I love traditions.
And not because I am sentimental and nostalgic and family oriented.
Rather I love traditions because I am lazy. I don’t want to have to think about what to make or what to do for each holiday. If there is a tradition, then the decision is done, and I can just spend my energy on actually carrying out the tradition, rather than trying to think of new ideas.
So I decided I wanted to set a tradition for those Monday holidays where the kids are off school…like Memorial Day!
I was never quite sure what to make for breakfast those days. We already had our standard breakfast rotation you can read about here, but I wanted these Mondays to be a little more special since they were holidays and we were off school. And I wanted to make a fancier breakfast since we weren’t rushing off anywhere.
I looked at those Mondays off school and noticed they were all patriotic-ish holidays:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
And I knew my breakfast needed to be patriotic. Then I had the idea to make an “Overnight Triple Berry French Toast” that my sister made for us once at a family dinner. It had raspberries and blueberries and cream cheese. The french toast was red, white and blue!
I liked this idea because
1. I rarely, if ever, make an overnight french toast so the breakfast would feel special.
2. The recipe automatically included fruits which meant I was getting closer to my 2013 goal.
3. And more importantly (Please note sarcasm), I could make the recipe Patriotic by simply tweaking the name.
So I renamed “Overnight Triple Berry French Toast” to “Red, White, and Blue Breakfast” Isn’t that catchy? (Please note sarcasm again.)
I used the Organic Berry blend from Costco which has strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.
You could also use their Triple Berry blend which is where my sister got the original name.
Here is the recipe:
Red, White and Blue Breakfast
6 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. flour
1 T. sugar
1 loaf french bread, cut into 1″ cubes
1 package cream cheese
16 oz. package frozen berries
Mix together eggs, vanilla, salt, milk, flour and sugar. Beat well. Add bread to soak. Pour into greased 9 x 13″ pan. Cut cream cheese into 1/4 tsp pieces and drop onto bread mixture. Sprinkle berries on top (as many as you like).
Store in fridge over night or for at least 8 hours. Cook at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until pretty dark golden brown.
Serve with buttermilk syrup.
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
Melt butter in large sauce pan. Add sugar and buttermilk. Bring to a boil.
Remove from heat and add:
1/2 tsp vanilla (can use other flavorings)
1/2 tsp baking soda
(This recipe isn’t healthy in case you were wondering.) And in the end you get this:
Now for those of you thinking, “Thanks Tiffany, but this post would have been nice to have last week!” Don’t worry. This recipe could work for Flag Day or 4th of July, and Labor Day will be here before you know it.
I don’t think I will make my Red, White and Blue Breakfast for every Monday holiday because I want to keep it special (and some of my kids weren’t too thrilled about the berries), but I will make it for one or two Patriotic Monday holidays through out the year. Enjoy!
And please have a happy and safe Memorial Day!