Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas Memories 2009 Part 1

We had Brunch with my family on Christmas Sunday. We had everyone to our house for Southern Living Breakfast Casserole, Pancakes, Biscuits and Gravy, fruit, sweets, bacon and sausage. Its all about the food. MMM...Sausage Breakfast Casserole
6 slices white bread
1 pound ground pork sausage
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Longhorn cheese
6 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups half-and-half
1/2 tsp salt
Trim crust from bread slices; reserve crusts for another use. Spread butter over 1 side of each bread slice. Place bread slices, buttered side up, in bottom of a lightly greased 13x9x2 baking dish. Set aside. Brown sausage in a large skillet, stirring until it crumbles; drain. Spoon sausage over bread; sprinkle with cheese; Combine eggs, half-and-half, and salt, pour over cheese. Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight. Remove from refrigerator; let stand, covered 15 minutes. Uncover and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until golden.
I love this because you can make it the night before.

Fruit delicious over the pancakes.

Blake, Ben & Brock with their cousins Cierra, Tanner, Cache & Tate

Good times around the table before we exchanged gifts.

Benjamin, Tanner & Cache

Mom, dad, Eric, myself Greg & Misty.

I love pulling out the Christmas linens, Christmas dinnerware and setting the table for our family. I don't get to have everyone to our house very often and it is a real treat. Most the time my mom has everyone at her house for the holidays because she has more room and a larger table. You know the motto: Don't try do everything yourself. Remember, even Santa has helpers. It doesn't matter where we get together as long as we do and its nice when everyone brings something to make it easier.

I once heard a story about a lady who kept her beautiful china packed away in boxes in the attic because she was saving it for a special occasion. She died without ever unpacking the box or unwrapping her dishes. This is so sad to me. Get out the good dishes and treat your family. I want our three boys to know how to sit at the table and use their best manners.
You know what Jesus said "Anyone who wishes to save their life must lose it-or risk it." One cannot live the Christian life and remain safe. The message of the gospel is quite clear..its time to use the good china. We must learn to be more generous with all of what the Lord has given us.

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