Christmas Morning Mom Saver by Catherine Byram

Christmas in my house was always a very busy, noisy, exciting, sometimes nerve wracking time and full of memory making moments.  Being a single mom of three boys and the person who had to prepare all treats and food for eight people didn’t allow me the pleasure of sitting in a comfy chair, wrapped up in a new fluffy housecoat, cozy slippers, coffee in hand, watching family unwrap presents.  One year I decided that I wanted to sit and enjoy family around the tree so I prepared as many food items for Christmas Day in advance. Christmas morning started with ‘Christmas Morning Mom Saver’.

16+ slices of bread   crusts cut off

8-10 slices of ham

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (add more if you like)

6 eggs

1/2 tsp salt

1/2tsp pepper

1/2-1tsp dry mustard

1/4cup finely chopped onion 

1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper

1-2tsp Worcestershire sauce

3 cups whole milk

1/4 lb butter

1 Cup Special K Cereal or crushed Cornflakes for topping

Put one layer (8 pieces) of bread in a buttered 9x13 pan.  Add pieces to cover entire bottom of pan. Cover bread with slices of ham and shredded cheese. Cover with another layer of bread. Add pieces of bread if needed to cover entire top. 

In a bowl beat eggs, salt, pepper. Add mustard, green pepper, onion, Worcestershire sauce and milk. Mix well and pour evenly over the top layer of bread. Make sure to get all bread moist.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night. 

Next morning turn oven to 350F. Melt butter in a pan and pour evenly over bread. Put cereal on top of bread making sure to cover entire top.

Bake at 350F for 1 hour and let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. Now relax and enjoy Christmas!