We spent a nice Christmas Eve with the guests in the park. They do a Chinese Gift Exchange. Everyone brings a $10 gift, gets a "random" number. The first number is drawn, they open a present in front of everyone. Person holding the second number drawn can either "take" their gift or open another one in front of everyone. Process keeps repeating until everyone has been drawn. That last person has the knowledge of every one's gifts, so they can "take" one unless it's frozen (been held by 3 owners). The person who got drawn first ends it by having the choice of everything in the room. We noticed that, just as last year, one person came in very late to get a last number and went looking for booze. Some people get a little bent out of shape over people "taking" their gift. It's a way to kill an evening.
Christmas Day, we called everyone and did a carry in with the camp. Added a few recipes to the repertoire this year. First is peanut butter fudge. Couldn't be easier:
3 cups mashed sweet potatoes (I've used the canned its easier/quicker to mash them)
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup chopped pecans
Combine first 6 ingredients. Pour into a buttered 1 1/2 to 2-quart casserole dish. Mix remaining ingredients together and sprinkle over top. Bake at 350° for 30 to 40 minutes, until hot and browned.
Serves 6 to 8