Rich and Gooey Pumpkin French Toast

Okay everyone, this pumpkin French toast tasted like pumpkin pie filling and I am OBSESSED. It was rich, gooey, crunchy, and exactly what we needed on a beautiful fall day. This french toast bake was the star of our Halloween themed brunch food and I already want to make it again! I found the recipe at foodnetwork.com, so thank you Marcela Valladolid! My recommendation is to make it in a disposable tin. It makes for quick cleanup after the guests leave. Which is perfect because now it’s your time to relax after all the hard work you put in cooking a delicious meal.

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Jack-O-Lantern Fruit Display

A fruit display that is also centerpiece ready is the perfect addition to a party. This fun little character added more decoration and doubled as a fruit holder for our Halloween themed brunch. Huge shout out to my boyfriend who put this pumpkin guy together and made it look amazing! With just a few supplies, create your own Jack-O-Lantern Fruit display and make sure to comment below with how it turned out!

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Pumpkin Scones

What is the most quintessential “Fall Flavor” to you? For me it is easily pumpkin. Everything from Pumpkin Cream Cold Brews to Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pumpkin Beers and of course… Pumpkin Scones! For the next few weeks at least, if there is pumpkin flavor, I will be there! For the Halloween themed brunch, a good scone was a must. To add a little extra Halloween flare, I piped “BOO” with the spiced glaze. If I make these again around Halloween, I would definitely put a little dye in the base glaze to add a little extra Halloween vibe to the scone.  

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Savory Stuffed Breakfast Biscuits

This stuffed biscuit does not scream Halloween or even fall but I wanted to create a savory dish for our brunch. If you haven’t already, check out the Halloween Themed Brunch post where I talk about why and how we pulled it off. I would equate the taste of this biscuit to a homemade Jimmy Dean sausage sandwich but in the best way (and I personally love those). This was an easy dish to make and if you want to save even more time, try making the biscuit dough in the food processor!

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Slow Cooker Spiked Apple Cider

When coming up with a Halloween themed brunch, one of the first decisions that I wanted to settle on was the mixed drink that everyone could enjoy (slightly embarrassing that this was before even food decisions were made). Say what you will though, is it even brunch if you don’t have a fun drink in your hand? I thought about going with the classic mimosa because… well… mimosas are always a good idea with brunch. I scrolled through Pinterest looking at fun “Witch Margarita’s” or “Purple People Eaters”. What I settled on though was to make a spiked apple cider in my crockpot. With all of the cooking ahead, I knew that utilizing the crockpot would be extremely helpful. This drink turned out even better than I hoped. It warmed all of our guests up and tasted like fall in a cup.

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Halloween Themed Brunch

I think I’ve raved about brunch before but I can’t help but bring it up again. Another excuse to have breakfast food but a little later in the day? Yes please! Every month my boyfriend’s family rotates houses on brunch. Now that we have our own place, our cute apartment got added to the rotation and we got the month of October. What a perfect opportunity to make a Halloween themed brunch! I’ll post the recipes in the coming days so make sure to keep coming back to see the menu unveiled. Today’s focus is the decorations because every good Halloween party needs the right decorations.

Warning though: I am not a person who loves the frightening side of Halloween… AT ALL. My ideal level of scary is watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” and only listening to the scary movie theme songs with all the lights on. I know, I have the taste of a 5 year old in Halloween scares and I am almost 26! Thankfully, for my sake, our brunch was a mellow take on Halloween decorations.

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Crockpot Peach Butter

This past weekend my boyfriend and I got peaches… and I mean A LOT of peaches. After making this peach butter, other treats, and giving some away; we still have a half a box of peaches! I haven’t ever tried or made peach butter but the premise would be the same as making any other fruit butter (i.e. apple butter). The fruit pieces need to be cooked long enough that when blended, it creates a smooth velvety texture. I’ve been super busy lately so the idea of making this in a crockpot was extremely appealing. I prepped it and let it cook overnight in the crockpot and in the morning it blended like a dream. Plus, we woke up to the smell of peaches and spices (drooling now just thinking about it).

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