Thursday, September 26, 2013

Rainy Days Are For Brunch and Baking

A few Sundays ago we were treated to gray skies and rain so loud it drowned out the musicians as it pounded down on the roof of our church during that morning's service.  EEK!  So exciting.  Not to wish away the last of our warm weather but I am sooooo excited!!! 

I know I've mentioned my eager anticipation of Fall already a couple of times, but I'm really just so excited for the coziness of it all.  In fact, I already dyed my hair dark auburn instead of the the light auburn I tend to adopt in warmer months.
Oven Baked OmeletI'm ready.
After church today we decided that our curl-up-in-a-ball-and-read cozy weather was deserving of an equally cozy and comforting brunch.  Biscuits and gravy (with my all-time favorite, melt in your mouth biscuit recipe I've mentioned a time or two ), sausage links, fried potatoes, and eggs.  My kids won't eat eggs, and my husband and I have different preferences.  
Breakfast Fried Potatoes
He likes his over easy.
I find raw-ish egg yolk to be revolting.

So, while he was busy making his gravy- the best sausage gravy I've ever tasted in my life, btw- I tried this recipe for an Oven Baked Omelet I'd been eyeing for a while.  I scaled the recipe way back down to a single serving.  While I did add seasonings, the basic recipe is awesome.  Rich, fluffy, creamy...I'll definitely be making this one again.  It would really be great with other topping mixed in before baking, also.

{Click on any of the pictures for the recipe!}

After breakfast my husband briefly considered getting work done around the house...then apparently decided that a nap was in order before tackling anything.  :-) Several hours later he was still asleep.

I decided that the awesome weather really necessitated a little baking while he was recharging his batteries and dove right in to a couple of projects.

First, I got the bread rising.  We were completely out.  I've mentioned before that I enjoy trying my hand at different bread recipes and it was time to try out a new one!
Light Oat Bread

I went with Light Oat Bread.  While it didn't make the cut as a sandwich bread in our opinion, it was yeasty and delicious.  I made it the old fashioned way (if you can call using the Kitchenaid old fashioned!) rather than using a breadmaker.  I think I'd like to try this one again with a whole wheat flour.  It was definitely tasty!

Then came the muffins.

Oh wow, these muffins...they definitely border on cupcakeville.
Definitely not diet fare....but so very delicious.
Glazed Lemon Blueberry Muffins

I created a recipe for lemon blueberry muffins a couple of years ago that's just been sitting there going unused.  I decided to play around with it this weekend, and changed my original streusel topping to a lemon glaze.

You guys...I can't even begin to describe the amazingness of these little guys.  My husband literally ate three of them in the time it took for me to bathe our son!  I thought he was joking and had to count them before I'd believe him.

They're just that good.  The muffins themselves are sweet and a little tart with blueberries, lemons, and buttermilk.  After baking, I added a glaze studded with lemon zest.


This is one that you really HAVE to try some time!
What's your favorite way to spend a cozy, rainy day?


  1. I l ike to put a chicken in to roast, light candles and watch old movies. Rain makes it perfection. Hoping for some of that this Fall here inPaso Robles~


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