Holiday Traditions with Villaggio

Whether you are a traditional mama or a new and modern mama, you undoubtedly have some traditions you are making as an annual occasion with your children. This Christmas I did some of Grandma MOE’s traditional recipes. She let me take the reins this year to test out some favourites! We had tortieres, sugar cookies and our traditional family turkey dinner. To me, carrying on traditions is a big part of making history with your family.

I really believe that food brings people together. And what better way to show the ones you love how much you care, than making them a special meal? Some of my fondest holiday memories are being in the kitchen with my mama.  From a young age, Grandma MOE included us in the cooking, baking and cleaning up. Surprisingly, she didn’t realize how much she taught us until these last couple of years. I do a lot of cooking and baking for, and with, my children and what I know, I learned mostly from her. So that alone is a celebratory tradition that has been made.

In the new year, I plan on branching out my blog and sharing more recipes and how-to’s in the kitchen. The more I talk with people, the more I realize, not everyone has had the same special experiences I have had in the kitchen with my mama. So in an effort to share that with you and give you some ideas to share with your children, I will be writing more about what happens in the kitchen at Mama MOE’s.

That being said, I am excited to share a very simple recipe (in pictures) that is sure to please your children on a special holiday morning (New Year ’s Day, perhaps?). French toast is an easy and delicious change to the mundane everyday breakfasts. I usually make French toast on a special holiday morning or the morning of someone’s birthday. This year, for Christmas morning, I prepared French toast to start the day on a sweet start.

Maple Leaf offered me a chance to try out their decadent Villaggio sliced bread and it was the perfect selection for French toast. The name for the bread is fitting because the bread is a thicker, fluffier bread, commonly known as Italian bread. I tried the Villaggio 100% Whole Wheat bread and was very happy with the taste. Papa MOE noted that there were more slices in the bag compared to other brands and cost less. Even though the bread was whole wheat, there was no lack of taste and the fluffiness of the thicker slice was still there, even after being toasted.
For the decadent French toast for Christmas morning, I went for the Villaggio Original white bread (I know! I never have white bread in our home! But it was a special occasion).
Lightly toast your slices of bread, in a bowl mix eggs and milk
Dunk each toasted slice, then place them on a lightly buttered frying pan until browned on both sides
Sprinkle a little cinnamon, pour your favourite maple syrup and voila!

The Villaggio bread is perfect for French toast because the thicker slices absorb the egg/milk mix more than regular slices, making each piece of French toast much more satisfying. My family loved it, and so did I! I would recommend Villaggio Sliced Bread for anyone who wants a little extra thickness to their regular sliced bread sandwiches. And of course, if you love making French toast, Villaggio sliced bread is a sure-fire winner.



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Disclosure: I am a member of the MLF Connects program. As part of my participation in this program I have received compensation, however all opinions in place and ideas on this blog are my own.

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Sweet Panda December 31, 2012 at 7:29 pm

My favourite is Turkey since that’s the only time that we have turkey throughout the whole year (and yes, we don’t make turkey on Thanksgiving)

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gibberish December 31, 2012 at 9:09 pm

My favorite is shortbread cookies. It’s the only time of year we treat ourselves to them.
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Pam December 31, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Scottish Trifle for dessert. Delicious!

Erika E January 1, 2013 at 2:21 am

My favorite is yorkshire pudding. We have it with roast beef.

Brianne Hager January 1, 2013 at 5:04 am

My favorite holiday food tradition is on New Years Eve when my family holds a large fondue supper and dessert.

Jeannie Lam January 1, 2013 at 11:00 pm

My favourite holiday food tradition is the mint chocolate crackle cookies the kids and I make every year.

Areta January 2, 2013 at 2:13 am

We love to do a chocolate fondue with family and friends.

stephanie d'antonio January 2, 2013 at 2:15 am

Love cooking & baking w my boys. holiday time = icing & decorating cookies and then bringing little tibs to neighbors. they love to give & i try to encourage that so xmas isn’t all about want.

bula January 2, 2013 at 2:59 am

French toast casserole on Christmas morning

Bree January 2, 2013 at 3:31 am

My favorite is the leftover pizza! We use dough and top with gravy (for the sauce), turkey, stuffing and other leftovers. So yummy!

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Lisa Bolduc January 2, 2013 at 4:32 pm

we make banana slipt cake for desert!

SG January 2, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Nanaimo bars…mmm….

Angela M January 2, 2013 at 10:21 pm

We love our Rice Krispie Squares.

flowerchild January 2, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Cinnamon rolls

torlonias January 3, 2013 at 2:18 am

Shortbread cookies

fesspoire January 3, 2013 at 2:23 am

Red velvet whoopie pies!

Glogirl January 3, 2013 at 4:30 am

My favourite food tradition would be turkey with all the trimmings!

privyseel January 3, 2013 at 4:32 am

Not a particular food tradition, but I love the tradition of families coming together during the holidays over a shared meal.

Amy C January 3, 2013 at 4:42 am

My favourite holiday food tradition is making homemade pizza on New years eve.

Andrew Pham (apham17) January 3, 2013 at 4:54 am

Either Turkey or Roasted Pig 🙂

Elaan January 3, 2013 at 5:20 am

Turkey & stuffing!

Brenda Penton January 3, 2013 at 11:38 am

My favourite holiday food tradition is having turkey and ham with turnip, cabbage, carrots and potatoes on Christmas day

Michelle B January 3, 2013 at 12:06 pm

My favorite holiday food tradition is having Mincemeat pie topped with cream.

Lee Pearson January 3, 2013 at 12:07 pm

My favourite holiday food tradition is leftover turkey sandwiches with mayo and mustard! I also love my moms homemade baked goods.


Lori Bazan January 3, 2013 at 12:17 pm

We celebrate Christmas Eve with a traditional Ukranian tradition of fish, cabbage rolls, perogies and sweets!

Yan Deng January 3, 2013 at 11:47 pm

turkey and cookies! yum!
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Tanis S January 4, 2013 at 5:49 am


Maggie Cheung January 4, 2013 at 6:31 am

turkey of course!! =D

Sandra mitchell January 5, 2013 at 9:53 pm

It is all about the turkey

Holly Messana January 8, 2013 at 7:19 pm

all of it really. i love all the food. turkey dinner, appetizers on boxing day, tons of cookies and trays of cheese and crackers….yummy

Dianne January 8, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Turkey and stuffing and all the other trimmings are a favorite of ours for the holidays. Homemade caramels and chocolates and lots of cookies are also a part of our Christmas.

Andy B. January 9, 2013 at 12:48 am

I am all about the stuffing!!!

ksceviour January 9, 2013 at 3:43 am

Turkey with all the fixins on Christmas day with trifle for dessert!

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Tammy D January 9, 2013 at 3:44 am

Having turkey, with potatoes,carrots,turnip,bread pudding and dressing on christmas day!

Lisa Smith January 10, 2013 at 5:09 am

I like making holiday sugar cookies

Tina L. January 10, 2013 at 6:43 am

shortbread cookies

Mary Ireland January 10, 2013 at 3:51 pm

toss up between the cranberry chocolate bark. or mincemeat cookies.

Sue2Sueper January 12, 2013 at 12:00 am

I love mom’s chocolate oatmeal no bake cookies!

Sharon Gross January 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Making truffles with my daughter!!!

belfastwine January 12, 2013 at 2:01 pm

The stuffing with sausage and bacon added !

Christy Martin January 12, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Actually eating a big breakfast Christmas morning and on Boxing Day too.

CheapMom January 12, 2013 at 2:02 pm

i love making a huge breakfast of toast (vilaggio of course) eggs made to order, bacon and sausage and home fries. We do this once every weekend. its nice to be able to have a nice breakfast as a family.

Tami Harper January 12, 2013 at 2:02 pm

My favorite holiday tradition is having appetizers for supper on Christmas Eve, and then my children get to open a new pair of pj’s (usually Christmas/Winter themed) and a new Christmas ornament that reflects their interests for the year (this year it was spongebob and lego ninjago!)

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Jill Wall January 12, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Cherry Cake! For some reason I only think to make it around the holidays

lynda January 12, 2013 at 2:06 pm

oh I am so gonna try the peppers and eggs…..looks awesome

Donna January 12, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Fruit cake soaked in Brandy

Anonymous January 12, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Making shortbread cookies!

Lisa Cannavan January 12, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Love making Christmas Cookies with the family

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Lska January 12, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Thanks for the wonderful French Toast recipe. I hope I win the contest ( I live in Ontario).

Marie Josee bruel January 12, 2013 at 2:18 pm

No bake cake, got the recipe, got it from my husband grand mother

Anonymous January 12, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Rice Krispies Squares.

Anonymous January 12, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Definitely a big dinner with all the fixings:)

Francois January 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm


Marion January 12, 2013 at 2:27 pm

My mother in laws peanut butter balls!! Yummm

Jamie January 12, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Rumballs! Booze & Chocolate = yay lol

Anonymous January 12, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Turkey (stuffed with homemade dressing), gravy with drippings, Mashed potatoes, Butternut Squash

Krista Melvin January 12, 2013 at 2:45 pm

I would have to say pumpkin pie….only have it then

Nathalie January 12, 2013 at 2:49 pm

My favorite would have to be the honey garlic meatballs and of course my mom pumpkin cheesecakes!!!

Shelley McAdam January 12, 2013 at 2:53 pm

We have cinnamon buns Christmas morning… when I lived at home we had either lasagna or seafood chowder on Christmas eve.

CourtneyF January 12, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Cabbage rolls, we have them with every holiday dinner!

Sharon January 12, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Turkey dinner with all the trimmings!

Robert January 12, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Xmas turkey ‘n’ all the trimmings

LoisC January 12, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Bigger breakfasts are definitely our holiday thing….a nice way to relax and enjoy days at home together.

Anonymous January 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm

The big turkey dinner.

Wanda M. January 12, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Shortbread and a turkey dinner

Anonymous January 12, 2013 at 3:31 pm

The turkey offre my father!!

Anu Chopra January 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm

French toast in the morning!

kolagirl January 12, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Pies!! Apple and Lemon Meringue!!

Nathalie Robitaillr January 12, 2013 at 3:56 pm


Beverly January 12, 2013 at 3:59 pm

turkey, can’t get enough of the gravy either!!!

Heidi Lindsay January 12, 2013 at 4:02 pm

loooove stuffing!

Kay Streck January 12, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Hearty Christmas morning breakfast including yummy pancakes and french toast!!

maria January 12, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Turkey with all the fixins!

Michelle January 12, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Christmas tradition is making peanut brittle for the family, friends and neighbors!

jacqueline thomas January 12, 2013 at 5:57 pm

I just love cinnamon rolls 🙂

Anonymous January 12, 2013 at 6:40 pm

My favorite is the stuffing….and you can’t make stuffing without Villaggio! 🙂

Shawn January 12, 2013 at 7:15 pm

This looks soooo good! I’m going to try this for sure. Thanks!

Anonymous January 12, 2013 at 9:02 pm

I love holiday brunch specially french toast!

Neha Gupta January 12, 2013 at 10:10 pm

pan cakes yum yum

Patrick Armstrong January 12, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Turkey, I don’t get it any other time of the year!

cynthia banos January 13, 2013 at 1:20 am

Turkey!!!I loove turkey

Normand January 13, 2013 at 4:46 am

It’s all about being together with your loved one, close friends and enjoying great meals and moments with them! 🙂

Ada H January 13, 2013 at 11:06 am

Oooh, I love Villaggio AND French Bread! Yum!!

pamalot January 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm

growing up our family made rappie pie

Anonymous January 13, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Villaggio Bread simply the Best.

Sydney Bows January 13, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Turkey dinners… yum 🙂

Kristi R. January 13, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Definately the nice big turkey dinner!

LAURA MOSCHITTO January 13, 2013 at 10:29 pm

I love shortbread!


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