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Those of you who know me well, know that our family doesn’t have one Christmas dinner we have two!  

Our first is on Christmas eve with my family and the second is on Christmas day with my hubby’s family.  Each dinner equally amazing and each get together equally Christmas, since my family still celebrates on our traditional Christmas eve.  

The evening affair is very German with real live candles on the tree, hence the blue cabbage and other European style dishes such as rabbit or goose.  The Christmas day affair still reminiscent of the Mexican culture and heritage of my husbands family.

So to complicate things, we have two menus.  I’ve already posted the Christmas eve menu planner I had started and it’s grown into a Pot Luck of sorts with several of us bringing different items from the menu to the celebration.

The Christmas day menu has developed over the last couple of weeks into an interesting menu of Tamales, beans, spanish rice, pozole and fresh tortillas.  

My oldest daughter has found a tamale maker that will create tamales using the wild game her ‘hunter’ will provide.  

I have to admit this will be the first menu of it’s type since my husbands mother passed away several years ago.  A bit sentimental for me and, I’m sure, for the rest of us.


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As a pastor’s wife I have the blessing of being close to some very special ladies. And, I get to have them over for brunch, which I did just a few days ago. It was such fun and we savoured wonderful foods. So, I decided that my first food post would include the recipes I prepared for the event.

I had, only a few days before, been lucky enough to be watching Ina Garten and she was having a couple of girlfriends over for bed and breakfast. Her recipes sounded so wonderful I was convinced that this would be the menu for our brunch.
Breakfast Bread Pudding

Maple Roasted Bacon

Garlic Herb Tomatoes

Pomegranate Breakfast Soda

So is your mouth watering yet?

I had some trouble finding a fresh Brioche for the Breakfast Bread Pudding so I made one from scratch (recipe below.) The result was a wonderful, warm, bread with an aroma that filled the house with comfort and joy and I hardly was able to contain myself from slathering it with butter and chowing down the whole thing; forgetting I needed it for the BB Pudding. But reality returned, I repented of the lust of my flesh and the loaf was spared such a tragic ending.

After the brunch the girls went home and told on me to their hubbies who in turn sent some kudos my way. I was flabbergasted when I was equated to Emeril. That was a first! Naturally, I couldn’t take credit. Thank my Lord and thanks to Ina for making my day!

My Brioche Recipe
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup warm milk
2 pkgs. active dry yeast
4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup plus 2 Tbls butter
4 eggs
1 egg yolk beaten

Stir sugar into warm milk and sprinkle with yeast. Let stand 5 minutes or until the surface is frothy. Stir gently to moisten any dry particles remaining on top. Sift flour and salt into a large bowl. Melt butter; cool slightly. Lightly beat butter and eggs into yeast mixture Pour into flour mixture, combining to make a dough. On a floured surface, knead dough until smooth. Cover and let rise in a warm place 30 minutes. Grease loaf pan.

Knead risen dough lightly to deflate and form into a loaf. Place on a greased cookie sheet or pan. Brush with egg yolk and let rise in a warm place 15 mins. Preheat oven to 425˚ (220c) Bake 15-20 minutes or until risen and golden brown. Cool on rack and enjoy!

Proverbs 31:23-26, 28-31 Our husbands deserve our love, time and attention. We have promised our best to our leadership responsibilities but we have promised our lives to our husbands.

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