17 December 2014

Christmas Open House, Day 5

Today is our 14th wedding anniversary. We got married at this time of year because it was at the beginning of Christmas break for Mr. Wonderful's school, and he would have a couple of weeks off. But we both love Christmas so much, we probably would've had a Christmas wedding even if school hadn't been a factor. What better way to celebrate our anniversary and Christmas every year than by adding handmade ornaments to our tree!

2008 ornaments, his:

Mine (we were stationed in California at the time... lots of sea otters!):

2009, his:

And mine:

Today's recipe brings us to Christmas brunch. At our house, we open gifts on Christmas Eve, because we're grown-ups and can do whatever we want and because I can't wait 'til Christmas morning. There. It's out there. I can't wait. It's me, not him. Anyway, since all the excitement is on Christmas Eve, our Christmas Day is pretty low-key, and that includes a low-key meal. So we have brunch. All the preparation can be done the day before, which has the added benefit of distracting me from the goodies waiting for me under the tree. If I sound like a six-year-old, it's because when it comes to Christmas, I am. Here's our menu, which I'll be sharing over the next few days:

Southwestern Breakfast Casserole
Spicy Country Potatoes
Fruit Salad with Honey-Lime Syrup
Lemon-Orange Rolls

I came up with this menu, and if I do say so myself, it's scrumptious. It's a lovely balance of spicy, sweet, rich, light, savory, and citrus-y. It's my favorite special occasion meal, and I'm happy to share it with y'all.

Southwestern Breakfast Casserole

6 corn tortillas, cut into 1/2" strips
2 (4 oz.) cans chopped green chilies
1 lb. sausage, cooked and drained
1/4 c. minced onion or fresh to taste
1 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 c. milk
6 eggs
1/2 tsp. EACH: salt, garlic powder, cumin, black pepper
a couple of Roma or Campari tomatoes, sliced

In a greased 8" square baking dish, layer the following: 1/2 the tortilla strips, 1/2 the chilies, 1/2 the sausage, 1/2 the onions, and 1/2 the cheese. Repeat layers. In a bowl, beat with a fork: milk, eggs, and spices until well-mixed; pour over casserole. Top with sliced tomatoes and sprinkle with paprika. If not baking immediately, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes or until set in the center and eggs are lightly browned. Serve with sour cream and salsa, if desired.


Now that we've got the casserole ready, let's stitch! Two very pretty freebies in only one click. They're simple, but I've seen these stitched up in hand-dyed threads and they're beautiful. Be creative and use your favorites!

Merry Christmas, y'all!


  1. Wonderful ornaments! I love that little scottie. squee!

  2. Things have been so busy I am just catching up with your wonderful posts! Lovely ornaments and great food, wish I could be there for real!! Laura

  3. I have been enjoying your open house posts this holiday season! Thank you for the cute freebies, scrumptious recipes and beautiful ornaments! Mary (mloxstitch from 123)

  4. I have really enjoyed seeing your ornaments.

  5. Happy Anniversary wishes to you and your husband! More lovely ornaments!

    Robin in Virginia

  6. I've enjoyed seeing all the ornaments you've posted but holy-moly did that sea otter just steal my heart. He is SO stinking cute!