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Thanksgiving Brunch

This morning was great! We woke up at my parents and had coffee while chatting on the couch. Then we got ready for the day. I went to the basement and did the elliptical for a quick 28 minutes then jumped in the shower while my egg white casserole was overcooking in the oven (bummer!).

Then Brady and I headed to his grandparents – they live 15 minutes from my parents house- for brunch and my parents and brother went to Chautauqua.

We had a great brunch with lots of yummy treats to get the morning started.

There was fruit


Pineapple/French Toast casserole


My coffeecake


My egg white spinach and artichoke strata


Nut bread


Everything was great. It was really nice to catch up with Brady’s cousins and family. After breakfast we relaxed, looked through black friday adds, and played Wii!

Then we took off to go to Chautauqua.

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This morning, after a good night’s sleep, I turned the oven to 375 and threw in the breakfast strata I made yesterday in preparation for our company. It was so easy! I love when you can pre-make something so it is ready with no work when you need it.

For breakfast I served:

  • Fat Free French Toast Strata (a first time for this, usually it’s low-fat)
  • Orange fruit salad : oranges and cantaloup
  • Spicy sausage (no pic, sorry I wasn’t really interested in this)

Before being baked:


And after:


Fat/Sugar Free French Toast Strata

  • 1 1/2 cartons of Just Whites (egg whites)
  • 1 brick of fat free cream cheese (this melted much better than I thought)
  • 1/2 c. sugar free syrup ( or more if you would like)
  • 2 tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon (lots!)
  • 2/3 c. skim milk
  • 1 loaf or close to it 100% whole wheat bread
  1. Cut bread into cubes – like 1/2 in. by 1/2 in.
  2. Place cubes into sprayed baking dish you are planning on serving in
  3. In a bowl, mix egg whites, syrup, milk, cinnamon and vanilla.
  4. Cover the bread with the mixture.
  5. Cut cream cheese into little pieces and place throughout the dish.
  6. Cover with foil and keep cold in the fridge.
  7. Let dish set for 10-12 hours/overnight at least so bread is soggy.
  8. Bake at 375 for about and hour or until egg is cooked throughout!
  9. Serve hot with syrup!


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Brunch with the fam is always a treat!  There is always tons of delicious food and of course great company.  This particular brunch was held at my cousin Cindy and her husband Tom’s house.  They live right up the street from my parents.

On the menu:

  • French Toast Strata
  • Cheese Strata
  • Spicy Sausage with Peppers
  • Crustless Quiche with veggies
  • Salad!
  • Juice and coffee




Set up


More Set up




French Toast Strata (recipe below)


Crustless Quiche


Cheese Strata


Coffee Cake


Sausage and Peppers

French Toast Strata

•    1 loaf whole wheat bread
•    spray butter
•    1 block of light cream cheese
•    ½ c. syrup or more for more sweetness
•    ¼ c. sugar
•    12 eggs or egg white (a mix of both)
•    1 c. skim milk
•    1 tsp. cinnamon
•    1 tbsp. vanilla

1.    Spray each piece of bread with spray butter
2.    Cut all pieces into small pieces ½ inch by ½ inch.
3.    Spray a 9×13 and add bread to pan
4.    Cut the cream cheese brick into small pieces and push into the bread so it is spread throughout
5.    Crack all eggs into a bowl.
6.    Mix eggs, syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, sugar and milk together.
7.    Pour mixture onto bread and cheese.
8.    Let soak overnight .  If bread looks dry in the morning, add a few more eggs and milk.
9.    Bake at 350 for an hour.
10.    Serve with syrup!


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