The doggies are chowing down on braided doggie chews made of raw hide. The cats have been brushed with their new brush.
Our tummies are full too! Our traditional Christmas breakfast of coffee, mimosas, and Christmas Crepes. The recipe will follow a bit further down. They make great New Years Day Crepes too!
It has been a relaxed Christmas morning thus far. This is our first Christmas on our own since 1989. While we were expecting Zilla to be here with us this Christmas, her Honey Bunny's older brother sent her a ticket to surprise the HB in Minneapolis for Christmas. She left yesterday morning, and when her HB arrived at his brother's house to open gifts before Christmas Eve Dinner he thought he was opening a "coffee table" over which Zilla had been obsessing and was supposed to be for their new home (and life) together that will start in January. HB's older bro. told him Zill had something shipped to him and he had assembled it. So HB was none the wiser when there was a huge box among the presents. He was dumbfounded when Zilla popped out of the top of the box. What a wonderful present for them, and what a wonderfully calm Christmas for us! The East Coast contingent of the family are down at the winter home of Poet Boy's parents South of here, close to the border, and we will see them later today or tomorrow morning to watch the twins dressed in new clothes play explore new kinds of play with new toys.
I'm happy and content. I'm writing and Hubby is sketching.
Here is the most decadent recipe ever, it is Hubby's own, perfected this year after over twenty years of testing. Yum! We've drastically cut the usual amount of sugar this year and it is not only something that might be appropriate for a celebratory breakfast even for a diabetic like myself by cutting the sugar or substitution of a stevia-based sweetener for the sugar. The fat content is sinful, and absolutely delicious. It is probably safe to eat this once a year. More often would not be healthy; delicious, but not healthy.
Strawberry Topping (for 4 crepes)
4 very large strawberries (or as many as you want!) sliced into very thin slices
juice of 1/2 large lemon
1 Tbs. sugar
toss all ingredients together and let stand while you make the filling and crepe batter
Crepe filling (for many!)
1 15 oz. container (which is 425 gr.) ricotta cheese
1 stick of butter (1/4 c. is 113 gr. which is also 4 oz.)
1 pkg. of cream cheese (8 oz. which is 227 gr.)
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbs. sugar
beat all ingredients together (we used a mixer) beat until mixture is a consistently thick, smooth and creamy
makes far more filling than is needed for four crepes,
cover and refrigerate unused filling,
use in crepes when you whip up new batches of crepe batter and fruit topping for others as they drop by throughout the day or week of festivities -- topping keeps for up to three days when properly sealed and refrigerated
Crepe batter (for 4 crepes)
1/3 c. heavy whipping cream
1/4 tsp. of vanilla
1/2 c. flour
pour 1/4 batter on preheated and oiled griddle, or pan, to make a nice round crepe,
flip crepe over when top of crepe begins to appear rubbery and non-liquid,
cook until done and lightly golden brown on both sides
repeat 3 more times until you have four crepes
We usually have the person eating the crepes do their own assembly.
place crepe on plate
spoon filling to taste into the center of crepe and spread to desired thickness
roll up the crepe
top with strawberry topping
Eat and enjoy!
May this Holiday and the coming New Year be Merry, Bright and Prosperous for all of you my dear readers!