Easy Weekend Brunch

Over the holiday season, we had a lot of family in town from Ireland, and while their trip seemed to fly by, we had a few fun get-togethers while they were here. We were most excited to have everyone over our new house for sledding. We live behind a park that kids come from all over to sled in. We bought our own sled when we moved in, and we were very excited when we nailed down an afternoon for our nieces and nephew to come over to sled.

First, there were a few runs down the hill. Running up was a bit more difficult, but I swear I am going to get back in shape someday soon. . .

sledding

Then there was brunch! Brunch is one of my favorite meals, but it’s not a thing in Ireland. I explained that Americans love it because booze + breakfast. It just makes sense.

On our brunch menu:

Cinnamon Brioche Baked French Toast

Cheesy Frittata

Canadian bacon, regular bacon, and sausage patties

Jam-Filled Sugar Cookies

Irish Whiskey Chocolate Cake

Carrots with Hummus and Pesto Cream

Clementines

Hot Chocolate, Sparkling Wine, Orange Juice, White Wine, Red Wine, Beer

Brunch is a great meal because there is so much you can prep in advance. I got the Baked French Toast ready the night before. This is such a simple recipe, and one I sort of eyeball: brioche, cinnamon, vanilla, cream, and eggs. They soak overnight, and when it’s time to bake, they bake at 325 until the egg mixture is set.

cinnamon brioche

The biggest plus? Our home smelled wonderful and cinnamon-y while it was baking.

baked French toast

The spread included cookies from our new neighborhood bakery, Sweet Life Bakery, which we absolutely love. Great coffee, decadent cupcakes, and fresh bread!

Sweet Life Bakery Cookies

My Irish Whiskey Chocolate Cake was also part of the spread, along with fresh whipped cream. Shots of whiskey on the side were optional. Hey, it’s brunch. Winking smile

Irish whiskey chocolate cake

The family is definitely made up of carnivores, so a pile of meat was necessary. The kids especially went for the bacon.

sausage and bacon

And, of course, there was sparkling wine. I know mimosas are brunch staples, and I did have them available, but for me a glass of bubbly all alone is best. We bought a ton of Freixenet Carta Nevada on sale at Bin Ends, and we LOVE this wine. We got it for $6 a bottle, yet it is full of fine persistent bubbles, citrus and stone fruit flavor, and a nice bit of body. It’s a delicious, fresh great value wine. I would highly recommend it for brunch or any other time of day. For some reason, snowy days and bubbly just work together.

Freixenet Carta Nevada

Everyone really seemed to enjoy brunch, and it made us extremely happy to have a full house for the first time in our new home. I tend to get anxious about cooking for large groups, but this success made me want to do it more.

Do you like to entertain at home? What’s your favorite/go-to meal or menu?

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  1. Erica @ In and Around Town’s avatar

    This brunch hits all the highlights – so many delicious foods and drinks! Love that you have taken full advantage of the sledding hill :)

    my go to dinner is really more of a cocktail style with a great cheese, cracker, meats and grapes etc – especially when we are having more than another couple over!

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  2. Michelle Lahey’s avatar

    This sounds like an incredible brunch spread! We actually end up entertaining quite often, so I’m with Bianca…I usually put out appetizers/small bites, like homemade hummus with pita, roasted nuts, marinated olives…simple stuff!

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    1. Michelle Lahey’s avatar

      I’m blind…make that Erica*, not Bianca!

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    2. Megan’s avatar

      That sounds like an excellent brunch spread. I’m in the midst of helping my friend plan her baby shower brunch, and it’s so much fun to come up with brunch foods.

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