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My Favorite Easter Brunch Recipes

There are a few time throughout the year where brunch is basically a necessity.  Mother’s Day, my birthday, bridal showers, and Easter.  These occasions are just synonomous with brunch in my opinion.  Today I want to give you a few of my favorite recipes that almost always show up on my brunch menu.

For the star of the show, I usually have a ham for Easter.  Ideally I like to purchase a Honey Baked Ham, but some years I drop the ball and don’t order it in time, or want to save a little money.  I’ve made this recipe from The Pioneer Woman a couple of times, and it turns out to be almost as good as a honey baked ham.

As a seasonal side dish, I love to have carrots at my Easter brunch.  It also doesn’t hurt that the Easter Bunny loves carrots!  This recipe from Anne Burrell on the Food Network has served me well.  The carrots are buttery and the thyme gives them a nice herby flavor that’s a little unexpected.  I also love to use the mini carrots and leave the tops on like in the picture.  They are just so cute on your table that way.

I haven’t made this salad before, but it looks absolutely amazing.  It’s full of seasonal favorites for Spring like asparagus and peas.  Plus if you put goat cheese on anything, I’m pretty sure I’m going to love it.  I’m definitely looking forward to making this salad all throughout the season.

For the past several Easters, and most growing up, I remember having coconut cake as dessert.  Maybe it’s because the coconut looks like a fluffy bunny?  My mom always used to make this cake with Jiffy white icing, but this recipe takes the cake and icing to a whole other level.

I love that the recipe uses a box cake mix, because let’s be real, that just makes life a little easier, right?  The additions to the box cake mix increase the coconut flavor and make it super moist.

Those are a few of my favorites that have been seen at my Easter brunches in the past and I plan on a few of them popping up this year too.  Here are a few other options that would make great brunch additions as well.

Brunch Menu Items

  • Breakfast Casserole I’ve made this casserole a few times lately and it’s super easy and delicious.
  • Deviled Eggs, I swore I’d never make them again after Easter a few years ago.  They are just too finnicky, especially if you can’t get your eggs to peel.
  • Waffles with whipped cream and this berry compote
  • Yogurt Parfait station, with fruit and granola.  It’s super easy, and kids love it!
  • Fruit Salad
  • Assorted pastries.  I always make a delicious Cream Cheese Bread recipe for Easter.  It’s one of my husband’s families recipes and it’s quite the process (I’m talking a few days), but so worth it.  Check my Instagram on Easter to get a sneak peak!

I hope some of these recipes make it onto your brunch table!  I’m getting excited for all the yumminess!  What days do you feel absolutely require a brunch?  It’s probably one of my favorite meals!

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Bachelorette Series: Brunch recipe

Here’s the last post in the Bachelorette Series before I head out to attend a bachelorette weekend for my best friend this weekend!  It’s going to be a really fun weekend, and weekends are synonymous with brunch, right?   Brunching is one of my favorite activities.  Here’s a great recipe for any brunch that you plan on hosting.

Funnily enough, my husband found this recipe, and loves it.  There are a ton of variations and additions you can add to make it your own, but the base of it is pretty easy.

Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast CasseroleIngredients

Meat: sausage, bacon, or both

4 scallions

10 eggs

1/2 cup milk

2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

1 16 oz. refrigerated biscuits

Breakfast CasseroleDirections

  1. Mix eggs and milk in a bowl, I like to add a little salt and pepper as well.
  2. Cut up biscuits into fours using kitchen scissors.

Breakfast Casserole3. Add the cut up biscuits to the egg and milk mixture.  Add scallions here too, but I didn’t have any on hand.  They do add a little color to the casserole though.

4. Brown up bacon or sausage.

Breakfast Casserole5. Once meat is brown and drained, add egg/biscuit mixture to an 11X13 pan sprayed with cooking spray.

6. Sprinkle meat on top of egg/biscuit mixture.

Breakfast Casserole7. Add cheddar cheese on top.

Breakfast Casserole8. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  Make sure the middle isn’t runny when you take it out.

Breakfast CasseroleThis casserole is super easy and equally delicious.  It’s also easy to add a ton of other things to it, onions, vegetables, more meat.  The options are endless.  It’s also nice because you can make this the day before your event so you have less to stress about on the day of your brunch.  Make a couple of these to feed a crowd for a bridal shower, baby shower, bachelorette brunch, or a random Sunday brunch, just be sure to add mimosas!

Enjoy your weekend and let me know if you plan on whipping up one of these breakfast casseroles.  Be sure to follow me on instagram to get behind the scenes pictures of the bachelorette weekend I’m going to this weekend!

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The Good and the Bad of Cinna-Waffles

Who doesn’t love the smell of cinnamon and warm, ooey, gooey, icing on a Saturday morning?  Cinnamon rolls on Saturdays are a pretty regular thing around here, especially when we have guests.

Recently, my sister-in-law was visiting and I wanted to make our semi-regular, Saturday morning, cinnamon roll ritual a little more fun.  I thought this was a great opportunity to try something new in the waffle maker that my husband got me for Mother’s Day this year.  Thus, cinnamon roll waffles, or cinna-waffles were born!

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It’s a pretty easy to do and this waffle maker helps make the whole process a breeze.  There are only a few things you need:

  • waffle maker
  • non-stick spray
  • cinnamon rolls

I’m all for the convenience of pre-made cinnamon rolls from a can.  Don’t get me wrong, homemade cinnamon rolls are delicious, but “ain’t nobody got time for that.”  Plus, I think the pre-made ones are just as yummy.

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In order to make the cinna-waffles just spray your waffle maker with non-stick spray and plop down your cinnamon rolls.  Close the lid and wait until the timer goes off.  Open up the lid, take out the cinna-waffles, smother with icing and enjoy!

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Now confession time, these did not turn out very good in my opinion.  They were definitely edible, but they weren’t as good as cooking the cinnamon rolls in the oven.  Here are a few things that I think would make them so much better.  First, don’t leave them in the waffle maker too long, especially if you like your cinnamon rolls a little gooey.  Keep the heat setting fairly low.  I kind of forgot to check the heat setting on the waffle maker and I’m pretty sure it was too high from the last time we made waffles, so the cinna-waffles got far too done.  They ended up being a little crispy.  I would also recommend to put the icing on them pretty much right after you take them out of the waffle maker so it has time to melt.  The cinna-waffles cooled off pretty quickly and some of the icing had a hard time melting.

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There are some redeeming qualities to cooking the cinnamon rolls this way though.  With the double sided waffle maker you can cook pretty much all of the cinnamon rolls at one time, just like in the oven.  Another reason to do it this way is because the cinna-waffles become much easier to  transport.  Do you have early morning soccer/baseball/football/etc. games to go to on Saturdays?  These would be perfect for your family to munch on while on the way to the game or while sitting on the sideline.  If you want to avoid the potential mess just dunk the cinna-waffles in the icing instead of smearing it on top of them.

Clean up with the waffle maker is super easy too, just a quick wipe down with a paper towel and it’s ready to go for the next time you want to get creative.  I’m thinking about trying a few other things in the waffle maker too.  I wonder how brownie waffles would taste? Hash browns? Eggs?  Cookies?  The possibilities are endless really.

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Do you have any Saturday morning rituals?  Do you prefer homemade or pre-made cinnamon rolls?

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