Here we are, less than 3 weeks away from Christmas. Can you believe it, or are you too, as I overwhelmed by the Holidays? As you all I know I got married last month, I am working very hard to make it the perfect Christmas for both of us, and trying to start some family traditions of our own. So many traditions of Christmas begin with food, and the smells of the season, not just the sounds of the season. For me one of the prettiest sights of the season is my humble little Christmas tree.
My tree isn't the tallest, or the fullest or the fanciest, but to me my tree is magical none the less. Each ornament has a story and a meaning behind it. Mr Love from Scratch and I were lucky enough to add a few special holiday items this year. Several people gave us Holiday ornaments and such which are now proudly displayed on our tree. Together Me Love From Scratch and I have had an amazing year and we are very excited for what 2012 has in store for us. One of the traditions I hold dear is my annual Wedgewood Ornament. Now here is my disclaimer, I am in no way shape or form affiliated with the company, just a devoted admirer, however if anyone from Wedgewood ever needs a product review or anything of that sort, send anything at all my way, and I am sure you will get rave reviews. There is something so serene and delicate about the Wedgewood Ornaments, this is the ornament for this year, its special for us, since its clearly commemorating our wedding day. Take a look at their ornaments, they are truly beautiful!
For Thanksgiving Mr. Love from Scratch and I had the opportunity to go visit my parents. It was so nice to be with them for the Holidays, and of course it brought up so many memories. I always remember spending the Holidays with my Mother's parents, and I miss that they are no longer around to celebrate with. I remember the traditional recipes my Grandma had, and I remember my Mom's devotion to those traditions. Call it a family trait, but I too hold tightly to those recipes of old.
When I was little, my mother would make our "neighbor treat plates", you know the plates of goodies that you give to the neighbors. I may be biased, but my mother's were by far always the best in the neighborhood, there wasn't even a close second. Heads and shoulders above the rest. The favorite of the plate for everyone was always Penoche. Now be warned, this is an addictive recipe, and a fattening recipe, trying to make substitutions on this recipe will not work, it is what it is. It is worth every calorie, and the extra time at the gym. Its also a very budget friendly treat to make to share with others, which in today's world is definitely a welcome sight. Try this recipe, you will fall in love with it just as I did as a little girl in my mother's kitchen.
1 stick butter (NO SUBSTITUTIONS)
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/3 cup evaporated milk
2 cups powdered sugar
Boil and stir 2 minutes exactly the butter and brown sugar.
Add evaporated milk and bring to boil again, remove from heat and beat until lukewarm, then add 2 cups powdered sugar.
Place in greased 9x13 pan
*note cut into small squares, it is very rich so small squares are the way to go.