Reader Challenge: The Brunch Edition

Heather says:

Let me set the scene, Monday morning you rise with the nagging feeling that you have forgotten something or that perhaps there is something you should be doing. Rather than pay attention to the feeling you begin attacking the weekly laundry.

Mid-morning your sister calls and asks what time you and the kids will be arriving in a town two hours to the north. Hastily you pack for five people, realizing it is your week to host a women’s group, the morning after your scheduled return. You spend a few moments asking your husband to lend a hand (he’s willing, but works crazy hours) and depart.

Return home Wednesday evening with grouchy children and no time for the grocery store.

Here’s your challenge, Home Eccers, what do you make for a casual brunch serving ten people only out of your pantry and refrigerator?

My solution:

  • biscuits and sausage gravy (strawberry jam or honey for those who don’t like sausage)
  • onion and zucchini frittata (really just a crustless quiche)
  • vanilla yogurt with sliced bananas (must hide the freckled peels) and granola

Now it’s your turn.


  1. Mom of three on August 1, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Chicken Noodle soup

    It’s band camp week, I have plenty of both. Personally, I would have blown sister off, and then I would have hit the grocery for something “homemade” and made a pitcher of tea

  2. Brenda on August 1, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    I ran this problem by two of my children, & one says breakfast burritos (scrambled eggs w/ cheese & salsa), & the other says a nice big batch of pancakes. I say that I like the fritatta idea, & maybe some cut-up fruit. We can make muffins pretty fast around here too, so I might throw those together too. :o)


  3. heavenlymayday on August 1, 2008 at 2:26 am


    It would have to be some egg based thing, omelets or a quiche. Oooh, a spanakopita recipe that I have is really yummy and easy, and I actually have phyllo dough in the freezer, and fresh baby spinach and eggs. I’d have to substitute cheese wise though, and use cheddar instead of feta. Still, cheese, eggs and spinach pie? Whats not to like 🙂 That and some sliced oranges and apples and maybe a fruit smoothie.

  4. Leslie on August 1, 2008 at 12:26 am

    Cheddar cheese + turkey sausage omelette
    Diced potatoes with sautéed onions + red peppers
    Nectarines + fried bananas over mini pancakes drizzled with powdered sugar
    Passion orange juice + ice


  5. Misty on August 1, 2008 at 12:03 am

    I seriously need to read this and other frugal/home blogs more… I SO don’t have the pantry stock ya’ll have! LOL But I’m on my way to your house for some biscuits and gravy!

    I’d have to give my guests cereal, hot or cold…

    *walks away in shame*

  6. Jasi on July 31, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Basically the same.
    Apple Coffee Cake
    -Basic Bisquik recipe
    Quiche Lorraine, Quiche Florentine
    -Pie crust (froz or fresh), 4 eggs, 1c whole milk, 1.5c shredded swiss and filling (ham cubed with sauteed onions or spinach pressed dry) 375 for 30
    Spinach Berry Salad
    -baby spinach, berries, seeds or nuts, cucumbers , red onion or not. quick dressing of jam, equal vinegar. whisk in oil, s&p to taste.

  7. candice on July 31, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Monte cristo sandwiches. Home fries. Fruit and yogurt parfaits

  8. ScrappyQuilter on July 31, 2008 at 9:45 am

    Hmm, tough one. Based on what I have in my kitchen right now, I could make oven hash browns (more like cottage fries, really), a spinach-mushroom-bacon quiche (crustless), green salad, and strawberry shortcake.

    Now that I’ve done all the planning, maybe we’ll have that for dinner!

  9. chocolatechic on July 31, 2008 at 8:20 am

    I would make a sausage casserole, a cream cheese coffee cake, a really weird fruit salad, as I have a whole assortment, and cucumber cream cheese sandwiches.

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