Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Home for the Holidays

Erik and I were talking the other day and he asked what he got for his first Christmas and I told him he got a trip to Mexico.  

Dec. 2002 - Erik (left) and his cousin Wakely
 That year we had driven to Mazatlan, camped with a big group of family/friends by the beach (in trailers, motorhomes, tents), and played.   Santa didn’t come looking for us there as the trip was the Christmas present.  We don’t go every year but Erik has now been 5 times and it is a memory packed tradition!

Dec. 2008 - again Erik (left) and Wakely (well, part of him)

This year we are home for the holidays.   It has been nice.   Drinking mugs of hot cocoa, baking candied pecans in the oven, playing games, going on drives to look at the lights and listening to Christmas music. 

But, yesterday Jeff checked the weather in Mazatlan (just because) and today I heard him whistling the song “Feliz Navidad.” 

Merry Christmas!

Here is one of my favorites from allrecipes.com:

Pecan Snack
By: Bea Description: Supporting Member (Click to learn more about Supporting Membership)
"These smell like a walk through a county fair, and they taste heavenly!"

·         1 egg white
·         1 tablespoon water
·         1 pound pecans
·         3/4 cup white sugar
·         1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
·         1 teaspoon salt
1.     Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
2.     In a large bowl, beat egg white with water until frothy. Stir in pecans and mix to coat. Combine sugar, cinnamon and salt and stir into pecan mixture. Spread on a baking sheet.

3.     Bake in preheated oven 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Store in an airtight container.