Unplanned Breakfast Guests

breakfast party

I had unplanned breakfast guests this morning. But let me back up and tell you the back story first….

Earlier this week, I got a call from Stephen, the youth pastor at my church, asking if I could provide breakfast for the three summer interns’ weekend retreat. I said sure — thinking that I’d drop off a carton of OJ and a giant box of donuts. So fast forward to this morning. I woke up around 6:30 and notice that Anthony is also just waking. I sleepily asked him if he thought donuts and juice are sufficient for the three interns and Stephen, and that I was going to drop it off at the church on my way to run errands this morning. Anthony said, “Stacey, they are coming here!” Wait…what?

So now it was around 6:40 a.m., I was still in bed, and just realized that I have four people coming to my house expecting a home-cooked breakfast in just over an hour. (I may have said a few choice words as I rushed to shower and get dressed.) I plotted out my menu in the shower.

Luckily I had everything that I needed except OJ and coffee creamer. I had two baked sweet potatoes in the frig — that became sweet potato muffins. I always have eggs, cheese and some sort of meat on hand — that became a ham and Swiss cheese quiche with a pepperoni crust. I had a bowl of fruit that was nearing it’s end of life — that became fruit salad. And finally I sliced up some Italian sausage and cooked it up in a hot skillet. Anthony ran to the grocery store for the orange juice and creamer.

breakfast

Success! Most all the food was eaten, and everyone seemed to enjoy it. My kids even helped load the dishwasher afterwards — bonus!

 

breakfast party

breakfast party

I feel like Superwoman right now. Guess I’ll tackle errands and laundry next.

Ree’s French Bread Pizzas

Last week while in the dentist chair, medic I watched The Pioneer Woman on the Food Network whip up a variety of pizzas using French bread deli rolls. photo 1(4)I knew that I had to try this recipe pronto. On the show, hemophilia Ree made several different kinds: pepperoni, ham & pineapple, sausage, tomato pesto, etc. I just stuck with one kind — pepperoni — since I knew that would satisfy my crew tonight. I changed it up just a bit with white bolillo bagettes from the Kroger bakery, Newman’s Own marinara, fresh mozzarella, and sliced pepperoni.

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photo 2(4) Success! These pizzas were awesome. I want to try them with caramelized onions and sausage next time!