Monthly Archives: July 2016

Entertaining for Breakfast

Breakfast was never my favorite meal but over the years I have bonded with eggs at an almost unhealthy level! When our friends made plans to stop in on their long drive back to Ohio I got excited at the idea of entertaining for Breakfast! I found myself getting a little carried away so had to come back down to Earth and be realistic – 8:30am is early to get too crazy.

Snack / Apps – it’s not necessary to have an actual appetizer for Breakfast but I wanted a couple finger-foods to pick at before the main course was served. I decided on Donut Kabobs for easy snacking and they also looked cute. Along side of those were a dish of fresh strawberries. Easy.

DSC_0052Drinks – my instinct said Bloody Mary’s and Mimosa’s but I thought if people are planning on traveling I don’t want to serve alcohol. Iced Coffee was the next best thing. I made a big batch in my French Press the night before and froze some cubes as well so everything was ready for the morning.

Main Course – i went back and forth trying to decided what combination of eggs and bacon I wanted to serve. I mean, how many different ways can you make eggs!? Quiche was my first choice because we had some fresh Zucchini from our CSA. The second dish was a tie between a Breakfast Pizza and Breakfast Burritos. I went with the Pizza – and was more impressed than I expected to be.

As always, I fried up some potatoes because breakfast isn’t breakfast without them! We also got a nice batch of tomatoes and basil in our weekly share so I mixed that with the smallest amount of oil and balsamic to round out the meal.

The best part is that most of the prep can be done the day before so the morning is relaxing and enjoyable!

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Iced Coffee

Prep – 15 minutes / Cook – Overnight

**I use 1 large scoop (~2T) to about 10-12oz hot water, let steep in French Press for 5 minutes, filter. Leave in fridge overnight and pour into serving pitcher in the morning. Any loose grounds will settle overnight. Serve cream and sweetener for guests.

meal prep: brew coffee (whatever is on sale, expensive coffee is not necessary)
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Breakfast Pizza

Prep – 5 minutes / Cook – 45-60 minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 bag Frozen Hashbrowns – thawed
4 Eggs – scrambled
4-5 Slices of Bacon – cooked and crumbled
2 Slices Deli Ham – chopped
Shredded Cheese
** Arrange hashbrowns on a pizza stone or baking sheet into circle and press firmly. Bake 375 for 20-25 minutes until potatoes start to dry out and get crispy. Cook longer if it still seems too soft. Once hardened (pizza crust like), sprinkle with scrambled eggs, crumbed bacon, sliced ham and top with shredded cheese. Bake until everything is heated through and cheese has melted.

meal prep: bake crust (leave in oven overnight), scramble eggs, bake/crumble bacon.
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Zucchini and Orzo Quiche

Prep – 15 minutes / Cook – 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1 Zucchini – cubed
1/2 Onion – chopped
1/2c Orzo – cooked
6 eggs
1/2 pint Egg Whites
1/4 Milk – optional
Feta

**Cook zucchini and onion until soft and translucent. Meanwhile, beat eggs, egg whites and milk together. Once veggies and orzo are cool, add to eggs along with salt and pepper. Whisk and pour into a heavily greased (coconut cooking oil) pan, top with feta. Bake 375 for 25-30 minutes until egg sets.

meal prep: cook veggies and orzo
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Fresh Tomato and Basil

Prep – 5 minutes

** Slice tomato into rounds and layer on a long dish. Sprinkle with torn basil (cutting basil will bruise it and take away the freshness), pinch of salt and pepper and a drizzle of oil and balsamic vinegar.
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Breakfast is quick and easy so keep entertaining that way too. My prep too about 2 hours the night before – I cooked all of the veggies and meat and placed them in containers in the fridge. When morning came all I had to do was beat the eggs and add everything from the containers and cook. The pizza was a little fussy with having to bake the crust, then bake the bacon, then assemble, but it came out better than I anticipated so it was worth it.

I slacked a little on the pictures because I was busy enjoying our friends visit and didn’t think to snap some stills.

Current Favorites

I’m not one to typically fall in love with clothing or specific products, I try things out, get things on sale and go about my day. However, lately I have been really (REALLY) stuck to a handful of items that I can honestly rave about. I own each and every item mentioned below so I am speaking from real life experience. The only item I do not own is the off-shoulder top, but I tried it on and absolutely loved it. It’s out of my comfort zone (and price point) but is totally adorable with a pair of skinny or boot cut jeans.

faves

White Skinny / Denim / Foundation / Mascara / Cart / Top / Workout Belt / Curling Iron / Heat Protector / French Press / Crude Oil / Pull Cloth

Beauty – I jumped on the L’OREAL Infallible Foundation bandwagon a little late, luckily my CVS was fully stocked so I was able to grab it. I guessed on the color and it was a good match. I like this stuff – it stays on all day and has fairly medium coverage. I recommend applying with your fingers, I found that gave the best coverage (vs beauty blender or brush). The Almay Mascara has also been a recent fave. I had a coupon to try one free so WHY not? I find Drugstore mascara to be better than the high end stuff and this has really impressed me. It does not clump and looks great with only one application. Price point on both of these items is unbeatable.

I just recently used the Hot Tools 1″ Curling Iron with the L’OREAL Boost It (my sister-in-law has the best hair products!). I have a bigger curling iron and my hair doesn’t seem to hold the curl worth anything – when I used the Heatspray with a smaller barrel the curls stayed in for DAYS. I couldn’t believe it. I am not one to use heat sprays because they make my hair feel so gross and greasy. But totally recommend these!

Lastly, Crude Oil. I had always heard that using oil on oily skin is a good thing but I was never into it. This Everything Oil has been so great to my skin even in the hot summer months. I wash my face with my regular wash and the Microfiber Cloths and put the oil on after. It’s gentle and great for sensitive skin. There is no odor and my skin is so smooth in the morning. They are running a flash sale right now using code “30FOR30“, 30% off your entire purchase. I grabbed the 4oz Oil and more clothes – I highly recommend the Starter Kit if you’re new to Crude.

Fashion – Mom Jeans. I have grown to hate that description. Just because I’m a Mom now, why do I have to fall into a new category and shop in a new section? I still like my low rise, skinny, hole in the knee jeans. BUT. Twice within the last month I have fallen in LOVE with Denim & Supply by Ralph Lauren. I had been loving the look of white skinny jeans in the “fashion world” and debated with myself if they were really for me. I was in Macy’s and just on a whim tried on a pair and I couldn’t not have loved them more. The material, the fit, the price were meant for me. Most recently, I tried on another pair of darker denim in a more boot cut style and again, fell in love. They are higher waisted without being TOO high and having that “long crotch” look that I HATE. I think the best part is their sizing is similar to men’s, (31×32, 29×30, etc) so you can truly find your perfect size. Best part is they’re currently on sale!! Hurry. GO!

As mentioned before the off-shoulder top is one that I do not actually have. It is too expensive and I don’t think I would really get much use out of it since I don’t dress up for work and it’s not really something I would wear frequently. But mama’s, this shirt is gorgeous matched with the jeans above. It can be worn off shoulder or on, has flowly sleeves and hides the pooch or growing bump!

Other – Couple more things I want to share are my Workout Belt and French Press. My iPod has reached maximum charges (did you know that was even a thing?) so it does not work unless it’s plugged into a power source. I was looking for an armband but running with an iPhone on my arm was not my idea of a fun workout. I settled on a belt and I am SO happy with the decision. It’s adjustable, comfortable and easy to use your phone at the same time. Last but not least, we all know that Iced Coffee is my obsession but spending $3 a day on it really adds up. I have tried to make my own so many ways and I really think I have found it. We buy our own beans and grind them ourselves (Keurig pods are too expensive). I make my coffee at night but adding a large scoop of coffee to my French Press with 8-10oz hot water brewed from the Keurig. I mix and let it steep for 5-8 minutes, pour and set it in the fridge overnight. I pour it into my cup in the morning (the coffee settles in the bottle so you aren’t chewing on grounds) and add whatver sweetener or milk. My recent favorite prepared iced coffee is by Stok, find it in any grocery store.

What products have been your “go-to’s” lately? I would love to know. Have you tried anything I mentioned and do you love them??

5 Meals. 1 Day.

I recently shared a months worth of meal prepping, recipes and tips & tricks to make cooking easier! Now, I want to give you a little insight on what a typical day looks like in my lunchbox! Yes, I usually eat 5 meals a day. Yes, that sounds like a lot. Yes, my coworkers all think I’m nuts and wonder how I’m not 2 tons. I keep my metabolism going by eating breakfast early, jump starting my body and keeping it moving (on the inside) all day long with the food I eat.

I pack myself 4 meals – it seems more like 2 meals and 2 snacks but the snacks are more substantial than that 100 calorie bag of Doritos. I try to get a protein, fat, veggie and carb into each meal. If one meal misses out, then I will try and make it up in another meal.

IMG_8083M1: Egg Muffin. M2: Greek Yogurt & Blueberries. M3: English Muffin Pizza. M4: Hardboiled Eggs.

IMG_8359M1: Quiche. M2: Overnight Oats. M3: BBQ Naan Pizza. M4: Energy Bites/Almonds.

IMG_8562M1: Egg Scramble with Chicken. M2: Oats w/ Protein and Almond Milk. M3: Stuffed Shell and Stuffed Cabbage. M4: Cheese and Crackers.

Thanks for reading – I hope this gives you some (quick) ideas for meals during the day.