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Sew Day Patriotic Nine Patch Stars

We had our second sew day to work on the patriotic quilt, five more friends sewing on my machines, pressing seams, cutting sashing and cornerstones, and making binding.  Of course, we had a pot luck lunch too, and did take a nice break to enjoy a meal.  I decided to do the Nine Patch Star on the first sew day, but didn’t show it to you then. I had worked on the Classic and Vintage Fat Quarter Shop design for a patriotic quilt, and they have now pushed their reveal back to January.   So, I went with the Nine Patch Star for this community quilt.  For the first sew day, I had cut fabrics for several hours the day before so we could hit the ground running. For this patriotic version, the center unit has a star print for the center, surrounded by blue scraps.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Then the flying geese units were done in scrappy reds.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

We pressed those seams open to reduce bulk, and make it easy to see the point for sewing the next seam.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

After the previous sew day, we had all the nine patch units made, all the flying geese units made, and all the squares cut.  On this day, we needed to finish assembly of the 20 blocks, add sashing and cornerstones, and complete the center section of the quilt top. Here we are set up for day two of sewing.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

The units were all completed, and then the blocks assembled.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Time out for lunch!  We did a Mexican theme pot luck lunch, with a Christmas Tablescape. The salad courses were lined up on the counter, my guacamole was in the center.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

We had a tossed salad full of crunchy lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, cranberries, bacon, olives, onions and hard boiled eggs.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

We scooped up the Seven Layer salad, yummy refried beans, avocado, olives, cheese, onions, salsa and sour cream to eat with chips.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

Then we moved to the stove for the Mexican Chicken Enchilada casserole in a slow cooker.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

Taco soup was in another pot, made with ground beef and corn with lots of spice that was so thick it was more like chili.  We ladled it into our bowls, filled up plates, and sat at the dining table for a leisurely lunch with lots of chat time. This was my plate.  I’ll show you the tablescape on Wednesday.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

They laughed at me as I took a picture of another full plate.  Seconds were encouraged, and taken advantage of!

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

Stuffed too full for dessert right away, we went back to the basement for more sewing. We cut sashing strips, 2-1/2-inches x 12-1/2-inches. Cornerstones of the same star print were placed between the sashings.  The top was constructed in two big pieces.  When we had all 20 blocks made, we put sashings on two sides of each block.  The blocks were sewn into rows, and two large sections were done.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Then it was time for dessert, Chocolate on Chocolate. It was a happy thing that the Christmas sprinkles were also the colors of the Mexican flag, after all, there is a lot of chocolate in Mexican cooking. Chocolate chunk brownies, frosted with dark chocolate ganache and sprinkles left everyone with a sweet taste.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

Every dessert looks yummy on a Christmas plate, right?

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

Back to sewing, the final assembly meant joining the two large pieces, then adding the last two edges of sashings, and the center of the top is done.  We counted it up, and so far with 10 quilters working in five different machines over two days plus the cutting time, we have 70 quilter-hours in this quilt so far.  Cutting, marking, pressing, sewing, and ripping out some bad seams here and there really adds up.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

At this point it is still not large enough for Quilts of Valor, right now it is 59 x 72 inches. So I will add a scrappy border made during the first sew day, along with a solid red border on the outside edge to bring it over the minimum size of 60 x 80.  I’ll show you those steps soon, when I get to them. I don’t expect to finish this quilt before Christmas, there is too much going on this month.  The block pattern is the same as the Christmas Quilt Along from yesterday.  I’ll have a pdf for you with both sizes later in the quilt along.  I just got three new pantographs for quilting too and I cannot wait to try them out!

What do you think of our Sew Day and Pot Luck?  Do you think you might try this with some of your sewing friends?

 

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Quick Christmas Quilt Along – Nine Patch Star

Ready to use up some Christmas scraps?  Today we’ll start a very fast quilt along with a new block.  This idea came to me about a month ago, and I have done extensive internet searches to see if it has already been published.  I cannot find this exact thing anywhere, and I can hardly believe it hasn’t been published somewhere.  The block is super simple, a nine patch surrounded by a star.  Two different sizes of squares are used to start, and it will use up a bunch of your stash.  Today, we’ll cut and make the first unit, next week we’ll finish the second unit and assemble the stars, then finally will assemble the quilt runner, add borders and quilt it. Ready to quilt along for a fast runner or table topper?

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Hoem

I made mine with a gold center, red squares and green in the star units. Here are the cutting instructions for three blocks.

Red scraps 2-1/2-inch squares = 24
Gold fabric 2-1/2-inch squares = 3
Green fabric or scraps 4-inch squares = 12
White fabric 4-inch squares = 12
White fabric 3-1/2-inch squares = 12

You’ll also need some extra yardage for the border, four WOF strips will do it.  I made mine 2-1/2-inches wide.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Begin the units by making the nine-patches. Place the gold square in the center, red around the edges and sew in rows.  Press each row opposite to make nesting easier, like the top and bottom to the right and the middle to the left.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Nine patch unit complete.  Make 3.  This unit should measure 6-1/2-inches square.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Next, pair up the 4-inch green squares with the 4-inch white squares. Draw sewing lines on the white, 1/4-inch from the diagonal center.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Chain sew on the lines.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Cut apart on the diagonal between the sewing lines.  Make 24 HST units.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Press to the green, and square to 3-1/2-inches. Here’s where we will end up this week, with the bits laid out for the next steps.  One nine-patch unit, eight HSTs and four white 3-1/2-inch white squares.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

We’ll continue next week sewing this unit, assembling the runner, and beginning the quilting.  I’ll have a pdf for you then with the whole pattern.  Click HERE for the next step.  Are you going to quilt along?  Or are you working on another Christmas project?

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Holiday Home Ideas and Home Tour

Now that the Christmas season is getting into full swing, it’s time for some decorating ideas.  I’ll show you some of my decorating ideas from previous years, with a few new ideas thrown in for this season with links to patterns for quilted and crafted items.  To begin, if you have some stairs, it is a fun place to hang your Christmas stockings using sill sitter type hangers.  I don’t have a mantle, and some years have used the bookshelves for these, but I really like them on the stairs.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

Sometimes it is a nice change to use stocking hangers for special ornaments that might otherwise get lost on a heavily laden tree.  This one is from our first Christmas together, quite some time ago.  I tied a red ribbon on it and hung it from the top reindeer instead of the decorative stocking I used last year.  Now I remember our first Christmas every time I go upstairs.

Holiday Home Tour at From My Carolina Home

Make a simple table runner for an end table.  This is a free pattern, along with a couple more quickie projects, still available on my blog HERE.  The focus fabric in the middle is a baking print with little cookie cutters and bags of spices tied with Christmas bows.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

Add a festive Holiday Wreath to the front of the house. These are not that hard to make, and I’ll teach you how to do the bow too, HERE. See more wreath ideas with the Festival of Wreaths post from Monday.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

Hang a Santa hat on your hall tree or coat hook.

Holiday Home Tour at From My Carolina Home

Make a Christmas Ornament mini quilt, and display with a few favorite Christmas pretties.  I changed all the candles in my collection of depression glass candle holders to red ones, and added some candle ring greenery.  This cute little reindeer warming his hooves over the chimney is a favorite holiday piece.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

Don’t forget the guest bathroom counter.  A simple Santa and playful reindeer with some red candles is festive for guests.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

I collect small Santa figures, and gather many of them together in a display on an antique corner shelf. Not all I find make the cut though, only the ones I really think are whimsical without being too cutesy.  This picture is overly bright because I just couldn’t get enough light into that corner so I had to use the flash.  My two favorite Santa figures are on the top shelf, in the middle and on the right.

Holiday Home Tour at From My Carolina Home

Pull out a Christmas quilt for the guest bed, and make one for your bed too.  My Christmas Trip Around the World quilt goes so fast, that I made it from beginning the cutting to finishing the binding in just over a week – and that was around my work schedule and social commitments!

Christmas Trip Around the World | From My Carolina Home

While we are in the guest room, make sure yours it is truly ready with my Checklist for Guest Room Readiness. Using a table runner as a bed scarf is one way to add a holiday look without making or buying a whole quilt.

Are you REALLY ready for overnight guests? From My Carolina Home

Christmas themed throw size quilts go on the ottomans.  This one is a simple sampler done in reds and greens.

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Another fun place to add a bit of holiday cheer is the kitchen window.  I put this little mouse here with his teacup.  I like his goofy feet that dangle.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

Set a pretty table in the dining room.  Next week I’ll show you a new Christmas tablescape, but for now here is last year’s rustic green and gold themed tablescape.

Christmas Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Put a small tree on your breakfast table.

Christmas Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

Make a Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug for a cute pair of reindeer.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

Sew a fun Candle Wrapper for a jar candle to sit on the counter.

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While you are unpacking your Christmas boxes, are there things that you haven’t used in a while?  Seems like every year there are a few items that I unwrap and then decide not to use.  This year, those items were put in a box, will be donated in time for someone else to enjoy this year, and reduce the amount of stuff I will store for next year.  I pick up new things at the thrift stores during the year, so this helps keep the total in check.  I have a goal of reducing one whole box full this week.

Most of all, take time to breathe and enjoy each day.  This is a fun time of year, but not if you are stressed out trying to make everything perfect.  I personally think the best memories are made when things go a bit haywire, so embrace the days and just enjoy yourself!  Laugh at the foibles, and make new memories with family and friends.

Now, for more Holiday Homes, Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate has put together a fun blog hop.  Since I am on the last day, all these links are active now. Have fun!


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Embroidered Stars Quilt and more quilting

The stars and bars design on this next Quilt of Valor was interesting and a wonderful way to use up scraps, but I had a moment of pause when I realized the bar of stars on the left side vertical panel was embroidered.  I have not worked with this type of fabric on the longarm before.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

Have you seen this embroidered star fabric in the stores? I have recently, and would not have thought of using it on a quilt as it is heavier than the standard quilting cotton, and the stars are heavily embroidered with a substantial thread build up.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

I decided to use red thread as the majority of the top was red, plus the back was a red fabric with stars.  I liked this backing print so much, I got some at the local fabric store for my patriotic quilt, more on that in a minute.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

I was really apprehensive about quilting this one, would the hopping foot get caught in all that thread?  As it turned out, it did fine.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

The stitches looked fine too, the difference in weight between this fabric and the cottons didn’t have an effect on them.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

I used the pantograph that appears as clouds called Halcyon from Willow Leaf.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

The red thread looks great on the navy.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

And it adds some interest to the plain white background fabric.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

It lets the stars shine.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

All done, the quilting provides a nice texture to the overall quilt.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

Stars on bars, the asymmetrical design is really nice.  One more close view of the stitching and piecing.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

The Fat Quarter Shop Classic and Vintage quilt along is coming soon!  It won’t be long now until I can show you.  I did mine in patriotic colors, and quilted it with the same Halcyon pantograph.  See the red star print?  It was the perfect choice.  Batting is Warm and Natural on both quilts.

Secret Project for FQS at From My Carolina Home

I’ve got it bound now too, hand stitching is nice while watching football games.  It was fun to do this classic and vintage design.  The big reveal is scheduled for December 8th on the Fat Quarter Shop blog, Jolly Jabber.

Classic and Vintage at From My Carolina Home

More quilting coming up! I have a new block design that we are using in patriotic colors for our Sew Days.  A few friends are coming over today to complete the quilt top we started last time with a wonderful lunch I’ll share soon.  On Sunday, we’ll start a very fast quilt along using the block in Christmas colors for a table runner.  It will finish in just three weeks.  Then, on December 1st,  Moda begins their Countdown to Christmas quilt, with a sampler of 6-inch blocks. Mine is called Candy Twist and will be on December 10th on the Bake Shop blog, and I’ll show it here too.

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Festival of Wreaths

The local Meals on Wheels foundation is having a silent auction this week for a fundraiser called Festival of Wreaths.  They published a request for wreaths in a local magazine, and I just happened to see it.  You know me, any excuse to get out the glue gun!  So out came the Christmas stuff and a new grapevine wreath.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Setting the grapevine wreath at an angle makes it easier to place the elements.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

I wanted a very large bow this time, so I made a double one. I showed how to make a basic bow HERE, and for the double bow I made a second bow without the center loop and all wide loops in the same manner.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Placing the basic bow on top of the larger base creates a double size.  This is easier to make than one huge bow to hold and tie.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Gluing the streamers down, I offset the bow placement to one side, about 11-o’clock position. I made them long enough to ripple over the wreath, and spot glued the ends down.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

For a little extra pizazz, I glued some red tuille loops under the bow area, then began filling the sides with greenery and other elements.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

The bow base was glued on top of the tuille.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Then the top bow section is added to complete the bow.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Greenery and pine cones are glued to either side of the bow. The white berries add a bit of lightness to the wreath.  I use odd numbers of elements on each side of the bow – 3 white berry sprays, three pine cones.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Three clumps of red berries and additional holly leaves fill in the spaces.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

A tie-wrap is used for a hanger, it is flexible and strong, and can be put over a nail or a wreath hanger.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

I hung it up on the wall for a final picture.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

I was having so much fun that I made a second one that is more winter in feel with snowflakes. This one is inspired by the wire edge ribbon that I used for the bow. There are some plain silver streamers under the snowflake blue and silver.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

I wrapped blue ribbon around the small wreath, added the bow and streamers along with some greenery and pine cones.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

It needed something more, so I added five snowflakes, three on the left side, one on the bow and one low on a streamer.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

The snowflakes are paper cutouts with glitter for shine, just glued into place. Now the wreath has a winter feel that can be enjoyed through the next few months.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

DH and I delivered them to the Council on Aging office in plenty of time. The wreaths are being displayed on the office doors, so bidders will walk down the hallway to see the offerings. Several wreaths were already on display like this seaside inspired one.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

This one with greenery and cotton bolls could be used anytime of year.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

This one was Christmas themed, full and large.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Another one had a springtime look.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

This one was a hoot, an elf has apparently crashed into it!

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

The auction will also have some table decorations available for bidding.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Mine was hung on a door for bidding. One of my blog cards is hanging on it, and can be snipped off by the high bidder.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

The Festival of Wreaths is open for bids at the Council on Aging office at 105 King Creek in Hendersonville on Thursday November 30th from 3 pm to 6 pm if you are local. Proceeds will go to providing support for the Meals on Wheels program for our local homebound elderly. Put it on your calendar for Thursday if you can, help support this wonderful program, and score a great home decoration for the holidays.

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Nancy’s Quilt and Cyber Monday

The blocks on this pretty quilt were completed by a friend who recently passed away after a long battle with ovarian cancer.  Nancy was one of the bravest women I have ever known. I am not sure many could endure what she did, the way she did, with grace and a determination to live her life as normally as possible in spite of the treatments and ugliness of the disease and its ravages.  She was a true inspiration.  When my friend Marti told me that the blocks were assembled into a top, and asked me to quilt it, of course I said yes.  In fact, I told her that I would be mad if she didn’t let me quilt it.  Marti put sashing and cornerstones on the blocks to enlarge it, and it really took on a look of stained glass.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Of course, I know that Marti’s quilts are always flat and square with perfect sashing and borders.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I  also knew right away that a dark purple would be my choice for thread color. Essentials for the top, Auriful for the bobbin.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I picked an interlocking pantograph that had a trefoil design called Wrought Iron by Jodi Beamish for Willow Leaf Designs.  It has two rows on one panto, so I can stitch across twice before advancing the quilt.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

She must have liked it as I could almost feel her smiling as I worked with the longarm.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I like the way the thread color lets Nancy’s beautiful blocks shine.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Of course, Murphy’s law struck, and I ran out of bobbin thread in the middle of a row.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I thought this would be a good time to show you how I deal with this. I’m sure you’ve heard of ‘tie off and bury your threads’, and I have to admit I didn’t do this for the longest time. It was too much of a pain. But, I found some needles that thread from the top with just some pressure with the thread tails, and now it is easy. I started here by using my thread snips to gently pull the bobbin thread up to the top. I pull on the top thread, and use the point of the snips to pull the loop of bobbin up again, taking out the stitch.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I work this around until I get into a patterned area where the thread change will be hidden a bit better. If I tie off in the white, this dark thread will show underneath.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Keep going until the thread end is well into the purple fabric. Tie the ends of the top and bobbin thread into a tiny knot. Place the needle at the point of the knot, and push the thread tails on the top of the needle, into the little indentation to thread it.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Then pull it through, and cut the tails off at the exit point of the needle, well away from the actual knot.  Putting a little pressure up on the tails, they will then retract behind the fabric when cut.  I couldn’t do that and hold the camera and the snips all at once, so the tails look loose here.  But I actually pull on them as I cut.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Now, with my replaced bobbin, I take two tiny back stitches at the point I left off.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

When I finish the row, I come back to bury the thread tails of the restarted stitching.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Clipping those tails, you really have to look to find the point where the stop and start occurred.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

In the white section (which looks yellow here due to the light from the longarm), you can see the needle holes from the original line of stitching removed.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I just use my fingernail or a toothbrush to close those up.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I put a large corsage pin in the front so I can find that point on the back. I want to be sure that the stitching is good there too.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home<

It is really difficult to see on this patterned backing, so I put some paper on either side, the pin is at the bottom. The stitching line is nicely continuous without any noticeable knots, overstitches, or thread build up. If the backing was plain, this would be really important especially if your quilt is submitted to a show for judging.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Luckily, that was the only bobbin glitch.  After that, there wasn’t a row that ran out of bobbin thread, or had a thread break.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

All done, I love these colors.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Marti plans to send this to a charity event in all our names.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

But to me it will be Nancy’s quilt.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

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Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast

Last holiday season, I had some egg nog left over after Christmas.  I wanted to do something special for a New Year’s day breakfast and just thought eggs, french toast, why not try using the egg nog?  Of course, knowing that DH is a cinnamon hound, it wasn’t hard to figure out what to add.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

We like the light egg nog, a lower fat variety.  Buttermilk bread is wonderful here, or the Italian style is great too.  Either way, use a thicker sliced bread that can stand up to the egg nog mix.  Even a multi grain would be good, and maybe add a bit of texture to the toast and you could tell yourself it is more healthy, LOL!!

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

Before you start mixing, set out the butter so it can soften, and warm up the syrup in the microwave.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

Pour some egg nog in a bowl, add cinnamon and vanilla to taste. I used two teaspoons of cinnamon to one and a half cups of egg nog, with just a few drops of vanilla.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

Quickly dip both sides of the bread and add to a medium high skillet.  Don’t move it around, let it cook. As the slices brown, they will release from the skillet.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

A larger skillet can handle two slices, just be sure they have room. For DH, two is better than one.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

Flip over and let the other side cook.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

Serve hot. I actually like mine with just a touch of butter.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

DH likes his with syrup.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

This year, I bought the egg nog earlier than usual just so I could make it Thanksgiving weekend. Easy and fast, but very special breakfast for holidays!

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast

1-2 cups of egg nog, light or regular
1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
4-8 slices bread, thick sliced buttermilk or your favorite

Mix egg nog with cinnamon and vanilla in a wide bowl. Preheat skillet on medium high heat and spray lightly with cooking spray or brush thinly with butter. Quickly dip bread slices in mixture, and place in hot skillet. Cook 1-2 minutes, until lightly browned, or darker as you prefer. Flip bread slices and cook other side. Repeat with additional slices of bread. Serve hot with softened butter and warmed syrup as desired. One cup of mixture will make about 4 slices of french toast, serving 2 people.

Breakfast always looks more festive on a Christmas plate, doesn’t it?

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

Are you making a special breakfast this weekend?