also registered to receive your blog updates via email! What a great idea!


KimberlyRyanDesigns said...

I love the glitter ice sculptures, i can see them with pink glitter! I guess i see everything pink lol You have to see my friends home,i added pics of her holiday Pink christmas.I know your a jeans girl but i think you might appreciate a little pink bling once and a while:) xoxo Kimberly

Barbara said...

The ice-sculptures look real novel.
The pancakes look good enough to eat!!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Thanks for the mention, I sure loved that ice project!

Those pancakes look scrumptdillyicious!

Susie Q said...

Oooh! Those potato pancakes look so good. We have friends celebrating Channukah and we love helping them celebrate each year. They love to include everyone and it is always with such joy.
The ice sculptures are beautiful. I once had all white or had browns and golds and coppers...this year the kids screamed, "RED AND WHITE AND GREEN!!!" So I was done in. : )


Cindy Roberts said...

Oops! I misspoke previously! Jennifer shot photos of my home for her website, not her blog. I will be featured in a future Cottage of the Month.

Also, I love mosaics. I have two pink mosaic urns on my front porch if you want to check them out on my latest holiday post!