about christmastime


i’ve been so busy with baby preparation and baby blogging i have totally neglected blogging about my favorite holiday ever.

not acceptable.

christmas this year was so beautiful and different.

it was the first christmas we’ve ever spent away from both sides of our family.

it was the first year ben and i put up our own christmas tree.

it was the first year we’d really bought each other gifts.

…and it was our last christmas without kiddos.

here is the lovely tree:

it totally looks like our tree is leaning in this photo, but it isn’t leaning in real life, go figure…

growing up, my mom and dad bought each of us kids an ornament for christmas each year which means two things:

1) we didn’t have the typical naked newlywed tree
2) we have more oscar the grouch themed ornaments than your christmas tree does, guaranteed.

ben and i decided to carry on the tradition as a married couple, choosing one ornament each year that somehow represents a major part of our marriage for that year.

could anything be more perfect for this year than a pregnant snow couple?

it’s up there with oscar the grouch on the unique ornament list. i like my trees that way.

i also added several of these guys to the mix:

1 toilet paper tube + hot glue + white paint + yarn = free christmas ornaments. score!

christmas morning i got up way earlier than any rational adult without children should – 6:30.

my reasoning was simple: cook a major christmas breakfast, because everyone knows christmas calories totally don’t count. ha.

an hour and a half later ben, our upstairs neighbor kevin, and i feasted on gorilla bread, cheesy scrambled eggs, and bacon.

(i left the bacon to the menfolk)

gorilla bread, should you be wondering, is the best thing since sliced bread, and the single remaining reason why i would ever buy canned biscuits.

it’s monkey bread. stuffed with cream cheese.

ch-yeah.

so i know, i know, everyone just made their resolutions.

we’re all going to lose weight, love more and quit smoking.

but plan your first cheat day, buy some biscuits and make some gorilla bread.

the treadmill and broccoli will still be there when you get back from breakfast.

christmas day gorilla bread
(from my grandma ma’joyce’s collection)

2 cans of biscuits (the eight count “jumbo” or “grand” kind)
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup of sugar
1 TBSP cinnamon
1/2 cup of butter (one stick), melted
1 cup of brown sugar
1 1/2 cups of spiced mixed nuts (optional)

first things first, preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease your monkey bread pan. monkey/gorilla works best in a bundt pan (unless you’re cool enough to have an actual, official “monkey bread pan” see here)

unfortunately, i have neither a bundt nor an official monkey bread pan. so, i stacked up ramekins inside of my big stoneware pampered chef bowl ($4 – yardsale. dig it.) and that totally works too.

once the pan is greased, spread about 1/2 of the nuts in the bottom of the pan.

take a deep breath and pop open your biscuit cans. i hate opening those things. they scare me.

press the biscuits out flat so that they’re about 3/4 of an inch thick.

mix together cinnamon and sugar, and cut your cream cheese into sixteen little cubes.

using a pastry brush, give each flattened biscuit a little butter love. add a generous pinch of cinnamon sugar and a cube of cream cheese.

fold the flattened biscuit into a creamy-cinnamon-buttery taco and press the edges shut.

mix brown sugar with remaining melted butter. it should make a crumbly mixture. melt more butter if you need to. it’s christmas.

place half the biscuits in the pan. sprinkle with more cinnamon sugar and half of the butter-brown sugar crumblies.

repeat with the remaining biscuits.

top with the rest of the nuts.

bake for 30(ish) minutes at 350 degrees.

we promptly gobbled up the gorilla bread, so i don’t have a picture of the finished product. somethings are just too good to wait for a flash to charge. but if you end up with a mound of pastry-gooey-cream cheesy-spicey-buttery goodness, you did it.

i mean really, what could go wrong here…other than your new years diet.

enjoy ♥

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