11 Eggnog Recipes to Eat for Breakfast
We’re already totally slammed with holiday spirit — especially where food is concerned. Whether it be excitement for all of those Thanksgiving leftovers or the need to mow down copious amounts of Christmas cookies, our tastebuds are READY. And now that the store shelves are fully stocked with eggnog, we can indulge our biggest craving. You already know there are a ton of delicious eggnog food recipes, but did you know that there’s also a delicious way to have your fave holiday drink first thing in the morning? Start getting into the holiday spirit early — like, 8am early — with these 11 eggnog-infused breakfast treats.
1. Eggnog Pancakes With Cinnamon Syrup: Pancakes are always a special treat, but you can take your pancake game to a whole new level with the addition of eggnog and cinnamon-spiced maple syrup. Why wait until the holidays when you can get into the spirit now? (via My Cooking Spot)
2. Easy Fluffy Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls: Bring the flavors of Christmas to your breakfast plate with this irresistible pastry. Even if eggnog isn’t your thing, you won’t be able to turn down these fluffy, gooey rolls. (via Half Baked Harvest)
3. Eggnog Custard Oatmeal Brûlée: If you’re a fan of the infamous crème brûlée dessert and its creamy custard base topped with hardened caramel, you’ll do just about anything to dig into this bowl of oats. Nothing will ever pair as perfectly with your morning cuppa as this. (via Dine and Dish)
4. Overnight Eggnog French Toast Casserole: With the holidays creeping up, this time of year can be hectic as heck. That considered, you need your energy, and a solid breakfast is the way to get it. Don’t snub your morning grub just because you’re short on time — make this overnight casserole instead. (via The Blond Cook)
5. Eggnog and Almond Scones: The holiday vibes are strong with these scones, featuring a healthy dose of eggnog and nutmeg. Sliced almonds get some love instead of the usual holiday walnuts and pecans, giving these little biscuits an innovative spin. (via Hungry Girl por Vida)
6. Cranberry Eggnog Coffee Cake Muffins: Homemade muffins are a total jackpot when you need breakfast on the go. These cake-like confections, however, are laced with a little something special (eggnog, duh). (via Whole and Heavenly Oven)
7. Eggnog Cinnamon Swirl Bread: There are few foods as fulfilling as a loaf of fresh bread. To get yourself into the spirit, cross over to the sweeter side this season and swirl some cinnamon and eggnog into the mix. (via Girl Versus Dough)
8. Eggnog White Chocolate Brioche Pudding: Though bread pudding is usually considered a dessert, it can easily be converted into a heavenly breakfast — just pretend it’s French toast. You may never eat a savory breakfast again. (via Vinkalinka)
9. Eggnog Waffles: You’ll never utter the words “l’eggo my Eggo” again. They can have your Eggos, ’cause you’ve got eggnog waffles now. Creamy, fluffy and spiced with nutmeg, these gems are a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit early. (via Breakfast for Dinner)
10. Eggnog Scones: What goes better with a hot cup of holiday spiced coffee than a sweetly glazed scone? You could also just wash these eggnog-infused treats down with some actual eggnog, depending on how much of an eggnog fan you truly are. (via The First Year Blog)
11. Eggnog Donuts: Donuts for breakfast? Don’t mind if we do! Starting the day off by biting into a fresh eggnog-flavored donut can never be a bad thing. Add a wee splash of rum for some extra oomph. (via Joy’s Cozy Oven)
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Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com