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.
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.
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
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
The key is butter. Lots of butter.
1 1/2 cup whole cranberries
1/4 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup flour
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
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!