Monday, May 21, 2012

Brunch on the deck

We had the pleasure of having my husband's cousin, his wife, and their 9 month old daughter over for brunch a few weeks ago. The weather has finally turned, so we can fully enjoy our deck. Here are a few additions decor-wise to the space.

orange and blue deck with sofa rug and teak table




Yes, we did get a rug! I'm so excited, the space is really coming together, plus I got a navy tray (from Crate and Barrel) and the orange birdhouse ties in with our new cooler:)

For brunch I made a vegetable frittata, french toast casserole, berries and coffee (of course). Plus we had a bottle of rose to go with it.







I find french toast to be delicious, but making it to order is time consuming and then I'm stuck in the kitchen. To make it as a casserole you just slice up the bread (I used a cinnamon swirl challah loaf from a local bakery), place it in a casserole dish with the traditional dipping ingredients (sugar, cinnamon, milk, eggs), and bake the whole thing at 350 for about 15-20 minutes.





challah french toast casserole




The frittata also required no hands-on time during our get-together. My husband chopped up the vegetables (mushrooms, asparagus, red onions...), I sauteed them in olive oil in an oven-proof skillet, then poured in the eggs (8), let the bottom set up a bit, maybe 3 minutes, then put the whole thing in the 350 degree oven for 10 minutes til it was cooked through. You can also add cheese and herbs if you'd like. We didn't have any, but I'm a big fan of goat cheese in frittatas, and maybe a little chervil, parsley, chives...


vegetable frittata for brunch menu



Side note- my 4.5 year old can crack eggs! 

four year old cracking an egg




 And when it gets too hot, my kids change into their swim suits and stand *in* the water table with the hose:)


Jessica

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39 comments:

Tiffany @ {Living Savvy} said...

Loving the outdoor space! It is really coming together!

Kelly said...

Sounds like such a nice morning! I love the way that deck is coming together. In this photo and in the pics of your kitchen, I keep trying to see what's out the window - looks like you have some incredible views!

Colleen said...

I love it. Such a beautiful space out there. That french toast looks delicious too. I just might need to try that soon.

Ellie said...

What a nice brunch! Love the venue and the menu. That rug is fantastic! My boys would do the same thing your kids do with the water table!

Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage said...

Looking good girl! Love the fresh blues. The rug is really colorful and pretty too. That spread sure looked yummy!! You're making me hungry for some breakfast ;)

Christine @ First Home...Love Life said...

LOVE the rug!!! I really hope you'll stop by Wednesday and link up some of you yummy recipes to "what's cooking Wednesday" :-)

Candice Moretti said...

Love the space and brunch is my favorite food!

Amy - while wearing heels said...

Are you kidding me? Everything about this is pure perfection. Do you live in a Better Homes and Garden magazine? Each new post, looks like it could come straight out of a magazine.

Charlene Austin said...

What a beautiful space. Do you not have to worry about rain or hail throughout the summer? I believe the rug and furniture would be badly worn just from one spring and summer season here in my part of Canada.

I can't wait to see your landscaping post. Please show us as much of the views as possible. Your home inspires me to want to make mine a haven.

Charlene Austin said...

Oh yeah, and the food looks YUM!

Megan said...

I'm in love with that rug. Everything looks so delicious and yummy and the kids look adorable.

Erika . . . with a K said...

Ummmm, I want to come to your house for brunch! and have I mentioned before how much I LOVE your deck? It is gorgeous, with an awesome view and your decor makes it even more fabulous!

Bliss said...

What a smart idea a casserole french toast is, for the very reasons you mentioned - standing over it cooking otherwise.

Have you ever made mimosas?
Lastly...... tell the kids Auntie Bliss said it's time for mama to buy them a bigger pool.

~Bliss~

Like Me Some said...

Super yum and the rug makes all the difference!!! Looks awesome!!

Chelsea @ two twenty one said...

Looks like it was a lovely brunch! I absolutely adore your deck furniture and rug! The blues look so pretty. Your kiddos have the right idea. I've been tempted to myself a kiddie pool for our back patio. It's rough growing up with a pool and not having one once you fly the coup.

Heidi Rew said...

French toast is by far my absolute favorite breakfast food! Love the new accessories on your porch. Looks like you had a wonderful brunch! Hope you have a great week!

D said...

Wonderful deck, and the food looks delicious. Darling kids, too. :)
D

Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said...

Love the rug and your brunch looks delicious! I'm definitely going to have to try both of those the next time we have people over for brunch!

Jessica @ HomewithBaxter said...

Love your new rug. Looks great!

Pamela said...

What a gorgeous spread! Love the deck! amazing view.

thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Robin said...

Great view from that deck and that rug makes such a statement. Great choice! Breakfast looks good too!

Robin
Robin Flies South

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

Your deck is gorgeous! What a perfect place to enjoy brunch. I am quite jealous :)

Gina said...

Your deck looks beautiful & you can't beat that view! The food looked delicious!

meaningfulnest said...

Love the rug! It makes it seem like a room out there! Beautiful! And your French Toast in the oven trick is great!

Becca said...

Wow! Your deck is really coming along! I love all the blue- and can't wait to see it with that awesome orange cooler your picked up awhile back! Very cool!
xo Becca

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

More outside! Yippee! I adore your deck ... and those recipes are amazing. Love, love the French toast idea. Now I'm inspired to host a brunch. Well, after I get my own porch set up for the season ...

... soon. I've been working hard this week on the front and back porches ...

:)

Linda

Babblings and More said...

Found your blog through the blog hop. I love that deck! It is SO cute! Check us out, we are your newest followers!
Brooke from babblingsandmore.blogspot.com

Michelle said...

I had breakfast outside under the patio both Saturday and Sunday on the weekend too I hope the sunshine mornings stay around for a while :) I love your outdoor rug, it really makes the space look homely. Might have to steal that tip for my outdoor area :)

designchic said...

A delicious brunch on your beautiful patio...can't think of any better way to spend the day. Thrilled to find and follow your blog!

Eclectically Vintage said...

LOVE the blue - that rug rocks!

Wish I could be there enjoying french toast and some rose while standing in your "pool" to cool off! Think there's room for me?
Kelly

The Bold Abode said...

Salivating over that rug...

My kids can crack jokes...does that count?

I dream of Goat cheese almost as much as I do of frosting...

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

FUN! When we were visiting family my sister-in-law made that french toast casserole thing and it is soooo good. :)

thistlewoodfarm said...

Jessica,

That blue and white rug is amazing! I love the colors on your deck and I love the view! Such a wonderful job!

Thanks for the inspiration.
blessings,
karianne

vignette design said...

What a lovely view from your deck. Perfect spot for a brunch with family. Glad to meet another Bay Area blogger! ~Delores

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

The new rug on your deck is fabulous Jessica...and the brunch look SO good! Angie xo

Our Pinteresting Family said...

The brunch looks delicious. Your deck space is so fresh and functional. Enjoy!! Megan

Emily Morgenstern said...

What a gorgeous porch and lovely brunch!! I love outdoor dining. Sadly, our window for outdoor dining is about to close up in Texas. Darn this heat! But, I bet you get to do it almost year round. Lucky!! :)

Shasta @ intheoldroad said...

Delicious looking brunch! And such cute kids :) I'd love it if you would consider sharing it with our Summer Recipes linky party. We're two blogs sharing one combined linky party for double exposure.

Shasta
http://intheoldroad.blogspot.com/2012/05/summer-recipes-and-all-stars-linky.html

Aimee said...

That looks so great!!! I love the rug!

aimee @ sixteenfourteen.weebly.com

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