One thing that I love love loved about staying with Jen was her breakfasts. Each morning we arose to Jen already stirring in the kitchen. The first morning is was the delicious muffins pictured above with scrambled eggs and strawberries. The next day it was coffee cake. You could tell that Jen had put some thought into our morning menu. It dawned on me that a thoughtful breakfast is one of the nicest ways to make someone feel welcome in your home--and I felt the entire Bed and Breakfast industry roll their eyes at me--no duh, Miranda.
I'm going to have to work on my typical house-guest-breakfast ways. Which is to say, "here's the cereal, hope there's some milk. Okay that's not totally true, but I am usually in a bit of a scramble to thinking of what to feed guests when they wake up.
Day 1: Cinnamon Rolls. Nothing says welcome like a giant cinnamon roll covered in sugary frosting.
Day 2: Waffles. This is pretty much a given since our family eats them all the time. I would try to make them extra special for guests by including whipped cream and in-season fruit.
Day 3: Fried eggs, hashbrowns, and toast. This was one of my favorite breakfasts to order when I was a waitress. Traditional, unpretentious, and hearty enough to get you through an entire breakfast/lunch shift. Eggs are cooked to order of course--especially with my man N8tr0n, the egg master, in the kitchen.
Day 4: Bainbridge Island Scones. N8tr0n's mom supplies us with a yummy scone mix from a fancy grocery store on Bainbridge. Hence the name. We like to dress it up with Craisins and a little cardamom. Homemade jam on the side.
Day 5: Eggs Benedict. With Gramma Jo's magic hollandaise sauce recipe, of course. I really don't think there is anything else to say.
Day 6: Whole Wheat Pancakes. I use a variation of this recipe sweetened with a Tablespoon of honey. YUM.
Day 7: Breakfast burritos. Delicious, simple, and easy to carry if you're in a hurry to get to the airport.
Of course I would reserve the right to declare any day a Lucile's day and demand that everybody load up in the car to enjoy a rich creole breakfast. And don't think that I would forget about the true breakfast of champions--for those who would truly appreciate it--
So now I have to know, do you whip up a fancy breakfast for your sleeping guests? What is your favorite thing to serve? Does this menu make you want to come visit us? Is my sample menu sorely lacking in any area? Do tell!