Special day! Oh, what have I forgotten now?
Now, don’t panic.
Is it Bacon Day? No, that’s crazy talk!
~ Homer, The Simpsons
Welcome back to my "Friday Five." It's just my crazy collage of gossip, stop-the-presses news, and random thoughts for giggles and grins.
You just never know what we might come up in Friday Five. Since the Holidays are on all our minds – or at least on mind since I still have so much to do – here's five Holiday honeys I found this week.
Grin #1 – Bacon! And a really cool site for crazy fun gifts! Check this out.
Hog Heaven at ThinkGeek.com.
Grin #2 – Mel's done it again.
Mel's curated over 100 free tags to print and decorate your packages. Oooo, and while you're visiting her tags, be sure to look around her site, Mel Stampz. Mel is an amazing paper craft artist and she's collected a ton of fun templates, tutorials and tags.
Grin #3 – My daughter, Caitlin, and I love treasure hunting at estate sales, antique stores and flea markets around Central Texas. We found some wonderful vintage canning jars we thought would be fun for filling with Christmas gifts.
Photo Credit: jmourray
I came across these sites while searching for some gifts to put in our jars.
- Tip Junkie's 48 Homemade Gift Ideas in a Jar
- All Recipe's Best Cookie Mix in a Jar Recipes
- Mixes in a Jar for more than 250 recipes
How do these people come up with all these ideas? Brilliant.
Grin #4 – Stocking Stuffers!
When I was growing up I got oranges in my stocking. It wasn't that I was on Santa's naughty list. It was just that my Depression-era parents thought fresh fruit was really special on Christmas.
My kids aren't kids any more, but we all get something in our stockings, even Mailey Dog and Pillow Pup. Usually the stockings are filled with a Santa ornament for Ben, a snowman ornament for Caitlin, lottery tickets, hot chocolate mix, some fun trinkets, maybe an iTunes card, and our favorite candy, which means a search for black licorice for Tom.
Jenna at Jenna's Journey as compiled a list of 150 Stocking Stuffer ideas. This chick is a genius. I'm printing off her list when I go stocking shopping this weekend for some extra inspiration.
Grin #5 – Christmas Breakfast. Since the Southern Living 1986 Annual Recipes book came out, we've made a breakfast quiche on Christmas Eve to put in the oven on Christmas morning.
On Christmas morning we usually open our stockings and heat up the hot chocolate Santa put in the stockings with a little coconut liqueur mixed in – nom nom. We open presents under the tree and then put our quiche in the oven for breakfast.
We've used this recipe so many times, the cook book just opens to this page.
Crustless Grits-and-Ham Pie
- 1/3 cup quick-cooking grits, uncooked
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
- 3/4 cup cooked, chopped ham
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Vegetable cooking spray
Cook the grits in water according to the package directions, omitting salt.
Combine cooked grits, milk, cheese, ham, eggs, parsley, mustard, hot sauce, and salt, mixing well. Pour the grits mixture into a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray.
Put it in the refrigerator on Christmas Eve. On Christmas morning bake it at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until it sets. Let is stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving. It makes six, 1-1/2 inch wedge servings.
If you use evaporated skim milk, reduced calorie Cheddar cheese and lean ham, each serving is only 181 calories. Which, of course, still won't make up for the hot chocolate and peanut-butter bonbons we also make for Christmas morning, but hey, it's good, clean living and it's yummy, too.