I can't wait for Christmas. Really it's my favorite holiday, always has been. For me it carries a magic to it. I'm trying to really have fun with these years where my children believe in Santa Claus, and the magic of Christmas. Looking back on our pictures from last year I can't believe how much my children have grown. They aren't babies anymore. But they are at such a great stage where we really have fun together. Hopefully they are good so they get a visit from Santa this year, sometimes I think he just may leave them a lump of coal. Has that ever really happened? Not at my house. I think I take after my Dad and tend to overdo the gift giving just a little bit. Two years ago I actually took back some presents that Hallie never even opened and didn't act all that interested in. So this year I'm really trying to scale down, and just have Santa get my kids a few gifts that they really want. I'll let you know how that goes.
*edited to add recipe for egg strata as seen in picture
Sausage Egg Strata (my friend Cindy Franklin's recipe)
1 lb. sausage (I use Jimmy Dean sage flavor)
1 pkg. seasoned croutons
1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 c. shredded Swiss cheese
1 c. shredded pepper jack cheese
8 eggs, beaten
1 pint half and half cream
1 1/2 c. milk
1 1/2 tsp. dry hot mustard
1 T. minced onion
salt and pepper to taste
(I also add a can of diced green chilies)
Directions: 1. Place sausage in a large skillet, cook over medium high heat until evenly browned, drain, crumble and set aside.
2. Spread croutons across bottom of a lightly greased 9 X 13 inch baking pan. Cover croutons with cheese and sprinkle cooked sausage on top of the cheese.
3. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, cream, milk, mustard, onion, salt and pepper. Pour egg mixture into pan over croutons, cheese and sausage. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
4. The next morning, bake in an oven preheated to 350 for 45 to 60 minutes. Let sit 20 minutes before serving.
*That's the official recipe, for my small family I half the ingredients and cook in an 8X8 pan. Also I add a can of diced green chilies, I think these are yummy in it, but if that sounds weird you can leave it out, I've had it both ways and prefer the chilies. And if I don't have all the right kind of cheese I just use what I have on hand, it still tastes great. This is not, I repeat not, low-fat by any means, but is a great breakfast for Christmas morning because you do all the work the night before and let it cook while you're opening presents.