The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Beginning with a Gift!

Now that we have entered the most magical of months, it’s time to celebrate all things holiday – and that includes here at A&A!  I will be trying out holiday recipes and featuring some of my favorite sights, sounds, and smells of the season, along with the occasional cup of cheer.

This is the time when we especially focus on doing and giving.  We remember the magic of childhood and carry on the traditions that bring back a little of that magic.  It is a time for family, old friends, new friends, and hope for good things in the fresh start of the coming year. 

It’s also a time for:

  • an elf that wants to be a dentist
  • Buzz’s girlfriend (woof)
  • the phrase “hee haw”

You know what I mean by those, right?

In the spirit of giving, I am delighted to kick off December with a giveaway!

Does this sight look familiar?

This was my breakfast Saturday morning (and has been for weeks)…ever since I discovered Three Sisters oatmeal, which is available exclusively at Whole Foods.  I just cannot get enough of it.  It tastes delicious, is made from wholesome ingredients, is kind to the planet, and it warms me up on these increasingly cold mornings.

The folks at Three Sisters were kind enough to send me some of their cereal to try as well, and I have to say, the varieties I have had (Honey Puffs and Cinnamon Sweets) were super delicious, and free from artificial additives to boot.  Their cereals are also bagged to reduce wasteful packaging, and are made using renewable wind energy.

Wouldn’t you like to try some yourself?

Leave a comment below telling me about your favorite holiday breakfast or breakfast tradition!

All comment posters will be eligible to receive a coupon towards one free Three Sisters cereal product!*  I have 4 coupons, so you will have a good chance.

If you don’t live near a Whole Foods then I will gladly send you one of their products instead – your choice.

The giveaway will run through noon EST on Friday, December 3rd.

I am in love with all things breakfast.  Oatmeal is my quick morning version.  My weekend versions and “breakfast for supper” versions tend to look more like this:

I have a few friends out there that are “expecting” – I hope the sight of those beans and eggs didn’t make your stomachs heave!  Personally, it makes me hungry…

Holiday versions of breakfast are special.  When I was growing up it was actually the one day of the year where we all sat down and ate breakfast together.  After we spent Christmas in Ireland in 1997 we started doing Christmas Crackers at home, including the wearing of the dorky paper hat. 

Probably why I had a hard time finding any photos where someone wasn’t making a face, but that’s part of what makes it special.

I am looking forward to sharing my love of the season with you this month and reading about your own holiday favorites.  No Scrooges need apply.  I am so over people who hate the holidays.

So grab some eggnog, crafting glue, Nat King Cole… and let’s go!

*Although Three Sisters provided the prizes for this giveaway they are not sponsors, endorsers, or affiliated with the giveaway.

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10 Comments on “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Beginning with a Gift!”

  1. December 1, 2010 at 7:00 pm #

    i know you’re not a fan of the meats, so i hope this doesn’t gross you out so much i get disqualified: my family’s christmas morning breakfast is centered around the trashy honey ham we always have the night before on christmas eve. it gets fried up in butter, and is accompanied by homefries (made of the previous night’s baked potatoes), eggs (scrambled), english muffins slathered with whatever festive jam/jelly i put in my mama’s stocking that year, half a grapefruit and coffee.

    my absolute favorite breakfast of the whole year, hands down.

    also, three cheers for three sisters! i am OBSESSED with their cereals. perfect reproductions of childhood favs i was never allowed to have because they were made of nothing. now i can shove handfuls of ‘lucky charms’ and ‘cinnamon toast crunch’ into my mouth without feeling like an asshole/letting my mother down.

    xoxo

    • Aimee
      December 2, 2010 at 11:12 am #

      ash, i might not eat the meats but i recognize its place at the breakfast table of many…and i am definitely a fan of anything having to do with you and your family!

      excellent submission, but i am not surprised. of course you guys re-use last night’s dinner and dress it up for xmas morning!! perhaps to the sweet sounds of neil diamond?

      miss you. love your blog, too. MISS YOU. xo

  2. Lisa C
    December 2, 2010 at 10:30 am #

    I’d love to try this cereal especially if it comes in oatmeal. I serve my children breakfast everyday & I must start eating it myself! Usually I just have coffee. Thanks for hosting.

    • Aimee
      December 3, 2010 at 10:07 am #

      you need more than coffee, lisa!!

  3. Ashley G-W
    December 2, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    I am nothing but on board with the holidays! Have you made a fruit cake before? I am trying it for the first time as we speak (even though there’s only about a week until the holiday party I intend to debut it at, and I know they’re traditionally supposed to take months to properly age). I’m using this recipe: http://savour-fare.com/2009/12/07/its-fruitcake-weather-buddy/. Well, sort of: I’m doing whiskey instead of brandy and I used dried apricots instead of raisins, and candied ginger instead of the orange peel. Can’t wait to read about all things holiday here!

    • Aimee
      December 3, 2010 at 10:08 am #

      AGW – it’s on my list for this year, too! i need to get going. i think as long as there is some combination of dried fruits and booze it counts. let me know how it turns out! with photos!

  4. Fatima
    December 3, 2010 at 1:22 am #

    I love your post because I always love hearing how people love the holidays just as much as I do! :)

    Anyway, breakfast has always been a big deal at my house. I will always remember how my Mom would always get up early to make us breakfast as we were growing up. As a mexican, we love to eat breakfast tacos! She would get up early and make us homemade flour tortillas and make potato and eggs, bean and eggs (my favorite) or sausage and eggs. We also always drank orange juice!

    The day after Christmas we always had leftovers for breakfast! Now we are all grown up and live pretty far from each other so our holiday breakfast these past five years has been tacos for breakfast! I don’t have them on a regular basis so my Mom spoils me and makes me bean and egg tacos, my sister loves potato and egg and she makes it for her as well and my two brothers like sausage and egg so they get that too! It’s great seeing all of these homemade flour tortillas and all of these types of fillings! I’ve been craving breakfast tacos so I am counting the days until we go home for Christmas! I will see my Mom in Boston next week so I will ask her for some breakfast tacos!

    It’s very simple food but what makes it so special is that we are all together celebrating the holidays and that means the world to me!

    During the week I usually have oatmeal or toast or cereal so I enjoy making breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays! I love making scrambled eggs, “soysages”, toast and OJ! I am craving breakfast food now!

    Great post! Keep up the great work! :)

    • Aimee
      December 3, 2010 at 10:14 am #

      Fatima – those breakfast tacos sound like HEAVEN! It sounds like you have a terrific Mom to make sure everyone got the combination they wanted. And homemade tortillas! I don’t think I have ever had a homemade one, but I bet they taste so much better.

      I will make every effort to get my hands on some when I am in Mexico next month!

      And you are right on the money – it doesn’t matter what the food is, it’s who you are eating it with and what you are celebrating. Yay holiday season!

      I hope you have a great visit to Boston! Be sure to let me know how it goes! :)

  5. December 5, 2010 at 12:10 am #

    Totally random but I adore that owl mug!!

    • Aimee
      December 6, 2010 at 11:35 am #

      ME TOO! It’s my favorite. I got it at Pier 1 last year and I wish I had purchased more… So darn cute!

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