Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Road to Christmas Eve

 Today I am so excited to be a part of Ellie Inspired's 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!! You may click on the image above to read more of her spectacular GIVEAWAY that is also going on this week!

I would like to share with you today one of my favorite Christmas memories and a recipe that is one of our family's holiday favorites.

Christmas is huge in our family. My parents always went "all out" at Christmas. We refer to a certain time in our family, called "The Road to Christmas Eve", that is all about the anticipation and "making ready" to go to the grandparents (my parents) house for our Christmas celebration.

When the children were small, we would begin about 4 o'clock on Christmas Eve afternoon, getting baths and clothes ready. We dressed up in our finest  and usually my children would wear a special Christmas outfit that I had made for them. Then there was the loading of the car trunk with our gifts to the rest of the family, and of course, the food that we were taking as part of the meal and the merriment!

The excitement I felt getting my family ready to go was almost as great as my children's. We knew that Mom Mil and Pop would have the house decorated, the table set with the good china, silver, and a beautiful centerpiece and always a special little table gift at each of our plates.

The excitement would mount, as we climbed into the car and headed on our way. We would pop a Christmas tape into the tape player (this was a long time ago, remember?) and we would sing all the way to their house. The sky would sparkle with stars and sometimes, there might a dusting of snow, a flurry or two or at least, a hint of snow. And we knew when we arrived, the house would be filled with family, a mountain of gifts and wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen. Always, there were goodies abounding to nibble on before the Christmas dinner.

I would like to share with you our favorite Christmas dessert, which is a standard on most all Southern Christmas tables!!
Southern Pecan Pie
1 stick butter, melted
1 cup sugar
½ cup Karo syrup
3 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup broken pecans

 Mix all ingredients and pour into unbaked pie shell. Place pie on cookie sheet and bake in 350° oven for 50 minutes.


Tomorrow's post will be by the fabulous Jen Hagedorn, of Tie Dye Diva Patterns. I can't wait to see what she has in store!! Click on the image below and it will take you to Jen!!


LJ said...

Yummy, pecan is one of my favorites especially during the holidays. Thanks for the recipe.

Chasingmermaids said...

Love it! I am sooo sappy and love traditions...with 3 young kids of my own i want to keep some and make new traditions too....

i can't believe pecan pie is that easy?? my favorite!

Thanks for sharing

VickiT said...

yum LOVE pecan pie. Fun memories

Beth said...

"The Road to Christmas Eve"--that phrase has so much room for anticipation, teachable moments, fun projects. Thanks for sharing.


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