As much as I love holiday evening festivities (sparkly dresses, champagne, cheese plates!) I think I love holiday mornings even better. Family gathered around the kitchen, pj pants and fuzzy socks, nibbling on leftover desserts from the night before, filling up coffee cups one by one, planning the day ahead…yes, that’s my favorite.
Our holiday mornings traditionally involve a baked blueberry french toast. My mom or aunt will make it the night before, let it soak overnight, then pop it in the oven as everyone is coming downstairs in the morning. It’s one of the best smells to wake up to. I’m partial to the blueberry (I’m a sucker for traditions), but I also love this sweet pumpkin pecan version I made recently too. It’s a chinch to make so you won’t be spending whole a lot of extra time cooking (better spend that time watching movies with your cousins). I’m thinking this is perfect breakfast for the morning after Thanksgiving or Christmas…especially served up with a side of bacon and hot coffee.
Pumpkin Pecan French Toast
- 1 baguette, sliced
- 7 large eggs
- 2 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or a combination of cinnamon and nutmeg)
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 3-4 tablespoons brown sugar for topping
- 1 cup chopped pecans for topping
- Slice day-old baguette into 1-inch thick slices. Line a large baking dish with slices.
- In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, pumpkin puree and spices until well combined. Pour mixture over bread and push down with your hands until it’s all soaked and mostly covered. Cover with saran wrap or lid and refrigerate overnight.
- In the morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees, uncover and top with brown sugar, additional cinnamon and pecans. Bake for about 40 minutes or golden brown and no longer wet. Serve immediately for breakfast or with a scoop of ice cream for dessert.
Punch things up this holiday season with some sparkle and suede. Just a few special things that have caught my eye…even if I am a few weeks early. Also, I’m totally spiking the punch bowl at Christmas this year.
Happy (finally!) Friday! I can’t thank everyone enough for the sweet comments and wonderful feedback from my apartment tour on the Everygirl yesterday. You all seriously made my week and I’m beyond excited to share my home with you. Thanks a million!
As we head into yet another very busy holiday weekend (I have two parties, a pizza making class, a brunch, a dessert date, and somehow have to get some shopping and baking down in between!) I just wanted to share a few of my favorite snapshops about life lately. If you’d like to see more, follow me on instagram!
cinnamon roll cupcakes – i’ll share the recipe next week!
writing holiday cards early on a weekend morning
an amazing 8-year old lilac tulle tutu-inspired skirt from anthropologie I forgot I had
my little holiday bar set up with my beautiful new menorah and pink tinsel tree.
my new favorite plaid shirt (in red) dressed up with a sparkly cardigan and my bauble bar twitter handle necklace
vintage pink ORNAMENTS from a little shop in my hometown in new jersey
not so holiday related, but this is one of my favorite parts of my apartment that didn’t make the everygirl feature. i love the vintage vogue cover, watercolor prints, and cb2 exclamation point vase.
Just a few more random things I have my eye on that would make great holiday gifts. Have you done all of your shopping yet? I’m WAY behind. Must find some time this weekend in between cooking classes, holiday parties, brunches and coffee with girlfriends to finish up gifts for my family and bake just a few more Christmas cookies.
I’m digging this refreshing color combo for holiday decorating. Also, take off those tights and indulge in some creamy mint ice cream while you can – enjoy this strange but beautiful December weather!
ice cream // city style