Christmas Brunch Recipe Ideas We Can’t Wait to Try

There’s more to look forward to on Christmas morning than opening presents. Today (like most mornings) we’re thinking about breakfast food, contemplating late-morning meal possibilities that combine the holiday feel we love with our favorite breakfast treats. Here are the Christmas brunch ideas we’re currently craving.

Christmas Brunch Recipes - Christmas Pancakes

Christmas Pancakes

Pancakes are the perfect breakfast food and will definitely hit the spot on Christmas morning. And there are so many creative ways to make your pancakes festive with simple shapes and easy food accents. Make the kids smile when you serve them up some snowman pancakes with a bacon scarf, stack them high to create a Christmas tree or use toppings to create festive holiday characters with this inspiring list of pancake ideas.

Gingerbread Waffles

If you have a waffle maker handy, let it do most of the work. All you have to do is get the batter ready and get your toppings lined up. It’ll save you time whipping up the batter the night before. Just heat up the waffle iron and start pumping out delicious portions for the entire family. Just like pancakes, waffles will make everyone happy on Christmas morning, especially if you mix up your classic recipe–try out these gingerbread waffles.

Christmas Brunch Ideas - Glazed Holiday Ham

Breakfast Ideas for Leftover Ham

Many of us enjoy a glazed holiday ham on Christmas Eve. Meaning leftovers. Meaning ham at-the-ready for a variety of uses on Christmas morning. With recipes like this ham and cheese breakfast casserole, it’s easy to use those leftovers to prep a hearty meal for the next morning. You’ll be glad you prepped your Christmas morning meal the night before when all you have to do is get up, pop the casserole in the oven and sit back.

Baked Croissant Casserole

If you’re feeling a little more ambitious about your breakfast casserole, mix it up with this croissant breakfast bake. It’s also a great alternative in case your plans for plenty of leftover holiday ham didn’t pan out like you thought they might. The buttery mini croissants, melty cheese and eggs will entice any late-riser out of bed.

Christmas Brunch Recipes - Cinnamon Rolls

Specialty Cinnamon Rolls

Slow-cookers are perfect for Christmas morning because they simplify the cooking process and allow you to enjoy your holiday with the family while your meal cooks. But slow-cookers are not just for hearty casseroles or quinoa. They can also be used for classic breakfast treats like gooey, sugary cinnamon rolls. Check out a simple recipe from Creme de la Crumb to make slow-cooker cinnamon rolls a reality on Christmas morning.

Take Care of Your Commuter: Gifts for Travelers

For most of us, the best gifts we receive are often the ones that make our daily lives a little easier, a bit more comfortable and a lot less stressful. Luckily, especially if you’re still trying to find gifts for loved ones, there is one aspect of everyone’s day that can be improved with a thoughtful gift–the daily commute. End the search with some of these great gift ideas for travelers that drive on the daily, frequently fly or ride the train to work.

Ideas for Daily Drivers


22-Oz. NFL 360° Wrap Travel Tumblers
Universal Phone Magnetic Dashboard Mount
Memory Foam Microsuede Auto Cushions

Gifts for Frequent Flyers


Personalized Duffels or Cosmetic Bags
1,000 Dot-to-Dot Activity Books
2-In-1 Stand with Power Bank

Deals for Railroad Riders


Breathless Trilogy Set
Collegiate Mascot Neck Pillows
Lisa Frank® Power Banks

DAY TWELVE Holiday Fun Fact:

According to this interesting infographic from Travel and Leisure, nearly 100 million Americans travel during the holiday season. Airfare is typically the lowest and least hectic on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day for the simple fact that many people aren’t looking to travel on these days. However, airfare usually spikes right after both of these days. And for future reference, if you’re one of the 6 million people who typically fly during the holiday season, booking your domestic flights two months in advance will typically get you the best deal.


Holiday Gift Ideas for the Frequent Traveler
People celebrate Christmas many different ways, but if there’s one thing nearly all of us can agree on during the holidays it’s the fact that traveling is a pain. While most of us just get a taste of these traveling challenges during the holidays, there are a few people in every family who put up with many of these traveling woes on a monthly, weekly or daily basis. Whether they’re logging a lot of hours driving, flying or riding the train it’s in your power to make their life more comfortable and a little less stressful with these thoughtful Christmas gifts.

Gift Ideas to Thank Veterans During the Holidays

Veterans Day is only a couple days away. There are a number of ways you can give back by donating and getting involved in your community. But even though we reserve November 11 to honor American veterans, every day on the calendar is a potential day to say “Thank You.” With the holidays approaching, most of us are busy trying to find presents and plan holiday parties. It’s also a great opportunity to surprise the veterans in your life or your community with a thoughtful holiday gift after Veterans Day is over. Take a moment out of your holiday plans to pick out a gift for the veteran in your life or give back in a unique way with these ideas.


Homemade Meals for Veterans

The gift of food is a wonderful thing, so if you have a special homemade recipe, a little talent in the kitchen and want to make your Veterans Day gift memorable, get cooking for the veteran in your life, invite veterans you know over for a meal or bring them a delicious homemade treat to say ‘Thank You’ on Veterans Day or any other day during the upcoming holiday season. Bake or cook something delicious and easily transport your dish with the Set of 3 Covered Casseroles or this 6-Pc. Locking Lid Stainless Steel Bowl Set. You can also make some cookies and other homemade desserts using the Set of 3 Reusable Baking Sheet Liners.


Inspiration & Appreciation for Veterans

The men and women who’ve served in our military inspire us with their courage, selflessness and sacrifice on a daily basis. On Veterans Day or during the holidays, we can try to return the favor by offering our own inspiration and encouragement. This Faux Leather Scripture Journal has an uplifting scripture on the front. For the veteran in your family, you could use the 31-Photo Collage Frame to surprise them with pictures of the entire family. You could also get creative and take photos on Veterans Day at your local parade or any community event and use those photos to make a collage for a veteran in the community to commemorate Veterans Day and show how many people in your neighborhood, town or city truly appreciate their service.


Holiday Hustle: Last Minute Christmas Checklist

ChristmasWe’re just days away from Christmas! With friends and family visiting from out of town, things are about to get crazy! But we’ve got your back. Here’s a last minute Christmas checklist to help you get ready.

Scrub Down If you haven’t done a thorough house-cleaning yet, it’s too late, but it’s not the end of the world. A quick wipe-down of the bathrooms, vacuuming and dusting should be easy enough to complete alongside your other tasks. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to ask for help.

Christmas Cuisine

ChristmasGet your grocery list together by December 21. Buy everything for Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas breakfast and Christmas dinner. The crowds will be crazy between now and Christmas morning, so include staples like milk, fruit, bread, and anything your family needs to eat daily.


Go grocery shopping no later than December 22. This will give you some room for errors — you’ll still have a day or so to get anything you forgot to put on your list.

Prep Start dinner prep on December 23. Christmas Eve will be hectic enough without having to think about every detail of Christmas dinner. Cutting up vegetables and peeling potatoes ahead of time will save you from stress on Christmas day.

Bake your desserts on Christmas Eve. You won’t have oven space on Christmas Day to do all the cooking and baking.

Holiday Bounty

Wrap the gifts for your family no later than December 21. Pull everything out of hiding and cloak your presents in glitter and ribbons to dazzle your kids before their favorite day. Remember to be clever enough with the wrapping that they can’t sneak a peek at what you bought.

ChristmasStuff the stockings by December 22. This is just to make sure you have enough goodies to fill out the stockings. If you don’t have enough trinkets to make the stockings swell like Santa’s belly, you’ll have time to buy a few more souvenirs.

Tots Keep the kids busy. Plan a few crafts for the little ones — they’ll need activities while school is out and you won’t have time to entertain them. If your kids are old enough, involve them in the holiday preparation.

The Lakeside Collection has ideas and products to make any holiday merry! From New Year’s Day to New Year’s Eve, look to Lakeside to make all your holidays bright.

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

If you’re like the rest of us, most of the holiday shopping is done, but there are a few people left on your list to buy for. At the end of a work week with holiday parties ahead, you don’t have time or energy to do anymore shopping. But with the power of the Internet, shopping is hardly a burden! To make it even easier, we put together a list of some of our favorite products for you to browse. Here’s this week’s Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week.lak-soapAroma Therapy Handcrafted, plant-based Simply be well Holiday Soap will leave your hands feeling clean and smelling fragrant. Using traditional soap-making techniques, this luxurious set of 2 triple milled, long-lasting bars provides a rich lather as it mildly exfoliates the skin. It’s infused with natural glycerin to leave your skin soft and moisturized. Cranberry has a tart and fruity fragrance, while Peppermint Bark gives your skin a sweet peppermint scent. Arrives festively wrapped and ready for giving. 5 oz., each.

footless-tightsPrincess Pride The Girls’ Favorite Character Footless Tights are a versatile addition to her everyday wardrobe. The tights feature bright colors and photo-real designs of beloved characters. Footless construction is easy to wear and make these tights the perfect accessory for any outfit. Polyester and spandex. Machine care. Imported.

squeakie-pup-padPuppy Love The Dog Breed Squeakie Pup Pad keeps your furry friend occupied for hours. With 11 squeakers inside and no stuffing to come out, it’s the perfect dog toy. Cute facial expressions and plush textures make it look like your favorite breed. Approx. 12-1/2″W x 9-3/4″L. Polyester and EVA. Imported.


Superheroes, A-Z The Marvel Encyclopedia is essential for die-hard fans of these well-known superheroes. Created in full collaboration with Marvel Comics, this edition features new entries on the latest characters and teams, updates on the existing comics and storylines, and expanded entries on Spider-Man(TM), Thor, and The Avengers. Organized alphabetically. 10-1/8″W x 12-1/4″L. Hardcover, 439 pages. disney-meal-setMickey Meals Make mealtime fun with a 3-Pc. Disney Meal Set. Perfectly sized for Disney fans and collectors of all ages, the mug and plate feature a favorite character. Matching bowl is ideal for soup and oatmeal. Porcelain. Dishwasher, microwave, and freezer

Look to the The Lakeside Collection for all your gifts this holiday season! We have hundreds of items at discount prices for just about everyone on your holiday shopping list. Check out our Perfect Present Gift App to steer you to the right present.

Holiday Hustle: Cocktail Party Essentials

From now until January our schedules are dazzling with holiday festivities! Big dinners, shopping for gifts and, of course, throwing holiday cocktail parties keep us delighted but busy! While we can’t do your party prep for you, we can direct you to the right products! Holiday cocktail parties are designed to be memorable, so we put together a list of must haves for your party. Here are 5 cocktail party essentials to make your gathering spectacular.

ultimate-buffet-organizerServe ’em Up! Serving buffet-style becomes a snap when you use the Ultimate Buffet Organizer. It holds plates, napkins and utensils ready for your guests. It features a 3-tier construction with the bottom for 10-1/2″ dinner plates, the middle for 8-1/4″ salad or dessert plates and the top for napkins. It also has 4 utensil holders that hang off the sides. Can be used stacked, or taken apart and spread around the table. 19-3/4″W x 16″D x 15-1/2″H. Steel. Assembly required.

holiday-wine-bottle-glass-holderBeverage Bonus Celebrate the spirit of the season with this Holiday Wine Bottle & Glass Holder. Its spiral body fits snugly around a standard wine bottle, while its two arms hold your wine glasses. Cheerful holiday character adds fun detail to the useful piece. When not in use, remove the arms for easy storage. Approx. 9″W x 3-1/2″D x 10″H. Metal.reindeer-dip-chiller

Whimsical Reindeer Set an attention-grabbing table for the holidays with this whimsical and witty Reindeer Tabletop Collection. The pieces feature Santa’s reindeer in cute poses, illustrating their traditional names. The 12″ dia. Serving Platter and the 10-oz. Dip Chiller feature all of the reindeer standing together. The chiller has a 26-oz. base that can be filled with ice to keep your dip cool. The 14-oz. mugs and 8″ dia. plates are sold as sets of 4, featuring a single reindeer in the center with its name underneath it. The reindeer in Set 1 of plates are the same as those in Set 1 of mugs, and likewise for Set 2. Stoneware. Microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe.

holiday-chair-coversPlayful Seating This Set of 2 Holiday Chair Covers ushers your dining room into the Christmas spirit. Simply slip the covers over the backs of your chairs to transform them into a beloved character. Order several sets to coordinate all your chairs; get a few of each style! Approx. 20-1/4″W x 24-7/8″L, each. Polyester. Imported.

snowmen-salt-pepperDelightful Doodads Spread the holiday spirit to the heart of your home with this Snowman Kitchen Collection. Each piece features a snowman in winter finery. The Rug (29-3/4″W x 18″L) lets you stand comfortably while preparing holiday dinners. Rubber and polyester. Use the Set of 2 Towels (15-1/2″W x 24″L, each) for many tasks you do in the kitchen. Cotton and polyester. All textiles, imported. Place the Utensil Crock (4-7/8″ dia. x 5-3/4″H) on the counter to hold your utensils. Rest the one you’re using as you cook on the Spoon Rest (5-1/4″W x 9-1/4″D x 1-3/8″H). Add a decorative note to your table with the Salt & Pepper Shaker Set (2-1/8″ dia. x 3-3/8″H, each). Store treats in the Cookie Jar (6-3/4″W x 7-1/8″D x 7-5/8″H) under the snowman’s hat, which forms the lid. Dolomite. All tabletop items, hand

Parties and presents is what this time of year is all about! While you’re planning your get together and ticking off your holiday shopping list, look to The Lakeside Collection to help you pick the right presents with our Perfect Present gift app! Check it out for everyone on your list.

Pinteresting Picks for November

Now that the Thanksgiving dishes are washed, we can drape our homes in the magic of Christmas! And you can definitely feel the festivities bubbling up on Pinterest! Here are our Pinteresting Picks for November.mothers-birthstone-necklace

Mother’s Pride A wonderful gift for mothers and grandmothers, a Mother’s Birthstone Necklace or Charms helps celebrate her family with a birthstone charm for the month in which each child was born. The silvertone necklace features a 3/4″ heart-shaped pendant on a 16″ long chain with 2″ extender. An opening on the heart allows you to slip on the 1/2″ rhinestone charms. The necklace and the charms are sold separately. Metal.pine-cones

A Warm Glow Perfect for use in your fireplace or outdoor firepit, Rainbow Flame-Coloring Pine Cones provides you with hours of fun. Add the pine cones to your fire and watch them turn the flames blue and green for a riot of color. You get a 1-lb. bag. Pine cones, approx. 1-1/2″ dia. x 2″H, each.nativity-ornament-set

Oh Come All Ye Faithful A Complete Nativity or Ornament Set makes a meaningful addition to your Christmas decorations. The set is a beautiful representation of the true reason for the season. The Complete Nativity Set celebrates Jesus’ birth with main characters from the Biblical story. Characters, approx. 2-5/8″H, each. The Set of 2 Ornaments (approx. 3″H, each) features two sweet scenes of the newborn Savior. Each comes on a golden cord ready for hanging. Cold cast ceramic.snowpinions

Jolly Happy Souls A Snowpinions Figurine will put a smile on everyone’s face. This mischievous snowman may have had a little too much fun. Put this sweet little guy on a mantel or table throughout the holidays. Approx. 4″W x 3″D x 4-1/2″H. Cold cast ceramic.handprint-ornament-kits

Decorate with Joy Handprint Ornament Kit gives your Christmas tree a personalized touch from your kids. This all-inclusive kit comes with all accessories needed to create a handprint ornament. It’s an exciting project to do with the kids that will decorate your tree for many seasons. Made of plastic instead of glass, the shatterproof ornament is safe for kids to work with. Cover your child’s hand with the nontoxic paint, have them grasp the ornament, then fill in the details with the included marker and crayon. Ornament, 3-1/4″ dia.

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for Kids

fashion-dolls-accessoriesIt is finally time to get down to some serious holiday shopping. This magical time of year is all about children, and that shows in the variety of toys, clothing, and other delights waiting for you at The Lakeside Collection. Here are this week’s Lakeside Selection:  Our Choice of Favorite Items for Kids.

Doll Dress-Up Your little girl can dress her dolls for a night of dancing or a day of shopping with this 45-Pc. Fashion Dolls and Accessories Set. She’ll have over 40 pieces including dresses, shoes, purses and necklaces. PVC and polyester. For ages 3 and up.minecraft-plush-characters

Minecraft Madness The Minecraft Plush Character will quickly become your child’s favorite companion. Let your kid construct and control their cube universe with a cozy version of Creeper, Zombie or Enderman by their side. Approx. 13-1/8″H. Polyester. Imported. For ages 3 and up.wood-guitar

Songs to Inspire Inspire a young musician with this 30″ Wood Guitar With Case. Perfectly sized for a child to hold and play, it features real steel strings for a beautiful, clear sound. Comes with its own vinyl carrying case with carrying strap, handle and side zipper. Includes a spare steel string. For ages 3 and up. 30″ x 11″ x 3″.licensed-kids-play-tents

The Ultimate Hideout Give your child their own hideout beneath an image of their favorite characters with a Licensed Kids’ Play Tent. Colorful bed tent is great for sleeping or playing. Elastic-corded poles make assembly fast and easy. One size fits most twin beds. Approx. 72″ x 36″ x 32-1/2″. Polyester. Imported.

star-wars-mr-potato-headPotatoes Re-imagined The Licensed Mr. Potato Head is all dressed up as your favorite character. This classic toy with a fun twist lets your imagination run wild. Create a variety of wacky appearances with multiple body parts, outfits and accessories. Approx. 4-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, assembled. PVC. For ages 2 and up.


gift-appLook to the The Lakeside Collection for all your special deliveries this holiday season! We may not have the charm of eight tiny reindeer to present your gifts, but we do have thousands of items at discount prices for just about everyone on your holiday shopping list. And if you’re stumped on what to get someone, check out our Perfect Present Gift App to steer you to the right present.

Holiday Hustle: Our Choice of Favorite Items for Her

It’s that time of year when shopping is more than just a pastime! If you haven’t gotten your holiday shopping list together for the women in your life, we have a few ideas to get you started and inspired. Here’s this week’s Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for Her.lak-fleece-text-gloves

Pretty & Practical Fleece Text Gloves with Zippered Pockets keeps you connected while keeping your hands warm. Thumb and index finger are touchscreen compatible. Zippered pocket on each glove gives you a secure place to store your items. Available in Men’s and Women’s sizes; one size fits most. Polyester. Imported.

lak-inspirational-braceletsCharming & Inspirational Slip on this Set of 3 Inspirational Crystal Stretch Bracelets with any outfit to carry a positive message anywhere. Stack them for a fashionable mixed metal look, or wear them individually. The bronzetone, goldtone and silvertone bracelets slip on and off with ease. They’re engraved with uplifting messages and accented with crystals. 2-1/2″ dia., each.

lak-pioneer-womanSweet & Joyful Join Ree Drummond as she whips up some old and new holiday favorites. The Pioneer Woman Year of Holidays Cookbook includes 140 recipes for every holiday, from decadent Dessert Shots on New Year’s Eve to a Resolution Smoothie on New Year’s Day. Includes recipes for meals and gifts and step-by-step photos. 10-1/4″ x 8-1/4″. Hardcover, 387 pages.

lak-rhinestone-scarfChic & Snug The Rhinestone Embellished Monogram Scarf adds elegant flair to your attire. The stylish scarf features your monogram in sparkling white crystals. Playful 3″ tassels hang from either end. Made with soft viscose, it’s the perfect way to add your own touch to any outfit. 27-1/2″W x 69″L, not including the tassels. Imported.lak-suede-slippers

Cozy & Cute Women’s Genuine Suede Moccasins will protect your feet from the cold. Get these cozy slippers at our incredible low price! Comfortable slippers are crafted with genuine suede uppers and warm acrylic fleece linings that look and feel like plush sheepskin. A bow near the toe adds feminine detail. Durable rubber soles make them suitable for wear both indoors and out. Imported.

gift-appFor the other people on your holiday list, make sure to check out our Perfect Present Gift App to select the right gift with just a few clicks!

Holiday Hustle: Product Picks for Personalized Gifts

It’s time to get on that holiday shopping! With so many people on your list to shop for, we know how tough it is to come up with something thoughtful for everyone on your list. One short cut to coming up with a thoughtful gift is to personalize it. Lucky for you, we have plenty of items to personalize. To get you started, here’s this week’s Lakeside Selection: Product Picks for Personalized Gifts.lak-personalized-rag-doll

The Girl is Mine This holiday will be extra special when she receives a Personalized Holiday Rag Doll. She’ll love playing with this adorable rag doll, which can have any name up to 12 characters embroidered on its dress. Thread color and font as pictured. The soft doll has an embroidered face and comes dressed in holiday attire, including an attached dress and cape. Her yarn hair is tied back with a bow, and button details enhance her shoes. 16-1/2″ tall. Polyester. Imported. Web and phone agent orders only. Sorry, mail/fax and our automated phone orders not accepted.

lak-personalized-cheese-boardsCheese to Go with Mine Make this Personalized Wine Bottle-Shaped Cutting Board uniquely yours by adding your name or initials. The bottom of the board has feet so it won’t move around or scratch your table, and the top has a loop of suede for hanging. It provides a decorative touch hanging on the wall of your kitchen or home bar. Colors and fonts are as they appear for each design. For the Chalkboard choice, “The” and “Family” are a given–just add the name you want. 4-1/2″W x 12-5/8″L. Glass. Web and phone agent orders only. Sorry, mail/fax and our automated phone orders not accepted. This item cannot be shipped to P.O. boxes.

Personalized-pendantPersonal Devotion Celebrate any religious event or special occasion with a gift of this Personalized Cross Pendant. The pendant has a cutout cross and may be customized with a name of up to 9 characters. The personalization will be engraved into the center of the pendant. Includes an 18″ chain with a lobster claw clasp. Pendant, 1-1/8″ dia. Metal. Web and phone agent orders only. Sorry, mail/fax and our automated phone orders not accepted.

lak-personalized-car-organizerPersonal Space Keep items neat and orderly inside your car without taking up space using this Personalized Car Organizer. It’s specifically designed to be hung around a headrest or strapped around one of the car’s seats. Adjustable straps clip on and off for added versatility. It features 2 mesh pockets on the bottom, large and small pockets in the middle, and 3 small mesh pockets on top. Personalize with any name up to 15 characters. Name is embroidered on the large pocket in white thread. 17″W x 22-3/4″L. Polyester. Imported. Web and phone agent orders only. Sorry, mail/fax and our automated phone orders not accepted.

lak-personalized-bakingHomemade Excellence This Personalized Nordic Ware Baking Dish is a fun and convenient way to share your homemade treats. The 13″ x 9″ pan features a vibrant snap-close lid with a tab for easy removal. Personalize it with up to 9 characters for the name or 3 for the initials. “The” and “Family” are a given for the Chalkboard choice, and it also has a space for the year your family was established. 14-3/4″W x 9-5/8″D x 3″H, overall. Aluminum and acrylic. Pan, dishwasher and oven safe. Web and phone agent orders only. Sorry, mail/fax and our automated phone orders not accepted. This item cannot be shipped to P.O. boxes.

gift-appIf you have more people to buy for and you just don’t know where to start, check out our Perfect Present Gift App to help you select a great gift for anyone on your list!