Hello, my long-lost blog lovers!
I promise I haven't forgotten about you. I've just been bogged down with a couple thousand other projects that had to take priority. Not that you're not special to me. It's just complicated.
But I'm finally back, with plenty to catch you up on! And, this post is extra special. It's EXACTLY on time!
To those of you Santa-lovers, you might not be aware that December 6th is the Feast of St. Nicholas (remember, the first santa?). Many countries have special celebrations centered around today, rather than Dec. 25th. Kids sometimes put out their shoes, for "St. Nick" to fill with candy.
In Slovenia, where my mom's family is from, they celebrate this day, but call it "Svete Miklaus" (which translates to St. Nick). I hope all my Slovenian readers can forgive my spelling (or correct me in the comments below!). When my "Scottish" (he's really more Irish) husband heard of the translation, he had trouble pronouncing it, so he made it into a Scottish holiday - McCloush Day.
When I was a kid, we'd put bowls out on the table and St. Nick would fill them with cookies and some other goodies. We would also write letters to him and place them on the windowsills at night. This was my Santa growing up!
This year, Billy and I wanted to celebrate the holiday but we decided to skip the delicious-yet-fattening bowl of cookies and candy in exchange for a dinner out together. Since we've been saving our pennies, we've severely cut back on eating out, so going out for Chinese was a treat!
But we also had to have a little something sweet. I had a homemade pie crust in the fridge from Thanksgiving, when I had made two crusts but only one pie, and I had a sweet potato (right) and a yam (left) also leftover from the holiday, so I decided to go with Sweet Potato Pie.
I then added the eggs (3), brown sugar instead of white (1/2 cup), vanilla (2 tsp), lemon juice (1 tbsp), milk instead of half and half (1/2 cup), and an assortment of fall spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, ginger).