This recipe is such a winner at brunches as it feeds a crowd, tastes yummy and is super easy to whip up the morning of. The green chilies add a little hint of Southwest flavour while the mix of cheeses make this puffy-fluffy egg dish rich and gooey.
Crispy toast with rich crab and parmesan make this recipe a favourite in our household. I make these early December, freeze them and we can enjoy them throughout the holiday season. The Toasties are easy to make and the recipe makes a BIG batch. I must thank my coworker Carrol for sharing this recipe with me and now I have the pleasure of sharing it with you.
I will say this recipe does take about 45 minutes to do all the prep work but then you will have enough toasties to warm up several batches so it is worth the work in my books.
- -2 loaves of sliced bread
- -melted butter to brush on toast
- -2 (250g) packages of cream cheese (softened)
- -1/2 cup of melted butter
- -1 (120g) can of crab
- -1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
- -6 green onions, chopped
- -grated parmesan (to top the toasties 1-2 cups)
- 1. Using a small round cutter, cut circle from each slice of bread
- 2. Brush melted butter onto one side of the bread rounds then broil on a baking sheet until lightly toasted, golden brown.
- 3. Turn and broil the unbuttered side until golden brown. Cool on a rack.
- 4. Combine cream cheese, melted butter, crab, mayonnaise and green onions.
- 5. Spread the crab mixture onto the buttered side of the toasted rounds.
- 6. Dip the rounds into parmesan. The parmesan will stick to the crab mixture.
- TO FREEZE
- Sit the toasties on a baking sheet in the freezer for about 30 minutes and then remove to a sealed container and freeze until ready to enjoy.
- TO BROIL
- Arrange the toasties on a baking sheet and broil until bubbly. No need to thaw the toasties.
- -I just use Kraft parmesan in the shaker but fresh parmesan is obviously amazing in this recipe as well. I just find as I am using 1-2 cups I try to be frugal.
- -Canned shrimp can be used instead of the canned crab if that is your preference.
I have been a fan of Lunch Box Love cards for a good while now, so when they offered me a chance to check out the Christmas theme cards I didn’t hesitate to participate! Our family has enjoyed the sweet Lunch Box Love cards for the lunchbox in the past (review here) and I know I love the little sayings, jokes and trivia.
I knew I could use them with our Elf on the Shelf as they are the perfect size for him to hold. They look so cute and my sons love the messages on them in the morning. The only thing with this is that one pack is not enough to get through the whole season if your elf arrives December 1st so make sure to get more than one pack! As I only got one pack I am just using some non-holiday ones with jokes on them as well, which my boys love anyways!
I also love these just to give a little message of love to my boys during a very busy season. I hate how rushed we can be during the day and it is nice to know that Bug and Smashie will have a love note from mom when they eat lunch.
I will be the first to admit that we are suffering a post Christmas consumer hangover, but I also refuse to pay full price next year for wrap. I like to stock up for the next Christmas when the sales or 50-75% off or if I am lucky I know of one grocery store that gives it away free!
I went to Shoppers Drug Mart and got 2 rolls of the nice quality paper for $2.00 and $3.00 a roll. I also went to Walmart and they had a great selection of bags and tissue at 50% off the regular $1.00 price.
The best steal was all the polka dot bags and light blue and green tissue. Both can be used for birthday wrapping! I just need to pull off the ornament tag and the bags are good to go!
Looking for a pretty handmade gift for a teacher or friend? The Gingerbread Loaf Gift Jar is fun and easy to make and can be presented so nicely. It was quite frugal to make, I found 12 jars for under $10.00 and then the cost of the ingredients. Even after we wrapped in tea towels the gift was still under budget.
This is another project my son found and just had to make, so of course I ran with it and made it for everyone on our list that we would give a gift to. He found the recipe and instructions in his Highlights magazine.
Of course if you just want to make this to enjoy yourself just combine the bottom and top recipes! My house smells so amazing when this is baking!
|You can see the flour/spice & brown sugar layers and the bag of icing sugar.|
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup icing (powdered) sugar (to be put in Ziploc bag)
- small Ziploc bag
- 1 quart mason jar
- printed recipe how to (see below)
- Cut and paste your recipe (below) and print to give with the jar. Decorate.
- Layer the flour and brown sugar/spices into mason jar.
- Measure icing sugar into bag, place bag inside jar.
- Attach recipe to jar, can use ribbons or raffia or can tie it all up in fabric or a tea towel (see here for hand painted tea towel how to)
|Bug had so much fun helping make these jars. And yes we did have a Playmobile pilot helping out|
|Yeah we made just a few!|
|Wrapped with hand painted tea towels|
|Have kids help decorate the recipe sheet to include with the jar. (see below)|
You will need:
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup fancy molasses
1/4 cup milk
1 beaten egg
- Combine above in a large mixing bowl.
- Open jar remove bag of powdered sugar, set aside
- Add the contents of the jar to the bowl. Mix until just combined.
- Pour into a greased 8x4x2(inch) loaf pan
- Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted into middle of loaf comes out clean.
- Cool completely
- Combine bag of powdered sugar with orange juice. Stir.
- Drizzle over cooled loaf.
Read on to find out where Jammer has
Looking for a handmade gift from your child to a grandparent, caregiver or teacher. How about hand painting tea towels? It is so easy to do and it is a fun activity when stuck inside on a snowy day. You don’t even have to give them away – why not make a set for yourselves. Different colours changes this from a Christmas craft to a spring or summer craft/gift.
I should note my son found this craft in his last issue of Highlight magazine and wanted to know if it was something he could try. It was really easy – even Smashie did a few before I deemed him to messy!
- Plain tea towels. I found these ones 5/$7.00 at Walmart and they are perfect for this and are good around the kitchen as well.
- Fabric paint in choice of colours.
- Brushes, Q-Tips or hands to apply paints.
- Container to squirt paint into. I just grabbed a plastic lid out of our recycling.
- Protect work surface. I used a large piece of cardboard.
- Paint away, Bug used Q-tips to make a dot pattern but hand prints would be very cute as well.
- Let dry as per the instructions on paint.
Have you ever tried to get the seeds, or arils, out a pomegranate? It can look like somebody got hurt. I remember the first time I did and I had red all over my old backsplash. So here is the way that works best for me. Please note that all the how to photos were take by a 5 year old at eye level to my counter top, with my iPhone. But a huge thanks Bug for all your help! He took about 40 pictures when I told him to take a few photos of each step.
This is easy to do, and the cost is much less than buying the arils already removed.
- Wash pomegranate thoroughly
- Using the tip of a sharp paring knife remove top (the funny stem bit). Poke knife in and cut around stem at a slight angle.
- Cut from top to bottom about six times.
- Over a bowl, gently fold out peel, bending back slightly.
- Next firm rap the outside of the fruit with the back of a spoon, going up and down each section and the top.
- There should be very little left inside, occasionally there will be a few trapped by a piece of membrane.
- Enjoy! Hopefully this all makes sense!
It is Elf on the Shelf time again at our house! Jammer the elf arrived outside our back door on December 1st. Smashie noticed it right away and then both boys tore into the package and I undid his seat belt (twist tie) and put him out of curious little Smashie’s reach. (Don’t worry Mamas can’t harm the Christmas Magic)
Follow along to see what adventures he has had already this last week!
|Team work to get into the packaging.|
|Jammer was safe and sound, tucked in his box for the long
trip down from the North Pole.
|Jammer watching all of the fun below.|
|I placed him waaaay out of reach.|
|Smash just kept looking up at ‘Jammy’|
|We woke up to a cross kitchen elf zip line.|
|Keeping safe with a elf-made helmet.|
|On a side note, somebody should have decided Jammer needed
a helmet before he was all rigged up-would have been much easier.
|A restful day in a ‘borrowed’ bathrobe from one of the teddy bears.
A tissue box and folder up tissue made a perfect elf bed.
|Oh oh Bug got a written warning!|
|This is what the boys woke up to one morning.|
|Not very romantic to have our wedding picture tp’d.|
|Hubby especially loved this one as he had to clean it up before
Bug could use the facilities.
|One tangled up elf. Not sure if he wanted to play hockey or what?|
|Jammer needs to be out of toddle reach and behind a baby
gate works wonders!
|Jammer got stuck. And the little twirp left all the popper balls all over
the floor. He is really a bit of a slob!
The rest of the week was nothing special and in fact Jammer ‘forgot’ to move one night and luckily it was discovered just as Bug was coming down the stairs. Needless to say Jammer was not very creative that morning.
From the moment our Elf on the Shelf ‘arrived’ outside our door (mailed from the North Pole, natch) on December 1st Bug has been smitten with him. He sat and listened carefully to the story and was captivated. He was stumped as to what to name him. He came up with Foxy, also the name of his beloved stuffed fox. We talked about how the name had to special just to the little elf but he could not move beyond naming him Foxy. I prompted him that it could be a silly made up name.
Mistake # 1 “You could give him a name that sounds a bit like Foxy. How about Moxie, Roxy or Loxy? Or maybe something that starts with the letter F. You know an F word. Like Fizzle.”
Bug considered this very carefully,”ffffffff, fffffffff, F*cka! I want to name him F*cka.”
Crap. Mistake #2 Nearly spitting a mouthful of water on the mirror and then in an effort to not, nearly choking on it. Oh that got Bugs attention. He thinks he’s onto the best name ever.
The Save “Well that could be an interesting name but lets think of a few then choose one. How about thinking of things you like to play with. Like your cars or monster trucks. How about Wheelie or Monster or Jam or Jammer?”
So Jammer it was. Really, at that point I would have taken anything over choice #1. When Hubby asked why I didn’t help my son come up with something more creative or at least Christmas-y I replied, “Did you want to wake up to your son every morning looking for ‘F*cka’ the Christmas elf?”
But as his time with us winds down I will miss little Jammer. And I know my son will be a little lost without his morning ritual of racing around the main floor looking for his buddy, Jammer.