Here we are again, home for the Holidays. Does your family have those Christmas traditions you look forward to (or lovingly dread) ever year? I know mine does. Here's a bit of what I (Spice) will be doing in Society Hill, South Carolina this Christmas...
- Listening to endless amounts of Christmas music and watching Christmas movies galore. Frank Sinatra and Claymations anyone?
- Filling up the kitchen (and our stomachs) with delicious Christmas treats. My mom makes homemade Cheese Krispies every year, and every year people beg her for more. Need a snack for a party that everyone will love? Try this recipe:
1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated (room temp)
2 cups plain flour
½ pound butter, melted
½ to 1 tsp red pepper
2 cups Rice Krispies
Sprinkle flour on cheese and pour on melted butter. Add salt and red pepper to taste. Add Rice Krispies to this mixture and knead together by hand until well blended. Roll into marble-sized balls and place onto ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten with a fork and bake for 30 minutes at 300 degrees. Yield: 150 krispies
This year I decided to try something new- Pistachio cherry chocolate chip cookies. Santa better hurry up, these cookies are delicious! Try this recipe here.
- Escorting my brother in a traditional exclusively southern event, the Men’s Dance Club Debutant Ball. This event is one in which men and women of a community gather for the presentation of sons and daughters, who are of age 18-20, to the society. This was traditionally for young women who were ready for marriage, now it’s just an excuse to throw a party…Say hello to ball gowns, dancing and drinks all night.
- Fireside reading on Christmas Eve. No matter how many times I hear the story of Jesus' birth, it never ceases to amaze me. (ESV) Luke 2
A little further up north in Virginia, I (Sugar) am curling up by the fire with my little Christmas pup and a delicious piece of my mama's famous chocolate pecan pie. As this Christmas Eve is drawing to a close, I want to share a few of my family's traditions with you.
My mom always makes a delicious breakfast the morning before Christmas. This year she added a refreshing fruit dish into the mix. This dish includes Jicama and mango. In case you are wondering, jicama is a strange fruit that you can find at any grocery store and although it looks a little scary, I promise you'll love it.
One of my favorite things about coming home is seeing the sparkling decorations that my mom has adorned our house with. The mantle is always gorgeous and so is the tree. At our house we tend to go with a holiday metallics theme and have a lot of silvers and golds throughout the house as opposed to reds and greens. Here is a sample of our holiday decor.
Last but not least, the food! Christmas at my house means lots and lots of baking. Today alone, my mom and I made a carrot cake, two pecan pies, and are contemplating making some sugar cookies before we call it a day. My favorite by far is the chocolate pecan pie, which is simply an ordinary yet delicious pecan pie with chocolate chips added in.
Enjoy time with family and friends this joyous holiday season. From our homes to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas! Up next: what to wear for the perfect night on the town this NYE!