Cyber Monday Quick Target Guide!

If you are like me, I love a good sale, but I also don’t have time to look online for the best deals….so here is a quick guide that I am using to buy for my kiddos (and a few things for me) this year! Everything is from my favorite store, Target. So, if you are shopping TODAY (November 27) everything is an EXTRA 15% off the discounted price! Happy Shopping!

4-6 Year Old (Boy and Girl)


Me!

 

Our Christmas Traditions

As I’ve said before.  I love Christmastime.  The music, the lights and decorations.  The love for family and just general merriment of the season.  Growing up my mom always made the season special for my brother and me.  I remember making cookies from scratch and vaguely recall a fleeing view of Santa Clause running across my back lawn on Christmas Eve!! It might (or might not) have been my next door neighbor……..but to a five-year-old girl….it was magic.

I might not do everything like my mom did, but now with my boys, Charlie and Henry, I do my best to make the moments special.  Sometimes Pintrest-picture worthy, sometimes not…but you know what? I love to see their smiles.  Here are a few of our favorite things to do around Metro Detroit that we have turned into somewhat of a tradition over the past few years.

Rochester Bright Light Show

Every year starting in late November and going through New Years Day, the city of Rochester Hills illuminates their downtown for an amazing show! It really takes my breath away.  Cars and people line the streets just to see it….and it’s FREE!

roch-2

 

Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village

Just imagine walking through a village when street lights were lantern and cars were Model T’s. Christmas from a simple time.  You can taste REAL roasted chestnuts (they are tasty)! See Christmas carolers dressed in old fashion clothes and take a horse drawn carriage ride through the old fashion town.  The night even ends with fireworks.  Buy tickets in advance (check out www.thehenryford.org for more info), but, I promise it is totally worth it!

henry-ford

Bronners CHRISTmas Wonderland

We could spend a weekend in the cute little town of Frankenmuth! About an hour north of Royal Oak, Michigan….it is an adorable German town that has famous chicken….but an even more famous Christmas store! There sight is out of this world.  It is about the size of three football fields and you can buy an ornament with any theme…..trucks (a favorite in our house), vintage, modern, Disney…..you get the point.  And BONUS! They will personalize ornaments on sight! But, warning! Go early in the season….it can get busy.

bronners

The Detroit Model Railroad Club

Okay, so this might not be a literal Christmas activity and you probably have never heard of this….it is in Holly, Michigan an adorable town 45 minutes from Royal Oak.  During Christmastime, it just puts you in the small town Christmas spirit.  And, our family with two boys, makes it worth the trip!  This is an actual club that started in 1935 and depicts a fictitious Detroit Union Train Station.  It is a sight! My boys (including my husband) could spend the whole afternoon there.  The size and detail are impressive.  After, enjoy the town decorated for the season.  Check out their website, because they are only open to the public certain weekends (www.dmrrc.org).

 

holly

holly-2

I hope this puts you into the Christmas spirit! Merry Christmas!

Quiche for a Crowd

I love brunch. It is one of my favorite weekend traditions that since becoming a parent have become few and far between. But when my family from Alabama and Toronto were planning on coming in for the holidays, I jumped at the chance to host! Thirteen adults, a four-year-old, a three-year-old and FOUR eighteen-months-old calls for planning ahead and coming up with an easy and elegant plan!

I decided to make quiche the weekend before and freeze them.  I will thaw them the day before and heat up in the oven.  I plan on serving it with coffee, juice, fresh fruit and a quick banana bread (recipe coming soon in a new future post)!


QUICHE

  • Pre-made pie shell (I use frozen store brand deep dish)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 yellow onion
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1/2 package of bacon
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cayanne pepper (Secret ingredient ALERT)!!!
  • OTHER INGREDIENTS- whatever you want to add….I used bite size broccoli, but I also love mushrooms, leeks, sauteed ham…..use your imagination.

**This is for ONE quiche.  I made three, so just tripled the recipe.

Heat Oven to 375.

First, chop the onion into tiny bite size pieces.  Melt butter in pan and add onion.  Season with salt (this helps to soften the onion).  Keep heat at a medium and stir often.  This process takes time!! You want a beautiful caramelized brown color.  Don’t turn up the heat……it will burn and turn bitter.

Prepare other ingredients.  Shred cheese if not shredded yet.  I like Swiss, but other strong cheeses like gruyere or a sharp cheddar would work well too!  Chop any vegetables or other ingredients you want to add.

In a large bowl crack eggs, add cream and season with salt and pepper.  Add a few DASHES of  cayenne pepper.  Use sparingly.  Just a hint will add a depth of flavor.  Your guest will ask….’what is that?’ SO GOOD.  Just don’t use too much……


Put the pie crusts on baking pan and sprinkle cheese in pie crust.  By this time, your onion should be beautifully caramelized.  Spoon out into dish.  Add other ingredients (I used chopped bacon in two and broccoli in the other).  Distribute evenly.


Bake 30-35 minutes until the filling has risen and slightly darkened and crust has turned a golden brown.

Serve and Enjoy!!

food

**If you are planning on freezing make sure they are cooled before putting in the freezer.