There is nothing wrong with being a cheap date. One of my favorite cheap and easy friend-date ideas is a DIY, at-home brunch. I do this all the time and it is so much fun. I’m a morning person so I love to get my hangouts in in the morning and there’s just something about it that feels so special and luxurious. Maybe it’s the delicious food? Maybe it’s the drinks in the morning? Maybe it’s because breakfast is so often rushed but brunch is super relaxed?

I have nothing against going out for brunch (in fact, it is another of my favorite things to do with friends) but sometime you just want to save some money or stay at home. Bringing food to a friend can also make a great gift if you go over to a friend’s house and bring all the ingredients and make brunch for them. It’s an even better gift if you also bring champagne for mimosas.

Cons of Brunch

  • none

Pros of Brunch:

  • cheaper than dinner
  • easier to make than dinner
  • Mimosas!
  • looks great on Instagram
  • you get to be like Ron Swanson, always be like Ron Swanson

So, what do you need for brunch at home? The same things you need for any brunch, but at home:

Eggs: Scrambled is obviously easiest but if you really want to impress someone go for a frittata  or a quiche. Almost everyone is impressed by quiche.

A Bread-like Thing: Cinnamon rolls out of a can? Yes! French toast? Yes! Pancakes? Yes. I love Kodiak Cakes high protein pancakes!

Beverages: Champagne for mimosas is preferred but any kind of fruit juice or coffee is also great.

Meat: Bacon is a clear choice but I’m a fan of a good breakfast sausage.

Do you like to make brunch? What’s your favorite recipe?

Watching: White Rabbit Project 

If you were sad when Discovery Channel canceled Mythbusters, you will be thrilled with this new Netflix original series staring the Build Team, Grant, Tori, and Kari. It’s a different format where the crew takes on a different theme in each episode and ranks them on different criteria. The Build Team was always my favorite part of Mythbusters, so this is a real treat for me.

Buying: 

A fidget cube! I saw one of these at a friend’s house and I had to have one. It’s a small cube that has a number of different little ways to entertain yourself with small finger motions. I am a reformed nail picker so this is a great way to keep my hands busy. I imagine it would also be great for anxious or fidgety children.

Eating: Enlightened Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream Bars. 

80 calories. 7g of protein. Caramel swirl. These really have it all. I buy these at BJ’s and they are delicious; you would never know that they aren’t ungodly healthy. They taste divine. Buy them. Eat them.

Making: Muffins made from Kodiak Cake mix. 

Right now my favorite baking project is variations on Kodiak Cake muffins. The plain ones are like delicious pancakes, but the peanut butter ones are the best. I like to use either the Peanut Butter Kodiak Cake Mix or add powered peanut butter to the original flavor. Topped with jelly or jam, they are a real treat.

 

Changing: My Hair.

I grew my hair for my wedding until it was the longest it has  ever been in my adult life. I recently cut off several inches of hair and I feel bald now, but I’m loving the ease of dealing with shorter hair.

What are you into this week? I am always looking for new Netflix recommendations.