Christmas 2010

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Holiday, Life, Recipes

Hey, if my neighbors across the street can still have their Christmas lights up and on near the January, then it’s not too late for me to blog about it.  Starting this year, I’ve officially passed the gauntlet of hosting the family holiday get-together to my younger sister Maurya, because my health the past few months means that I have neither the stamina nor pain tolerance to do it anymore. The degenerative nature of my health problems have reared their head in an ugly way this past year, and I’ve felt more like a spectator to my life than an actual participant.

I love my sister’s pot roast – she changed it up a bit this year, but it was excellent nonetheless and fall-apart tender. I used some Wondra and it ended up with a great gravy. I’ll really need to get the recipe from her so I can post it here. It may not look like much but it’s the best I’ve had in a while, flavor-wise.

Pot Roast and Gravy

The mashed potatoes were just your basic butter-cream-salt types. Insert your own family recipe here.

Mashed Potatoes

What I really liked, however, was this recipe for candied carrots – it brings out the best of the vegetable’s sweetness. She used crinkle cut fresh carrots to save time.

Candied Carrots

Candied Carrots
recipe from AllRecipes.com

1 pound carrots, cut into 2 inch pieces
2 tablespoons butter, diced
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 pinch salt
1 pinch ground black pepper

1. Place carrots in a pot of salted water. Bring water to a boil, reduce heat to a high simmer and cook about 20 to 30 minutes. Do not cook the carrots to a mushy stage!

2. Drain the carrots, reduce the heat to its lowest possible setting and return the carrots to the pan. Stir in butter, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Cook for about 3 to 5 minutes, until sugar is bubbly. Serve hot!

She also made some green beans with jowl bacon – tasty, smoky wonderfulness.

Green Beans with Jowl Bacon

P. and I made some appetizers and desserts that we brought with (more about those in separate posts), but honestly, my sister worked her butt off putting a wonderful meal on the table.

But as much as I love food, I think Christmas is all about the kids – they always have such an excitement and curiosity for the world that we sometimes (hell, nearly all the time) set by the wayside as we get older and purportedly wiser. We got my 9 year old nephew Brandon his very own digital camera, an upgrade from a V-Tech kids model we got him a few Christmases back. He loved it, and has been nonstop been taking pictures of himself and food. We may make a food blogger out of him yet.

Brandon, Christmas 2010

Autumn, as the middle child (7 yrs old), is the most fiercely independent of the trio. She has an endless source of energy, and is a joy, but one heck of a handful. She’s going to be a reckon to contend with once she gets older. Hopefully she’ll contain some of that energy in athletics – we’ll see. She loves Littlest Pet Shop, so we got her a few collections plus a storage case. She’s probably the hardest to shop for, since she’s at that “in between” age.

Autumn, Christmas 2010

Amber, the youngest at 5 years old, is probably the most sensitive of the bunch. Also probably the one with the most amount of empathy and the sweetest disposition. We got her a Leapster 2 along with a few programs.

Amber - Christmas 2010

My mom came along, too – so it was the closest we’ve come to having the whole family together at once in years. How did you all spend your Christmases? What did you have to eat? Do you have any interesting family traditions?

4 Responses to “Christmas 2010”

  1. Kyle Says:

    While doing research for work I stumbled onto your blog–other than the fact that it is a terrible idea to look at food at 9AM, i loved your blog and the recipes! thanks for the fun

  2. Sammie Says:

    I love that everyone has their own Christmas food traditions! For Christmas Eve we always venture out to my grandmother's house who makes awesome… Chicken nuggets. No seriously. She has her own batter recipe that is positively delicious and they have been a Christmas dinner tradition for as long as I can remember!

  3. Wida Says:

    MMmmm. The pot roast looks so good!

    Wida
    Missing Amsie Blog

  4. Alison Says:

    Hi,
    I'm trying to get in contact with Marie Gherghei regarding her entry in the comfort foods photo challenge on Cooking Channel. I'd love if she could reach out to me via the email address associated with this post!
    Thanks,
    Alison

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