I’m in a state of shock right now. It’s less than a week until Christmas and I still have my sanity. Is this for real? Somehow I’ve survived 6 months of travel, work, ridiculous baking, ball games, and kids’ concerts and still managed to get a Christmas tree up, goodies baked, host a Cookie Exchange Party, and bake a wedding cake without having a complete meltdown. I’m kinda feeling like Wonder Woman right now. I’m sure it won’t last. One little glitch in my plans and I’m done. But, for now I’m going to bask in my holiday happiness and try to make it through the rest of the week unscathed.
Part of my unusual Christmas sanity comes from the fact that it’s been an incredible year. While we’ve had our share of sickness and tragedies, God’s been good to us. In addition to crossing some huge items off my personal list of things-to-do-before-I-turn-40, as a family we got to cross off a major bucket list item.
For years, the kids and I have had a travel wish list. Since Carson was five or so he’s wanted to visit Yosemite and the girls have wanted to snowboard in Colorado. But, the one trip we’ve all dreamed of was a vacation at the beach. And, it was one of those things that I wanted to experience with my kids for the first time. As they get older there are fewer and fewer firsts, so the beach was one thing I was determined to make happen even if we had to drive to the coast, sleep in the car, and live on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches while we were there.
Thankfully, I wasn’t forced to take such drastic measures. This summer, I received an email telling me that I had won a sponsored trip to compete at World Food Championships in November. When I received the email from Door County Coffee inviting me to represent them at WFC, I straight up cried. Not only was I going to compete at WFC, but I was going to get to take my kids and hubby to Orange Beach, Alabama. I will forever be indebted to my sponsor for their kindness and support, but also for granting me the opportunity to see my kids’ faces when they saw the ocean for the first time. I’m choked up just remembering it.
For that reason, the recipe that earned me a trip to World Food Championships in 2016 will be printed, framed and hung on my wall along with photos of my kids building sand castles, fishing on the pier, and cheering me on in the WFC tent. But first, I’ll be starting a new tradition of making the winning dish for my crew to enjoy on Christmas morning. Might I suggest you do the same?
Sinfully Delightful White Chocolate Mocha French Toast Casserole can be made a day or two before then baked Christmas morning. Check out the recipe on the Door County Coffee & Tea Co. website by clicking here. I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do!