Christmas Brunch: Bacon, Egg & Cranberry Breakfast Sandwich

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Christmas brunch is an important event in my family. With nine grandkids running around, we don’t get to eat right away. When we finally sit down after hours of present opening, we want to do everything right. That’s why it’s important to me to choose the right brands for our brunch time. And that’s why I’m proud to be partnering with Smithfield for this recipe post.

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If there is one thing I’m super excited about for the holidays, it’s Christmas brunch with my family!

I can already smell it. The gourmet coffee brewing, the bacon sizzling in the oven, the eggs frying gently in the pan, and the sound of the blender churning out orange cream smoothies. YUM. At my parent’s farm, ever since the nine grandkids came along, it takes us so long to open presents – because we do it one by one – that we’ve started having to take a much-needed brunch break in between. That’s why it’s funny. We’ll open presents for hours, and then eat. Then we’ll open presents for hours more, and then maybe eat again? It’s day to feast, but there’s nothing like that first important meal.

In fact, it is THE Christmas meal in our house. And that’s why we love something unique, delicious, and that doesn’t take long to cook. This is the season to eat, drink, and be merry, and most importantly – to gather around the table with loved ones. There are so many reasons to feast this time of year, whether it’s neighborhood brunches, family dinners, and office parties. There is seemingly no end to celebrations with food! That’s why I love Smithfield. They’re always here to allow us to soak in the BEST parts of the season, and to have everything we need to make hosting for all occasions look effortless.

What I also love about Smithfield is that ability to do one-stop shopping for all holiday entertaining needs. It’s not just about the main holiday feast, it’s also about fun and easy ideas to keep the season exciting for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, snacks, and even dessert! Whether it’s their slow-smoked bacon (YUM), breakfast sausage, or classic holiday hams, we love their easy recipes to make during winter break. In fact, all season long visit Smithfield.com/HolidayHub for inspiration.

These are the moments that matter. Flavor comes from the kitchen, and also comes from passing down these holiday recipes from generation to generation – celebrating these messy wonderful moments with family. And you have to admit that nothing gets your guests excited like bacon does. Whether you’re making an inventive new breakfast dish – like Bacon, Egg & Cranberry Breakfast Sandwiches, or eating it as a side dish, Smithfield Bacon is the ultimate savory crowd pleaser!

You can even bake it into muffins! It’s so versatile that you can use it any which way!

AD In our house, Christmas Brunch is one of those best experiences we have as a family. Enjoy this festive Bacon, Egg & Cranberry Breakfast Sandwich #recipe

Smithfield Bacon is known for being smoked and cured to perfection. And it’s available in a wide variety of flavors and cuts, like Cherrywood Thick Cut or the classic Hometown Original. There’s nothing like bacon for the holidays. Don’t you agree?

AD In our house, Christmas Brunch is one of those best experiences we have as a family. Enjoy this festive Bacon, Egg & Cranberry Breakfast Sandwich #recipe

Christmas Brunch: Bacon, Egg & Cranberry Breakfast Sandwich (serves 4):

What You Need:

8 strips, Smithfield Hometown Original Bacon, cooked
4 European croissants
8 Tbsp spreadable brie cheese
4 Tbsp cranberry sauce
4 eggs, cooked over-easy

AD In our house, Christmas Brunch is one of those best experiences we have as a family. Enjoy this festive Bacon, Egg & Cranberry Breakfast Sandwich #recipe

What You Do:

Bake bacon according to package instructions, but personally I like to “pinch” my bacon for a few reasons. I think it cooks better, and I think it fits better on the baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 12-17 minutes. Then remove the bacon quickly after baking, and place onto paper towels to absorb moisture. Don’t let it sit in the pan too long or it will stick.

Slice croissants in half lengthwise and spread cheese onto the bottom pieces. Top each one with cranberry sauce. Then, add freshly cooked eggs, two strips of bacon each, and top with remaining top pieces of croissants. Serve immediately.

AD In our house, Christmas Brunch is one of those best experiences we have as a family. Enjoy this festive Bacon, Egg & Cranberry Breakfast Sandwich #recipe

Ready to make the holiday special? Smithfield’s Hometown Original Bacon is available at your local grocery retailer.

What’s your favorite meal on Christmas day?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield.

5 Reasons My Family Uses Amazon For the Holidays

This post was sponsored by Amazon in partnership with Forward Influence. All opinions are my own.

How do we get through the stresses of the holiday season? With Amazon, of course! Here are 5 reasons we use amazon.com for the holidays! #ad #AmazonDeliver

Now it’s time to talk holiday gifting and prep – and just in my style too. EASY! Convenient! Awesome!

Sometimes I have to laugh at how often I find myself spouting gifting and prepping tips here, after years of being what I like to call “domestically challenged.” The truth is – I’m learning a lot in my 30s lately. It’s never too late to learn, right? As part of my personal holiday countdown, which seems to start in early-mid November these days, I like to write a little checklist of what I need to get through the season. What do we all need all season round? Gifts for loved ones. Wrapping paper, too!

You all know the love I have for Amazon and all of the benefits it provides.

I can honestly remember when I discovered Amazon – I was 19 and wanted to reread all of the book series from my youth. I couldn’t find them in bookstores anymore, so I would order a book a month from Amazon as a “treat” to myself. Now it goes way beyond that. Amazon is what helps this family get ready to celebrate the holiday season. They do this by reducing holiday stress, and delivering those smiles to family and friends through all the little moments of the holiday season. It could be finding the secret ingredient to your tried and true family cookies recipe, or it’s finding perfect gifts for EVERYONE on your list! They have holiday décor and wrapping materials as well! And don’t forget about decorating that tree!

And maybe putting pizza socks (yes, really!?) under that tree!

How do we get through the stresses of the holiday season? With Amazon, of course! Here are 5 reasons we use amazon.com for the holidays! #ad #AmazonDeliver

5 Reasons My Family Uses Amazon For the Holidays:

1 – It makes us holiday heroes. That’s right. Since Amazon helps customers deliver smiles to their friends and family, well, we look pretty good to our loved ones when we get them the most perfect gifts!

2 – Using Amazon takes the stress out of the holidays, and that leads to more celebration. They have low prices and great deals, a vast selection, as well as innovative ways to shop when and where you want. We feel totally covered, and we feel stress-free too.

3 – You can take the guesswork out of gift giving by visiting amazon.com/gifts.

4 – EVERYONE, gets free shipping throughout the holidays on hundreds of millions of items – with the largest free shipping selection in the country.

5 – We are Amazon Prime members which means we can get free same-day delivery and one-day shipping in 8,000 cities and towns on three million items this holiday season. Whoa.

What are we loving this season?

Like just this week, I got a box full of gifts for three people in my life. I got these amazing pizza socks for my mom. Or my sister. Or is it me? Either way, they are so cute and amazing and would make a great gift for someone in your life!

And then I got pajamas for my niece! She’s getting bigger and I wanted something that will suit her year-round. How cute are these pajamas? Honestly, I wish my kids still wore these every night! Wait, maybe they would…

Then I got Cassidy a gorgeous flannel shirt that will match his eyes! I love a good flannel shirt. Sometimes I even get ones that will match him. And I’m sure I can find its counterpart on Amazon. There’s no way they don’t have it!

How do we get through the stresses of the holiday season? With Amazon, of course! Here are 5 reasons we use amazon.com for the holidays! #ad #AmazonDeliver

Amazon is committed to #DeliveringSmiles this holiday season – through a variety of ways, so stay tuned to discover how committed they are this holiday season. I can’t wait!

How do we get through the stresses of the holiday season? With Amazon, of course! Here are 5 reasons we use amazon.com for the holidays! #ad #AmazonDeliver