“Holiday Sauce”: a Christmas Breakfast Tradition

Thursday, December 18

Christmas Day is not that far away, so I wanted to be sure to share this family tradition with you before you headed out to do your Holiday Food Shopping!

The first Christmas that Matthew and I were dating, the big Christmas morning thing for his family was Holiday Sauce. Yea, I was just as confused as you are. In the White House “Holiday Sauce” is hollandaise sauce; however, the only time of year that my mother in law made this was at Christmas, thus “Holiday Sauce” was born {the kids didn’t pick up on the difference between holiday and Hollandaise}.

So what is this tradition they have?

Every Christmas Eve smoked ham is served and Thanksgiving leftover Turkey removed from the freezer. The next morning the magic happens. Eggs, ham and turkey are fried, English muffins are toasted, and “Holiday Sauce” is made: Eggs Benedict is served!

At first the whole thing sounded disgusting to me, mind you I didn’t like eggs at the time. It took me having kids before I could actually not only cook eggs, but eat them too {when we go through a dozen at breakfast you get good at them really fast}. For Matthew’s birthday breakfast we served up some “Holiday Sauce”, since we had all the ingredients on hand!

"Holiday Sauce" a Delicious and Easy Recipe for a Memorable Christmas Breakfast @LifeintheWhiteHouse.com

I hope you’re ready, because this is really EASY to make, and oh so yummy!

“Holiday Sauce”

Ingredients
2 Egg Yolks
1 Whole Egg
1/2 lb Butter
Scant Teaspoon Salt {only if using unsalted butter—if salt is added with salted butter, it’s fine, but I find it a bit salty}
Scant Tablespoon Lemon Juice

Eggs {for cooking over-easy}
Sliced Turkey and Smoked Ham {deli meat works well too! If you can, have them slice it on the thicker side}
English Muffins

Instructions
*Blend eggs in a blender or food processer, until well mixed.
*Add in salt and lemon juice, blend.
*Bring butter up to a bubble, either in the microwave or on the stove.
*Once butter is bubbling, slowly add into blender while blade is moving: The sauce should start to thicken up immediately.
*Keep warm {I use a gravy pitcher that had HOT water in it}

How to Assemble Your Eggs Benedict
Take your toasted {warm} English muffin, place several slices of fried ham and turkey on it, then an over easy egg…pour “Holiday Sauce” over the whole thing: Enjoy!

This has honestly become one of my favorite special-treat breakfasts. It’s definitely not low calorie, but it can actually be really healthy for you depend on the ingredients you use {eggs and butter are both brain food, if from good sources; ham and turkey are protein; and there’s really no health benefit to an English muffin, but you could easily ix-nay that or add something healthier as your base}.

What are you Christmas Breakfast traditions?

The Girls’ Big-Girl Room

Tuesday, December 16

One of our goals over Christmas {since Matt is off for the week} is to get the girls transitioned to their Big-Girl room; which means we have to get it all touched up after the de-construction damage. There’s not much damage, but enough to make it a hassle…I think it would be easier if there were a lot of damage.

Most of the work consists of touching up the sheetrock that was damaged when the other part of the house collapsed, and then repainting one wall. It always seems to me that the projects that take the least amount of time are the ones that take the longest.

I’ve kind of wanted to do an English/Fairy Garden themed bedroom for the girls. I’ve been pinning whenever I see anything on Pinterest.

Girls room
I found fabric a while ago that I loved, but never bought it…then it became impossible to find. Fortunately I did, on ebay, of all places, and some random other websites, I was able to piece together what I would need to make the quilts.

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I’ve really been loving sampler quilts this past year, so decided that was my best bet. This quilt is what I decided to do…it’s a bit small, but I can easily add another border to make it what I need.

Here’s where the work, and your opinions come in. The room is already the same shade of cream that’s in the fabric and the floor is painted Martha Stewart Brook Trout, which is very close to the gray/brown fabric. There’s one wall that is currently green, that is going to get repainted, but I just can’t decide on the color.

Here’s what I’ve narrowed it down to:

A) Pearhoneysweet_solid_pear_20199_34

B) Raspberry

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C) Persimmon

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D) Pond20217_16_20140224190238

E) Soft Peach {the light pink in the roses}brocade_hazel_20212_17

See the problem! The quilt is going to be bordered in the pond and backed in the brown/gray. I just can’t decide how brave I want to be, in regards to the persimmon and raspberry. Which would you choose? That’s my question.

The other thing I’m debating is stenciling a few big flowers on the floor…something along these lines. Not a ton of them just a few…to kind of make the floor stand out a bit.

FLoor stencil

News from the White House

Saturday, December 13

December is a crazy time in our house, I know it is for everyone, but throw in a plethora of birthdays and it adds to the bedlam. Last weekend we celebrated my grandfather’s 95th birthday {12/6} and Monday was Matt’s 32nd birthday {12/8}. IMG_5978Avelyn decided to add to the excitement by allowing us to yank her first loose tooth during Matthew’s birthday festivities!IMG_6002

Then during the week we got some really crappy weather that put a damper {literally} on any fun time outside, but resulted in snow days for friends, so we had an impromptu play date…which was wonderful, especially since we hadn’t seen these friends in months {I’m not kidding}. Another evening I spent 2.5 hours on the phone with an old friend, sharing memories and her exciting news.

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Throughout it all I was trying to get Christmas cards finished and mailed, bake cookies {some have been dough in my fridge for 2 or 3 days and are still in there}, and keep the house functioning {what is it with laundry and cooking?! They never end!}. It’s been crazy! I’ve had every intention of getting a few posts up, but it just didn’t happen.

But there was one thing in particular that we wanted to share with you.

Ellie Big Sister

That’s right! Come the middle of June there’s going to be another White kid to terrorize the world {I’m 14 weeks today}. The kids are a lot more excited than they appear to be in this picture. We do know that we are adding only ONE new kiddo to the family {there was a bit of a question in the beginning}, but we’re leaving gender to be a surprise this time {since we already have ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING we could possibly need and with #5 there needs to be some element of anticipation}.

I think that brings all of the big news up to date in the White House!

My Favorite Christmas Stories

Wednesday, December 10

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I posted last week about my favorite books for Advent, the books that get my heart and mind in line with Christmas, but there are those books that are just my guilty pleasure, the ones that are read just for the joy of a wonderful story.My Favorite Christmas Stories: Stories that Will Warm Your Heart @LifeintheWhiteHouse.com There are so many Christmas stories out there, some of them have such heart to them, that they become those that you read over and over again. Some you read once, but they stick with you year after year.

The Christmas Pony by Melody Carlson

An Irish Christmas by Melody Carlson

A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs

The Christmas Quilt / The New Years Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini

While We’re Far Apart by Lynn Austin
This isn’t billed as a Christmas story, but so much of the plot centers and happens around Christmas that I was rather disappointed to have read it in February and not at Christmas. Also, it takes place during WWII.

The Christmas Bus by Melody Carlson

The Christmas Tree by Julie Salamon

The Handmaid and the Carpenter by Elizabeth Berg

Where Treetops Glisten by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putnam, and Sarah Sundin. I just read and reviewed this post last week. It was a great story. I love WWII history, but especially Christmas stories.

I started to notice a trend while compiling some of my favorites: I strongly favor WWII stories and the Christmas writings of Melody Carlson. Must be something about them.

Here’s a few more suggested reads from a blogging friend: Some of them I hadn’t even heard of {and promptly had to purchase}!

What are some of your favorite stories to read at Christmas time?

You can find my list of Favorite Advent books HERE and our family favorites for Christmas books HERE.