This has got to be one of my favorite days of the year! We have a nice dinner with family where the kids even get to open some presents! Then we come home and open some new jammies, hang up our stockings, put out cookies, and read the Christmas story. I love the anticipation from the kids and the joy that fills the entire day (and spills over into tomorrow)!
Merry Christmas Eve…what are your family’s traditions on this special day?
I’d love to know what is on your menu for Christmas morning!
At our house the requested dishes are “extra cheesy cheesy eggs” aka scrambled eggs with cheese, bacon, cinnamon rolls, and OJ. I have tried to make monkey bread the past few years, but it never seems to turn out.
The problem with breakfast food for me is timing, getting it all done at the same time to serve hot. I might make some of these blueberry almond muffins from Busy Cooks for the kids to munch on while I am fixing everything else.
I also love baked french toast, not only because it is yummy but because it can be made ahead. Unfortunately my family does not share my fondness for this dish!
I might just have to try this Christmas Morn Breakfast Casserole shared on Recipe4Living. It can be made the night before, sounds super easy, and would save this mama the stress of cooking on Christmas day.
Christmas Morn Casserole
- 6 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1 C. cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 tsp. dry mustard
- 1 lb. pork sausage, browned and drained
- 1 C. biscuit baking mix
- 2 C. milk
- 1 tsp. oregano
Mix all ingredients and pour into a 13×9 baking dish. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Bake uncovered in 350-degree oven for 1 hour.
Time to share…do you have any Christmas breakfast traditions or easy make ahead breakfast dishes?
Don’t throw away all of those beautiful Christmas cards you have received this month! Here are a few ideas to enjoy them all year round!
I love this place mat idea from Charlotte’s Fancy! All you need is some paper, cards or photos, and contact paper and you have a beautiful place mat covered in memories!
It is not too late to send out those Christmas wishes!
I had the opportunity to try Smartecards and love their philosophy of reducing the carbon footprint while also helping non-profit organizations.
You can customize your card with a photo, music, and text. They have many holiday designs for occasions all year long. The cost is only $1 per card (which is a lot cheaper than purchasing them and paying for postage) and 80% of your donation goes to the non-profit of your choice. For more information visit www.smartecard.org
For a free option, we’ve found many nice cards at Dayspring. They have several pretty designs and always have a sweet, inspirational message.
Time to share…will you be sending out cards this year? Regular mail or email?
Psst…I have a secret! We have a tradition of surprising the kids with a drive to look at Christmas lights around town. There are a few great houses in our area, some that even are set to music!
Here’s how it all goes down:
1. I tell the kids to go upstairs and get ready for bed and hear “aww, mom it’s too early!”
2. While they are upstairs I sneak some blankets, cookies, and hot cocoa into the car. I also start some Christmas music on the stereo.
3. When the kids come back down I tell them they need to get in the car because we have to run to the store real quick. This, of course, brings on more sighs, perhaps some moaning, and dare I say even some whining. When they get to the car, however, they are pleasantly surprised!
4. We enjoy a drive around town singing carols and looking at all the beautiful lights!
Time to share…Does your family take an annual drive to look at Christmas lights?
I have been taking care of a sick baby girl today. My apologies, but day 20 will have to wait until tomorrow.
Thanks for your patience!
I love the taste of eggnog! I can’t drink a huge glass of it, but a taste here and there is perfect for me this time of year.
I love that you can find the eggnog flavor in some of your favorite treats. You can find it everywhere this season from eggnog lattes to milkshakes. I ran across a few more recipes that I would love to try!
Eggnog Pound Cake – From Southern Living December 2009
- 1 (16-oz.) package pound cake mix $
- 1 1/4 cups eggnog $
- 2 large eggs $
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg $
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract $
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat all ingredients together at low speed with an electric mixer until blended. Increase speed to medium, and beat 2 minutes. Pour into a lightly greased 9- x 5-inch loaf pan.
- 2. Bake at 350° for 1 hour to 1 hour and 5 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely (about 1 hour).
You can also modify this recipe to make cupcakes!
- 1/2 cup butter, softened $
- 1 (3-oz.) package cream cheese, softened $
- 1 (16-oz.) package powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup eggnog $
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg $
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract $
- Prepare Eggnog Pound Cake batter as directed. Place 24 paper baking cups in 2 (12-cup) muffin pans; spoon batter into cups. Bake at 350° for 18 to 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Transfer to wire racks; cool completely. Beat butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar alternately with eggnog, beginning and ending with sugar and beating at low speed. Add freshly grated nutmeg and vanilla extract; beat until smooth. Spread over cupcakes.
And don’t forget the cookies!
- 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1-1/4 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup eggnog
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
- Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix well with a wire whisk and set aside.
- Cream sugar and butter until it forms a grainy paste. Stir in eggnog, vanilla, and egg yolks. Beat at medium speed until smooth. Add flour mixture and beat at low speed just until combined.
- Drop cookie dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets, 1 inch apart. Sprinkle lightly with nutmeg. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until bottoms turn light brown.
For a vegan recipe check out PTIT Chef’s adaptation of a Betty Crocker recipe for Eggnog Cookies HERE!
Who could resist these Eggnog Cheesecake Bars from Land O Lakes! With only 15 minutes minutes prep time, that is my kind of baking.
Eggnog Cheesecake Bars
Heat oven to 350°F. Combine 1/3 cup sugar and butter in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add 1 1/2 cups flour and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg. Beat until well mixed. (Mixture will be crumbly.) Press crust mixture onto bottom of ungreased 13×9-inch baking pan. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine all filling ingredients except nutmeg in same bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until mixture is creamy.
Spread filling over hot, partially baked crust; sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg. Continue baking for 28 to 33 minutes or until set. Cool completely. Cut into bars with wet knife. Store refrigerated. And just when I thought pancakes couldn’t get any better…check out this recipe from Andreasrecipes.com!
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup eggnog
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 egg, lightly beaten
1. Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg in mixing bowl.
2. Add the eggnog, butter, and egg. Stir until the dry ingredients are coated. Don’t over mix.
3. Pour 1/4 to 1/3 cup of mix onto hot, greased griddle. Cook until the top starts to bubble and the sides start to firm. Flip and cook until lightly browned on the bottom. My kids are getting a special treat one afternoon this winter break, we’ll be mixing up some eggnog milkshakes!
Just take equal parts eggnog and vanilla ice cream and blend. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg…yum! Time to share…what is your favorite eggnog flavored treat?
Scarves are so trendy right now, I know I wish I had a few more to accessorize with. They can be pricey for such a simple strip of fabric, so I searched some DIY ideas and wanted to share!
I love these braided designs made from recycled t-shirts, for the tutorial check out This Old Dress!
Fleece is so cozy and warm and easy to work with. I think this fringed fleece scarf would be cute for any age and can be customized with any color combination. Check out Make and Takes for a demo!
For a feminine look you can check out this pretty ruffled scarf tutorial from Quiver Full of Blessings (love that blog name!) and make one for yourself. I think I just might have to go find some cute fabric to make my own this week!
Not getting out the sewing machine any time soon? Well here is a simple no-sew option for you with just a strip of fleece that is that is 7″ wide by 64″ long. Sam from All Sam’s Idea gives a great tutorial with pictures HERE.
Time to share…do you wear scarves and what is your favorite style? Would you ever attempt to make your own?