Holidays are a bit odd around here. My husbands parents live in the midwest, and my parents live in the Southeast. We’ve agreed to do a grandparent visit once a year, so the holidays that we do have at home can be a bit free-form. We invite our “orphan” friends who can’t go home for whatever reason, and anyone else who does not want to deal with being stuck in traffic.
That said, we do have some traditions and the following three are the ones I hope my kids will continue once they are old enough to take over the holiday hosting duties.
1. Sweet Potato Crack. I make a killer sweet potato casserole that is so yummy and addictive, it can only be called Sweet Potato Crack. Here is the recipe:
5 large, peeled sweet potatoes cut into 4’s
3/4 cups packed brown sugar
2/3 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cups flour
1 1/3 cups pecans
1 cup marshmellows (if desired)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a medium baking dish.
2. Boil the sweet potatoes in a large saucepan for 10 minutes or until you can poke them easily with a fork
3. In a large bowl, mix together the sweet potatoes, brown sugar, milk, butter and flour. Transfer the mixture to the baking dish. Sprinkle with pecans and marshmellows.
4. Bake for 30 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
2. Invite the “Orphans.” As I described above, we invite whomever does not have a place to go. It makes for a super fun day.
3. Play board games instead of watching football. Big chain stores like Target usually have big sales this time of year on old-school games like Scrabble and Monopoly. If you have toddlers like we do, break out the Chutes and Ladders and CandyLand.
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