10 Make Ahead Christmas Morning Breakfast Ideas

10 make ahead Christmas morning breakfast ideas and a few extra tips to keep things running smoothly Christmas morning.


I heart Christmas but let’s just say it…..Christmas morning is kind of nuts. The kids are all hyped up like they’ve eaten 37 candy canes before they’re even out of bed. Parents are groping for their coffee while trying to keep the kids from ripping into the gifts without them. You know, because you were up late wrapping and making everything perfect.  And despite the chaos, we don’t want to miss a minute, right? Which is why we like to prep our Christmas morning meal ahead of time around here. Yes, it’s one more thing to do leading up to the big day, but it’s totally worth it.

(If you don’t have kids, congratulate yourself and sleep in late. I’ll just be over here envying your lifestyle.)

To make things a little easier on Christmas day, I’m sharing 10 make ahead casserole and breakfast ideas so you can actually enjoy some time with your family while breakfast is taken care of.  After you’ve drooled all over the screen and the tasty recipes, you’ll find a few more tips keep things running a little smoother on Christmas morning.

Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Bake 

10 Make Ahead Christmas Breakfast Recipes

Overnight Blueberry French Toast

Blueberry French Toast Bake

Make Ahead Mexican Breakfast Casserole

10 Make Ahead Christmas Brunch Recipe Ideas


Crockpot Overnight Breakfast Casserole

10 make ahead breakfast ideas for Christmas day


Christmas Breakfast Casserole

10 Make ahead Christmas Breakfast Recipes- Christmas breakfast casserole from Stone Gable


Pumpkin French Toast Casserole

10 Make ahead Christmas breakfast ideas- pumpkin french toast casserole

 Sausage Hash Brown Casserole

10 Make ahead ideas for Christmas brunch- sausage hash brown breakfast casserole

Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Bake

Gingerbread french toast bake and 9 other great ideas for make ahead Christmas breakfasts

Bacon and Hashbrown Egg Bake 

Bacon and Egg Hashbrown Bake and 9 other make ahead breakfast ideas for Christmas day

Mini Frittatas 

Mini frittatas and 9 other make ahead breakfast ideas for Christmas morning


  • Make your bacon ahead of time, wrap in paper towels and reheat in the morning. No greasy mess to clean up when you’re trying to control the kids.
  • Set your table or buffet the night before.
  • Fill and preset the coffee maker before you go to bed.
  • Have trash bags handy for flying gift wrap and packaging materials. (I stick a few under the tree skirt)
  • Use disposable plates (I ordered these ones!) and cutlery. It’s okay. It’s either that or keep running the dishwasher all day long. Both are “bad for the environment”…do what’s easy.

Do you have any tips or tricks for making Christmas morning a little less chaotic?



Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats


Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats. For sharing. Or not


Rice Krispie Treats (or Rice Krispie Squares as they’re called in Canada) are probably my favorite dessert ever. Like I can make a pan and eat all but two pieces. Because it would probably be completely bad parenting if I didn’t give the boys one piece.  And it would also be bad parenting if they ate more than one piece because the sugar is bad for them and all that. I’m a giver that way. This year I’m totally up for “Mother of the Year”. And also  the “Needs Fatter Fat Pants Award”.

Candy corn is totally one of my favorite candies, too. One time a friend brought me some Easter colored candy corn (who knew that even existed???) and I ate my way through the entire bag into a candy corn induced state of delirium. Which I then proceeded to wash down with a slug of wine….Riesling ,of course, since it paired well with the sweet candy corn. I was pretty pleased with myself. Until my boyfriend at the time told me he thought the way I inhaled that candy corn was “disgusting”. And just like that, he wasn’t my boyfriend any longer.

Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats. None for you, ex-boyfriend.

Now that I’ve over-shared, let me tell you about the day my two favorite sweet things got married. I was reminiscing about that fine candy corn day when I realized it was actually fall and candy corn would be in season again. Which led me to thinking about how nice it would be if I introduced my two besties and they became a thing. Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats. For real, y’all. This really is the kind of stuff I think about. #notdeep

(Look…. I’m sure it’s been done before but in this case, I simply chose not to look on Pinterest because I wanted to feel like I’d inventing something wonderful. So I did.)


I even shared these with Liam who was home from preschool because he needed to buy a fire fighter hat earlier that morning. He was less impressed that I made him eat his lunch before the Rice Krispie Treat was served. Probably because those treats were my lunch. My house, my rules.

Sometimes you just need to buy yourself a fire fighter hat and move on.

Happy wedding day to candy corn and Rice Krispie Treats. A very fine thing.

Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats.



Sharing these treats here and over at Finding Silver Pennies, Home Stories A to Z,  Cedarhill FarmhouseFluster Buster Bloom DesignsFrom My Front Porch to Yours,  A Life In BalancePieced Pastimes, and Tabler for Two,

Orange Bourbon Cranberry Sauce


Make Ahead Orange-Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

It’s time to start planning for holiday dinners and what dinner is complete without cranberry sauce? I’m not talking the stuff from the cans, either. Since I’ve been on a bourbon kick, I thought I’d experiment this year with some bourbon in the cranberry sauce. Oh, Em, Gee, peeps! This was one of my better ideas. It is seriously tasty and because the alcohol evaporates as it cooks, you don’t need to worry about getting your entire family “sauced”. Ha! See what I did there?

Make Ahead Orange Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

You know what else? It’s easy to make and you can make it ahead of time. Which was totally my plan for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. Make everything ahead so I can spend some time with the family rather than with the kitchen. And, also there’s leftover bourbon. Lots of it. So much that I bourboned all the things.

Bourbon all the things

This sauce is amazingly easy to make. Throw the ingredients in pot, cook for approximately 20 minutes, cool, and serve. Or cool, store and serve later. This recipe serves 6 adults so go ahead and double it if you have more guests. You’ll still have lots of bourbon left. 😉

Make ahead orange bourbon cranberry sauce

The recipe calls for 1-3 tablespoons of bourbon. I only added 1 tablespoon because I wasn’t sure if everyone coming was feeling the bourbon thing the way I was. It was super yummy. Like eat it with a spoon yummy, even with a small amount of bourbon. How many more times can I say bourbon? Really. (I was not slugging the bourbon while writing this post, I swear.)

Make Ahead Orange-Bourbon Cranberry Sauce


Recipe adapted from Gimme Some Oven




September In Review

24 Cottonwood Lane- September 2015 in Review


I don’t think fall got the memo that I wasn’t interested in giving up summer. Fall arrived here with a bang on Thursday and I’m cold and cranky. Also, I have no idea where September went. We had an interesting month since it was actually hot and sunny until Thursday morning when I woke up, slipped on my flip-flops and nearly got frost bite driving the boys to pre-school. Note to self…find fall clothes and shoes. Soon.

Since it was warm for most of the month, we actually managed to get to the trailer over the Labor Day weekend. Total fail! I blame the dog. She is clearly a city dog because she acted like an idiot from the time we left until we got home. While I was grabbing groceries, she managed to tear through the garbage and I came home to pick her up to half eaten garbage (and diapers!) all over the foyer. Disgusting. Once we got to the trailer she wandered off until a neighbor found her licking sauce and grease out of their bbq drip can. Double disgusting. I brushed her teeth for the second time that afternoon, washed her face and confined her to the trailer. Where she managed to tear into the ham I had wrapped up on the counter. All this chaos went on within the first half hour after arriving. Just to top things off, she threw up on the floor. Stay classy, Daisy.


Ridiculous lhasa apso


But wait….it got better. After she snored and licked herself for two nights on my bed (which is why she now wears those ridiculous baby jammies! And why she normally sleeps in her crate.) Daisy woke me at 6am, determined to use the bathroom. Since she usually goes out, does her business and comes back in, I didn’t put her leash on. I’m an idiot. Because she promptly took off across the trailer park, tail wagging happily behind her. I was wearing a t-shirt and underwear. That’s it. I managed to throw on some pants and chased her quietly around (because no one likes to be woken up by another camper screaming at a dog at 6am) until I caught her and plopped her back in the trailer. Where she threw up again.  And when she wasn’t tearing the place apart she was barking at and chasing the boys up and down the length of the trailer. Because their noise is cause for her to become concerned and try to herd them. #lhasa apso  #patronsaintofdisobedience


Daisy. The most ridiculous lhasa apso


Aside from our fun camping weekend, it was a busy blog month. Probably the busiest I’ve ever had, actually. And that’s pretty cool.

We ran our first giveaway in September and Jazmin W. was the winner of our HomeRight Paint Sprayer! Yay! I didn’t know how much fun giveaways could be. That’s definitely something we’ll be doing again. And I’ve joined forces with four other bloggers to host the Best of the Weekend Link Party every Friday night. I’ve been wanting to do a link party forever and I was so excited to be added to the list of hosts.

Here are a few other things we got up to last month in case you missed anything.

We started September off right with this 5 minute spray painted vase. That had to be my most impulsive and easiest project ever. Love me some gold spray paint.

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Still so in love with my HomeRight Paint Sprayer which I used to makeover this dresser for a client. I also shared some tips and tricks for using a paint sprayer and we held our first giveaway. Thanks, HomeRight!

Grey and white mid-century modern dresser makeover


We made glammed up some pumpkins with spray paint and mod podge. Well, we actually did that 3 years ago but I posted it last month. Because procrastination, that’s why.

DIY Halloween pumpkins with spray paint and mod podge.


I shared 15 Slowcooker Dinners for Fall. And, more importantly, I’ve actually made two of them so far! Both were delicious!

15 Fall Slow Cooker Dinners


A few days later, I did my first guest post for Jessi at Practically Functional where I shared this recipe for Chicken Pasta Bake. It was a winner with the boys and it’s chock full of hidden veggies.

Chicken pasta bake title pic


We whipped up some Lemon Blueberry Greek Yogurt Muffins.

Lemon Blueberry Greek Yogurt Muffins


I shared a few details about my boys who have FASD and what it’s actually like to live with this disorder on a daily basis. Cute? Totally. Easy? Not so much. Still better behaved than a dog in a camper, though. 😉

fASD- Symptoms and Traits in Preschoolers
FASD Part 2. Daily Life


We had our 3rd Blogiversary! I’m still a bit surprised that it’s been 3 years of blogging. I never thought I’d still be at it and liking it so much.
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And finally, I was able to share 16 Yummy Pumpkin Recipes all linked up by our party goers at the first Best of the Weekend Party for the fall season.

16 Fall Pumpkin Recipes


And in case you haven’t heard the news, my bloggy friend, Jenna  from Rain on a Tin Roof (whom I like to refer to as “Younger Jenna”), published her first book! I was thrilled to be asked to review it and I loved it from the very first page. Younger Jenna is amaze-balls and her book, Standing Out, is the bomb. I actually forgot that I was reviewing and started taking notes. It’s that dang good! Go get yourself a copy and start making notes! Seriously. Why are you still here? We can chat later. Go.

Standing Out 3


16 Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

I can’t avoid it and when I saw these pumpkin recipes, I’m not sure I want to any longer. Fall is definitely here or at least on the way and so is my pumpkin inspiration for the season. If you like pumpkin anything, you’re going to love these ideas from this weeks party guests.


16 Fall Pumpkin Recipes


Savory Pumpkin Hummus from Strength & Sunshine

Savory Pumpkin Hummus- All things pumpkin


Five Spice Peanut & Pumpkin Muffins from Simply Stacie

5 Spice Peanut and Pumpkin Muffins- All things pumpkin


Slow Cooker Pumpkin Dump Cake from Simply Stacie. She’s kind of on a roll with the pumpkin ideas this week.

Pumpkin dump cake- Lots of pumpkin recipe ideas for fall


Pumpkin Scones with Ginger from Cooking on the Front Burners.

Pumpkins scones with ginger glaze. All things pumpkin


Easy Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie from Little Miss Celebration

Pumpkin ice cream pie- All things pumpkin round-up


Glazed Pumpkin Pull Apart Rolls from I Should Be Mopping the Floor.

Glazed pumpkin pull aparts. Pumpkin recipe round up


Pumpkin Croissants from Sweet and Savory by Shinee

Pumpkin Recipe Roundup- Pumpkin Croissants


Caramel Pumpkin Coffee Syrup by A Houseful of Handmade.

Pumpkin recipes- Caramel pumpkin coffee syrup


No-Bake Pecan Pumpkin Pie from Shaken Together

Pumpkin recipes- No bake pumpkin pie


Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies- Because Keri at Shaken Together is on a pumpkin roll, too.

All things pumpkin- Pumpkin oatmeal cookies


Pumpkin Coffee Spice Creamer from The Gracious Wife.
Pumpkin ideas- Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer


Pumpkin Bread Pudding from Ilka’s Blog.

All the pumpkin recipes and ideas. Pumpkin bread pudding


Pumpkin Butter Simplified by Kleinworth & Co.

Pumpkin Recipe Ideas- Pumpkin Butter


Pumpkin Monkey Bread with Brown Sugar Glaze from A Little Claireification.

Pumpkin Recipe Roundup- Pumpkin monkey bread with brown sugar glaze


Maple Glazed Pumpkin Bites from Live, Laugh, Rowe.

Pumpkin recipe roundup ideas. Maple glazed pumpkin bites


Pumpkin Spice Fudge from A Night Owl Blog.

Pumpkin recipe round up ideas. Pumpkin spice fudge


Thanks so much to all of you who linked up your delicious pumpkin recipes with us this weekend at our Best of the Weekend Link Party!

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