It’s a Christmas tradition in my family to open one present on Christmas Eve– a new pair of pajamas. It’s fun having breakfast and opening presents the next morning in your new PJs. And, if you happen to stay in them the entire Christmas Day, even better! Just remember, they’re being photographed.
PJ Salvage | Henley Top & Plush Fleece Pants
Soma | Cool Nights Flower Festival Cami & Shorts
Burberry Brit | Checked cotton chemise
Hatley | Snowflakes Women’s Flannel Nightshirt
Juicy Couture | Polka-dot cotton-blend pajama set
Do you like to give and receive pajamas?
It’s not the holidays in my house until there’s a perpetual tin of Chex Mix. I make so many batches a year I’ve not only memorized the recipe, I’ve perfected the technique.
I follow the classic recipe on the back of the box. If you’ve never made the Chex Party Mix before, whip up a batch! I don’t enjoy normal Chex Mix varieties but the combination of their seasonings in this recipe makes a great snack to munch on while watching Home Alone, Love Actually, or another classic Christmas film. It also gives me an excuse to buy Chex for another delicious treat (puppy chow!!!).
I went on a bit of a tirade over Halloween, but no such words will be used against Thanksgiving. This is the best holiday because it revolves around my two favorite things: food and family.
Every Thanksgiving, I’m responsible for making the Applesauce Bread. It’s a family recipe, scribbled on a piece of paper with enough fading and smudges to know it’s a tradition. Several years ago, I famously made a teeny, tiny error that I will never live down. I’m going to blame the shorthand in the recipe (and less than stellar handwriting). In the heat of the moment, I mistook the “t”, meaning teaspoon, for a “T”, meaning tablespoon. The ingredient? …Salt. It was like eating a slice of the ocean.
I baked two loaves last night and I can’t wait to pass a basketful around the table. Our menu will be:
Turkey & Gravy (it’s 22lbs!)
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Yukon Gold and Sweet Potato Casserole with Three Cheeses
Slow-cooked Green Beans
And, of course, the Applesauce Bread. It’s a family favorite. The applesauce helps to make it moist with the perfect hint of apple and cinnamon.