Happy Budget Saving Tuesday with tips on how to save money during high inflationary times.
Today, we are discussing how an at-home brunch can save money!
Most of us love to meet friends for brunch, but let’s face it, that can often get a little pricey.
Hosting an at-home brunch can be fun and budget saving!
HOW AN AT-HOME BRUNCH CAN SAVE MONEY
Consider these points:
- Having an at-home brunch and preparing the menu with friends is fun. Often, you can host this as a type of potluck and allow guests to bring something for the meal. Then you are saving money by not providing the entire meal.
- Leftovers stretch your budget! You can feed yourself or significant other with the leftovers and get more bang for your buck.
- It saves to prepare food with your condiments and ingredients on hand…think of how often we toss some of these things when the expiration date hits.
- Some eateries are so expensive right now (not really their fault) that one meal for you out, can often equal several meals for you at home.
AN AT-HOME BRUCH MENU AND HOW IT MIGHT WORK
For the sake of an example, Leigh Ann and I decided to put together a brunch menu with both of us bringing something “to the table.”
She regularly makes at home Egg Bites which are a knock-off of the ones served at Starbucks…her Mr. T really likes these.
We decided it would make a perfect budget saving at-home brunch item.
The COPYCAT STARBUCKS EGG BITE RECIPE FROM RECIPE GIRL is what we followed.
They are delicious and I am going to make them soon for Mr. B and serve with salsa…he believes most everything goes better with salsa.
I liked the veggie ones Leigh Ann made for our at-home brunch.
I love this salad and it is so easy.
Place a bag of fresh baby spinach in a bowl, and add two cups of sliced strawberries, and either a cup of blackberries or blueberries.
Toss with roasted chopped walnuts….I always roast my own in the over at 400 for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
I was going to mix it with Poppyseed Dressing I had on hand, but Leigh Ann said WAIT! She had an original recipe from her mother and it was delicious.
LEIGH ANN’S MOTHER’S HOMEMADE POPPYSEED DRESSING
You will need:
3/4 cup sugar (I used Truvia and it was so good, no after taste. It would also be good with honey as the sweetner)
1/3 cup vinegar
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. prepared mustard
2-3 tsp. grated onion
1-2 tsp. poppy seeds
1 1/4 c. salad oil
Mix ingredients together. If you mix this in a blender it works best. If not, shake well with each use. Keeps well in the refrigerator. (We shook ours with a blending bottle)
Toss with the salad. Your guests will think you worked really hard and you did not!
For the final touch on the main meal, add a little cantaloupe or watermelon…we are sure one of your guests would love to bring this for everyone.
I was kind of going for a CELEBRATION OF FRUIT theme and we kept that in mind as we selected the menu.
For the drinks, I simply froze blackberries in ice cubes.
Then I served over the ice cubes Bubly Sparkling water in the blackberry flavor.
You could do this with any fruit in the ice to match various flavored waters….there is no sugar or calories in the water.
AT-HOME BRUNCH DESSERT
We decided to keep with the fruit theme and serve frozen yogurt blueberry ice cream and lemon cookies.
Leigh Ann uses a Cuisinart 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt Ice Cream Maker to make her frozen desserts.
Her favorite recipe is actually a Frozen Yogurt recommended by Weight Watchers! BLUEBERRY FROZEN YOGURT
We added more blueberries to ours…simply because we were not measuring…just tossing…call us the Happy Cooks!
The lemon cookies are the highest calories item on our menu!
But, they taste great with the blueberry dessert and are very bunch-like…tiny bites of YUM!
Lemon Cookies for At-home Brunch
1 lemon box cake mix…really any brand works
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk (I know…but it sure is good)
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
Mix well the cake mix, eggs, milk, and butter until the dough is smooth. Press it into the bottom of a cookie sheet and sprinkle white sugar lightly across the top.
Bake at 350 for about 12 minutes or until dough puffs up and is lightly brown.
Then you want to cut them out into tiny round, at-home brunch shapes.
I like to wash off and use the top of one of my McCormick spices. It is the right depth and shape for a brunch cookie.
Yes, there is some “cookie stuff” leftover that don’t make the shapes…but it is perfect for a grandchild or two to partake of…..
AT-HOME BRUNCH DECORATIONS
Since we are focusing on saving money here, just decorate your at-home brunch with what you have on hand.
I think bringing flowers in from the yard are a lovely touch. When Leigh Ann and I sat down to this meal, I brought in a potted plant for the table.
Get creative and have fun with what you have on hand.
We had fun staging an at-home brunch for you and it inspired me to think of doing a large one toward summer or even fall. There are many ways it saves us money rather than hitting an expensive place to eat.
I have been shocked lately at the cost of just meeting a friend for lunch. The POT LUCK plan is a good one we should all remember and work!
Thanks for joining us today for how an at-home brunch can save money! Please share if you do this and what your favorite menu is! Now, remember to
By Pamela Lutrell
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