My sisters, mom and nieces started a family tradition a few years back. What started as a cookie baking party has evolved into a pretty fantastic holiday brunch.


The following usually happens:

1. Each adult makes 2 dozen cookies per person. Most of my family plans ahead and makes really fantastic lovely treats. I make mine the night before (or, um – the morning of) like clockwork.

2. Present said cookies in freezer bag, fun tins or a covered plate.

3. Distribute to friends and family as holiday gifts/treats! (We always pack several goodies bags and deliver them to our neighbors.)

4. Give out gifts like candles, Christmas socks or kitchen goodies.

It’s a wonderful after Thanksgiving tradition that always gets me in the mood for Christmas.

This year we changed it up a bit. Since mom and dad are in the process of building/moving – we held the cookie exchange/holiday brunch at my sister Lora’s home. It’s a tradition that I truly love each and every year. Below you will find our brunch menu along with images from the day and a few holiday decor ideas for your own home. Happy Holidays!

Holiday Brunch Menu

Roasted Pepper, Scallion and Sausage Quiche

Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Gruyere with Oat Crust

Crab Quiche

Assorted pastries from Panera


Waffles/Cool Whip/Sprinkles (for kids)


Christmas Champagne  (Fill glass with 1/2 cranberry juice, top with champagne, frozen raspberries and fresh mint. To freeze cranberries just rinse in cold water, roll in sugar and place in freezer.  















Leslie Means

Leslie is the founder and owner of Her View From She is also a former news anchor, published children’s book author, weekly columnist, and has several published short stories as well. She is married to a very patient man. Together they have three fantastic kids.  When she’s not sharing too much personal information online and in the newspaper – you’ll find Leslie somewhere in Nebraska hanging out with family and friends. There’s also a 75% chance at any given time, you’ll spot her in the aisles at Target.