THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanzaa from your friends at Frugal-Families. No matter what your faith, this season is about family, friends, the miracles in our lives and the joy of giving. I want to wish you a joyous holiday season!
We’ve had quite a few old members returning to our forums, so it was suggested that the theme of this months’ newsletter be just that, “There is no place like home for the holidays”. I’ve added a few new articles to help you try and enjoy the holiday season a bit more.
Country Christmas Ornaments
10 Cheap and Easy Gifts
10 Ways to stay Sane this Holiday Season
I love spending time doing projects with my children during this season. I found this great article on how to make tin can luminaries which I think you’ll enjoy! This is a great way to put those tin cans to good use and let little imaginations have fun!
Tin Can Luminaries
We don’t leave our home on Christmas, but the grandparents come over to watch the boys open presents. I love making a brunch that we can all enjoy, but I don’t want to spend time in the kitchen on Christmas morning so I’ve managed to find a few overnight recipes that taste great but require only a few minutes that morning to bake. I thought I’d share them with you.
Overnight Cinnamon-Raisin French Toast
Overnight Coffee Cake
This overnight French toast recipe makes it’s own topping because it’s turned over at serving. Mouthwatering overnight recipe that makes mornings easy.
Apple Cinnamon French toast
* 5 TBS butter
* 2 large baking apples, cored and sliced
* 1 cup brown sugar
* 2 TBS corn syrup
* 1 tsp cinnamon
* 1 loaf sliced French bread
* 3 eggs
* 1 cup milk
* 1 tsp vanilla
The night before, melt the butter in a skillet and cook the apples until tender then add the brown sugar, corn syrup and cinnamon. Cook until sugar dissolves. Grease a 9 X 13″ pan and pour apple mixture into the pan. Arrange slices of bread on top of the apples. Beat the eggs, milk and vanilla together then pour over the bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, place the cold baking pan, uncovered, into the stove and turn on the oven to 350f. Bake 30-35 minutes or until heated through and a knife comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to sit 5 minutes then invert onto platter OR cut out pieces, making sure to turn each piece over so that apples become topping.
This is a great recipe to make the night before a holiday morning like Easter or Christmas. It makes the morning so much easier.
16 slices of bread
8 slices of deli ham, or enough to cover bread
8 slices of cheddar cheese, or enough to cover bread
6 large eggs
3 cups milk, I find whole or 2% to be the best
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp salt
2 green onions, chopped
1 small green pepper , chopped
1/4 cup melt margarine
2 cups crushed potato chips, I use stale ones
Trim off crusts from bread and fit into a well butter 9 X 13″ pan. Cover with ham and then cheese. Place remaining bread slices on top (like sandwiches). In large bowl, beat eggs. Mix in milk, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and salt. Stir in chopped onions and green pepper. Pour over bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, preheat oven to 350. Drizzle top of casserole with melted margarine. Sprinkle with crushed potato chips. Bake uncovered for 45-55 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.