Christmas Eve

Today was a great day!  I made sure this week to get all our Christmas shopping done by Thursday, because I had to work Friday the 23rd, and I was determined NOT to go out holiday shopping on Christmas Eve…especially since it fell on a Saturday this year.  I don’t even wanna know how bad that traffic was today.  Greg and I slept in till about 10am, and before we even got out of bed we decided to make today a pajama day.  All we had on our schedule for today was wrap a few gifts and go to our church’s candlelight service at 5pm.  So, we stayed in our pajamas all day, and it was wonderful!!

It’s always been a Graves family tradition for as long as I can remember to eat “Christmas morning casserole” for breakfast.  So, since it was just Greg and I, we decided to make it today and eat it today and tomorrow morning.  Greg LOVED it!  It’s actually really easy too, so it will probably become a “eat it throughout the year” casserole as well.

Here’s what you need:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 pound pork sausage
  • 1 cup Bisquick baking mix
  • 2 cups milk

 Brown the sausage in a pan and drain. 

Mix all ingredients together and pour into a 9×13 in. casserole dish.  (Make sure you spray the dish with Pam and spray liberally! I sprayed as I do most baking dishes and our casserole still stuck).
I also got some help from my little buddy 🙂  This gal is always at my feet!
Back to the casserole.  Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  That’s it! So easy. 

Growing up my mom always prepared the dish on Christmas Eve (covered it and put it in the fridge) and baked it Christmas morning.  Either way, it tastes just as good 🙂

After our day of lounging and gift wrapping, we went to our candlelight service at church.  Both mine and Greg’s family went together.  Our niece was so sweet sitting next to us and she loved the part at the end when the whole congregation lit their candles.  I love the candlelight service.  I love traditional Christmas hymns and the peace that fills my heart being in church singing to God on Christmas Eve.  I would say it’s one of the best parts of my year.

Following the church service, we went over to Greg’s aunts house for a huge Boggs/Callaway/Graves pajama party!  There were about 25 of us (inlcuding my mom, Dwayne and Emily) and we all changed into pajamas for the evening.  (The Boggs family started a tradition a few years ago where they all get matching pajamas each Christmas).  Here’s the Boggs family Christmas 2009…

And here’s the crew this year (aunt Kim and her kids joined in on the matching PJs this year!)

My youngest sister Emily sported an awesome Disney onezie.  Oooooh yes! This is why I love my family….

oh wait, let’s go back to some pre-pajama pics…
We also all played Dirty Santa which was a little chaotic but a lot of fun!  There was a lot of stealing going on, and Evey LOVED handing out presents to everyone.  Bennett had a good time too!  He would laugh every time the rest of us laughed at a particular silly gift.
We all had a good time and I’m excited for more family time tomorrow!  Merry Christmas everyone!
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

famous hashbrown casserrole

First of all, I can’t believe I have not posted this recipe on this blog yet.  It is on my other food blog, The Wooden Spoon, if that counts for anything.  But, still, it needs to make an appearance here, cause it’s just that good if I do say so myself  🙂  One of my oldest college friends is coming into town today for a much needed girls weekend, and I want to cook this for breakfast Saturday morning. I will post more on the weekend fun later, but this post is all about some hashbrown casserole.  It is probably one of my most frequent go-to recipes. I loooove this recipe cause I will pretty much devour the entire casserole in just a few days. I end up eating it breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or just as a quick snack. Yumm! And, it’s one of those dishes that actually tastes a little better (in my opinion) as a leftover, cause it thickens up a little once it’s had a chance to sit in the fridge for a bit.
INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 cans condensed cream of chicken (or cream of mushroom) soup- sometimes I’ll even do one of each
  • 1 1/2 cups (12 oz) sour cream
  • 4 Tbsp butter (divided in half, and softened) – you will use 2 Tbsp here and 2 Tbsp there
  • 1 (2lb) package frozen shredded hashbrowns, thawed
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups corn flakes cereal
  • black pepper
  • garlic salt
  • onion powder

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×13 inch casserole dish.
  • In a large bowl mix the soup, sour cream, 2 Tbsp butter, and hashbrowns. Sprinkle in some black pepper, garlic salt, and onion powder to the mixture (it’s really all just a matter of personal preference, but I have found that more is usually better!)
  • Stir in 3/4 of the cheese. Pour the mixture into the dish and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top, as well as enough corn flakes to thinly cover the top. Then pour 2 Tbsp melted butter over the cornflakes.
  • Bake for 45mins-1 hour until cheese is melted and bubbly. I have made this many many times, and sometimes it takes even longer than an hour to cook, but I have found that it’s very hard to ruin this dish. Unless you just flat out forget about it for 2 hours, I’m pretty sure you can’t over cook this. It may still be a tiny bit soupy when you remove it from the oven, but like I said, as it cools (either sitting out on the counter or in the fridge), it will thicken up.

Enjoy!