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Juno Breakfast Hash

Up in Boston, we are amidst the snowy wrath of Juno and I know many people go into a mini frenzy trying to prepare for the storm. For the past few days, it’s all you heard about. How awful this storm was going to be. However, I silently get excited for it. A snow day to go outside and play with the puppies, build a snowman, and perhaps a fort. True Life. It’s almost even more fun when the electricity goes out and you can do everything by candle light.

This morning, I got up on the earlier side (for a snow day) and jumped into some work that I had to get done. It wasn’t until around 9 that Brent and I started to think about breakfast. Last weekend, we had just about nothing in our house to eat, which lead to the creation of an amazing hash. With food in the house, Brent wanted another hash.

Breakfast Hash

Ingredients

4 Potatoes 5 Slices of Bacon
1 Sausage 1 Chicken Tender, Buffalo Style
2 Handfuls of Spinach 1/4 Cup Mozzarella Cheese
4 Eggs 1 Teaspoon Paprika
Ground Pepper to Taste

Directions:

1. Start by skinning the potatoes and using a cheese grater, shred the potatoes into the hash.

2. Cook the bacon in a large skillet. Remove the bacon from the skillet and set aside once done. Add in the sausage and cook for 1-2 minutes over medium heat.

3. Add in the shredded potatoes, paprika and pepper. The sausage doesn’t need to be completely cooked through when the potatoes are added. Allow the potatoes to cook for about 5 minutes, stirring or flipping occasionally. I like super crispy hash so I let it sit for a little while.

4. Once the potatoes look done, add in the spinach, eggs, chicken and sliced cooked bacon. Stir the pot occasionally to avoid any burning. Once the eggs are cooked, stir in the cheese.

Finito!

The hash was amazing and it definitely makes enough for leftovers, which is perfect because you have a healthy breakfast that is ready to heat up in the microwave when you need to run. You obviously don’t need to use the same exact ingredients as above. It is a great way to use leftover meats from dinner during the week. Just add any cooked meats at the end to heat them up.

Happy Juno! Stay warm!

Oreo

The Pumpkin Spice Latte

The day that the Pumpkin Spice Latte becomes available at Starbucks should probably be a holiday because it definitely feels like one. However, spending 5 bucks on a coffee can start to be a little draining on the pocket. So, I really wanted to try my hand at making one myself. I figured it had to be healthier than getting the few pumps of pumpkin flavored sugar. And CHEAPER.

It actually came out pretty well!

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons Sugar 2 1/2 Tablespoons Pumpkin Puree
1 Tablespoon Vanilla 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Ginger 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
2 1/2 Cups Almond Milk 1 Cup Espresso

 

Directions:

1. In a small sauce pan, heat up the sugar, pumpkin puree, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg until well mixed. Add in the almond milk and espresso.

2. After the mix is warm, pour into 2 mugs and ENJOY! Top with some whipped cream or steamed milk.

I don’t like my pumpkin spice lattes very sweet at all but I do like it when it has a bit of spice to it. If you like it a little sweeter, reduce the nutmeg and ginger to 1/4 teaspoon each and up the sugar a bit. Another substitute is pumpkin spice for the ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. This recipe can definitely be changed to fit your latte likings ๐Ÿ™‚

This definitely plays up the natural flavor of the pumpkin, which I love. It doesn’t taste as manufactured as the Starbucks version.

I hope you give it a try and enjoy it!

 

What is your favorite Starbucks drink?

The Not Too Sweet Pumpkin Bread

Happy Friday!

This chilly fall morning started with Brent and I jumping up and running to Cumberland Farms for our FREE COFFEE FRIDAY! Normally I run in to grab some water, gatorade, energy bars or every once in a while some ice cream. If I want coffee, it’s Dunkies or Starbucks for this girl. But who can deny a free coffee?? So, head to Cumberland Farms this morning for your free coffee ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyways, this past weekend Brent and I headed to Nashville to hang out with some friends and just see the city. It just may be my favorite city I have ever been to. We had a SUPER early flight back to Boston and we were back home by 2. Which gave us just enough time to prepare for some people coming over for the Patriots game. While Brent headed to the game with them, I decided to make some pumpkin bread and sweet potato biscuits for breakfast the next morning. It was an easy way to have something for everyone to eat without making much of a fuss.

Fall Pumpkin Bread

Ingredients

1 Can Pumpkin Puree 2 Eggs
1/2 Cup Canola Oil 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar 2 1/4 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Water 3/4 Cup Sugar
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder 1.2 Teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a mixer, whisk the pumpkin puree, canola oil, light brown sugar, water, eggs, and vanilla.

2. In a separate bowl, stir the flour, sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.

3. Add the dry mix to the wet and stir until well blended. Pour the batter into a greased bread pan. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean.

Pumpkin Bread Steps

The bread is definitely not sweet and has a strong natural pumpkin flavor, which I love. It allows the pumpkin puree to take over the bread, as opposed to sweetness and spices. It was delicious.

I also made, or attempted to make, sweet potato biscuits. I had gotten this cute mix in a mason jar from a wedding that Brent and I were in a little while ago. I think my definition of a large sweet potato was VERY different than their idea of large. Because my biscuits turned out to be more like a moist cake texture. I don’t think I have ever made anything quite like this before.

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It was definitely delicious and I can see how the biscuit version of this would be irresistible.

This weekend I’m working on some fall inspired coffees that you can make at home. I love making “fancy” coffees on the weekend and have some ideas on pumpkin spice coffees.

What do you make when you have several people over for breakfast??

The bread was definitely a win. It made breakfast super easy, especially when we all got up at 5AM for work!

Banana Pancakes Minus the Flour

“Can’t you see that it’s just raining?
Ain’t no need to go outside…
But, baby, you hardly even notice
When I try to show you this
Song is meant to keep you
From doing what you’re supposed to.
Waking up too early
Maybe we can sleep in
Make you banana pancakes
Pretend like it’s the weekend now”

-Jack Johnson

Every time I hear this it just makes me crave those slow weekend mornings that you just relax, sip your coffee, and eat those banana pancakes. It sounds like such a perfect little morning.

Well, last week there was a LARGE thunderstorm that came through the Boston area in the morning and it seemed to be begging just that banana pancake morning. You don’t have to ask me twice!

I decided to try out a little variation some banana protein pancakesย that I found earlier in the week. The BEST thing about these pancakes is they have NO FLOUR and you really don’t miss it.

Flourless Banana Pancakes

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Old Fashioned Oats 1/2 Banana
1/4 Cup Non-Fat Cottage Cheese 1 Egg
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon

Directions:

1. Place all of the ingredients in a a bowl and blend with an immersion blender. You want the batter to be completely smooth.

2. Heat up a skillet to low-medium heat and place the batter on the skillet. This will make about 2 medium sized pancakes. Flip the pancake when it starts to bubble and the edges look cooked. These will cook faster than normal pancakes so keep the temperature low.

I topped mine with the other half of the banana and some agave. It was delicious and I don’t know that I would go back to putting flour in my pancakes. To be honest, these fill you up but don’t sit as heavy as normal pancakes. A winner!!

Banana Pancakes Steps

 

This leaves me with so many other ideas for a ‘healthy’ pancake that doesn’t include any flour.

 

Have you every completely re-done a favorite and found it to be just as good??

 

 

Cape Cod French Toast and Patriotic Cupcakes

Yesterday, I woke up early on Cape Cod and packed everything up to head back to the main land in hopes that I would miss all the traffic and to have a full day to get some things done. But, I didn’t miss the chance to try out a new Mary Lou’s Coffee. This time, I tried the Girl Scout Cookie Coffee, which tastes like a thin mint.

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It was a lot sweeter than I expected, and I didn’t have them add any sugar or milk to it. Next time, I’m sticking to my Peanut Butter Wonderful.

Oreo didn’t really mind the flavor change…she just wanted a taste and really had her begging eyes going.

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When I got back to the house, I unpacked and started to whip up some french toast for the holiday. The refrigerator died while we were away so ingredients were at a low. They were also squished into the smaller fridge in the basement, which made searching for ingredients a bit of a workout. I was hoping to come up with something a little red, white and blue…but couldn’t find the blue portion.

Cape Cod French Toast

 

Ingredients:

6 Slice Health Nut Bread 4 Eggs
1 Teaspoon Vanilla 1/8 Teaspoon Allspice
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon 1/4 Cup Almond Milk, Vanilla
1 Tablespoon Cape Cod Cranberry Jam

 

Directions:

1. In an open dish, mix up the eggs, cinnamon, almond milk, allspice, and vanilla. Dip the bread into the mix, covering it on both sides.

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2. Heat up the skillet to medium heat and cook the toast on both sides for about 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown.

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3. Heat up the tablespoon of Cape Cod Jam for 3o seconds (It is a local jam made of cranberries and basil, substitute it for any cranberry based jam). Drizzle it over the french toast and top with whipped cream if desired. ENJOY!

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The small bits of nuts that are in the bread added a lot of texture to the french toast that really made it fantastic. The Cape Cod Jam isn’t too sweet and really balanced the whole thing out. I was a little nervous about the basil portion of it but it turned out great.

 

Dessert

Maggie was heading to a BBQ with some friends and she was responsible for bringing dessert. We both headed to the supermarket to pick out some fun sweets but ended up coming home with a little project…Red, White and Blue Cupcakes. Super easy but super festive!

Memorial Day Cupcakes

 

 

Ingredients:

White Cake Mix Food Coloring
White Icing Festive Sprinkles

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Directions:

1. Just mix up the cupcakes according to the box directions. After it is well stirred, separate the mix into three even bowls. Add red and blue food coloring until you get the color you like.

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2. In the cupcake pan, with the covers, first put a spoonful of red, then white, then blue batter. Bake according to the directions on the box.

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3. When the cupcakes are cool, frost it and top them off with the sprinkles! Finito!

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Maggie and I filled them up a bit high…and ended up making 12 cupcakes out of the batter that calls for 24…Whoops.

They were delicious though and just a fun twist on the traditional cupcakes. You could really do this for any holiday. Think green! for St Pattys day. Haha.

Brent and I ended up hiking to work off the french toast. Brent hadn’t been to Noon Hill before and it’s a nice little hike to a fairly high summit.

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The puppies were sufficiently tired and ready for a nap when we got back. It’s such a nice little hike. The map says it is only 1.3 miles, but I would disagree. I’m leaning towards more like 2 miles.

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What is your favorite holiday dessert??