Holiday Cheer from R&B: Joey

joeychristmas1November 1st – December 25th is my favorite time of the year! I can’t get enough of the holiday spirit! If I could celebrate Christmas 365 days of the year, I would! Within the five years we’ve been together, my husband and I have adopted some of our own holiday traditions. I should first start by saying Christmas music may start playing in our house before Thanksgiving. Starting immediately after Thanksgiving, every weekend is full of Hallmark Christmas movies. (White Christmas with Bing Crosby is my favorite Christmas movie). Each Christmas my husband and I adopt a family to purchase gifts for through the Salvation Army sponsored by our church.


To make Christmas shopping a little more fun, we drive to Bellevue Square and enjoy Snowflake Lane. The streets of Bellevue are closed for a magical evening performance full of live toy soldier drummers, animated snow characters, glittering lights and snow fall. To commemorate each year together, my husband and I find a special ornament that symbolizes that year. Finally, on Christmas day we open one personalized gift alone in our pajamas before celebrating the rest of this special holiday with our beloved families.


To give you a sneak peak of my favorite holiday desert, below is a family recipe for my Grandma’s Apple Crisp that my mother makes every year!

Be the one to spread the holiday cheer this year! Happy Holidays!!


Grandma’s Apple Crisp

joeychristmas28-10 medium sized apples (Pink Lady or Granny Smith)

1 cup flour

1 cup sugar

1 cube butter

Cinnamon to taste


Peel and slice the apples and fill a 9 x 13 pan with them.  Mix the flour, sugar, and butter until crumbly.  Sprinkle cinnamon over the apples.  Then put on the crumbly topping.  Bake at 375 for 1 hour (350 for convection).


Enjoy warm with 1 (or 2) scoops of ice cream!