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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 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 🙂

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.

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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!

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!

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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??

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the Long Weekend!

I have been DYING for a long weekend just to NOT think about work. Since I started my new job I haven’t had a day off and I really just wanted a few days to put the work and the emails aside to do whatever I felt like.

For Memorial Day weekend, I headed down to Cape Cod to stay at my parents house. I actually drove down on Thursday night and went to a few meetings on Friday to avoid traffic. Yesterday, I woke up around 7 and headed outside to let Oreo and Bacon do their thing when I spotted THIS guy hanging around the street.

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HOW COOL IS HE?! I have seen a few turtles before, but this was by far the largest that I have seen just out for a stroll. Bacon ran over to it clearly thinking it was a rock. But upon further investigation, ie sniffing, he discovered it was alive. He jumped backwards three feet and just glared at it in curiosity. Oreo…still thought it was a rock. Besides the large turtle roaming around, they had a fantastic time chasing the rabbits that were trying get in a morning breakfast of clovers.

Breakfast

For breakfast, I whipped up an egg sandwich deal on a pumpernickel bagel. I’m trying to cut back a bit on the amount of bread that I’m eating because I recently realized that all I eat is really carbs and carbs. So, I toasted up half a bagel, cooked 2 eggs over hard, seasoned them with some cajun seasoning and melted a half a slice of cheese on both. With the pan still hot, I chopped up two small tomatoes and warmed them up with bits of turkey. Threw the tomatoes and turkey on top and BAM! Yummy!

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After eating and relaxing a bit more. We headed out to check out some of the consignment shops that are in the area. I had heard that they were actually quite good and you can find some pretty unique things at very low prices. I was actually really surprised how many there were once you started looking…and the size on them! You could really find anything you wanted at these shops and pay much less than going to retail stores. I was particularly interested in some of the furniture.

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After poking around for a little while, we came across this candy shop, Candy Co in Yarmouth, that I had heard has just about every type of candy you can think of…even some that you can’t seem to find anymore. That sold me. And…they really did have just about everything you could like of. This was only HALF the wall:

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Penny Candy, PEEPS! Irish chocolate and sweets. My family and I had gone to Ireland a long time ago and I remember LOVING these candy:

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They had a whole wall of Jelly Bellies that you could just pick out the flavors that you wanted. Such a great idea. We had so much fun just walking about and taking notice of some of the oldies but goodies that you just don’t see anymore. My favorite throw back were the Fruit Strip Gum.

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The gum was good…it lost it’s flavor fairly quickly but the best part were the tattoos that you could put on your tongue! Who remembers that?!

Anyone up for a cricket in their lollipop?!

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NO thanks.

I ended up walking out with some chocolate covered espresso beans and enjoyed a few on the ride home. They are one of my favorite treats.

After a day of walking around town, Brent and I headed to DJs Pub, which I had heard had FANTASTIC wings that you just had to try. Who can resist. We got there at the start of the second period of the Bruins game last night…and that was a poor choice. We waited for a while in the doorway with a few other people. And after around 20 minutes of waiting, a table for 6 cleared. With several groups of twos waiting, we decided to sit down with another couple.

Immediately, the PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY WINGS jumped off the menu at me. Now, that WAS my favorite sandwich when I was little, but I don’t know about putting that combo on a wing. So…we had to try it.

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Yes. That is peanut butter and jelly smothering those wings. And I have to say…it was different but really good! The peanut butter had a little spice to it, which really made the flavor. We tried the buffalo as well, but they weren’t as notable as the PB and J. Next time, perhaps a garlic?!

 

What was your favorite candy growing up?? 

 

 

 

Easter, Easter, Easter!

Happy Easter

 

Easter for my family was fairly low key which was nice. I actually haven’t been home in a while for Easter and I feel like I kind of forgot what the celebration was like. I woke up this morning around 7 and started making some goodies for breakfast. The star of the meal was by far the Apple Cider and Rum French Toast, that was topped with chunky applesauce from Trader Joe’s. YUMMY.

Apple Cider French Toast

 

Ingredients:

4 Slices of White Bread 3 Eggs
1/4 Cup Apple Cider 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Bacardi Rum

Directions:

1. Mix up the eggs, apple cider, rum and cinnamon until well blended.

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2. Soak the bread lightly in the mix on both sides and cook it on a skillet sprayed with non-stick spray over medium heat. Brown it on both sides.

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And ENJOY! These were such a hit. You could really taste the apple cider in the french toast, with a hint of rum. the chunky apples sauce on top really tied it together.

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I also made some soft, hard boiled eggs. Doesn’t make sense…but it will! I am a BIG fan of these guys and I felt like they were appropriate for Easter considering they are shaped like an egg still. If I had thought about it a little more, I may have added a little dye to the water to color them 🙂

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So fun right??! They are super easy. Boil some water and place the eggs in for 6 minutes exactly. When you take them out, place them right into a cold bowl of water. When they are cool, peel them and enjoy! Love them!!

We enjoyed all of this with some bacon and fresh berries. I’d say a solid showing for breakfast.

After breakfast, we headed out to church.

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Then started getting ready for the main event. I took on the job of just one of the appetizer plates. I decided on a festive Bunny Veggie Platter. I had previously made a cornucopia for Thanksgiving and wanted to do something similar for Easter.

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The bunny is simply made of Pillsbury Breadsticks.

Directions:

1. Take a two pieces of tin foil and shape them into the body and the head of the bunny. Place them next to each other on a greased cookie sheet. Start by placing the bread sticks over the bread sticks over the tin foil, making sure you tuck a portion of each stick under the tin foil. This makes sure that there is something to hold up the bunny once your remove the tin foil. Add on a piece for the nose and ears. I had some leftover, so I made a carrot as well.

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2. Mix 1 egg and 1 Tablespoon of water in a small bowl. With a brush, generously paint it on the bunny. Season with salt to taste and garlic powder to taste. Bake the bunny (and carrot in our case) in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes, or until they are nice and browned.

 

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3. Once the breadsticks have cooled, flip them over carefully and peel out the tin foil. This is why it is important to tuck the breadsticks around a bit. It won’t have anything to stand on if you don’t.

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Once the tin foil is out, you are done! Place chopped veggies around it to make it look nice. I used two olive slices for the eyes because the dough ones moved a bit when it came out of the oven. One of the eyes baked onto the ear. Not a good look for a bunny.

I think this turned out really well. So festive 🙂

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We had some family come over and had little easter egg hunt for the little girls. It was a lot of fun to watch them run around the yard looking for eggs and getting all excited. I was thinking that maybe we should hide beer and have an adult easter egg hunt. That may just happen next year…

Over all, it was a really fun Easter. Nothing too crazy, but exciting enough!

What is your ideal holiday?? Low key with family or wild and crazy?!