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egg casserole {holiday hospitality 101}

holiday hospitality 101

The season of brunch is upon us. I love these simple egg dishes because they can be made the night before {Christmas Eve I usually make one} and simple popped in the oven in the morning. Give your self plenty of time for cooking these as sometimes the eggs just don’t want to cook {or “set-up”} in the middle. This can also be made at the beginning of a busy week and warmed up for a few days {if there are any leftovers…wink,wink}.

Egg Casserole

::Ingredients::

8 slices bread, crusts removed (optional) cubed or torn into bite size pieces (you can butter the bread first if you like)

½ chopped onion

2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (or whatever you have on hand such as Colby or Monterey Jack)

8-10 large eggs

2 cups milk

::Directions::

1. Mix bread, onion & cheese. Add salt & pepper to taste.

2. Put mixture in 9×13 pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray or buttered lightly.

3. Add additional ingredients such as meat, veggies, etc.{see optional addition notes}

4. Whisk eggs and milk and pour over mixture.

5. Bake uncovered in a 350 degree oven for 45-50 minutes until set

*You can do steps 1-4 at night and refrigerate over night. Simply cook in the morning allowing a few extra minutes in case the eggs do not “set-up” well. Also, if the edges or top begin to brown but the eggs are not completely cooked {“set-up”} cover with foil.

Optional Egg Casserole Additions:

Country Breakfast– cubed ham, cooked sausage {crumbled} or bacon

Mexican– cooked chorizo sausage, small can of chopped green chilies

Potato– substitute 1  16oz. package of frozen has browns for the bread; breakfast meat such as bacon or cooked sausage

Stuffed French Toast– basic egg casserole recipe omitting the onions and cheese and using cinnamon bread instead plus 8oz. cream cheese, cubed and 1 large apple.

Gluten-Free– sub out gluten-free bread instead of the regular bread {may need some extra liquid if it get’s too dry}

Cheesy Casserole– basic egg recipe with another ½ cup of cheese added to the top (be sure to add foil-removing half way through cooking time)

Veggie Fun– cooked veggies such as butternut squash or cooked bell peppers can also be added or swapped in {great addition to the Country Breakfast version above}

Get creative…there are no limits to how you can make this base recipe!

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a BABY SHOWER BRUNCH for mommy & babe

I have this friend Christine. I love her. She is fun, free-spirited, eclectic, kind, a brilliant mommy and totally comfortable in her own skin. I adore my time with her (although it is very limited)! I have known her family since I was in middle school and now get to be connected to her through our husbands fire careers. Life has a funny way of coming full circle when you move back to the community you grew up in! So when baby number 4 entered her life I was thrilled to throw her a small shower (with the help of our friend Lacey and my sweet Mom & Sister). It was just a quiet brunch with a handful of friends and baby Henry {of course}! I hope it inspires you to celebrate someone you love!

::the Decor::

An eclectic mix of colors, vintage toys, cards and elements mixed with modern floral’s, decorative dishes & linens and delicious food! I just grabbed what my mom and I had and started mixing and matching. My sister was happy to help decorate but would have done it a little simpler. I wanted to make it really eclectic and felt comfortable really mashing up the patterns and colors of the place settings. I used a large roll of brown packing paper (they sell rolls at our Dollar Tree) as the base of the table instead of a table cloth. My Mom had a simple white & burlap table runner that went on top. She also had a mix of glasses, plates, tea-cups, miss-matched silverware and floral cloth napkins. I used her cute framed print of a little boy praying for the food table {along with little toys, blocks, bears and vintage cards & old books that I had around my house}. I always say that the decor for a party should reflect the person you are celebrating. Since Christine loves color and vintage elements {and is fairly eclectic & simple in her own decorating/gardening style} I knew it would work to take it up a notch or two for this little party!

…the Mommy’s special place-setting {just made with printed letters & scrapbook paper}…
…and fresh flowers in mason jars make everything more beautiful…
…I borrowed these tissue-paper banners from a friend who had just made them for her son’s party…
Lacey came up with these cute favors. She used brown paper filler at the bottom of clear bags to cushion little tins of tea {Christine also likes tea…so this worked great}. She tied them with raffia to give them that natural/simple look. They complimented our table beautifully and everyone when home with a little treat! For a one more special gift for the Mommy and Baby I created a Wishes for Baby card that each person at the shower filled out. I put them in a small photo box and Christine went home with a personal card from each person at the party.
::The Menu::
Fresh Scones {with jam and lemon curd}
Madeline’s & Mixed Nuts
Small Doughnuts {mostly for decoration}
Greek Yogurt & Granola
Mixed Berries & Apple Sausage
Monkey Bread
Beverages {see below}
monkey bread…yum!
I love fruit water {I like to just slice up anything I have and toss it in there}. Yum! We poured orange juice for each place setting {champagne could be easily added} and of course had coffee and tea available in large quantities!
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don’t forget the scones {this EASTER}

 As I mentioned the other day…we had a lovely Easter Tea for the kids last weekend. My fabulous sis-n-law makes the most amazing food. She can cook, bake and comes up with great party menus. She made everything you see here from scratch! Amazing! My mother-in-law has lovely taste, lots of vintage dishes and found these adorable Peter Rabbit plates for the kids. Paige helped her decorate this little table {her Lalaloopsy doll even got to join us} and I got to help in the kitchen {something I always love to do when Auntie Shannon is cooking}! Check out the menu and some links below. It was tasty and fun! The perfect combo for any tea party!
Our sweet little friend Hali joined us! So fun!
::The Menu::
Mini Quiche
Cowboy Quiche*
Cowgirl Quiche*
Blueberry Scones*
{with Lemon Curd & Devonshire Cream}
 Ham & Cheese Tea Sandwiches
Cupcakes
Butter Cookies
Tea
*To get the recipes for Cowboy and Cowgirl Quiche check out The Pioneer Woman’s latest cookbook HERE or go online to a recipe very similar HERE {just leave out the artichoke hearts and trade the cheese with cheddar to make the Cowboy version in her cookbook}.
*Auntie Shannon is a huge fan of America’s Test Kitchen and often makes their recipes. I couldn’t believe how effortlessly she made everything that day! To be fancy like her & make these amazing Blueberry Scones check out this FREE Content {if you are not an America’s Test Kitchen subscriber already}:

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{MONKEY BREAD}

favoriteTHINGS Friday

Father’s Day is on it’s way and I know that a lot of Daddy’s would not mind some breakfast in bed {and ultimately the chance to sleep in}!  This is one of our favorite special breakfast treats.  I’ve tried a few other monkey bread recipes over the years but I always come back to my Aunt Val’s version because it is easy, only requires a few ingredients and turns out delicious every single time! Hope you enjoy whatever you make for the special Dad in your life!
Aunt Val’s Monkey Bread
Ingredients:
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I like pecans but you can do a mixture of anything)
18 frozen dinner rolls (these usually come in a big bag near the frozen garlic bread)
3 t. cinnamon
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 (3 oz.) box butterscotch pudding (NOT INSTANT)
Make:
1. Grease bundt pan.
2. Pour in chopped nuts. Add frozen rolls.
3. Sprinkle/Pour DRY pudding over rolls.
4. In separate pan (or microwave) melt butter, sugar & cinnamon. Mix together and pour mixture over rolls.
5. Let rise overnight.
Bake in the morning at 350 for 25-30 minutes.
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