Holiday, Recipes

New Holiday Traditions

Thank you to Pyrex® for sponsoring this post!

It’s been a year of firsts. Our first home together, getting engaged and married, and now, our first holiday season as husband and wife. As someone who didn’t grow up with very many holiday traditions, I am so excited for new traditions with my husband and our own little family in the years to come. Buying food and gifts for families in need (excited to do this with kids someday), watching holiday movies, an annual Christmas party, and lots of cooking and baking. And I can’t wait to see what traditions we end up starting in the years to come. 

This holiday season, I’m partnering with Pyrex to test run our Christmas breakfast since we’re making breakfast at my mother-in-law’s house on Christmas morning. One of my few memories in cooking and baking with my grandmother included using her Pyrex measuring cup – a piece I brought to Chicago with me and use almost every time I need to measure anything. 

I prepped a pre-Christmas Christmas breakfast – chocolate chip banana bread, an egg quiche, and cinnamon rolls all using PyrexSince we need to make a few things at our place before heading to the suburbs, I’ll just whip them up in a baking dish, (most of them come with a lid), and transport everything out to the suburbs. I didn’t try making cinnamon rolls from scratch this time around because I’d probably screw them up, but I may give that a go at some point.

Healthy egg quiche

Extra virgin olive oil
1 sweet potato, thinly sliced
4 pieces of breakfast sausage with casings removed
Chopped rosemary to taste
9 eggs
2 tbsp. coconut milk
a dash of salt and pepper
1 tomato
diced basil

This is a go-to and is so healthy and easy to make! I added tomato and basil for the first time and love how it turned out! Line your pie dish with a little olive oil and a layer of thinly sliced sweet potato. Press a layer of turkey sausage (without casing) into the potato and sprinkle diced rosemary on top. Cover with 9 eggs and 2 tbsp of coconut milk (whisked).

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, add a few pieces of sliced tomato, and bake for another 15 minutes. Top with diced basil and serve.

I’m so excited to spend Christmas with family this year and look forward to creating new traditions, and keeping up some of the ones Conor grew up with (like Christmas breakfast) and can’t wait to see what we come up with for our own family someday. I’d love to hear more about your favorite holiday traditions (new or old!) 

  • Janine

    Christmas is my favorite holiday! Ever since I moved in with my now husband a few years ago, We’ve started to create our own traditions. Once during the month we will go to the Christkindlmarket for dinner, buy a few new ornaments for our tree, and then go to Macy’s to see the windows, the Walnut Room tree, maybe get a couple more ornaments, and buy Frango Mints. We also try to see a Christmas show (A Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker, etc) and get dinner before or after. And then, the night before Christmas Eve, we go to Soupbox for dinner and to the LPZoo to watch the lights. My now husband proposed last year on Christmas Eve morning, so I’m looking forward to celebrating that a little too.

    We try to do stuff with my local family as well – Brookfield Zoo lights for the kids, Illumination at the Arboretum. And then when we are with extended family there are the regular small traditions that have carried through the generations (traditional-ish Polish Vigilia on my dad’s side, a big turkey dinner on my mom’s side). With my new in laws, we started a tradition of making pierogis out of the leftovers the day after Christmas, the years we celebrate with them.

    • I still haven’t been to Christkindlmarket! So bad but I’m planning on going. Love all your traditions!

  • Not that you asked, but these are HANDS DOWN the best cinnamon rolls: You have to make them! They honestly taste 100x better than coffee shop versions, and make well for a crowd.

    Also – I’m SO into Christimas movies this year too. There’s so many good ones!

    • Ohhh THANKS! Now what are the odds I won’t screw that recipe up?

  • Erin

    Danielle, do you pre-cook the sausage before adding to the pie dish?

  • My Dad has being doing a scavenger hunt on Christmas morning for my sister and I for 30 years (since we were 2/4, now 32/34). The gifts (now gift cards, cash, scratch tickets) are hidden all over his house and the clues rhyme. This year he’s trying to make them rhyming Dad jokes. It’s so much fun even though some of the clues are 30 years old originals but it wouldn’t be the same without them.

  • anoninga

    Hi Danielle,

    Can you tell me where to find your flatware? Are they from Crate and Barrel?

    Thank you!

  • This quiche looks so delicious! Definitely saving this for a Sunday Brunch.

    Brittany |

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