Easy Mothers Day Brunch Round-Up

With only a week to go until we celebrate all the moms out there I thought it would be a perfect time to round-up some of my favourite dishes, drinks and sweets from fellow bloggers to make it the best Mothers Day Brunch yet! There is something for every mom on the list, and some of them can even be assembled the night before which leaves more time for morning snuggles! Get your shopping list ready and be prepared to receive extra kisses from mom!

 

BErries n Cream French Toast Casserole: garden in the kitchen

This gorgeous casserole uses fresh berries and cream cheese and is the perfect way to show mom just how sweet you think she is!

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POTATO, BACON AND EGG SHEET PAN BREAKFAST: DELICIOUS ON A DIME

This hearty breakfast is easy to make and even easier to clean up! It combines crispy potatoes, cheesy eggs and smoky bacon and uses only one pan!

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4 INGREDIENT ORANGE JULIUS COCKTAIL: STRENGTH AND SUNSHINE 

This simple to make frozen cocktail is a nice change from the classic mimosa we all think to serve mom for her special day.

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eggs benedict with artichoke and roasted red pepper hollindase: food meanderings 

A gourmet take on the classic, this is a grown-up eggs benny with some incredible flavours, don’t fooled though it is still super easy to pull together!

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 STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE LEMON CURD PARFAIT: THE RISING SPOON 

This fresh and tangy parfait uses simple ingredients and is super easy to make, and just look at how pretty it is!

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CRACKER BARREL HASHBROWN CASSEROLE: CINCY SHOPPER 

This is one of the dishes you can make ahead of time and pop in the oven on Sunday morning, it is full of cheesy goodness and will impress everyone in the family not just mom!

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sparkling unicorn drink: the olive blogger

This drink is so yummy you will want to make a 2nd! A simple 3 ingredient cocktail (you can make it a mocktail if you wish!) that is a beautiful as it is tasty.

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 huevos rancheros breakfast casserole: taste and see

This casserole has it all! It is loaded with Mexican flavours and full of fiber, a perfect start to your Mothers Day Brunch!

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raspberry cheesecake swirl bread: savings dollars and sense

This sweet treat uses a sugar cookie dough base to create an easy make ahead “bread” you can serve with a nice cuppa tea.

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ULTIMATE CAESAR COCKTAIL: GIRL HEART FOOD 

A 5 minute cocktail that is loaded with flavour! It is a vodka based drink that is finished off with yummy snack like foods, allowing you to get creative with what you use to top it.

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peach stuffed french toast: the olive blogger

If you haven’t tried our french toast yet now is the perfect time! It is perfectly sweet with a simple peach syrup and fresh peaches stuffed inside of a thick piece of your favourite bread.

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So are you ready to get cooking for your Mothers Day Brunch!? Be sure to tag us @theoliveblogger and #OliveYum on Instagram so we can see how you spoiled mom!

Easy Mothers Day Brunch Recipes - This round-up features everything you need to make sure mom has a special day! #MothersDay #BrunchRecipes #EasyBrunchIdeas

Easy Mothers Day Brunch Recipes – This round-up features everything you need to make sure mom has a special day! #MothersDay #BrunchRecipes #EasyBrunchIdeas

Looking for more? Check out the links below for some more ideas for your brunch. 

Cheesy Bacon Potato Fritatta – Amanda’s Cookin

Cinnamon French Toast Breakfast Bake – Family Food and Travel 

Blueberry Lemon Scones – Kudos Kitchen by Renee

Sausage and Cheese Grits Quiche – Coastal Kelder 

Strawberry Nutella Turnovers – Aileen Cooks 

Savory Breakfast Bread Pudding – The Kitchen is my Playground 

How to Make Easy Crepes

If you have ever wondered how to make crepes then look no further! This recipe is very simple, using just a few staple ingredients, and it makes enough to feed the whole family. You can enjoy these crepes for both breakfast and dinner and make them sweet or savory.

Making crepes doesn’t have to be the scary task that people think it is…I don’t know if it is the name (since it is so elegant sounding) or the fact that most of us have only ever had a crepe while out for breakfast or dessert, but let me tell you, they are SO easy to make and you will wonder how you went so long without whipping them up for your family!

These crepes use only a few ingredients (which I know you already have on hand!) and they make enough to feed the entire family. And guess what?! You DON’T need a fancy crepe pan to make them either (woohoo!) a regular non-stick frying pan does the trick perfectly!

Page and Photos last updated: January 20th, 2019

Single Crepe cooking in pan

variations for homemade crepes

savory crepe ideas
  • Broccoli, Cheddar Cheese and Caramelized Onions
  • Spinach, Ricotta and Crumbled Bacon
  • Eggs and Spinach
  • Eggs Benedict (complete with ham and hollindase sauce)
  • Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese
sweet crepe ideas
  • Fresh Fruit with Whipped Cream and Nutella drizzle
  • Ice Cream (whatever flavor you prefer) with Nuts and assorted Chocolate pieces (candy bars!)
  • Peanut Butter and Jam
  • Vanilla Ice Cream with Peanut Butter drizzle and Bananas
  • Drizzled with Maple Syrup and sprinkle with Cinnamon

Check out our Chocolate Orange Crepe Cake for a delicious, show stopping dessert!

what are the ingredients to make crepes? 

As I mentioned earlier,  making crepes at home couldn’t be easier at they use ingredients that most of us already have on hand. You will want to make sure you have the following to make your crepes:

  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Salt

How to Make Crepes

This recipe is very simple, using just a few staple ingredients, and it makes enough to feed the whole family. You can enjoy these crepes for both breakfast and dinner and make them sweet or savory.

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine French
Keyword Easy Crepes, Homemade Crepes, How to make Crepes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Melissa

Ingredients

  • 1.5 c Milk we use 1%, you can use what you prefer
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/4 c Butter melted and cooled
  • 1 c Flour AP
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

Sweet Crepes

  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Instructions

  1. In a blender combine the milk, flour, sugar, salt, eggs and half of the butter and blend until smooth. If you don't have a blender you can use a stand mixer with whisk attachment. Let batter rest at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before using.
  2. You can make the batter a day in advance and just transfer to a sealed container, keep it in the fridge until you are ready to make the crepes.
  3. Heat a small nonstick pan over medium heat.
  4. Using a silicone pastry brush lightly brush pan with some of the remaining melted butter.
  5. Add batter using a ladle (about half full) and swirl the skillet so the batter completely covers the bottom.
  6. Cook 2 to 3 minutes and then loosen the edge of the crepe with a rubber spatula, then with your fingertips, flip crepe and continue to cook for 1 minute.
  7. Slide the crepe out of the skillet and repeat with the remaining batter, coating the skillet with butter as you need (do not over butter or your crepes will fry and be oily)

We like both savory and sweet crepes, and this recipe can easily be adapted based on which you are making so don’t worry! As with most of my recipes, get creative and have fun with your toppings!! Take a look at some of our favorite toppings above for whatever cravings you may have.

Easy to Make Crepe Recipe! This recipe uses just a few ingredients and can be used for savory and sweet crepes! #EasyCrepes #CrepeRecipe #SweetCrepes #SavoryCrepes

Easy to Make Crepe Recipe! This recipe uses just a few ingredients and can be used for savory and sweet crepes! #EasyCrepes #CrepeRecipe #SweetCrepes #SavoryCrepes

We actually make double and freeze what we don’t use for easy, on-the-go breakfasts and dinners when we have no time (or just forgot to defrost the meat for the chili…again!). Be sure to do the same, and let me know your favorite flavor combination for your crepes! What are you waiting for?

Are you more of a pancake person? Not to worry! We have the BEST Fluffy Pancakes for you to enjoy as well!

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

If you have always wanted to try making your own Cranberry Sauce for the holidays but are terrified as to what it might entail…well here you go! A super EASY sauce that comes together in a few minutes with just a few simple ingredients. It is just as easy as opening a can of that molded jelly “sauce” you buy in the store and I promise you that the flavor is a thousand times better! And perhaps the best part? It uses frozen cranberries, which you can buy months in advance (Yay to no last minute grocery runs when you are trying to prep a meal for 20+ people!).

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I love making my own sauce for a number of reasons. You can control the amount of sugar you put in it (if you want to do less sugar, add in some fresh orange juice) and you can really let your creative side shine too! In fact, we have quite the secret ingredient that goes into ours…which is always getting “ooooo” and “ahhhhh” from our family. Don’t worry, I will share it with you as well! Ready for the step-by-step on how to make this delicious Cranberry Sauce?

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients

  • 4 c Frozen Cranberries you can use fresh if preferred
  • 1 c Sugar white granulated
  • 1 c Water
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 oz Amaretto almond liquor

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan combine sugar and water over medium heat. Allow to boil and add in liquor. Cook for about 2 minutes to "burn" off the alcohol. Add in cranberries and cinnamon and continue to gently simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally to keep from burning.
  2. Once cranberries begin to pop (about 5 minutes) you can gently mash and cook for another 3-5 minutes until the liquid dissolves and it begins to take on a jelly consistency.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool before transferring to a sealed container. Refrigerate until ready to use (we make ours 2 days in advance!).
tips and tricks for the perfect cranberry sauce
  • Taste it as you go! If you like it more tart cut back on your sugar, and opposite if you like it sweeter!
  • Make it at least a day in advance, this will allow the sauce to cool to a nice consistency and give the flavors time to get stronger.
  • To get the nice chunky consistency use a potato masher and gently mash the cranberries as they cook.
  • Prefer a smooth sauce? No problem, once cooled add to a food processor or blender for 10 seconds to puree to a smooth and delicious spreadable sauce.
  • Get creative! We add Amaretto (almond liquor) to our sauce, but we have also added orange juice and zest in the past. You can take a small amount and add in different combinations of ingredients to see what you like best.
Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe- a simple Cranberry sauce that comes together with just a few ingredients, including a special addition that everyone will surely enjoy.

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe- a simple Cranberry sauce that comes together with just a few ingredients, including a special addition that everyone will surely enjoy.


Homemade Bisquick Mix

You will never need to buy a box of Bisquick again with this easy to make version! In fact, I recommend making a double batch and keeping in sealed containers or mason jars so you always have some on hand!

Bisquick-Mix

I use it to make my delicious Garlic Cheddar Biscuits as well as anytime we want to make a Quiche! You can even use it when making waffles, pancakes, pot pies and more. It is less expensive than the store bought mix and comes together in no time…your welcome!

You will never need to buy a box of Bisquick again with this easy to make version! Use for biscuits, quiche, pot pies, pancakes and more!

You will never need to buy a box of Bisquick again with this easy to make version! Use for biscuits, quiche, pot pies, pancakes and more!

Homemade Bisquick Mix

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 Cups

Ingredients

  • 6 c Flour all purpose
  • 3 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 c Shortening Crisco

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients into a stand mixer and mix on low speed using the whisk attachment until it comes together.
  2. It will look like flour with small pea-size pieces of coated shortening (that is perfect!)
  3. Store in an airtight container or mason jars for up to 6 months (although I bet you will go through it faster!)

Recipe Notes

Use in place of any recipe that calls for Bisquick! We use it in biscuits, pancakes, waffles, pot pies, quiche etc!


Garlic Cheddar Biscuits – Red Lobster Copycat!

It’s time friends! I have wanted to share this delicious recipe for Garlic Cheddar Biscuits with you for awhile now, but I wanted to make sure it was perfect and completely from scratch! If you have never had a Red Lobster “Cheddar Bay Biscuit” then you won’t be able to compare, and if you have let me tell you, THESE ARE THE SAME THING and so so sooooo yummy! Now when I say “from scratch” I mean it guys (no store bought mixes here!) and I am even going to share with you how to make your own “Bisquick” to have on hand all the time so you can make these and many other goodies whenever you want them!

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I chose to make my biscuits a little smaller than you would find in the restaurant (I like more to go around!) but feel free to make em larger if you want! You also want to make sure you brush them with the garlic butter when you are ready to serve, otherwise it will make them soggy. I make the biscuits up to a day in advance and just quickly heat them before they hit the table, and you would never know they weren’t just pulled from the oven.

Garlic Cheddar Biscuits – Red Lobster Copycat!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 14 Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 2.5 c Homemade Biscuik Mix
  • 1/4 c Butter cold and cubed
  • 3/4 Milk I use 1%, use what you have on hand!
  • 1 c grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

Butter Topping

  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried Parsley
  • 1/8 tsp Kosher Salt "pinch"

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F
  2. Using a stand mixer (or just your hands if you don't have one) combine the Bisquick mix with the cold butter and mix for about 30 seconds. You want the butter to still be noticeable, about the size of small peas.
  3. Add the cheese, milk and garlic powder and mix until combined (do not overmix it). Remove from bowl and gently mix with your hands for about 15 seconds.
  4. Drop onto cookie sheet using a tsp or cookie scoop (again you can make them larger if you prefer)
  5. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until the tops are slightly golden

Butter Topping

  1. Melt butter with garlic powder in microwave, then add in parsley and salt. Using a pastry brush gently cover each biscuit with a generous amount of the butter topping!
  2. Serve and enjoy

Recipe Notes

Make sure your ingredients are cold (butter, milk, cheese) it helps trust me! Also, you can use margarine (the biscuits will spread a little bit more) just make sure to measure it ahead of time and stick it in the freezer to get cold (about 20 minutes).

Well, what are you waiting for?! These biscuits are so easy to make and really take no time to prepare, they are loaded with so much cheese and delicious garlic that  everyone in your family will be reaching for a second or third one to go with dinner tonight. So go make yourself a batch of these delicious Garlic Cheddar Biscuits and let me know what you think of them.

Garlic Cheddar Biscuits (Red Lobster Copycat!).These biscuits are loaded with so much cheese and delicious garlic that everyone will be reaching for a second or third one to go with dinner tonight.

Garlic Cheddar Biscuits (Red Lobster Copycat!).These biscuits are loaded with so much cheese and delicious garlic that everyone will be reaching for a second or third one to go with dinner tonight.