“We’re making our sugar cookies on Christmas Eve, right mom?” asks 8-year old Gabe, a Mrs. Wages marketing team member’s son. The sugar cookie recipe is from Mrs. R, Gabe’s elementary school principal. After the cookies are lovingly decorated with sticky food-colored hands, Gabe and his three siblings gaily gift the holiday shaped goodies to neighbors around the block.
We all know kitchens are the heart of our homes, especially during the holidays. It’s no exception here at Mrs. Wages, where plans and stories of family food traditions are the topic of daily coffee breaks and tasty treats. Our break room is filled with homemade goodies coworkers share from their own ovens. The diets are going to have to wait.
To celebrate our bountiful blessings this year, we wanted to spread the cheer with some of our own favorites like Mrs. Wages Wine Jelly. And our Facebook fans are part of the fun, too, chiming in with their traditional holiday recipes and the stories that go along with them.
From Illinois, check out Mrs. R’s Sugar Cutout Cookies, Christmas Eve Yorkshire Pudding and the Christmas Morning French Toast with apples and cinnamon. There’s also a delightful homemade egg nog recipe sure to please guests and warm you from the inside out.
Our Iowa bloggers from Nostalgia Farms are also busy in their kitchens. They share their recipes and memories for dad’s Christmas Eve Oyster Stew, Homemade Gingersnap Cookies, Gingersnap Ham, Seven Layer Bars, and Cheesecake with Mrs. Wages’ Freezer Jam.
As we celebrate the blessings of family and gather friends around our tables, from all of us at Mrs. Wages, we wish you peace, health, and a happy New Year.
You'll find perenial favorites as well as new ideas from our Facebook Fans and Twitter Followers here.
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Homemade Egg Nog
Mrs. Wages Wine Jelly
Christmas Eve Oyster Stew
Christmas Eve Yorkshire Pudding
Cheesecake with Mrs. Wages’ Freezer Jam
Christmas Morning French Toast
Christmas Morning Monkey Bread
Mrs. R’s Sugar Cutout Cookies
Seven Layer Bars
Tasty homemade gifts don't take much time, and are a wonderful expression of your love and creativity. Mrs. Wage’s Freezer jam is easy to make with the kids. Print some of our custom holiday jar labels as your own gift tag and share with family and friends.
For the "down home" cook, fill a basket with Southern flour or cornbread mixes, stone-ground grits, preserves or syrup and decorate a few wooden spoons tied with a bright Christmas bow.
Cookies, candies, and homemade breads are always welcome gifts, or prepare and give festive preserves, relishes, or sauces. Baking mixes or assorted beans and seasonings for soup can be layered in dressed up pint or quart canning jars and make great gifts for family or coworkers.
As a safety precaution, the National Food Safety Database recommends keeping canned breads and cakes refrigerated or frozen if not using right away, as the seal may not be reliable.
Just in time for the holidays! New, from Southern Gourmet, a sister brand of the Mrs. Wages line, a complete line of premium dessert mixes that capture all the goodness of a time-honored tradition. Rich in flavor, our easy- to-prepare, no-fuss recipes let you experience great-tasting desserts of the Old South that you’ll be proud to share with family and friends.
Choose from five mousse flavors, two pie fillings, two fudge flavors, and one crème brûlée mix and serve restaurant quality desserts at home without much ado. For added flair, try the great alternative recipes on the back of each package. Your guests will be begging for the recipe!
Look for delicious Southern Gourmet dessert mixes at your local grocery stores. If your store doesn’t carry them, you can order online by clicking here.
Create your own special jam or jelly to share with family and friends this holiday season with the help of Mrs. Wages’ pectin line. Whether you are a traditionalist and love to make strawberry jam or you like to experiment with raspberry jalapeno, bring your own creation to the next holiday party.