by Mel Langston from Sparkle Abbey’sPampered Pets Mystery series
Hey everyone! Mel here. Holidays and traditions go hand and hand. Normally this time of year, I’m planning a festive Christmas dinner for two. Turkey, corn bread, creamed spinach, and sweet potato pie. But now that Grey and I are splitsville, and it’s just me and my trusted bulldog, Missy, I don’t have the heart to slave over a fabulous meal. Seriously, where would I even find a turkey small enough for one person? So I’m at a loss. What do I do for Christmas dinner?
Mama wants me to come home to Texas for the holidays. To be honest, I’m feeling a little homesick for my family now that Grey and I aren’t together any more. Growing up, the week before Christmas was when Mama always held a tamale making party for her girlfriends. Tamales are a big deal in Texas. And tamale parties…that’s basically eight hours of gossiping, wine drinking, and tamale making.
Mama and her friends made dozens and dozens of tamales. It never seemed to take long before the aroma of slow-cooked pork filled the house and somehow Daddy always managed to “taste test” the first batch before any tamale could leave the kitchen. Just thinking about it now makes my stomach rumble.
Tamales and black-eyed peas for Christmas Eve dinner was as much of a tradition growing up as Daddy stomping through the house, muttering about a lack of tape. Maybe I’ll try my hand at Mama’s tamale recipe this year.
Do you have a traditional Christmas Eve or Christmas Day or other holiday meal?
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