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.

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Peanut Butter Fudge

It is officially after Christmas and I am one hundred percent in my post-holiday blues. While you would think I would be sworn off baking after 12 straight days of it, I’m not at all. In fact, we had a get together with family last night and I decided to whip up a quick batch of peanut butter fudge. Now unfortunately, the family recipe of this is buried somewhere in my parents’ house so this was a trial… and success! It made up so much though that it lasted into a friend brunch today and we still have leftovers at our apartment! Get as many sweets in as I can until the New Year starts, right?

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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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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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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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Taco Salad – Tortilla Bowls

A go to meal for my busy week uses taco meat. I’m able to use it for a couple of days as tacos, burritos, or taco salads. My personal favorite is the taco salad! I still like a tortilla with my salad, so how perfect is it when the bowl is edible! It’s really quick and easy, and warning… super delicious! Read more below to find out how to make these tortilla bowls.

Fresh out of the oven!
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Brunch Time – Family Time

Since my boyfriend and I moved in together, we have made a tradition with his family where we rotate brunch once a month at the three houses. This month was our turn and I went a little crazy with food (Hello it involves breakfast food so you knew I would haha). So much so that a majority of my Saturday was spent preparing for Sunday’s brunch. Check out what we made below and comment which treat you would like the recipe for!

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Waffle Love

“We have to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, and work. Or waffles, friends, work. But work has to come third.” – Leslie Knope from the show Parks and Recreation. This is really about the truest quote that I have seen recently. Work is important, yes but friends and well… food are the true zest of life. My friends and family are my backbone and support me in every decision (good or bad) that I have made. The perfect combination is a brunch or a breakfast with those people I care so much about. Today, I made my boyfriend some waffles and thought of this quote. I hope you all enjoy work but remember what should come first: Friends and Waffles!

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