Snow on holiday eve or just a chill in the air?
Just a chill. Although I love snow, it messes things up terribly around Seattle, with all of our hills. I worry about my loved ones driving.
Most memorable holiday memory?
All of the years when my kids were little, wearing those sweet kiddie p.j.’s on Christmas morning.
Did you eat popcorn balls as a kid? If you did, do you still?
Yes! I’ve never met a popcorn ball I didn’t like.
Real tree or artificial? Green or white?
Real tree. Green. I had an artificial one for a few of my single-mother years, but my daughter almost disowned me for it.
What do you do holiday eve?
Now, my husband and I celebrate it alone together. It’s the time for a quiet, romantic dinner, a glass of wine, and gifts in front of the fire.
What are your holiday plans this year?
Like all kids with divorced parents, I have an abundance of holidays. We have a big Italian dinner at my dad’s one night, I have the romantic Christmas Eve with my husband, I have Christmas morning with my kids, and then we all head over to my mother’s house, for more celebrating with Grandma, auntie, uncle, and cousins.
What's the one holiday dish your family can't go without?
We have a lot of Italian food. At Dad’s, I’d say, raviolis. At Mom’s, lasagna.
Please share a Holiday recipe.
Our Favorite Stuffed Mushrooms:
Get a bunch of mushrooms. Pop out the stems, and gouge out the black stuff with the tip of a spoon. Mix together ½ cup of breadcrumbs, ½ cup of Parmesan cheese, ¼ cup of melted butter, a clove or two of minced garlic, and a splash of white wine. Stir together and stuff this into the mushrooms. Drizzle with melted butter. Bake in a 375 degree oven (or so) until nice and brown. Yum! How can you go wrong with mushrooms, butter, wine, and garlic!
Holiday party tip?
Eat, drink, and be merry. Try not to eat so much that you have to unbutton the top button of your pants.