My Grandma, a Pecan Pie, and Memories That Keep Teaching

Growing up, I was truly blessed having my grandma live only about a 100 yards from me. I practically lived at her house, especially during the summer time and during the holidays. Grandma’s house is where I learned to can, cook, and bake a lot of the foods that our family enjoys today. My grandma… 

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Santa Cookies

These are complicated cookies, taking hours to make properly once you get all of the steps done, but it’s hours you spend with your family and friends, laughing and enjoying yourselves. My mom remembers making these cookies with her grandmother every year, and I remember making them with my mom every year.  The cookie cutter… 

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Ooey-Gooey Magic Bars

Our family’s version of Magic Bars was dubbed “Miracle Bars” by our church family in Spain who proclaimed they had never tasted anything so delicious.  They were quite disappointed to find out that our secret ingredient (caramels) isn’t sold in Spain.  I guess they eased their pain by carrying off an entire pan full of… 

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The {un}Official Cookie of Christmas – Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

I came across this recipe a few years ago and decided to try it out one Christmas as a gift to my husband’s customers. After one bite, my family declared it the Official Cookie of Christmas! The red cranberries, the chunks of white chocolate, and the scent of orange in the air when they come… 

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Walnut Povitica

Povitica. The word makes me think of Christmas even though it wasn’t a tradition that I myself grew up with. It was part of my husband’s family tradition. It’s pronounced Poh-TEET-sah and also is called Povitica ( Poh-vee-TEET-sah). I know that it’s not quite the same without Brian’s grandfather playing his accordion in the background… 

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