As I had mentioned previously, I was asked to make brunch for my family get together as we opened presents! What a joy it was!!! Making breakfast is absolutely my favorite thing.
It was, of course, quite a bit of work throwing together this meal. I had spent a good part of a week putting together different recipes to make what turned out to be such a fun meal! My sister was kind enough to have the brunch at her house and allowed me to take over her kitchen! What a blast my family had!
(Linus and Lucy came on the radio, naturally my sister, my dad, and I started doing our favorite Peanuts character's dance).
It all began late Christmas Eve's eve! My dear friend Liz and I stayed up very late making Mazurek, a Polish breakfast cake (which is like the Polish version of biscotti, I think!). This turned out to be such a fun little treat! The dough is a little tough to work with, as a fair amount of Eastern European dough is! But this definitely was a fun and sweet treat that fueled my family's Christmas Eve Day festivities and also that I gave away as baked presents!
Christmas Eve came and went in a blur! I spent my evening with my fiance's family and had a fantastic feast full of steak, green beans, and twice baked potatoes. Delish! After leaving the fiance's side, he and I drove out to my parents' house where I began my near-24-hour bake-and-cook-a-thon. I began making the dough for the Gingerbread Waffles. What a great recipe this turned out to be (all thanks owed to Rachel Ray!). My parents and fiance all tucked away for the evening, as it was after midnight, I continued prepping for my big brunch on Christmas Morning! I put together all of the dry ingredients and measured out the wet ingredients (keeping them stored in the refrigerator) for the cranberry muffins. After this, I had decided to allow myself to go to sleep, eagerly setting my alarm for 7:00AM to continue cooking and baking!
As I had intended, the alarm sounded off at 7 o'clock in the morning on Christmas Day. Yes!!! The day had finally come! I, then, went down into my mom's kitchen to finish what I had started the night before, the muffins! They were so easy and such a joy to make, and so so tasty!
Once the muffins were finally complete, it was time for myself, the fiance, my parents, my dog Daisy Mae (who was- of course- there for the festivities), and all of my ingredients to pile into the car and head over to my sister's house!
It was at my sister's house that I prepared the baked home fries, kielbasa and eggs, and gingerbread latte.
I was so pleased with how everything turned out! Lots of laughs and smiles surrounded the table filled with love! The day went by so quickly! I can't wait to do this again! How many days until Christmas?