A Special Treat Once A Year


I do not know whether you would classify me as being from the South. I mean, geographically we do fall south of the Mason-Dixon line, so I qualify by that perspective; however, I am not so far south that I have a long drawl when pronouncing words. If I had to qualify my culture, it would probably be Appalachian. If you don’t pronounce it with the word latch included, then you do not know what I am talking about. Regardless of how different I may think I am, I know that my family still has many of the same Christmas traditions as other families even if we are separated by thousands of miles.

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We have a couple of desserts that we fix only for Christmas Eve dinner. Despite the fact that these would work for other occasions, they are only made during this special time. The first is what is called an applesauce cake. It uses, you guessed it, apple sauce as the base. It is then seasoned with clove, walnuts, ginger, and bay leaves among other ingredients. The family recipe (and I am sure there are countless others online) turns out a dark, rich, dense cake that is best enjoyed with some coffee.

The second dessert is more eclectic and not as well-known. It is what is deemed frozen fruit salad. The main fruit in the ingredient list is pineapple. Beyond that, I do not know if there are other fruits included except for the maraschino cherries that adorn the top. What I do know is that it may carry the word fruit in its name, but it is in no way healthy for you. The instructions require boiling an odd assortment of ingredients including egg yolks and mayonnaise. Do not take it at face value. The end product is quite delightful and after it has thawed a little, it has a creamy consistency that is different than the normal holiday desserts. Yet again, this is another family recipe.

I would love to share both of these recipes with you, but then that would go against the family and I cannot do that. Not really, it is more due to the fact that I am only aware of one copy of each of these recipes and it resides at my parents. I suppose my sister and I will fight over these recipes later. If I am able to find those copies, I will be sure to edit this post.

The holiday season is full of merriment and delight. This holiday season is shaping up to not disappoint. To kick it off in style, Disney is releasing a new film called The Nutcracker and The Four Realms. All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale. “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” releases in theaters on November 2.

For more information, please go to: https://movies.disney.com/the-nutcracker-and-the-four-realms

If you are like me, I thoroughly enjoy the holiday season. I cannot wait to start celebrating and watching this movie.

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