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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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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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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Creating a Classy & Creepy Halloween Tablescape

I love love love dressing up my dining room for Halloween! I started doing this about 3 years ago and each year I add a few things here & there. One year I will change it up and do an entirely different theme but for now, I am obsessed with this Classy & Creepy Halloween Tablescape! Black & white is so chic and timeless, It’s hard to get tired of it!

Start with your canvas

I started by purchasing a few yards of fabric at Joanns Fabric store. I was drawn to the black & white stripe and then I created the rest based on that pattern. My table was too long for the 2 yards to cover it entirely, so I strategically placed the fabric down at an angle. From there it’s all about layers! I decided I’d either go with black chargers or large black, plastic plates, when low and behold I found these ADORABLE spider web placemats at Hobby Lobby.

Place settings

I have white plates so that was a no brainer. If you don’t, the dollar store has solid white plates that will work just fine. My salad plates are Royal Stafford. I found them at Home Goods a few years back and they are by far, my favorite piece of this tabelscape!! They add the perfect touch of elegance. I haven’t been able to find them since, but I will link some others that are very similar below.


 


Layering is key

Remember I mentioned ‘layers’ above? The Black Ramekins were purchased on amazon, where I get everything else in my life, ha! I thought they would be the perfect addition to the place setting. I found these cute little black skeletons at the Dollar Tree but you could also fill the ramekins with candy, black & white confetti, ghost peeps, the options are endless!


 

I found these sparkly crows and owls at the Dollar Tree last year and happened to spot them again this year. I set a few on the table and a couple in my chandelier.


Other than that I just threw some black leaves, confetti and an old black frame lying around, and called it good! I think when it comes to Halloween, more is more! haha. In other words, don’t be afraid to layer, layer, layer! Choose your color scheme and have fun with it!

OH! and aren’t these Mummy Apples so fun??

https://www.keepingupwithkaci.com/recipe/3-ingredient-mummy-apples/They’re easy to make as well. Click here for the recipe!

 


And finally, linked below are all the items that I picked out for you, to create your own Classy & Creepy Halloween Tablescape.

Elegant Halloween Chargers.                      

 

Skull Salad plates

 

Black Ramekins

 

 

 Skeleton Hand Goblets

 

 

Skull Goblets with Pitcher

 

 

Black Metal 5 light candle holder

 

 

Black & White Glitter “Spooky” CandleBlack Cloth Napkins

 

Black & White cotton napkins

 

Gingham Dinner Napkins

 

 

Spider Web Treat Stand

 

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3 Ingredient Mummy Apples


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3 Ingredient Mummy Apples
These super simple, 3 ingredient Mummy Apples are the perfect Halloween treat! To make this recipe you'll need your 3 ingredients, bamboo apple sticks, and candy eyes.
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute & 30 seconds
Passive Time 25 minutes refrigeration time
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Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute & 30 seconds
Passive Time 25 minutes refrigeration time
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Instructions
  1. Start by washing & drying your apples.
  2. Place a bamboo apple stick into each apple.
  3. Heat the entire bag of white chocolate chips and the two tablespoons of shortening for 1 minute, stir and heat an additional 30 seconds.
  4. Stir until smooth, dip your apples in the white chocolate then place on a wire rack over a cookie sheet so that excess chocolate can drip.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  6. For the mummy affect: Place the remaining melted chocolate in a sandwich size ziplock bag. Cutting one corner slightly with scissors. Just one small cut will do.
  7. Lay the apple on its side and drizzle white chocolate to make a mummy pattern.
  8. Finally, place the candy eyes on your apple, and go over again with more chocolate
  9. Let chill in the refrigerator an additional 10 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Linked below are the candy eyes and bamboo sticks that I used to make these Mummy Apples! Also linked is a white chocolate chip alternative that will work just fine. Click the pictures to order:)

 

& that's it! I hope you enjoy these 3 ingredient Mummy Apples as much as we did!

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Simple & Sinful Halloween Bark

For me, a big part of the Halloween FUN is getting into the spirit by not only decorating, but making Halloween treats! The ideas are endless! However, October always seems to be a busy month what with soccer every day, drug free week at the kiddos school, my husband and i’s anniversary, the list goes on.. So I’m always looking for quick & yummy Halloween treat ideas. That’s when I decided on this Simple & Sinful Halloween Bark! It really is exactly that! Took only 5 minutes to prepare (not including chill time) and only seconds to devour! hehe.

If you’d like to make your own Simple & Sinful Halloween Bark, all you need is a few ingredients such as 1 bag of semi sweet chocolate chips, candy corn, candy eyes (purchased at your local craft store) & Halloween m&m’s. (Feel free to use whatever Halloween candy you’d like).

 

Start by lining a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Melt your entire bag of semi-sweet chocolate. I like to use the double boiler method for this because it’s super simple. Just bring a small saucepan of water (maybe a 1/3 of the way full) to a boil. Once boiling place a glass mixing bowl over the top of it. The key is to not let the water touch the bottom of your glass bowl. Pour your chocolate chips into the glass bowl and stir for about 5 minutes until completely melted.

 

Next, pour your chocolate onto your parchment paper and try to manouver in a rectangle fashion like picture below..

 

Now for the fun part! Add your toppings as you wish and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, until completely chilled. If you have kiddos, let them do the toppings! They will love it!

 

Once your bark is completely chilled, simply break it apart into small pieces and enjoy!

Easy peasy and super cute!

 

I promise you, if you’re a chocolate fan, this wont last a day in your house! What’s your families go-to Halloween treat?? Please share in the comments below! 🙂

The Perfect Banana Bread

I don’t know about you guys, but I love love love a warm piece of banana bread with my coffee on these nice cooler mornings. In fact who am I kidding, I love TWO pieces of banana bread with my coffee..ha!

The Perfect Banana Bread

However, it can be quite tricky trying to find a great recipe. The perfect banana bread to me is packed full of banana flavor, (you’d be surprised how many I’ve tried that don’t even taste like banana). It also needs to be moist & dense, but not soggy. It’s a tricky feat my friends. But don’t you worry, I’ve done all the footwork for you and I think that I’ve found the PERFECT banana bread. Go ahead, make it yourself.. I promise you’ll agree!

The key to the perfect banana bread is very very ripe, almost brown, bananas. If your bananas aren’t quite ready yet, place them in a 300 degree oven, on a cookie sheet for about 30 minutes or so. Let cool, then peel. The banana’s skin will be black but thats okay, the bananas will be perfectly “ripe” and ready for your bread!

 

The Perfect Banana Bread
Recipe type: Bread
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
 
Ingredients
  • 2 C. all purpose flour
  • ¼ t. salt
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1¼ C. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ C. vegetable oil
  • 2 T. milk
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 3 ripe, mashed bananas
Instructions
  1. Start by preheating your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Combine your egg, sugar & oil and stir until smooth.
  3. Mix your flour, baking soda & salt then add to your egg mixture. The mixture will be thick.
  4. Now add your vanilla, milk, and mashed bananas. Stir until well combined.
  5. Spray your loaf pan with non stick spray, and add your mixture.
  6. Bake for 55-65 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Enjoy!
Notes
OPTIONAL:
You can add ½ C. of the following if you'd like
Chopped walnuts, chopped pecans, chocolate chips or even peanut butter morsels! Change it up however you'd like:)