Two years ago, I hosted a recipe exchange that was a HUGE success. Honestly, I still cook some of the recipes I got at that exchange. It’s so fun because not only do you get fantastic recipes, you know whether or not you like them!
Anyway, this year’s theme was breakfast. Who doesn’t LOVE breakfast food, right? Some people make a fancy breakfast for Thanksgiving or Christmas morning, so I always try to have the recipe exchange the weekend before Thanksgiving. Even though I love our annual Cookie Swap, this is super fun too, because a meal comes out of what everyone brings.
OK, so here’s how it works:
Since it was breakfast-theme, I had Bloody Mary’s available.. Obviously…
The bread in the foreground was the 2nd place winner and a HUGE hit! It’s Ms. Claus’ Christmas Bread.. I’ll add the recipe below.
I have a small space, but it totally worked. I recently bought a drop-leaf table off Craig’s List and I am so glad I did. Here it is with the leaves up, but it becomes very small when the leaves are down for a great space-saver.
Finally, I love sending guests come with little party favors, and making these was super simple and inexpensive! I got those 99 cent mugs from IKEA, washed them and used DecoArt Glass Paint Marker, Black and DecoArt Glass Paint Marker, Orange to draw the snowman faces… Then you let it air dry for at least four hours and bake it in a non-preheated oven to set it. Directions are on the markers. I’ve done the Pinterest-favorite “Sharpie Mugs” before, but, unfortunately the Sharpie eventually washes off. This supposedly is more permanent. Anyway, after the mugs were done, I added IKEA dish cloths (75 cents each) and two little tea bags from Trader Joe’s. Each little favor cost less than $2.50 and were a huge hit.
And I leave you with the first and second place winners of the recipe contest. Yum yum
French Toast- Winner!
Submitted by: Christie Fleming
1 (1 pound) loaf French bread, cut diagonally in 1 inch slices
2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups half-and-half cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup butter
1 1/3 cups brown sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
Add all ingredients to list
Mrs. Claus’s Cinnamon Bread- 2nd Place!
Submitted by: Demi Kinney
1 page of yellow/white box cake mix
1 8-oz sour cream
1 package of vanilla instant pudding
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
dash of vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat ingredients together in a mixer for 8 minutes. Grease loaf pan. Pour mixture into pan and cost the top with cinnamon sugar. Bake for 1 hour.
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