Since marrying James, I have been privy to 3 amazing family tradition foods.
1) The best mashed potatoes I have ever EVER had. And I LOVE mashed potatoes
2) Chocolate Mousse Pie. James dad will not reveal his recipe just yet. But someday I will get it. It is seriously AMAZING. This is the single most exciting food that I look forward to for the Holidays.
3) Wassail. seriously, this drink makes me feel like I actually get to experience fall and winter.
These foods are always expected around the holidays. And although they can be made all year round, it just isn't the same. It's the same reason Starbucks waits to have Pumpkin Spice, it's just not the same if you were able to have it all the time.... although, these foods would definitely not be taken for granted if I were to have them more often throughout the entire year. These foods just make me feel like "ahhh, the holidays are here!"
After getting James approval I am going to share our wonderful Wassail drink recipe. And although I am sure you can probably find this recipe on the world wide web. I have not tried all those recipes, and I can't suggest something I haven't tried... So take my word, this Wassail recipe is THE BEST and you should definitely try it out! It's simple and hearty and just ohhhhh sooooo goood!
Schmitz Wassail Recipe:
1 32 oz Crandberry Juice
2 32oz Apple Cider
3 Cinnamon Sticks
Pour cranberry juice and apple cider into a crock pot. Turn crock pot on medium and let sit.
Take 1 orange and slice it it, leaving the peel on.
Push whole cloves through the peel on each slice.
Put orange slices into crock pot.
Put cinnamon sticks into crock pot.
Heat for 15 minutes. Then Enjoy!
It's super easy and ridiculously yummy! Let me know if you get a chance to make it!