Browsing Tag

breakfast recipes

11 In DIY/ food/ holidays

The best hostess gift to give for the holidays – overnight breakfast strata

The best hostess gift idea to give for the holidays - overnight breakfast strata. Aluminum baking tray with printable gift tag and ribbon

This post contains affiliate links

The holidays are upon us and no one likes to show up empty handed am I right? This is the best hostess gift to give for the holidays, my overnight breakfast strata. Not only is it extremely thoughtful for your hostess, but it’s super easy to put  together and is the only thing I will give from now on. All they have to do is simply bake and enjoy!

I’m sharing my recipe below and my printable gift tag.


The Best Hostess Gift For The Holidays

Now I would never turn down a bottle of wine, chocolates, nice candle or truly anything that someone thought to bring me. But if you’ve ever hosted a party or event before the holidays, we all know it can be stressful. The next day my house usually looks like a tornado blew through and I’m usually exhausted from all the party prep and the fun. Showing up at someone’s door with a ready to bake breakfast for the next day will be a welcome surprise for your hostess and her family.

To make this hostess gift you will need:

  • Disposable 9×13 baking dish
  • Ingredients for the Overnight Breakfast Strata
  • Ribbon
  • Copy of my printable (make sure you’re a subscriber so you have access to my printable library) or a handwritten note.

Prepare the overnight strata in a disposable pan according to recipe. Cover with aluminum foil.

NOTE – Do not deliver this baked. Give to your hostess chilled and have them place in the fridge so that they just pop in the oven the next morning 🙂

Add some ribbon and a little thank you note.

You can absolutely write your own. I printed up this cute little note including the recipe for my overnight breakfast strata for if your hostess decides to return the favor one day or make again for her family. And trust me, they will! This recipe is soooo good!

Click here to go to my printable library and download the printable! (Password in your email from me)

If you’re not already a subscriber, subscribe below at the end of this post.


The best hostess gift idea for the holidays - overnight breakfast strata. Thank you tag that says "Something special just for you to make the next morning a little easier"

the best hostess gift to give for the holidays - overnight breakfast strata. Recipe card

thank you cards with kraft paper envelope red white and green velvet Christmas ribbon

Overnight Breakfast Strata


  • 12 eggs
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded gruyere cheese
  • 1 cup ham, diced
  • 1 cup chives, chopped
  • 1 cup red peppers, diced
  • 1 loaf french bread, torn into pieces
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder, ground mustard to taste

The best hostess gift to give for the holdiays - overnight breakfast strata. Disposable baking dish, eggs, loaf of bread


1.) Grease the inside of a disposable 9×13 baking dish.

2.) In a large bowl, beat together eggs, half and half, cheeses, ham, chives, peppers and seasonings.

3.) Place the torn bread chunks into the baking dish.

4.) Pour the egg mixture over the bread and use a spatula to fold the bread on top so it is evenly covered.

The best hostess gift to give for the holidays overnight breakfast strata. Bowl of mixed eggs, cheese about to pour into pan of torn french bread.

The best hostess gift to give for the holidays - overnight breakfast strata. All strata ingredients in a baking dish to chill in refrigerator.

5.) Cover with aluminum foil and chill. Allow the strata to chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour prior to baking.

6.) When ready, bake at 350 degrees F, uncovered for about 50 minutes or until golden brown.

The best hostess gift to give for the holidays, overnight breakfast strata.


For more handmade gift ideas check out

This DIY simmer pot gift

My homemade Irish Cream

Housewarming gift

Pin for later

The only hostess gift you will make from now on and for the holidays overnight breakfast strata


Sign up below to get access to my printable library and for more seasonal DIYs and recipes right to your inbox!


3 In food/ Recipes

Back to School Meal Ideas

Back to school meal ideas

This post contains affiliate links

Back to School can be a hectic time with new routines, meetings, sports and activities. These are some of my favorite Back To School meal ideas that you can whip up in a flash. Scroll down to see some of my favorite recipes for breakfast, dinners and after school snacks. Click the links for recipes.


Sheet Pan Egg Sandwiches

sheet pan breakfast sandwiches

These are great for making ahead of time so that you have an easy breakfast for those busy mornings.

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • Prepare your egg mixture as you normally would like if you were going to make scrambled eggs. I use 10-12 eggs for my large sheet pan. I like to add in some chopped veggies like peppers, onions and spinach. You can add anything, even some chopped bacon or sausage.
  • Lightly spray a large baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Pour the egg mixture into the baking pan and bake in the oven, about 20-25 minutes.
  • While the eggs are baking, toast some English muffins.
  • Once the eggs are done, remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
  • Using a knife slice the the eggs into individual squares.
  • Serve each egg square in between two halves of english muffins and top with a slice of cheese.
  • Place each one separate in ziploc bags or wrap in foil.

Easy sheet pan breakfast sandwiches

Pancake Cereal

Mini pancakes served in a bowl with whipped cream, sprinkles, and fruit, what’s not to love?

Back to School Meal Ideas pancake cereal

After School Snacks/ Treats

Some of my favorites for after school snacks or a little afternoon pick me up.

Back To School Snack Mix

This is the perfect nosh of sweet and salty.

back to school snack mix in glass container


Banana bread

This banana bread is a favorite in our house! Perfect with a cup of coffee for mom or dad. Also can toast with some butter for a sweet breakfast.

Back To School Meal Ideas banana bread


Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

When you’ve got a craving for chocolate and peanut butter, these chocolate chip peanut butter bars will curb your hankering. Very rich, melty and gooey when out of the oven. Wash down with a glass of milk.

Back To School Meal Ideas Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

Banana Split Apple Nachos

Back to school and fall time are synonymous with apples. Apple nachos are a great after school snack. And these banana split apple nachos are truly special!

Back To School Meal Ideas banana split apple nachos


Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken

If you asked me the one dinner that everyone in our family eats, this is it! Honey mustard pretzel chicken tenders you can make in the air fryer or on a sheet pan. Serve over salad or with some roasted veggies and potatoes.

back to school meal ideas honey mustard pretzel chicken

Caprese pasta salad

This is great for a Meatless Monday or lighter option. I love the leftovers cold for lunch the next day!

Back To School Meal Ideas caprese pasta salad

Fall Sheet Pan Dinner

This dinner tastes like Thanksgiving but it’s ready in 30 minutes!!!

fall sheet pan dinner

Greek Turkey Meatball Bowls

Make in the air fryer and serve with some fresh veggies, tzatziki and feta.

Greek turkey meatball bowls

I love to see what you create! So if you happen to make any of these recipes, be sure to take a photo and tag me on Instagram @ourtiny_nest!


Some of my kitchen must haves:

kitchen aid kitchen must haves kitchen aid ceramic bowl

bakeware set beautiful by drew barrymore air fryer viral tik tok chopper


For more back to school ideas check out

My Back To School Basket

This fun back to school countdown

My back to school must haves



Pin for Later

Back to school meal ideas

Easy Sheetpan Breakfast Sandwiches

Never miss a post! Sign up below

7 In food/ Recipes

Spring vegetable goat cheese quiche

Spring vegetable goat cheese quiche

This spring vegetable goat cheese quiche is the perfect dish to serve for Easter, Mother’s Day or your next brunch.  Serve with a side salad, some fruit and a cocktail and you’re guest will be wowed! Scroll down for my recipe.

Spring vegetable goat cheese quiche


  • 1 store bought refrigerated pie crust (I cheat and use a store bought crust to save on time but you can absolutely make your own if you wish)
  • All purpose flour (for surface)
  • 4 eggs (plus 1 more for the egg wash for crust)
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 cups of roasted vegetables (I used asparagus, red peppers and red onions but you can use whatever you want or have leftover in the fridge)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • salt and pepper (I don’t measure, I just eyeball it)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Roll out your pie crust onto a lightly floured surface. Transfer into a lightly greased tart pan or pie pan (I got this set of 2 on Amazon), pressing the edges. Bake according to directions on package and then let cool.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and milk.
  4. Add in cheddar cheese, goat cheese, garlic powder, ground mustard, thyme, salt and pepper.
  5. Once the crust has cooled and before pouring in your egg mixture, make an egg wash and lightly brush over the crust. This will prevent the crust from becoming soggy.
  6. Pour your egg mixture into the crust. If you have any additional veggies left over, sprinkle them on top.
  7. Bake at 375 for about 20-25 minutes or until center of the quiche is done (it will no longer be jiggly) and the edges of the crust are golden brown.
  8. Let cool in pan for about 15 minutes prior to serving.

This quiche serves really well with this arugula roasted potato salad. Click here for the recipe!

Spring Vegetable Goat Cheese quiche


And if you love deviled eggs, you’ll want to try this Deviled Egg Dip

For more brunch ideas check out these recipes:

Rose Elderflower Spritz

Peach Arugula Salad

For more Easter inspo check out:

My Bunny Bait

Easter Basket Ideas

DIY Decoupage Eggs

Sign up here so you never miss a recipe!

Pin for Later

Spring Vegetable Goat Cheese Quiche

3 In food/ Recipes

Pancake Cereal

Pancake cereal is all the craze! What is pancake cereal exactly? It’s mini, cereal sized pancakes served either with milk or topped with whipped cream and fruit. My guys love them some pancakes and this pancake cereal adds a fun little twist. I’m sharing the easy recipe below.

And for another favorite breakast recipe check out

These easy sheet pan egg sandwiches


Pancake Cereal

Pancake Cereal



  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups of milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • more melted butter to grease your pan or cooking spray
  • optional – fruits and veggies (I try to sneak some in to every meal I can), chocolate chips, sprinkles, whipped cream.


1.) In a large bowl mix together all the dry ingredients.

2.) Beat in eggs, milk, vanilla extract and melted butter until smooth.

3.) Add in some chopped fruits or veggies or chocolate chips. (I put in some chopped spinach and carrots and my kids didn’t even taste the difference – mom win!)

4.) In a large skillet, melt your butter or spray generously with cooking spray.

5.) Using a tablespoon, scoop little circles of batter into the pan (about half-dollar size).

6.) Once you start to see bubbles form on top of the pancake, flip, browning on each side.

7.) Remove from the skillet. Put in a bowl and serve with syrup, whipped cream or whatever you like. Our favorite version is with whipped cream and sprinkles!



Pancake Cereal


These are some of my must haves for making pancakes

panckae cereal pancake pan best griddle

Other recipes you may enjoy

Red Velvet Waffles

Vegetable Quiche

Apple cinnamon french toast bake

Pin for later

Pancake cereal


For weekly meal plans and more of what’s trending right to your inbox, sign up below