Birthday Brunch


Jen is hosting a Tasty Tuesday blog party, and I know how much my peeps like to eat! Go over to see what everyone else is cooking up. After you visit here, that is!

HJ turns 2 on Easter Sunday. Here's what she looked like last year in all her cake and glory.

So we got together for a brunch on Saturday to celebrate. Here's what we ate listed on one of my latest projects.

I tried a couple of new recipes for the brunch. I know, a no-no! I felt confident though with my latest issue of Southern Living in hand. One new item was the punch, Sparkling Grape Juice Lemonade, complete with frozen grapes to keep it cool in the punch bowl. The other item was a small appetizer. I called it a Honey Nut Cheese Spread, but it's really called Sweet-'n'-Salty Honey Cheese Spread. Yum. Yum. Yum. You had me at goat cheese, Southern Living!

Ya'll know you can't go wrong with some Paula Deen, so our two big casseroles were the Southern favorite Baked Garlic Cheese Grits and one of my new favorites the Praline French Toast Casserole. This time I used Laughing Cow Garlic and Herb cheese wedges in the grits. I usually use Alouette, but in this economy... (let's see how many posts in a row we'll use that phrase! anyone sick of it yet?)

We almost had a mishap of gigantic proportions when I came quite close to omitting a stick of butter from the grits recipe. NOT ON PURPOSE, YA'LL! Purely a close call. I almost started to sweat. Almost. Paula's white teeth flashed before my eyes and she just shook her head at me! Close. Call.

We also had on hand pastel Mn M's, Cheerios, Robin's Egg Chocolates and Annie's Cheddar Bunnies.

A full view of the spread


The cake that was supposed to look like this, turned out like this:

My bunny cookie cutter ended up being TOO BIG, so one went on top and we called it done! Papa made some homemade strawberry ice cream that was too die for to go on the side.

The cake was a perfect ending to celebrating our sweet one's birthday. She's not a baby anymore...

11 comments:

Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

Everything looks amazing. And the cake is adorable...who doesn't like big bunnies. :)
I couldn't believe when half way through our brunch I realized that I forgot to get a picture of our whole spread. I was bummed...I'll live through yours. :)

Kara said...

The whole meal sound fabulous! And I think your cake is just as cute. Love how you added the daisies!

Denise said...

Happy Birthday to your little girl!! I like your cake better. Very yummy looking brunch!!!

Sandy Toes said...

What a great brunch...wow!!! That cake is great!
sandy toe

Snow White said...

the cake is super cute... I actually like it better than the link! And, the grape juice sounds delicious as well. Looks like you had a fun time.

Sherry said...

What a great sounding meal! The cake looks absolutely adorable, too!

heresmycuplord said...

Praline French Toast! Yummo! What a nice layout!

Ginger

Joyce said...

Great display of tasty foods.
Joyce

Lisa said...

Looks perfect. Your chaulk board is VERY neat!

Kristen said...

What a tasty looking spread - so delicious. I l-o-v-e your chalk board! Did you make it?

Allison said...

Wow! What a great menu! Everything looks delicious!