Lisa Gamble recently celebrated her 50th birthday at a brunch in her honor. Hosted by her mother, Donna Hambuchen, sister, Kimberly Hambuchen, and sister-in-law, Lorri Hambuchen, friends gathered at Donna's home to honor Lisa on her special day. The ladies dined on traditional brunch recipes, along with store-bought goodies purchased locally at pattiCakes. Donna's home and the lovely floral arrangements provided by Kathy Denys were the perfect backdrop for entertaining friends and family. However, you don't have to celebrate a milestone birthday to enjoy a ladies brunch. Brunch is a relaxed occasion in the South where some of the best of breakfast and lunch ideas come together to create a delicious meal. Sip a mimosa and discover some of Donna's favorite brunch recipes!Walnut Cheese SquaresIngredientsâ€¢ 1 pound cheddar cheeseâ€¢ 1 pound sharp cheddar cheeseâ€¢ 4 egg whites, not beatenâ€¢ 1 pound soft butterâ€¢ 3 cups chopped English walnutsâ€¢ Â½ teaspoon garlic powderâ€¢ Â½ teaspoon saltâ€¢ Drops of cayenneâ€¢ 2 loaves white breadâ€¢ Hellman's mayo to make spreadableInstructions1. Mix ingredients and spread on bread slices, trimming crusts.2. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.Cheese Grits Ingredientsâ€¢ 3 jars of Kraft Old English cheeseâ€¢ 4 cups waterâ€¢ 1 teaspoon saltâ€¢ 1 cup uncooked gritsâ€¢ Â¼ cup butterâ€¢ 1 small can green chilies, choppedâ€¢ 1 teaspoon garlic salt or powder (or more if you prefer)Instructions1. Bring salted water to a boil, slowly add grits. Bring to a second boil, reduce heat and cook over medium heat for 4 - 5 minutes, stirring constantly.2. Add cheese and butter to grits, stirring until melted and blended. Add chilies.3. Pour into an ungreased (I always spray my dish) 1 Â½ quart casserole. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.Serves 6-8.Fruit Salad with Orange-Vanilla SyrupIngredientsOrange-Vanilla Syrup:â€¢ 1 cup sugarâ€¢ Zest and juice of 1 orangeâ€¢ 1 vanilla beanFruit:â€¢ 4 pints strawberries, hulled and halvedâ€¢ 2 pints blueberriesâ€¢ 2 cups green grapes, halvedâ€¢ 2 cups red grapes, halvedâ€¢ Fresh mint leavesInstructions1. Place the sugar, 1 cup water, orange zest, juice and vanilla bean in a small pan and stir to dissolve the sugar. Bring to a boil.2. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes to thicken. Set aside to cool.3. Prepare all the fruit in a large bowl, pour the cooled syrup over the top and toss together.4. Decorate with mint leaves and chill until ready to serveHawaiian Roll SlidersIngredientsâ€¢ 1 package of 12 King's Hawaiian rollsâ€¢ 1 Â½ pound of Virginia baked ham (not honey baked)â€¢ 12 slices Swiss cheeseâ€¢ 1 Â½ stick butterâ€¢ 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauceâ€¢ 2 teaspoons Dijon mustardâ€¢ 1 teaspoon garlic powderâ€¢ 1 teaspoon onion powderâ€¢ 1 teaspoon poppy seedsInstructions1. Slice rolls in half to have a top and a bottom. Place bottoms on baking sheet. Layer ham, then a slice of cheese. Replace tops.2. In a sauce pan mix butter, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, onion and poppy seeds. Melt butter and mix all ingredients together in butter.3. Brush over tops of sandwiches. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, covered. Remove foil and cook for an additional 2 minutes.5. Serve warm or cold. Better warm.