Christmas Eve Party: Sesame Brittle

I was doing some recipe searching for a project I’ll post about later and sesame seeds were heavily featured. That put me in mind of Sesame Brittle. I thought it might be nice to have it to crumble over ice cream on the Sundae Bar on Christmas Eve.

Such a simple recipe. No candy thermometer needed. I always use oiled wax paper, but I’m wondering if oiled parchment would work better. The heat of candy on the wax paper melts it in places. Difficult to peel off.

Sesame Brittle

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
  • salt

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Christmas Eve Menu

Every year, around Thanksgiving, I ask my Christmas Eve guests what they want at our annual soiree.

This year we settled on fairly simple, yet tasty menu:

Oven Fried Buttermilk Chicken 

This will be a tweaked recipe – kind of combining two of my favorite recipes. I’ve done a couple of practice batches – can’t have too much oven fried chicken! – and once I have it perfected, I’ll post.

Loaded Mashed Potatoes

I’m doing my no boil mashed potatoes (recipe here) and serving it fully loaded with sour cream, bacon and cheddar cheese. Also gravy.

Cajun Gravy

This will be a spicy mix of sausage, bacon, minced chicken hearty gravy.

Bacon, Tomato, Green Beans

Pretty simple – tossing green beans with bacon (and bacon grease) and sliced grape tomatoes in a skillet until tender.

And finally, dessert will be the ever popular Ice Cream Sundae Bar

Premium vanilla bean ice cream served with choice of toppings – caramel, chocolate, peanuts, walnuts and sliced bananas

Photos and recipes to follow.

 

Christmas Tree 2018

To Recap: I have a year old Great Dane and a 2-year-old new cat.  Not to mention the rest of the crew. And still, I put up a tree.  Yes, Virginia, I have lost my mind.  I did make some concessions:

So far. So good.

Holiday Fireworks

 
I bought a new Samsung phone and I’m pleased with the camera. The one on my old phone was terrible. Add to that apps were no longer working on it and it was time for something new.

 
Holiday lights, fireworks and free hot chocolate are always a fun party of the seasonal festivities.


 

Quiet Christmas Day and Bonus Puppeh!

After a nice party last night, I’m ready to join Bixby in perfect relaxation pose. I do have plans to cook a Standing Rib Roast Dinner (recipe here). I think the sides will be mashed potatoes and roasted zucchini.  There are more than enough cookies to get us through to at least January. Yikes!

I roasted two heads of garlic earlier this week, to use in last night’s guacamole and today to season the roast. I may just add the rest to the mashed potatoes. Can’t have two much garlic. Yum.

Just before the guests arrived last night, I received a 6 week Scout picture after the jump:

But wait, there’s more! Click to read

Perfect Pencil Tree

I decided this year that, because Bixby and Bailey loved to rough-house, I needed a tree I could tuck away and easily block off. So I snagged a pencil tree in October when they were on sale. It was bittersweet when I put it up…

I must say though, I really like the look of it and glad I made the jump to an artificial tree.