1. Oplatek- This is one of my favorite traditions and I have never shared it before! Oplatek is a Polish tradition where you take wafers which you can get from a Catholic church and share them with family. You break a piece off of each others wafer and tell them good wishes. For example, I may break a piece off of my brother's oplatek and wish him luck in school this coming year and good health. It is a tradition that takes 5 minutes but is very special in our family.
2. Polish dinner- For Christmas eve, we have always had all Polish food. This includes pierogi, sauerkraut, kielbasa, fruit compote (a cooked dried fruit dish) and more. We do not eat this food often so it is a treat having it for Christmas.
3. Tamales- From Troy's side of the family, we always have tamales for Christmas which his Aunts and Abuelita make. They take a long time to make and are very labor intensive so when we get to eat them, we know they are very special.
4. Gingerbread men- Along with this goes an orange and an apple. My grandma has always put a gingerbread man cookie in our stockings along with a huge granny smith apple and an orange. Just one of those memories that is awesome because it is a tradition. Traditions are the best!
Slow Cooker BBQ ChiliIngredients:
1 pound lean ground meat of choice
4 stalks celery, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 medium onion, diced
14-ounce can low-sodium pinto beans, drained and rinsed
14-ounce can low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
28 ounce can no-salt added tom
3/4 cup barbeque sauce of choice
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
Directions: Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on low for about 7 hours or until vegetables are cooked through. Top with plain Greek yogurt, cheese, jalapenos, avocado, green onions or whatever else you like on your chili!