Favorite holiday song?
“O Holy Night” sung by Christina Aguilera
Favorite holiday movie?
It’s a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart
Favorite holiday story to read?
The birth of baby Jesus
Snow on holiday eve, day or just a chill in the air?
A chill in the air. I'm in Texas where everything comes to a standstill when we get snow.
Most memorable holiday memory?
My younger sister and I were the babies of a nine sibling family. There were four brothers, then five sisters, so my brothers were all older and out in the world by the time we were teenagers. They would send us identical presents since we wore the same size. Every year I would sneak in and open the presents and choose the color I liked best and put my name on that one, then rewrap. My family had no idea I did that. To this day, I label my Christmas presents with numbers rather than names so my kids won't do that!! Talk about Sins of the Mother!!
Did you eat popcorn balls as a kid? If you did, do you still?
I was never much of a popcorn ball eater. I do love cheesy popcorn, though. We used to go to the Knights Of Columbus Christmas party every year and get a stocking filled with nuts and oranges.
Real tree or artificial? Green or white?
I grew up with real trees, but now I only use artificial ones. We had a real tree one year, and it was a mess. I love the green ones. This year I even bought a prelit one since the kids are no longer here to help me decorate.
What do you holiday eve?
We go to 5 PM mass as I've mentioned above and come home to the steak and gravy meal.
What are your holiday plans this year?
Exactly the same as every other year. Church, food, presents and an overdose of family.
What's the one holiday dish your family can't go without?
Besides steak and gravy, we love a big ham and Tex-Mex broccoli casserole.
Please share a Holiday recipe.
I always keep a Texas Sheath Cake around during the holidays. Here's the recipe.
LIZ'S TEXAS SHEET CAKE (It's really Sheath cake, but everyone calls it sheet cake.)
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
½ cup Crisco
1 cup water
1 tsp. baking soda
½ cup Buttermilk
2 slightly beaten eggs
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 stick butter
6 Tbsp. buttermilk
½ tsp. vanilla
1cup chopped pecans
Combine flour and sugar in a large bowl. In medium saucepan, cook butter, three Tbsp. Cocoa, Crisco, and water over medium heat. Bring to rapid boil. Pour over flour mixture.