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Holiday Breakfast & Brunch Ideas


I know I have been kind of hit or miss with this blog, but honestly I haven’t been in much of a blogging mood. I kind of go through phases, and this happens to be a no blogging kind of phase. I’m sure it will come back to me eventually, but I figure I will just go with it! No point to blog if I’m not in the mood, right??! Winking smile

Anyways, I do have some good stuff to share with you! I hope you are ready to be bombarded with food pictures. I have a TON of awesome recipes to share with you. None of them are my own, but I have all of the links for you!Smile  I know a lot of you are looking for some good breakfast/ brunch ideas for the upcoming holidays, so I thought I would recommend a few to you!

A couple of weeks ago Craig’s work had their annual holiday breakfast, and like last year they asked me to cater it! I always look forward to this event each year- I really like to kind of go all out & try a bunch of new recipes. You all know my #1 ‘go to’ recipe blog- Jessica’s of course!! And sometimes I swear she can read minds. The week before the breakfast, she posted a recipe for Eggnog Breakfast Crumble Crunch Cake. Sounds pretty amazing, huh??  As soon as I read the recipe I knew that would definitely be on the breakfast menu.IMG_3263

Can you see the glaze just sitting on top of the cake?? That glaze is heavenly. I had to taste it before I poured it on top of the cake…you know, just part of the cook’s job. Winking smile I may of considered just drinking the glaze on the spot..but the better side of me decided to follow the recipe & pour it on top of the cake. Smile

IMG_3275<—Can you see the layers?? The crumble topping was AWESOME.

DO you want to hear something funny? I don’t even like eggnog, but I LOVED this cake. I took a piece for Craig & I to try, and we both were RAVING about it. This was my favorite item that I made. I knew at first bite that this would be a HUGE hit at their holiday breakfast. I guessed right- this recipe got 5 stars!! Star I think I might make this for my family when they come down for Christmas. It will be the perfect way to start the holiday!

There was another recipe on Jessica’s blog that I had been eyeing for awhile. Ever since I got my donut pan, I had been wanting to create a Red Velvet Donut recipe. Well guess who posted a Baked  Red Velvet Donut recipe LITERALLY the day after I mentioned it?? YEP, you guessed that right- Jessica! Open-mouthed smile I told you, she reads minds.



Craig’s boss loves red velvet cake, so I thought I would make something red velvet for breakfast. It’s kind of hard to justify having a big red velvet cake for a breakfast, although it does have eggs & milk in it Winking smile, so these are the perfect substitution! They were perfect. As long as you don’t overcook the donuts- these will be your new favorite donut. Smile I agree with Jess- the cake flour does make a difference. I have just used regular flour in the past for donut recipes, but I bought cake flour for this recipe since she recommended it. It does make them more ‘cake-y’ which is what I like in a donut.

Ok, just more more to show you that I ‘borrowed’ from Jessica. Told ya, it really is my go to site! I never doubt that any of her recipes will be good. It’s always a guarantee when I use her recipes. I told her that all I want for Christmas is a cookbook from her. Open-mouthed smile

I think this next recipe may just be the most indulgent of them all. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Stuffed Cinnamon Rolls. Yep, you read that right. STUFFED cinnamon rolls.



Is your mouth watering yet??? Winking smile

One recipe that was a surprise hit was Buttermilk Banana Bread. It wasn’t a surprise because it wasn’t a good recipe (it was a great recipe! that’s why I picked it!) but I just didn’t think people would compliment this bread so much. Apparently this was one of the big hits at the holiday breakfast. I honestly made it because I wanted something more ‘traditional.’ Craig told me it would be a good idea to have something more ‘normal’- that people have heard of before..so I figured banana bread would be a good choice. Well this bread was an EXCELLENT choice. I think it’s the combination of buttermilk & bananas- it just keeps the bread extra moist & brings out the banana flavor.


Two other favorites that were requested that I made last year were Monkey bread & Mixed Berry Coffee Cake.

I also had another idea when I was in Starbucks…it’s a place I frequent at least twice a week. I know, it’s a bad habit…but there are worse habits, right?! Winking smile I also stare into that little case with all of the delicious looking breakfast foods & sweets, but I have only bought one thing from there- a petite vanilla scone. BUT, then my blog bestie recreated them & now I prefer hers. Sorry Starbucks, you don’t even stand a chance against her scones!! But something that I also look at longingly are the pumpkin muffins. Welllllll after doing some browsing on the good ol’ internet I happened to run across a recipe that was a ‘copy cat’ of the Starbucks cream cheese muffins. It’s from another one of my favorite recipe blogs- Annie’s Eats. I HIGHLY recommend this recipe if you are looking for a little twist on a typical pumpkin muffin.

And to round out everything, I figure a sweet is definitely needed to round out a good breakfast. Smile Nothing wrong with a little treat after a hearty breakfast in my mind…helps make the day even better Open-mouthed smile

I always see fudge around Christmas time, so I thought I would make some fudge. I didn’t want to make just any fudge though, so I found a recipe for CAKE BATTER FUNFETTI FUDGE. Yep, I had to make it all capital..just wanted to make sure you read it right. Hard to believe, huh?! Cake batter + fudge??? Heaven on earth maybe? I switched mine up & just made it a bit more “Christmas-y.”

And last but not least, I attempted to make a different kind of cookie this year. Typically I make Christmas mice, but this year I wanted something new since I have made the mice every year. I happened to stumble upon this recipe on Pinterest. Ummm how ADDICTING is that site?! I can’t get off of it sometimes. SO many good ideas that I want to try. But these little cookies really caught my eye. Melted Snowmen Cookies. Need I say more?

Not going to lie, some of my snowmen look a bit crazed! Ha! I loved making them, but making the faces/ scarves/ etc was pretty challenging!! I got the wrong size black gel- I got the large tube, which is more of a frosting, rather than a gel- but I tried my best to make them work. Smile They were a hit, but next time I would definitely get the right gel.

As you can probably tell I had a BAKING FILLED weekend, but honestly I LOVED every minute of it! I look forward to this every single year.

Well, I’m not quite sure when I will be on here again. My blogging may be kind of spontaneous. This weekend is a BIG weekend in our family- my nephew Ethan is going to be a YEAR old on Friday! How time FLIES. It’s crazy! If I’m not on here before Christmas/ Hannukkah- I hope you have a WONDERFUL holiday!! Open-mouthed smile

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  1. I miss you so much… I feel so out of the loop with your life, etc. 😦 We NEED a phone date!!

    Great recipes- Jessica is amazing… imagine having her as a guest at a party you hosted?!?! She’d bring the best stuff. THanks for the shout out! xoxo

  2. holy cow, you’ve been busy! share some of that love here! i am drooling of course. Good to hear from you.

  3. SO many goodies – yum! I’d love for you to come cater a holiday party for me 😉 Those snowman cookies are SO cute! I want to try to make them. Happy Holidays 🙂

  4. Wow, that’s a lot of baking, Holly!! Everything looks so delicious. I really want some of those cinnamon rolls … like now.

    Miss seeing your posts. But I’m glad you are just enjoying life right now! 😉 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

  5. You are killing me with these recipes!!! Seriously they all look amazing. I LOVE eggnog, so I’m sure the eggnog one is AMAZING.

  6. Wow, everything looks amazing!! 🙂

  7. Oh I am drooling over everything in this post! wow!

  8. Yess!! The Red Velvet Cupcakes!!! 🙂

  9. Oh my goodness this entire post made my pants too tight looking at it! Excellent! 🙂

  10. GIRL!!! Everything looks incredible and now I NEED one of those donuts. Good for you to not force yourself to blog when you don’t feel like it. You are a smart smart girl:) HAPPY ALMOST NEW YEARS and thanks for being such a good blogging friend!

  11. oh my gosh this post is making me crave everything sweet in the worst possible way! wat’s more is i’ve never even thought/heard of some of those combinations and i have to say i’m in LOVE with the idea of cookie dough stuffed cinnamon rolls…say what?!?! anyways, i hope all’s going great on ur end and u welcomed in a wonderful start to 2012!!

  12. I love Red Velvet Cake – I have to try this recipe stat.

  13. MISS you gorgeous girl! Hope everything is going good! You are amazing and these pics safe still making me drool!


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