Tablescapes, Home Decor, Thrifting, Cooking

Friday, November 21, 2008

A Quiet Little Breakfast for Friends

There are three of us who have similar businesses, share a few clients and just enjoy each other's company. We meet for breakfast at a local restaurant about once a month or so. Susan had suggested we meet this week and we all agreed on a time and place. Something came over me and I decided I wanted to have the chat and food in my home.
Sometimes impromptu is the best, don't you think? I didn't have time to worry too much about my house being in perfect order. We are close enough friends that it didn't seem to matter.
So I decided on a menu:
Eggs Continential
Cinnamon Rolls in a Muffin Pan
Sauteed Apples w/ brown sugar and Spices
Southern Pecan Coffee, lots of it
Recipe for main dish:
Eggs Continental
4 hard cooked eggs, sliced
3/4 c. soft fine bread crumbs (2 slices bread in blender)
3 slices bacon, cooked crisp
1/4 lb. mushrooms, sliced
1 cup sour cream
2 T. minced parsley or chives
salt & pepper
1/2 c. grated sharp cheddar cheese
Spread the bread crumbs in a shallow, small casserole or 8" pie plate. Make a layer of egg slices over the crumbs. Saute the mushrooms lightly in the bacon fat. Add the bacon, sour cream, parsley and s&p to taste. Spread this mixture over the eggs and top with cheese. Sprinkle with paprika and bake 15-20 minutes in a 375* oven or til cheese is melted and sauce bubbly. Serves 4. Note** for the first time, I prepared this the night before and just popped in the oven the next morning and it worked fine. You may need to increase the cooking time a few extra minutes to heat thoroughly.
I pretty much had the table ready for dishes. Bronze metalic tablecloth thanks to TJ Maxx and my dome was already in place with fall berries. Remembering I had never used these dishes with these friends, I couldn't resist using my brown transferware again. Are you tired of these dishes yet? I don't think so. ;) It was nothing fancy but we ate, licked our fingers of cinnamon roll gooeyness and drank an entire pot of coffee in the small but sweet Old Britain Castle cups. Back in the day, people must not have enjoyed coffee like we do with our big mugs.
Let me encourage you to plan an intimate breakfast or luncheon for a few close friends during the Christmas season. My friends were so happy to be in a home setting vs. a noisey restaurant.


Anonymous said...

Good Morning,

Sounds like you and your friends had a great time.

What a pretty table you set and thanks for that recipe, that will sure be a hit at this casa.

And yes I so agree sometimes spur of the moment is the best !

Have a great week-end,
Kathy :)

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Your table looks so pretty, and your eggs sound so good. Thanks for sharing. laurie

Pug1 said...

I think I may you take you up on that idea. Everything sounds dee-lish! Michele

southerninspiration said...

Oh, I just wish I was closer and could have been the fourth place setting! It looks AND sounds fabulous....what a nice idea! No, I am never going to be tired of your brown dishes....I LOVE THEM!

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Donna, Thanks for visiting me today and your kind words. That breakfast sounds yummy! I need to jot down that recipe. The table looks pretty too. I will ask the homeowner where she got the stockings. They all have her kids names on them and little rhinestones. They are beautiful! I'll let you know. Talk to you soon, Kristen

Cathy said...

Donna, your breakfast sounds so delicious! I know you and your friends had a great time catching up.


Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Great idea!!! Thanks so much for all your kind words, I do hope you come back again!

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Donna, Oh this sounds delish and I love your toile dishes. Thanks for your visit and kindness today. You're so sweet. Have a wonderful weekend. ~Melissa :)

Melissa Miller said...

Oops! I keep calling them toile. I enlarged the picture and I see the details now. They are gorgeous! :)

Bo said...

This was such a pretty set need to share this again on Tablescape Tuesday...Thank you also for the easy menu...and it does add so much to a gathering in one's home versus a public setting. ;-) Bo

Michelle said...

That sounds like a lovely morning...time with friends is so precious. My girlfriends and I are planning a very casual "cookies and coffee" close to Christmas to make sure we manage to all get together.

Laurie - Decorating Fanatic said...

Hi Donna, Nope! I never tire of looking at beautifully displayed dishes! Pure eye candy! What a nice morning for you and your friends. I think I might just try your Eggs Continental for Christmas morning! We always have a few family members staying over to wake up to the kids going wild on Christmas morning and this would be nice to just pop in the oven all ready to go! Thanks for sharing it. Have a great Thanksgiving! ~ Laurie

Essential Oil Premier University said...

What a lovely idea. Your table looks fabulous and your menu wonderful. I'm sure your friends had a wonderful time. It's always so nice to have friends over for a little tea.



American Homemaker said...

Hi... this is my first time visiting. A quiet breakfast sounds like so much fun. I LOVE your dishes.