Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wrapping Up and A Recipe for Lowcountry Shrimp Pate

The decorated tree needed presents underneath to look really finished.  For the first time in many years, I may not be wrapping gifts after the children are all snuggled in their beds!!  Yesterday, I settled myself in the all-purpose room with the gifts, paper, ribbons, tape and scissors and got to work.  Memories of past Christmases flooded over me--especially those of gathering at the dining room table with my sisters and competing to see who could wrap the most clever and beautiful package.  The scissors would keep disappearing and the blame would be passed around.  Mother would say she'd purchase another pair before next Christmas but she never got around to it.

Once we'd found mother's gift-hiding place, my sisters and I became quite adept at opening them and wrapping them back neatly.  Along the years, mother found out what we were doing and adopted a code to use on the packages instead of our name.  It didn't stop us.  It just kept us guessing who was getting what.  One year mother forgot the code which made for interesting gift opening.  At a recent Christmas gathering, our older son mentioned that he and his younger brother had done the same thing.  I had no idea!!

Lowcountry Shrimp Pate 

1 pound shrimp, boiled in salted water only--no spices
6 scallions, white part only, finely chopped
2 Tbsp chopped chives
1 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped, or 1 tsp dried
1/2 tsp salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Dash of Tabasco
3 Tbsp butter, softened
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 Tbsp dry sherry

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
Serve with a simple cracker.



  1. mother had to lock the wrapped gifts in her luggage, she had 3 pieces of luggage and they all locked, she filled them and locked them. that was until i was about 10 then i quit doing it because it ruined my surprise on Christmas morning. my cousin always went shopping with her mother and picked out her gifts and then her mother wrapped them and she could not get them until Christmas morn. i liked wondering not knowing.

  2. I always waited until Christmas Eve to put the presents under the tree --- even the wrapped ones....partially because of the kids and partially because of the dogs.

  3. these sound just delicous.Your mum was very smart with the code, how funny that we find out these things later , (your kids opening gifts too),, mine did the same thing but didn't tell me until later years. We are all so very different yet we are so much the same.

  4. My brother and I did it once and then realized that it didn't make it fun opening them on Christmas. The pate sounds wonderful.

  5. I always wrapped presents as they came home so that wandering eyes could not take a peak.

  6. We often only got one gift at Christmas. One year I was going from one gift to another when I poked a hole in was mine, an Etch-a-sketch. I was so disappointed and never did it again!

    Your gifts look lovely!

  7. What a perfect holiday dip. You've again combined easy with delicious and the result is most satisfying. I loved your story. The best part of Christmas is the release of memory that comes with it. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  8. Thank you for sharing your memories with us. I love the fact like mom like son's... are all the same in all generations. We did the same thing too only we had to move a piece of furniture to get to the hiding place. I love Christmas morning with my brother and I running down the steps to see what Santa brought.

    HOPE your week is good. You do an awesome job with the wrapping.

  9. I did the exact same thing yesterday afternoon..your gifts are far prettier than mine..I just love wrapping special gifts..but an assembly line ..all the stocking stuffers.. gifts room was a mess..I listened to my Ipod thinking..Christmas should be about LESS..not more....But the wee ones will only be little once..and I counted my lucky stars I could sit on the floor..that my fingers can still wrap presents..and that in fact there were presents.
    So I don't think like I sued to~

    The shrimp recipe sounds so good..
    I remember Christmases past too:)

  10. Hi Bonnie! I try to get my packages wrapped and under the tree when I get them.
    Oh, thank you for asking, but my little grand daughter lives so far away and she won't be here. Breaks my heart!
    Hope you're doing well and be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  11. Naughty naughty, although what kid could resist the temptation, especially if they are adept pp at regift wrapping. What a skill your children must have to have done so with leaving even a hint of evidence.

    This shrimp pate looks delicious! I have a similar recipe for scallops so I know how good this can be.

  12. I recently found out my daughters were opening up their gifts and rewrapping them too. I can honestly say I never did that. Love your shrimp recipe. Anything shrimp is so good.

  13. Seriously pretty packages! I should start wrapping since I have so little time, but first, I must finish shopping! You have given me inspiration. I so love pretty packages.

  14. I LOVE your Christmas story! The GOOD scissors were a big deal at our house, too, and constantly being lost. Which would cause my mother to continually cry out "I can never keep anything nice in this house!" Low Country and shrimp would seem to be an oxymoron, but then in colonial times, they fed the servants six foot lobsters.

  15. What a great pate! It sounds very tasty and I have to try it! I enjoyed reading your Christmas gift experience. Way back when, I snooped and looked at my gifts. It kind of ruined Christmas, when I knew what I was getting and never did it again.

  16. I did that too when I was a kid, now I do not feel that I was the only one sneaking and opening before Christmas! I felt so bad when I was caught.
    I have yet to start any wrapping and I am sure it will be an all day affair. This pate does look like the perfect thing to snack on during a busy day. Great post.

  17. Sounds delicious! I love shrimp, I may try this for Christmas! Have a great day!

  18. I loved hearing about some of your Christmas memories. And your packages look beautiful.


  19. Hi Bonnie, That Shrimp recipe sounds wonderful... Thanks!!!!

    I haven't wrapped any presents yet either. Everything is in the closet waiting!!!!!


  20. LOL! You sneaky girls! And, apparently it is hereditary. LOL! Wonderful family stories, Bonnie. Love 'em. You have really done well on the gifts and wrapping. The shrimp pate sounds delish! blessings ~ tanna

  21. My sister and I pre-opened presents and then sealed them back up. Worked doubly great because we were three years apart and when we were little she got a blue one and I got a pink one of everything. So we knew what two presents were for the trouble of opening one.

    Your shrimp pate sounds divine and I love the sherry in it.

  22. Bonnie,

    Shrimp pate sounds wonderful.

    My mother hid the presents in the front hall closet which was under the stairs. I snuck in and opened my presents and I was thrilled to see what I was getting. On Christmas morning, I opened my presents and hated everything. She took everything back and exchanged it for some really ugly stuff. I never peeked again.... As my mother would say, "Live and Learn, girls."


  23. What a funny story! I think all kids try to sneak a peak at some time ;)

    The shrimp pate sounds delicious and you know I love shrimp!

  24. thank you for coming over to and yes you are welcome any time.. You are close by we could cook together and have fun.. Please anytime you are welcome here.....

  25. I usually put the presents under the tree as I wrap them. I think it is fun that way. I love the lowcountry pate- it sounds great

  26. Oh that sounds wonderful!
    Wouldn't it be grand if you could come over to have tea and cookies with me? I know we would be fast friends!!!!
    XO Kris

  27. The pate sounds delish!! I am easily much more a savory gal than a sweet one, so dips and things like that always appeal to me.

    What a fun story about you and your sisters sneaking into the Christmas presents!! Memories grow more precious through the years, don't they? And how totally funny that your boys followed right in your footsteps...and that you didn't have a clue!

    Wishing you a fabulous weekend,

  28. I have a few wrapped gifts already under my tree and my grandchildren are beside themselves wanting to know what is in the packages. The anticipation is a big part of the fun. When my children were little nothing was put under the tree until they had gone to bed Christmas Eve. They would almost pass out when they saw the tree in the morning. It was wonderful.

  29. Love this kind of paté;will be trying it soon.
    You did bring back memories. I found a great hiding place(I thought).
    After they grew up the admitted finding and Playing with the toys; they also used to eat my frozen cookies in the freezer; always wondered how come they disappeared so fast.

  30. Sometimes I don't like to hear from my kids the tricks they got away with. In fact, most times. They informed me a few years ago they knew where I hid presents in every house we lived in AND they opened them. I never knew. Mother:0 Kids: top score.
    I'll not go into the other things they've told me. (or I overheard)


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