“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”

I stopped by my in-laws’ this weekend and my father-in-law was on hour five of making the special Paulson family lefse. For those of you who aren’t familiar with lefse, it’s a delicious Norwegian treat, kind of a super-light, flexible flatbread made from potatoes. In our family, we smear it with butter, sprinkle with sugar, roll it up, and it’s always on the table at Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.

Few people make lefse by hand anymore so it’s extra-special that my father-in-law still does it every year, following the handwritten recipe shared with him by his mother. This was the first time I’ve ever seen him making it and, let me tell you, it was quite the process.

Feeling inspired, I went home and made my traditional Christmas treat that I can’t get enough of every season – puppy chow!

Love making it, love eating it.

Unlike my father-in-law’s lefse, puppy chow is super easy to make and doesn’t require any special tools. Also unlike his lefse, my puppy chow doesn’t come via a special family recipe that was handed down to me. In fact, the only real deviation I make from typical puppy chow recipes is that I don’t use any butter in mine – and it still tastes great.

Simple and unsophisticated, it’s something I enjoy making every year and puts me in that festive holiday spirit. I hope making it is a tradition my future child enjoys as much as I do and we can create a couple new ones, too.

For the record, lefse and puppy chow are the definition of a treat – not even close to healthy food so good they only come out once a year. I love both and because they’re tradition, give myself the green light to enjoy them during the holidays. This is one of my tips to keeping holiday eating in check. If you missed that blog, read it now.

Is there a traditional holiday treat you always make every year? What makes it special to you? Post a comment or tweet me @lindsayIRL. And if you have a recipe or photos of your special creation, PLEASE share on Instagram or Twitter with the hasthtag #wellirl. I’d love to see and possibly steal your treat!

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