Halloween Brunch – Take Two

Picture this… You walk into a bar area adorned in cobwebs and skeletons, with thriller playing, and a spiked Frankenstein punch waiting for you on the table. You grab your eerily green drink with gummy worms sloshing in the bottom of your cup as you make your way up the stairs with strobe lights and spooky sounds. You reach the top of the stairs to be greeted to a full Halloween brunch complete with a themed table sheltered in purple twinkling lights. Sound like a good Sunday morning to you? Us too! That’s exactly what we prepped in our 2022 Halloween themed brunch with my in laws.

This brunch turned out so great! We have it in the top 3 with our Thanksgiving themed brunch in 2021 and our previous Halloween brunch in 2019. I’ve included links to the recipes used below after our photos.

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Thanksgiving Themed Brunch

With the leaves falling outside, my husband and I hosted our first brunch married! If you are new to the blog, we do a brunch with my husband’s family where we rotate who hosts monthly. It’s been a tradition since June of 2019 with no end in sight. This was our first November brunch hosting so of course we took inspiration from Thanksgiving dinner! The tastes, smells, feelings of Thanksgiving were in our minds as we started to brainstorm ideas. I truly believe this was the best brunch we have put on yet! The food was delicious, I mean is there anything better than Pecan Pie French Toast??

Below is our menu (complete with our actual stuffing recipe from Thanksgiving made into stuffins), and how we arranged our table.

The place cards are compliments of Cricut! Super easy and fun to make. Search “Thanksgiving” on Cricut design space and you will find it.

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Spring Brunch Recipes

My fiancé and I were in charge of the May brunch tradition with his family this year. If you haven’t already checked out the table décor and some tips for table arrangements, the link to that post is here. We have been abnormally busy this May and that led to a few last minute decisions, such as what to even make! Thankfully Pinterest and Google came through for us and we landed on the following four recipes.

All of these recipes turned out wonderful! Including the Eggs Benedict where I: 1) Made my first Hollandaise sauce, and 2) Poached eggs for the first time! The recipe for the Eggs Benedict used a different technique for poaching eggs from what I have seen previously where you lower the eggs gently into the simmering water with a measuring cup. It worked great for me, well until I started rushing at the end as people arrived so I had a few eggs that weren’t as perfect.

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Spring Brunch Table Setting

I’ve been a little sporadic with my posts this May and it is definitely because life has been way busier than expected this month! Wedding planning and crafting for the big day has given me a lot of great material during this month in my spare time. The only issue is that I want to keep it all a surprise until the wedding day, so be prepared for an overload of posts come the end of this year!

In the meantime while we anxiously await some wedding material posts, I’m excited to share this fun May brunch table setting with you! This came together while wandering through Hobby Lobby (if you haven’t noticed already, I love to wander through craft stores and let them motivate me on what to do/create next). The inspiration is beachy colors and vibes. The calm blue colors of the table runner, wicker chargers, imperfect glass vase, and some wooden flowers/fake florals to finish it off led to the perfect setting for the upcoming brunch.

Find some of my tips for table arrangements below!

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Valentine’s Day Brunch

Even though it is the last day of February, I had to make sure I shared our brunch this month because it turned out AMAZING! You’ll notice the item we focused on the most from Valentine’s Day is the iconic heart shape. We used it for the finger sandwiches, the strawberry pastries, and even attempted to give the sausages a heart shape! This felt like the most successful one since our Halloween themed brunch back in 2019; that one still taking the first place spot because of the decorations.

I have included a lot of great stuff for you below! There are links to the recipes for Strawberry Nutella Cream Cheese French Toast and the Strawberry Breakfast Pastries. Also included are the instructions for folding the heart shaped napkin, and how we made Raspberry Cupid’s, our boozy beverage!

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Easy Biscuits and Gravy

This last weekend my fiancé and I had a few of our close friends over for a Christmas brunch and gift exchange. We couldn’t have everyone because of current circumstances but the few we did have over was special. It was a group of the guys (all are in our line at the wedding), so it seemed like a perfect time to test a few recipes out. This one ended up being my favorite that I tried and since I only had a small piece by the end of the meal, it was everyone’s favorite.

The hands on time was minimal and it was super easy. If you are a fan of biscuits and gravy I highly recommend trying this out. Make sure to subscribe to Take2Create for more recipes and craft ideas!

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Banana Bread Bars

During 2020 there have been a lot of banana bread photos and recipes circulating. People in quarantine have taken up baking and this quick bread started to take over social media pages. Banana bread is always a go to for me when the bananas are too ripe for us to eat anymore. We eat a lot of bananas, like A LOT, which is why it’s surprising that we had six overly ripe bananas. I was torn between doing two loaves of banana bread that I love in two batches (I only have one bread pan… for now) or do another banana recipe with the remaining 3 bananas. Then it clicked, I recently got a brownie pans from my fiancé’s parents with an insert so there are more delicious crispy sides. Hello, the ends of the banana bread are my favorite! How have I not thought of this sooner! I ended up adding a few toppings before baking to see how it baked with them. I chose mini chocolate chips, Nutella drizzle, and white chocolate chips.

Below is the recipe for 1 loaf of banana bread but take it from me, banana bread in a cake pan with something sweet on top, definitely a contender for best snack. Do you have a favorite flavor combination with banana’s I should try out next time?

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MOM-osa’s and Brunch

My mom is incredible. She is patient, kind, loving, and I’ve always said if I’m half the woman she is then I’ll be alright. Not only does she put up with my silly puns but she will laugh (maybe with some pity) at every single one. She listens intently to my stories as I tell 5 other stories within it and we never go a day without talking. Without a doubt, I wanted to spoil her on Mother’s Day.

Another thing her and I have in common? A love of breakfast foods! We had a small brunch at the house for Mother’s Day where I cooked up a feast. Two of the recipes I did were new, and one is tried and true classic. The tried and true is my berry french toast, SO much goodness packed into a breakfast casserole. The new recipes also amazed and as my boyfriend ate some leftovers later in the day insisted I make them both at the next brunch we host with his family. The new recipes were Ricotta Pancakes and a Savory Monkey Bread. I 100% agree with him, they were delicious! What is brunch without mimosa’s too? Or in this case… MOM-osa’s! This fun little pun on the name was a huge hit with my mom and we sipped and laughed about it throughout the meal. Below is the recipe for my tried and true berry french toast.

Comment with if you want to see the Ricotta Pancakes or the Savory Monkey Bread recipe next!

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May The 4th be With You

Calling all Star Wars fans, this is our day! Growing up with an older brother, I got an appreciation of the Star Wars franchise from an early age. In fact my Star Wars and Jurassic Park fandom stem from watching the movies with my brother anytime they were on (and frequently in between on VHS/DVD) and enjoying the time with him. To this day I’ll never turn down watching the original trilogy; especially Episode VI which is my favorite! Today has been filled with Darth Vader and R2D2 pancakes, cookies, and watching a movie or two. The makings of a perfect Star Wars Day celebration for our little family.

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