Ok – finally – the table centerpiece for your Christmas breakfast table… this year why not try an edible centerpiece?

Christmas Table Decoration of Mandarin Oranges & sprigs of greenery

And for a five star Christmas Brunch try this menu:

Christmas Morning Brunch Menu … to be continued

I call this Grandpa’s Granola because Grandpa says he can eat anything. Now as a family we smile knowingly as Grandma never cooked anything that Grandpa didn’t like. And 92 who is going to argue with him?

I recommend you serve this with heavenly banana.

Grandpa's Granola - Served with Heavenly Banana is a match, well, made in heaven

What you need:

  • 10 cups Rolled Oats (not quick)
  • 1 ½ cups Oat Bran
  • 1 ½ cups raw Wheat Germ
  • ½ cup ground Flax Seed
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cups mixed unsalted nuts and seeds ( I use trail mix)
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup honey
  • 4 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 2 cups mixed dried fruits (your choice)

What you do:
1. Preheat oven to 350oF.

2. Thoroughly mix first five ingredients in a very large bowl.

3. In a saucepan heat oil, honey and vanilla until it bubbles. Pour into the Oat mix and stir thoroughly.

4. Add the nuts and seeds and continue to stir until it is well mixed.

5. Spread out on two large baking sheets (with sides).

6. Bake for ten minutes, turn granola in to the center then spread it out again.  Do this two or three times until the Granola is turning a golden brown and looks dry. CAUTION: Watch closely during the last ten minutes so it doesn’t burn.

7. Remove from oven and continue to stir (so it doesn’t clump) until it cools.

8. When cooled add the dried fruits and mix thoroughly. Store in a sealed container.

Christmas Morning Brunch Menu … to be continued

This is the juice to serve with your Christmas Brunch. It will add a nice splash of festive colour to your brunch and is a slight little change from the usual mimosas that are often served in the morning. And for the record, I think that champagne would go just fine with this as well. 😉

  • 1 can frozen Raspberry concentrate (prepared following directions.)
  • 3 cups Cranberry, Apple or White Grape Juice.

All you have to do is: Mix together and refrigerate until chilled.

Float raspberries, lime or orange slices and sprigs of mint.

Christmas Morning Brunch Menu … to be continued

This recipe is from our friend Lynn Bischoff  of Anchor Point Bed and Breakfast

Serve these heavenly bananas with Grandpa's Granola for the perfect combo!

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups Sour cream
  • 6 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Orange Juice
  • 3 Teaspoons Grated Orange Zest
  • 4-6 Bananas Sliced
  • 1/2 C. Sliced Almonds (toasted)

What you do:

1. Combine the sour cream, sugar, orange juice and orange zest. Blend well.
2. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
3. Fold in the banana slices and place in serving bowls.
4. Top with the sliced almonds.
5. Serve Cold.

Christmas Morning Brunch Menu … to be continued

Artichoke and Sheep Cheese Frittata (also known as the San Remo Frittata)


This recipe is one of my Dad’s favourite recipes to prepare for his guests. He finds it quick to toss together, easy to make, and his guests always love it.

What you’ll need:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pukka sauce (or hot pepper sauce)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup of canned artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1/3 Cup roasted sweet pimentos, drained and chopped
  • 1/3 Cup sheep cheese (amount is before it is grated)
  • ½ Cup of  mozzarella cheese (amount is before it is grated)
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons shredded Cheddar Cheese

What you do:

  1. Grate the cheeses.
  2. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  3. In a large bowl whisk eggs, pukka sauce and salt together.
  4. Stir artichokes, pimentos, and cheese into the mixture.
  5. In a 10 inch non-stick saucepan with oven proof handle over medium heat, add oil and garlic, and sauté for about 2 minutes. Careful not to burn the garlic – stir frequently.
    (TIP – if your handle is plastic you can make an oven proof handle by wrapping handle with several layers of tinfoil)
  6. Pour egg mixture into pan.
  7. Stir the olive oil and garlic into the mixture.
  8. Place in oven and bake for 18 to 20 minutes until centre is set and top is  browning.
  9. If the egg is cooked but not brown, place under broiler for 2-3 minutes until browned.
  10. Cool for a few minutes, then with a spatula go around the edges to loosen the frittata. Put a large, warm plate on top of the pan and flip over quickly.
  11. With another warm plate, cover and flip again, so the side with the browned eggs is now facing up.
  12. Cut into wedges and garnish by sprinkling cheddar cheese over top and placing one slice of a red or green pepper on top.
  13. Serve with salsa and multigrain toast.

Christmas Morning Brunch Menu … to be continued

  • Raspberry Razzmatazz
  • Grandpa’s Granola with Heavenly Banana
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Caramel Pecan Cinnamon Rolls
  • San Remo Frittata
  • Cranberry Nut Toast

Let me tell you first hand that these sticky buns are amazing… oooh so gooey and delightful. It’s a good thing I did my P90x workout today or I would have felt really bad when I dove in for seconds…

Anyway … in case you haven’t figure it out … it’s Julie writing today. Mom is busy with her holiday decorating! The main floor of her house is covered in boxes and decorations. It’s definitely starting to feel festive in a chaotic sort of way!!

This brunch menu is sure to win the crowds over this Christmas. I hope you give a few of the recipes or maybe even the entire menu a try.

Make these in advance and freeze. Take them out the night before you want to serve them, let stand for 1 ½ hours. Put in fridge until morning.

Temperature : 350oF

Cooking time: 30-35 minutes

Makes 36 buns.

What you need:

  • ½ Cup sugar + 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2/3 Cup warm water
  • 2 packages of active dry yeast
  • 5 ½ Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Cup warm milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ Cup soft butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoon Melted Butter
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon

What you do:

1. In a large bowl, dissolve 2 teaspoons of sugar in the warm water. Sprinkle yeast into water mixture.

2. Let stand 10 minutes, and then stir well.

3. Add warm milk, sugar, salt, butter and eggs to yeast/water mixture. Stir in 3 cups of flour. Beat vigorously until smooth and elastic. Scrape sides of bowl.

4. Add remaining 2 ½ cups of flour gradually.

5. Roll the dough into a ball on a floured surface. Knead for 5-10 minutes or until dough is no longer sticky.

6. Let the dough rest for 20 minutes wrapped in Saran Wrap and a towel. Punch dough down.

7. Roll out dough (rectangle) to approximately 15 inches long 10 inches wide.

8. Brush with soft butter, sprinkle with cinnamon and pecans and roll into long roll. Cut into 1 ½ inch slices, put each slice into large muffin pan to freeze.

At this point they can be frozen and then taken out the night before you wish to cook them. You would take them out the night before, let stand for 1 ½ hours and then refrigerate overnight. In the morning, bake @ 350oF.

Before you bake, arrange them on top of the Caramel Pecan mixture in the Christmas Tree pan, or pan of choice.

9. Add the Caramel & Pecan Topping

I make this in a Christmas Tree shaped pan the night before, add the frozen cinnamon buns and refrigerate. In the morning cook and serve for breakfast.

Mix together:

1 cup Brown Sugar

1/3 cup melted Butter (unsalted)

4 teaspoons Corn Syrup

1 cup  coarsley chopped Pecans

Spread mixture in the bottom of the greased pan then sprinkle with chopped pecans. Place the buns on top of the mixture in the pan.

10. Place in refrigerator and cool for 2 – 24 hours. Remove when ready to bake them. Uncover.

11. Let stand for 10 minutes at room temperature while preheating the oven to 400°F.

12. Using a toothpick pop any bubbles that may have formed while cooling the dough.

13. Bake for 28-30 minutes if baking them in a muffin tin or 35 minutes in the tree pan until brown. Make sure the center buns pop back. Make sure they are cooked before taking them out of the oven as oven temperatures vary.

14. Remove from pan and cool on wire racks.

15. If using the Caramel & Pecan Topping, remove from oven and immediately invert onto a large tray. Scrape out excess syrup and pecans and add to top of buns. Serve immediately.

16. If not using Caramel Topping, brush with melted butter if desired, serve warm.

Christmas Morning Brunch Menu … to be continued

  • Raspberry Razzmatazz
  • Grandpa’s Granola with Heavenly Banana
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Caramel Pecan Cinnamon Rolls
  • San Remo Frittata
  • Cranberry Nut Toast

Carmel and Pecan Mixture

Rising ready for baking

Do you remember in the late summer, early fall we ran a contest to name  “Anne’s No Name Cereal Dish“?

Well a few weeks ago we were priviledged to have our winner stay at Anne’s Oceanfront Hideaway again.  Of course we had to serve her MARVI. I was going wait until after the holiday season to share the picture of our winner Val eating her MARVI cereal dish, but I decided I couldn’t wait!

It was good to see you again Val!  And thanks for naming our no name cereal dish.

Happy Holidays!

Tomorrow is the first day of December and for me, that signals the time to begin preparations for the Holiday Season.

I always looked forward to December the 1st as that was the day we put up the tree.  It meant the beginning of Christmas decorating, baking cookies, pouring Amaretto over the Fruit Cakes (and taking a sip!) wrapping gifts, and generally getting ready for the family and friends that would share the seasons festivities with us.

I am a bit behind this year as I have a cold, but I will at least be thinking about what I will do.  My preparations always start with a list. Rick rolls his eyes and says I make lists of my lists, which is true because I need to keep myself organized!  First I need a theme – well that is easy as it is Christmas so the colors are red, white and green or a derivative. This year I will be using the Christmas Tree as my main focus.

My first set of lists is for the Christmas Eve Dinner, the Christmas morning breakfast, a snack list, beverage list and dessert list which will generate my food shopping list. And so it goes, five lists to make a food shopping list!

Speaking of Christmas lists… we can help with your shopping list!! We are offering 40% off our gift certificates until December 10th so if you want to give someone you love a night or two of pampering then send them to Annes Oceanfront Hideaway (or if you just want to buy it for yourself to save the 40% that is ok too… we won’t tell!!). The only catch is that it must be used up before the end of March, 2010.

Christmas Morning Brunch Menu

  • Raspberry Razzmatazz
  • Grandpa’s Granola with Heavenly Banana
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Caramel Pecan Cinnamon Rolls
  • San Remo Frittata
  • Cranberry Nut Toast


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It actually started over a year ago when Bram first came to visit.  Being an inside dog his already trained humans would not allow us to keep him outside. He loves the snow and cool weather of winter and eats ice cubes like candy! He is a rescue dog found in the frozen north of Ontario tied to a box and 15 pounds under his healthy weight and assumed to be a former sled dog that couldn’t keep up. Yet his former life is behind him and the good life keeps getting better. 

Bram has worked very diligently over the past few years designing a human behavioral program suitable to his needs. He has come to enjoy the finer points of self-employed executive living. Rising around 6 am and having a quick bite of breakfast before heading off for his morning run and returning to spend the morning in the office. Snack around ten then back to the office until noon when he takes lunch with other office personnel to discuss the morning activities and make adjustments to the afternoon itinerary. Around 4 pm is time for a peanut butter break then it is back to the office for another gruelling two or three hours depending on the work load. It such an exhausting schedule that many days he can be found sleeping under the desk or resting his eyes in the corner.  Finally around 6 pm he is out of the office and off for a run to clear his head and see if he can find a white fluffy tailed bunny to chase or perhaps a long legged deer.  Set your goals and just keep trying and trying again!

PB Break

Shortly after Bram arrived for a visit our Labrador Chewy, who was an outside dog her entire eleven years watched with interest as this youngster moved in not only on her turf but into places where she was not allowed to go. She soon made it clear that if he could be inside so could she.  Well she was almost twelve and the winter rains and cool temperatures would be hard on her so in she came.  For the first six months of her new life the only way she would go outside was to be bribed with biscuits.  (I think she was afraid we would leave her out!).IMG_1773

We always had dogs that lived outside on long lines and with heated houses for winter. They were well cared for, trained and good friends to us, but coming in the house was as foreign to them as having a dog or dogs move into the house was to us. 

So……..I have been in training of sorts for the last few months.  I have unknowingly been a willing participant in the care and feeding program designed by Bram and Chewy. Both have taken to sleeping in our office and/or bedroom at night, which is a part of the new training. 

Chewy prefers the office for most of the evening moving into her bed in our room around 2 am.  She  wanders into the bedroom, shakes her head which smacks her ears against her head then plods over to her bed (which has a crunchy plastic liner) circles on top of it three times gives a couple of scratches to the mat then lies down with a thud and a grunt.  She quickly goes to sleep snoring loudly and groaning through out the night.

Bram likes his bed tucked in the corner where he spends most of his night. Once in a while he will pick up the scent of a deer outside and he will start shaking his head, snorting and pacing. If I don’t acknowledge the moment I am likely to feel a cold wet nose on my foot, my arm or even my face until I get up.  I used to let him out for what I thought were urgent bathroom duties. but now I know they are the call of the wild, so I send him back to bed. He snorts and sulks back to bed. H is not your typical teenager as he is up with the morning light shaking his head and poking his nose on my exposed flesh.  If I ignore him the bed starts to move as he bumps up against the side.  This guy does what he can each morning to get me moving! 

Now our daily feeding routine is as follows:  we expect a Dentastik before the walk, light breakfast upon their return, snacks at ten, light lunch at noon, snacks at two and again at four, with dinner served at six after the evening constitution.  Oh yes and did I mention that we would like to have a couple of biscuits tossed over the hill each evening so we can play find the biscuit, usually at 8 and again at 10 pm before we settle in for the night? We also very much enjoy the visits from Dan and Janet as that always means extra snacks!

Have you disturbed me for food or can I go back to sleep?

Hanging Around June 2009 003Hanging Around


Prince Bram surveying the water for signs of movement.




Please put it back together I want to do it again!


Can you put the stuffing back in so I can pull it out again please!





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Chewy hunts the shorline looking for Starfish, crabs  and shells between playing fetch with a stick.




I doubt my training is complete but I have taken off the training wheels and consider myself to be a graduate of the Bram and Chewy obedience training school for unsuspecting novices. I am fairly sure they have many more classes lined up for future training!




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