Happy Saturday Friends!

Another holiday in quarantine is upon us, likely making it a different celebration than normal. Last year for Mother’s Day weekend, I surprised my mom by flying out to St. Louis. She had no idea and her reaction is still one of my favorite things ever! I had hoped to visit again this year, but a Zoom Mother’s Day will have to do for now. I know I am not alone in that boat, but I believe soon enough, we will all get to see our loved ones again and can make up for lost time.

In my family, we love a good brunch, and Mother’s Day is no exception. Today I wanted to share some of my favorite brunch recipes that would be easy to put together for tomorrow or for any time you’re craving a yummy breakfast meal!

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls have always been a brunch staple in my family. Before my grandma passed, she made these for every occasion and they were always the biggest hit! Since then, I have taken over making them for friends, family, and coworkers alike. The recipe is simple and truly makes THE BEST cinnamon rolls you’ve ever had!

INGREDIENTS

-1.5 cups of milk (use at least 2% milk. Do NOT use skim or fat free)

-2 tsp of salt

-1/2 cup of sugar

-1/2 cup of butter

-2 packages of yeast

-1/2 cup of warm water

-6 cups of flour

-3 eggs

-4 oz of cream cheese

-1 stick of butter

-1 cup of powdered sugar

-1/2 tsp of vanilla

STEPS

  1. In a small pot, scald the milk.
  2. Once milk starts to boil, immediately take it off the heat and add butter, salt, and sugar.
  3. While the butter melts in the milk, add yeast to a large bowl with the warm warm. Mix together and let sit for 5 minutes.
  4. After five minutes, pour the milk mixture into the yeast and add eggs.
  5. After mixing in the eggs, slowly add flour (I typically add 2 cups of flour at a time and mix in-between).
  6. Once flour is fully combined, cover and let rise for 1-2 hours.
  7. Once it has doubled in size, roll out until it is flat. Don’t roll too thin though, it should be at least half an inch thick.
  8. Once it is rolled out, melt butter (typically I use about half a stick, but feel free to use more or less) and brush onto dough.
  9. Cover the dough with brown sugar and cinnamon (use as much or as little as you like)
  10. Carefully roll dough and cut into 1-2 in slices. Place rolls into your pan, cover, and let rise for at least another hour. I typically will have them rise overnight. This makes them HUGE and super fluffy.
  11. When you are ready to cook, heat your oven to 350 degrees and then cook for 20 minutes or until golden brown. (Time may vary based on oven)
  12. As the rolls bake, make your frosting. Combine cream cheese, 1 stick of butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla (feel free to add more sugar or vanilla for a sweeter frosting).
  13. Immediately after your rolls come out of the oven, frost them and enjoy!

Mini Blueberry Coffee Cakes

INGREDIENTS

-2 cups of flour

-1/2 cup of sugar

-2 tsp of baking powder

-1 egg

-1/2 cup of heavy cream

-1/4 cup of butter

-Blueberries

-1 stick of butter

-1/2 half cup of rolled oats

-1/2 cup of brown sugar

-1 tablespoon of cinnamon

STEPS

  1. In a bowl or stand mixer, combine all dry ingredients
  2. Add cream and slowly start mixing.
  3. Add egg and butter and continue to mix
  4. Once everything is combined, gently fold in blueberries (I like to use frozen blueberries-this helps to keep them break breaking as your folding them in)
  5. In a cupcake pan, add batter (will be very thick, almost more like a dough). Fill about 3/4 of the way full
  6. In a small bowl, combine rolled oats, one stick of butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  7. Add brown sugar topping to each mini coffee cake.
  8. Cooke for 20 minutes or until golden brown fat 350 degrees.

Chicken Sausage Quiche

INGREDIENTS

-Pie crust (pre-made or homemade)

-3 Chicken sausage links of your choice (I like to use the Sweet Apple from Trader Joes-it has a sweet, maple flavor to it)

-6 eggs

-3/4 cup of milk or heavy cream

-1/3 cup of chopped onion

1/3 cup of chopped green pepper

-2 cups of spinach

-1.5 cups of Colby Jack Cheese (or whatever your preferred cheese is)

-1 tsp of garlic

-1/2 tsp of salt and pepper

STEPS

-Heat your oven to 375 and pre-bake your pie crust. Bake for at least 10 minutes or until slightly golden.

-Cut up your chicken sausage into small, bite size pieces.

-On medium-high heat, cook your sausage until cooked through (should only take a few minutes)

-In a bowl, combine eggs, milk, and seasonings.

-Add in veggies and combine

-Add sausage and cheese combine

-Pour mix into pie crust and bake for at least 15 minutes.

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