Thursday, December 27, 2012

Bacon & Egg Crescent Wreath

Recently, I threw a winter-themed bridal shower brunch for my sister. I was looking for cute, but tasty foods to round out the menu and stumbled across this idea on Pinterest. While good for any season, the wreath shape fit my theme perfectly, was simple to make, and was a delicious hit with the guests.

1 can Pillsbury crescent rolls 
8 slices bacon, cooked
5 eggs, scrambled
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Scramble eggs on the stovetop.

On a cookie sheet or pizza pan, lay out the crescent rolls in a circle, with the thicker ends slightly overlapping (like a sunburst). Place a strip of bacon on each roll. (Tip: Though I am a crispy bacon-lover, when cooking your bacon, don't allow it to get too crisp to maintain flexibility.) Sprinkle about 1/3 of the cheese around the circular ring, on top of the bacon. Add scrambled eggs and top with another 1/3 of cheese. Fold over the ends of the crescents so that they meet in the middle, creating a wreath shape. Top with the remaining cheese. Bake for 17 minutes or until crescent is golden brown. Serve hot.

30 Fun Elf on the Shelf Ideas

If you haven’t discovered the popular Elf on the Shelf tradition yet, you are missing out! Mini elves are sent from the North Pole to keep an eye on little boys and girls during the holiday season, reporting back to Santa about behavior. Each night, the elf (named by your child) travels back to the North Pole to deliver his messages and sometimes gets into a little mischief upon his/her return. While there is some debate over whether or not the elves should cause mischief, do good deeds, or simply just move around, the choice is really yours.

Our elf, Jingles, was a huge hit this year and our kiddo is counting down the days to his return. He arrived the day after Thanksgiving and kept us entertained until Santa arrived on Christmas Eve night. If you’ve never experienced an Elf on the Shelf or just need some new schemes, here are 30 ideas to get you started.

1. Welcome letter with book
2. TP the Christmas tree
3. Caught in the cookie jar
4. Hang gliding
5. Hijack child's stocking
6. Pulling the topper off the Christmas tree

7. Gather food for a food drive 
8. Take a ride in a Barbie car
9. Movie night with a friend (don't forget the popcorn!)
10. Fishing for goldfish
11. Fill stocking with undies

12. Fill the advent calendar
13. Dress up in Mom's jewelry
14. Make a naughty/nice list
15. Leave a special gift (ours left a travel game the night before a trip)
16. Play video game

17. Fly in on a balloon 
18. Make a snow angel in sugar
19. Snack on a bowl of cereal
20. Read a Christmas book
21. Draw a picture on Mom's iPad

22. Sit on the Barbie toilet
23. Take a bubble bath
24. Clean the windows
25. Write a message in M&Ms
26. Drink syrup with a straw

27. Play dress-up with Barbie clothes 
28. Send a PNP video from Santa
29. Play a board game with friends
30. Wrap the toilet