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

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!”


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!
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 servings
  • 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
  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

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!)


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.


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!

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!
Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 servings
  • 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
  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.
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

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!

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!

Apple Sage Sausage Balls Revisited

Have you ever heard laziness is the mother of invention?  No? Well, maybe I just made that up!  I was preparing to make Apple Sage Sausage Balls for a brunch I was attending at Community Bible Study and the recipe calls for dehydrated onion.  It was at that moment I remembered I had forgotten to buy some on my last visit to Costco.  Dang.

TN Pride Sage Sausage

I was in the middle of cooking dinner and I didn’t have time to go to the grocery store. I needed to make the sausage balls so that they would be ready to take with me early the next morning.  I was tired and didn’t even want to chop fresh onions. (boo-hoo).  Wow, this sounds like a lot of whining.

FF OnionsBut I tell all this to say that I decided to use french fried onions from a can I had leftover from my last Quiche. Oh my gosh, if you haven’t ever used them in Quiche … do it this weekend.  They are fantastic.  But I digress.

Feeling really lazy, I decided to put all the ingredients in my food processor, give a spin and  Voilà — done!

I first posted this recipe in September 2011.  But now I am upgrading the recipe.  Making it simpler and tastier!

Apple Sage Sausage balls are great on a buffet table, the breakfast table, Sunday brunch, or a covered dish, potluck, carry-in.  Does that about cover it?

chop apples in processor

My sous-chef dishwashing mom says to be sure and tell you to use apples that have lots of sweet flavor. The sweetness of the chopped apple blend perfectly with the sage sausage for an outstanding meat ball.

Oh, and the french fried onion rings (chopped up) — that’s a new addition to my recipe.  A keeper recipe!  I hope you have time to make it soon.

~Blessings, Catherine

Apple Sage Sausage Balls Revisited
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Keep 'em coming back for more with these sausage balls. Be sure to make plenty - they disappear fast!
Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch, Buffet
Serves: 48 balls
  • 2 lbs. sage sausage
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup apple, chopped (about 2 medium)
  • 1 cup Pepperidge Farms stuffing mix
  • ½ cup chopped french fried onion rings*
  • 2 eggs
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray mini muffin tins with canola spray.
  2. Chop apples in food processor.
  3. Mix in all remaining ingredients. Process for 30 seconds.
  4. Use medium scoop and place sausage in small muffin tins.
  5. Bake for 20 minute, or until sausage is cooked and nicely browned.
Recipe can easily be doubled or tripled and frozen.
Can use ring mold or loaf pan instead of mini muffin tins.
This recipe is also good with 1 pound country sausage and 1 pound hot sausage,
* Fresh chopped onion or dehydrated onion can be substituted for French fried onion rings.




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