merry christmas bread.

merry christmas!

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for another year this magnificent piece of drift wood is our christmas tree. look familiar? it’s also the valentine’s tree.

DSC_1442i love how eclectic it becomes from the entire community decorating it. glad to see the island so properly represented with sand dollars, though. my favourite little keepsake.

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not being in Toronto for christmas has forced us to change the way we approach the holiday. our little condo has no decorations, and we’ve eliminated presents – just stockings. it’s actually pretty lovely; christmas becomes about family again. and i love this crazy little bunch.

one tradition we were able to take with us was breakfast. sister bakes the most delicious bread, and we all enjoy a hot beverage (coffee for mom and sis. tea for dad and me).

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orange-cranberry christmas bread
makes one loaf

2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2/3 cup milk
1/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup melted butter/margarine
1 tablespoon orange zest
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup nuts

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preheat oven to 350 degrees.
in a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nuts, cranberries.
in large bowl, beat sugar and butter. add egg then milk, orange juice, and orange zest.
mix dry into wet.
pour batter into greased/greased and lined loaf pan.
bake 45-50 minutes

what are your christmas traditions?