One of our family traditions has to do with Christmas morning. It started when our children were quite small. They would wake up, super excited to open all the gifts, especially to see what Santa brought. In order for all of us to share the joy together, our rule was that no one opened a present until after breakfast. We did allow each person to get down their own Christmas stocking and see what little goodies were inside.
Once the stocking stuffers were examined, the children were always eager to move on to those mysterious packages under the tree. But first – breakfast –
I don’t know what you do for breakfast on this special day. I’d love to hear your ideas. I have tried all sorts of foods from the grand farm/country breakfast to breakfast casseroles (everyone hated my sausage and egg strata) to something simple. Generally something simple and fast was the best way for us.
You can’t get any faster than muffins and quick breads. These can be done days, even weeks ahead of time. Wrapped carefully, they freeze well and keep for weeks. They can be taken out of the freezer the night before or quickly warmed in the oven.
Mad About Muffins by Dot Vartan is my go-to choice when it comes to making muffins. This book has so much variety among it’s 117 recipes that I have yet to make them all. Here is a sample of choices from this book that are just right for Christmas morning:
- Cherry Lemon – with dried cherries and fresh lemons
- Orange Pineapple – with orange juice, crushed pineapple and a marmalade glaze
- Cranberry Hazelnut – with fresh cranberries, golden raisins and a tiny bit of brandy
- Oatmeal Applesauce – with chunky applesauce, rolled oats and chopped walnuts
- Ham and Cheese – with diced ham and shredded Swiss cheese
- Banana Peanut Butter – exactly what it sounds like – perfect for the little people
I stumbled on several other good muffin books at the library this week. So, if this idea of muffins for Christmas suits you, you still have plenty of time to get to the library and put together some tasty treats for Christmas morning.
Whatever you serve this holiday season, I trust it will be a happy and tasty day for you.
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[Source: I purchased this book a decade ago.]
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