Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Gelt Me, Baby!

Life has escaped us this year in many ways. We're very focused on the day to day, and suddenly we look up and it's Hannukah! They keep moving that darned holiday...

So, in celebration of the holiday, I made our family's traditional (and rather self conciously Martha Stewart-esque) Gelt Cookie.

I used the Nut Crescent recipe, which has been my own family's traditional Christmas Cookie.

And which, I discovered this year, is pretty much the same as the Mexican Wedding Cookie. Go figure...

To "gelt" the cookies, I use any refrigerator cookie recipe (peanut butter, sugar, etc.), roll the dough into 1" balls, peel the back off of a piece of gelt (in this case the fashionable JFK gelt) and smash it into the cookie.

I leave the foil on the front of the coin, to be removed by the happy recipient of the cookie. If they're smart.

If not, then it's the traditional chewing of the tin foil Hannukah dentist visit... We're meeting with the director at our potential new Temple today - I hope she's duly impressed with our embrace of the little-known JFK Hannukah tradition.

Speaking of dentists, we all went to the dentist yesterday - we're teeth happy. I have two cavities, but the hygienist said that my teeth were in pretty good shape for someone who's been effectively avoiding the dentist for 5 years.

Instead of flossing, which I loath, I'm going to start using these little things - like tiny Christmas Trees (so festive for the holiday season - and they're GREEN!)

They're little brushes that go in between the teeth, thus eliminating that awful SNAP! moment when the floss finally works between the teeth and hits the gums with whip-like accuracy. OUCH!

And continuing with the Hannukah traditions, Gerry's gifted me with the traditional first night gift of new wheels for the PT cruiser.

These are necessary, as two of my wheels are out of whack (potholes and LOTS of driving) so - according to G - they all have to be replaced.

Apparently he got an amazing price online, so they arrived yesterday and now I'll load them into the car and take them to the garage to have them put on.

Funny how the holidays just sneak up on us, huh?


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Blogger Alyson said...

Yeah, when I looked at the calendar and saw Hannukah was so early, it really blew me away. We're not Jewish, but I have always liked the symmetry of Christian and Jewish holidays overlapping. It just seems like the right thing.

December 05, 2007 10:17 AM  
Anonymous cheesehead with sticks said...

Happy Hannukah!

And buying tires online - I may have to look into this! That Gerry is a brilliant man!

December 05, 2007 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love your gawdy, gleaming gelt cookies. Great idea -- Happy Hanukkah!

December 05, 2007 12:14 PM  
Blogger Loren T said...

Happy Hanukah! Those are adorable cookies. The Hanukah fest at our temple for this evening was canceled because of snow. 2 inches. Gotta love the DC area.

December 05, 2007 1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In addition to the Christmas trees, I HIGHLY recommend the Sonicare toothbrush. It does a fabulous job cleaning with little effort!

December 05, 2007 4:24 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Hmm...I thought I'd left a comment, but it didn't look like it worked. I suppose those little brushes are reusable, at least until they break? That would be a definite improvement over flossing! They look like the little brush I had to get under the wires when I had braces...

December 05, 2007 4:59 PM  
Anonymous kmkat said...

Love your Hannukah traditions!

My newest dental hygienist introduced me to Glide floss picks. It's like a tiny little tuning fork with floss between the two tines of the fork. (If you hate flossing, these may not be your cup of tea, so to speak.) The great thing about them is that I can floss one-handed, which means I can do it while surfing the net, while reading, even while driving -- pretty much whenever I feel the need. My gums are improving :)

December 05, 2007 8:05 PM  
Blogger Kiyomi said...

My family also uses that nut cookie recipe, but my parents were originally from Hawaii, so we use all macadamias. Do you gelt that cookie dough, too? Do you bake the gelt or just slap it on while the cookies are still warm?

I got a PT Cruiser for my 50th birthday and I think PT-related presents are the best!

Silicone floss is great and doesn't hurt. I only flossed 2-3 times/week but got a "great home care!" from my hygienist. I hope the little trees work for you.

Happy Hannukah!

December 05, 2007 9:34 PM  
Blogger knitting chaos said...

I hate flossing as well. Usually I am told that my teeth look good for some who doesn't floss. I am a very good brusher. I got new tires this week as well. I blew one out on Sunday and had to spend more than an hour by the side of the road changing it. I too live in the Twin Cities so I was just grateful it did not happen on Saturday during the snow storm, but I was mad at myself for not doing it sooner since my mechanic had told me to get new ones this spring. It is a good thing Gerry is looking out for you.
Happy Hanukkah.

December 06, 2007 9:19 AM  
Blogger LallaLydia said...

Annie, I loved your Romantic Knits book and this is a great and fun way to celebrate the holiday of light. Happy Hannukah to you and your family.

December 06, 2007 12:21 PM  
Blogger Grammie said...

Happy Chanukah! I love the gelt cookies...very clever!

December 06, 2007 9:53 PM  

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