Janet's Notebook
Impress Your Guests with Great Breakfast Recipes

Coffee Cake

My house seems to be the place to be this holiday season! I have people staying with me each weekend through the New Year. I'm sure your home feels like Grand Central Terminal too. When I have overnight guests, I love to prepare breakfast. What is better than starting the day with something special?

"These chocolate waffles are rich and moist," is how Nicole Hood describes her Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze. "The sweet cream cheese glaze and crunchy pecan topping makes them a decadent and delicious meal that any mother would love!"

Who wouldn't love to be served this darling (and decadent) breakfast! I was obsessed with the glaze, the vibrant color, and... well... everything about this recipe! It's definitely an indulgence and oh so yummy.

French toast is a favorite of mine, and I love how Estelle Anderson takes traditional French toast and turns it into something special. Her French Apple-Raisin Breakfast Sandwiches are so good.

Apple pie filling in-between two slices of cinnamon raisin French toast? What's not to love about that! This fruity breakfast sandwich is a great way to start the day.

When having company, preparing meals ahead of time is key. That's just one reason why I love Kim Cleaves' Slow Cooker Breakfast. Thanks to the addition of pepper and onions to the potatoes, this recipe is very flavorful.

"Make the night before when you have a house full of company staying the night," says Kim. "It'll be ready when you wake up in the morning. All you'll have to do when you get up is make some coffee." This will definitely be a crowd pleaser.

"This Oven Omelet feeds a big crowd but you can also cut the recipe in half to serve a smaller group," shares Gayle Kennedy. "A spoonful of salsa served on top, really adds to the flavor of this dish. You could also add a dollop of sour cream and guacamole too." This recipe can handle a lot of flavor, so don't be shy about loading on the recommended green chilis and bacon.

Prepare this the night before and let it sit in the refrigerator for the flavors to blend. In the morning, take it out of the fridge, let it sit at room temperature for a bit and pop it in the oven. Tasty and easy - my perfect recipe!

The Kitchen Crew and I used peach filling when trying Teresa Jacobson's Giant Danish and the results couldn't have been any sweeter or more satisfying. By starting with refrigerated crescent rolls, you'll be able to whip this up in no time.

When hot, the cream cheese, sugar and pie filling combine to make the creamiest filling. "The beauty of this recipe is that any pie filling can be used and it always tastes great," says Teresa. So, customize this based on your favorite flavors. I may try cherry next time. Easy and delicious!

Tammi Preston's Coffee Cake brings back childhood memories of enjoying crumb cakes with my family at the breakfast table. "[This has] always been a family and friend favorite," shares Tammi. "There won't be any leftovers!"

Light and moist with just the right amount of crunch, I think my family will enjoy this one too. The additions of pecans in this recipe is a wonderful treat... and a must-try!

These are just a few ideas to get your breakfast juices flowing. Whatever you end up serving, I know everyone will love what you've made. Do you have a go-to breakfast recipe? I'd love to know what it is!

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Melanie B - Dec 10, 2014
I make these breakfast style. They are great to have in the freezer for a quick breakfast.

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