Floral arrangements are a great decorating accent for your home, particularly during the festive winter entertaining season. But between the expense of presents and parties, a pricey custom bouquet might not be in your budget. I am continually asked for advice on how to create simple, relatively inexpensive floral arrangements, so I decided that today I will pass on a few of my own do-it-yourself tips and tricks. Whether you are on a tight holiday budget or simply love the idea of crafting your own, I am here to show you how to take a grocery store bouquet from average to exceptional!
Entries Tagged as 'Breakfast'
Jan 15, 2014
Today’s post is short and sweet (literally). I am sharing a quick recipe for simple cinnamon & pecan french toast casserole. It’s one of my favorites because you can put it together the night before, handy if you are entertaining house guests or hosting an afternoon brunch.
It’s sticky and sweet and may put you into diabetic shock but it’s worth it. Here is the recipe… Continue Reading »
Mar 20, 2013
Hi There! Today I am just sharing a quick recipe. In my weekend wrap-up post I told you that my husband tried this great recipe for spinach frittata with sweet potato hash for breakfast on Sunday. My friend Erin asked for the recipe on Instagram so I thought I would share. It is from the Sprouted Kitchen cookbook, a new favorite in our house. Enjoy!
- 8 eggs
- ½ cup milk
- Sea salt and black pepper
- 2 small sweet potatoes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 green onions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
- 2 cups baby spinach (give it a few chops with a knife if you’d like)
- ⅓ cup goat cheese (about 3 ounces, use regular or herbed goat cheese)
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, a pinch of salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper. A couple dashes of hot sauce would be a good idea, too.
- Peel the sweet potatoes and chop them into ¼-inch cubes. In a 10-inch sauté pan (or well-seasoned cast iron skillet), warm the olive oil over medium heat.
- Add the potatoes and toss to coat, then sprinkle with cumin and ½ teaspoon salt and stir. Cook the sweet potatoes, stirring occasionally, until they are cooked through and have brown marks, 10 to 15 minutes (add another little splash of olive oil if the potatoes start sticking to the pan).
- Sprinkle the green onions on top of the potatoes, then the spinach. Cover the pan with a lid or cookie sheet if you have one, and cook until the spinach wilts, a minute or two.
- Turn the heat down to low. Whisk the eggs one last time and pour them over the spinach.
- Crumble the goat cheese with your fingers or a fork over the top of the frittata.
- Put the pan in the oven and bake until you can shake the pan and see that the middle is just barely set, about 12 to 18 minutes.
- Set the frittata aside for a few minutes before slicing it. Sprinkle with pepper and cilantro.
Mar 5, 2013
Breakfast is the toughest meal for me to stay on track. I miss the days when I could eat a bowl or two or cereal with a huge glass of juice but since I was diagnosed with my inflammatory problem I’ve had to change my routine. Protein shakes and meal bars have been my staple but somedays I would rather starve than choke one down. I’ve done some research and oats are on my approved foods list. I figured if I could have them as oatmeal I should be able to have them in granola. Store bought versions have way too much sugar and mystery ingredients so I set out on my quest to find a homemade recipe that would allow me to control the ingredients.
Jan 25, 2013
TGIF! I hope you all are ready for the weekend, I know I am. I had a really busy week organizing and for the first time since our home was robbed I spent the week home alone. I was a bit nervous but our new alarm system and my guard dog Harper put my mind at ease. My husband was working on a project at the New York Google office all week. Lucky guy, I would have loved to tag along like I did last summer but the trip came up at the last-minute.
It was his last week working as an IT auditor, he recently took a new job at the company in engineering. He is really excited about the transition and I am hoping that it will give him more opportunities to grow. I originally thought we would be here for three years max, probably because that is the longest that we have lived anywhere. With this new position that means we will be staying longer, how long you ask? Well, your guess is as good as mine. Being the independent lady that I am it is difficult for me to deal with the unknown but I guess I am going to have to keep rolling with the punches…
Sep 12, 2012
Eggs are not my favorite but they have become a staple in my new low carb lifestyle. It is much easier for me to stomach them for dinner than for breakfast so I have been trying new recipes once a week to jazz them up.
Mar 15, 2012
When I saw this recipe in Cooking Light last month I was so confused. How could a muffin recipe with chocolate chips ever be light? I love espresso and and chocolate and this recipe is a great way to enjoy the fantastic combo first thing in the morning. This recipe is really quick to make, no mixer required!