Latkes, Kugel and Challah, Oh My!

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Either way you spell it, Chanukah, the "Festival of Lights," kicks off this Sunday and lasts for eight crazy (according to Adam Sandler) nights. To celebrate the occasion, Chabad of The Woodlands will once again host the Grand Chanukah Celebration and Menorah Lighting at Market Street. Led by Rabbi Mendel Blecher, the lighting of a nine-foot, nine branched candelabra will take place at 5:15 p.m. Traditional Chanukah food and musical performances will follow the Menorah lighting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you celebrate the Festival of Lights, may your home be bright with happiness and joy.

Give Thanks For Laughter

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Stressed over grocery shopping and turkey preparation? Take a little time out for some much need comic relief with these holiday videos. Enjoy!

 

Please Be Seated

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Whether you are an over-the-top kind of gal or a subtle southern belle, dress up your Thanksgiving tablescape to suit your style.  Here are some of our favorites from Pinterest.

Monochromatic: Vanilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monochromatic: Chocolate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over-The-Top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For The Kiddos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Texas Twist

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Do you serve the same Thanksgiving meal year after year? Maybe it’s time to give your holiday spread a tasty makeover. Try these twists on traditional Texas favorites.

Sweet Potato Salad Recipe 
Courtesy of Taste of Home

Prep: 25 min. + chilling
Yield: 10 Servings

Ingredients
3 pounds sweet potatoes, cooked, peeled and cubed
1 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1-1/2 teaspoons salt, optional
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1-1/2 cups light or regular mayonnaise
Dash hot pepper sauce

Directions
In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Stir in mayonnaise and pepper sauce. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts 
Courtesy of Karen – Our Life In The Kitchen

Ingredients
Fresh Brussels Sprouts
Prosciutto
Shallots
Olive Oil
Coarse Ground Salt and Pepper

Directions
Dice the prosciutto.

Slice the shallots into thin rings or slices.

Rinse the brussels sprouts and trim the ends.
Over medium to medium-high flame, heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a large oven-proof skillet. Add the prosciutto and shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until the prosciutto gets a bit crispy and the shallots begin to brown.

Add the brussels sprouts.

Season generously with salt and pepper and cook for a few minutes, until they’re well-coated with oil. Add a little more oil if necessary.

Put the whole skillet into a 350 degree oven. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep them well-coated with the olive oil. They’re done when they’re tender but just beginning to brown on the outside.

Dish them up and serve!

Texas Pecan Praline Root Beer Float 
Courtesy of H-E-B

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Makes: 24 servings

Ingredients
1 c. H-E-B Brown Sugar
1 c. H-E-B Granulated Sugar
1/4 c. (1/2 stick) H-E-B Butter
2 c. pecan pieces
1 tsp. vanilla flavoring
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. shredded coconut
H-E-B Root Beer Pure Cane Sugar Soft Drinks
H-E-B Creamy Creations 1905 Vanilla Ice Cream
H-E-B Whipped Topping

Directions

Spread a large sheet of foil on counter, spray with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Or, for perfectly shaped pralines, line a cupcake tin with paper liners and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

Place 5 tablespoons of water in a 2-quart saucepan and heat until boiling. To the boiling water add brown sugar, granulated sugar, and butter. Boil 2 minutes or until mixture reaches 235°F on a candy thermometer.

Quickly remove from heat and add pecans, vanilla, cinnamon, and coconut; stir mixture for 15 to 30 seconds. Immediately drop by spoonfuls on prepared baking sheet or into cupcake tins and let cool. Once cool, serve as pralines or crush and use as a topping.

To assemble ice cream float: Fill a glass halfway with root beer, add two scoops vanilla ice cream, and dollop of whipped topping. Top with praline pieces.
 

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No Love For Tom Turkey

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Yes, it's true Tom Turkey gets no love. We've jumped from candy corn and scary costumes to carols and trimming the tree. But really, who can blame us! It's the most wonderful time of the year.

Holiday festivities in The Woodlands kick off with two BIG events this month - lighting the 70-foot tall Christmas tree at Market Street and Lighting of the Doves in conjunction with iWOW.

Luxury In Lights

Dressed in more than 25,000 multi-colored lights and topped with a Texas-sized star, Houston’s only performing Christmas tree will be unveiled at Market Street's’ annual “Luxury in Lights” holiday celebration Thursday, November 15 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.  You can expect live music, snow machines and hundreds gathered to see the tree in action.  Click here for more details.

30th Annual Lighting of the Doves

The biggest event in The Woodlands, besides Red, Hot & Blue in July, takes place on November 17.  Live music, interactive booths and games, snow play area, balloon artists, face painters, inflatables, ice carvers, amazing fireworks and more entertain families from 3 – 9 p.m. Don't miss Santa's big arrival on The Woodlands Waterway.  For more, visit http://www.LightingoftheDoves.com

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6th Annual International Water On The Waterway (iWOW)

This FREE and festive event provides attendees an opportunity to learn about countries and their unique holiday traditions. From foods and arts and crafts to music and entertainment, iWOW will add an international flavor to your holiday celebration.

We’ll Do The Dishes

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From ghosts and goblins to giblets and gravy. It's time to talk turkey. With a variety of festive entrees, delicious sides, live music and champagne, our Woodlands Resort annual holiday brunches are pretty popular. We'll also take care of the dishes so all you have to do is relax with family.

THANKSGIVING CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH - Thursday, November 24

Our culinary team has created an extravagant spread of seasonal, culinary delights including Rotisserie Turkey, Roasted Prime Rib, Bone-In Southern Cured Ham and side dishes such as White Cheddar Au Gratin Potatoes and Maple Butternut Squash. Guests will also enjoy made-to-order omelets, Belgian Waffles, Eggs Benedict and a variety of other traditional breakfast favorites.  You won't want to miss the elaborate dessert station with homemade goodies from our bake shop.

Seatings are from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in The Glass and The Woodlands Dining Room. Pricing is $52 per adult, $22 for children 6-12 and $15 for children 2-5; pricing excludes tax and gratuity.

Mark Your Calendar For These Other Special Family Events

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA - Saturdays, December 8 & 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children and their parents are invited to mingle with the real Santa, take pictures, and enjoy a lavish breakfast buffet with all of Santa’s favorites. This popular holiday event, which routinely sells out, also includes an appearance by the Ice Princess and holiday activities for the kids. Seatings are from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in The Woodlands Dining Room. Pricing is $21.95 for adults, $16.95 for children under 12; pricing excludes tax and gratuity.

CHRISTMAS DAY BRUNCH

Enjoy live music and a lavish brunch spread with traditional breakfast favorites as well as savory entree selections.  Christmas Day Brunch is served in The Woodlands Dining Room with seatings at 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.  Pricing is $52 per adult, $22 for children 6-12 and $15 for children 2-5; pricing excludes tax and gratuity.
 

Relax with family and leave the cooking and cleaning to the professionals. Reservations for all these events are required by calling 281-364-6292.

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