• What’s Too Early?

    November 29, 2010

    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! ;-)

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    Christmas decorations make me so happy! I couldn’t help myself! :mrgreen:

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    Baked Eggnog French Toast

    Oh, man, breakfast was really something special this morning! :-D

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    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!

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    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.

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    Ingredients:

    • 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

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350*F.
    2. Combine all ingredients (except the bread) in a large bowl. Mix well.
    3. Add bread pieces to the liquid and allow to absorb for 15-20 minutes.
    4. Coat an oven-safe dish with cooking spray.
    5. Pour bread and liquid into baking dish and lightly press down the top with a spatula until flat.
    6. Bake for 55-60 minutes.
    7. Serve with maple syrup, fresh fruit, yogurt, etc.

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    Cyber Monday

    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! :-D

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    Happy shopping! :mrgreen:

    Holiday Bake Sale

    I’m at it again! :-D

    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 tina@carrotsncake.com 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!

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    Heather November 29, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I love egg nog – have you tried soy nog – its delicious!

    Love the idea to use egg nog to make breakfast – I can only imagine how good that is.

    I agree that Christmas decorations, music, etc. can happen after thanksgiving – otherwise it is just too early.

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    Mary November 29, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Your breakfast looks yummy, but I’m trying to lose weight. I’m pretty sure drinking eggnog will make me gain pounds! 8oz of eggnog contains 18 grams of fat!

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    Heather November 29, 2010 at 10:42 am

    I’m starting to abide by the line of thinking that spending several hours decoring for ONLY 25 days of cheery decor is not a wise investment in the economy of my time.

    Granted, I haven’t actually FINISHED putting out my decorations, but I have had a few things out for a couple of weeks now, and it def makes me happy in my heart when I see them!

    Then again, I have been working on “Handmade Christmas” since about August….so my apartment has been covered with Christmasy crafts for a while, now.

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    Haleigh November 29, 2010 at 10:44 am

    What a creative idea! Eggnog french toast sounds like a great holiday breakfast. While I was growing up, we always started to put up Christmas decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving. So on my terms, you’re not too early at all :)

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    Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle November 29, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I’m 100% with Mal on this one. Absolutely no Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. I just bought my first carton of eggnog and I am SO EXCITED to break into it. I will be doing my decorations tomorrow. It always feels like Christmas comes so fast.

    P.S. I love cyber monday.

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    Shanna @ shannalikebanana.wordpress.com November 29, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I don’t decorate until mid-December because I don’t like the tree to dry out…wish I could start today though..it’s finally nice and chilly in California!

    Oh and I want to donate to the bakesale!

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    Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 29, 2010 at 10:55 am

    People thought I was crazy for listening to Christmas music when I found it the first few days in November. Never too early!! Well..maybe Summer’s a bit too early..but anytime beyond that’s fair game. ;)

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    Marg @ Running on Cupcakes November 29, 2010 at 10:57 am

    For me it’s the day after Thanksgiving, but I didn’t get to it until yesterday.

    Once Thanksgiving is over, I think you’re good!

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    Heather November 29, 2010 at 11:33 am

    It’s never too early for Christmas decos! I put mine up the day after Thanksgiving, still need to do some outside lights, but that will have to wait until I go buy timers.

    I love this time of year!

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    Audrey November 29, 2010 at 11:34 am

    As much as I love Christmas, I never decorate for it before Thanksgiving. I usually don’t put up any decorations for Christmas until Dec. 1st, but I keep them up until the Epithany on January 6th. But hey, to each her own!

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    Amber K November 29, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Well Thanksgiving is a holiday, so I celebrate that day. But I refuse to acknowledge the Christmas season until December. I hate the oversaturation of the season.

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    Colleen November 29, 2010 at 11:47 am

    I think the holiday season goes by much too quickly, and we’re all about remembering the reason for the season, so we usually start up with the Christmas music and decorations shortly after Halloween. :)

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    the blissful baker November 29, 2010 at 11:49 am

    your breakfast looks amazing! french toast is one of my favorites, and an eggnog version sounds scrumptious! i’m going to make that tomorrow morning :)

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    Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher November 29, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Directly after Thanksgiving! Replace Thanksgiving decorations with Christmas ones :)

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    Lynn (The Actors Diet) November 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    i am so happy my tree is finally up!

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    Mabelle November 29, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Is never too early!! xmass season is my favorite time of the year. Beautiful decorations!!! :)

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    Clare @ Fitting It All In November 29, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    I think after Thanksgiving is the perfect time to start decorating and celebrating…though I am known to bust out the Xmas music way earlier! But I don’t get why other people want to wait so long….it’s such a happy and beautiful time. I say start ASAP!

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    Anne P November 29, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Omg… want that french toast!!! And egg nog.

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 29, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    That french toast looks amazing!!!!

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    Creative Be November 29, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I agree! I want to put up decorations immediately too ;) So far the best cyber monday deals I have found were at NY and Company http://www.nyandcompany.com/nyco/index.jsp
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    Roz November 29, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I’m like Mal, December 1st, then the Christmas floodgates can open. BTW, Murphy’s festive dish and placemat is AWESOME!!!!!

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    Michelle November 29, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    As far as I’m concerned, noon on Thanksgiving when Santa comes out at the Macy’s parade is the start of Christmas for me! I don’t want to hear, smell, see, or taste anything to do with Christmas before that, but after… game ON :)

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    Laura November 29, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I have to Respect the Turkey: No Christmas decor until after Thanksgiving. But I confess, I’ve been listening to Christmas music for a few weeks now

    Your breakfast looks incredible! I need to try that and soon!

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    Jessica @ The Process of Healing November 29, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I LOVE Christmas and decorations and music… and it’s never too early! I’ve been known to start listening to Christmas music right after Halloween!

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    Wendy (Give Love Create Happiness) November 29, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    I love to start decorating for the holidays any time after Thanksgiving day. Enjoy!

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    Laurie @ Cookies 'n Cardio November 29, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Oh I can’t wait to decorate for Christmas! I’ve always had a fake tree, and this year my new roomie decided that 24 years of fake Christmas trees is long enough. I’m so stoked, we’re going to a Christmas Tree farm on Wednesday! Ha! I feel like a little kid.

    I’m SERIOUSLY thinking of donating to your bake sale. When would we need to ship the items to the winner?

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    Mauimandy@Thegrainsofparadise.blogspot.com November 29, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    I have a Decemeber 1st rule too. I live in such a warm climate that by NYE everything is dead and dusty. I’ve been in Hawaii for 12 yrs now but ‘m still not use to it being so warm on Christmas ( even if I moved here from mild San Diego )
    Melekalikimaka!

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    Lisa November 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I broke the eggnog rule too and had some two weeks ago. I couldn’t resist!

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    kate November 29, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    The egg nog rule was made to be broken baby!

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    Mariana November 29, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Mal and I share the third rule; no Christmas decorations before December 1st

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    Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 29, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I am still (in)patiently waiting on our move into our new place so I can then start thinking about Christmas!!!!

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    Christina @ Food.Fun.Fabulous November 29, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    We usually decorate the weekend after Thanksgiving though I’ve been known to start listening to music early :) Christmas is my favorite time of year!

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    Leah @ Why deprive? November 29, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I try and wait until Dec 1 to decorate, but I dont always make it. :)

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    Cate @ My Running Ambition November 29, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    That french toast looks amazing!!!! I think I will try it this weekend! Love the “rules” for before Christmas! I would totally sneak the Christmas music though :)

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    Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) November 29, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    I don’t even know what too early is anymore. I had my tree up before Thanksgiving but that’s because we have my family here and it’s usually the only time they get to see it because we go to their house for Christmas.

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    Arlene @ Adventures in Weight Loss November 29, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    I agree with Mal on everything but the decorations. We like to put ours up the weekend after Thanksgiving.

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    Hannah November 29, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    I just bookmarked this even though we don’t have eggnog here in Australia :P It looks so good I think I’ll have to make eggnog myself just to make this!

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    Mads November 30, 2010 at 12:04 am

    As long as it’s after Thanksgiving, I’m good to go. I hope our Christmas decorations get up tonight :)
    That french toast is officially bookmarked and I also might just take you up on the Garlic Gold package.
    Thanks!

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    Anjali Shah November 30, 2010 at 3:09 am

    Omgg what a great, creative french toast recipe! I recently made a fuji apple baked french toast “casserole” – but this version sounds like it would be really fun to make and super festive for the holidays!! thanks for sharing :)

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    Monica November 30, 2010 at 8:29 am

    My husband is a massive egg nog fan and he will love that french toast recipe – so perfect!

    Since we often travel back home for the holidays, we feel the need to begin the Christmas celebrating early. Plus we just love any old excuse to listen to Christmas music and hang our decorations. Our neighbors must have thought we were crazy when they saw our door wreathe a week before Thanksgiving.

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    Katie G. November 30, 2010 at 11:06 am

    I was too excited this year…the tree and stockings were up the day before Thanksgving! When it comes to Christmas music, I wait until after Thanksgiving to start listening and singing…it gets a little old by the time Christmas is here, but I love hearing it now!

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    Beverly November 30, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    OMG slap me and call me done! That baked egg nog french toast sounds tooooooooo amazing! Definitely on the weekend’s breakfast list…. but first I must grab some more egg nog. We traditionally have egg nog for Thanksgiving (my fiance hasn’t purchased this item in literally mega years & stroked out at the $3.99/half gallon price he encountered) LOL. I’m definitely making the french toast though.
    I made a pumpkin pie french toast thanksgiving morning… he loved it. Hope he likes this one too!

    PS. watch that mirror on the mantle.. I did that for many years until one day I walked by and CRASH! I thought because it was soooo heavy and seemed quite sturdy there it wouldn’t move… but I was wrong. Took a while but it fell! So be careful! Love the pics of the holiday decor!

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    Lacey @ Lake Life November 30, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Ohhh, my family does a “Grinch Breakfast” every Christmas morning and I think your recipe will make perfect “Who-Pudding” :-)

    I start decorating the weekend after Thanksgiving!

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    Corrie Anne November 13, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    WOW! I don’t remember that recipe from last year! I LOVE IT!

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