Our Christmas Strata Recipe

This is our Christmas morning Strata recipe. Of course, we also enjoy it throughout the year!

1/2 a stick of butter
2 cups bread cubes
6 large eggs, well beaten
1 1/2 cups half and half
1 teaspoon ground dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 onion, chopped (OR, 1/3 cup chopped green onions)
12 slices bacon, cooked crisp, crumbled (OR, 1 cup chopped, cooked ham)
12 oz shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Spray a 13×9 inch baking dish with cooking spray, and use it to melt butter in the oven. Add the bread cubes and toss with the melted butter. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and milk together. Mix in the dry mustard, black pepper, and onions. Pour egg mixture over the bread. Spread crumbled bacon or ham and shredded cheese over the egg mixture. Cover with foil and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

When time to bake, take foil off and bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 45 minutes, or until golden and bubbly. Remove from oven and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes before cutting into serving sized pieces.

You can serve it with fresh fruit on the side.

We love to serve it with bowls of sour cream and salsa to be added to taste, as well.


** NOTE: The bread cubes can be from whatever type bread you prefer. Often, we use french bread or sourdough, but plain old loaf bread works, too. We also leave on the crusts, but you can remove the crusts if preferred.

Great Idea For Unused Scarves

How fantastic is this? I don’t know about you, but I have several unused scarves hanging around in my closet and love this idea for giving them new life.

You just need to start with a large, rectangular scarf that’s very lightweight. Using size 10 crochet thread, you can create a lovely pineapple stitch back panel with straps that will make their way up above the shoulders. I can’t believe I never thought of doing this!

Head over and check out the full pattern with tips at 365 Crochet.

My Reading Lists

Currently Reading:
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Recently Read:

To Be Read (Wishlist):
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Paper Towns by John Green
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by James Cameron
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Crochet Ron Weasley Animal Crackers Hat

Love this. I’ll have to try to make one for my grandson — he LOVES everything to do with Harry Potter!

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Okay, so I’ve been meaning to put this pattern up ever since I finished my own hat and was glad I wrote things down as I worked. This pattern is untested, other than by my own hands, so if anyone using it has questions, they can send them to me on my Ravelry account, dontmakemeover. On to the pattern…

Yarn: DK weight yarn in olive green, white, gold, red, and black.

Hook: I used G, but since you’re doing a basic bucket increase for the crown it’s pretty easy to check gauge against your head.

Notes: Do not skip a stitch when ch 1, do when ch 2.

Sizing: Measurements for 22.5 in. head. Sizing starts out with basic bucket increase, so check against your own head. Chart pattern works if you stop at any even row. Still, numbers for size I made…

1. Start with green. Ch 2…

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