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December 24

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It’s December 24th. Christmas Eve Gift!

Since I was a toddler, it’s been a tradition in my family to try and be the first to surprise the other person by yelling out “Christmas Eve Gift”! The person who was “got” then had to give a little gift to the person who did the “gotcha”. As the years rolled by, it was not so much about the gifting as it was the “gotcha” part. To this end, family members would go to great lengths to surprise one another.

One Christmas Eve, I had gotten up very early to bake a huckleberry cobbler to take over to my parents next door, for breakfast. Nothing beats a nice, warm-from-the-oven cobbler. So I traipsed over to their house with the food, set it down on a chair outside, and unlocked their back door. The house was dark and I knew my parents (then in their early 80’s) were probably still asleep. As I entered the dark house, my parents jumped from behind the door (where they had been hiding in wait for me) and yelled “Christmas Eve Gift”, scaring the bejeebers out of me. They definitely “got” me! They were quite tickled with themselves, and I was glad I had put the cobbler on the chair outside…..otherwise we would have been eating huckleberry cobbler off of the floor Winking smile

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Good Food Is A Good Way To Start The New Year

Nothing says “Celebration” better than great food.  Nothing says “Holiday” better than a traditional meal.  So naturally, I had some photographic fun with our New Year’s Day lunch.

Every New Year’s Day, the traditional meal in my family consists of black-eye peas cooked in ham juice with chunks of ham (The peas represent money in the form of loose change),

boiled cabbage cooked in a little ham juice and liberally sprinkled with little pepper flakes (The cabbage represents money in the form of paper dollars),

and cornbread (the non-sweet kind over which we spoon the peas and ham).

Homemade pickled beets were a side dish accompanying this year’s meal

and I fixed French vanilla cupcakes with milk chocolate frosting.

Nothing beats a boxed cake mix (I’m serious!).  There are even a series of cook books out there (I have most of them) by The Cake Mix Doctor that uses the basic boxed cake mixes and embellishes upon them.  Cakes from a box mix always come out moist and tender (IMO).

Everything else is icing on the cake (pun intended).

Happy New Year, Everybody!!

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