Serve up some cuteness Christmas morning

Have you given any thought to what you may cook on Christmas morning for breakfast?
Tradition for us is to have a mid morning breakfast/ brunch and then do an early Christmas dinner, likely some soup.
Our big dinner is Christmas Eve and on this year’s menu is roasted chicken; carrots and quinoa; sweet potato stackers; green beans; bread; and petite cheesecakes for dessert.
The plan is to keep everything healthy and good…right down to the skinny cheesecakes. We shall see….

But, all bets are off for brunch!

So, if you are in search of a recipe for Christmas morning, I have some ideas (some new, some tried and true):

Christmas Morning Breakfast Idea: Cinnamon Roll Christmas Tree- cute idea #christmas  #holiday #holidayfood

How cute is this Cinnamon roll Christmas tree? You wouldn’t even have to go to the extra work of making homemade cinnamon rolls (although your family and friends would lovvvveee you for it). You could go the can cinnamon roll route, to save time (and heartache).

1st Annual North Pole Breakfast! Can't wait to do this the morning we ride the North Pole Flyer :)))

Again, is this not adorable and would your kids not think you are the best?

Possible breakfast tradition for Christmas morning? Could serve with hot cocoa or coffee.

I DO NOT condone powdered sugar doughnuts…EVER…but this was too cute to pass up!
I guess for one day out of the year…we can let the sugar and processed contents of this ‘snack’ slide! (Remember: It’s not breakfast! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day…you are setting yourself up for sugar overload all day)

Christmas Coffee Cocktail | Perfect for Christmas morning or after a holiday meal

For the adults on Christmas morning, I present to you this delectable concoction, two of my loves: Coffee and amaretto liqueur! (I’m pinning this now! Yum!)

Last but definitely not least….

Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole

This is one of my favorites!
I’m not even kidding!!!!
Put everything in the crock pot the night before….let it cook and fill the house with delightful smells all night…and eat the next morning!
It’s a Christmas miracle!!!!!!
I promise…you won’t be disappointed. Divine!

Hope you find these helpful…share with me now……

What are your Christmas traditions?

Be sure to post your yummies to my Facebook page. I would love to see your traditions!

Weekly wine down: Sunday, funday!!!

Wow! It’s now Sunday and I’m just finding time to do this post and I have about 3 more things to do today.
Man it was a busy weekend! Do you love or hate those kind of weekends?
I love them in that I get a lot done but they fly by and then it’s Monday. Eek.
At least I managed to get some wine in this weekend and chill a little.
Here’s the latest on the web:

Cranberry eggnog oatmeal
I have this in the crockpot now for weekly breakfasts. I’m pretty excited about it and will let you know the outcome.

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The key ingredient players. Btw- that’s almond milk eggnog that I made ( contains egg whites instead of whole eggs) from this recipe for 2 reasons: we don’t drink cows milk and I can’t stand the fact of drinking whole eggs, regardless of how much alcohol is in it. Yuck!
Btw. Santa not required.
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This is the <a href="http://www.theyummylife.com/Slow_Cooker_Eggnog_finished_Oatmeal”>recipe and what it should look like. Yum.

DIY:
I better get started on next years wreath.
See, their is a reason for weekly wine down!

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To do, again:
We did this for the year of 2013 and it was really sweet and special to read the notes on 12/31. We wrote down things we were grateful for song the way or something fun and memorable that we did.
It’s a great way to look back at a year of highlights and memories, some sadly forgotten and hen remembers fondly.
I think I may need to bring this back for 2015. It’s a great way to remember to be grateful.
I challenge you to do this for 2015. You won’t regret it.

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Happy new week to you!

Remember…life’s a journey, not a race.

Weekly wine down: fur and spirits can keep you warm

Brrr!! It’s cold!
Yea ,cold for us is in the 40’s. Hey, I live on the coast! What can I say!
Let’s warm up by the fire, with a glass of my favorite vino, and wine down with some internet favs:

To use again:
I did this kettle ball workout the other evening and man! Whew! It was a doozy but I really liked it.

To style:
Do you have a fur vest for the season yet?
I picked up this one in gray for $20 at TarJay.

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I’ve mentioned before my desire to have a current trend but for a fraction of the cost. That way if I wear it for one season only, I don't feel like I completely wasted a lot of money.
Btw-
this is one of my favorite fashion bloggers styling the fur vest-She’s cute and has great style.

To make:
These look really tasty. I think they are going on the menu soon.
Btw- I think I’ve mentioned her before but a really great and lightened up food blogger. She also has a fabulous and beautiful cookbook that would make a great Christmas gift for any food lover.

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To juice:
Several of us are gearing up for a 5 day juice ‘restart’ on Monday. I’m more scared about dealing with no coffee and sugars for 5 days than drinking juice for meals. 😳
Oh well. It’s only 5 days right?
Better start searching for a couple more of these. ( carrots surprisingly make one of the best juice bases and this comes from a girl who’s never cared for carrots much)

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And better double up on these this weekend since it’s also a no alcohol juice…….have a good one!

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Meaningful Mondays: Eat your fish

I’m sure you are aware by now that I make a HUGE attempt to cook and eat healthy meals.
I play by the 80/20 rule, meaning I eat healthy 80% of the time ( or meals).
It seems that I usually spread that 20% of fun foods ( we won’t call it cheat meals- do not like the word cheat- more like necessity) out evenly among the 7 days in a week ( which makes it 2.86%/ day, right).
Translation: I have some piece of chocolate or small amount of sugar (alcohol) 1/ day.
That keeps the “self” happy and content. 😉
Anyway, something I always like to incorporate at least 2/ week is fish.

Types:
We mostly eat wild ocean fish like tuna, salmon, grouper, flounder, Mahi, snapper, etc.
We aren’t big river or pond fish, with the exception of occasional fresh trout.
Mostly, we eat Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon. ( I even picked some of this up at Target the other day, in individual packs- just make sure it’s wild caught)
You are either a salmon eater or not. We love it.

Benefits to eating fish:
This is enoughThis reason for me to eat fish 2/ week.
In summary, fish contain unsaturated fatty acids which lower cholesterol; they are high in omega 3’s which reduces inflammation, lowers blood pressure, reduces blood clotting, and decreases stroke; and fish reduces risk of heart disease or heart attack.
The article goes on to say fish, such as salmon and tuna, contain the highest levels of omega 3’s, making them the best.
There you go!!!! What more evidence do you need?

Preparation:
Now, if the fish is fresh, and it should be ( and shouldn’t smell- seriously fresh fish should have no fishy, strong smell), you don’t need a lot of toppings and seasonings.
Actually fish can be one if the easiest and quickest meals you can prepare.
We like to season it up like so:

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That’s Chef Paul’s Magic Salmon seasoning. This can be purchased at most grocery stores ( in the spice section) and lasts a long time.
It is a fairly healthy seasoning with no MSG, no preservatives, and it’s gluten free. Ingredients include sugar, salt, onion, garlic, mustard seeds and paprika. The sodium content isn’t too high either, especially since a little goes a long way.
The flavor of the sweet sugar and spicy paprika enhances the salmon.
It’s truly delicious.
We wash the salmon and pay dry; put the salmon skin side down on a grill pan lined with aluminum foil; sprinkle the seasoning on the salmon; and send it to the grill. It takes 10-14 minutes, on the top rack of the grill ( indirect heat). You could also put this in the oven, for probably the same amount of time at 350. You don’t want the fish to be mushy or slimy.
A simple taste test to know if it’s done always works best.
Serve it with a side if steamed broccoli and sweet potato and you have the perfect, easy weeknight meal, full of heart healthy benefits.
Like this.
Yum!!!

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Wildcard Wednesdays: Let’s talk vino!

Woo hoo!
Let’s start prepping for the long weekend by thinking of what spirits we are going to enjoy!
Wine . . . Friday . . . Soon

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Who am I kidding? We don’t have to wait until Friday! Everything in moderation…remember that’s our motto.
So, I’ll admit that I haven’t always loved red wine.
I started out enjoying the sweet, white or red stuff (college, a few post college days/ year) and gradually worked my way towards appreciating drier red wine.
Hey, a few trips to Napa, Oregon and Italy will do that, right?
Since I am more familiar with reds from the West Coast wine area, I will be featuring three red wines from the West Coast area.
For some of these, we toured the vineyard and fell in love; some we loved and then toured the vineyard; and some we just happened upon, and fell in love!
But 3 things are in common with all:

  1. They are all budget/ pocket book friendly (translation: you can drink a bottle and not feel real bad after doing it because it didn’t cost that much especially for a week
    night/ non celebratory event)
  2. They are all light flavored (bodied) wines-we can highlight some cab’s and merlots in the winter, with heavier meals (translation: you can drink a bottle and not feel real bad after doing it because it’s not heavy for a weeknight/ non celebratory event )
  3. They can be purchased at your neighborhood grocery store (translation: you can drink a bottle and not have to go real far to purchase it, for a weeknight/ non celebratory event)

Do you see a pattern here?

Funny Wine Quote

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Give one of these a try this weekend or give one as a gift to your favorite blogger; and let me know how it goes!
I doubt you will be disappointed!
Remember, these are red wines so don’t expect a sugar-y taste.
They pair well with steak, tomato based dishes, chocolate, cheeses (minus the rennet-see previous post), bread, ice cream, cereal, etc…
Hey, what do they not pair well with?
I dare you to answer that!
I also dare you to try them out this weeekend and let me know what you think. Too, I always love to get vino recommendations!



1.

Menage a Trois Pinot Noir

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Menage-a-Trois, California, Pinot Noir (California Red Wine Blend is also good)
approximately $9-$12
From the vineyard: The romance begins with pretty violet aromas that lead to a symphony of juicy black cherry flavors with hints of toast on the palate, and to finish, a silky smooth embrace that would make Casanova jealous. You’ll swoon, you’ll sigh—this is L-O-V-E, with a capital ‘L.’

2.

 14 Hands Hot To Trot Red
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14 Hands Red Blend (Cab is also good)
approximately $9-$10
(Note: this wine has won 1st place in two of our blind wine tasting parties-it beat out all the competiiton)
From a reviewer: Washington- This approachable and easy drinking red wine offers generous aromas of berries, cherries and currants. A plush framework of soft tannins supports the red and dark fruit flavors that leisurely give way to subtle notes of baking spice and mocha on the finish.

3.

Mirassou Pinot Noir

 totalwine.com
Mirassou Pinot Noir
approximately $8
From a reviewer: California- Produced in a bright, approachable style, this Pinot Noir offers lovely cherry and strawberry flavors with subtle layers of spice from the oak. Its a great food wine, so try with anything from salmon to beef dishes.

Happy Vino Hump Day peeps!

Disclaimer: I was not paid to promote these items, although I wish I was-they are my personal opinions and prefernces-all prices are approximate and were obtained from the Total Wine website, which is a good start of what they ‘should cost’-figure in a couple bucks more at your local shop (locals: HT and WD has all 3 of these at reasonable prices)

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