“The Dreidel That Wouldn’t Spin” by Martha Seif Simpson and Make a Dreidel Craft

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The Dreidel that Wouldn’t Spin: A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah is a folklore-inspired tale. In this story, a magical dreidel just won’t spin for greedy, spoiled children. The shopkeeper wonders: will it spin for another child — one who carries the true spirit of Hanukkah in his heart? The Dreidel that Wouldn’t Spin includes a useful appendix that explains Hanukkah, and how to play the dreidel game.

The Dreidel that Wouldn’t Spin is a lovely book choice for those wishing to circumvent the more commercial aspects of the holiday. The moral of this story: the miracle of Hanukkah cannot be bought.

After reading The Dreidel that Wouldn’t Spin have the kids make their own dreidel and play the game with them. Just buy this Craft-A-Dreidel kit for the kids to make their own dreidels.

Poppyseed Roll

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My Nanny Kids’ Grandmother comes from Poland and makes this tender, soft, sweet yeast bread swirled with a creamy homemade poppy seed filling. It’s a wonderful and impressive treat for the holidays. Your Nanny Family or personal family will love this.

You Will Need:

½ pound poppy seeds
¾ cup white sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Fresh Lemons
½ cup hot milk
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
½ cup warm water (100 degrees F/38 degrees C)
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour, or more if needed
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup butter
1 egg, separated – white reserved

You Will Need:

1. Place poppy seeds into a food processor and process until seeds are ground, about 1 minute

2. Mix poppy seeds with 3/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon melted butter, lemon juice, and hot milk in a bowl; stir to combine. Cover poppy seed filling and refrigerate while making bread (filling will set up and thicken as it chills).
3. Mix yeast with water and 2 tablespoons sugar in a small bowl. Allow to stand until the yeast forms a creamy layer.
4. Whisk flour with salt in a bowl; use a pastry cutter to cut 1/4 cup butter into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
5. Pour yeast mixture and egg yolk into flour mixture and stir to make a soft dough.

6. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface and knead until smooth and slightly springy, about 5 minutes. If dough is too sticky, knead in more flour, about 2 tablespoons at a time.

7. Cut dough into 2 equal pieces. Roll each piece out into a 12×16-inch rectangle.

8. Spread half the poppy seed filling over each rectangle, leaving a 1-inch border. Fold the 1-inch border back over the filling on all sides and press down.

9. Pick up the shorter side of a dough rectangle and roll it like a jelly roll; repeat with second rectangle. Pinch ends together or tuck ends under to prevent filling from leaking out.

10. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; place rolls seam sides down on the baking sheet and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

11. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

12. Beat egg white in a bowl until frothy; brush the rolls with beaten egg white. 13. Bake in preheated oven until dark golden brown on top, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and cover rolls with a clean kitchen towel until cool to keep crust soft. Cool completely before slicing.

Holiday Cardboard Picture Frames

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Thanksgiving Wreath

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A Nanny’s Short Guide to Budgeting, Savings, and Debt

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“Cranberry Thanksgiving” by Wende and Harry Devlin and Make Cranberry Bread

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Herbed Half Duck

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Turkey Cookies for Thanksgiving

Cooking for Kids My Nanny Kids don’t like the traditional Thanksgiving desserts of pumpkin and apple pie. So I found these adorable and delicious turkey cookies to make for the children I care for at CrazyLittleProjects web site for Thanksgiving. Let the kids help you make and decorate these cute cookies. The link to buy […]

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