Category Archives: Holidays

Family Holiday Cards // Minted

December 27, 2016

Personalized Holiday Cards from Minted

We did our Holiday cards again this year with Minted, and I just loved how they turned out!  This year I chose their beautiful gold foil cards called the Amazing Frame Gold Foil Cards.  I was so busy this holiday season with catching up on work, being a mom, and an unfortunate ordeal with a dress order that held our family photos back for weeks.  The bottom line is, I wish there were just a few more weeks in the month of December! Anyone else feel that way?

But, I couldn’t skip the chance of sending out Holiday cards!  It is one of my favorite traditions, and I love to see all of our friends and families come in the mail as well!

I think that some of us may think that if we don’t send out Christmas cards, then we are too late, but Holiday cards or New Year’s cards are perfectly acceptable to send out!  So, if you were on the fence because you may be too late this year, or running behind like I was, don’t worry about it!  I know your loved ones will love to see your smiling faces in the mail!  There’s just something about getting snail mail, am I right?!
I love that Minted offers the service to address your cards for you, and even print your return address for you!  That saved me so much time, so when they arrived I could just get the stamps put on, and send them off quick!

The added details are so gorgeous, and I loved adding the touch of gold foil to line the envelopes!

Every year, I get so many compliments on how beautiful our cards are, and how amazing the quality is, and I always have to agree.  Minted always does an amazing job!  Feel free to check out our Christmas cards using Minted from the past several years here, here, and here!

I can’t believe another year has come and gone!  It won’t be long until I’m ordering cards again this next year!

In partnership with Minted, a Marketplace of Independent Artists.

Family Photos by the talented Jessica Kettle Photography

Savory Bread Pudding Recipe // New Years Day Brunch

December 26, 2016

Savory Bread Pudding Recipe

Savory Bread Pudding Recipe

This is sponsored advertising content from Sargento Foods. The opinions stated are my own.

With New Year’s Day approaching, I always like to have a plan in mind for some holiday eats.  We always eat seafood for New Year’s Eve, and for New Year’s Day brunch I like to change things up each year!

I am a huge fan of bread pudding, and I thought it would be fun and a little different to make a savory version!  I typically like more savory things to eat in the morning, and this bread pudding is a perfect make ahead option for New Year’s Day brunch!  You can make it ahead, and place it in the fridge overnight, and pop it in the oven when you are ready to serve brunch!  This comes in handy if you have had a late night out for New Year’s Eve!

Italian Sausage Savory Bread Pudding Recipe

Italian Sausage Savory Bread Pudding Recipe

I love to set my New Year’s Day brunch table with a few festive elements.  The kids think it is so fun to have some sparkling cider out of fancy glasses, and a few sparkly finishing touches.   The New Year is always a great time!  I love to reflect on the last year, and remember all of the good times, and I love the idea of starting fresh, and making new goals!

Sargent Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

This savory bread pudding has the perfect amount of cheese with a bit of Sargento Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese mixed in, and then finished off with Sargento Artisans Blend Shredded Parmesan Cheese for the top!  I love the flavor of Italian sausage added, but you could easily substitute with bacon, or even ham!  So many great flavors in this dish, especially with the onions, and fresh herbs.

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Savory Ham and Cheese French Dinner Crêpes Recipe

December 20, 2016

Savory Ham and Cheese French Dinner Crêpes Recipe

Savory Ham and Cheese French Dinner Crêpes Recipe

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As someone who is a total food lover, certain foods provide such wonderful memories for me!  Food isn’t just something we have to consume.  Food is love, food is time, food is tradition, and recipes are passed down from generation to generation with love and care.

My dad comes from the Brittany region in France, home of the French crêpe.  Every Christmas since I can remember, my family makes these savory ham and cheese dinner crêpes from a recipe that was passed down to my mom from my grandma (or Mamy).

Crêpes are often thought of as a sweet dessert, but savory crêpes are equally as good, and they are a perfect dish to add to your holiday table!

Traditional Christmas Ham Cheese and Mushroom Filled Savory French Crepe Recipe

Holiday Table Dinner Spread

My family has made these savory dinner crêpes for special holidays as long as I can remember, it really isn’t Christmas unless our favorite dinner crêpes are served!

Sargento Artisan Shredded Swiss Cheese

The recipe has a beautiful béchamel sauce with ham, onions, mushrooms, and is completed with some Sargento Artisan Blends Shredded Swiss Cheese, as well as a little sprinkling on top!  They are savory and scrumptious, and I could never bite into one without thinking of all those family Christmas’ over the years!   I love bringing this tradition from my childhood to my little family’s Christmas table each year, and I hope you will too!

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