How to create a North Pole Breakfast

Our very favorite Christmas tradition, our North Pole Breakfast!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

Elf on The Shelf

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last several years, you’ve probably heard of The Elf on The Shelf! Our Elf’s name is Elfie. Original, right? ha! He arrives each year sometime between the day after Thanksgiving and December 2nd. In other words, he arrives when mom gets around to finding him, and mentally preparing myself for hiding him in fun and creative places night after night. I know some of you mamas relate with me on that one?! haha!

The thing we look forward to most with our Elfie, is the North Pole breakfast that he arrives with! Now each year is different. If you are very organized with your Elf’s arrival, then you can have your Elf arrive with it each year. As I mentioned before, I’m not very organized with our Elf, so some years he arrives with it, and others he brings the special North Pole Breakfast a week later. My kids don’t seem to mind.

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

What exactly is a North Pole Breakfast?

 A North Pole Breakfast is a a breakfast that our Elf on the Shelf brings with him, sets up himself and brings/ makes, a decadent breakfast primarily consisting of sugary treats and lots of Christmas decorations. Now, I know what you’re thinking, why should the Elf get all the credit? If this is your mindset, by all means, start this tradition as something that YOU create! You will receive  all the praise and your kiddos will not enjoy it any less! OR this can be a tradition sent from the big guy himself, Santa! Whatever you decide on, start this tradition this year! Your kiddos will LOVE it and have these memories forever!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

What to Serve

Last year I bought Kellogg French toast sticks and this year I went with their mini pancakes. They’re super convenient for this kind of thing because all you need to do is warm them up in the microwave. I found the little Santa picks at Target & made cute little pancake stacks!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

One thing we always make sure to have is these powdered sugar donuts.

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

Another favorite was this strawberry jello with whipped cream & sprinkles!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

MY personal favorite is the hot cocoa bar that Elfie sets up!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

I picked up the cute little Christmas mugs at Target last year. Made some hot cocoa spoons simply by melted semi sweet chocolate chips, dipping a white plastic spoon in it, topping each with broken candy cane or sprinkles, and letting them lay flat to dry. Then you can use them to stir your cocoa! Also included in the hot cocoa bar, marshmallows, pretzel sticks, and candy cane sticks! The kiddos grabbed their mugs, I poured warm water in each, the emptied their cocoa packets and added their desired toppings. Now is that fun or what?!

I also like to serve some sort of fruit variation. Last year I made a fruit “Christmas tree” with apples & raspberries, using raisins for the trunk, then a cheese, star, tree topper!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

The year before last I served these little fruit cups in Christmas cupcake liners. Ultimately, think of items you can prepare the night before or quietly the morning of. Go with easy finger type foods that won’t take a lot of work or make a lot of noice to whip up. After all, you don’t want to go to all of this trouble then ruin the surprise!

Extra Special

A few of the details that helped make this North Pole Breakfast so special..

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

We have a small collection of Christmas books so it’s awfully special that our Elf always bring a little present with him and what is it you ask? Well, a Christmas book to add to our collection, of course!

These Christmas plates were found at Target. They match the hot cocoa mugs.

The “tablecloth” is actually just two yards of fabric that I picked up at Joann’s Crafts and folded in half.

The pretty decorative stars that I have hanging from my chandelier were a Target dollar spot find.

Chair covers, food platters & napkins were found at the Dollar Tree.

For quick & easy shopping, I found some very similar options to help you plan your very own North Pole Breakfast!


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Holiday Cheese Ball with Cranberries & Pecans

The Holidays have arrived and entertaining season is in full swing! The last few years I have found myself looking for the quickest, easiest dishes with the least amount of ingredients. However often those requirements don’t always produce the prettiest never mind the tastiest, of dishes. This Holiday Cheese Ball with Cranberries and Pecans is not only quick & easy, it’s decadent and sooo delicious!


Isn’t it gorgeous?!

This holiday cheeseball with cranberries & pecans can be served with your favorite crackers, thinly slices apples or toasted baguette! And get this..4 ingredients is all you’ll need!!

You’ll notice I surrounded my cheeseball with the leftover cranberries & pecans for extra goodness with each bite! Totally optional..but highly suggested, haha!

Holiday Cheese Ball with Cranberries & Pecans
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Recipe type: Appetizer
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The perfect Holiday appetizer sure to impress your guests!
Ingredients
  • 1 8 oz. brick of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 T. chopped green onion
  • 1¼ C. raisins, divided between 1 cup & ¼ cup
  • ½ C. chopped pecans, divided between 2¼ cups
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl mix together your room temperature cream cheese, green onions, ¼ cup craisins, ¼ cup of chopped pecans
  2. Roll your mixture into a ball
  3. Mix together your remaining 1 cup of craisins & ¼ cup chopped pecans
  4. You can either roll your cheeseball into the mixture or gently push the mixture into the cheeseball, covering the entire ball
  5. Serve with your favorite crackers, thinly sliced apples or sliced baguette!
 

 

Grandma’s Pecan Pie

Grandma’s Pecan Pie is just that! My husband’s grandma Gloria’s delicious pecan pie recipe. To be completely honest, I had never been much of a pecan pie fan until I married my husband and tried his grandma’s pie. It is the perfect amount of chewy & gooey and also that little crunch from the whole pecans! My husband adores this recipe so it didn’t take long once we were married for me to realize that this pie was the key to his ‘holiday heart’! hehe.

The perfect Crust

Grandma Gloria doesn’t specify what kind of crust you should use but personally I usually go with the store bought-2 pack of roll-out crust and I’ve never had any complaints! I purchased these adorable little pastry cutters from Amazon and use them every year for my pies! I highly recommend purchasing your own if you plan on baking for Thanksgiving.

The trick is to make an egg wash and lightly brush each leaf bottom with your mixture then gently place your leaves around the border of your pie. The egg wash will act as a glue.

Isn’t that absolutely gorgeous?!

Once you’ve placed your leaves just how you like them, brush your leaves with the remaining egg wash to result in a beautiful golden border.

Also, I highly recommend chilling your pie once it’s completely cooled. The first time I made this pie I was so disappointed to find it mushy and almost soggy. I called Grandma Gloria right away and she explained to me that I needed to let it chill. She suggested that I lightly cover it and let it set in our garage (some place cool) over night. Sure enough, the next time I made her pie I used her tip and it was perfection!  If you don’t want to place it in your garage, the refrigerator will do the trick.

Here are the items that I used In this post to achieve a beautiful version of Grandma’s Pecan Pie!

Autumn Pastry Cutters

 

Emile Henry Pie Dish

 

Pastry Brush

 

Marble Rollin Pin

 

 

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Grandma's Pecan Pie
The most delicious and decorative pecan pie you will ever enjoy!
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Ingredients
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place one of your pie crusts in your greased pie dish, and the other on a floured surface
  2. Beat 1 egg with 1 tablespoon of either milk water to create an egg wash and set aside
  3. Use your leaf pastry cutters to cut out your leaves and place them around your pie crust border, using a pastry brush & your egg wash, brush a little of you egg wash on the bottom of your leaf to act as a glue
  4. When you've created your border with all of your cut out leaves, set your pie aside
  5. In a large bowl combine your pecans, 5 eggs, sugar, corn syrup, vanilla extract and melted butter
  6. Add your pecan mixture to your pie crust and use remaining egg wash to brush your leaves to achieve a golden color
  7. Bake at 425 for 10 minutes ten minutes then reduce heat to 325 and bake for an additional 40-45 minutes or until your pie is set
  8. Give your pie several hours if not over night to set, otherwise you will have gooey pie slices!
Recipe Notes

After 20 minutes of baking, check your pie for golden leaves. If they're starting to crisp and turn color, I suggest covering the edges with some foil to prevent a burnt border! Just tear small rectangles of foil and place them gently around the edge of your border.

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