For the first time ever, we aren’t traveling over the holidays. After the most chaotic year ever last year, we decided to stay put. I’ll miss seeing my family, but I’m so excited to have a stress-free day doing whatever we want to do.

Oddly, one of the things I’m most excited about it Christmas morning breakfast. Most weekends, we’re up before the sun and catch the sunrise from the car on our journey into the mountains, so we grab breakfast on the go. But Christmas morning we get to wake up in our own bed, open our gifts in our own house, and then I get to make an actual breakfast before we head out to ski. I can’t be the only one that gets psyched about a feast of a breakfast…

For homemade breakfast feasts, I always like to make something savory and something sweet. Today I’ll share my something sweet: Christmas Pancakes. The pancakes have subtle flavors of orange and holiday spices, and the cranberry sauce topping is perfectly tangy with orange and bourbon.

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Christmas Pancakes

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For the Sauce

  • 1 12 oz package of cranberries
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • freshly squeezed juice of 1 orange
  • 3/4 cup water
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon

For the Pancakes

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. To make the sauce, mix all ingredients in medium saucepan and heat over medium-high heat for 20 – 35 minutes. Most of the liquid should be reduced. Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes before serving.
  2. For the pancakes, preheat a griddle or skillet to medium-low heat.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, orange zest, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cloves, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs slightly. Next, whisk in the buttermilk, melted butter, maple syrup, and orange juice. Pour into the dry mixture and stir until just combined. a few lumps are okay.
  5. Grease griddle or skillet. Ladle batter onto hot griddle and cook on one side until bubbles rise to the surface. Flip pancakes, and cook for another few minutes until browned and cooked through.
  6. To serve, stack pancakes and ladle cranberry sauce over the top. Garnish with orange zest if desired.

Yum! What are your favorite holiday breakfast dishes? Let me know in the comments!

And be sure to follow this blog and be the first to know when something new posted! I have some awesome holiday cocktails to share before New Year’s Eve and you won’t want to miss them! Cheers!

It is the 5th and final day of Cookie Week 2018!

If you’re just now joining us for Cookie Week, be sure to check out the recipes from earlier this week:

Guys, today is very special. I’m finally sharing my secret recipe for sugar cookies. I’ve been making these sugar cookies since I was a little girl. The original recipe came from one of those old church cookbooks – you know, the ones with 5 versions of ambrosia salad. But over the years I’ve modified it to perfection.

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Ornament Week may be over, but that doesn’t mean I’m done with holiday-themed DIY tutorials! Today, I’m showing you how to make a Hogwarts Tree Garland.

Last January, my favorite people joined me on a little trip to Universal Studios in Florida to celebrate my birthday.


Somewhere between swishing wands, sipping butterbeer, and riding roller coasters, I spotted this tree garland for sale. And I think it’s the perfect inspiration for my own DIY garland.


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Welcome to Day 5 of Ornament Week!

This will be my last Ornament Week post this year, BUT I have some other holiday inspiration planned for next week!

If you are just now joining us for ornament week, you can catch up by checking out the other ornament week posts from this year:

Today’s DIY Ornament inspiration: Pom Ornaments!

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Welcome to Day 3 of Ornament Week!

If you missed the first two days, be sure to check out my Wood Memory Ornaments and Dinosaur Ornaments for more inspiration.

Today’s DIY Ornament Tutorial: Cinnamon Gingerbread Ornaments!

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I love this idea because:

  1. The whole house smells AMAZING when you make these because you use real cinnamon
  2. So easy you can do it with kiddos
  3. They make great gifts
  4. There are so many ways to customize your gingerbread creations (for pets, hobbies, etc.)

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Welcome to Day 2 of Ornament Week!

If you are just now joining us for ornament week, you can catch up by checking out yesterday’s tutorial for Wood Memory Ornaments and my 14er tree.

Today’s DIY Ornament inspiration: Glam Dinos! Featuring a glittering T-Rex angel tree topper.

I have thing for dinosaurs. If you check out my plants, chances are you’ll find a tiny little gold dinosaur sitting in the planter, like it’s hiding in a jungle. They are literally all over my house. So when I was brainstorming ideas for my home office mini tree, DIY dinosaur ornaments were the obvious choice.


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