It's been getting harder and harder to find willing souls to help with chores around here. But I don't blame them–it's cold, the wind is whipping, it requires dressing in multiple layers, finding hats, mittens, scarves, boots…coming back with runny noses, purple hands and chapped chins.
But there's one little soul, rain or shine, freezing temperatures or mild ones, who's always anxious to come along. Her boots go on before the pajamas come off, and she knows the routine–cats first, throw down food to the chickens, shut the shed doors, walk to the coop and let the chickens out for their dash across the yard to their grain by the garden shed. She also knows how to keep warm–one mittened hand pulled inside her coat the other hand in mine and shoved into my coat pocket. She makes for great company.
On the nights when I find myself alone–doing the evening lock-in by myself, a warm cup of tea in my hands makes for good company, too. But not as good as Elizabeth, of course.
As for my simple question…I'm looking for some ideas. Christmas day breakfast is on my brain. I'm looking for a good recipe for something I can make the night before–either in the crockpot, or something to put in the oven Christmas morning. Something simple, something yummy.
Specifically, I'd love to find a recipe for baked french toast. I've heard "rumors" of one with thick-sliced bread, apples, cinnamon–something prepared the night before, refrigerated and baked the next morning. I'd love to find a recipe for something like that. Otherwise–I'm open to inspiration. I want Christmas morning to be relaxing but special. I don't want to be standing over the stove flipping pancakes, but rather savoring the morning with my family. But I still want something yummy for the ten minutes I can get my children to gather around the table.
Recipes? Ideas? Traditions? I want to hear them. I'd like to upgrade from fried eggs and boxed cereal for this special morning….