Friday, December 24, 2010

Best Brunch Recipe

I'm all ready for tomorrow.
The brunch table has been set.
The food has been prepared.
The gifts are wrapped and waiting.
There is much joyful anticipation in the house.
And as soon as my little biscuit is up from his nap we'll head over to my parents.
Christmas Eve to me is the most magical night of the year.
Ever since I was a little girl, I loved this night.
My Mum makes everything beautiful, the house will smell delicious, and we will have
all sorts of long standing family traditions.

Once we had children I began hosting Christmas Day brunch for my side of the family.

Here's the menu for tomorrow... 

Spinach & Cheese Strata
Herbed Potatoes
Berry Salad
Cinnamon & Pecan Coffee Cake

The strata is my absolute favorite of favorite brunch dishes. 
It looks, smells, and tastes amazing.

I look forward to setting the table each year too. 
 Antique linen napkins bought with my Mum from an antique excursion in Kentucky years ago
wrapped in jingle bell holders I bought to entertain Andrew when he was a baby, 
a little tin Santa in an airplane that was in Andrew's very first Christmas stocking,
our wedding china & crystal,
antique silver flatwear that my parents gave to us at our engagement party
& a centerpiece made with greens from our own yard.
This year I added four little bottle brush trees bought
at a favorite local home accessory store called Details. 
(Barb - don't the trees look cute!!?) 

I probably won't post for a few days.
So Merry Christmas to all you dear friends & readers.
Enjoy your families. make precious memories and have peace and love in your hearts!

Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God
In the highest:
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord


  1. Merry Christmas! Your table looks beautiful! How woderful that you have everything all ready in advance, that will allow you to relax tonight and tomorrow morning and enjoy the festivities! I'll be hosting Christmas brunch tomorrow too. Our menu is a breakfast casserole, hashbrown casserole, sweet rolls, sausage balls and fruit and sparkling grape juice, teas and coffee.

  2. Everything looks so beautiful! Have a very Merry Christmas!

    ho ho ho,

  3. Your table setting was gorgeous! The menu sounded like heaven. I wish I could have sat at your table.

    Amy R.

  4. Tessa- This post and your music filled me with such a sense of calmness and happiness. Your Christmas table looks so beautiful. (Are those Waterford champagne flutes? They look just like mine!)

    What a wonderful tradition to have your family over. Savor these days!

    Happy Holidays!


  5. a beautifully set table. Merry Christmas!!!

  6. Your table is lovely... Look forward to visiting you more!

  7. That looks so pretty! Merry Christmas!

  8. oh, i'm writing that menu and recipe down....looks gorgeous!