What’s Too Early?

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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! 😀

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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! 😀

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Happy shopping! :mrgreen:

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 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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94 Comments

  1. We always decorate for Christmas on Thanksgiving weekend, but we were so busy all weekend, we’re going to do it tonight. Love your french toast recipe, it looks perfect for Christmas morning!!!

    Happy shopping 🙂

    jen

  2. That eggnog french toast looks delicious! I also looove your christmas placemat… can’t wait to decorate my apartment (it will be my first time ever!) I am with you on not liking the Black Friday crowds but I am definitely doing some serious Christmas shopping on Cyber Monday!

  3. Eggnog french toast = brilliant idea! Looks delish.

    I feel as though many people began preparing for the winter holidays as soon as Halloween was over this year… I’m actually with Mal on this one. I like to wait until after Thanksgiving to focus on Christmas. Now that the time has come, I’m in full-on Christmas mode! Pandora is playing instrumental holiday music, the decorations are going up, and there is eggnog in the fridge :).

  4. I’m excited to participate in the bake sale. And to make my peppermint mocha fudge again for somebody. 🙂

    Day after Thanksgiving = bring on Christmas for me! I’m with Mal that I don’t like to do the traditional Christmas activities until after Thanksgiving has passed, but immediately Friday morning I am playing Christmas music, putting up decorations, and starting to make holiday treats. I love this time of year!

  5. I can live with as of November 15th. Especially at our apartment, since we leave for the holidays around Dec 20 and come back after New Years, so we want it to be worth it to take the time to set up the tree and all. If we did it on Dec 1, it would be out for less than a month really. My mom doesn’t do it before Dec 1, and I remember as kids that we used to torture her because we could never wait that long.

  6. We started celebrating Christmas on the 20th November this year!!It may seem early but we only had 3 weeks left living in university halls before we all go home for the holiday at that point. So far it looks pretty ace with home-made paper chains and a tree that we dug up ourselves in the kitchen!!

  7. My holiday decorations went up Friday night. I had to compromise on the tree though. I wanted to get it this weekend but the boyfriend wants to wait till next weekend!

  8. Mal sounds just like my husband…he hates when I turn on the Christmas music before Thanksgiving! Normally I wait too, but this year I was feeling especially festive I guess! I think when they start advertising for Christmas right after Halloween is definitely too early! 😯

  9. I think the day after Thanksgiving is completely acceptable to start decorating for Christmas. I love Thanksgiving so I hate to let it go without really appreciating it. I start buying eggnog for the boys as soon as it goes on sale though because I consider it a holiday treat, not just Christmas. I can’t wait to start decorating!

  10. Aww, how cute!

    I actually dont have any Christmas decorations, since this is my first year being out on my own. I think I may buy a little tree and a few ornaments this weekend though. I’d really love a tree with all the sparkly purple ornaments I’ve been seeing around…I’m still young enough that I can get away with something that tacky and loud 😉

  11. I think Mal should adjust his rule for Christmas decorations to “not before the day after Thanksgiving.” If you think about it, December 1st is usually a work night, so it’s so much better to relax and do it during the long weekend. Especially if you’re looking to avoid Black Friday craziness!

  12. Your breakfast looks SOOOOO yummy! In my house, decorations usually go up the first week of December, but Christmas tunes have already started playing (particularly the Michael Buble and Glee ones!!)

  13. I have been listening to Christmas music for about 2 weeks. 🙂 Speaking of ss straws, have you seen the new glass at Starbucks? It is a insulated plastic cup that comes with a candy can straw. All parts are totally reusable. It is awesome and to think, no more sweaty glasses.

  14. We used to get our tree the first weekend in December…all the more time to enjoy it before the needles start shedding. Now that I live in an apartment, I’m less eager to decorate. Without a tree, the rest is just teensy stuff.

  15. We’re going to be in Asia for a month surrounding Christmas so no tree for us. 🙁 So sad, I’m still planning on putting as many other decorations out as I can find. I feel like I have an excuse to start before December since we are leaving before Christmas!

  16. The eggnog French toast looks heavenly and I don’t even like egg nog. How about that?! I guess I’m one of those who likes to wait to hear Christmas music and see decorations until after Thanksgiving. I’m getting my Christmas tree Saturday and will start decorating on Sunday.

  17. That eggnog French toast sounds brilliant- almost like bread pudding! I’m with Mal on waiting to start celebrating (to make the holidays seem more special) but I’ve been cheating and listening to Christmas music for a week or two already. 🙂

  18. It must be extra fun to decorate your new home!! I promised my fiance that I’d wait until next weekend to decorate our apartment – I always TRY to wait until the first weekend in December. Growing up, we’d wait until mid-December to decorate and it was torture!! I never understood why we waited so long: our tree was fake so it wasn’t going to die on us and my Mom ran a day care in the home, so the kids REALLY looked forward to see the house decorated. I just love the holiday season!!

  19. Thanksgiving has always been a big holiday in my family, so nothing Christmas before then. But the Friday after is when we always put up our tree!

  20. LOVE your holiday decorations! Those placemats are just killing me – adorable. I held out as long as I could, too (my husband has similar rules! ;)) But broke down yesterday and cranked up the holiday music and started decorating 🙂 Hope you had fun!

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