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Breakfast In Bed For Mom? Praline French Toast! Yes Ma’am!

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Front HouseIn 2004 the Chief and I bought this lovely home to run as a bed and breakfast. In the 3 years that followed we hosted over 1,000 men, women (and a few children!) at our breakfast table.

Friends Catherine and Russ in 2005.
Friends Catherine and Russ in 2005.

In this 174-year-old home antebellum home, Mother’s Day was an extra-special day because we treated the mothers  staying with us to breakfast in bed!

Black Walnut
Black Walnut Suite

This room was our Black Walnut Suite and a favorite among guests.  When we set up each room we bought new box springs and mattresses for each room.

Tulip Poplar
Tulip Popular Suite

I especially liked the shopping for mattresses because the Chief Innkeeper and I bought a new mattress for our room too!  Guests always raved about the good night’s sleep and great mattresses.

Pralines Cream French ToastAnd special days like Mother’s Day warranted an extra-special treat like Pralines and Cream French Toast!  I found the recipe in  a Colorado Bed and Breakfast Cookbook and it immediately became one of our own family favorites!

My Beautiful Mom
My Beautiful Mom

We no longer own the bed and breakfast and my sous chef dish-washing mom doesn’t have to wait until Mother’s Day for Praline French Toast.  She can ask for it anytime she wants and sometimes it is her birthday treat.

The cool thing about this french toast is that it is a super easy recipe for dads and kids to put together for moms everywhere!

And if mom says what she really needs this year is a new mattress, then Lindsay at Casper Mattress tells me this is the place to do your shopping!

I haven’t slept on a Casper Mattress but I am impressed with the reviews from those who have.  I also really, really like this part of their label:

Proudly designed and made in America!

Not only do they like making a quality mattress but I like the way they tell us about it …  having some real fun with “breakfast in bed!”

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When I was a little girl my sous chef dish-washing mom was always the first one up and we never had the chance to do breakfast in bed. But if we had, I can imagine my brothers and I in the kitchen making quite a big mess breakfast for mom!

This year my sous chef dish-washing mom is getting this little box.  It isn’t breakfast in bed but I think she is going to like it!

Happy Mother’s Day!
~Blessings, Catherine

P.S.  Dads – mom’s love breakfast in bed.  Just sayin….

Pralines and Cream French Toast for Mother's Day
 
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Mom is going to love you for spending time in the kitchen on Mother's Day!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
Ingredients
  • 6 Eggs
  • ½ cup Milk
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 12 thick slices French Bread
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
Praline Mixture
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup Chopped Pecans
  • ¼ cup Butter
  • 2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. Combine eggs, milk and cinnamon with a whisk until well mixed.
  2. Slice french bread in to nice thick slices.
  3. Dip each piece of bread into egg mixture, coating both sides evenly.
  4. Heat griddle to 350 to 400 degrees, brush well with butter. Fry the bread on a hot griddle in butter. Use plenty of butter to make these nice and brown.
  5. When cooked on both sides, place each slice in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Spread on praline mixture and place French toast under the broiler until mixture is bubbling.

 

 

Bacon, Egg & Biscuit Casserole / Breakfast, Brunch or Dinner / John 21:12

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Pretty much every Thursday I make breakfast food for dinner.  It is that time of the week where I am out of ideas, just plain tired, or I am hungry for a breakfast that doesn’t begin and end with oatmeal.

This past week I knew I had eggs, cheese, a little bit of leftover bacon, and a cup of (leftover) turkey sausage.  In my freezer I had some Pillsbury frozen biscuits.  (Don’t judge me … I keep them for an emergency … or for whenever I want a great biscuit fast!)

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Sitting in front of my computer I decided to Google “eggs, biscuits, and sausage recipe”.  If you haven’t ever done that I highly recommend it.  Just search using whatever main ingredients you have on hand.  You never know what will pop up and in this case … a really fantastic recipe called Sausage, Egg and Biscuit Casserole from my recipes.com.

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I used some crumbled bacon and turkey sausage, mozzarella and cheddar cheese, eggs, milk and cut up frozen biscuits.  Oh my word was I surprised by this recipe!  My sous-chef dish-washing mom loved it and the Chief said “this is really great!”

You can easily start with the basic recipe and add or subtract anything you want or don’t want.  I can see this as an all-cheese recipe, onions and green peppers added, or how about some spicy Chorizo sausage served with salsa?

Whether it is 8 a.m. on Saturday morning, Sunday brunch, or Thursday night dinner … your family with love this casserole!

Happy Baking!
~Catherine

John 21:12

“Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.”

Bacon, Egg & Biscuit Casserole
 
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This versatile casserole will feed a hungry crew whether it is morning or night!
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 can buttermilk biscuits or 6 frozen biscuits
  • ½ pound sausage, pork or turkey, cooked, drained and crumbled
  • 1 cup cooked, drained, and crumbled bacon
  • 6 eggs
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease 8" x 8" baking dish.
  2. Cut biscuits into fourths. Place in greased pan.
  3. Sprinkle cooked sausage and bacon over the biscuits.
  4. Beat eggs and milk together. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour mixture over the meat and biscuits. Sprinkle both cheeses over the top.
  5. Bake at 425 degrees. F for 30 to 35 minutes or until top is brown and casserole is set. Let sit 5 minutes before serving.
Notes
I think you can start with the basic recipe and add or subtract anything you want or don't want. I can see this as an all-cheese recipe, onions and green peppers added, or how about some spicy Chorizo sausage served with salsa?

Let your imagination and taste buds run a little wild with this tasty casserole!

Adapted from myrecipes.com

 

Blueberry Puff Pastry, Broccoli Straws Breakfast Quiche, Soul Food Ephesians 4:31

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Rachel CactusHappy Friday!  I took this picture last year when visiting family in California.  When I read this scripture from Ephesians this morning I thought of the prickly cactus that can represent the hurtful things in our life like bitterness, anger and wrath.  But the little yellow bloom reminds me the Apostle Paul tells us to reverse anger with forgiveness, loving kindness and tenderness.  That way we can reverse our anger before it gets too prickly and hurts others!

What are your plans for the weekend ahead?  Here are a couple of suggestions for your Saturday morning breakfast of Sunday brunch.

Blueberry Puff Pastry
Blueberry Puff Pastry

Blueberry Puff Pastry is very fast and easy to make.  Even better, gets the kids involved in helping you weave the dough!

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Broccoli Straw Quiche

This colorful Quiche is made from broccoli straws and carrot sticks. It is healthy and a great addition to your weekend brunch menu!

Have a blessed weekend and Happy Baking!
~Catherine

Maundy Thursday

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maundy thursdayToday is Maundy Thursday.   It is the Christian holy day, falling on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Canonical gospels.

“And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.”    Matthew 20: 17-19 KJV

Do you have special plans for this Easter weekend?  Do any of those plans  include a little time in the kitchen?  Here are a few of my favorite spring and holiday recipes.  Happy Baking!

baked french toast singleOvernight Baked French Toast (oops, sorry about the Christmas dishes!)  This is a great recipe because it can be made on Saturday and ready to bake Sunday morning.  No fuss, no muss!

strawberry cake finishedFresh strawberry cake!  This is one of the best recipe I have ever made for flavor, texture and all around  tasty “wow” feature!

Strawberry cupcake biteFresh strawberry cupcakes work well for feeding a crowd of little kids and big kids!

hot cross bun 2 dozenI’ll be making Hot Cross Buns on Saturday for a Sunday Easter dinner with friends.  These hot cross buns are easy and so incredibly delicious when served slightly warmed. (Not enough to melt the cross!)

Happy Spring and blessed baking!
~Catherine

 

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