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Food & Drink ADVENT-ure: A St. Nicholas Day Breakfast

St. Nicholas, or St. Nick's, Day is every year on December 6th. This day celebrates the life and generosity of a man named Nicholas, who spent his life secretly helping the poor all over the world, giving gifts on Christmas Eve.


The most popular St. Nicholas Day tradition is for children (and adults) to put their shoes out on December 5th just before bed. They go to sleep hoping that Saint Nicholas will come and leave small gifts or treats in their shoe.


After opening the gifts left in your shoes, another fun way to celebrate is to have a St. Nick themed breakfast. Start by dressing the table with a collection of Santas, and make it jolly with a fun table cloth, holiday plates, and napkins. Then utilize some of these cute ideas to get the whole family in the mood for the holidays!



Build Your Own St. Nick Pancake Bar


Ingredients:

  • Pancakes

  • Sliced Strawberries

  • Sliced Bananas

  • Raspberries

  • Whip Cream

  • Mini Marshmallows

  • Red and Green M&M’s

  • Chocolate Chips

  • Red Sugar Sprinkles

Directions:


Have everyone create their own version of St. Nick out of a pancake and their favorite toppings and then vote to see who’s is the best before they get gobbled up! Winner gets out of helping to clean up.



St Nicholas Kabobs


Ingredients:

  • Grapes

  • Hulled Strawberries

  • Sliced Bananas

  • Mini Marshmallows

  • Toothpicks

Directions:


Take one grape, one banana slice, one strawberry and one mini marshmallow and put them on a toothpick to create a St. Nicholas Kabob.




Christmas Shoe Cookies


Cookies for breakfast - now that is a treat!


Ingredients:

  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Stir flour, baking soda, and baking powder together in a small bowl.

  3. Beat sugar and butter together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth.

  4. Beat in egg and vanilla.

  5. Gradually blend in flour mixture.

  6. Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate for 2 hours.

  7. Sprinkle surface where you will roll out dough with powdered sugar. Remove 1 wrapped pack of dough from refrigerator at a time, sprinkle rolling pin with powdered sugar, and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick. Move the dough around and check underneath frequently to make sure it is not sticking. If dough has warmed during rolling, place cold cookie sheet on top for 10 minutes to chill.

  8. Cut shapes using a Christmas Stocking, Elf Shoe, or any other type of shoe cookie cutter and place at least 1-inch apart on greased baking sheet, parchment, or silicone baking mat,

  9. Bake in the preheated oven until edges are golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on the baking sheets briefly before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

  10. Serve as is or ice as desired.


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