macgirl is the proud mama of two sons, Dylan, 9 and Grayden, 11 months. She and her husband own an Apple authorized service and sales business. Since the techs are both fairly geeky, she says there's always a lot of gaming going on in their house. And, this year they added to the excitement by moving into their dream home.
lilsugar: What is the most magical part of the holiday season for your family?
macgirl: The holidays are nice as things slow down and we get a little bit more time off and can take a break from the daily grind. This year is especially magical as we are in our new home and ready to start our own traditions. One of the things we like to do on Christmas day is just have an open house invite. Food and drinks are served all day long and people can come and go as they please. It's a nice way to take away some of the pressures of having to be places by specific times. Our guests seem to enjoy it.
To hear about the hot items on macgirl's family's wishlist and a favorite festive recipe, read more.
lilsugar: What is the hot wishlist item in your household this year?
macgirl: Well, we cheated a bit and bought the big family gift on Black Friday. A nice flat screen Samsung TV for the living room. The boys have wishlists of their own though. Dylan is hoping to get a PSP and Grayden loves the Elmo Live. I'm sure I'll regret that one soon enough, but he just gets so excited when we visit Elmo at Target.
lilsugar: Please share your family's favorite holiday recipe and the story
macgirl: My husband makes these amazing Apple Pancakes. They are so rich and heavy you can only eat a few before you think you're going to die.
1.5 cups self rising flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup milk
2 apples peeled and grated
Mix the flour, sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl. Beat the egg and milk
together and then pour into the flour/sugar/cinnamon bowl. After you
mix the dry and wet ingredients together stir in the grated apple.
Make them on the small side as they are incredibly dense and filling.
lilsugar: Do your children still believe in Santa?
macgirl: Dylan actually asked me a few weeks ago if Santa was real. I asked him what he thought and he got a bit flustered and said, "I just want to know the truth." It broke my heart a bit that he's growing up. Luckily I get to start this whole process over again with Grayden.