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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Quick & Easy Chicken Pot Pie

With all of the remodeling and moving, a home cooked meal is very welcome for both my boyfriend and I. I’ve made this a few times and it has definitely been added to my go to dishes when I need a meal but don’t have tons of time. The trick? Rotisserie chicken, premade pie crust, and frozen vegetables! With how bare the shelves were around us, I was extra surprised to see those ingredients when I ran in for an emergency meal supplies during the move.

What are your go to quick meals?

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8 Ingredient Pizza Rolls

This fun appetizer is what would happen if pizza met a cinnamon roll and it is everything good. I took these to the super bowl party and I already have a few idea to change them up a bit. The best part about them, they are super quick to make and the ingredient list is short! Most of the time we already have at least half of the 8 ingredients in the house. One of the changes I would recommend when I make them next time would be to use a glass baking dish instead of a cookie sheet. It would be more reminiscent of a cinnamon roll and it could be topped with extra cheese. The more cheese the better right??

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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

Cookies & Cream Football Cheese Ball

Super Bowl Sunday is here! It is the culmination of my family’s love of football since fall. Plus, what better reason to gather with family and friends to eat a lot of snacks and yell at the television together?? This year I don’t have any loyalties to the teams playing (my Eagles didn’t quite make the cut this year), so instead I am hoping for a great game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. This year it is at my parents’ house and they left what appetizers or desserts to bring up to us so hello cookies and cream cheeseball! This was a first attempt and it is sweet without being too sweet.

Who are you cheering for this year in the Super Bowl? Any must have snacks at your party?

Finished product photo credit goes to my super sweet and supportive boyfriend!

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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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Peanut Butter Fudge

It is officially after Christmas and I am one hundred percent in my post-holiday blues. While you would think I would be sworn off baking after 12 straight days of it, I’m not at all. In fact, we had a get together with family last night and I decided to whip up a quick batch of peanut butter fudge. Now unfortunately, the family recipe of this is buried somewhere in my parents’ house so this was a trial… and success! It made up so much though that it lasted into a friend brunch today and we still have leftovers at our apartment! Get as many sweets in as I can until the New Year starts, right?

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Final Day of Christmas Cookie Countdown 2019 – Caramel Coconut Bars

Thank you for following us for these last twelve days as we made these cookies and upheld a cherished tradition between my mom and I. There are some traditions that make your heart feel so happy and full. Laughing at our silly inside jokes, singing Christmas carols, and talking to my mom in the kitchen during these 12 days of cookies does just that for me. With a very thankful and full heart (and stomach with all these cookies), I’m excited to wish everyone reading this a very Merry Christmas!

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2nd Day of Cookies – Macarons

We have made what feels like thousands of different cookies over the years but surprisingly, we have not tried making the classic Macaron. What better time than two days before Christmas and on a day off work! These cute little treats are going to be used for a Christmas get together with both my boyfriend and mine families tonight. Have you make macarons before? What is your favorite flavor?

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