15 Must Have Brunch Items

15 Must Have Brunch Items. One of the best places for brunch is your very own kitchen or dining room table. This list of must-have brunch items will help make your next home brunch turn out fabulous!



15 Must Have Brunch Items

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Personally, I think that while breakfast is great, brunch is even better!! The food is similar, but with brunch, you can get away with drinking delicious things like Mimosas or a Bloody Mary! Yum!

One of the best places for brunch is your very own kitchen or dining room table. Whether sit down brunch served by the plate or family style service, or a buffet brunch, when asked “what time is brunch?” you’ll be able to answer quickly because you have these great brunch products on hand to pull it together quickly.



Everytime Hubby and I have big cooking or baking projects going on we each wear an apron. I have quite a collection, and so does he. We tend to use the plain ones when we are doing a big-cook to freeze or for canning or the week, but when we are entertaining, I always wear one of my cute one (of which I have a dozen… I think I may have a slight problem), and just take it off when we are ready to eat. It keeps me clean and neat!

But whether you love breakfast, lunch, brunch, or all three, you will love this list of must-have breakfast and brunch products. Tasty egg dishes, sausage casseroles, waffles, pancakes, and more – what is not to love? You may even want to use some of these products to make brinner (breakfast for dinner). With breakfast foods, there are no rules!



Bobby Flay is such a fun chef to watch. Don’t you love the thought of having a Bobby Flay recipe in your hands, let alone 140 of them – and all dedicated to brunch. With recipes like “Wild Mushroom-Yukon Gold Hash”, “Carrot Cake Pancakes with Maple-Cream Cheese Drizzle” and “Sangria Sunrise”, this book is impossible to resist!



When you are trying to watch your weight, breakfast and brunch can be a little tricky sometimes. Although it is easy to eat healthy foods like oatmeal and fruit – it isn’t very fun to stick to that while you see everyone else enjoy pastries, pancakes, biscuits and more. But with this Cooking Light Easy Breakfast & Brunch cook book, you can cook up all the good stuff you love to eat while still taking good care of your health!


Gluten-Free Breakfast, Brunch& Beyond: : Breads & Cakes * Muffins & Scones * Pancakes, Waffles & French Toast * Quiches * and More


If gluten is a problem for you or someone you love, you know how difficult it can be to avoid it. This is especially true with breakfast and brunch foods. So many of our favorite early meal dishes are all about flour, and for someone with gluten intolerance, that just sucks the fun out of the meal. This wonderful Gluten-Free Breakfast, Brunch & Beyond cookbook will help restore all those favorite foods to people who can’t eat gluten. If you know such a person, you will love watching their eyes light up when they realize you made something delicious that they can eat without fear. It doesn’t get much better than that!



My favorite thing about both breakfast and brunch is when your family joins you for the meal. People coming together around food is always fun, but breakfast and brunch is my favorite. This family size breakfast station is an excellent way to serve up all those delicious foods. Toaster oven, griddle, coffee pot and more – you’ve got the start of a great meal just waiting for you to start cooking!



There is something so fun about waffles. Not only are they delicious, but their crispy texture and structure seems to invite creativity at every turn. This Smart Waffle Bowl Maker is one prime example. Pour your batter and cook up a beautiful bowl that you can fill with fluffy scrambled eggs, skillet breakfasts, and anything else you can think of. Ice cream and all the fixin’s would be amazing, too!



Henrietta the Chicken is one of the friendliest breakfast/brunch products I’ve ever seen. Not only is she adorable, she’s handy. This sweet little hen will cook up to 4 poached eggs for you, or up to 7 soft, medium, or hard boiled eggs. You have to love a chicken who serves up cooked eggs ready to eat!



Waffles are delicious and this waffle iron makes them delicious and fun. These keyboard waffles are especially perfect if you’ve got a bunch of computer loving friends to enjoy them with. Just remember, attempting to type on this keyboard may leave your fingers full of syrup!


5-Heart Waffler (with Adjustable Browning Control)


Show your family and friends how much you love them when you cook up these beautiful heart shaped waffles for breakfast or brunch. Although these are especially perfect for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, there really is no bad time to give someone your heart!



The bright and colorful Dash “MINI” Maker 3 Piece cook set is a great way to add fun and class to your next breakfast or brunch. You’ll look like a professional cook with this griddle, waffle iron, and grill all set up so you can cook all the things. Master your pancake flipping skills and you might even get tips!



Having a big crusty loaf of fresh bread available for breakfast or brunch is almost essential. This Oster Bread Machine makes it easy to have fresh bread warm from the “oven”. With the 13 hour delay timer, you can set up your ingredients in the bread machine the night before, set the timer for early morning, and let the machine mix, kneed, and bake your bread while you sleep a while longer. (Warning: Your family might expect you to make a lot more bread if you own one of these!)



Quiche is a perfect brunch food! It is egg based, so still “breakfast”, but there are so many different varieties of quiche that seem to have nothing at all to do with breakfast. It is an elegant little dish that is great for special occasions as well as every day. Yet quiche is inexpensive enough to make on almost any budget. This lovely quiche pan makes it as easy to serve as it is to make. The removable bottom helps you remove your quiche from the pan without it falling apart, ensuring that it will look as good as it tastes!



For the diehard brunch lover, this shirt is a must-have. Looking for a great present for someone who lives for brunch? This is it. Attractive and amusing, it honors their obsession in perfect style!



Serving up a beautiful breakfast or brunch meal is a lot easier with a beautiful platter like this. It even comes with some classy tongs for everyone to use to transfer pastries or fruit to their plates. Every occasion is a special occasion with a serving set this nice!



If one of your favorite things about brunch is the morning adilt beverage choices, declare your intentions with this fabulous champagne glass. Holding 9 oz. of your favorite beverage, this “Mornings Are For Mimosas” glass also makes a great gift!



There is something extra special about the types of cocktails typically served at brunch. Bright, festive, and fun, these drinks are more about fresh, delicious flavors and less about the booze. (Although, of course, booze matters too!) With Boozy Brunch, you’ll learn how to prepare so many delicious daytime drinks, you’ll impress everyone you know. After all, there is simply no such thing as knowing too many ways to elevate someone’s mood with something delicious!

I hope you saw some things on this list to get you in the mood to serve up some delicious breakfast or brunch treats soon. Why not make the most important meal of the day as special as possible? After all, you and the people you love deserve the best!

What are your favorite breakfast or brunch foods? Do you have a favorite boozy brunch beverage?


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Strawberry Breakfast Sandwich Recipe

Strawberry Breakfast Sandwich Recipe. Sweet, delicious strawberries, creamy mascarpone, and a fantastic pound cake make for one fabulous breakfast! Or, eat this tasty strawberry sandwich treat as a dessert. Simply marvelous!



Strawberry Breakfast Sandwich Recipe

This. Is. Amazing.

A few notes:

• Sugar the strawberries the night before, place them in a covered container and allow them to marinate in the refrigerator overnight. It will give the sugar time to seep into the strawberries and time for the strawberries to get really sweet.
• Bring out the mascarpone to sit at room temperature an hour or two before you are making these. It will make it easier to spread.
• I made my Sour Cream Pound Cake Recipe for the pound cake portion of this recipe. However, when making the pound cake recipe for this sandwich, bake the pound cake 5 minutes longer than my listed cook time of an hour because it needs to be really dense – the edges started to brown, and in this case, that is good. This is also made the day before.

• I am assuming you could use store-bought pound cake instead, although I have not done so. The recipe ingredient list would look very different though.

Recipe ingredients if you are using store bought pound cake:

• 1 qt Strawberries
• ¼ cup Sugar
• 3 Eggs
• ¼ cup Milk
• 8-12 slices Pound Cake (2 pieces per serving)
• ½ cup Mascarpone, softened

Make the strawberries, the skip to the To make the strawberry sandwich part of the directions below!

• Do not try to put the mascarpone and strawberries onto the pound cake in the frying pan. It will burn (ask me how I know).
• You could eat this as a pick-up-in-your-hands sandwich if you do not top with maple syrup (and the whipped cream could be a bit messy too). Or, eat it like French toast or pancakes on a plate using a knife and fork.

Strawberry Breakfast Sandwich Ingredients:

• 1 qt Strawberries
• 1 5/8 cups Sugar, divided
• 10 TBSP Butter, divided
• 5 Eggs, divided
• 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
• ½ tsp Almond Extract
• 2 cups Flour
• ½ tsp Baking Powder
• 8oz Sour Cream
• ¼ cup Milk
• ½ cup Mascarpone, softened

Strawberry Breakfast Sandwich Mise en Place:

Measuring Cup
• Bowl with lid
Measuring Spoons
• Spatula
• Loaf Pan
Stand Mixer
• Cooling Rack
• Frying Pan (lid optional)

Strawberry Breakfast Sandwich Recipe. Sweet, delicious strawberries, creamy mascarpone, and a fantastic pound cake make for one fabulous breakfast! Or, eat this tasty strawberry sandwich treat as a dessert. Simply marvelous!


Strawberry Breakfast Sandwich Directions:

Hull and then slice strawberries lengthwise.
• Place sliced strawberries in a container with a lid.

Strawberry Breakfast Sandwich Recipe. Sweet, delicious strawberries, creamy mascarpone, and a fantastic pound cake make for one fabulous breakfast! Or, eat this tasty strawberry sandwich treat as a dessert. Simply marvelous!


• Pour ¼ cup sugar over the top of the strawberries.
• Cover with a lid, and place in the refrigerator overnight.

Strawberry Breakfast Sandwich Recipe. Sweet, delicious strawberries, creamy mascarpone, and a fantastic pound cake make for one fabulous breakfast! Or, eat this tasty strawberry sandwich treat as a dessert. Simply marvelous!


• Preheat Oven to 325°.
• Beat together 1 1/3 cups Sugar and butter.
• Add eggs and vanilla and almond extract, beat until mixture is fluffy.

Strawberry Breakfast Sandwich Recipe. Sweet, delicious strawberries, creamy mascarpone, and a fantastic pound cake make for one fabulous breakfast! Or, eat this tasty strawberry sandwich treat as a dessert. Simply marvelous!


• Combine flour and baking powder.

Strawberry Breakfast Sandwich Recipe. Sweet, delicious strawberries, creamy mascarpone, and a fantastic pound cake make for one fabulous breakfast! Or, eat this tasty strawberry sandwich treat as a dessert. Simply marvelous!


• Add flour mixture and sour cream to batter mixture, alternately, mix well.

Strawberry Breakfast Sandwich Recipe. Sweet, delicious strawberries, creamy mascarpone, and a fantastic pound cake make for one fabulous breakfast! Or, eat this tasty strawberry sandwich treat as a dessert. Simply marvelous!


• Pour mixture into greased and floured loaf pan.
• Bake 1 hour and 5 minutes or until inserted wooden toothpick comes out clean.

Strawberry Breakfast Sandwich Recipe. Sweet, delicious strawberries, creamy mascarpone, and a fantastic pound cake make for one fabulous breakfast! Or, eat this tasty strawberry sandwich treat as a dessert. Simply marvelous!


• Cool pan on wire rack 10 -15 minutes and scrape knife along pan edge before removing loaf from pan.
• Allow sour cream pound cake to cool completely on the wire rack after removal.

Strawberry Breakfast Sandwich Recipe. Sweet, delicious strawberries, creamy mascarpone, and a fantastic pound cake make for one fabulous breakfast! Or, eat this tasty strawberry sandwich treat as a dessert. Simply marvelous!


To make the strawberry breakfast sandwich:

• Place 3 eggs and ¼ cup milk into a medium sized bowl; whisk together by hand.
• Slice 8-12 slices of pound cake. (2 pieces per serving)

Strawberry Breakfast Sandwich Recipe. Sweet, delicious strawberries, creamy mascarpone, and a fantastic pound cake make for one fabulous breakfast! Or, eat this tasty strawberry sandwich treat as a dessert. Simply marvelous!


• Dip the pound cake into the egg batter, first one side, than the next.

Strawberry Breakfast Sandwich Recipe. Sweet, delicious strawberries, creamy mascarpone, and a fantastic pound cake make for one fabulous breakfast! Or, eat this tasty strawberry sandwich treat as a dessert. Simply marvelous!


• Heat ½ tablespoon of butter in a fry pan. Make sure the butter melts completely, and is very hot without scorching.
• Place the egg coated pound cake into the fry pan.
• Allow to cook on one side for 2½ minutes.

Strawberry Breakfast Sandwich Recipe. Sweet, delicious strawberries, creamy mascarpone, and a fantastic pound cake make for one fabulous breakfast! Or, eat this tasty strawberry sandwich treat as a dessert. Simply marvelous!


• Remove from pan to a clean plate, cooked side up.

Strawberry Breakfast Sandwich Recipe. Sweet, delicious strawberries, creamy mascarpone, and a fantastic pound cake make for one fabulous breakfast! Or, eat this tasty strawberry sandwich treat as a dessert. Simply marvelous!


• Smear with mascarpone.
• Place sliced strawberries on top to the mascarpone until covered.

Strawberry Breakfast Sandwich Recipe. Sweet, delicious strawberries, creamy mascarpone, and a fantastic pound cake make for one fabulous breakfast! Or, eat this tasty strawberry sandwich treat as a dessert. Simply marvelous!


• Place ½ tablespoon butter in the pan, allow melting completely – making sure it is very hot without scorching.
• Return egg batter pound cake to the hot frying pan, batter side down.
• Cook for 2 minutes, or until golden. Do not overcook. You may place a lid on top to make the mascarpone melt a bit, but it isn’t really necessary.

Strawberry Breakfast Sandwich Recipe. Sweet, delicious strawberries, creamy mascarpone, and a fantastic pound cake make for one fabulous breakfast! Or, eat this tasty strawberry sandwich treat as a dessert. Simply marvelous!


• Top with whipped cream, maple syrup or powdered sugar.


Strawberry Breakfast Sandwich Recipe

Sweet, delicious strawberries, creamy mascarpone, and a fantastic pound cake make for one fabulous breakfast! Or, eat this tasty strawberry sandwich treat as a dessert. Simply marvelous!

Prep Time:30 Minutes
Cook Time:1 Hour 15 Minutes
Total Time: 12 Hours (overnight refridgeration of strawberries is most of this time)

Ingredients:
1 qt Strawberries
1 5/8 cups Sugar, divided
10 TBSP Butter, divided
5 Eggs, divided
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
½ tsp Almond Extract
2 cups Flour
½ tsp Baking Powder
8oz Sour Cream
¼ cup Milk
½ cup Mascarpone, softened

Directions:


• Hull and then slice strawberries lengthwise.
• Place sliced strawberries in a container with a lid.
• Pour ¼ cup sugar over the top of the strawberries.
• Cover with a lid, and place in the refrigerator overnight.
• Preheat Oven to 325°.
• Beat together 1 1/3 cups Sugar and butter.
• Add eggs and vanilla and almond extract, beat until mixture is fluffy.
• Combine flour and baking powder.
• Add flour mixture and sour cream to batter mixture, alternately, mix well.
• Pour mixture into greased and floured loaf pan.
• Bake 1 hour and 5 minutes or until inserted wooden toothpick comes out clean
• Cool pan on wire rack 10 -15 minutes and scrape knife along pan edge before removing loaf from pan.
• Allow sour cream pound cake to cool completely on the wire rack after removal.
• To make the strawberry sandwich:
• Place 3 eggs and ¼ cup milk into a medium sized bowl; whisk together by hand.
• Slice 8-12 slices of pound cake. (2 slices per serving)
• Dip the pound cake into the egg batter, first one side, than the next.
• Heat ½ tablespoon of butter in a fry pan. Make sure the butter melts completely, and is very hot without scorching.
• Place the egg coated pound cake into the fry pan.
• Allow to cook on one side for 2½ minutes.
• Remove from pan to a clean plate, cooked side up.
• Smear with mascarpone.
• Place sliced strawberries on top to the mascarpone until covered.
• Place ½ tablespoon butter in the pan, allow melting completely – making sure it is very hot without scorching.
• Return egg batter pound cake to the hot frying pan, batter side down.
• Cook for 2 minutes, or until golden. Do not overcook. You may place a lid on top to make the mascarpone melt a bit, but it isn’t really necessary.
• Top with whipped cream, maple syrup or powdered sugar.

Makes 6 servings Strawberry Breakfast Sandwich

Strawberry Breakfast Sandwich Recipe. Sweet, delicious strawberries, creamy mascarpone, and a fantastic pound cake make for one fabulous breakfast! Or, eat this tasty strawberry sandwich treat as a dessert. Simply marvelous!


If you like strawberries, you might also enjoy some of these tasty strawberry treats:
Strawberry Rhubarb Galette Recipe – when a little crust will do ya. A fast and simple strawberry dessert.
Strawberry Tart Recipe – forget complicated strawberry tarts, this one is simple to make, yet gives the dramatic beauty of a much more complicated tart recipe.
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp – who doesn’t like a good, easy to make crisp recipe!? This one is simply delicious.

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Tools You Need for Your Garden

Tools You Need for Your Garden. Whether you are a beginning gardener or an intermediate gardener, chances are you need some gardening tools. Here is a great list of gardening tools for the beginner and intermediate gardener.



Tools You Need for Your Garden

Wondering what tools you need for your garden? Whether you are a beginning gardener or an intermediate gardener, chances are you need some gardening tools. Over the years, I have purchased my fair share of gardening tools, sometimes the same tools two years in a row – not because I bought cheap and they broke – but because Hubby snitches them and takes them to his properties to use, and never return.

In my opinion, buying the best tool you can afford is the way to go. There is a big difference these days in crummy gardening tools, and decent, long lasting tools, and unfortunately, it can show up in price (not always, but often enough). Some people visit yard sales, barn sales, and consignment shops looking for older tools they can sharpen or repair as the quality may have been better in the past. However, if you are not mechanically inclined, do not have access (or the time) to go the secondhand route, you can still buy the basics and not break the bank.

If you are only planting earth boxes or container gardening, you really only need handtools. If you are doing ground planting, you will need larger tools. I am going to divide this list up into earth box/container gardening, and ground planting. This will get you started on a fabulous, lifelong hobby that can yield beauty and food!

Great places to purchase decent gardening tools are you local nursery, Home Depot, Lowes, your local hardware store (we have a local store called Valu that has the best gardening supplies!) and look to Amazon online. I like to look at ratings online even if I am buying in the store. The anonymity of online that can make it uncivilized at times also makes for more honest reviews. If something is 4 out of 5 stars or better, read the negative reviews first (to make sure some goofball didn’t give something a 1-star rating because UPS delivered it to the wrong house), and then make your decision.

Look for tools that absorb impact. This is where newer tools beat the old stuff with gel grips, ergonomic handles, shock absorbers (seriously), and rolling benches (save those knees) which can really help at the end of long day (or even a short day) of gardening.

You may want to consider an all-in-one kit. Sometimes, it is worth it. I have purchased several over the years because they are very cost effective. Unfortunately, I do not always use everything in a kit which seems kind of wasteful.

Whether you decide to put together gardening tools a la carte or all-in-one, these gardening tool suggestions will get you started:

Gardening Hand Tools




This includes; Trowel, Spade, Cultivator, Hand Rake, Spray Bottle, Caddy, Pruners, Weeder, Women’s Gloves (in the reviews, the gloves are either loved or hated).



If you do not need the whole kit, this threesome of: Trowel, Transplanter (Spade), & Cultivator



You need pruners to cut off stems, dead leaves, dead branches, cut flowers, etc. The directions say to care for these by: “wipe with an oily cloth after use and occasionally lubricate blades with oil suitable for carbon steel.” Or, maybe the oil sand trick will work just as well? It keeps your tools stay clean and rust free.

Larger Gardening Tools


Now, if you are gardening by planting in the ground, that requires a few more tools.

Fiskars 8.63 in. Long-Handled Digging Shovel



If you only buy one shovel, choose a Round Point Shovel with a long wood or fiberglass handle. This style is meant for digging or moving soil. Now a lot of people also buy a garden spade shovel for edging or trenching. While I have used one, I can honestly say it is nice to have, but if you are just starting your garden, get the “pointy shovel” first. You will find it more useful in the beginning.

16-Tine Double Play Bow Rake with Fiberglass Handle



You will need a rake to smooth out the soil level, remove small stones, and gather garden debris. This rake has a long padded fiberglass handle, and a dual head for use in shallow or deeper raking situations. It also comes with a 15-year warranty; it should last a long, long time.

54 in. Wood Handle Action Hoe



There are a couple of different styles of hoes that are great for gardening, and some people prefer one type of another Try a few before purchasing, because it really is a personal preference.

This is also known as a “hula hoe” in some areas. This is a wonderful tool for weeding when the weeds are small. No bending or pulling necessary – just scoot the blade across the top of the soil to cut weeds before they have a chance to grow.

A lot of people like this 2 Prong Weeder Hoe This one works well for digging seed trenches or water troughs, but equally well for weeding those larger ones you missed.

Other Garden Tools You Might Enjoy:


watering can

We have a sprinkler sysyem and it works great to water my garden plants. Before the srinkler system, I used my hose. Many people use a soaker hose. However to water my hanging baskets and containers, I have used a rain wand or a watering can. Now maybe because I am old… but I honestly prefer the watering can. Just fill it and spill it into my pots. Bam! Done!



A garden cart with wheels. Worth. Every. Penny. I have knee pads, long foam gardening pads, used a chair… forgetaboutit. Get a good cart (you can store stuff in it), sit down while weeding, and just scoot along to get to the next patch of dirt.


Storage. I have a lot of stuff for storage: plastic bins, plastic holders (for the hand held), a tool tower a storage shed (we have a bench that has morphed over to patio storage these days, but it didn’t start that way) or a garden tool rack (my favorite!)

While I have lots and lots (and lots!) of gardening tools, I truly only use the same tools over and over. This list should get you started, and keep you going strong in your garden for a long, long time.

What garden tools do you find indispensable in your garden!?


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