If you have out of town guests staying at your home for a night, a weekend or longer term, you want to make them feel at home and give them a five star experience. Weather your guest will be sleeping in a guest room, or on the sofa you want to make them as comfortable as possible in your home. As a frequent couch surfer I can tell you there’s no greater dismay than going to sleep with a growling tummy or waking up cold at night and not knowing where the extra blankets are in a strange place.
Having overnight guests shouldn’t be stressful and some simple preparations before you guest arrives can make a world of difference and provide a more enjoyable time for everyone. Here are a few simple preparations you can do before your guest arrives to make your visitor feel special and welcome in your home.
Prepare a washroom basket – Guests do not like to bother their host for little things they forgot to pack or perhaps weren’t allowed to bring if travelling by plane such a razor. As a host you should prepare a basket of toiletries for your visitor including such items as toothbrush, toothpaste, body wash, lotion, deodorant, shampoo and disposable razors . Don’t forget to include towels and washcloth in the basket also.
Extra linens – Even if you feel your house is warm enough, your visitor might not feel the same. Be sure to keep extra blanket and pillow near where your guest will be sleeping. You do not want your guest to shiver all night afraid to wake you up to ask for another blanket.
Alarm clock -You should place an alarm clock in your guests sleeping quarters so they can feel more at home with their routine.
Magazines or books – If you know a little about your guest it’s a good idea to put some books or magazines that interest them in their room to make their alone time more relaxing.
Snacks – It’s a good idea to prepare a basket of snacks and a bottle of water for your house guest. Your visitor might not feel comfortable raiding your fridge in the middle of the night if they happen to be a midnight snacker.
Give them a tour – When your guest arrives give them a tour of your home, show them their way around and let them know where things they may need are located. You can also show them where the nearest stores are or other destinations they may need to frequent while staying in your home.
Everyone wants to be a good host when house guests arrive. With these simple preparations you can be sure to provide a relaxing stress free experience for both yourself and your visitors. Small things can make a world of difference.
Breakfast is an important time when you have visitors in your home. Breakfast casseroles are more filling and appetizing than a bowl of cereal. Enough variety exists in casserole recipes that a new one could be used each day of the week without repeats. Breakfast casseroles can be savory with sausage and eggs, quiche-like with cheeses and eggs or sweet like French toast. Casseroles can be enjoyed as a morning meal, for a brunch event or used as a breakfast for dinner.
Sausage Breakfast Casserole
A sausage breakfast casserole can include just sausage and eggs or may use hash browns in the dish. Be sure to cook the ground sausage before including in the dish to be baked.
These ingredients can be used to bake a sausage casserole. Vary your ingredients to suit the tastes of your guests. Consider adding green onions, chili peppers or green peppers for a change in taste. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and plan for a full hour of baking time.
1 pound ground sausage (hot or mild depending on personal preference)
1 dozen eggs, beat before adding
3/4 cup milk (use 2% or skim if desired)
4 tablespoons melted butter
24-ounce package frozen hash browns, thawed or three cups grated potatoes
8 ounces shredded cheddar or Monterey jack cheese
Mix the sausage, eggs, milk and butter. Pour in 9X13 baking dish.
Add hash browns and cheese to the egg mixture and bake for 1 hour.
Overnight Breakfast Casserole Recipes
Preparing a casserole and leaving it in the refrigerator overnight means breakfast preparation is done when you roll out of bed. All you’ll need to do is slide it in the oven and let it cook while you get your day started. Although some may include a flour base, overnight casseroles usually include a bread ingredient to soak in the liquid overnight. Here’s a sample of one casserole prepared the night before and served for breakfast. You’ll find many more with just a simple search on the Internet.
Ingredients for Overnight Breakfast Casserole
16 ounces ground pork sausage, browned & drained
4 cups cubed bread
2 cups shredded cheese
3 cups evaporated milk
1 dozen large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon dry mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
How to Make Breakfast Casserole
Place cubed bread in a greased 9×13 baking dish. Day old bread in one-inch cubes works best. Cover with the cheese of your choice.
Mix milk, eggs, mustard, salt and pepper. Pour mixture over the bread. Top with browned sausage.
Cover casserole dish with saran wrap or dish lid and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, preheat the oven to 325 degrees and let the dish site at room temperature for 20 minutes.
Bake for one hour.
French Toast Casserole
French toast casserole has the same flavor combination of the individually cooked pieces of egg-dipped bread. When prepared as a breakfast casserole, the bread mix can be cooked while everyone gets dressed for the day. Serve this casserole with a powdered sugar topping or maple syrup.
How to Make French Toast Casserole
Mix 4 tablespoons melted butter with 3/4 cup brown sugar and place in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish.
Place slices of bread over the sugar mixture in layers. The casserole can use regular white or wheat bread but may also be made with raisin bread or other fruit type bread. Use two pounds of bread.
Mix together 1 dozen medium eggs, 1 cup milk, 1 tablespoon vanilla flavoring and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Pour mixture over bread.
Top with chopped nuts if desired.
Refrigerate overnight. If overnight is not an option, refrigerate a minimum of 4 hours for the flavors to absorb into the bread.
Remove casserole from refrigerator 20 minutes before cooking. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes. If no wet spots remain, test for doneness by sliding a knife into the casserole. A clean knife means the mixture has cooked throughout.
Ingredient List for French Toast Casserole
4 tablespoons Butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 dozen eggs
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 pounds bread
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