Rebecca and Derek's farm, Hemlock Lane is ready for Christmas! The many trees are up and decorated, wreaths are hung and their daughter Lizzie is back home for the holidays from college. The feeling of the holiday spirit is in the air and Rebecca could not be more excited to share more of her home with you.
The largest tree in the home is a family favorite. With Rebecca's eclectic antique collections in the nearby cabinet and extensive array of ornaments, there is so many wonderful things to take in. She has designed some fabulous holiday goods this year too.
The entryway cove tree welcomes you as you enter their home.
Family is very important to Rebecca and having a warmly decorated home with both old and new elements creates a welcoming feeling. Rebecca has been taking her gifted design ideas and is not only designing hand bags but also an expanding home and table top line.
As friends and family arrive at Hemlock Lane, this is the warm welcome you receive. Vibrant bows and fresh greenery adorn the outside of the home.
As Christmas Day nears, Rebecca is sharing her Christmas morning meal recipe which is a great make ahead option. At Rebecca and Derek’s Hemlock Lane Farm, a Holiday Strata, served with traditional Stolen Bakery and Fresh Fruit Salad is always on the menu on Christmas morning. This is a filling casserole that you make the night or day before, so that the bread has time to absorb all of the egg. First person up in the am (usually Derek, running out to the barn to feed horses) puts it in the oven. It fills the house with the most delicious smell. Rebecca's family likes to open their stockings while they have this fabulous breakfast.
Hemlock Lane Holiday Breakfast Strata
12 eggs beaten
2 cans of cheddar cheese soup (Campbell’s brand is an easy one)
1 fresh bakery loaf of Challah Bread (you can substitute farm style white bread)
2 lbs of Sausage (browned and drained)
1 Package of American Cheese Slices
1 Sweet Onion
Several Green onions
1 Head of Fresh Broccoli cut into bite size pieces
Combine the eggs and soup and beat well. Set aside.
In a sauté pan, melt a few tablespoons of butter and sauté a chopped sweet onion and the sausage. As the sausage is almost done, add broccoli for just a few minutes so it steams and doesn’t get overcooked. In a 9 x 13 glass Pyrex pan, spray the pan with Pam Cooking Spray. Then, put a layer of Challah slices on the bottom. Then layer 1/2 of the sausage/broccoli mix on the bread in the Pyrex. Then a layer of American Cheese Slices over that. Repeat the process once more. Carefully pour the egg mixture over the top of the casserole slowly, giving the egg mixture time to slide into all the crevices. Take a few last slices of bread and tear them up and toss them on top of the casserole; drizzle a little butter over the top and scatter chopped scallions green ends over the top. Put plastic wrap over the top and put it in the fridge overnight. Remove the plastic wrap and put tented foil over the top and place in a pre-heated oven 350 degrees. Bake until the center egg mixture is firm and the top is browning.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!