Saturday, January 24, 2009

A Birthday Brunch

We had a family birthday party for both children today - we decided on a brunch in order to avoid the whole nap time conflict. We were really happy with the results so I thought I would share our menu, with recipes.

Amish Breakfast Casserole - from my fav recipe website It is so delicious I could eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We omitted the bacon and used one package of Canadian bacon instead. I think ham would be a tasty substitute as well.

Grandma Johnson's Scones - oh. my. goodness. If you think scones are hard to make (or that you could never make one that tasted like it was from a bakery) you must try this recipe. I divide the dough in half and kept one half plain and to the other half I added 1/2 c of semi-sweet chocolate chips. After shaping the dough into disks on the baking sheet I cut it with a pizza cutter which make them very easy to break apart after baking. These are HEAVEN!!

Cold Asparagus in Vinaigrette - blanched the asparagus in boiling water, chilled and served with Newman's Own Raspberry Pomegranate Vinaigrette drizzled over the top.

Fresh Fruit Salad - we used what fruit was on sale this week - strawberries, blueberries and some sliced banana (tossed in at the last minute before serving). I took a bite of this salad and a bite of the plain scone and it tasted like I was eating strawberry shortcake.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Happy Day

Happy 4th Birthday to my girl and Happy Inauguration to President Obama!

"Democracy is...the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people"

- Harry Emerson Fosdick (November 1925)