Breakfast with the Chickens

Join me for breakfast~ it will be just us & the Chickens ~

 What’s your pleasure?

 Are you a juice drinker? Orange or Grapefruit?

Or do you prefer your vitamin C from fruit?

Do you prefer coffee in the morning or a cup of tea?

 If it’s tea, are you traditional?

 English Breakfast or Earl Grey?

 Flavored coffee or just plain old java?

Sweetener? Skim Milk or Half & Half?

 Would you like a little protein to start your day?

If it’s the weekend~ a beautiful spring day, or a celebratory occasion like Mother’s Day, do you indulge in something out-of-the-ordinary like Eggs Benedict?

Maybe on a biscuit~ Southern Style?

With a serving of Hashbrown and Sausage Casserole with Carmelized Onions?

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen, found here.

Which tastes better (especially the second day) than it photographs  :-)


Or throw caution to the wind and help yourself to Chocolate Gravy and Biscuits~

Something I had never heard of until recently, another of Paula’s recipes found here ~

Would you like a Bloody Mary with Brunch?

Turner’s Creek Bloody Mary, Paula’s recipe found here~

No wonder Paula is always so giddy~ with chocolate & cocktails for breakfast :-)

 Or maybe you’d like a healthy alternative out of respect for your arteries  :-)

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Casserole, recipe courtesy Paula Deen here.

Made a little healthier with skim milk instead of half & half~

Whatever your choices, thanks for joining me!

Placemats/ Napkins/ Napkin Rings~ Kohl’s

Blue Plates/Mugs~ Mesa~ HomeGoods

Rooster Plates/Bowls~222 Fifth- Suzani Rooster~ HomeGoods

Rooster Pitcher~ Fitz & Floyd~ HomeGoods

Ivory Chargers~ Matceramica~ HomeGoods


I hope you’ll stop in for visits, where I’ll be joining:

In case YA’LL didn’t enough for breakfast, take your LIPITOR :-) and help yourself to some deep fried bacon, among other things at Paula’s table~

  52 comments for “Breakfast with the Chickens

  1. May 11, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    REALLY?! CHOCOLATE & BISCUITS? OMG, so many wonderful things to eat AND rooster dishes. I can hardly stand it! This was so much fun to look at…and drool. A

  2. May 11, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    That is my idea of the perfect brunch..

    The table settings, the eggs bene, the bloody mary…

    I wish I lived closer to you, I’d just invite myself over for brunch!

    We have the same taste in books, it’d be so much fun to sit and sip and talk books!!!!

  3. May 11, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    What a wonderful brunch, With all the time in the world, that beautiful picturesque spot by the lake, your dashing rooster at my side, I’d have to say I’d stay all day at least until noon, and try everything, pace myself with a little chatter in between, laugh, cry and dream a little in your company, and have beautiful memories of a ‘bellissima’ day!

  4. Lola
    May 11, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Hi again!

    Happy Alphabe-Thursday!

    Have a great weekend ahead & look forward to *seeing* you again next time,


    Btw Alphabe-Thursday

  5. May 11, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    perfectly lovely and yummy, smiles.
    you rock.

  6. May 11, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Chocolate gravy? You are amazing, Mary. I’ve never seen so many delicious choices for breakfast. I think I want to visit for a week! LOL
    Your table is perfection, but then yours always are. Incredible images, and the last mosaic is awesome. Thanks for sharing all the goodies! I wish I lived next door. ~ Sarah

  7. May 11, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    I’m not so sure about chocolate with biscuits for breakfast, but what a wonderful setting…outside and I love the dishes with the roosters.

  8. Clare
    May 11, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Next door????? I wish I lived with her! My tummy is growling just looking at the pics. Mary, you are amazing! CHOCOLATE GRAVY, oh my!

  9. May 11, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    I certainly think anything that has chocolate is worth a try! I love the chicken.

  10. May 11, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I love that centerpiece, Mary! Well, I love it all.
    I wanted to do an outdoor table today, got busy..temp went to 90, then a thunderstorm. We had lunch on the kitchen island. Wasn’t as pretty as yours though.:-)

  11. JDaniel4's Mom
    May 11, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    This is worth a cock- a -doodle doo!

  12. May 11, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Yes, please.



    You mean I’m supposed to PICK! Geez, girl. That gorgeous setting, lovely flowers and array of scrumptious food.

    I’m in heaven.

    I’ve not seen the chocolate gravy with biscuits. Did you truly like it?

    Thanks for a delightfully delicious stop this week.


  13. May 11, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Beautiful breakfast table!
    Chocolate sauce over biscuits? Now I love chocolate and I love biscuits but I’ve never heard of this before.
    The eggs benedict look delicious as does everything else. I’d gladly come to this breakfast.
    Your tablesetting is so colorful and inviting. Love it!

  14. May 11, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I am particularly fond of roosters and love your rooster and dishes. The table arrangement is just beautiful and fun. Love the use of the sunflowers.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

  15. May 11, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    I’m drooling!!! This looks amazing. Wonderful food with such vibrant dishes.

    – The Tablescaper

  16. May 11, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Oh, my….! the setting is enchanting…the colors are so vivid….the food all looks and sounds scrumptious….What a perfectly happy looking brunch!

  17. Nan
    May 11, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Wow, where to start…. I LOVE those chicken bowls, they are so happy! and I love all of Paula Dean’s recipes, they are always as tasty as they look. TFS, Nan

  18. May 11, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    YES!!! I want to have breakfast at your house with the beautiful view, the lovely table, and delicious food, not to mention the chickens. Quack! Quack! Ummm, I mean, cluck, cluck. ;-p

  19. May 12, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Holy smokes. I am totally digging the colors on your table, not to mention the amazing food! Crimeny! Can I come to your house? We’re having Cheerios.

  20. May 12, 2011 at 12:28 am

    “No wonder Paula is always so giddy~ with chocolate & cocktails for breakfast :-)”

    That made me laugh out loud. Of course, laughing was a relief from all of the drooling that I was doing over these amazing pictures!

  21. May 12, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Everything looked so good. The tableware and the food. Such a festive way to dine. Thank you for inspiring me to maybe put some place-mats down every once in awhile : )

  22. Mrs. Serendipity
    May 12, 2011 at 12:48 am

    I am in love with your view! lol stunnning!!! An empty pizza box on an old bench would look great with your view! lol But love your very colorful welcoming tablescape. Very very inspiring – you did a fabulous job! Brunch is my favorite and you do it well! Thanks for sharing! Mrs. S

  23. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    May 12, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Woo Hoo! Now THAT’s a breakfast Mary! Your setting is spectacular, the dishes so colorful and the view is amazing! I did watch the video, Paula must have some good genes to still be kicking if she really does eat like that! (Although, I did see watermelon…) Thanks so much for joining the Cook-Along and, why yes, I’d love a Bloody Mary:@)

  24. May 12, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Lovely tablescape in a beautiful setting. This would be a breakfast to linger over.

  25. Ann
    May 12, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Chocolate and biscuits – oh my!!! Your floral is beautiful. I love sunflowers. They are such happy summer flowers.

  26. May 12, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Mary, coming here just made everything right in my world. Chocolate over biscuits.. I am so trying that! and the casserole.. It all looks absolutely scrumptious. Your backdrop is heaven! So envious. Love your table.. I think I’m going to have to check out Kohl’s for those placemats and napkins. Love the rooster, recognized Mr. Fitz & Floyd right away. He’s got such a charming quality.. But… I love the vessel! I have to find one like that. It’s perfect with your choice of dishes, placemats and stemware. You’ve created art on the table!

  27. May 12, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Now that is breakfast! Love the photos to go with the post. So colorful.

  28. May 12, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Hello! I don’t believe that I have been to your blog before now, but I am now subscribing! Your blog is just beautiful. I have a WordPress blog but I’m just getting started. I live about an hour south of you in South Carolina. I can tell that we like a lot of the same things, especially cookbooks.! Your breakfast tablescape is so lovely. Love the rooster plates and everything else on your table.
    Have a great day! Jane

  29. May 12, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Oh my gosh! I’m drooling over the tablescape! And the fact that it’s out on the lake. BEAUTIFUL!!! And then the food….I sure don’t want to go pour myself a bowl of Cheerios now! How boring! Biscuits with CHOCOLATE gravy?! YUM!!!

  30. May 12, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Such gorgeous pictures!

  31. Carolyn
    May 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    That’s it! You have crossed the line. You have offered me a Bloody Mary with an OJ chaser with fresh fruit for dessert, Eggs Benedict / Fresh Asparagus on a fluffy Southern biscuit with Hash Browns on the side, and for dessert, a biscuit with Chocolate Gravy beside a calm and beautiful lake, BUT YOU LEFT OUT THE DAY AND TIME OF THIS SPECIAL BREAKFAST! AND, I will need directions to this “hideaway”. You are killing us girl!
    I have a hat that will match this setting and I will leave a big tip, as well.
    Carolyn in NC

  32. May 12, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Well, that was an awesome post! Your tablescape was so beautiful. Were those peppers in with the sunflowers? The food looked divine and I want to come to breakfast! Very fun post on Alphabet Thursday.

  33. May 13, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    What a fun post! I love the chickens and, although I don’t think I could wrap my mind around chocolate-covered biscuits for breakfast the apple cinnamon oatmeal sounds delicious!

    I’m still waiting for Blogger to return my Paula Deen post so I can link up too!

  34. May 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    A little of each, and what a pleasure to sit at that beautiful table with the pretty flowers! Just lovely!

  35. May 13, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Oh, good heavens, this is beautiful!!!!!!!!!!! All the color is just great! I really love that floral pot, and the flowers are gorgeous! I am so fond of hypericum berries, and they look wonderful with the sunflowers. The food is dreamy. I never heard of chocolate gravy, either. Leave it to Paula Deen! :-) I will have to prepare that for my husband one day. It will make him very happy!!! Beautiful post!

  36. May 13, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Ok, biscuits in gravy is so popular here that it is served every Christmas morning, but now, this biscuits and gravy really speaks to me!!!! What a beautiful post. The setting is gorgeous, the table is so happy and pretty and the food is so fabulous, you are going to have to bring out the wheelbarrel to roll me away from the table!

  37. May 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Everything looks so amazing! The table setting is gorgeous, the view perfect, and the food looks delicious. What more could you ask for? Absolutely beautiful. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

  38. May 13, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Oh my – I could get myself into a whole lot of trouble with that hashbrown casserole. Very dangerous!

    Lovely tablescape – have a nice weekend.

  39. May 13, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    What time is breakfast on Sunday……I am available! Everything looks fabulous! Have a wonderful weekend:)

  40. May 13, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Everything looks fantastic! Such a beautiful table!

  41. May 13, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    The tablescape is so inviting and the breakfast itself looks delicious!

  42. bj
    May 13, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    OMGosh..this is breathtaking. So so pretty. The table is a all the dishes. The menu just blew me away. I am hungry for all of it. You just outdid yourself on all this. Every thing is beautiful.
    xo bj

  43. May 14, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Mary, Now that’s a Southern breakfast!! I’ll have some of everything please. :) I just keep looking at your tablescape and how you arranged everything. Great photos ! LOVE,LOVE it all!
    Looking at your profile, I see that you have a “history” of me too, so I know what you mean about long hours and no holidays. I’m going to stop yakking now and enjoy one of those deliciously prepared Eggs Benedict.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog with nice comments… I know I didn’t use Duke’s , didn’t have any, but maybe Paula won’t mind. :)
    Oh, and I’m heading over to your sidebar to be your newest follower,

  44. May 14, 2011 at 8:46 am

    You made me hungry just looking at it. Loved it all wish I was there

  45. May 14, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    I just want to say that I love stopping by Between Naps on the Porch to see what you ladies have created.
    The colors are so beautiful. I would love to start the morning with this table setting!
    I’m never disappointed.

  46. May 15, 2011 at 12:45 am

    All looks wonderful…especially your table settings. But I had better stick to the oatmeal. I think the other wonderful items would do me in….
    Thanks for sharing!
    Jane (Artfully graced)

  47. May 15, 2011 at 3:26 am

    I need to move South. I need to live where Paula Deen lives!! Love your beautiful tablescapes!!

  48. May 15, 2011 at 6:08 am

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful to wake up to this table & that view?? Wow!!
    The fat fluffy sunflowers with that pop of red berries echo the colors of your table beautifully, Mary. Nice, chunky fat jar holding them, too!
    Cute rooster to go with the beautiful plates, as well.
    Your Eggs Benedict looks scrumptious! My DH would be in heaven…his favorite morning food. I should make it for him today & surprise him.

    The Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Casserole sounds good to me…thanks for the link.
    This is a wonderfully colorful post, Mary. You always do such a nice job!


  49. May 15, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Oh my! With a breakfast like that and a view like the one you have, I’m there! I love your table setting and I definitely love the pictures of the food you made! Very yummy!

  50. May 15, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Hello! My first visit here! You have a beautiful blog!

    Those biscuits are way too decadent! Your table settings are gorgeous.

  51. May 18, 2011 at 10:33 am

    i am out of words, i am just pulling myself up off the grass from a round of your bloody marys… another damn fun post, gosh i adore your settings in your setting! always so good to visit you, egads it puts me so in the mood to create something when i come here… but its raining and cold and i am just gonna keep on enjoying YOU!

  52. July 26, 2011 at 9:20 am

    OK, you will have to give me a little NOTICE for a breakfast like this!!!!!!!!!!! It’ll take me about 6 hours to get there but I AM WILLING TO MAKE THE DRIVE:):):) Seriously….eggs benedict with FRESH ASPARAGUS!!!!!! Geez, fresh fruit, that apple cinnamon casserole, I am drooling! Not only are your TABLES to die for, then you accompany them with FABULOUS FOOD!!!!!!!!! You are the bEST!

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