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Early Morning Magic

This post is sponsored by Stonyfield, a brand my family loves! All content and opinions are my own.

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas with your families! We had a very low-key holiday around here, and now we’re reveling in that time between Christmas and New Year’s where you cozy up, wear jammies 24/7, and have no clue what day of the week it is! Bliss!  

I find myself falling asleep pretty early on these chilly Winter evenings and then waking long before the sun rises. I love how peaceful our house is before the day begins. I prep for the day with the glow of our Christmas tree, but before long, I’ll usually have some company.

Eleanor will softly pad downstairs in her My Little Pony slippers and hug the back of my legs. The “to do” list stacking up in my brain gets tossed aside, and I embrace the early morning magic of a quiet moment alone with her.

Earlier in the week I had found the perfect Christmas break recipe for a slow morning at home – maple pecan french toast bake! My plan was to have it ready and waiting for the girls when they woke up, but having a kitchen sidekick was even better.

Eleanor chatted merrily while tearing up the sourdough, cracking the eggs, and scooping the yogurt – all while soaking in a little alone time mom :)

By the time our yummy french toast bake was finished, the rest of the house was awake and buzzing with plans for the new day. We all enjoyed a delicious breakfast together before Eleanor gave me one last sticky, syrupy hug and ran off to get her day started.

It’s taken me a long time to embrace the early morning magic, but it often leads to the sweetest memories :)

And yes, the french toast was a delicious as it looks! We used Stonyfield Smooth & Creamy Whole Milk Plain yogurt because that’s what we had on hand and it turned out great (even though the recipe calls for whole milk greek). The leftovers were just as awesome too – definitely give it a try!

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xoxo joanna

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