Today I’m joining Andrea for Show and Tell Tuesday as well as the girls over at Tuesday Talk. This month it is all about sharing a favorite tradition or recipe. The past two weeks have been all about sharing the Christmas spirit. From our Holly Jolly home to my Holiday Style to sharing our annual Christmas card, the biggest thing to remember every year is that happiness is homemade.
Baking for friends and family is definitely one of my most fun traditions. I typically set aside one day to bake from the time I wake up until it’s dark outside and it fills my heart with so much joy. I shared last week a special Christmas memory along with my Meme’s chocolate cookie recipe. These chocolate cookies are always the most favorite treat. Sharing just one treat would make the display a little boring so I usually choose two or three other treats to share.
This year I cooked up pecan tarts, chocolate covered peanuts and sand tarts to share. Pecan tarts are a little more time consuming but so worth it. Finding a tart press to use to shape the dough just right is the secret to the consistency of the crust coming out well. I purchased the tart press from Pampered Chef years ago and love it.
Pecan Tart Recipe
3 1/2 cups flour
3 sticks butter
1 large and 1 small cream cheese
Cream butter and cream cheese. Add flour to create dough and press into mini muffin pans with the tart press.
7 1/2 T. melted butter
3 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
3 3/4 cups firmly chopped pecans
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
Blend butter, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla and nuts. Drop by teaspoonfuls into shells.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar when totally cooled
Interested in all the treats on my little red plate? I outlined all of my holiday baking recipes a few years back.
Our Christmas traditions are fairly simple. There were years when my big kids were younger when we spent Christmas morning away from home but one of my favorite traditions now is spending Christmas day with all my kids at our home being lazy in our pajamas. We have brunch and play board games while sipping mimosas (the adults at least) while A Christmas Story is playing in the background.
For the past three years I’ve whipped up this breakfast casserole from Mix and Match Mama. Each year I’ve made this casserole along with one additional but this one has been the one to stick around! It is a crowd pleaser and the best part is it can be put together and stored in the fridge the night before. On Christmas morning I pop this in the oven and don’t miss out on any family time.
1 lb breakfast Sausage, mild
1 package Crescent rolls
2 cups Cheddar cheese
Roll out crescent rolls in along the bottom of the pan. Brown sausage, drain and add on top of crescent rolls. Scramble 6 eggs in a separate bowl and add a splash of milk. Pour in egg mixture and top with grated cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for approx 30 minutes or until eggs in the center are full firm.
This time of year it can be really easy to become sucked into comparing to others. One family is celebrating a different tradition every night, another is crossing off every holiday movie ever made while sipping cocoa while others may be still searching for that one special gift on Christmas eve. There is no right way to celebrate. My mom was one of those still wrapping presents as the guests arrived on Christmas Eve while I like to have all things in order with pretty bows all around. You know what? The joy is still the same! Happiness for me truly is homemade and at Christmas it is especially sweet!
This was one of my very favorite Christmas cards aside from the fact our little bit Carly Jo was not around yet. Maybe next year will be the year we recreate this one!
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