Wednesday, December 18, 2013

One Week!!

Christmas is only a week away, and our house is buzzing with excitement and anticipation. It is so much fun to have little ones around, especially this time of year. It seems like our elf, Kringle, is a little too anxious to see what his presents are. He took a nose dive right into one of the gifts.
 

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I have been busy today crafting and cooking in preparation for the big day. I am getting a bit obsessed with everything Christmas. I might have gone a little overboard with all the Christmas themed recipes, but this season only comes once a year. I like to have a little fun with it.

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Here is a lovely breakfast recipe for French toast with Greek yogurt and bananas. Topped off with cinnamon, syrup, and butter, it would make the perfect Christmas morning feast. You'll want these cute little toasts year round. I cut them into Christmas shapes with cookie cutters.
 
I had angels,

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gingerbread men,

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candy canes,

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and stars.
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Christmas Banana French Toast
serves 2-4
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 bananas, mashed
4 eggs
1/3 cup sugar
dash of ground ginger
dash of ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
10 ounces day old bread, sliced into 1/2" slices
1/4 cup butter
butter, maple syrup, banana slices, and cinnamon to top

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Whisk the bananas, yogurt, sugar, salt, spices, and eggs together. Cut your bread into Christmas shapes using cookie cutters. Soak the bread in the egg mixture for 30 seconds. After the bread has soaked, put it on a cooling rack over a pan so that any excess egg mixture will drain off. Meanwhile, heat a large nonstick pan over medium heat with 2 tablespoons of butter. Cook half of the French toast pieces for a couple of minutes until the bottoms brown. Flip and cook the other side until golden. Put the cooked pieces of French toast on a baking stone. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in the pan, and cook the remaining pieces of soaked bread. Bake the French toast for 8 minutes on the baking stone. Remove from the oven, top with butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, and banana slices. Serve immediately.



My dinner recipe is just as festive as the French toast. Using a Christmas tree cookie cutter, some homemade pie crust, and delicious fillings, I made holiday themed hand pies. They were a big hit!

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Bacon Cheddar Hand Pies
makes 12
3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup ice water
1/2 cup cooked bacon, chopped
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Mix together the salt and flour. Cut in the butter and stir with a pastry fork until the dough looks like crumbs. Add the water and knead until everything is just combined. (Do not over knead, or the pie crust won't be flaky.) Cover the dough with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight.

Roll the pie dough out on a floured surface about 1 cm thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut the dough into 24 pieces. Mix the bacon and cheese together. Place some of the mixture in the center of 12 of the pie crust pieces. Top each with another piece of pie crust, and push down the edges to seal.

Spread the pies out on a baking stone. Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

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