This is the first year that Blair and I will celebrate Christmas without family. It's a bittersweet time, for sure. We deeply miss our family, at all times, but especially around the holidays. Yet we are excited to figure out how WE want to celebrate.
Last night we sat down and tried to come up with traditions that we wanted to keep or some we might want to start. We wrote everything down in a big brainstorming session...and will pick and choose our favourites. *I would LOVE to hear your favourite holiday traditions!! Please share them with me in the comments section. We might just "steal" them for our own. :) *
One thing we really didn't know what to do with was Christmas Eve breakfast. Surprisingly, both of our families had the exact same Christmas morning sausage/egg casserole while we were growing up. So we will definitely be continuing that one! But Christmas Eve breakfast stumped us. Neither one of our families did anything specific. Always special, yes. But nothing that really repeated year after year. So we were stumped.
And of course, we didn't start brainstorming until bed time last night. That makes our options limited based on the on-hand ingredients in the house (which, for us, is not all that much). Blair suggested pancakes...which is our easy go-to "fancy" breakfast. I was fine with pancakes, but I wanted to somehow spruce them up to make them festive. More brainstorming....aka not sleeping.
Here's what I came up with:
I doubt it will become a tradition...at least until we start having kids. But we had fun with all the festivity. :)
Chocolate Peppermint Walnut Flax Seed Pancakes - Snowman Style
Krusteaz Pancake Mix (we went simple instead of making our own batter)
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Organic Golden Flax Seed
Semi-sweet chocolate chips
Candy corn, leftover from Halloween
Sugar-free maple syrup (not pictured)
This is so unlike me if I'm preparing for a blog post, but I didn't measure anything. So sorry. I just kind of mixed everything together until it "looked right".
Then we scooped 1/2 cup of batter onto the griddle, and 1/4 batter directly above. Once that was ready, flip (making sure to flip both the top and bottom simultaneously so they stay together).
When they are almost ready to be pulled off, add two chocolate chips to the small pancake for "rock eyes". Also place the candy corn on for a "carrot nose". Then add three chocolate chips to the big pancake for "coal buttons".
Pull it off the griddle (again, top and bottom simultaneously) and plate it.
Sprinkle powdered sugar over it, to create a "snowy" effect.
Then cut your fried egg in half and place it around the neck as a "scarf".
We also topped with sugar free maple syrup (not pictured).