Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Breakfast and Brunch Ideas

Happy Christmas Eve! It is pouring buckets outside right now, and I have to admit, it's kind of a downer...however, we know that Christmas spirit and the TRUE meaning of Christmas aren't dampened by something as fickle as the weather. So celebrate we will!

Baking is such an integral part of our holidays. Here are some of our favorites, and a cute picture of my little helper when she was little.

These pancakes are pretty self-explanatory- there a million other images on Pinterest, too.
While I don't make pancakes on the morning of Christmas, they are a perfect fun breakfast for Christmas Eve or another day during vacation.

 This golden coffee cake doubles well and can be frozen ahead of time. Perfect for a busy morning!

This blueberry coffee cake is another winner on a whirlwind kind of a morning. It also doubles and freezes great.

I cannot find the recipe post for these scrambles egg bites, but they're a cinch: whisk together 7-8 eggs, half a cup or so milk, and add whatever extras you like: bacon, sausage, onion, cheese...anything! Spray a muffin tin (well!) and evenly pour in the egg mixture. Bake about 20 minutes. They are a great "finger food" for a crowd.

Our all-time favorite, which I will be making this afternoon for our Christmas brunch tomorrow. This overnight bake is so easy and so delicious! Maybe your family will request it every year, too!

Now for the beverages...
We are a non-alcoholic family so our drinks rely on Christmas spirit along, ha ha. We've never felt anything was missing from these fun holiday beverages.

 Holiday Punch 
This is the punch that everyone knows about (raspberry sherbet, ginger ale and cranberry juice), but we make it extra festive by coating the rims of the punch glasses with either corn syrup or decorating gel, as shown here, and dipping them in crushed candy canes and adding a dollop of whipped cream. So yummy and pretty!

If you omit decorating the rims of the glasses, simply add some crushed candy canes or crystals onto the whipped cream. Still looks beautiful!

And everyone enjoys a fun and festive glass of punch!

We also have fluted glasses filled with various versions of our own holiday spirits, such as ginger ale and orange juice or cranberry juice, or fruit punch with flavored seltzer yummy!

And of course, we will have some of our favorite sweets on hand for munching!

Our 2014 Christmas Brunch Menu
Overnight French Toast Bake 
Scrambled Egg Bites
Apple Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake (my Mom is bringing this)

Holiday Punch with decorated glasses
Hot Coffee & Tea
Mimosas, etc

Chocolate Spiders
Chocolate Dipped Mexican Wedding Cake Cookies
Oreo Truffles
Spiced Nuts

You can find me on Pinterest and Instagram on the sidebar of this blog to see what I'm up to. Have a wonderful, joy-filled Christmas Eve!

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