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Brunch on the 4th of July!

Here are a few pictures of my recent brunch ... on July 4th!   I've included one of the recipes, just in case you don't have a really good French toast casserole recipe!  This one is so, so good!

 I love these napkin rings ... they look like big spiral fireworks and work well on a July 4th tablescape!  Blue Willow china, red Cambridge flatware  and Depression Glass Cape Cod stemmed cocktail glasses for the melon balls ... made a cute setting.

In my circle of friends, hostess gifts of baskets of garden produce are very popular!  I've posted the French Toast Casserole at the bottom ... scroll down! 

Miss Phoebe had a little trouble staying awake after eating a big brunch!  She loves sausage and I put it in the egg bake, so we had to kind of pick it out for her ... so she knew she had enough!

French Toast Casserole

Mix 12 eggs and 2 cups of half and half together.  Blend in a teaspoon of almond extract, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 1/2 cup of honey.  Tear a big loaf of French bread into big chunks and place them in a prepared 13x9 inch casserole dish.  Pour the milk/eggs over the bread.  At this point, you can cover and refrigerate this overnight ... but making it a couple hours ahead works just as well.  When ready to bake this, cut an 8-ounce block of cream cheese and a half stick of butter into chunks and tuck them into the casserole.  Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Uncover the casserole and drop teaspoons of your favorite jelly or jam into the casserole.  Bake for another 30 minutes until the top browns.  Serve it warm.  You can serve warm syrup with it ... but it never really needs it!

I'm linking with Tablescape Thursday and Let's Do Brunch so make sure you click through to visit all the other posts!  As always, special thanks to our hostesses.