While the guys are frying a turkey for your Christmas dinner, have them fry another one for your “PLANNED-OVERS” after Christmas .
Christmas was wonderful and sad at the same time. Last year when we celebrated our holiday, it was the first one without our sweet mother. She kept Christ in Christmas and continued to do so each day of the year. Her personality had a childlike aspect to it even though she had more proper education than any other woman I knew. She took college courses just for fun and helped others write their thesis whenever needed. But her giggle was delightful and it made everyone smile. She liked the small things in life that a lot of other people miss out on because of being too busy. She enjoyed all music but especially Christmas music. As a child, one of my fondest memories was of her singing Holy Night at our church’s Christmas Eve service.
Now this year we are spending it without our younger sister. It just doesn’t seem right to out live your younger siblings. She, like Mother, had such amazing rich voices that the absence now when singing our family carols is actually haunting!! She would often play her guitar and teach the children new songs to sing and read poems or stories . No one felt like trying to fill her “big” shoes this year. Just too soon.
Heaven’s choir must sound more beautiful than ever now with both Mom’s and LaDonna’s voices singing together!
LaDonna liked all the holidays, birthdays, vacations, the first snow of the season, David’s first fire in the fireplace, the list goes on and on because she loved life so much. But Christmas had it’s own special place in her heart. She always said the gifts had to be wrapped with the prettiest paper you could find and they had to be topped with just the right bows. Even if she mailed out her gifts, she’d pack the bows in a separate box and label each one so they would be put on the right box at their destination. Her miniature Christmas village grew and grew with each passing year so more tables would have to added. It became a tradition and a competition. One year LaDonna would be in charge and sometimes I would get to help her. She would have diagrams to follow and wanted it to look so real like that of a Thomas Kinkade drawing. Then the next year it would be David and the boys and they would create wrecks and trees falling and roads going to no where. With the twinkling lights now underneath the tables they both looked beautiful. She would put up at least two trees. One in the living room with antique glass icicles that belonged to our Dad and she would take the time to hang the silver tinsel one at a time. The dining room would have garland and glass bulbs and pictures of the boys when they were younger. Candles were burning everywhere and you knew it was Christmas. Besides all her singing engagements and church concerts she still found the time to make her much anticipated hot fudge sauce to give to family and friends. Not that any of us will make it as good or with as much love but I am now sharing it with you. This recipe copy came from a personal cookbook she made for her niece, Heather Atkinson, so I’m sure I’m not giving away her secret.
As far back as I can remember we have had sausage balls during Christmas. First it was Mimi and Poppy Short that introduced them to us. Poppy had such strong big hands to mix the cheddar cheese into the sausage properly and that helped Grace a lot. So when he moved in with Heather he showed them how to make them and was so happy to be a part of the Christmas cooking. Jessica has been fixing them for several years now and does such a wonderful job, Poppy would be proud !
My oldest granddaughter, Madeline Grace Crowley, age 12, prefers to be called Maddy. She has been helping me with this blog by taking pictures and setting up scenes but now she thinks it’s her turn to put up a recipe. She said this dessert fruity pie is so easy even her friends could make it. Maddy thinks it’s pretty enough to serve for Christmas dinner. Here is the recipe she used, but you can use any combination of fruit you like. Strawberries or cherries and kiwi would bring out the red and green of Christmas!