This is one of my most favorite quilts, Christmas or not. I took a class at Fat Quarters Quilt Shop with Cheri Payne with two of my quilt pals. It was an all day class and I remember being SO excited about this quilt that I came home and stitched on it until beyond midnight so I could get it finished and hung on the wall right away.
Traditions around our home also tend to revolve around foods - things we only enjoy during the holidays and usually decadent. Those decadent foods have had to go by the wayside, but I can see no reason we should be left eating gruel while huddled in the corner. Instead I am working to recreate some of our favorites in a 'heart healthy' way.
Breakfast on Christmas morning is always a strata - so easy to prepare ahead of time and then *pop* in the oven while the family is opening gifts. Check out this recipe that I have always used and you will quickly see why it shouldn't be part of our festivities any longer. I just couldn't let strata go. So I came up with this alternative recipe:
4 slices whole grain low sodium bread
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1 can diced green chiles
a splash of non-fat half and half
2 whole eggs
4 egg whites
shredded sharp cheddar cheese and fresh cilantro for garnish
Spray three individual oven-proof dishes with Pam. Cube the bread slices and distribute evenly among the dishes. In a small mixing bowl combine the eggs, egg whites, dry mustard, half and half and green chiles. Pour the mixture over cubed bread. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour up to over night. Pre-heat oven to 350, remove plastic wrap and bake strata for 30 minutes until eggs are set and the edges of the bread is browning and crunchy. Sprinkle with cheese and cilantro just before serving. Some sliced fresh fruits and maybe even some turkey bacon will round out your breakfast.
(photo before baking)
Okay, time to get off the computer and get back in the kitchen. I'm going to try out a chocolate cake recipe that will be topped with 7-minute frosting (always a favorite for me)
Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you and yours make lots of merry!