We have been a-hustlin’ and a-bustlin’ around these parts that last few weeks, so I’m still playing catch up with blog posts. Last weekend we had some friends over for brunch. I am mostly hesitant about having people over to our place now that we have a kid. There is something about hosting people that feels overwhelming to me at times. I always want people to feel comfortable in our house, I want them to feel at ease, and not like they are intruding on a semi-hurricane. Mostly that means I have to tame the reality of the hurricane that is our little world. And it means not over-doing it when it comes to food/activity expectations (for myself and for others).
But brunch! I was pretty sure I could do brunch. I started off by taking the opportunity to make another bundt cake from the bundt cake book. I’m kind of over the swell of chocolate cakes, so I flipped ahead to more breakfast-friendly options. Low-fat apple bundt cake it was!
It was super easy and turned out really, really well. I will definitely be making this for future work events or something lite to have on Christmas morning.
Aside from the apple cake I also made build your own BLTs. Such a delicious brunch-y sandwich (bacon!), and yet not enjoyed nearly enough.
I had a platter of hearts of romaine, sliced tomato, and avocado on the table. The toast was ready on little plates on two sides of our little round table (barely large enough to seat us all with all of the food laid out, to be honest), mayo at the ready, and crispy bacon.
I used whole wheat sourdough for the toast, which ended up being a little hard due to my misjudgement of time (totally fixable for round 2!) and I think I would make twice the bacon because …. no one should run out of bacon at brunch! But other than that – mimosas were great, our friends brought fruit salad (I still owe you your bowl back Kaitlyn and Dave!!), and I didn’t lose any hair. It felt complete and inventive.
Next time we could also maybe do for a bigger table…
Do you have people over for brunch? What are your go to menu items? Anything to stay away from?
Happy weekend! May the french toast be plentiful and the bacon be crunchy.