Personal: Christmas 2012

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We had a very Merry, very low key Christmas this year at Elizabeth Parker Photographie. I decided after going full-time this month, the robbery and whatnot… it might be a good year to abstain for travelling and taking the time off. Pete the cat and I baked, ate, decorated, and watched a lot of movies. (Pete skipped the marathon at the cinema, but joined in for the DVDs.) I’m particularly proud of the photo booth themed tree inspiration I had! Rawr.

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My friends know me so well… thanks for all the goodies! If a stranger came over, they would think that pickles is the primary food group in my house… and it is.

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Kept the traditions alive with cinnamon rolls for breakfast and Italian for dinner. Yum.

I spent all night Christmas Eve baking.

Here are a few family recipes:

Graham Cracker Praline Bars

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1 box Honey Grahams

1C BUTTER no substitutes

1/2 C sugar

Coarse chopped pecans

 Heat oven to 350F

Take a large cookie sheet and line cookie sheet with graham crackers,broken in half.

Sprinkle the top of the crackers with pecans evenly

Bring butter and sugar to a boil about 3 minutes stirring constantly

Pour evenly over crackers and pecans

Bake @ 350F for 12 minutes

Let cool a few minutes then transfer with spatula onto waxed paper to cool completely

Break into pieces

Voila!

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The key is butter. Lots of butter.

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Cranberry Pie

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1 1/2 cup whole cranberries

1/4 cup chopped pecans

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup melted butter

1/2 cup flour

1 egg

Heat oven to 325F

Put cranberries, pecans, & 1/4 cup sugar in pie pan

Mix butter, 1/2 cup sugar, flour, and egg in a bowl until smooth

Pour batter over cranberries in pie pan

Bake at 325F for 45 minutes

Delicious with vanilla ice cream

Watermarked Christmas 2012 Elizabeth Parker_0009It always is nice to have a little help in the kitchen.

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Love playing with Blue Bell. She’s fantastic.

I’ll leave you with the unedited B-roll of my pal, Jacob’s, annual bizarre holiday card shoot…. I’ve been sitting on these for FAR too long. Ha!

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I Heart Faces: Pet Challenge

I Heart Faces has issued a photo challenge this week. I thought it my duty to answer the call.

Behold my companion for the last 10 years, Pete. The day after we moved from Paris to D.C. this was in his food bowl when I came down for breakfast.

Suffice to say, I took it as a good sign that everything was going to be just fine and the move was the right decision. And it was!

Happy Tuesday from Pete & I in D.C.!