It’s that time of year when the chill in the frosty air brings us indoors to hunker down with thick comforters and mugs of steaming hot chocolate overflowing with fluffy marshmallows. When holiday music and movies become the soundtrack to our everyday home lives. When we gather ‘round the fire for company, drink, food and love. When we are celebrating and remembering those we treasure and hold near and dear. When the real meaning of the season is family – by our DNA or by our heart. When we reflect and give thanks for all we have. In a nutshell, unconditional love.
I’d like to welcome Patricia Eimer to share the beauty of the season with us.
Favorite holiday tradition?
My father used to hide one of our presents each year and make us go on a scavenger hunt for them. I do it now with my kids and it’s what makes the day, watching them scramble around trying to find some small gift I’ve hidden out in the open.
Favorite childhood toy?
Chemistry set. Which caused more than a few problems now that I think about it. Especially when I melted my cousin’s Barbie dolls.
Favorite childhood game?
Hide and go seek. I could climb the tree in our backyard and hide for hours with a book while my cousins ran around like coupon clippers at a limited time triple coupon sale looking for me.
Snow ball fight or making snow families?
Snow ball wars. Complete with forts and battle plans.
Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing?
Favorite holiday song?
“Yule Shoot Your Eye Out (Don’t Come Home For Christmas)” by Fallout Boy.
Favorite holiday movie?
A Muppet Christmas Carol.
Favorite holiday story to read?
Letters to Father Christmas by JRR Tolkien.
Snow on holiday eve or just a chill in the air?
Chill. I hate driving in the snow.
Most memorable holiday memory?
My daughter’s first Christmas she was less than two weeks old and only four lbs, but that year I was just ecstatic to be home and not in the hospital (or pregnant) for Christmas.
Did you eat popcorn balls as a kid? If you did, do you still?
No, we ate popcorn garland. Those little balls took too much work, and we were a hungry family with a lot of kids. Yes, I still munch the popcorn now; I don’t make excuses.
Real tree or artificial? Green or white?
Artificial green. I can’t stand sweeping up needles.
What do you do holiday eve?
The great wrap extravaganza. Which is where us and the neighbors return each other’s gifts (I hide my kids at her house and vice versa so they can’t snoop), and then we wrap them up and drink wine till we’re stupid enough to not care we’re going to regret it the next morning.
What are your holiday plans this year?
Hang out at home with the family and just enjoy the day.
What’s the one holiday dish your family can’t go without?
Christmas Morning Green Eggs and Ham.
Please share a holiday recipe.
1 ham steak per 2 people.
2 eggs per person
1/2 c of spinach per person
1 tsp of pesto per person
2 tsp parmesan cheese per person.
Olive oil to taste
Dice up your ham steaks and throw them in a skillet on medium with some olive oil to cook. While the ham is cooking, mix together the spinach, the pesto and the parmesan cheese with a couple of good dollops of olive oil in the food processor and blend together till the mixture is an even consistency. Set that aside and crack your eggs into a bowl, add some pepper and a splash of milk, and whisk together. Once the ham is mostly cooked through, add the egg mixture to the skillet with the ham and cook until the eggs are about half done. Once you reach that point add the spinach mixture and cook until eggs are done.
Holiday party tip?
The best parties are other people’s parties. Send a bouquet of flowers or some cookies the next day to say thank you, and you’ll be assured of an invitation again next year. Do it enough, and your holiday season is booked, and you don’t have to worry about cleaning for guests at your house.
Favorite holiday decoration?
The Christmas Tree loaded down with ornaments from my childhood
Wrap, gift bag or bow & go?
Wrap for the kids, gift bag for everyone else.
Gifts or gift cards?
Depends on the person. Kids and people who will be there on Christmas get gifts. If you’re an adult and I have to mail it to you you’re getting a gift card so I can save on postage.
Do you eat fruitcake?
Not since I broke my tooth on one a few years back
Do you head to the movies on the 25th?
Nope that’s what Netflix is for.
What’s in your stocking? *wink*
Gift certificates for quick dinners,so mommy doesn’t get tired out from cooking.
What do you want in your stocking? *saucy wink a.k.a. swink*
A weekend away without the kids. Preferably somewhere really boring. I’ve heard Iowa City sucks; maybe I can persuade my hubby to go there.
Do you head out on the 26th into the madness to exchange or shop for anything?
Not a chance in Hell. The crazy people are out that day.
Thank you so much.
Happy Holidays from my house to yours!
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