My secret to an easy, beautiful brunch is a delicious mix of homemade and store-bought items.
My favorite brunch experience is when I get together with a group of ladies with nothing planned for the rest of the day. We meet up mid-morning and get to talking and eating, and inevitably before we know it three pots of coffee and a whole lot of laughter later, it’s mid-afternoon!
It’s always fun to try out a new restaurant for brunch, especially when the weather starts to warm up and we can sit outside. But I think I like brunch at home even more. We don’t have to remember to make reservations, for starters! The atmosphere is more relaxed and cozy. We can sit out on the patio or bring it inside if it’s raining or chilly. And we get to sip on freshly-squeezed orange juice and hot coffee, and nibble our way through yummy food the entire time.
We all have our own style when it comes to hosting brunch. Maybe it’s a classy dish like Eggs Benedict that’s the star of the show. Or maybe you make a production out of it and go with something that everyone can get involved in, like pancakes or waffles. Or maybe it’s bacon, eggs, hash browns, and toast, where everyone can have a separate job (I used to love toast duty as a kid – it was the easiest, lol!).
But I have another idea, borrowed from hotels around the world: put together a continental breakfast at home! It’s convenient and almost a stroke of genius in its delicious simplicity; whip up a batch of homemade muffins, make a quick fruit salad, and serve everything along with an assortment of yogurt! It’s the best of everything; quick, easy, and delicious, and people get to pick and choose what they want.
Easy Fruit Salad Ideas
I find that most fruit salads don’t even require a recipe; here are a few of my favorite out-of-the-box flavor combos:
- Red and green grapes with rosemary, honey, balsamic vinegar, and walnuts
- Orange slices with pomegranate arils, fresh mint leaves, and toasted almonds
- Strawberries and blueberries tossed with a splash of vanilla, topped with whipped cream
- Pineapple and mango topped with toasted coconut
- Watermelon and cucumber with feta and balsamic glaze
Favorite Homemade Muffins
Muffins are the perfect addition to a continental brunch. There are endless variations and they whip up with minimal effort! And bonus, they’re fun to make together with kiddos. Here is some delicious inspiration:
- Apple-Almond Streusel Muffins
- Blueberry, Buckwheat, and Chia Seed Muffins
- Brown Sugar Peach Muffins
- Carrot Cake Breakfast Muffins
- Classic Lemon-Scented Blueberry Muffins
- Creamed Corn Cornbread Muffins
- Mango Lassi Poppy Seed Muffins
- Mexican-Spiced Triple Chocolate Muffins
noosa is the perfect addition to brunch! I was pretty impressed when I recently found out that noosa is made in small batches on a family farm in Colorado with wholesome ingredients: all-natural whole milk from happy cows, fresh fruit purees, and wildflower honey. I love the thick, velvety texture of noosa yoghurt, and the fact that it has a balanced flavor profile of being just sweet enough, but not too sweet. They are introducing a brand new lineup of mix-in-style yoghurts with noosa mates, pairing their yummy yoghurt with delicious toppings like crunchy granolas, roasted nuts, pretzels, and premium chocolate to create a satisfying taste for brunch or any time of day.
Do you have any tips or tricks for an easy brunch that everyone enjoys?
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