It's Monday again! Can you believe it's Christmas week!?! I've invited another friend over for some festive fun!
Erin is so cute and fun! I love seeing what her cute little family is up to! She and her husband Todd have two ADORABLE boys, Hudson and Hayes. And they are expecting another little guy - James Walker!! I'm telling you, I know so many people who are due with precious little ones in the spring!
Erin's blog is such a good mix of things: life as a family with young children, planning fun parties, recipes, decorating, and Erin's faith. I LOVED two of the series that she's done on her blog about White Space and Hospitality. I feel like Erin and I have a lot of the same things on our minds often. :)
If you don't read Erin's blog (I'm sure most of you do!), then I know you will enjoy it! She is a great mix of a deep thinker and fun person. :) Thanks for over to visit me, Erin!
"This is a link to my chocolate pie recipe. It's amazing and my favorite favorite favorite Christmas dessert!"
This is the all-time best chocolate pie that has been passed down and eaten at every Thanksgiving and Christmas family dinner.
Author: Erin Carroll
Recipe type: dessert
- 1½ cups sugar
- 3 Tablespoons of cocoa
- 5 Tablespoons of flour
- 3 egg yolks, beaten
- 1 large can Pet Milk
- 1 cup of milk
- ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 square of bittersweet chocolate
- Pie crust, browned (refrigerated or from scratch)
- Heavy whipping cream
- Confectioners sugar (for sweetening whipped cream)
- Make whipped cream with heavy whipping cream and confectioners sugar.
- Refrigerate whipped cream while making pie filling.
- Combine sugar. cocoa, and flour in medium sauce pan.
- Add enough of the milk to make a paste.
- Stir in beaten egg yolks.
- Begin cooking over medium heat.
- Add remaining milk and canned milk.
- Cook until thick.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and chocolate square until melted.
- Pour into pie crust.
- Top with whipped cream and shaved chocolate.
What scent makes you think of Christmas?
The Thymes "Frasier Fir" candle smells so good! It's the freshest Christmas tree smell and I burn it year-round because it's just so yummy!
What’s your favorite childhood Christmas memory?
the Christmas that Santa brought our puppy, Gretel was pretty special. I was 5 and my brother was 2 and I know that memory is so sweet for my parents now, too.
What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
The first Christmas that Todd and I were dating was really special. The gifts weren't extravagant, but we gave each other such similar things. He gave me a Vineyard Vines tote bag with the acorn print and I gave him a Vineyard Vines tie in the acorn print. He gave me a few seasons of Friends on DVD and I gave him a few seasons of Seinfeld on DVD. We had recently visited the zoo together and he gave me a stuffed hippo (because of the song "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas") and I gave him a stuffed koala because he loved the koala exhibit at the zoo. It was just a special time in our lives and I think we'll always remember those first gifts.
What are your Christmas Eve traditions?
We go to our church and Todd helps serve the Lord's Supper and I sing in the choir. My parents are there and Todd's parents are there. After church, we come back to our house and eat gumbo and French bread!
Describe your perfect holiday party (a certain theme, certain kind of food, decorations, etc.)!
I really just love a low key party. We have lots of gatherings with friends this time of year and most of them are pot-luck style or cookie exchanges with the kids. But they're always super laid back with people just visiting!
Share an idea or two of how your family ministers to others during the holiday season.
We love to fill a couple of Operation Christmas Child boxes every year. Each of our boys are responsible for choosing the items for one box and they always choose to give a box to another boy. We also participate in the Angel Tree giving. It's just a lot of fun. Last year, we went to a local men's shelter and threw them a Christmas party and brought wrapped gifts for them to exchange with each other. Talking to the men and hearing about their hopes for rebuilding their futures was really memorable for us.
Other than your own home or a relative’s home, where would you enjoy spending Christmas? A different state? Another country? Somewhere tropical?
One year, we rented a house in Tennessee with my parents and my in-laws. But I think if we could go anywhere, we'd go visit my brother in Vail and rent a big house there.
Do you own an “ugly” Christmas sweater?
Haha I don't, but I should probably get one... just in case! Ha!
If you could step into the world of any Christmas movie, what would you choose?
As wild and crazy as it is, I love the family from The Family Stone. I just love the big family and all the kids running around and all the noise. And that house just screams, "home!"
Describe a favorite ornament from your tree.
Ah! There are so many. We collect ornaments when we travel or when we have big family milestones. I have the Story of Luke set of ornaments that tell the whole Christmas story. I love those. It's hard to choose just one ornament.
What are some special activities at your church during the holiday season?
I sing in the choir at our church and we do an annual Singing Christmas Tree. It's a huge production and it is just fantastic! This year, Todd is in it as a wise man and Hudson is singing in it in the kindergarten choir. It's a really special event!
What was a highlight from 2014?
We took the boys to Disney World in January of 2014 and it goes down as our all time favorite family memory. We can't wait to go back someday!
What have you learned this year?
I've learned that to have sweet community with friends, I have to be willing to let go of perfection and just open my doors to the people I love.
What’s a book you would recommend reading in 2015?
My favorite book that I read last year was What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty.
What part of the Christmas Story really impacts you? Is there a certain person (Mary, Joseph, shepherds, etc.) that you relate to?
I don't know that I necessarily relate to Mary, but my heart just always aches for her. She was so faithful and so trusting and she knew all along who Jesus was and who He was going to be. Her obedience to the Father mixed with a mother's love for her child always completely overwhelms me. And being pregnant this time of year makes me even more emotional as I think about what Mary went through.
Share a special or meaningful Bible verse.
But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.
I love hearing all of these answers from my friends! Merry Christmas, Erin!