MOM-osa’s and Brunch

My mom is incredible. She is patient, kind, loving, and I’ve always said if I’m half the woman she is then I’ll be alright. Not only does she put up with my silly puns but she will laugh (maybe with some pity) at every single one. She listens intently to my stories as I tell 5 other stories within it and we never go a day without talking. Without a doubt, I wanted to spoil her on Mother’s Day.

Another thing her and I have in common? A love of breakfast foods! We had a small brunch at the house for Mother’s Day where I cooked up a feast. Two of the recipes I did were new, and one is tried and true classic. The tried and true is my berry french toast, SO much goodness packed into a breakfast casserole. The new recipes also amazed and as my boyfriend ate some leftovers later in the day insisted I make them both at the next brunch we host with his family. The new recipes were Ricotta Pancakes and a Savory Monkey Bread. I 100% agree with him, they were delicious! What is brunch without mimosa’s too? Or in this case… MOM-osa’s! This fun little pun on the name was a huge hit with my mom and we sipped and laughed about it throughout the meal. Below is the recipe for my tried and true berry french toast.

Comment with if you want to see the Ricotta Pancakes or the Savory Monkey Bread recipe next!

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May The 4th be With You

Calling all Star Wars fans, this is our day! Growing up with an older brother, I got an appreciation of the Star Wars franchise from an early age. In fact my Star Wars and Jurassic Park fandom stem from watching the movies with my brother anytime they were on (and frequently in between on VHS/DVD) and enjoying the time with him. To this day I’ll never turn down watching the original trilogy; especially Episode VI which is my favorite! Today has been filled with Darth Vader and R2D2 pancakes, cookies, and watching a movie or two. The makings of a perfect Star Wars Day celebration for our little family.

Are you celebrating Star Wars day? Comment below with how!

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TWO Easter Bread Recipes

Easter 2020 is over and even though it was celebrated different than in past years, it was still a very memorable day. Along with being Easter, it was my boyfriend and I’s 4 year anniversary! We actually went on our first date the day before Easter 4 years ago, and the rest is history. Four years ago I made this Italian Easter Bread for the first time and it’s made an appearance every year since! This year was a little extra special as we spent the day at our new house still as dreamy eyed in love as 4 years ago (and eating A LOT of bread). With a little extra time on my hands this Easter compared to years past, I decided to make not one but TWO types of breads! The first was our families Italian Easter Bread and the other was Hot Cross Buns.

Italian Easter Bread fresh out of the oven!

I highly recommend making both! They are both yeast breads but the dough is much more foolproof. One of the reasons is the use of instant yeast, meaning you put the yeast with all other ingredients instead of placing it in warm water/milk to activate. Read on for the Italian Easter Bread recipe. The Hot Cross Buns recipe is compliments of King Arthurs Flour and can be found here.

Hot Cross Buns = YUM
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First Solo Trip – San Diego!

I did it! I got sent for work to San Diego and it was the first time I had traveled alone. I am immensely proud of myself. Leading up it was really nerve wracking. Thoughts like: “will I spend the whole trip alone”, “what if I don’t fit in (it was an all women’s conference by the way)”, and “I’m going to miss my boyfriend and puppy too much” were all running through my thoughts constantly. On the morning I needed to leave something awesome happened, I tried an affirmation. I reminded myself that I was adventurous and brave so why let being alone for a trip scare me so much? That helped a lot as my nerves went down significantly. I boarded that plane and had a great experience! One of the best parts was the food. Check out the place I found below that I’m pretty much obsessed about still.

Breakfast Co Flight

If you have been reading the blog for a while, it is no secret that I LOVE breakfast food. While enjoying some downtime in San Diego, I stumbled across a cute little breakfast joint in the Gaslamp Quarter. I knew I wanted to go back so on the last day, one of the girls I met at the conference and I went to the Gaslamp Breakfast Company. It was everything I wanted in a breakfast place. It was fun and unique with decorations and the food! Guys, I am still dreaming about that churro french toast, tiramisu pancake, and mashed potato waffle flight! The place opened in 2019 so it is relatively new but I would highly recommend giving it a try!

Me at Gaslamp Breakfast Company

Coffee Protein Shake

2020 has definitely started off with a bang at our household. After going in to the dentist on Friday because of some tooth pain, I ended up with one of my four wisdom teeth removed that same morning! And yes, I do need to get the other three removed in about a month after the swelling from this one is gone. If you have had a wisdom tooth removed, you know that you are limited to only soft foods for at least 24 hours. Sometimes the best recipes are made out of necessity. This was absolutely one of them because I woke up on Saturday needing my morning coffee (but I should stay away from hot liquids), and I needed some protein in my system. Lucky for me I had brought some protein powder a few days ago so a coffee protein shake was a must. I drank it up so quickly there isn’t a photo to share because 1) coffee hello! and 2) the cold felt good on my mouth and throat.

I researched a lot of protein powders before selecting the one I did. I ended up going with Bobs Red Mill Whey Protein Concentrate. What I love about it is that it doesn’t have any additional flavor (meaning no added sugars, yay).

Comment below with your go to protein powder!

Ingredients:

  • ½ banana
  • ½ cup cold coffee
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (I used about 2 tablespoons)

Breakfast Meal Prep – Egg Cups

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and now I hope you have some resolutions that you are excited about. I love New Year’s resolutions. What better way to start the year than wanting to improve on your already awesome self! Better yet, what better way to start each month than to create goals for yourself. That is what I try to do. Of course I have my big overarching year resolutions but each month I give myself a mini resolution to do. For January this year it was to get back to planning my boyfriends and mine meals. I was doing great all of 2019 but then October hit and well… our schedules got even busier and the priorities realigned.

I have seen these cute little egg cups recommended as a breakfast meal prep all over pinterest. Truth be told, I had one absolute FAIL about a year and a half ago on egg cups so I have been scared to try them again. Until now! These turned out great! My preference was the Turkey Spinach, but the Italian in me has a soft spot for the Caprese.

Have you made egg cups yet? What ingredients were your favorite combination?

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Rich and Gooey Pumpkin French Toast

Okay everyone, this pumpkin French toast tasted like pumpkin pie filling and I am OBSESSED. It was rich, gooey, crunchy, and exactly what we needed on a beautiful fall day. This french toast bake was the star of our Halloween themed brunch food and I already want to make it again! I found the recipe at foodnetwork.com, so thank you Marcela Valladolid! My recommendation is to make it in a disposable tin. It makes for quick cleanup after the guests leave. Which is perfect because now it’s your time to relax after all the hard work you put in cooking a delicious meal.

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Pumpkin Scones

What is the most quintessential “Fall Flavor” to you? For me it is easily pumpkin. Everything from Pumpkin Cream Cold Brews to Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pumpkin Beers and of course… Pumpkin Scones! For the next few weeks at least, if there is pumpkin flavor, I will be there! For the Halloween themed brunch, a good scone was a must. To add a little extra Halloween flare, I piped “BOO” with the spiced glaze. If I make these again around Halloween, I would definitely put a little dye in the base glaze to add a little extra Halloween vibe to the scone.  

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Savory Stuffed Breakfast Biscuits

This stuffed biscuit does not scream Halloween or even fall but I wanted to create a savory dish for our brunch. If you haven’t already, check out the Halloween Themed Brunch post where I talk about why and how we pulled it off. I would equate the taste of this biscuit to a homemade Jimmy Dean sausage sandwich but in the best way (and I personally love those). This was an easy dish to make and if you want to save even more time, try making the biscuit dough in the food processor!

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Halloween Themed Brunch

I think I’ve raved about brunch before but I can’t help but bring it up again. Another excuse to have breakfast food but a little later in the day? Yes please! Every month my boyfriend’s family rotates houses on brunch. Now that we have our own place, our cute apartment got added to the rotation and we got the month of October. What a perfect opportunity to make a Halloween themed brunch! I’ll post the recipes in the coming days so make sure to keep coming back to see the menu unveiled. Today’s focus is the decorations because every good Halloween party needs the right decorations.

Warning though: I am not a person who loves the frightening side of Halloween… AT ALL. My ideal level of scary is watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” and only listening to the scary movie theme songs with all the lights on. I know, I have the taste of a 5 year old in Halloween scares and I am almost 26! Thankfully, for my sake, our brunch was a mellow take on Halloween decorations.

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