Tuesday, December 23, 2008

the best Hanukah treats ever

Hanukah is a minor holiday, but full of light and happiness. Since we weren't planning a trip east to New York City to see his family, the professor got homesick for his favorite deli food. With the wonders of modern shipping, he ordered and shipped it to our house. First, I insisted the professor learn to make his own rye bread so he could enjoy his treat. Then, we celebrated the arrival of our very own hunks of corned beef and pastrami. There is nothing like going to Katz's but having a sandwich with some of their ingredients was as close and as good as we'll get in Kentucky. Plus, even with the overnight shipping, it's cheaper than flying to the Big Apple!

Another treat has been the professor's mushroom project. A few weeks ago, this big package arrived in the mail from Fungi Perfecti. The professor started another fun winter time science project...growing fresh mushrooms. He chose varieties that are hard to buy here, and there is nothing so good as a just harvested mushroom, sauteed with a little garlic and olive oil. Here is part of the blue oyster mushroom harvest. Next to be harvested: Lion's Mane mushrooms. Yum.

The little treats we plan each night of the holiday, like a couple of doughnuts (cooked in oil, as is traditional for Hanukah) make the end of regular work days something to look forward to. At night, we know we'll have a few moments of small presents and treats. The best treat ever happened when we were least expecting it.

Yesterday, my new nephew came home from the intensive care unit at the hospital. Noodles (as his older brother calls him!) is now 10 weeks old, and last night was his first at home. Our family is so happy. Nervous and anxious, too--Noodles will require a lot of unusual care, including using a nasal-gastric tube for feeding and lots of physical therapy. The diagnosis for his future is unclear-but of course we're thrilled that he gets to be home now with his mom, his dad (my brother) and his big brother Nate. Now that's a heck of a Hanukah present.

Have a good and meaningful holiday, friends!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

HOME! He got to come HOME!!! Oh yay, and best wishes. Joy of the season to all of you and yours.

December 23, 2008 at 1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boy, do I miss Katz's!


December 23, 2008 at 2:44 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

WOO HOO! Nephew is Home! What an utterly fantastic present. Happy Hanukah, dear Joanne.

December 23, 2008 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger Geek Knitter said...

What a wonderful thing to read at the tail-end of a tough day. I'm sitting here with happy tears in my eyes. Welcome home Noodles!

December 23, 2008 at 5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What good news about your nephew. May he heal quickly away from the very unhomelike hospital environment!

Meanwhile, funny bit of serendipity that I just posted a photo of oyster mushrooms, too! Enjoy your fungi. Wish I enjoyed eating them as much as i enjoy looking at them.

December 23, 2008 at 8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terrific news about your nephew. Hurray!

Homegrown mushrooms, eh? Fascinating.

December 23, 2008 at 10:06 PM  
Blogger cyndy said...

Such very good news for your family!! Happy Hanukah!!

Off to check out the fungi perfecti link! Did the professor grow the spores in logs? What fun!

December 24, 2008 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Oh! What grand news that the nephew is home!

Looking forward to shroom pix in 09!!

December 24, 2008 at 10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We saw a menorah in a window this evening, and it felt so welcoming and so much like home.

December 24, 2008 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger SueJ said...

Happy Hannukah & a Merry Christmas-may as well enjoy two celebrations. I think the year 7 children I teach RE to know more about Devali & hannukha than they do about the origin of Christmas!

December 25, 2008 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger annmarie said...

very good to hear that your nephew is home with his family now. :)

December 26, 2008 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger Romi said...

What a wonderful wonderful Hanukah gift! Welcome home, Noodles. Love to you!

December 29, 2008 at 2:10 AM  

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