Happy week of Christmas, friends!!! I'm so excited to have our first Christmas in New England! We have practice for the Christmas Eve Services tomorrow night, a service at 5:30 and 11pm on Wednesday night and then it's CHRISTMAS!!! This is going to be a really fun week.
I'm teaming up with Faith from Life with Mrs. G and the Artist to talk about our favorite holiday traditions today. Be sure to go check out her post on her yearly trip to Chicago!
I grew up with small but very meaningful traditions in my family. We would attend a Christmas Eve service at church and return home, when my brother and I would exchange gifts with each other. For the past several years, my mom's mom would come spend the night with us that night, too, which was so nice. Christmas morning, we would wake up, open gifts and then my dad would make us a deliciously huge breakfast. We'd eat and spend most of the day in our pajamas. Jacob and I have carried most of those traditions over - the Christmas Eve service, big breakfast on Christmas day and staying in our pajamas for as long as possible. :)
BUT, I haven't mentioned my favorite tradition yet..... buckeyes!! Buckeyes have always been a Christmas time treat in my family, and I learned to make them from my mom. I've taken them to a few Christmas parties this year and everyone always exclaims, "Buckeyes!!!" It's so fun.
So in light of sharing my traditions with you, I'd love to share my buckeye recipe with you. The best parts: there are only 5 ingredients and they are SO easy to make!
2 sticks butter, softened
3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
12 oz chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
1/4 bar paraffin
2. Add sugar and knead. Do not use the mixer on this part - you want the batter to be fluffy.
3. Roll into bite-sized balls and freeze for 2-3 hours or overnight. This helps the batter get hard enough so you can dip it into the chocolate without losing the ball in the chocolate! I freeze them in a tupperware container with wax paper separating the layers of peanut butter balls.
4. Melt chocolate and paraffin in double boiler. Paraffin is wax in the baking aisle. If you are having trouble finding this - I use the Gulf brand. Stir chocolate while melting to keep it smooth and prevent the bottom layer from burning.
5. Stick peanut butter ball with a toothpick and dip into chocolate, set on wax paper to cool.
6. Once finished, smooth out toothpick hole with finger to give the buckeyes a "seamless" look.
Enjoy!! Once finished, I prefer to store these in the freezer so they can last until we've eaten them all! (Or shared them, I guess...)
Be sure to go check out my friend Faith's post on her traditional holiday trip to Chicago. I've never been, but it looks like a blast!