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Even though we went to bed late last night, we quickly stirred early this morning for presents!

As all good parents do, we let Puppyface open her stockings and present first.

She was very, very happy. 🙂 Now our stockings! We both look so sleepy.

The goods! I love Combos. Seriously love them.

Giant Toblerone and beer.

The carnage. We never wrapped stocking stuffers in my house, but it is the way they do it in the J household, so that’s what we do.

Onto the big goods!

An excellent Christmas all around! After presents, we ate our traditional Christmas breakfast. Our first year together, I stumbled on this recipe to have for Christmas morning and it stuck. We’ve had it every Christmas since.

I love it because it feels fancy and decadent, but you can whip it up the day (or even two days) before and all you have to do on Christmas morning is pop it in the oven. Easy peasy!

Apple Raisin French Toast Strata

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1/2 loaf cinnamon raisin bread, cut into 1/2″ thick slices
2 tbsp. butter
1 large Granny Smith apple, sliced thin
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1/4 c. raisins
1/2 c. chopped pecans
4 oz. cream cheese
3 eggs
3/4 c. half and half cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. maple syrup

Layer half of the bread in a greased square baking dish. In a skillet, over medium heat, melt butter. Add apples, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Cook until apples are softened and sauce thickens, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat and add raisins, pecans and cream cheese. Stir until cream cheese is melted and well-incorporated. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, vanilla and maple syrup. Assemble strata by layering half the apple mixture over the bread, then the rest of the bread and then top with the remainder of apple mixture. Pour egg mixture over entire strata. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Bake at 325° for 45-50 minutes. Serve with a hefty dose of maple syrup. Serves 4.

I used local cinnamon raisin bread, but any cinnamon bread would work. But man, this stuff is goooooood!

Layer.

Cook.

Mix.

Whisk.

Layer (again).

Pour.

Refrigerate.

Bake, pour and yum.

Babyface is now playing Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii (a unpictured gift) and I might just go take a nap with my new sleep mask. Happy Sunday!

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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12 Responses
    1. COMBOS ARE AMAZING. They are like a pill pocket, some made out of pretzel and some cracker. And filled with lots of different flavors, cheddar, nacho, pepperoni. They are pretty much 100% chemical and 100% delicious.

  1. Eden

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful Christmas with us!!!!!! Those gifts are all AWESOME! Did you make your hubby’s scarf? That’s a genius idea to sew a scarf together from fun fabric squares! I might steal your idea, if that’s ok 😉

    I’m fighting some awful flu-thing and I’ve felt too nauseous to eat anything. But dang, that french toast looks reeeeeallly good! Those gorgeous pictures are actually bringing my appetite back! Thank you!

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