I loved, loved, loved Christmas at my Grammy's house. Grandpa and Grammy lived on several acres in SW Missouri. It was a time filled with family, love and wonderful food.
We would drive our VW from the mountains, across the prairie to the Ozarks. We would often arrive after dark, walking like zombies into the chilly"utility room.
It was a great place to land. Next to her super sized freezer, Grammy had all her lovely canned tomatoes and green beans lining the wall in all their colorful glory. There was also a little table that would have round tins of her Christmas candy: divinity, fudge and sometimes ribbon candy. I'm ashamed to say that sometimes I would check out the tins before even saying hello.
Grammy was a great cook! I don't think that I can make good fudge nor divinity at this altitude, but I can make another of her Christmas traditions: Russian Spiced Tea. Below is the original recipe from Tang.
I was not able to find unsweetened instant tea at the grocery store, so I varied my recipe.
2 cups Tang
2 cups sweetened instant lemon tea.
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground cloves.
Mix together in a big bowl. Use 4 teaspoons for every cup of hot water. Store in air tight container.
It is just like stepping back into that sweet time of Christmas in the Ozarks.