full house for the holidays

Nothing is more special during the holiday season than a house full of family and loved ones; having around you those people who mean the most to you and bring joy into your life. I look forward to this time of year and being able to entertain and welcome people into my home.

Each year I plan some special event to celebrate the season. Whether it’s a dinner for the whole family, a quaint brunch with friends, or a day of tree decorating with cocoa and snacks, it always starts with making sure my home is warm, friendly, and inviting for those who are visiting.

Objects made from wood and ceramics always help to create a warm, comfortable environment by their nature. They both seem to have rich tones which add that element of warmth to the table. And they seem to extend that warmth through touch. Whether it’s a serving dish or a beautiful mug, these materials enhance the good feelings of a gathering of friends. Add a dash of the glow of red and the spirit of hospitality shines bright through the holiday season.

Have a house full of people for the holidays? This great quiche recipe (borrowed from my dear friend Maggie who often has a house full of people) allows you to prep in advance and really enjoy the morning with your guests.

Crust

1 cup dry brown rice

2 cups vegetable or chicken broth

1 egg

1-2 oz gruyere cheese – shredded

Filling

2 cups vegetables of your choice (broccoli, spinach, zucchini, peppers)

1 cup milk

4-5 oz shredded cheese of your choice

4 eggs

salt

pepper

nutmeg

The night before, prepare the rice according to the package recommendations with the broth. Once made, the rice can sit in the refrigerator over night and save you a step in the morning. You can also pre-cook your vegetables the night before.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix pre-cooked rice, 1 egg, and gruyere cheese. Press mixture into a quiche pan to form the crust. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

While your crust is baking, make your filling by mixing vegetables, milk, cheese, and eggs. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

Went your crust has completed its time in the oven, reset your oven to 375 degrees.

Pour filling mixture into the crust and pop it back in the oven for 45-60 minutes.

Being able to prep some of your morning meal in advance gives you more time to enjoy a cup of coffee and some quality time with your friends and family.

By |2016-11-30T12:31:43+00:00December 9th, 2014|artful home for the holidays, artful lifestyle|

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