Munching with the brunch bunch

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It was the perfect brunch –  thanks to Norma Jean (above left) who outdid herself yet again.  The occasion was to celebrate our entry into the wonderful world of fifty-twelve year olds. We remember celebrating our fifth birthdays, for Pete’s sake.

Some of us lucky souls were celebrating the arrival of Social Security! Hooray!

garden, birds gone 009 Norma prepared Paula Deen’s notorious Praline French Toast Casserole, which seems to me, was designed by a post menopausal woman just for post menopausal women.

She served it with cheese grits, sausage cheese muffins, champagne Mimosas, blue berry scones and a few strawberries just to keep the fare from being totally self-destructive.

brunch 012 Marie and I drove home in a stupor.  She put on her workout clothes and headed to the gym.  Me?  I took a nap.

Norma shared the recipes which I highly recommend, but you might want to get your blood sugar checked before assembly.

We dined al fresco – you can see Ruthie at right with the beautiful lake in the back ground.  It  surrounds Norma’s country home. It’s got to be the most peaceful place on this or any other planet.

French Toast Praline Casserole


  1. Generously butter a 13 X 9 inch casserole dish;.
  2. Mix the eggs, half and half, maple syrup,and sugar in a large bowl.
  3. Place the bread slices in the prepared casserole dish and cover with the egg mixture: cover with plastic wrap and let soak overnight in refrigerator.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees; remove the casserole from refrigerator.
  5. Make the Topping: melt the butter in a saucepan; add sugar and maple syrup and cook for 1 to 2 minutes; stir in pecans;.
  6. Pour the mixture over the bread and bake for 45 to 55 minutes, allow to cool 10 minutes before serving, enjoy. brunch 008 My gosh, I grew a double chin just looking at the plate!


1 lb. hot pork sausage
1 can cheddar cheese soup (Campbell’s recommended)
1 1/2 cans water
3 c. biscuit mix (Bisquick recommended)

Brown and drain sausage. Mix cheddar soup and water with biscuit mix and sausage. Drop by teaspoonful into small muffin pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes or until brown. Makes 18 large muffins or gaboodles of mini muffins.  Delicious!

10 thoughts on “Munching with the brunch bunch

  1. Such a lovely brunch!!! My compliments to the chef on the delicious food as well as, the beautiful, most serene atmosphere. Thank you Norma for your gracious hospitality and Emily, you are like fine wine!! Happy Birthday

  2. dat is ook e9e9n van de redenen waoarm ik zo graag naar nyc ga, hun brunch gewoontes zijn divine! blijven eten tot 1u! heb sinds kort door waoarm, de winkels zijn toch niet open voor 12u. Maar ik vraag me wel altijd af hoeveel calorieebn ze naar binnen pompen. Maar e9e9n keer in de week laat ik me ook volledig gaan.

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