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I asked the folks on my staff to write about one of their favorite Christmas memories during this holiday week. Today, Patrick and Diana share one of their favorite Christmas memories and a tasty recipe, too. Patrick's memory has become a Nerf gun family tradition that started years ago...
"I have two younger brothers and one year we decided to get Nerf guns and go around shooting one another throughout my mother's house. Each year we make it a point to have the Nerf guns ready and loaded after Christmas breakfast is done. As we grew older, the guns became bigger and more elaborate. What started out as a dollar store one-shooter turned into bazookas and Nerf rocket launchers. We've all grown and now have children of our own and the kids are included in the mix as well. This favorite pastime is always something we look forward to on Christmas morning."--Patrick
Diana remembers a special memory from Christmas day at Grandma's house . . .
We would always go to my Grandma and Grandpa's house (they lived about half an hour away) with our cousins. We (the kids) had a special table set up in the living room with Grandma's special vinyl table cloth that had Christmas on one side and Happy Birthday on the other. We even had lit candles on our table which my older cousins would freak us all out by putting their finger through the flame. We'd exchange gifts and have a wonderful time together. Then the evening always ended with us loading up on our wood-paneled station wagon (six kids) and having to back out of the driveway and then stop in front of Grandma and Grandpa's picture window where they were standing waiting for us to turn on the dome light in the car and we'd all wave one final wave good-bye. We'd travel down the road just a bit...waiting, and waiting for my dad to start singing. No one else could start...we had to wait for Dad. He always picked the song, sang the first verse and then we all joined in...all the way home!!
Our favorite recipe we make every Christmas Eve.
HEAVENLY ONION CASSEROLE
2 large white onions
1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms
1/2 lb. Swiss cheese
10 or more slices French bread (buttered)
2 T. butter
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 c. milk
2 tsp. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Butter a 9 x 13 inch casserole pan. Chop onions. Slice mushrooms. Saute onions and mushrooms in butter and put into casserole. Shred Swiss cheese over above. Butter French bread on both sides. Put bread on shredded cheese. Mix soup, milk, soy sauce, salt and pepper; pour over bread. Make this a day ahead; refrigerate overnight. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Serves 10-12 people.
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