All of my children (two of them still at home) celebrating birthdays. A mini vacation to Florida. Working, cooking, writing, gardening…
Now it’s time to kick back for a minute, take a breath, revel in my life for a minute and take time for some of the things I REALLY enjoy. Time with The Fab Family, cooking…and a good party.
Sunday morning around the Wilson house is usually pretty lazy. We like to eat breakfast together, sometimes we take the Daring Duo out, and more often than not Mr. Wilson cooks for the family. He usually does a lip-smacking concoction of a potato-holic’s dream; potatoes, sausage, eggs, mushrooms, potatoes, (did I mention the potatoes?) and cheese. It’s guaranteed to make Irish lass’s eyes glaze over. Today, however, finds him excused from his customary Sunday duties and company knocking at our door.
Move over, Mr. Wilson, and pour me a Mimosa, would ya?
Today we celebrated Sean’s birthday by throwing him a comparatively “grown-up birthday breakfast/brunch” party. Actually, he will have celebrated for THREE DAYS by the time Monday is over, but he’s officially a “tween” now, and he’s the last of the babies. Call it what you will.
It’s impossible to even THINK about competing with Mr. Wilson’s breakfast euphoria, so I chose to try out a few new breakfast recipes I acquired. One being a Paula Deen Strawberry Cake for the Birthday Boy...we definitley have happy Tween/ happy Family. There is no reason to EVER make any other version of a Strawberry Cake. THIS IS IT.
The French toast was…so incredible it will be legendary not only in our home, but in the memories of some local teenage boys.
The Beignets were an unprecedented creation, and will save me countless trips to Huey's in the future...
“Sean’s Super Birthday Breakfast Stuff” is the new comfort food for this decade. I am hoping to bottle it. Just kidding.
The Cherry Clafouti was "Ca-blewti"! (which means it was A-Mazing)
Now if you’ll pardon me, I have a date with a long overdue nap.
*To Our April*
Today we celebrate you too…and even though you are 650 miles from me, you are never farther than the beat of my heart. Happy Birthday, Beautiful Daughter.
Bain sult as!
2 cups of fresh cherries, pitted (I used canned- they were just fine)
2 T. of slivered almonds
1 cup sugar
1 T brown sugar
1/2 cup of all purpose flour, sifted
1/8/ tsp salt
1 cup of whole milk
2 T Amaretto or almond extract
1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
Powdered sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and lightly flour an 11X7 pan. Toss in cherries and almonds. Add milk, Amaretto, and vanilla. Whisk until smooth and pour into dish. Bake 45 minutes or until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. When cool dust with powdered sugar and serve.
Baked Anjou Pear French Toast
Loaf to loaf and a half of French Baguette sliced into 1 inch slices
4-6 Anjou pears, peeled, cored, and sliced into thin slices
2 T brown sugar
1/2 tsp snipped fresh rosemary
8 oz Brie, rind removed and thinly sliced
2 T melted butter
3 T sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 1/2 cups milk
1 T vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
Grease a 3 qt baking dish. In large skillet, sautee pears, brown sugar, and rosemary for 4-5 minutes over medium heat, until pears are tender. Arrange bread slices to cover bottom of pan, top with pear mixture.
Arrange brie slices and top with another layer of bread slices. Brush tops of brad with melted butter, sprinkle with sugar & cinnamon mixture. In a bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, and salt. Slowly pour mixture over bread slices, pears, and cheese. Cover and chill 1-24 hours.
Cook in 375 degree oven for 40-45 minutes or until edges are puffed and golden. Let stand 10 minutes.
Serve warm with maple syrup, berries, or honey.
Combine 1 envelope active dry yeast, 1/2 cup warm water (105-115 degrees) and 1 tsp sugar. Let sit 5 minutes.
add 1 cup evaporated milk, 2 eggs, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 cup sugar.
Microwave 1 cup water till hot; stir in 1/4 cup of shortening till melted. Add to yeats mixture. Beat at low speed, gradually adding 4 cups flour until smooth. Slowly add 2 1/2 to 3 cups more flour until a sticky dough forms. Transfer to a lightly greased bowl, turn to coat. Cover and chill 4 to 24 hours.
Turn dough out on a floured surface; roll to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into 2- 2 1/2 inch squares. Fry in oil 2-3 inches deep at 360 degrees. Fry 2-3 at a time, 2-3 minutes on each side until golden. Drain on rack and dust with powdered sugar.
Sean's Sausage and Egg Birthday Breakfast Casserole
1 package Jimmy Dean Sausage (cooked, drained and crumbled)
4 cups cubed day old bread
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
10 eggs, slightly beaten
4 cups milk
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. onion powder
fresh ground pepper to taste
Place bread in well-buttered 9 x 13" baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese.
Combine the next six ingredients. Pour evenly over the bread and cheese. Layer sausage over top. Cover and chill overnight.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bake uncovered for about 1 hour. Tent with foil if desired.
Paula Deen's Strawberry Cake recipe can be found at foodnetwork.com
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