December 27, 2008

Christmas in Portland

Since Mike and I are fast approaching our trip to Mexico, where we will celebrate my sister's wedding with family and friends, we both had to conserve our vacation time. So rather than drive North to spend Christmas with family, as we've done in the past, we stuck around Portland this year to work, and celebrate on a smaller scale.

Christmas Eve was spent at Yetti's with family and friends. Kito drove up from California and helped Yetta pull together a great dinner. Our contribution was pumpkin pie, gingerlady cookies and a sour cream apple pie. This pie turned out very well, and I'll definitely make it again.

Amish Sour Cream Apple Pie

1 cup sour cream
1 egg
3/4 cup white sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
2.5 cups diced apples, peeled
1 unbaked 9-inch pie crust

Crumb Topping:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
Mix until crumbly

Beat cream and egg together. Add flour, sugar, salt and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Stir in the apples. Pour filling into the pie crust and bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
Remove from oven and spread with crumb topping. Bake for 20 more minutes.

Christmas morning I made Dutch Babies for breakfast before opening our presents. This time I managed to remember that the cast iron pan was hot, so made it through the day without a burn.

The rest of the day was spent playing with our new Wii, and Chris joined us in the afternoon to throw a few punches as well.

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