[donotprint] Going to my grandmother’s house for Christmas was always a holiday tradition. The smell of hot rolls baking in the oven was a constant comfort, along with all the other sweet treats she’d prepared well in advance. And one of her all-time favorite treats at Christmas was Tea Time Tassies. I don’t know where her recipe came from, but she made a ton of them every year and we were so glad she did!
I remember the year I thought I would save Gram a ton of time in the kitchen. One day I asked how she made those little tarts and she said she just used her thumb to press the hole in the center, then filled the indention with pecan filling. Well, it just so happened that I knew of a little gadget that was made especially for that, so I purchased it for her for Christmas that year.
Well, if any of you have grandma’s who have made Christmas treats the same way for 40+ years, you know it’s no use trying to change their perfected techniques. Gram was very polite about it, but matter-of-factly, she told me her way worked a heck of a lot better than that little wooden gadget I bought for her. So, needless to say, when I’m making these little pecan pastries at Christmas time, I don’t use a gadget. I use my thumb. Just like Gram used to do.[/donotprint]