Cooking "from scratch" doesn't have to be overwhelming, and I'm excited to bring you this weekly newsletter with easy, homemade recipes to help you sa

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After traveling for 3 weeks, I'm in denial that Christmas is coming so quickly! It's not that I feel stressed about it (thankfully we got most of our shopping done online while on the road!), but just that it's going too quickly and I want more time to savor it!

For the past several years, my parents and sister have spent the night at our house on Christmas Eve. I love this tradition so much—the matching pajamas, late night laughs, and spending Christmas morning together.

We've tried a variety of menus over the years but have settled on a big breakfast consisting of breakfast casserole (one bacon and one sausage), maple biscuits, and wassail (even though the girls and I are the only ones who drink it!). Later in the day we'll lay out some snacky foods, things like cheese and crackers, a cheeseball, and crab dip, since no one feels like preparing or eating a big meal.

Here are some of my favorite Christmas Day recipes, but I'd love to know what's on your menu as well:


I first had wassail at a neighbor's house on Christmas Eve 12 or 13 years ago, and it's been one of my favorite holiday drinks ever since. You can buy packs of mulling spices, of course, but I especially love the addition of orange juice to this recipe. It's like Christmas in a cup!

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I created this recipe several years ago during our 101 Days of Christmas series and my family went nuts for them. Although it's best with maple chips from King Arthur Flour, you can leave them out and still have a delicious sweet biscuit for Christmas morning.

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I have tried so many breakfast casserole recipes over the years, but this one is the best of the best. Make it with any breakfast meat and add veggies if you'd like. You can even prepare it ahead of time in a freezer bag and freeze it!

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Crab dip is my husband's top request for any holiday or celebration, and it's so easy to make! HINT: I actually prefer the cheaper claw meat for this recipe, which helps keep the cost down.

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While the crab dip is for my husband, the cheese ball is for my sister. My mom has been making these for holidays for as long as I remember!

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