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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