During this time of the year, I always reflect on all of the Christmas’ past. We all enjoy our own traditions, be it trimming a tree, watching our favorite Christmas movie, or what to eat… and eat… and eat.

 

For some it brings tears of joy and for some, the thought of entertaining traditions brings tears. If you find yourself entertaining and do not know where to start, check out our Holiday Guide– a cookbook with a surprise guide included!

I wanted to share a few of my favorite holiday traditions with all of you. 

We had a string of elf lights on our tree and I chatted with them regularly to tell them all of my hopes and dreams. I have watched my kids enjoy the thrills and excitement of the elf on a shelf. We have several here that cause all kinds of trouble! 

Trimming the tree is joyous, and always has been. Some Hot Cocoa, Egg Nog,and music. Growing up in Canada, a real tree was the only way. Living in Houston, we do a really fake one. The real ones look a bit like a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree after just a few weeks. One year, we hauled our dead looking tree outdoors and miraculously, it came back! 

 

Chocolate Eclairs top my list of yummy goodies. It would not be Christmas without them, especially now that we have found amazing sustainable substitutes. Chelsea Buns are an impeccable tradition at Nana’s and our traditional Christmas morning breakfast of French Toast casserole simply can’t be skipped. We wake, bake, open gifts, and enjoy!

No one I know doesn’t like to open a gift. It means someone thought of you, took the time to shop, wrap and visit. I appreciate all of the gifts, but not near as much as the gift of family. 

 

 

My kids enjoy the excitement of new Christmas Eve PJ’s and gifts under the tree, but every year, it is all about the experiences and notoriously- an empty cardboard Box. 

If you are still working on your last minute gifts, be sure to check out our last blog or give the gift of snack and share our almond bark with someone you love!

French Toast Casserole
Serves 10
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Ingredients
  1. 12 pieces sprouted grain cinnamon raisin bread, crusts removed (Ezekiel Brand or other)
  2. 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  3. 6 eggs, beaten
  4. 4-6 ounces milk (coconut or almond milk can be substituted)
  5. 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  6. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  7. 2 cups homemade granola for topping
Garnish With
  1. Fresh fruit
  2. Yogurt
  3. Maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Grease a 9x13 glass baking dish with coconut oil
  2. Cut crusts off the bread
  3. Spread each piece with cream cheese
  4. Arrange the bread in the pan
  5. Place second piece of bread on top of the first, cream cheese side up (there should be two layers)
  6. Beat eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon together
  7. Pour over the bread
  8. Cover and refrigerate overnight
  9. In the morning, bake covered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes
  10. Remove cover, spread granola over the top and bake loosely covered for another 10 minutes
  11. Remove cover to allow the granola to crisp up for a few minutes longer
Notes
  1. Allow to cool, cut into squares and serve.
  2. Yields 10 servings.
  3. Top with a drizzle of yogurt, pure maple syrup, and fresh berries.
  4. This can also be cut into strips and be dipped in maple syrup.
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I'm a stay at home mom raising two wonderful kids, and it's my goal to educate people that there is more to food than meets the eye.
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