I love that three out of the four are more treats, than a main dish. Even though these are some of my favorite things to make at Christmas time, they can be easily made any other time of the year. It was my first time making caramels and they turned out perfect, thanks to the help of Devin's parents, they knew exactly when it was time to take them off of the heat. We were able to enjoy lots of them and even give some away to friends and family.
Oyster Stew is an aquirred taste for most people, but growing up we had it every Christmas Eve at our annual Christmas Eve party! It is always served in a styrofoam cup with oyster crackers. I was brave and asked Devin's parents if I could make it as part of our dinner on Christmas eve, and they gladly excepted. I did not make a very large batch of it, but most everyone enjoyed it... even Devin (who hasn't enjoyed it in the past).
The very last thing on my list today is Scones. Growing up we had these Christmas Morning at my house. They were served with yummy jams and jellies or honey. This was the first time I made this recipe and it turned out great. It is so nice to have a little fryer to do it in. These are not the traditional baked scones that you might get in Europe, but they are fried!!!
I feel pretty impressed with myself that three out of the four recipes I had never made until Christmas break. I will make them all again. Though it may be worth every bite of chewy sweetness, I have decided that candy making may take a little too much time for my own enjoyment, so I will limit the times that I make caramels.
I am sorry that I only have pictures for my caramels.. I guess I got too involved with the cooking, before taking pictures of them. So for your enjoyment, here are just some of the pictures that I took of things we ate over Christmas Break. :)