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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



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


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



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.




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.




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.



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.



The bunny is simply made of Pillsbury Breadsticks.


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.



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.






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.



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 🙂



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?!


Banana Almond Oat Bread

A few weeks ago when I made the Baked Cranberry Almond Oatmeal Brent had made the suggestion of making a cinnamon banana version of it. There isn’t a banana bread out there that he doesn’t like and I have to agree. Of all of the breads out there, it has be one of my favorites. So, when he suggested it, I obviously thought it was a fantastic idea, and went to work on creating one.

I like it better than the cranberry almond, and others liked the cranberry almond better. I guess it really is up to your own taste. But the best part I think, is the fact that it is gluten free, so my youngest sister Bridget can enjoy it along with the rest of us. Now, the directions for each of them are the same so if you do like the pictures that go along with it…just head over to the Cranberry Almond.

Banana Almond Oat Bread


2 Cups Oats 1/2 Cup Chopped Almonds
2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Cup Vanilla Yogurt 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 Cup Milk 1 Banana Chopped
2 Tablespoon Honey 1 Egg
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon


1. In a bowl, mix the oats, almonds, chia seeds, baking soda and cranberries.

2. Add in the egg, honey, yogurt, milk and honey. Stir until consistent throughout.

3. Bake it at 350 degrees for approximately 40 minutes in a greased bread pan.

As soon as the edges as browned and the center looks cooked through, it is good to go. Really kind of a simple recipe but the outcome is fantastic. It’s really healthy and filling.

I’m not even going to lie, I enjoyed it with another latte.


Ever since Maggie introduce me to to them, I can’t get enough of it. They are light, and really not difficult to make. They get a bed reputation because the clean up is supposedly difficult and time consuming, but I don’t really find it tedious. I think it’s completely worth it to whip these guys up.

What are your thoughts on an at home latte??

Nemo Had Me Baking

For everyone out here in New England, you all know about Nemo. Nemo ended up leaving us with 30 inches of snow between Friday and yesterday. Yes…we measured 🙂

After playing out in the snow with the puppies for a while, I whipped up some breakfast for the fam with Maggie. There are 7 of us, so it’s never a simple task. I don’t know how Mama C ever did it for this many years.

For breakfast, Maggie and I made some Whole Wheat Cranberry Pancakes with an Apple Topping.

Apple Topping

You all know by now that I’m a big fan of the fruit toppings on pancakes. This, was delicious. I ended up making two different kinds, an Apple Cinnamon and an Apple Cocoa Cinnamon.

Ingredients: Apple Cinnamon

3 Apples, peeled and chopped 1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon 1/3 Cup Water

Ingredients: Apple Cocoa Cinnamon

3 Apples, peeled and chopped 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon 1/3 Cup Water
1 Tablespoon Cocoa Powder


1. Heat all ingredients in a small pot until apples are cooked through, about 10 minutes. Stir to keep it from burning.


Easy Peasy!

We made some Cranberry Gluten Free Pancakes for my sister, which I got much better at making this time! Whole Wheat Cranberry Pancakes for everyone else, and some whole wheat waffles! We all topped it with either the Cocoa or the Cinnamon Topping. Yummmm.

After Breakfast, we headed to tackle some of the snow that was still building up. This is just a view from inside the garage:



Brent helped clean off the roof because our heat wasn’t working yet and they were trying to get at the vent.



Brent is 6 foot 5…just to give you an idea…

It took a solid 2 hours for us to just clear the driveway and we had 6 people working on it. Slightly ridiculous. After shoveling for so long, we headed in and grabbed some lunch. We also sipped on some hot chocolate that Brent’s family had sent us for christmas. Candy Cane Hot Chocolate. YUM.


Can’t beat that when you need to warm up.

What is your favorite drink after shoveling snow??

Low Calorie, Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes

Ohhhh Yeeaaaa, it’s pumpkin season! I’m so excited. It may be one of my favorite things to bake and cook with. So to start off the pumpkin festivities, I made some pumpkin pancakes this morning. They were AMAZING! Seriously.




1 Cup Flour 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder Salt to Taste
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg 1 Egg
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil 1 Cup Skim Milk
1/3 Cup Pumpkin



1. In a small bowl, mix the egg, oil, milk and pumpkin. Then, in a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients, flour, sugar, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Combine both mixes.


2. Heat up a skillet to medium heat. After warmed, spray the pan and spoon out the batter onto the skillet. I use a soup ladle to measure it out and keep it cleaner.


3. Once bubbles start to come to the surface, flip the pancake. It should be perfectly brown. If not, adjust the heat down a bit.



The batter makes about 10 pancakes. A serving of 2 pancakes only gets you to 225 calories! Fantastic!

I topped min with bananas and a bit more cinnamon.



These were some of the best pancakes I have ever had. When I make something that is especially good, Brent will say “Babe, you did good things” while he shoves the next bite into his mouth. Today, I got a “Babe you did great things” as he shoved the next bite into his mouth with bug eyes.

Great success. The puppies we standing around dying for a bit too.


Next time I’m thinking of doing some wheat flour instead. It seems like the wheat and the pumpkin would go really well together.

Apple Flaxseed Oatmeal and Universal Studios

This weekend my brother and sister came to visit from Boston so we are trying to hit a few fun places. Yesterday we we to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. It was an absolute blast.

We ended up going on every roller coaster and ride, except for two, Spiderman and Minions of Mayhem. Two goodies. This is one of the roller coasters that you can go on, if you dare!

We Dared! Although we have difference of opinion of which ride was the best. It definitely left us all a bit light headed and nauseous by the end of the day.

Here are just a few other pictures from the adventure,

And this last one…is fantastic. While you are walking around the park in the 95 degree summer weather, they have a cooling station with Coke drinks and this…

you stand on the inside of this cola bottle and it sprays a cool mist, filling the bottle. Perfect for a hot summer day. The best part is a lady’s voice that speaks to you while you are inside of it. When the cola bottle is done misting you, she says “Coolation Complete.” A little boy that had jumped in this just before us didn’t like the talking lady at all! The whole time he was standing in there he was yelling at her. After coolation was completed he ran out of it screaming, “Shut up stupid robot lady!” We lost it.

But anyways, to start off the day we had some Apple Flaxseed Oatmeal. It was FANTASTIC!!


1 1/2 Cups Regular Oats 3 Cups Almond Milk
1 Medium Granny Smith Apple, Diced 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3 Tablespoons Light Brown Sugar 3 Tablespoon Slivered Almonds
1/3 Cup Flaxseed, Ground 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon


1. In a medium to large sized saucepan, combine the milk (can use dairy milk), oats, salt, cinnamon, apples and flaxseed. Bring the mixture to a simmer.

2. Then stir on the vanilla. Cover it and bring the heat down a bit. Simmer this until it is at the texture that you like your oatmeal.

3. Once the oatmeal is finished, take it out of the pan because you don’t want it cooking too long. Spoon it into your bowls and top it with the brown sugar and almond slices.

This recipe makes about 6 servings at about 200 calories and it is YUMMM. I had a bunch of leftovers and this still tastes fantastic reheated. Just add a bit more of your milk before you reheat it to make sure it doesn’t get too dry.

It really fills you up and tastes great!

After the day finished up, we headed to BoneFish Grill. I had eaten there once before and loved it. But going there and not eating fish was interesting. EVERYTHING has fish in it, not surprisingly. The only option was a caesar salad.

When the waiter came around to take our orders, I asked him to surprise me with something that didn’t have meat. Let me tell you! It was better than anything I probably could have gotten from the menu! I tried to take a good picture but the lighting was pretty terrible for photos.

I was so happy with this. Everyone was grabbing for a taste. It had steamed veggies, feta cheese, pepitas, artichoke hearts, mangos, spinach, and avocados. It was topped with a lemon vinaigrette. Seriously fantastic.

This is why i really like to ask the waiter a whole bunch of questions because they really know what’s good in the kitchen and what to steer away from. It you have a good one, they will surprise you with something delicious that you never would have thought of yourself.

Bonefish has a great reputation for their food and it is definitely deserved. All of our food was unbelievable and the service was amazing. My sister had wanted the topping from their Lily Chicken on a Salmon. Absolutely no problem. She loved it.

Today, is a winery and some golf.

Happy Eating!