Traditions. Some family traditions go way back, and hold fond memories. Mom used to cook for all the holidays, as she grew older, me and my brother and sister took over, rotating which holiday we would host. This year I am hosting Christmas Eve dinner. There will be 18 people attending. We like to enjoy a great sit down dinner. I will have three separate tables with place setting for everyone, but the food will be on the counter and everyone will serve themselves. I tried making separate platters of everything for each table, but it ended up being a kitchen disaster last year when I hosted Thanksgiving for 22 people.
It has been my long-standing tradition of giving a little something for everyone to take home with them.
Some of the more memorable take home gifts I provided over the years have included:
- Chocolate dipped spoons as stirrers for hot chocolate or for a mocha with coffee.
- Demitasse cups filled with chocolate covered espresso beans
- Shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate
This year, I went in search of something different and I found this website, Story Lady’s Country Cookin’. She shows you how to make brownies in mason jars.
Click on the link above to get the instructions on how to do it
So, make sure you file this in the splurge section of your Healthy Diet plan. It is definitely worth the splurge.
I took a box of brownie mix and for the liquid portion instead of adding water, I added Kahlua. For the oil, I mixed 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted and 1/2 cup canola oil.
I tested out two mason jars and then made a small batch of brownies, because a cook has got to do what a cook has got to do and that is TASTE TEST them first.
Um, I am pleased to say, they taste delicious.
What are some of your holiday traditions? Do you think the brownies in a mason jar will be a big hit with my guests this year?
Enjoy your day!