Homemade (5 min!) Cranapple Sauce and A Guide to Hanukkah Part 2

Howdy (I’m feeling Texan today, not sure why…)

I thought I’d continue with my guide to Hanukkah with my explanation of a few terms:

Hanukkah Bush: 1. Usually, an attempt for families of mixed race to fuse Christmas and Hanukkah together. These have high potential for not looking totally lame because I personally think blue and white are prettier than red and green. 2. (according to Urban Dictionary) A long haired vagina that is well groomed vagina. As in:  My friend Dreenie was like hey lex wanna see my christmas tree and i was like no way man check this Hanukkah bush.

Dreidel: A toy resembling a top used for gambling games. It usually ends up on the floor or in a dog’s small intestines (my childhood dog was very familiar with chomping on dreidels). Each side of the dreidel has a hebrew letter that abbreviate statements regarding how much of the jackpot of chocolate coins you get or if you have to put in more. All in all, I dont think you want to win if all you get are mediocre chocolate coins.

Hanukkiah: This is the eight candle holder (nine to be politically correct, but more on that later) that we use to light each night. The “miracle” is that in the old old temple (like before Jesus was even a thought or aka, BC), the olive oil used to light the menorah (which has seven candle holders) lasted for eight days. They were not trendy back then and didn’t know about coconut oil 😉

Shamash: This is the ninth or “middle” candle. Its kind of like someone with an “O” blood type: a universal donor. You can only like the candles each night using the shamash. You can’t just use a lighter. You CAN use a lighter to light the shamash. Anyhow, the shamash doesn’t really count though, there is a shamash every night so on the eighth day you end up lighting nine candles total. Confused yet?

Dad (aka, my “Abba”) Update:

My dad was indeed released Thursday from the hospital. Although it is good for him to be out of the hospital, I’m still worried and scared. For one, the hospital gave me some sense of security. Doctors and Nurses always there to help in case something goes wrong. And the worst thing is that is head hurts and the fact that his memory was slightly affected is really frustrating him. I want to help, but I can’t. He is angry and in pain, and there is no way I can alleiviate it. In many ways, maybe this is how he felt when I myself was in treatment or in my rock bottom stages of my ED. I’m worried the bleeding won’t be contained, I’m worried his memory wont come back, and most of all, I miss my old dad. Ok, I need to stop writing about this for today. My keyboard might get wet.

So onto something festive and delicious: cranberry apple sauce! Many homemade applesauce recipes require you to slave over a stove. I have no patience. I don’t see the harm in using my favorite kitchen appliance, the microwave! You will need:

-1 large apple of you choice (I used Fuji, but you can use your favorite kind)

-about 1/3 cup fresh cranberries (frozen works too)

-2 tsp cinnamon

-1 tbs honey

-1/2 cup water (or if you want to add more “apple” flavor, use apple juice or even cranberry juice)

-1 tsp sweetener of choice (I used brown sugar, but any fake sugar or white sugar will do)

Peel and chop the apples. Place all the remaining ingredients in a microwave safe container. If it has a lid, close it (if you dont, just cover it with a plate or saran wrap). Microwave on high for about 5 minutes. Its actually really yummy as is but if you want “sauce” blend it with blender/magic bullet or mash it up with a fork or potato masher. Goes great with latkes or even with pancake/french toast or with oatmeal! This recipe does not make that much, so if you want more, double or triple the recipe. I just did it this way for the “single” gals like myself!

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17 thoughts on “Homemade (5 min!) Cranapple Sauce and A Guide to Hanukkah Part 2

  1. Howdy is not just Texas, it is specific to Texas A&M, where I go to grad school. It sounds funny coming from my mouth, so I never say it. Are you still going to have a fun mini thanksgiving with your dad? You should! I can’t wait to see what you cook up. That cran-apple sauce looks delicious.

  2. It is understandable that your dad is angry and not himself. I remember during the times I was in the hospital: I was bored, depressed, and lonely. The atmosphere in the hospital is just not a good one, and it rubs on you. Same with you. Don’t let your dad’s negative mood rub on you, Eden. If there’s anyone who can alleviate his pain, it’s you. Stay calm and composed, and continue on with your cheer. That will be a great source of comfort and care for your dad.

    You’re not a medical doctor and can’t treat him medically, but you sure as hell have the power to treat him emotionally. And the mind and the body goes hand in hand. So focus on you first, Eden. Help yourself be happy and light-hearted, and then you can start helping your dad. Even if he says he doesn’t want it. 🙂

  3. <3. Yes, I also think that one of the only things you can do is just try to be positive with yourself, and it will leak onto your dad…but I don't have any advice other than that. Praying for you and your father!

  4. I’m really relieved to hear that your dad is out of the hospital, but I am so sorry that you are still not out of the woods. I wish that there was something I could say to make you feel better… just know that your dad has the most amazing daughter at his side. Seriously, your compassion has been outstanding through all of this, and I bet he is so thankful for your support.

    Thinking of you Eden!

  5. I bet that sauce would be a great pancake topping!

    I’m so glad that your dad is out of the hospital. Even though he’s still struggling, I think this is a very good sign. Doctors wouldn’t send someone home if they were still at a serious risk. It’s natural to be worried though!

    I just wanted to let you know how strong you have been through all of this. Really. Even though it feels crazy and out of control, I am in awe that you are doing all of this for your father. He sounds like a great father, and it’s a testament to him that he has such a capable and caring daughter!

  6. The best you can do is be there for your dad. I know whenever I’m not feeling well all I want is someone to be attentive and take care of me. Almost like we revert back to our infant selfs. Just be patient and hope that he keeps progressing!

    I’d also like to know if people really make their own dreidles out of clay to play with every year………

    • I’m glad your dad is out of the hospital! I don’t know about him, but when my grandma was in there constantly last year, she felt so much better at home with family 🙂

  7. I’m so glad you’re making these guides because I didn’t know ANY of these things before. I’ve always been so clueless but now I’m informed! It feels good.

    Try to make your dad relax! I know it’s difficult but stress will do nothing but make things harder for the both of you. Relaxing and trying to find some peace with his situation will the absolute best thing he can do.

  8. Thanks for the Hanukkah guide, learning so much 🙂

    So sorry to hear about your Dad, though I am glad he was able to leave the hosiptal. I think sometimes the best medicine can be lots of love, being with loved ones, and relaxing! I will put you and your dad in my thoughts and prayers wishing he gets better soon!! Stay positive though I know it is difficult, keep smiling beautiful 🙂 We are here if you ever need to talk! Sending lots of hugs!
    ~Lori

  9. I feel myself becoming more and more Jewish as we speak. Which is awesome considering my latest attempt at JDate even though I am a Roman Catholic Italian. Who just happens to have a SERIOUS thing for Jewish guys. So thanks for the info.

    Apple cranberry sauce sounds GLORIOUS. Need this in my life.

    I’m glad to hear your dad is home but totally understand your fears! Just know that the doctors wouldn’t have sent him home if they didn’t think he’d be safe.

  10. Staying upbeat and calm is the key. You can’t change his reaction to the situation but you can soften the edges for him and by being kind and empathetic, it’ll make it easier on him. It’s not uncommon for people with brain injuries to become agitated- some of that has to do with the location of the injury, as well as the sheer frustration of not being yourself. These things take time for the blood to reabsorb, so patience will be needed. And honestly, please try not to actively worry about what ‘could’ happen. You’ll just make yourself crazy that way. It’s very possible that the worst is already behind him. Believe that.

    Hugs to you!

    • Thanks Deb. Honestly, I was googling his condition last night and read how people never get to be themselves again and the mortality rate and I literally cried myself to sleep. So reading this once I woke up eased me a bit. Your right, I need to not think about “what could” and just be and give it time. So wise you are!

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