Cate’s Corner

Christmas, Decorating Disasters, and Yummy Food!

Cate's Corner, Daily Life | 1 comment

December is officially in full swing, and so is the holiday season. Things are feeling pretty festive around here in the Beauman household. But, I’ll admit, Christmas decorating started much like most of 2020—it was was a bit of a disaster.

Things traditionally get hopping the day after Thanksgiving. Fall décor goes away, and hello, Christmas! My beloved artificial tree that we’ve had for nearly seven years decided to light only sections of the tree. Bummer!

After much debate, we decided it was time to say goodbye to our lovely friend and head out to Lowe’s for a new one.

The new tree turned out to be a bit of a fiasco, too. I have super sensitive eyes, and the LED lights on the “new and improved” version of the same tree was so bright, I literally couldn’t look at it (Picture the scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation when Clark’s outdoor lighting blinds Margo and Todd. It was sort of like that.)

So, the new tree went back in the box, and the old tree came back in from the garage. After all that, we settled on buying stringing lights (the non-LED version), and all is well again. My beloved tree is back in the living room where it belongs. It’s full of lights, garland, and ornaments from our past.

I also bought a couple of new additions. George (the tall guy) and Marvin (Mr. Shorty) joined the family. I spotted their sweet, googly eyes while I was out on a shopping trip. It was love at first sight, and they came home with me. George and Marvin have been my office companions. I’m so happy to have them.

The holidays are also a time for good food and Christmas movies. Our tradition is to watch a holiday classic each Saturday night before Christmas. I love making a little treat to ramp up the festivities. This charcuterie board has been our favorite thus far. Yum!

But I have another recipe that I think you’ll love. This Sausage Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole would make a great addition to the Christmas morning breakfast table. It has even been the star of the show at our dinner table several times.

Why I love this recipe:

  • It’s so yummy and nutritious!
  • It comes together quickly.
  • It’s easily adaptable. Pretty much any veggie or meat combination works in this one.
  • Keeping this dairy-free is no biggie if that’s a necessity for you (It is for me. It tastes great with no cheese at all, and we use almond milk for the milk ingredient).
  • You can set it in the fridge the night before and bake it the next day.

Do you and your family have any fun, favorite holiday traditions (no matter the holiday you celebrate)? I would love to hear all about it in the comments below.

I hope you enjoy happiness and health over this holiday season.

1 Comment

  1. Betty

    This sounds so good! I may substitute diced green chiles for the red pepper. Merry Christmas!

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