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My Word, Blog Challenge

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I was challenged to choose a word that reflects me for 2017.  This is something that I will draw on when I am stressed or just need a break.    I had to do a lot of soul searching on this one.   The 1st thing that came to mind was Family.   Honestly, I knew it went deeper than that, so I took a little while longer and realized my true word is FOCUS.

Let me explain a little bit why I chose Focus as my word and not Family.  I think that in 2016 I was just surviving the year.   We had so many issues hit our family, that I felt most of the time as if I was just making it through, “getting by”.   My family really is my life, and Focus plays into my love and care of my Family.   This past year, my Focus has been on raising my 2 granddaughters, making sure that they are healthy both physically and emotionally.  focus-distraction

My focus this next year will also be on my children, which is nothing new, as that is how I have lived my life since the 1st day I became a mom.  I have always said I am a mom before I am anything else in life.   I love my children with all of my heart and I focus on them completely.  

I say all of that to state that while my Focus is still and will always be my Family, I plan on putting more Focus on my marriage this next year.   Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with my marriage, I just want to be sure that it gets as much love and attention as it deserves.  You see I have been married to my best friend for 20 years and I am so blessed to get to be his wife!!  I think I am like a lot of woman and I put more Focus on the kids, than the marriage.  That really tends to happen after so many years of marriage, but in the end I want my husband to know how important he is to me!!   I know a lot of woman feel that way, and yet they won’t ever admit it themselves, not to mention to anybody else.   In the end, your children are a bi product of your marriage, so the emphasis or focus should be on your marriage first.  

My Focus this year will be on praying more and growing in a deeper relationship with my Savior.  I think I have become a little lax in spending time in this area, so I will be intentionally changing some things on a daily basis.

My focus this year will also be on my granddaughters and being the best Nana that I can be.  The 2 that live in my home,  to give them unconditional love and help to raise them to be strong young woman.   My youngest granddaughter, to spoil her as much as her mommy and daddy will allow.  I have a new grandchild on the way, and I am sure that one will be just as spoiled.   I see lots of Focus on all the grand babies this next year!!

blog-web-socilal-productA huge focus this year will be going into this blog and reaching a larger audience and following.  I plan on growing in my skills as an influencer and blogger both this next year.   I have not paid much attention to this blog prior to the past 6 months or so.  My goal is to Focus on monetizing my blog, and finding new and exciting subjects to write about.   I am excited about the Focus that I will be putting into my blog this year!!

My goal in general is to just stay Focused, and in the moment this year.   I am so blessed and thankful to have all my children doing well right now.   My husband is amazing and we are doing great.   I just want to stay Focused on all of them and on life in general, and not let it just pass me by!!

 
Now that you have heard my word of the year, I am curious…..has this inspired you to come up with your own “word” for 2017?    What would it be?   Let me know in comments below as I love hearing from my followers!!

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Back to School, Winter Break is Over!

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What do you do when your kids go back to school?    My big debate all day has been should I get up and do some housework that has been neglected while the girls were home, or be lazy and catch up on some TV shows?     Want to guess what won out?     Lets just say that the housework will be there tomorrow!!   

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It is super quiet in my house today.   The kids have gone back to school and it is just my hubby, myself and our oldest daughter (until she goes to work anyway).  I can actually watch a program on TV and not have to turn the volume up so loud it deafens the neighbors.  

 

The hardest part about kids being off on breaks, is the getting them back into a regular routine.  I am a firm believer in trying to keep their bedtimes semi normal, so we don’t have such a huge battle when school starts back.   However, even with the best of intentions, somehow they end up staying up so much later than I intend for them to.  

 

 Mommy had some extra days off as well, so the girls got to spend some extra , quality time with their mom during this past Christmas break.   Mom works 2nd shift, so she only sees them on the weekends.   Most of the time , she only gets Saturday night and Sunday with them, as they are at the other grandpa’s house from Friday until Saturday evening.  So my battle came in when they were all in the bedroom hanging out, playing XBox or watching NetFlix, do I really put them to bed, when they don’t have to get up in the morning?   Most nights, the answer to that questions was No, let them hang out.   After all, they are only this age once, and they miss being with their mom.   Besides I know they are still making up for lost time.  (details on that in another post, another day)

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Now that school is back in session, we will be getting back to the normal routine of homework, school activities, etc.   I have to admit although the house is quiet today, I miss my girls!!     They are what keep their Papa and I young!    They are so busy with activities while in school, I always feel like we are on break with them.

 

The one thing that I did think about this morning as they went back to school, was that means that SoftBall season is right around the corner!!  Woo hoo!!  My all time favorite time of the year!!   All my kids have played ball at some point in their lives, and I love going to the games!  

What do you do when your kids go back to school?   Do you have a lazy day and just lay around the house  like I did today?  Or take advantage of the fact that you don’t have kids around and get all that extra housework done that you put off while they were home?    I would love to hear from you in the comments below!winter-break-back-to-school-2

We Walked Away!

accident-truck-before-accidentToday has had a lot of mixed emotions for me. Jan 3rd 2015 was a day that will always live in my memory as the day that God showed up and protected my family.    (I apologize in advance for the length of this post, but there is really no way to shorten it.  This is a hard one to put get written down, as I relived it as I wrote it)

My best friend of almost 20 years,  Diane, was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in May of the year prior.  When she was diagnosed , I immediately made a trip to her house.   My husband stayed for a day or so, and then traveled home by himself.   He knew that I needed to be there with her while she went through her first treatments.   I stayed for several weeks and then came home.   Yet, I hadn’t been home long when I felt that I needed to go back.   That was basically how I spent the rest of 2014.   I would be home for a couple weeks and then head back to Cincinnati to be with Diane and her family.   Honestly, I was at her home more than I was at my own that year.  I have to say here how AMAZING my own family was during this time!!   My husband stayed home and took care of the house, our daughter and son, and most days our 2 grandchildren.  He never once complained or asked me to stay home.  He is truly the one that God created just for me!!  I am so blessed to be able to say I am his wife!!

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At any rate, a couple weeks before Thanksgiving while I was in Cincinnati at Diane’s, she took a turn for the worse and we had to take her to the hospital.  She ended up in ICU , and we were worried that she would even see Thanksgiving.  Thankfully, they were able to send her home on Thanksgiving day.  She came home with Hospice care at that point.   Even though I had never been away from my family for Thanksgiving, there was no way that I could leave her.   I stayed with her and the family until right before Christmas.  because she had started to do better, I felt that I could go home and spend it with my family.   However, as soon as Christmas was over and the decorations put away, I knew I had to go back to Ohio.  

We left the house that morning, gassed up and headed out.   We had brought our Boston Terrier with us on this trip as we often did, she loved to go “bye-bye”.   She was chilling in the backseat on her little “thrown” of pillows we had made up for her.   We had made this trip more times than I can remember since the day she was diagnosed.   This particular day, my hubby was driving me up to drop me off so I could spend a couple of weeks with her.     I have had 3 neck surgeries and traveling is extremely uncomfortable for me. I was hurting pretty bad that day, , so i had taken some of my medicine and decided I would try to lay my seat back and get comfortable.  Maybe I could actually fall asleep for the rest of the trip.  So I put a pillow behind my head, grabbed a blanket (it was January, had been raining and was really cold outside) and snuggled under the blanket with my eyes closed.  I apparently had fallen asleep because I woke up to a HUGE BANG sound!!  It scared the heck out of me.  The rest of this went kind of in slow motion for me.  

I remember looking over at my husband and asking what that was.  He had a panicked look on his face.  The look that was on his face , caused me to have sheer panic rise up, I knew we were in trouble!!!     By this time, I don’t know if he told me it was a tire issue or I just knew it, but I knew it wasn’t good.   I immediately started praying  It was one of those moments, where you’re not really praying, I just kept saying the name , Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.  That was all I could murmur at the time.   I couldn’t think enough to pray.    We were on I-75 near Lexington, KY going about 80 mph.  We were in my husbands pride and joy, his beautiful blue Dodge Ram Truck.   The truck started going sideways towards the embankment, and I remember seeing a solid rock wall.

The rest of this I will tell  you based on what my husband told me afterwards.  He started cranking the steering wheel hard, doing his best to straighten out the truck.  When he realized that wasn’t going to happen, all he could do was try to hit that wall from my side of the truck, instead of head on.   Praise God he is the driver that he is!!   I am here to tell you that there were angels that surrounded our vehicle at that point.   Because, he managed to get the truck positioned so that it would hit that solid rock wall at 80 mph from the side instead of head on.  If we would have hit it head on, let’s just say , I would not be here writing this blog post.  accident-truck

At any rate, we hit the wall and rolled at least once and landed on the roof of the truck, upside down on the side of the hwy.   I was accident-truck-againsuspended by my seat belt, hanging upside down.   I know I blacked out for a few seconds, but when I came to I couldn’t see my husband.  I was seriously disoriented and couldn’t figure out where the dash of the truck was, or where the driver’s seat was supposed to be.  It is a crazy feeling when you are hanging upside down like that in a vehicle that has just flipped.  .  I called for him for what seemed like 15 minutes, but in reality was probably only a couple of minutes.  In that couple of minutes time period, I thought he was dead.  He wasn’t answering me….dead silence!!   I later found out, that he had the wind knocked out of him and couldn’t answer me.   I can’t explain to you the emotions I went through in that few minutes time.   When he finally answered me, of course I kept asking him if he was ok and he was asking me are you ok?   Neither one of us really knew if we were, as we were both still in shock as to what had just happened.     My next thought was where was our baby, Sheba, the Boston Terrier?    

sheba-againBy this time, people had seen the accident and stopped and were coming up to the truck.  They had originally told me to try and get out.  There was no possible way I could, although I did try for a minute. I kept asking them to find our dog and to check on my husband.   They managed to get him out of the truck, but I had to wait for the ambulance to get there.   I will cut this short and say that it basically took them another 40 minutes to get me out.   Remember I stated earlier that I have had 3 neck surgeries…well the EMT workers, myself and my husband were all concerned that I had done some serious damage and were extremely cautious in how they moved me.  The did eventually get me out, on a stretcher and we were both taken to the closest trauma center.  I won’t go into the awful treatment we received at that hospital, except to say, I wouldn’t take my dog to that place!!   Speaking of our dog, a wonderful stranger that had stopped to help us, had found her.  Praise God she had run up the embankment and NOT into that hwy and she was perfectly, 100% ok!!    They took her to a local animal shelter and we were able to pick her up the next day.   

Here is even more proof that God was protecting us that day.  If I hadn’t laid my seat back, been basically asleep with medicine in my body and had a blanket over me, I more than likely wouldn’t have walked away from this accident.  I include a picture here, where you can see the passenger side of the truck.  The roof of the truck was laying on the dash   Had my seat been in upright position it would have more than likely snapped my neck.   The blanket protected me from being more cut up than I was, and the medicine in my body, had me relaxed enough that upon impact, my body didn’t tense up as much as it would have had I not have taken it.  I am so thankful that I usually sleep through our road trips!!accident-truck-3

Here is a part of the story that I think most people can relate to.  When we had got to the hospital and they had finished checking us, X Rays, MRI’s etc.   The nurses were asking if they could contact somebody for us.   Keep in mind we are 4 hours from home and another 45 minutes to an hour from my best friends house.   Due to the fact that all my numbers are stored in my phone,  I didn’t know anybody’s phone number!!  Let that be a lesson, commit to memory SOMEBODY’S phone number!!!

Let me tell you another way that God showed up that day.  A friend of the family of Diane’s, was driving past when we had that wreck and took a picture of a truck that had overturned on I-75, not knowing at the time it was us.   They actually sent it to Diane’s daughter. accident-truck-5 (when you see the picture, keep in mind that embankment is solid rock)

When we didn’t arrive on time, my best friend’s daughter started calling the State  Police and Hwy Patrol, and found out there had been a wreck on I-75 at about the time we would have been going through there.  They in turn called the hospital we were at, and found out we were there.   They contacted our oldest daughter and she immediately headed to Kentucky.   She walked in that hospital room in record time.  She told me later on that she was in the car and headed that way, before she even found out what had happened.  All she knew was that mom and dad were in the hospital and had been in a wreck.   I am so thankful, that our son who was 15 at the time was on vacation with a friend, or he would have been in the backseat that day.     Here is the best part about that wreck, although my husband’s beautiful blue truck was totaled, he and I walked away from that accident!!    By all rights, we shouldn’t have lived through that one.  I am still amazed as I look back on that day that we are here.     My husband had some broken ribs, and I had some pretty bad cuts, but for the most part we were ok!!!   It is humbling to say the least to go through something like that, and it makes you look at life completely different!   You tend to not take things for granted and are thankful for each and every day you have with your kids and family.   If you have read this post to the end, I encourage you to tell your loved ones how much you care for them.  Don’t let your kids leave the house without saying, I love you.    You never know, life can change in an instant and you won’t get that chance to say it.  


Sadly, as I sit here and write this blog post, my best friend has passed away.  She lost her battle with cancer pm July 29th,  2015.  I am still so thankful that I spent as much time in Ohio as I did!!   After we got out of the hospital that day, we continued on our trip to her house.   Now granted, because he and I were in so much pain, we didn’t stay but an hour or so and then we headed back to the house.    My kids were having FITS that we didn’t go straight home, but my thought process was darn it….I was going to finish my initial goal, which was go see my best friend!!   I mean why else did we make the trip to begin with?   Once we came home and healed, it took me another month before I was able to go back to see her, but I did and continued to do so until she lost her battle.  diane-and-i-dec-2014

Why a Blog Challenge

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So I have been challenged to write about why I have a blog.   When I first accepted this challenge , I thought well that is easy.  I do it to keep my own sanity.  To give you a brief explanation of what I mean , my blog is my way of getting my daily trials and tribulations down on Grandparents raising Grandchildren in addition to other ramblings in my life.   I also do some product reviews for different brands.. The other subject that I cover in my blog is dealing with Chronic Pain.     

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I have to admit, though that my blog has a little bit of everything, hence the name FROG Reviews AND Ramblings.  I often think that my blog is more of the ramblings part of my title than anything else.    I have been raising 2 of my grandchildren for almost 2 years now, and while it has been stressful at times, I know that we are blessed to be here for them.   My daughter had a problem with addiction and she knew in her heart of hearts, that leaving the girls here with my husband and I  was best for her girls.   It was right around that time that I started my blog, so I thought ok….what better subject to write about.   

 

granndchildren-pot-of-goldMy other “why” is to maybe help others that are also Grandparents raising Grandchildren.  I pray that my blog is read by other grandparents out there that want to feel connected to those that are raising grandchildren.  After all, we always feel better when we know that somebody else is going through the same things that we are.   I guess it goes back to “misery loves company” idea.     I try to keep my blog light and funny, for the most part but that isn’t always possible, when dealing with some of the subjects I deal with.  For example when you have grandparents raising grandchildren, they are dealing with things like the financial issues that arise, then you have homework all over again, school programs/issues, bullying, doctor appts,dealing with your other children that are jealous of the time you spend with the grandchildren,   These are the things that I write about, and hope that I am helping others to connect on some level with my writings.  Even though that is the main target of my blog, I believe I can reach a large audience of people.   I think that what I write also appeals to mom’s out there raising kids, and mom’s to be.  

 

blogging-quoteAnother “why” I write a blog is to have it profitable at some point, I am not quite there yet.   I do invest funds into my blog on a monthly basis, so I hope to be able to at least earn
that money back  sometime soon.  I am still doing research on that, and how to accomplish that goal.   

 

So that is basically why I write a blog in a nutshell.   I love sharing my story and life with others.   I hope that I am reaching a regular audience with my writings and that they enjoy what they read.

 

NEW YEARS TRADITIONS AND CUSTOMS

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Many years ago, a friend of mine told me that she had to get her laundry done that day, when I called her on New Year’s Eve morning and asked what she was up to that day.  She went on to tell me that if her laundry wasn’t all done by New Year’s Day, that she was sure to never be able to catch up all year.  The funny part about that, is that the comment stuck with me, and so yes every year after that, I make sure that all the laundry in the house is done on New Year’s Eve.  (with a family as large as mine, why chance it?)

It got me to thinking, what other traditions do people follow on New Years, and what is the meaning behind them?    I have done a little research and this is what I have found.

  • People eat cabbage to bring wealth in the New Year, as it is said the green tint represents paper money.
  • Some people eat pork and poultry on New Years.  The logic is that as a chicken stands, he scratches backwards and that symbolizes a return to the old.    Pigs will root their noses forward in the mud or ground and that symbolizes moving on to the New Year.
  • Make sure your salt shaker is full on New Year’s Day, so that you will prosper all year long.
  • Lentil beans symbolize coins, which will also bring wealth in the New Year.
  • Having lots of visitors on New Year’s day, people believe will bring good fortune in the New Year.
  • If the 1st visitor to your home on New Year’s Day is a man, expect good luck.
  • Laundry:  I told you about my tradition with laundry.    Others believe that if you do laundry on New Years, you will have hard work ahead that year.    Some also believe that you will “wash” people out of your life if you do laundry on New Year’s Day.
  • Some people believe the weather on New Year’s Day is indicative of the weather you will have that year.  Ex:  If it is windy , it means there will be floods. / if it is breezy, you will have summer rainfall / no wind, means a dry summer.  These particular beliefs regarding weather date back to Babylon times.
  • Noise Makers on New Year’s Eve, was done to drive away “evil spirits” from the New Year
  • Wearing a mask on New Year’s Eve, was to hide your identity from the “evil spirits”
  • Round Cake, people believe the eating a cake shaped in a round circle with rich ingredients symbolizes bringing things full circle
  • Kissing someone at midnight, means you will have a lavish love life that year
  • If you are working out at midnight, you will have a year of fitness
  • Eat 12 grapes, each one represents a month of the year, and will bring you good luck every month

These are the basics of what I have found.   Some of  the above listed, I follow myself and some I had never heard of.   I believe that traditions are a wonderful thing to pass down to our children.  It is what we hold on to , when we lose loved ones.  I think it is important to carry on with them , and hand down generation to generation.    

Each year, I make Corned Beef and Cabbage and a side dish of Black Eyed Peas with Ham.   My dad always made it on New Year’s Day and that of course is why I do it.  I would always call him on that day, no matter if it had been weeks since we talked or where our relationship was.   I would tell him I was making it and we would talk about when I was little and he made it.   I miss those phone calls, as my dad passed away several years back.   This year I will be making the traditional dishes again and thinking of him  

Do you have any other traditions, beliefs or customs that you follow for New Years?  I would love to hear about them in the comments below!!   

Praying that you have a safe and prosperous New Years Eve!!!

New Years Day and Black Eyed Peas

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When I was little, every year my dad would cook Corned Beef and Cabbage for New Year’s Day   He would also serve Black Eyed Peas, and we all had to have our Black Eyed Peas sometime during the day.   As I got older and started my own family, I decided to carry on that tradition.

I sat here today, thinking oh my….I better get to the store and get my Corned Beef and Black Eyed Peas.   Now I must admit, that I have always done the peas the lazy way, and just bought them in a  can, warmed them up and that was our dish.   I may add a little bacon if I was feeling a little “festive” that day, but for the most part I just cut up some onion and added to the canned peas.   I personally love them, although I can’t say that for the rest of the family.  My hubby likes them as much as I do, however the kids are a different story.  Of course that didn’t stop me from mandating that they ate them each year.    My daughter, Tiffany, always holds her nose and swallows.   She seriously hates them!!  I only require they have a teaspoonful each New Years, so she manages.   This year she is pregnant , so I am curious to see how that goes over.   LOL  My granddaughters have decided that they way their Aunt Tiffany eats the peas is the best way to get through the mandate of having to have their teaspoonful each year.  

I have compiled a list of recipes for you below on how to make Black Eyed Peas from scratch, instead of just buying the boring can at the grocery store.  Several of the recipes call for either ham or sausage.  You may have a ham bone or ham leftover from Christmas, this would be a great way to finish it off and clean out the fridge!

I am hoping to entice my children to WANT to eat them this year, by trying one of these recipes.   I will include a write up about it after New Years and let y’all know how that goes.

A little history on  WHY we eat Black Eyed Peas:

Two popular explanations for the South’s association with peas and good luck dates back to the Civil War. The first is associated with Gen. William T. Sherman’s Union Army’s March to the Sea, during which they pillaged the food supplies of the Confederates. Stories say peas and salted pork were said to be left untouched because of the belief that they were animal food and not fit for human consumption. Southerners considered themselves lucky to be left with some supplies to help them survive the winter, and black-eyed peas evolved into a representation of good luck. In other traditions, it was a symbol of emancipation for African-Americans who had previously been enslaved before the civil war who became free officially on New Year’s Day                        (Per Wikipedia)

I am curious, what does your family eat on New Years Day?  Do you have any food traditions?   Let me know in the comments below so I can see what other families do.   If you chose one of the recipes I included, I would love to hear how that works out for you as well in comments!!!

BLACK EYED PEA RECIPES

Black Eyed Peas with Smoked Sausage

CrockPot Black Eyed Peas with Ham

Black Eyed Peas with Greens

Slow Cooked Black Eyed Peas

Bath and Body Addiction!!!

 

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I have a small confession….I am a Bath and Body addict!!   Many years ago, while I was staying with my little sister on a visit, I used some of her Bath and Body shower gel, and I was instantly in love with their products.  On that same visit, we went to a sale that they were having and I bought so much that I had to purchase another bag to take on the flight home.  That was the beginning of my addiction.

Now, I have to admit, I have no desire to have any kind of intervention or rehab for my addiction.  All I need to know is when the next Semi Annual Sale will be and I can go get my Bath and Body fix!!   The good news…..that sale is happening NOW!!  Twice a year, they have a sale with 75% off the seasons scents, and that is when I go and stock up!!  They also have a ton at 50% off and some great buys on their hand soaps!!      I purchase not only for myself, but for my kids for birthdays, Christmas etc.    The Semi Annual Sale happens in the Summer time and then again, right after Christmas.  I always save enough of my Christmas fund, to go shopping afterwards!!  

I got the email that stated it started on Dec.26th this  year, and guess where I was that afternoon?  Yep, you guessed it….at my local Bath and Body store, along with about 50 other women.     The funny part is that as you walked up to the store, I saw about 5 or 6 men standing around waiting on their wives and girlfriends to come out.   I walked out of the store, I was not able to smell anything but the insane amount of scents that were sprayed and spritzed in the store.   I am not kidding, for over an hour, I kept smelling a variety of Bath and Body scents!   

When I got home and was able to finally smell normally again, I was so excited to unpack all the goodies I had got on my shopping trip!   You see, I only use Bath and Body shower gel , and no longer use any other type of soap while showering. and I always make sure I have enough stock on hand to re stock my bathroom.  In addition , to that I love the lotions and sprays as well, and always have the small portable sizes in my purse.

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Here is the great part though when I totaled up what I had purchased, I had bought 4 shower gels, 2 body sprays and 3 hand soaps and only spent a total of $24.50!!   The retail price on them was $111.50.  So you can see why I love the Semi Annual Sale!!   I get to feed my good smelling addiction AND save money!!    If you are like me and love Bath and Body, click here, and you can go shop for your own deals!!  Be  sure to stock up on your favorite scents!!   

 

If you have used Bath and Body before, please let me know in the comments what your favorite scent is??   My all time favorite is Sweet Pea!!  I have found that there are a few others that I really like, but my list would be too long to put here.  So I will just wait to hear from y’all on what scents you love!

Christmas Morning Casserole

 

christmas-morningI have been making this Casserole for the past 15 years or so and serving it on Christmas morning.  I love the recipe because by the time Christmas morning comes, I am exhausted.   Most of the time I have been up half the night wrapping presents, or when the kids were little, I was putting some type of toy  together.    The last thing I wanted to do on Christmas morning , after cleaning up the chaos of Christmas all over my living room ,was to go in the kitchen and cook a big breakfast.   However, being the mom, I had to feed everybody!!

My older sister had made this one year , many years ago and I fell in love with it!!   You put it together the night before, and put in the refrigerator.   Then on Christmas morning as you are turning the coffee pot on (usually before 5 am in my house, as the kids would never let me sleep past that!) I pull it out and pop it in the oven.  By the time we are all done with gifts, breakfast is done!!    Easy Peasy!!!  Then I can kick back and relax and enjoy the kids and all their new toys…play games, watch the fashion show as they try on their new clothes, etc.

So here is my recipe for Christmas Breakfast Casserole   (of course, the recipe is good for any time of the year!)

  • Ingredients

    • 1 pound ground pork sausage
    • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 4 eggs, beaten
    • 2 cups milk
    • 6 slices white bread, toasted and cut into cubes
    • 8 ounces mild Cheddar cheese, shredded

    Directions

    1. Crumble sausage into a medium skillet. Cook over medium heat until evenly brown; drain.
    2. In a medium bowl, mix together mustard powder, salt, eggs and milk. Add the sausage, bread cubes, and cheese, and stir to coat evenly. Pour into a greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Cover, and chill in the refrigerator for 8 hours, or overnight.
    3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    4. Cover, and bake 45 to 60 minutes. Uncover, and reduce temperature to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Bake for an additional 30 minutes, or until set.

What is your Christmas morning tradition?  Do you have a favorite family recipe?   I would love to hear your input below in the comments!!!