A recipe for your Christmas morning breakfast….
TEXAS FRENCH TOAST BAKE
- ½ cup melted butter (1 stick)
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 entire loaf Texas Toast
- 4 large eggs
- 1½ cup whole milk
- 1 TB vanilla extract
- 2 TB light brown sugar, mixed with 2 tsp cinnamon
- Powdered sugar for sprinkling
- Real maple syrup for serving, if desired
- Melt butter, add 1 cup brown sugar and stir until well mixed. Pour into bottom of a greased9×13 pan, spreading mixture evenly.
- Beat eggs, milk, and vanilla until mixed. Set aside.
- Lay a single layer of Texas Toast in pan, cutting pieces to fit if needed. Spoon 1 cup of egg mixture evenly over bread. Sprinkle with half of the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture. Repeat with second layer, using up the rest of egg mixture over that layer, and ending with a sprinkling of brown sugar/cinnamon mixture. Try to get the custard evenly soaked into the bread slices.
- Cover tightly and chill overnight in fridge.
- Bake at 350F for 40-45 minutes on lower middle rack — covered for the first 30 minutes, and uncovered after that. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Be sure to scrape up all the bottom sticky goodness. If desired, serve with maple syrup.
Christmas tree tradition
Both the ancient Egyptians and Romans saw the bright hue of evergreen plants as a way to give warmth and hope to people during the winter, according to History.com.
Ancient people would mark the winter solstice (the shortest day and longest night of the year, which typically falls on December 21 or December 22) by using evergreen boughs. These plants served as a sunny reminder that other greens would grow again once spring and summer returned.
People in some countries believed evergreens stood for everlasting life and even had the ability to ward off evil spirits and illnesses—another reason for the tradition of hanging evergreen boughs above doorways and inside homes.
Some say the first-ever Christmas tree was in London. However, it seems it was a one-time trend, as Christmas trees wouldn’t be back in Britain until the 19th century.
Many believe Martin Luther, the Protestant reformer, began the tradition of adding lighted candles to a tree, which is why we decorate trees with strands of lightbulbs today. The story goes that while Luther was walking home one winter evening, he saw twinkling stars among evergreens and wanted to re-create the magical moment for his family.
While Christmas trees were appearing in Germany years earlier, the trend really caught on after writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe included the concept in his novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther.
The first record of a decorated evergreen tree in America was that of German settlers in Pennsylvania.Queen Victoria, German Prince Albert, and their children were shown standing around a Christmas tree. Because Victoria was very popular with her subjects at that time, the Christmas tree trend took off in both Britain and the East Coast of the United States.
A fun rendition of an old favorite….
T’was the night before Christmas and all through the house, cobwebs were hanging and Ahhh, I saw a mouse!
The stockings were hung by the chimney with cheer, one caught fire, now the house is filthy we fear!
When up the street I heard quite a sound, I sprang to my feet to see who was abound!
When what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a brilliant white van with Bouchard Cleaning on the rear!
On the sides, on the front it said Bouchard all around and suddenly we knew help had been found!
The driver was Norm, so smiley and bright and the team at his side were friendly, working that night.
Come, Lisa, come Sonia and Jim and John.
They dusted and swept and even sang along!
They cleaned up the house with all the right EQUIP!
Then turned when they finished, and were gone in a ZIP!
As they drove down the street, almost out of sight… Norm yelled “Merry Christmas to all and to all a CLEAN night.”