Posts Tagged ‘breakfast’

Catching up with Christmas (pt. 2)

February 9, 2010

On Christmas Eve, I went to my grandmother’s house for an hour or so before I had to leave for work. I made a holiday punch:

This had 1 jug of Hawaiian Punch (fruit punch), 1 small bottle of Ginger Ale, 1 can of Apple-Pear-Passion Fruit concentrate, sliced oranges, and plenty of ice. It was amazzzing! Best punch I’ve ever made!

I was too busy doing other things, so the punch was all I made. Or maybe I made that mac-n-“cheese”.. I don’t remember. Either way, it was nice to have other people cook my holiday meals for once 🙂

We had dressing (which was awesome), sweet potato casserole with a candied pecan topping, Field Roast Celebration Roast, green bean caserole, and macaroni and cheese.

I didn’t like the Celebration Roast. It’s too grainy. 😦

Oh, wait! I made some Snowball Cookies, too. I just forgot about them.. haha. They’re my favorites!

After work, I went to Jon’s mom’s house for her Christmas party. Jon made us a Christmas-colored stir-fry with red and green bell peppers, Gardein beefless tips, and brown rice. It was good!

My sister sent home some goodies for us, too:

Vegan holiday goodies tray!

She made lemon bars, cranberry bread, candied pecans, and pumpkin (maple?) cookies. I can’t remember exactly what they were, but those cookies were SO FREAKIN’ GOOD.

On Christmas morning, I got up at 5:00 to open my presents. Jon came over at 6:00 and we exchanged gifts.

My Christmas decorations.

Presents!

I started making breakfast around 6:30 or so and finished around 9:00. My sister and her boyfriend came over for breakfast and to exchange gifts around that time, as well.

"Sausage" and "Cheese" Biscuits

Breakfast Potatoes with Peppers and Onions

Scrambled Tofu

Glazed Cinnamon Rolls

Gingerbread Muffins

And that’s that! For lunch, Jon made us Tofurky sandwiches to take to his dad’s family gathering. When we got back that night, we ate a bunch of leftovers from the day before and played a ridiculously long game of Scrabble. I was tired, so I got cranky and made everyone leave so I could go to sleep. Fun times!

Food-related presents I received: Red, scalloped casserole dishes; tealight chaffing dishes; two red and white scalloped dessert pedastals; Cuisinart ice cream maker; and extra mini trifle dishes.

I hope you all had a good holiday season!

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Christmas Morning Breakfast (2008)

December 22, 2009

Christmas is a special day.. Because Christmas is the only day of the year I make cinnamon rolls! After opening presents at 5 am, there’s not really much else left to do that early other than make a huge breakfast, watch the sun come up, and enjoy the rest of the holiday. So that’s what I do.

Last year’s Christmas morning breakfast consisted of The following:

"Sausage" and "Cheese" Biscuits

I used this recipe for the biscuits, Gimme Lean “sausage”, and Toffuti American “cheese”

Scrambled Tofu

Scrambled Tofu

Recipe adapted from Vegan with a Vegeance.

Cheesy Hashbrowns

Shredded potatoes, fried in a skillet with shredded Follow Your Heart cheddar, salt, and pepper.

Cinnamon Rolls

I’ve used this recipe for the past few years, and it gets better every time! There are some other awesome-sounding recipes that would be great for holidays on her blog, so check it out! 😀

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This year I’m thinking about letting go of the cinnamon rolls. I really want to make gingerbread muffins. And if I make muffins, I don’t want to make cinnamon rolls. So I’m trying to figure out what to do. Knowing me, I’ll probably end up making both.. So I don’t know what I’m trying to decide on one for.

I’m also thinking about doing “ham” and “cheese” biscuits this year. Or maybe I’ll have both “ham” and “sausage”. Eh.. I just don’t know I’m still thinking about it.

But there will be scrambled tofu!

I’ve also decided to forget about the hot cocoa mix for my gift baskets. Now I’m debating on wheter or not to include a pancake mix. I’m also debating between regular pancake mix and  gingerbread pancake mix. But I’m already making Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies. So it might be weird to include two gingerbread items.

Do I put too much thought into this?

Oh well. Tomorrow is the big day for cooking! I’m making peanut brittle, chocolate truffles, and the chocolate gingerbread cookies. I kind of want to make sugar cookies, but I’m not sure if I will. Only time will tell.

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I am going to have a ridiculously hectic holiday this year. On Christmas Eve, I’m going to my grandmother’s at 10:30 in the morning for our holiday party. Around 12:00, I have to leave for work. I’ll probably be there until 7:00, and then I’ll be stopping by Jon’s mom’s house for their Christmas party. Hopefully I’ll be on my way home by 8:30 and can spend some time with my mom before getting into bed.

On Christmas Day, I’ll be getting up at 4 or 5 AM to see what Santa brought me. After I open my presents, I’ll be starting on breakfast. Jon will probably be here around 6:30 or so. Breakfast will be around 8:00. Around 12:00, I’ll be going to Jon’s house so that I can go with him and his dad to their family Christmas party, about an hour away. Then I’ll probably be home around 6:00.

Ridiculous.

At least I get to sleep in the next day!

I hope you all have wonderful holidays 🙂

– Andrea

Spooky Breakfast Ideas

October 14, 2009

Halloween-themed food shouldn’t be shunned at breakfast time. There are a lot of quick and easy ways to make a breakfast from the darkside! The quickest way, of course, would be to just change the name of the food 😀 For instance, this morning I had Solid Souls and Ghost Toast for breakfast (aka “cheesy” grits and toast).

Solid Souls + Ghost Toast

Solid Souls + Ghost Toast

More Halloween Breakfast Ideas

Haunted Hashbrowns – if shredded and pan-fried, Fried Maggots
Boo-berry Pancakes – Blueberry Pancakes
Batcakes – Chocolate Pancakes. Use a metal cookie cutter to create bat shapes!
Scary Tofu Scramble – add ketchup for Scrambled Brains
Freaky French Toast – use cookie cutters for spooky shapes!
Scary “Sausages” -or- Decayed Fingers – add a sliver of bell pepper for a finger nail
Soul Cakes (biscuits) with Gruesome Gravy
Shrunken Heads
– Whole baked apples, with a face carved in them
Black as Night Coffee -or-  Coffee from the Darkside
Green Goblin Tea
-or- Sewer Water (green tea)
Kooky Hot Cocoa

And, of course, there is always the amazing choice of having Pumpkin Pancakes!

Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes

Best eaten with pure maple syrup, these beautifully fluffy orange pancakes were made using the recipe in the Vegan Family Cookbook. You could easily make a cute jack-o-lantern face with either cut-up banana slices or margarine.

Pumpkin Pancakes

1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cups white flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 TBSP pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp egg replacer powder
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups soymilk
2 TBSP extra light olive oil
1 cup canned pumpkin

Preheat griddle or skillet to 375, or medium heat. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Stir in soymilk, oil, and pumpkin. Cook pancakes on a lightly oiled griddle or skillet.

Makes about 20 large pancakes.

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I hope you have a wonderfully spooky breakfast tomorrow morning!

– Andrea