Pinterest-Inspired Brunch

Cream Cheese Pastries

Today my husband and I celebrated Mother’s Day by hosting brunch for our moms and siblings. It’s the third year we’ve been doing a joint family celebration, and although it can be a lot of work, what’s more fun (and yummy) than brunch?

Like most events I plan, the meal was inspired by Pinterest. And because I was still cooking when guests arrived, I didn’t get many pictures, so I decided I’ll just share the inspiration pins directly with you. Plus, it means my menu is ready to go next year.

First (and most importantly), we had mimosas. For my recipe, I use expensive OJ and cheap spumante sparkling wine, so it’s sweet. This year, we also had raspberry lemonade mimosas, too!

A star of my brunch is the Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese Quiche. This is the best quiche ever! And don’t you agree the photo is a work of art? It tastes as good as it looks, y’all. I generally don’t like quiches, but this one has goat cheese (which I love) and roasted tomatoes. Plus, it’s not super eggy. You can make it with a store-bought crust, or make an easy crust, like I did–people are always impressed when you make your own crust.

This year, I tried something new and made these pastries with puff sheets. The pinwheels looked so fun, so I decided to make these with raspberries. Then for a second version with blueberries and strawberries, I used the second pin. Instead of doing round pastries, I cut them into hearts with a rotary pastry cutter (a cookie cutter works, too). People love hearts. Basically, these recipes were so similar, I averaged the amounts of the ingredients and doubled the recipe. They have a fresh lemon flavor, and the sanding sugar makes them look like legit store-bought pastries. My mom saw them when she came in and didn’t wait for the other guests to arrive before digging in.

Heart-shaped Bacon. I told you, people love hearts. Hubby thought it was silly to make these, but I told him they were remarkable. And several people “remarked” about how cute they were! We also served breakfast sausage.

We served waffles, from the Krusteaz mix. We made them ahead and reheated, but they were kind floppy, so next year, we’ll make them on demand or closer to serving time. Or put my older niece to work making them, like I did last year.

We made hash browns (from the frozen bag), but I didn’t get to make them in the waffle maker because by that point the hubby was in charge of the kitchen, and he thought it would be too slow. But his hash browns were slow! I once made cinnamon rolls in the waffle maker, and they were crazy fast, so I’m sure it would have worked great.

I always have more ideas than I can handle, so here are the projects I DIDN’T get to (and now, they’re handy for next year):

Flower-filled paper-mache letter centerpieces.

Hand-held Ham and Cheese Pies. I made the crust for them and everything, but just didn’t have time to make them. It’s interesting that the crust has mustard to add more flavor. When I get a chance to make them, I’ll let you know how they turned out.

I figured my nieces would get a kick out of these pop tarts (I was going to use Nutella), but alas, the dough is still in the fridge. Aren’t they pretty though?

Lemon Ricotta and Almond Flourless Cake. I’m going to have to find an occasion to make this. Mmmm.

Overnight Bananas Foster French Toast. I made this last year and it was a hit.

And just to give you options… these cherry cheese blintzes are fantastic, but take a lot of time. I’m pretty sure I made them with ricotta, not cottage cheese, last year.

I hope these pins are just as inspiring for you. Happy brunching!

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