Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas everyone! Christmas is a wonderful time of year. A time away from work. A time to spend with family. A time to catch up with old friends. A time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) The whole reason for Christmas is to celebrate Jesus coming down to earth as a human. Fully God and fully human.

I remember 3 years ago that verse was the main them of Urbana ’09. I was a junior in college and had no idea where my life was headed. Now, three years later I’m headed to Urbana ’12 and I’m still not so sure where I’m going in life. I think this time though I’m going in with more of a purpose so I’m pretty excited for how God’s going to speak to me this time!

Anyway, it’s Christmas, and in my family we had this tradition where my brothers and I made breakfast for my parents. At some point that tradition died because we started sleeping too late and couldn’t get up before my parents. This year I decided to start up that tradition again. Back when we were kids we used to make “egg mcmuffins” which consisted of english muffins, a slice of Kraft singles, a slice or two of ham, and a microwaved egg. I thought it was gross (I used to not like ham or eggs) and never actually had one. Recently I tried making my own version and it turned out really well.

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First off, I used sharp cheddar cheese instead of Kraft singles. I’m not sure Kraft singles should ever be used for anything. Real cheese is so much better. Secondly, I fried the egg instead of microwaving it. I’m still perfecting my egg frying technique, but a fried egg with a nice and runny yolk is just infinitely more delicious than a microwaved egg. So I broiled the english muffin, ham and cheese until the cheese melted, then added the egg. Yum yum! Blows fast food breakfast sandwiches out of the water!

In addition to the traditional sandwiches, I also decided to make banana nutella bread (we also happened to have some bananas that were a little past ripe). I pretty much used this recipe from allrecipes.com so I’m not going to repost. I decided to add some nutella because a) nutella is delicious, b) I kept seeing recipes that involved bananas and nutella and c) I wanted to switch it up from the usual of chocolate chips.

The picture is pretty bad and I clearly didn’t swirl in the nutella very well (too much on the top half, none on the bottom half… oops!), but I like banana bread and nutella, so I still thought it tasted pretty good.

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