Brunch à la Broke College Student

Sunday brunch is a staple in any respectable college student’s life. And to be quite honest, it’s one of the most expensive habits that’s also very difficult to break. I would not be the first or the last to admit that I’ve dropped over $20 for a special brunch out with my girls (sorry Mom). But then again, I’m a responsible adult who’s trying to be more spend savvy this year. And so far, it’s been an alright ride.

This past Sunday morning hit a rough patch when I wanted nothing more in life than to go down the street to my favorite brunch spot, order a chai and some pancakes and watch the busy street from the second floor restaurant. Instead, my boyfriend and I opted for a cheaper (and much more fun) alternative: we MADE brunch.

Our fancy brunch included: homemade french toast with powdered sugar and syrup, grapefruit, bacon and hash browns.

I personally believe that any time you have the opportunity to cook or bake on your own, it’s so much better of an experience than going to a restaurant. TBH, we set the smoke alarm off in my apartment for like 5 seconds during our brunch adventure, but in the end it was so much better than going out.


Quick and Easy French Toast


White bread, about 6-8 pieces (stale is better but not necessary)

4 eggs

1 tsp vanilla (or less if you want, but this was the perfect amount for me)

1 tsp cinnamon

2/3 C milk


Preheat a skillet or frying pan to med-high heat. Melt a small amount of butter so the toast doesn’t stick.

Mix the eggs, vanilla, milk and cinnamon with a whisk until thoroughly blended. Next, pour half of the mixture into a shallow bowl. In this bowl, one at a time, submerge a piece of bread and coat both layers. Tap off/let drip excess mixture. Then cook on the stove until golden brown on each side. Timing depends on each piece, but I usually found 2 minutes on each side appropriate.

Sift powdered sugar on top and add syrup to preference.

The “Robin Anderson” Grapefruit

My favorite way of preparing grapefruit is the way my Mommy taught me when growing up. This might not be healthy, but it sure is delicious.


~2 Tbs brown sugar

1 ripe grapefruit


Cut the grapefruit in half and then cut the slices in between the thin lining. Place each half fruit side up on a baking tray. Sprinkle the brown sugar on top of the grapefruit, and stick the tray under the broiler for about 5 minutes, or until the sugar is slightly caramelized.

In the end, the top will have absorbed the sugar and will be slightly crisp.


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