Food for Friday

Okay, rest of the world, I did not know that chickens could lay GREEN eggs .. I did not.  But they are lovely!  I purchased a dozen home-grown eggs from one of the associates here at the store, and they are really too pretty to crack open.  I feel like I want to blow them out and preserve them .. but she’s told me the shells are a lot harder than store-bought egg shells, so my chances of success are slim and none.

One of her lovely ladies likes to lay a BIG brown egg each day, too.  It just makes me happy to look at the beautiful colors in my carton.  In honor of these extraordinary eggs that have come into my life, I have to share a recipe that calls for eggs, don’t I?

Christmas mornings, my family used to rush around opening presents and then race to put together breakfast before everyone died of starvation .. you know how that is when you’re roused before dawn for the fun!  We finally had a good thought between us and began doing breakfast casseroles that we put together the night before and just pop in the oven on Christmas morning – and it’s wonderful.  The food is ready at about the same time all the wrappings have been rounded up, and there’s less to clean up before preparations for The Big Meal begin.

Here is a sister publication to the last 3-in-1 I shared,  filled with more recipes submitted by some of your favorite brand names.  The Church Potluck, Sunday Suppers, & Bake Sale collection is another feast for the eyes as well as the dinner table!  I’ve picked a breakfast casserole from the Brunch for a Bunch section that is a play on one of my favorites, French Toast.

Aunt Marilyn’s Cinnamon French Toast Casserole

1 large loaf French bread, cut into 1-1/2 inch slices
3-1/2 C milk
9 eggs
1-1/2 C sugar, divided
1 T vanilla
1/2 t salt
6 to 8 medium baking apples, such as McIntosh or Cortland, peeled & sliced
1 t ground cinnamon
1/2 t ground nutmeg
Powdered sugar (optional)

Place bread slices in greased 13×9-inch glass baking dish or casserole.  Whisk milk, eggs, 1 C sugar, vanilla & salt in large bowl until well blended.  Pour half of mixture over bread.  Layer apple slices over bread.  Pour remaining half of egg mixture over apples.  Combine remaining 1/2 C sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in small bowl; sprinkle over casserole.  Cover & refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Bake uncovered 1 hour or until eggs are set.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Makes 6-8 servings.

In the picture, the serving is garnished with a mix of red and blue berries for a very festive presentation on a Christmas-green plate.  It’s making me look forward to Christmas morning already – which is only about 105 days away, people!  That’s only three-and-a-half months already – my favorite time of the year!

I guess I can’t hang on to my beautiful eggs forever, I’m going to have to enjoy the insides as well as the outsides.  Maybe I’ll try slicing them open with an exacto so I can glue them back together, covering the seam with a bit of cheery (and likely glittered!) ribbon.  Sounds about right.

Have a grand weekend – the Shades of the Past car show is on, and we’ve been enjoying the parade past the courtyard all week!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

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