Happy Holidays!

table decorated for Christmas

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I’ve talked about how my holidays work before, but here’s the update. My two brothers live back East, so my mom alternates years between the daughters and the sons, meaning, one year my sister and I get Thanksgiving with her, and the next year we get Christmas. This year our turn was Thanksgiving, so we’re shipping her off to my brothers today. But we had a wonderful celebration on Saturday. We’ve got a limit on gifts, $20 per person. And the trick is to see how many gifts you can fit into that limit. The dollar store, buy one/get one free, the thrift store, it’s an art. I have to admit my sister is a lot better at it than I am. It took us about two hours for all five of us (Mom, sis, her hubby, myself, my hubby) to open our presents. And it was loads of fun. Then it was a yummy feast. We had turducken (it’s a roll of turkey, duck and chicken with sausage stuffing in the middle), roast potatoes, broccoli and Hot Chocolate Pudding for dessert (YUM!). Now, I have to admit we all agreed that next year we’ll go back to the traditional roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and skip the turducken. I always remember the hot chocolate pudding from my childhood. It’s like a brownie with a hot fudge sauce. Add a dollop of whipped cream, mmm. Love it! But we haven’t had it in a long time. It was just as good as I remember! And I’m going to share my mother’s recipe with you.

Mom’s Hot Chocolate Pudding


  • 1 C cake flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 2 T cocoa
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 T melted shortening
  • 1/2 C chopped walnuts (optional)

Sift flour, baking powder, salt (Okay, I didn’t sift it and it turned out just fine). Add sugar, cocoa, and nuts. Add milk, vanilla, shortening. Stir lightly and pour into 1 1/2 qt casserole.


  • 2 T cocoa
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 C hot water

Beat in small bowl. Pour over uncooked batter. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes.

Any traditional recipes you’d like to share?

I’m blogging Monday, Dec 21, with Lucienne Diver. http://varkat.livejournal.com/ And with her, I’m going to share my mother’s recipe for English Trifle, another favorite yummy dessert! Hmm, did I tell you my mom was British? Oh yes, and very proper, too!

Happy Holidays everyone!!!!

Jasmine, Jennifer and JB!


  1. Hmmmm! I have never had Hot Chocolate Pudding before, sounds awesome, may have to try it!Jasmine I wish you and your family a very Happy Holiday Season!

  2. I can hardly wait to try this recipe. Maybe I'll have my daughter whip it up. That would be even better!

    Have a wonderful holiday season, Jas!

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