Between now and Christmas, I’m going to be sharing my hacks for making the holidays more simply without sacrificing fun. This morning I’m talking about my brunch hacks! Think Christmas morning breakfast, having friends over for brunch, or for that matter just a nice family breakfast. These are just super simple recipes and tips to make your loved ones feel special!
Use your “nice plates” am I the only person with a habit of saving my plates and cups for special occasions? I just recently decided every day (minus days we have just too many people over for it to be feasible) is going to be a nice plate day.
Pour the juice into a pitcher– this is a really easy one to do! It just spruces everything up.
Take advantage of free printables- I love to find a seasonally/occasion appropriate free printable and put it in a frame. It is a simple way to customize the table without spending money you may or may not have. I also like to check the clearance section of flowers from the grocery store. If I have flowers on my table, or give you some as a gift.. I bought them from manager’s special.
Use premade doughs- I won’t always advocate for premade doughs, because it is way cheaper to make them yourself. However, when preparing food for a small army I say make it as simple on yourself as you can!
Recipe for Nutella/ Banana rolls:
1 can of croissant dough
A few bananas
I used a brownie pan from Pampered Chef, but if you don’t have this- a cookie is great. Lay out your individual pieces of croissant. Put a dollop of Nutella on each one. Add a piece of banana. Wrap the croissant. Bake using the directions of the croissants.
For my sausage braid/ egg casserole:
I made two pounds of sausage.
Drained the grease off.
Softened some cream cheese in a large mixing bowl.
Added the two pounds of sausage to the mixing bowl with cream cheese and combined it all.
For the braid:
You’ll want to chop up some peppers, I like to use colorful peppers.
Lay out another can of croissants onto a greased baking sheet.
Add a layer of sausage/cream cheese mixture and cover with peppers right into the middle of the croissant roll.
At this point, you can begin braiding, which is simply just alternating bringing one piece from each side. (I messed mine up so just sort of wadded it up this time around, but it is easy to reconfigure to look fine- so don’t get hung up on details!)
Put in the oven at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes. Keep an eye on it after 15!
For the casserole:
Lay a premade pie crust into the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 casserole dish.
cover with remaining sausage/cream cheese mixture.
sprinkle with casserole cheeses (whatever your family likes or skip the cheese!)
Whisk 8 eggs and 1/3 cup of milk together
Pour the egg mixture over the cheese
Bake at 375 for 35-45 minutes
Most importantly, enjoy time together.