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Home for the Holidays…Gluten-Free Style: Christmas Breakfast Casserole

262 Comments 16 December 2011

Home for the Holidays…Gluten-Free Style:  Christmas Breakfast Casserole

Welcome to today’s edition of Home for the Holidays … Gluten-Free Style, hosted by Shirley at gfe—gluten free easily! Thanks for joining me, Shirley, and 23 other gluten-free bloggers as we share recipes that mean both home and holidays to us. You all have those recipes.  When you think of being home for the holidays, you can almost taste the pie, the turkey and stuffing, the Christmas Eve ravioli, the Christmas morning egg casserole…  My friends and I have been sharing the gluten-free versions of recipes that have been passed down through our families for generations. Some have shared new, naturally gluten-free favorites. But each recipe is one that we enjoy sharing with family and friends.  Hopefully you’ve been following along since November 28th and have enjoyed the delicious recipes AND the GIVEAWAYS!!!  If this is your first experience with Home for the Holidays…Gluten-Free Style, then welcome, and do I have some treats for you!  But make sure to check out Shirley’s announcement post for links to a host of incredible holiday goodies.

In addition to Home for the Holidays recipes, we’ve been giving away some of the resources you value the most … cookbooks, resource books, apps, and much more. Daily giveaways will continue to be announced. But hold on to your spatulas and listen to the final prizes. Each entry that you make on the individual blogs will be eligible for the final prizes.  Entries that you make on my post today will be eligible to win these three grand prizes.

The third prize is a Caveman Cookies giveaway package. Caveman Cookies contain combinations of the following “real food” ingredients: almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, macadamia nuts, honey, coconut, raisins, and carob. Their new flavor coming out at the end of December is a more savory cookie containing honey, almond meal, Brazil nut meal, chopped almonds, dried cherries (cherries, sunflower oil), nutmeg, and cayenne pepper. Caveman Cookies contain no preservatives, but have a shelf life of one year. They are gluten free (certified by GFCO), grain free, dairy free, egg free, soy free, certified kosher, and delightfully satisfy a number of dietary lifestyles, including gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, paleo, primal, and vegetarian lifestyles.

The second prize is a $150 shopping spree from Free From Gluten. Gluten-free shopping spree?  Is your heart pitter pattering?  Spending $150 at would be amazing!

The grand prize is my favorite kitchen appliance ever created…the top-of-the-line Vita-Mix professional blender 5200 Super Healthy Lifestyle package. It comes with a 32 oz. dry grains container for grinding your own, gluten-free flours and is a $550 value.  Are you excited or what???  If this is your first visit to a Home for the Holidays…Gluten-Free Style blog post, you still have until Friday, December 23rd to enter, which means you have 8 more possibilities of winning these incredible prizes.

Now that you have access to a wealth of resources from 24 beautiful gluten-free bloggers and the potential to win incredible prizes, would you like to know what Home for the Holidays means to me?

It’s Christmas stockings and Christmas breakfast.  In our family, my mom makes everyone a Christmas stocking.  Whether you’re born into our family or you marry in, you get a handmade Christmas stocking complete with felt, sequins, and your name sewed across the top .  My stocking was hand-lettered by my dad in 1971.  (Note the color difference in the whites between my Christmas stocking and the Husband’s!)

That same stocking follows every family member Christmas after Christmas regardless of where the holidays are celebrated.  As life changes, this one thing always remains the same. Our stockings show up days before Christmas and are suddenly filled with goodies by Christmas morning.  Whether young or old, the stockings will bulge with Christmas happiness.

As a child, these stockings were the only things preventing total mayhem on Christmas morning. You see, we had a rule.  We couldn’t open any presents until after breakfast.  And breakfast always took an eternity to make.  Well, almost an hour anyway, but to a kid waiting to see what was wrapped in those brightly colored boxes, breakfast took forever.

As we opened the little trinkets in our stockings, the house would fill with the smell of Christmas morning.  The aroma of cheesy sausage and egg casserole is just a part of Christmas to me.  My grandmother, and then my mother and aunt, (and now I) have all put the egg casserole together on Christmas Eve, let it sit in the refrigerator overnight, and with the first pitter patter of little feet on Christmas morning (toddler or cat), the Christmas tree is lit and the casserole is slid into the oven.

For me, this is being Home for the Holidays.

My family’s version of Christmas Breakfast Casserole contains several things that I no longer eat.  First and foremost, gluten-filled white bread.  It also has butter and sausage.  I have never really enjoyed sausage, and I’m currently not eating meat, but I do love most things spicy and hot. I’ve transformed our family’s Christmas Breakfast Casserole to be gluten-free, vegetarian, and just a tad healthier.  (Yes, just a tad.  It’s still laden with delicious cheese.) Instead of sausage, I’ve tried to keep the flavor of our spicy breakfast with red and green peppers.

I hope you enjoy it, and keep reading for today’s giveaways!!  Thanks, Mom, for making our Christmas mornings so special.  See you soon, stocking in hand.

And will you be making this?  No pressure, but it won’t be Christmas without it.

Christmas Breakfast Casserole, Gluten-Free

by Heather and Family


  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c. finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 6 slices of gluten-free bread (Rudi’s) cut into 1/2 to 1-inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups of shredded mild cheddar and monterey jack
  • 7 eggs, lightly beaten by hand
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. dried mustard


1.  Heat olive oil over medium heat and add the garlic, peppers, and onion.  Cook until soft.  Set aside to cool.

2.  Lightly oil a 9×13-inch glass casserole dish and place the bread cubes in one layer at the bottom of the dish.

3.  Sprinkle bread cubes with cheese.

4.  Lightly beat the eggs, and add coconut milk, salt, ground mustard, and mix in cooled veggie mixture.

5.  Pour the egg and veggie mixture over the bread and cheese.

6.  Refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.

7.  Preheat oven to 350.

8.  Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.

Serves 8

Today I am excited to give away three wonderful prizes!

1.   Cooking for Isaiah by Silvana Nardone

2.   Sugar Nation by Jeffrey O’Connell

3.   A subscription to Easy Eats, an electronic magazine

So let the winning begin!  To be entered to win, leave a comment on this blog post sharing what “Home for the Holidays” means to you.  

Remember, you’re not just entered for these prizes, but also for the three grand prizes. Winners will be announced weekly on gfe.  Comments on this blog post will close at 11:59 pm on Sunday, December 18th.

If you would like a few more entries or chances to win, here are some ways.  Just remember to leave a comment here letting me know that you did each one.  Don’t leave one comment with a summary.  Each comment here counts as an entry to win today’s prizes and will be entered into the drawing for the grand prizes.

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Good luck, Merry Christmas, and may your holidays be homey!  (And for a special treat, check out one of my favorite gluten-free bloggers tomorrow!  Carol will share how she enjoys Home for the Holidays at Simply…Gluten-Free!)
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262 Comments so far

  1. Cara says:

    Home for the holidays means going wherever my family is or having my family come to where I am and have the wonderful sounds of everyone talking at once and arguing for who has control of the kitchen. :)

    • Renee Stern says:

      I love being home for the holidays especially since the weather where I live has been warm for us-Chicago. I always wait for another email from you for the next dish I will make and now I never tell anyone who doesn’t need to know that the dish is gluten free.(My daughter has celiac disease). And guess what everyone loves it and eats it. Keep those recipes coming. By the way I just read about the Cavemen cookies in a new magazine I started subscribing to-Clean Eating. I can’t wait to try them.

  2. Christine B says:

    Home for the Holidays means not having to travel lots of miles to see extended family and being able to relax at home with my little family.

  3. Christine B says:

    I liked Gluten Free Cat on FB.

  4. Christine B says:

    I subscribed to Gluten Free Cat via email.

  5. Betsy says:

    Being a military family, we are very rarely home for the holidays. We are also from clear across the country from one another so we have to choose a coast if we do go home. It used to make me sad, but now we really focus on making memorable holidays for our children in our home. Very often we spend part of Christmas with our neighbors who are also away from their families.

  6. Laurel Holler says:

    That breakfast casserole looks awesome!! Going to try this one. Home for the Holidays means being with family and enjoying great traditions for me.

  7. Jenny says:

    Home for the holidays means spending time with loved ones. Its not about presents in our family but more so everyone getting together, eating tons of delicious food and spending some quality time catching up and slowing down a bit. I’m really looking forward to it this year.

  8. Jenny says:

    I already follow you on Twitter

  9. Jenny says:

    I like Gluten Free Cat on Facebook too

  10. Jenny says:

    I shared on my GF Facebook page (

  11. Kristine says:

    Home for the holidays this year means simply that. No traveling for us! We always have a feast for breakfast on Christmas morning, so this would fit in perfectly!

  12. Kristine says:

    I “Liked” or friended you on facebook.

  13. Kristine says:

    I subscribed via email. Thanks!

  14. Gene says:

    Home for the holidays means inviting our best friends ( who are Jewish) over for a tree trimming party (we have a mixed household) as well as spending as much time together with friends and family. I grew up as an Air Force brat, so who spent the holidays with frequently changed. Not anymore! Happy holidays!

  15. Sheila says:

    “Home for the Holidays” means being together wherever that may be.

  16. Home for the holidays means exactly that. We never travel. There’s nothing like waking up in your own bed christmas morning!

  17. Catherine Khalili says:

    Home for the holidays to me is really about having my loved ones around me. The cooking is fun, but just having people here is the best.

  18. Chelsea says:

    For me, it means travelling home to our families to spend the holidays with them, since we live in different states.

  19. Becky says:

    It’s my first GFree Christmas, but I already tried out a new version of my traditional egg strata that I also prepare the night before and stick in the oven first thing on Christmas morning. Surprised how great it turned out!

  20. Heather – I *love* this post and reading about your stocking tradition. And the casserole looks lovely too :)

  21. I just tweeted about this post :)

  22. Monique says:

    Home for the holidays means being with my loved ones. Not always do I get to spend it with them so it makes it extra special when we’re all together.

  23. Monique says:

    I liked you on Facebook :)

  24. Stephanie says:

    Home for the holidays means snow falling, warm smiles, and traveling far to see friends and family!

  25. I subscribe to GF Cat through my Google reader :)

  26. Amber says:

    Oh! Home for the holidays is just the most coziest, lovingest, bestest time of the year!!! =D My mom was disabled in a car accident at a young age, so visiting everyone & baking for all our friends stopped. Now, I’m a young mom battling RA & the situation is similar. BUT, we have the best holidays! We may stay @ home, but all of that time is spent w/the family cuddling, playing games, making crafts, singing (yes SINGING! Former musician here – family jams rock!), & most importantly watching EVERY STOP MOTION CHRISTMAS CLASSIC that comes on! (Think Rudolph!) My daughter swears she has the coolest, funnest mom. That makes my heart grow 2 sizes considering… That’s what home for the holidays is for us!

  27. Stephanie says:

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  28. Stephanie says:

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  29. Stephanie says:

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  30. Stephanie says:

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  31. Stephanie says:

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  32. Jacqui says:

    love this post! Home for the Holidays, for me, also includes stockings! My dad always jam packs our stockings when we are there for Christmas. It doesn’t matter how old we are, it is always special.

  33. Dana Coughlin says:

    Home for the Holidays means not having to travel, hanging out with the family and if the weather is nice, going to the zoon.

  34. Dana Coughlin says:

    shared on facebook

  35. Christa says:

    Home for the Holidays has special meaning this year. Our immediate and extended families have had a very difficult year, and it’s so good just to be together to laugh, to cry and to support one another. My sister-in-law helped to decorate our home for Christmas, and so many people have showed us kindness this year and blessed our family.

  36. Christa says:

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  37. Dana Coughlin says:

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  38. Dana Coughlin says:

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  39. Christa says:

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  40. Starbright says:

    Home for the Holidays means time with family, sing alongs, going to Mass and celebrating with traditional foods.

  41. Your breakfast casserole looks awesome, but WHERE does your mom get those stocking kits? We have the same tradition in our family. My mom makes stockings and we need a couple of new ones, but now we can’t find those awesome kits. Any suggestion? Sorry to talk stockings on a food blog, but I LOVE those stockings. =)

  42. Shaina says:

    Yum! I love how colorful that is! “Home for the holidays” means spending time with family and creating cherished memories. I absolutely love this time of year and it wouldn’t be what it is without my family! :)

  43. Shaina says:

    Shared on Facebook :)

  44. Shaina says:

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  45. Shaina says:

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  46. Alena M says:

    Home for the Holidays means family, and lots of it. Even on the off years, we have more people come than most families will ever see. I miss that a lot. Wish I could go Home for the Holidays!

  47. Kara says:

    Home for the holidays, for me, means driving 500 miles across the state to spend a week with my magnificent in-laws!

  48. Brenda says:

    Home for the Holidays means gathering the family around some wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen, watching The Nativity together, and celebrating Jesus’ birth!

  49. Brenda says:

    shared on facebook

  50. Kelli says:

    Home for the Holidays means getting to stay home for Christmas with my husband for the first time in our married life this year. I love getting to decorate my own house and be in control of the food we’re eating… I’m already feeling a difference in my health this year!

  51. Kelli says:

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  52. Kelli says:

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  53. Kelli says:

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  54. Jessica says:

    Home for the Holidays means being with family, no matter what day or where. We’ve even had “Christmas” the day after Thanksgiving, when my husband’s work schedule didn’t accommodate us going home in December.

  55. Deb says:

    Home for the Holidays means celebrating Christ birth with family, and lots of good food of course.

  56. Adria says:

    This will be the first Christmas I will be making things gluten and dairy free… should be interesting! Any one have an egg nog recipe?

  57. Janet says:

    For me, home for the holidays are waking up Christmas morning, kids opening the presents in their stockings and waiting very impatiently for mom and dad to get up and have breakfast (the rest of the presents had to wait until everyone was up, breakfasted and seated in the living room).

  58. Anna Lee says:

    Home for the Holidays means being together with family and loved ones. Whether it is sitting at home eating Christmas goodies, watching a good holiday movie, or just spending quality time together.

  59. Sara says:

    Home for the holidays means being with family wherever it may be, eating delicious food, and most important lots of laughs!

  60. Carissa says:

    Home for the Holidays means staying home and having fun with my family with out having to go somewhere special.

  61. Carissa says:

    Shared on Facebook.

  62. Rachel Williams says:

    “Home for the Holidays” to me means, spending the holidays with close friends and family that you might not get to spend much time with during our hectic lives/schedules.

  63. Karen, WA state says:

    Home for the Holidays means,,,, mornings & evenings with the family clumped around the fireplace, either christmas music playing or a christmas movie on TV (We watch one each night in December) eggnog or cocoa,
    Having Santa’s Cookie Factory where all the kids and their friends decorate cookies for the big man,,,, older kids home from college, and christmas eve, we have a picnic under the tree and play I-spy with the ornaments. Each year, the kids have gotten an ornament that has a reminder of somethng that happened that year. When we play I-spy all the stories of the past are told in a kind of family oral history.

  64. Karen, WA state says:

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  65. Karen, WA state says:

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  66. Rachel Blom says:

    Home for the Holidays means visiting my mom.

  67. Heather says:

    This looks delicious, its refreshing to have a recipe other than dessert. Home for the holidays means spending time with my family with the comfort of good around us. Thanks for sharing!

  68. Jeff Gallup says:

    following on Twitter!

  69. Laurel says:

    Well, I don’t know how it tasted with the sausage but it sure Looks like Christmas with those peppers. Your mom is so creative. Love those stockings.

  70. Heather says:

    Home for the holidays means being with my husband and children at home on Christmas Eve & Day. It also reminds me of bringing our son home from Russia on Christmas Eve 3 years ago.

  71. Arleen says:

    Your casserole looks so luscious…mmmm. Our home for the holidays is all the family getting together at my house Christmas day for a lasagna feast!

  72. Erin says:

    Signed up for email.

  73. Megan says:

    home for the holidays means a quiche on christmas morning! My mom makes one EVERY year! This year I will be home for christmas! I will have to give this a try!

  74. Megan says:

    shared on facebook! :)

  75. Megan says:

    I subscribed to your email notifications! :)

  76. Sharon says:

    So pretty. I grew up with the same tradition. I could open my stocking and then we ate breakfast before presents. Of course my mother was probably still wrapping into the wee hours!

  77. What a sweet story about your stocking, Heather :)

    Stockings hold a lot of meaning in my family, too. I made Sophie’s stocking on her very first Christmas.

    Honestly, stockings and the goodies in them are one of my very favorite parts of Christmas morning! They always have been :)

    We were just talking about Christmas breakfast, too. I think we are having grain-free pancakes, chicken sausages and baked potato cakes.

    Your casserole looks great! :)

    Happy Holidays!

  78. Suzanne H says:

    We don’t celebrate the holidays, so for me it means more time to spend with my kids and husband.

  79. Great giveaway! Home for the holidays means being anywhere where my family is. Any time of the year too! thanks!

  80. Suzanne H says:

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  81. Suzanne H says:

    I like you on FB – Suzanne Hill.

  82. Lily S says:

    I’ve had several variations of this casserole for years. I love the festive peppers! To me, Home for the Holidays means time off of work! Just kidding, it’s all about being surrounded with loved ones and good vibes.

  83. Lily S says:

    I shared this post on Twitter.

  84. Lily S says:

    I am following Gluten-Free Cat on Twitter

  85. Lily S says:

    I “like” Gluten-Free Cat on Facebook

  86. Lily S says:

    I subscribe to Gluten-Free Cat via RSS feed and email

  87. Suzanne H says:

    I subscribe to your email.

  88. dawn says:

    Home for the holidays is being right in our own home with our own little family traditions, no traveling to be with extended family.

  89. Arlee says:

    Spending time with my family and celebrating Christmas at my parents house is what Home for the Holdidays means to me. Thanks for the giveaway!

  90. Arlee says:

    I “liked” your page on FB =)

  91. Arlee says:

    I subscribed to your newsletters and emails.

  92. Beth says:

    My friends are what I think of when I think of family and a place where I belong. “Home” is wherever you can be with the people you love.

  93. Arlee says:

    I shared this post on my FB wall =)

  94. Sarah C says:

    Sore! I want to try this! I was a little sad when I read about the sausage bit… but then I kept reading and found out that you took it out too! Oh this looks so yummy! Your stockings are adorable! They are so nicely made! What a keep-sake. Wow.

  95. Sarah C says:

    I have liked you on Facebook!! Can’t wait to see what other goodies you have!

  96. Sharon says:

    Home for the holidays means being home with my husband and children and enjoying a nice Christmas morning just us.

  97. Sharon says:

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  99. Sarah C says:

    I also just subscribed to you site! I am excited!

  100. Brandae says:

    Home for the holidays means no rushing, no driving anywhere, no distractions. Just spending time with my family, playing games, laughing, snuggling in our jammies all day long. And munching on yummy treats that we don’t normally enjoy. :)

  101. julie says:

    Home for the holidays means having my whole family over to celebrate hannukah, lots of latkes and lots of kids running around tearing up the place!

  102. julie says:

    I followed you on twitter-onflgator

  103. julie says:

    I liked you on facebook

  104. Rachel says:

    looks like another great recipe to try!

  105. Sharmista says:

    Home for the holidays means all of us gathered around the tree opening gifts on Christmas Day.

  106. Sharmista says:


  107. Sharmista says:

    Following you on twitter

  108. Sally says:

    Home for the holidays means family and friends enjoying each others company. It means spending the season with my wonderful husband and enjoying Christmas morning together.

  109. Sally says:

    I liked you on FB

  110. Sally says:

    Now following you on twitter

  111. MaryAnna says:

    I definitely agree nothing beats Christmas morning! We don’t get stockings anymore, but it used to be my favourite part. Christmas breakfast at my house always involved pannetone, crepes, eggs and bacon, brie, etc… In other words the works!

  112. MaryAnna says:

    I liked you on FB!

  113. MaryAnna says:

    subscribed via email

  114. MaryAnna says:

    shared on FB

  115. Amani says:

    I’ve started a new tradition of “home for the holidays” by actually spending my holidays with my friends. Just doing things we wouldn’t ordinarily do, being together and having a good time is what makes it special. :)

  116. Amani says:

    Liked on facebook. :)

  117. Amani says:

    And shared on facebook. :)

  118. Mary DK says:

    Home for the Holidays means being home with my boys & my hubby. Baking, watching Christmas movies and doing all sorts of fun Christmas activities. I love that my work allows me to be with them at home thru the Holidays.

  119. Amanda M says:

    home for the Holidays to me means being with family and friends. You can be anywhere with them and be “home.”

  120. Amanda M says:

    liked you on facebook

  121. Marykay says:

    Home for the Holidays means spending time with my family, we open a few gifts then enjoy a big brunch the finish the presents. It is so nice to spending the morning celebrating Jesus together!

  122. Amanda M says:

    following you on twitter

  123. Lisa says:

    Yum, it looks really good.
    Thank-you for sharing.
    Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
    Lisa’s Gluten Free Advice and Healthy Living
    Gluten Free
    Healthy Living

  124. Marykay says:

    I shared this giveaway on Facebook

  125. Amanda M says:


  126. Marykay says:

    I like you on Facebook

  127. Marykay says:

    I just subscribed via email

  128. Marykay says:

    I am following you on Twitter

  129. Marykay says:

    I also tweeted the giveaway!

  130. heather says:

    The Holidays mean family, together gathered around the lit tree, just being warm, relaxed and well fed!

  131. Laura Harmasch says:

    Home for the holidays means being surrounded by friends and family enjoying the lights!

  132. Chelle says:

    Do you think this would work with GF cornbread? I always have that around, but rarely GF bread. Also I wonder if it would work in the crockpot. I LOVE crockpot recipes.

  133. Gretchen Corbin says:

    Wow, your family’s Christmas tradition closely resembles mine! My mom made our stockings (though they are not as ornate as yours!). And had a rule that stockings can be opened before family breakfast, but the gifts under the tree had to wait until after breakfast. And we all now make the breakfast casserole the night before – so that it just needs to go into the oven while we are all opening the stockings. I look forward to trying your recipe. thanks!

  134. Gretchen Corbin says:

    just tweeted your recipe

  135. Gretchen Corbin says:

    and now I’m ‘following’ you on twitter

  136. Heather says:

    I now like you on Facebook :)

  137. Dawn-Marie Valdron says:

    Home for the holidays means spending time with those you love in familiar places.

  138. Gretchen Corbin says:

    and like you on facebook

  139. Mom says:

    Thanks for the recipe. You are amazing. Can’t wait to see you, stocking in hand.

  140. Kate says:

    Home for the holidays means just that; being with my loved ones and relaxing at home. Thanks for the recipe and the chance to win!

  141. Megan H. says:

    Simply put, home for the holidays to me means family and friends. Life would not be the same w/o them *smile*.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  142. Megan H. says:

    I already follow you on Facebook. :)

  143. Megan H. says:

    I just subscribed to your emails.

  144. Amanda S. says:

    “Home for the Holidays” to me means not only enjoying the holidays with my family, but helping families in need in our community have a home for the holidays and the necessities that many of us take for granted.

    (And I shared the post on facebook and liked you on facebook as well. :) )

  145. Lindsay Mullins says:

    Home for the holidays means for me that my small, close family will put all of the hustle and bustle of life away for a couple of days, eat ourselves silly, sing “Happy Birthday” to my wonderful sister on Christmas Eve(she turns 40 this year – and she beat cancer 2 years ago – so it’s going to be EXTRA special!) and we just be together and enjoy each other’s presence… not PRESENTS 😀 Although it certainly is fun watching our boys’ faces light up as they open their gifts! <3

  146. Lindsay Mullins says:

    You rock! <3 I am now following you on FB and signed up for emails!

  147. Elise S says:

    Home for the holidays for me is the same for you…stockings handmade by my mom filled full on Christmas morning. She crocheted one for each of us kids, and has since added one for my husband two years ago, and this year for my newborn son. They are beautiful and sum up Christmas for me.

  148. Elise S says:

    followed you on fb

  149. Elise S says:

    followed you on twitter

  150. Paula says:

    Home for the Holidays, is being with my family, making treats, gingerbread houses, eating too much food, laughing at memories and simply enjoying each other.

  151. alisa joy says:

    love the confetti colors! home for the holidays means warmth and celebration. and much, much gratitude.

  152. alisa joy says:

    i like gfc on facebook

  153. Julie says:

    Home for the holidays means being able to relax at home, not having to bundle up in the cold just to rush around to various extended family members’ houses. It means being able to savor the moment with your own little family, curled up with your hot beverage of choice and enjoying the peace with your loved ones.

  154. Becka says:

    Home for the holidays means waking up with my daughter, and immediately going up to my parents’ room to share the morning with them. Then cooking, baking, and sharing warmth and love with my whole family. i LOVE the holidays!

  155. jodie says:

    Oh this might be supper tonight!! Thank you so much. Now off to explore your other recipes!

  156. Megan H. says:

    I shared your recipe on Facebook and tagged you. :)

  157. Andrea M says:

    Home for the holidays means to me is having all the family, including extended, around for Christmas eve and our family for Christmas day :)

  158. Sarah M says:

    ‘home for the holidays’ means constituting a home out of whatever people you find yourself with (friends/ parents+sibs /extended family /etc.)

  159. Anne says:

    Easy! Home for the holidays means family.

  160. shannon Lewis says:

    This has been a tradition in my hubby’s family too. Since this is our first year being gluten free, I will give YOUR recipe a try! (might still add the sausage, though) Thanks for being here for the Gluten Free community!

  161. Sara F. says:

    To me, home for the holidays means being with loved ones. Thank you for the casserole recipe! We might have to make it a new holiday tradition!

  162. I love the stockings, Heather! My family makes a similar casserole, filled with things we can no longer eat. Maybe it’s time to make a ‘Sunny safe’ version this year?

    Lovely story, lovely recipe.

    Thank you for sharing.



  163. Joey says:

    “Home for the Holidays” means being with family. We had a similar routine with stockings first while the breakfast casserole cooked……until one year my mother got a new oven, and my husband who was delegated to put the casserole in the oven managed to close the “self-clean” lever on the oven, and as we were opening stockings, we didn’t realize his error until we started to smell the casserole being burned “clean”. No one has asked for casserole since then.

  164. Joey says:

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  165. Joey says:

    i “liked” you on Facebook.

  166. Janis S. says:

    I shared this on facebook

  167. Janis S. says:

    I like this recipe. Just about all breakfast casseroles I’ve seen have sausage, which we don’t eat. thanks for sharing.

  168. Chrystal in Canada says:

    home for the holidays is….my husband and I moved to a new city just over a year ago. we will literally be going hpme for Christmas/Hanukah, and am excitd to just BE with our families!

  169. Shelby says:

    Your casserole looks delicious and comforting… yum!

    Home for the holidays means spending meaningful, relaxing time with those we love. We like to focus on what is truly important- family and the true meaning of Christmas, and everything else just falls away. Of course, there is good, nourishing food, games, movies, etc. We like to enjoy our time together!

  170. Brenda says:

    Home for the holidays to me means being wherever
    family is. This casserole looks great. Plan to try
    it even if I don’t make it for Christmas.

  171. Linda C says:

    Home for the Holidays means wonderful time spent with friends and family, good food, and celebrating the birth of Christ.

  172. AJ says:

    To me, home for the holidays means quiet time with my family.

  173. Donna says:

    We are empty nesters but the holiday is home for me when the kids return with the grandchildren and we all eat, laugh, and relax together.

  174. cheryl says:

    for me, home for the holidays is feeding the people I love, and hoping the food is infused with that spirit.

  175. Susan says:

    Home for the Holidays means spending time with my mother and any other family members able to join us for Christmas dinner. I am so lucky that my mom is still living in the home where I grew up, so it is always nice to be home for the holidays!

  176. Linda S. says:

    Home for the holidays is hanging out with the family, enjoying good food, sharing gifts, playing games. I love the stocking tradition!

  177. Linda S. says:

    I shared on facebook. :)

  178. Linda S. says:

    I like you on facebook. :)

  179. Linda S. says:

    I subscribed by email. :)

  180. Mary S says:

    Home for the Holidays means spending time with family.

  181. sherris. says:

    Home for the holiday’s means smply enjoying my family. Some live far away. We eat, drink & get merry and I take lots of pictures for the CHristmas scrapbook.

  182. Elisa says:

    The most important aspects of the Holidays for our family is enjoying each others company and of course watching all the excitement of the kids. I’m thinking I may have to do an egg casserole for Christmas Morning and maybe try out a GF Buckwheat Cinnamon Roll recipe I’ve been wanting to make. Thanks for the great recipe :)

  183. michelle says:

    home for the holidays implies waking up slow and hanging out with my kiddos as we celebrate this exciting season

  184. Amanda says:

    Home for the Holidays to me simply means being wherever my family is and celebrating with them.

  185. Cindy Padgett says:

    We still do stockings for everyone, too. Some were made by my Mom, some by my MIL. Its my favorite part of Christmas.

  186. Gail says:

    I liked you on Facebook.

  187. Gail says:

    Christmas for me is sharing the reason for the season, and that is the birth of Jesus, and gathering together with family, sharing great food and memories.

    Merry Christmas from your friends to the North.

  188. sandrag says:

    Home for the Holidays means to me in simpliest terms, FAITH & Family…

    We make a new breakfast casserole every year & eat it while the young ones are opening presents…then the kids eat after their excitement is over…
    peace & blessings to all…..

  189. kathy says:

    I am enjoying all the new recipes for the holiday.

  190. kathy says:

    Now following you on Twitter. Merry Christmas

  191. Kathy says:

    This looks delicious! I am so making this for breakfast! Thanks for this great post! Home for the Holidays means creating delicious healthy meals for those I love, spending time with family and friends and pausing to appreciate the simple things in life.

  192. Cindy W. says:

    HOme for the holidays for me is spending time with my children and grandchildren and creating new memories.

  193. Amanda Peña says:

    Looks delicious! I would love to make this for my family.

  194. Amanda Peña says:

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  196. Amanda Peña says:

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  197. tanya ci says:

    I subscribed through RSS/google reader :)

  198. tanya ci says:

    Home for the holidays….time with The Boy, time with the rest of the family and lots of reminding one another thatrelxing and enjoying is the name of the game!

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  203. Karol says:

    Home for the Holidays means being with my family. Spending quality time together, exchanging gifts, having hot chocolate, eating a nice holiday meal together etc…the most important thing is being together.

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    I liked GF Cat on facebook.

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  207. Denise Fedor says:

    home for the holidays means that my only living child and the two of us will be together. If only for chips and dip.

  208. Denise Fedor says:

    I zm following you on twitter

  209. Marissa Workowski says:

    As I won’t be home for the holidays this year I am making the most of my Christmas with my sister and her husband. We will play games, take a nice walk to get some fresh crisp winter air in our lungs and eat really good healthy food! (New tradition started there is some brutal crossfit workout :)

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  212. Kristen M. says:

    Home for the Holidays means slowing down and enjoying Christmas traditions with my family.

  213. Anna says:

    Having my kids and grandkids home! Looks good!

  214. laurie says:

    thanks for making it GF. I’m always looking for GF casserole dishes….and the prizes look great too.

  215. Sarah M says:

    “Home for the Holidays” means exactly that for me, being home and with family. It’s a beautiful thing.

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  219. Ellen says:

    It means relaxing and enjoying time with family!

  220. Milad says:

    It means good food and football

  221. Jenny says:

    I subscribed to your blog!

  222. Seeks says:

    I tend to think of crowded tables of loved ones loudly joking, cinnamon buns being made, and huge trashbags of wrapping paper.

  223. Marca says:

    Home for the Holidays means getting together with family…. the more the better! However a quiet evening at home listening to holiday music while baking cookies is just as special.

  224. Kristen says:

    Home for the Holidays means time with family and Christmas cookies!!

  225. jessica says:

    That’s funny because I always have made the original sausage breakfast casserole too along with monkey bread for xmas morning, and have spent the morning trying to find gluten free version. I think I will either use gluten free bread or hashbrowns.

  226. Sarah L. says:

    Home for the Holidays means being with family. Can’t believe it is only a week away!

    This recipes looks so easy and would be great year round.

  227. Sarah L. says:

    I liked Gluten Free Cat on FB

  228. Sarah L. says:

    and I shared this post on Facebook.

  229. Sarah L. says:

    I subscribed by email

  230. Rowan says:

    I’ll be going ‘Home for the Holidays’ tomorrow, and to me it means spending time with the people who have been and will always be my very best friends – my brothers and parents. I don’t see family very often anymore, and this time of year is always looked forward to with eagerness.

  231. Rowan says:

    Liked on Facebook!

  232. Rowan says:

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  233. Andi says:

    This looks amazingly yummy! “Home for the Holidays” to me means not getting caught up in the fast pace that holiday time can take on, but enjoying every moment discovering the little joys with my daughter.

  234. Andi says:

    I ‘liked’ you on facebook

  235. Andi says:

    Subscribed to gluten free cat!

  236. Andi says:

    Shared on facebook as well :)

  237. Mrs. Voytek says:

    My mom always made a breakfast casserole and the bottom layer was English muffins… Thanks so much for this recipe, my GF daughter will be enjoying it this Christmas!

  238. Gail says:

    I shared this giveaway and website on my Facebook page.

  239. Joy says:

    Home for the Holidays means my brother and his wife coming in from out of town. Spending time with them, my family and parents, and my 94 year-old grandma (we now celebrate with 4 generations) is what I look forward to the most!

  240. Sarah Louise says:

    Thanks for the awesome recipe :)
    I am “Home for the Holidays” for the first time in 12 years (after out-of-state jobs), so it is all about catching up with loved ones!

  241. Laura says:

    Home for the holidays means spending time with our families, even if it means driving all over the place to do it!

  242. Laura says:

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  244. Andrew says:

    “Home for the holidays” means spending time at home focusing on family.

  245. Andrew says:

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