I was thinking about our family this Christmas season. We zoomed last year, but this year we are all vaccinated. So, we will have a very small group at home with the windows open and indoor masks when not eating.
Baking is a joy for me. I used to do a lot, but since spending more time at the computer, I don’t do it much until the Christmas season. I plan to make cookies with the seven-year-old in the family, sugar cookies of Santa, angels and Christmas trees. Pumpkin pie is a favorite too, but in our family, baking can be a challenge as some are allergic to milk and others cannot have added sugar. Still whenever possible, I use quick and easy recipes.
When holiday baking, I usually listen to traditional Christmas songs like Silent Night and Silver Bells. Recently, I heard an old song that was more country. “Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy” is a song co-written by Buck Owens and Don Rich in 1965. The song has been covered by several country music artists, including Garth Brooks and Brad Paisley among others.
This tune rang a bell with me because in our family, my husband always dresses up in a Santa suit on a Christmas Eve. One year the younger of our kids said she could tell it was Dad because Santa wore the same glasses as her daddy. The jig was up, but the kids still wanted him to wear the suit the next year. Now we have a five and a seven-year-old in the family, so my hubby has been back in the Santa suit again and again. 😊
AN EASY PUMPKIN PIE RECIPE:
1 deep dish frozen pie crust. Keep it frozen until used.
You may make your own pie crust if you like, but this is easy for me.
14 oz can of pure pumpkin
2 eggs lightly beaten
3/4 cup sugar or sugar substitute
3/4 cup half and half. Almond milk may be substituted.
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, add more if needed for taste.
Preheat oven at 425F
In a large bowl beat 2 eggs, then add sugar or substitute, pumpkin, spice and mix together. Slowly add liquid. When completely mixed, pour into the frozen crust.
Bake for 15 minutes at 425F. Reduce heat to 350 F and cook for 55 to 60 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
After the pie cools, keep it covered in the refrigerator until needed. May serve with a whipping cream topping.
★* ღ NEED A PERFECT HOLIDAY READ OR A GIFT? Meet the people of the small California town in my Sierra Creek Series. HER COUNTRY HEART CHRISTMAS EDITION by REGGI ALLDER★* ღ
Amy Long needs a forever home for Christmas. She was downsized and lost her apartment in the city. Hoping to find a fresh start, she returns to the small town of Sierra Creek. Does she still fit in?
Cowboy Wyatt Cameron knows Amy belongs in the city. She’s in the way of his plans and as the executor of her grandmother’s will, he has the power to send her packing.
What can she offer to change his mind? Will sparks fly?
Continue the Sierra Creek Series with Our Country Heart Book 3.
Have you ever made a mistake you would do anything to change?