At this time of year, there is so much going on — so many parties and special holiday events. So much fun, but in all of the festivities it sometimes becomes difficult to make time to see the people who count the most. I always wonder how to get together with family or friends that are like family without sacrificing another night, when there is so much going on at night.
So I decided to invite my nearest and dearest to a brunch last Saturday. It was scheduled for noon — but no one showed up until nearly 2pm. Young families and young adults have a lot going on! But I had chosen dishes that were delicious and easily held until everyone was ready to eat. Hawaiian French Toast is perfect because most of the work is done the night before and the dish is baked. I served sausage alongside it and some store bought quiche and fruit. Super easy. And my cousin brought Xmas candy for dessert. Such a great and warm afternoon.
This is also a recipe that is easily adaptable and would be great for other day’s when you have a group gathered, like for Christmas or New Years Day!
It’s just 2 cups of milk, 4 eggs , a sprinkle of cinnamon and a dash of vanilla extract., all mixed together. Slice a loaf of bread into thick slices, place in a baking dish and pour the egg and milk mixture over it. Let sit over night in fridge. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. Serve with warm maple syrup and enjoy!
Do you still have holiday shopping to do? We still have some lovely sale items from our Factory Sale at our Watsonville Store. Come shop now through Sunday, December 22nd while supplies last! (Remember, our Factory sale items are final sale only — no returns or exchanges.)
And another great idea for for a hostess or holiday gift — some local Santa Cruz wines from award winning local vineyards. You can find a selection from our Watsonville studio tasting bar. Taste while you shop. There are wines to suit every palate and wallet. 4 tastings for $6, 8 tastings for $12.
Here is our current lineup of wines that you can taste and purchase:
Malvasia del Fiore – $16
A lovely fresh and perfumed wine, excellent for cocktail time and desserts, an Annieglass favorite
Joullian Chardonnay – $22
100% estate fruit in Carmel Valley. Crisp apple and hazelnut flavors
Joullian Cabernet – $28
Lovely structure and echoes of top Bordeaux
Scott Family Chardonnay – $19
Balanced, smooth and utterly drinkable
Scott Family Pinot Noir – $24
Silky and aromatic, raspberries and cola flavors
Heron Pinot Noir – $18
Elegant structure with classic forest floor and cola flavors and aromas
Selby Old Vine Zinfandel – $21
Defined flavors of dark raspberry, clove and chocolate. Dessert, anyone?
Graham Beck Brut – $16
A delectable and classic sparkling wine that mimics French Champagne, fine bubbles and clean style
Holiday Tours and Pours hours
Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 22
Tours at 11:30 and 2:00
Wine tasting: 12:00 to 4:30
Please note, our Watsonville store will be closed over the holidays, from Friday, December 27th through the New Year. We reopen Friday, January 3rd
The usual debate about Christmas trees is fresh versus fake. But an increasing number of stylish bloggers and DIYers are taking things into their own hands and creating their own tree replacements. It’s a great alternative to a traditional tree for a small space and also a way to decorate with a tree even if you spend the holidays away — you don’t have to worry about the tree drying out while you are gone! And it’s a way to be creative as well as both budget and eco-friendly.
Some ways to create a tree of your own:
Create a tree shape on your wall with cork board tiles. You can get pretty silver and gold pushpins, and use them to attach your favorite ornaments, and also tack up Christmas cards.
Tape a large sheet of craft paper on the wall and draw a tree on it. You can make it special by having each member of your family and everyone who comes to visit draw an ornament.
Some interesting idea from others:
CURBLY has directions to make this fun tree from foam core board and tissue paper.
INSTRUCTABLES has directions for a Makedo Cardboard Christmas tree.
A MERRY MISHAP made this lovely tree of lights
TATTERED STYLE turns a ladder into a Christmas tree
BRIT + CO shows how to create a wall of trees using only washi tape
We all get into the holiday spirit here — even the pups!
LITTLE GREEN NOTEBOOK is crafting a DIY Children’s Flannel Story Board
REMODELISTA is making DIY: Wooly Napkin Rings
HOW ABOUT ORANGE has a roundup of beautiful ornaments you can make from paper
BLOESEM LIVING has some free wrapping paper downloads
OH JOY has extra ordinary ornaments made from everyday items
A SUBTLE REVELRY is making ornaments from Post-its
A BEAUTIFUL MESS is making Peppermint Bark Petit Fours
SPOON FORK BACON has instructions for unique Champagne simple syrups
APARTMENT THERAPY has some cool DIY gifts for teachers
SAVEUR has a round up of edible gifts to make
MODERN DOG MAGAZINE shows how-to make personalized dog tags