Thanksgiving Brunch

November 23, 2015

thanksgiving brunch


I’ve always enjoyed making brunch more than dinner, and this year I wanted to get some family and friends around the table that we wouldn’t get to see over Thanksgiving. So it was a brunch I was motivated to get up early and make. I won’t lie, it took hours. All morning to be exact. But as a wise woman told me, “Food is always worth if it brings people around the table in peace.” 

pumpkin cream cheese french toast casserole

 mimosas and coffee bar


Brunch Menu:
Pumpkin Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus with poached eggs
Orange Cinnamon Rolls
Mimosas and coffee bar

(Mini casserole dishes are from Martha Stewart Collection at Macys)

You can prepare the casserole the night before, so the morning of you aren’t scrambling like I was! If you time your dishes right, you have plenty of time to sit and visit with company.

Bacon wrapped asparagus + poached eggs

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus and Poached Eggs:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Separate your asparagus into even bunches and cut off ends if needed.
Wrap each bunch with two pieces of uncured bacon, and set in 9 x 13 casserole dish. Bake for 15 minutes. 
While those are baking, poach your eggs. (Great directions here.)
They take approx. 4 min. for each egg.

I tell ya what, that bacon flavor seeping out of the asparagus is the only way to eat it! Its a really good savory compliment to the french toast casserole.

Thanksgiving centerpiece

I wasn’t counting on my pumpkins to whither just in time for Thanksgiving week, but luckily had a few flower bunches to work with for a bold color centerpiece. It looks complicated, but actually pretty simple!

Thanksgiving centerpiece and runner:
Bowl vase (mine is from an antique store)
Cedar Incense
3 Artichokes
Greenery bunches (They sell them pretty inexpensive at whole foods)
Deep purples and orange flowers

– Place a styrofoam piece in the middle of your bowl vase.
– Layer your cedar incense bunch (one bunch from Pike’s Nursery was all I used) 3/4 around the bowl.
– Place your pomegranate and artichoke side by side since they are your largest pieces. 
– Add in your bold toned flowers (cut the stems shorter).
– Finish with a few fresh greenery stems to fill out as needed.
– Stack the rest of your greenery branches along the table in opposite directions till you reach the end of your table. Stick the stem ends underneath eachother so it flows well. That’s it!
 thanksgiving centerpiece and table runner 
breakfast of champions 

Alright, now to plan the Thanksgiving menu. Phew! I’ll be in the kitchen till Thursday if you need me! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Any dishes you would like to share for Thanksgiving? I am always up for some new ideas!
X, Anna

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  • What a beautifully meal – I’m definitely thinking about preparing those asparagus!
    In this fast paced world sometimes it’s exhilarating when a meal DOES take a long time to prepare, isn’t it? Especially when it’s for a special occasion like Thanksgiving and when we’re making it for those we love most dearly. My favorite is when it’s a family recipe like my mom’s from scratch Crescent Rolls. Standing at the counter kneading the dough gives me ample time to daydream about all the times my mom used to make them for holidays in the past. I also think being so busy with little ones all day makes us appreciate when we can actually take the time to enjoy the process of cooking. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and thank you for such a deliciously inspiring post! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Isn’t it the truth? There are so many memories tied to food. Just the smell of certain foods trigger very meaningful memories for me of my grandparents. I know holidays must be extra tough without your mom, but I bet passing these traditions on to your own family keeps her close.

  • I look so delicious!!!! I love them so much !!!! You are making me hungry!!!

  • Mmm I’m with you on Thanksgiving BRUNCH – that sounds like something that needs to happen in this family of mine ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing the recipes – I’m excited to try out that French Toast casserole! Also – I love the use of pomegranates and artichokes in the centerpiece. Will have to give that a try this year! I hope you have the happiest Thanksgiving week with your family!

  • Oh my, this sounds delicious. I’ve never done Thanksgiving brunch, but I love the idea! I’m going to bring this up with my family for next year (this year I’m in ATL so my fella and I are having a bit of a quiet Thanksgiving).


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