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Hi there!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas holiday!  We certainly did.  It was fantastic to spend good quality time with our loved ones.  It was all hustle and bustle – no rest involved, but we loved every second of it.

We hosted Christmas day brunch at our house this year.  Here are the pictures to prove it …

 

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Our pre-brunch munchies included an appetizer tray with cheese, crackers, grapes, avocado-bean salsa, homemade tortilla strips, as well as Craving Ellie cookies (more on this below), spiced almonds, mimosas and a Bloody Mary bar.

 

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Our brunch included baked coconut french toast with a tropical fruit compote, mini quiche and fruit salad (supplied by my fab MIL!  Thanks Ma!!)

 

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The french toast was by far the most fabulous.  I used a Cooking Light recipe, found here.  I made a few changes to the original recipe, including the following:

  • Used multi-grain french bread
  • Less sugar all around – only 2 tbsp. of raw turbinado sugar in the compote and a scant 1/3 cup in the french toast
  • Added 1/2 tbsp. cinnamon to the french toast
  • Used frozen mango in the compote and substituted mandarin oranges for the papaya
  • I added raw sliced almonds to the top along with the shredded coconut

Trust me on this one … it was SO good.  Plus it’s a make-ahead recipe, so it can’t get any easier than that!

 

Cheesin' it up!

Cheesin' it up!

 

See my new Crock-Pot in the background … oh yeah.  A humongous 7-quart pot.  Mama’s got some cookin’ to do. 

 

Devin pretending he's excited about his new SOCKS!

Devin pretending he's excited about his new SOCKS!

Kitty ready to open her prez ... like the Scooby sticker?!

Kitty ready to open her prez ... like the Scooby sticker?!

 

And now to what you have all been waiting for, the CEiMB recipe o’ the week, Triple Chocolate Cookies, hosted by The Feast Within.  The link to Gabi’s site will also show you her modified recipe.  Her modifications included the addition of baking soda and baking powder.  Strangely, Ellie’s original recipe didn’t include either of these items.

 

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The only change I made was to substitute the 1/4 cup canola oil for 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce.  Yep, I was attempting to go for uber healthy with this one.

 

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The result was perfectly little puffed cake-like cookies.  Very soft and moist in the middle with a slightly crisp edge.  I  think the addition of applesauce is what made the texture cakey, but to me, it was a welcome change.  I thought they were pretty darn tasty … very, very chocolatey. 

 

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Alrighty tighty, time for me to motor.  We actually have a few things we need to exchange at the mall and since we are feeling brave this morning, we are planning to head out.  Hopefully the lines won’t be too long.  Yikes.  Makes me cringe in my skin just thinking about it.

Hope you are all doing well!  I’m going to do my bestest to catch up on everyone’s holiday to-do’s over the weekend. 

Have a great Saturday!

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