Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Christmas Breakfast Tradition {German Pancakes}

This is a family favorite of ours passed down from my Grandmother. 

You may know of these, but I thought I would share the recipe today from my family to yours, because they are soooo good… and easy!

We have always made them on Christmas morn., although it seems like we make them more and more in between now.;)  We made them this year as we were frolicking and putting up Christmas decor.  There was fresh falling snow, Christmas music and happy kids.  A perfect day.

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You will need…

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 C milk
  • 1 C flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5T butter

Preheat oven to 450 F


Beat eggs until thick and lemon colored.  Mix in flour, milk and salt.


 Melt butter in a 9x12 pan in you heating oven.  Carefully remove and then pour in your batter.  Return to oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.


Watch the magic happen.  We love to see how puffy and big they will get…the kids favorite part! {next to eating them;)}  This was a good growing batch.


My little one decided to do this while she waited.  As I watched her find so much joy in simply throwing the fresh snow up in the air, I was envious.  Do you remember when you found pure happiness in such a little thing?  She was all by herself, running around just enjoying the moment.

LOVE it.


MMM…looking good.

Check at 15 minutes and if they look about like this, they are finished. 

Yes. That is butter.  …I didn’t say they were healthy;)

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You can top them with the usual pancake toppings.  Mr. Husband like PB and syrup, big sis likes just syrup an little sis likes raspberry jelly.:) 

Do you have a special Christmas morning tradition?  Maybe this can be yours too!  I hope you are enjoying the season…warmest wishes:)


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

My Christmas House

My Christmas Decor is a little down played this year and it actually feels quite nice. I wanted to share some bits and pieces with you and join in the Nester’s tour of Christmas homes.  I am extremely late, but what’s that saying?





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To see more details of my house this Christmas this year you can click

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Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Deck the Stairs with Boughs of…Winter Greens


I usually do a grand pine garland on my staircase…this year I had a few setbacks so it was a simple take on Christmas stairs and I have to say I love it!


I tied little swags to the banisters with burlap ribbon and then hung coordinating ones on the scones going up the stairs. 


I already had these little fellas, as I used them in my garland from last year.  So it was easy AND didn’t cost me anything but the ribbon!

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You like?


   I do. :)

I was  a little bummed I didn’t get my usual greenery up, but making sure all you greenery is up is not what the season is about.  Just making your home feel the Spirit of the Holidays with little special touches is enough.  Taking time to enjoy the season with friends and family is time well spent. 

Merry Christmas!

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Our Christmas Tree

Our Christmas tree resides in the front formal living room.  One of my favorite rooms in my house that I like to sneak off to for a little quiet time.;)  During the holidays it’s an even better spot to relax in with my morning coffee and evening tea, because of the Christmas tree!! {yes I do enjoy my warm beverages!;)}


Our tree has a somewhat traditional look and it is a little different each year.

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I love this tapestry ribbon I bought from Target a couple years ago…it is warm and rich and feels classic and Christmas to me.  I mixed in some flowers and berries and different types of leaves and greenery to give different textures and dimension to the tree.  Pinecones of course, and curly willow branches as well.


The bay window is the perfect spot to showcase the tree and I love how it looks from the street.


I found these aged mirrors at Big Lots about 4 years ago and thought they would be a fun and unique addition.   I just stuck some tulle ribbon through the hanger on the back and tied them to a branch. I have a little baby’s first Christmas ornament for each my girls…they love unwrapping them each year and hanging them on the tree.  A lot of the tree my girls had a hand in decorating.  I like a beautiful tree, but I also want my family to have the excitement  and memories of  decorating it together.  That is part of the magical Christmas experience. :)  I want to collect more ornaments with meaning to bring the memories of Christmas’ past each year.


The tree skirt is just a piece of remnant decorators fabric I picked up for about $3…I just wrapped it around the base and tucked in the edges.

Oh and please pardon the crooked star…;)  It keeps falling!

It’s not perfect, but it’s our tree and I love all in represents.  Traditions, family and the meaning of Christmas.  


Now I need to do some shopping to fill  the bottom up!  Ack! ;0

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