Recipe: Cranberry Sausage Breakfast Rice

Cranberry Sausage Breakfast Rice

Here’s something quick and easy to throw together. This meal was born from one of those evenings where my spirit of kitchen adventure outweighed the voice telling me to just go to the grocery story. We had some breakfast sausage left over from a brunch, and I always have brown rice and Craisins in my pantry, so I threw them all together. It took me a 2nd time to get the seasoning right (the first time it turned out kind of bland). I call it breakfast rice since the sausage I use most often for this is breakfast sausage, but it works perfectly fine as dinner, too. It only takes about 15 minutes to make and cook if you use the quick-cook rice. If you want it more breakfast-y, scramble some eggs on the side and then mix in after the rice is cooked.

Cranberry Sausage Breakfast Rice


  • 2 cups brown rice, quick-cook style*
  • 1 ¾ c. water*
  • ¾ c. cranberry raisins (Craisins)**
  • 6 Ekrich breakfast sausage smoky links, sliced**
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • salt and pepper generously
  • sprinkling of garlic powder

*Adjust the amount of rice vs. water for the specific type of brown rice you get. Directions should be on the package.
** These amounts can also be adjusted, depending on how ‘chunky’ you want your rice. These are just the amounts I used.



  1. Add water, butter, sausage, craisins, and seasonings to a sauce pan. Bring to a boil.
  2. Add rice, and mix.
  3. Return to a boil, then cover, reduce heat and simmer for the time on the rice packaging (mine was 5 minutes with the quick-cook rice).
  4. Remove from heat, stir, re-cover, and let sit for 5 minutes.
  5. Fluff and serve.

What’s your go-to throw-together dish when the pantry is running low?

Continue Reading

Recipe: Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite things to make as a kid: monkey bread! Also known as pull-apart bread. To be fair, I still really like making and eating it as an adult, too. There’s lots of different recipes and variations out there on how to make monkey bread, but this is the way my mom taught me so of course I think this is the best way. But if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can toss in some raisins or walnuts or whatever into the mix. I don’t think it needs it, personally, but to each their own. […]

Continue Reading

Recipe: Breakfast Bake Duo

Breakfast Bake Duo

We hosted a brunch this past weekend, which gave me the perfect opportunity to try out both the new oven and these two recipes my aunt passed along. Whenever she hosts a family gathering, you can bet that one morning will feature a tasty breakfast casserole. So I asked her for her recipe, and she sent it over, along with another one she thought I’d find yummy from some distant relation in the family. She was right. And the friends I had over for Brunch Test Kitchen agreed. In fact, there was no clear preference between these two, even though […]

Continue Reading

Recipe Guest Post: Puff Balls

Today’s tasty post comes to you from one of my fabulous sponsors, Amber! She blogs over at My Three Bittles, and you can also find her on Twitter. Be sure to go say hi after checking out her post below!   Today I’m gonna share with you a favorite of ours, PUFF BALLS! Also known as a ghetto version of doughnuts. I prefer to call them puff balls because they really aren’t doughnuts. Anyway, you’ll need some biscuits, cinnamon, sugar, oil and a cookie cutter of some sort. Cut shapes out of the biscuits. (I used cookie cutter shapes – […]

Continue Reading

Recipe: Sweet & Savory Mini Breakfast Pastries

This past weekend, the boy and I tried our hand at mini breakfast pastries – specifically, mini sausage rolls and fruit danishes. It was, without doubt, a rousing success. These things are YUMMY. So I thought I’d share the recipes for each today on the blog. 🙂 They seem pretty easily adaptable: you can use any kind of fruit jam you like for the danishes, and I imagine substituting a different meat in place of the pork sausage in the rolls would also work. I hope you enjoy! The Savory – Mini Sausage Rolls Ingredients 1 tube (8oz.) crescent roll […]

Continue Reading

Friday Favorites: Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Muffins

This is a recipe I learned from my mother, and it is one of my absolute favorites. These muffins are quick to make, and just completely delicious. I tend to make them more in the fall/winter (hence this being my October Follow Fest post! – see below recipe for more info), because they are exactly perfect for breakfast when warmed up just a smidge so the chocolate chips go all melty again. But they are good year-round, too – for breakfast, or dessert, or just a snack. And if you’re the type who likes to sample the batter before baking […]

Continue Reading