the countdown has begun: six days before Christmas. hopefully you’ve purchased your gifts; stocked your fridges; and your family is on their way. and since we won’t see you before that big day on fridays with oscar, we thought we’d celebrate a bit early. as you know, fridays with oscar are always about comfy casual: a cozy outfit, a good meal, and of course, a cocktail to kick the weekend off right. today we’re going very cozy with comfy Christmas morning pajamas.
and if you don’t have your holiday menu planned, we’ve got you covered. i’m pulling out an old family favorite today—a recipe i’ve made for the past 25 or so odd years. my kiddos love it, and i think you will too. so sit back, relax, and let that holiday dissipate. after all, it’s Friday gang!
outfit of the day: comfy Christmas morning pajamas
i don’t know about you, but Christmas morning (and day for that matter) is about lounging: lounging in pajamas. to that end, i’ve pulled this classic pajama set, turtleneck and camp socks from J.Crew. what i love about these pajamas is that, while they are Christmas-y, they’re perfectly appropriate for the entire winter season. if you’re loving them as much as i am, there are still sales and deals to be had at J.Crew, so make sure to head over there for any last minute shopping.
entree: breakfast sausage & egg casserole
Christmas brunch is a staple in our house. we’ve been doing it for years, and we’ll do it again this year. if you’re looking for some last minute ideas, you’ve come to the right place. today, i’m featuring my kiddos favorite brunch dish: breakfast sausage & egg casserole.
per usual, it’s super easy to make and feeds a crowd. of course you can substitute the sausage for meat of your choice or go without. and some veggies and put your own twist on it. no matter what you do, it’s gonna be yummy. after all, how can you go wrong with an egg and cheese base.
- 1 pound bulk pork sausage
- 8 eggs
- 1 cup cheddar cheese
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- 6 slices white bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in sausage. Cook and stir until sausage is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Drain and discard any excess grease.
- Beat eggs in a large bowl; stir in milk, salt, and mustard. Fold bread cubes, cheddar cheese, and sausage into egg mixture. Pour into lightly greased 7x11-inch baking dish. Cover and refirgerate for 8 hours or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove casserole from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.
- Bake in preheated oven until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.
tablescape: spode china
when putting together a Christmas tablescape, i try to stick with the classics: Spode Christmas china. i’ve put my own slight twist and deviated a bit this year with some plaid placemats, holiday napkins and napkin rings from Pier 1. how are you doing your Christmas tablescape this year? let me know in the comments below. red pinecone goblets are from Williams Sonoma.
cocktail: bloody mary & mimosa bar
i never want to overcomplicate Christmas brunch. i try to stick with the basics and/or classics. if you like a boozy brunch, then keep it simple this year with a Bloody Mary and mimosa bar. Bloody Mary’s are easy to concoct with a ready-to-serve mix like Mr. & Mrs. T and vodka. and it’s easy to set up a bar for guests that include individual servings of orange juice and champagne for Mimosa’s.
- pickled okra,
- martini olives
- lemon wedges
- hot sauce
well, that’s a wrap gang! from oscar, myself, junior style, and Kelly, we’re all wishing you a wonderful holiday week. enjoy this time with good food, drink, friends and family. we’re just happy we can be a small part of your Christmas morning.