When it comes to celebrating the holidays, my husband has a few rules:
- No holiday music until Thanksgiving.
- No eggnog until Thanksgiving.
- No Christmas tree or decorations until December 1.
Mal wasn’t happy that I broke the eggnog rule a couple of times before Thanksgiving, but he just “looked the other way” when he realized that I started decorating the house yesterday afternoon. I think he secretly wants to start celebrating the holidays now!
Christmas decorations make me so happy! I couldn’t help myself!
Baked Eggnog French Toast
Oh, man, breakfast was really something special this morning!
Last night, while drinking a glass of eggnog, a delicious idea just came to me: Baked Eggnog French Toast. I was so excited, I wanted to make it as soon as possible!
I also knew that Baked Eggnog French Toast would take awhile to cook, so I made it last night and reheated it this morning for breakfast. I also added a huge scoop of plain yogurt to my bowl. Holy yum! Each bite made me think how perfect this dish would be for Christmas morning.
- 5 pieces of whole wheat bread, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1.5 cups eggnog
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 350*F.
- Combine all ingredients (except the bread) in a large bowl. Mix well.
- Add bread pieces to the liquid and allow to absorb for 15-20 minutes.
- Coat an oven-safe dish with cooking spray.
- Pour bread and liquid into baking dish and lightly press down the top with a spatula until flat.
- Bake for 55-60 minutes.
- Serve with maple syrup, fresh fruit, yogurt, etc.
As you know, I’m not a fan of Black Friday, but Cyber Monday is totally my thing! I have some serious shopping to do this morning!
If you’re thinking about doing some of your holiday shopping at OpenSky, free shipping will apply on ALL orders over $50 when you use coupon code “50FREESHIP.”
Here are my personal favorites:
And my recommendation for the holidays is the Garlic Gold Gift Box, which would make a great hostess gift or the perfect thing for those who enjoy good food.
Each box contains: one 250ml bottle of Garlic Gold Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette, one 250ml bottle of Garlic Gold Oil, one 2.3oz bottle of Garlic Gold Sea Salt Nuggets, and one 3.75oz jar of Garlic Gold. Also included is a pour spout.
Buy two Garlic Gold Gift Boxes, get free shipping, and cross two people off of your shopping list!
Holiday Bake Sale
I’m at it again!
On Monday, December 6th, I will host a second Blog Bake Sale to benefit Team in Training! If you’ve never participated in a Blog Bake Sale, check out Meghann’s post about the rules and logistics. Her post is very detailed and explains how it all works. I’ll run the Blog Bake Sale on Carrots ‘N’ Cake in the same way.
If you’re interested in donating baked goods, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, the baked good(s) that you would like to donate, a short description of it, a photo and/or link to its deliciousness, and whether you’re willing to ship internationally to the winner by Wednesday, December 1. You don’t need to be a blogger to participate. All baked goods are welcomed!
Question of the Day
When do you start celebrating the holidays? What do you consider too early?
P.S. I’m hosting a holiday-inspired giveaway over on Trading Up Downtown!