The Weekend Brunch


Last weekend, we invited some friends and their kiddies to our home for a mid-morning brunch. I had planned to share a recipe for one of the dishes I made, but it turned out so blah that I can’t possibly subject you to it. Still, I’ll show you what we served at this kid-friendly brunch.

The spread:


From left to right: Homemade bread (most used in the breakfast bake at end of post), homemade bagels, herbed cream cheese made with fresh parsley from our garden, chocolate hazelnut spread, strawberry jam.


Above: Sesame, poppy, and garlic bagels.

Below: Plain, cinnamon raisin, chocolate chip, and a random garlic bagel.


Champagne mangoes, blackberries, raspberries, and pineapple:


Our guests brought a delicious watermelon and some adorable mini-scones.

I made fruit plates for the kids with smiley faces and initials (M and D):




The pièce de résistance was supposed to be a bacon, tomato, and cheddar breakfast bake (based on this recipe). While it looks pretty, it tasted like … not much. It wasn’t enough of a kitchen disaster to put on this list, but I did consider it. The bake probably could have used some more fresh herbs and maybe some greens. Also, I probably shouldn’t have left it in the oven an extra fifteen minutes. Nice job paying attention, Jessie.



I’d like to try this recipe again before too long. I’ll share it with you once I’ve perfected it, dear reader. In the meantime, have a great weekend!

Q: What’s your biggest kitchen disaster?


  1. Hi Jessie! Sounds like it was a lovely brunch…even though the bake didn’t turn out well. I have had too many baking disasters to count…but the worse always involve cake. Thank you for sharing! I hope you have a lovely weekend.

  2. This is such a fun brunch! I love all that homemade bread and bagels! Such a great spread! I feel like I always have some baking/cooking related disasters when I”m cooking for others…murphy’s law and all.

  3. Those bagels look awesome! Usually I stick to sesame or poppy seed when I make bagels but chocolate chip sounds pretty tempting!

  4. Everything looks gorgeous and colorful (and super organized)! I adore bagels but I’ve never attempted to make them at home (that would probably result in a kitchen disaster!).

    This summer I’m tutoring two adorable kids and they would LOVE those fruit plates, what a fun idea!

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