Monthly Archives: March 2016

Breakfast For Dinner

Over the weekend I was watching the Food Network Channel, as I often do in the evening. Honestly, I don’t even remember what was on and it probably had nothing to do with breakfast. But seeing all the delicious foods got me thinking about breakfast. I love breakfast!

As a kid my mom would make breakfast for dinner on a regular basis. So naturally, when I got married I had visions of doing breakfast for dinner with our children. It was at the mention of this, that my husband informs me he doesn’t like breakfast for dinner. What’s more, he likes very few breakfast items. No pancakes, eggs, or waffles. Just bacon, sausage, and biscuits with gravy. Sausage gravy to be specific.  So, up until a few nights ago we had never done breakfast for dinner in our nearly 7 years of marriage.

Anyway, as I was watching the food channel I began dreaming up breakfast recipes. That ‘s how I came up with Breakfast Egg Rolls! I love a nice crispy, golden egg roll wrap. So of course, the obvious solution would be to make egg rolls stuffed with scrambled eggs, bacon, and cheese with a good bacon gravy dipping sauce. Then, I thought, if  I am making a bacon gravy, I may as well grab a can of Pillsbury Biscuits. Yum!

Breakfast Egg Roll Ingredients:

4 – Egg Roll Wraps

4 – Eggs (Scrambled)

About 1/4 Cup – Shredded Cheddar Cheese

1-2 Slices – Bacon (cooked and crumbled)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Place cooked scrambled eggs in the center of the egg roll wraps. Layer with a handful of shredded cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon. Wet the four corners of each wrap and fold into a burrito.

(I placed the biscuits in the oven first for the recommended amount of time. Then, I placed the eggs rolls on a separate greased cookie sheet along side the biscuits during their last five minutes of cook time. This was a mistake for two reasons. First – it took fifteen minutes for the egg rolls to golden. Second – I love a crispy wrap. Baking them does not give the desired affect. Next time I will fry them in olive oil. It will only take a few minutes and give it the texture I like.)

Overall, I loved the breakfast egg rolls, but I definitely recommend frying them in a skillet on the stove versus baking them in the oven.

Bacon Gravy Ingredients:

Bacon drippings

2-4 Tablespoons -Flour

1 -2 Cups – Milk

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

(I mostly just eye ball this recipe, as I watched my mom make it for years!) Slowly add flour to the pan of bacon drippings over medium heat and whisk continuously. Begin adding milk as need to thin out the gravy so it doesn’t become lumpy. Add flour and milk as needed. Continue whisking. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and serve.

Breakfast for dinner was delicious! What creations are you cooking up in the kitchen?

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

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Love and LulaRoe

I first heard about LulaRoe last summer during a local moms morning out event. The pop-up shop was buzzing with activity and items were flying off the table. Women of all ages, shapes, and sizes were armed with their purchases. Almost giddy with happiness. So of course, I had to check it out.

I must admit the colorful clothing was intriguing. The feel of the soft material was unlike anything I had ever felt. Unfortunately, I couldn’t seem to talk myself into trying anything on for fear I would want to make a purchase. Like so many other mothers, we rarely think of ourselves. I just didn’t feel comfortable with the idea of purchasing something for me. As the months went by, I began noticing my newsfeed buzzing with talk of LulaRoe.

So, a few weeks ago I decided to attend a LulaRoe party. I didn’t really have any expectations. My only thought was, maybe I could exchange my baggy jeans and ill fitted t-shirts for a pair of nicely fitted leggings and a cute top. Something easy and quick to throw on, while looking put together. So, I spent a few hours to myself, browsing and trying things on.

My thoughts – LulaRoe far exceeded my expectations! I feel confident and beautiful, while looking great! I have lived in my solid black leggings for the past week. Leggings and me! Who would have thought?! I love the feel and fit! They are so comfortable that I am not rushing to throw on a pair of pajama pants the second I get home. The clothing is easy to throw on, especially when trying to rush out the door with my daughter. I love that LulaRoe feels and fits beautifully for all body types.

When was the last time you did something for yourself? Consider changing out those jeans for a pair of soft and comfortable leggings!

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Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Muffins

One of my favorite networks to watch is the Food Network. I’m always fascinated by how quickly people can come up with recipes off the top of their head – especially when it comes to the kids baking challenges. I can’t believe these children can make gourmet baked goods without following a recipe.

While I’m no gourmet chef, I do consider myself a pretty good cook and baker.  Over the course of the past seven years I have become pretty good at substituting and omitting items from a recipe, on the spot.  I can even whip up a simple meal without the use of a structured recipe.  Of course, like anyone I’ve had my share of both recipe failures and  successes!

Then, it occurred to me as I was planning my daughters breakfast and lunches for the week – I have always used a structured recipe when it comes to baking.  If I can prepare simple meals without a recipe in front of me, certainly I could bake without one. I mean, I have been baking for a long time, so I knew I was more than capable of coming up with my own recipe using all the basic ingredients. So, earlier this week, that’s just what I did!

My daughter has been on a chocolate chip kick for the last several months!  Every week  she asked for the same things, chocolate chip pancakes and waffles. Of course I’m big on variety, so this is not something I make every single week.  When I do, I typically omit sugar from the recipe or use a very small amount. For me, it’s a personal choice. I feel adding chocolate chips is more than enough sugar content. So if I’m going to make chocolate chip pancakes and waffles, I typically make a healthy batter.

However, when it comes to muffins, breads, cupcakes, and cakes – I always use sugar.  I have made healthy breakfast muffin recipes in the past. The ones where you omit the sugar and use Greek yogurt, applesauce, or honey.  Unfortunately, my daughter was uninterested in most of those recipes.  Her request for this week was chocolate chip pancakes and I thought, while I could make them for a second week in a row –  why not throw caution to the wind?  Why don’t I try to make a healthy chocolate chip muffin without following a structured recipe?

It’s raining muffins!

I had a bunch of leftover bananas from the week before, oatmeal in the cupboard, and about a half a bag of chocolate chips.  I figured with that and all the basic baking ingredients I have in the cupboard, I could make a pretty good muffin off the top of my head.  So I set to work in the kitchen on my own baking challenge!

Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Muffins

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup oats

1 cup chocolate chips

3 ripened bananas (mashed)

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1  teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch of nutmeg

2  large eggs

1 cup milk

1/4 cup of brown sugar

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well. Spray muffin pans with cooking spray. Fill each tin with batter 3/4 of the way full. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 25 minutes.

Final product:

Constructing these muffins without a specific recipe is something I found to be very easy. Having baked so often, I felt all the basic ingredients come to me very quickly.  My spice cabinet was brimming with all the usual suspects.  However, I did get tripped up in a few places. Eggs. How many did I need?? Some healthy recipes that I’ve done use no eggs. General baking recipes use between one and two eggs,  so how many was I supposed to use?  I decided that it was better to use a little more than a little less when it came to this ingredient. So I settled with two large eggs.

Sugar was the next thing to trip me up.  When it comes to breakfast batters and chocolate chips, I typically omit the sugar or only used a few tablespoons.  Since my daughter doesn’t like those healthy muffins where you omit the sugar or substitute it for something else I wasn’t 100% comfortable leaving it out. At the same time, I wasn’t comfortable using a whole cup of sugar, as I typically would for a baked dessert.  It took me a few minutes to finally decide, but I just couldn’t seem to go without the sugar. So settled on about one fourth of a cup of brown sugar.

After adding the bananas and all the other dried ingredients. I realized I needed something liquidy to combine them all into a batter. So I added the eggs. I quickly realized, that eggs alone, were not enough to combine everything.  So I’m standing there wondering what I was missing?  After several minutes it finally occurred to me. Milk!  So I added one cup of milk and began to stir.  Slowly it began looking like a typical batter. By this point my confidence was building. Maybe I didn’t always need to use a recipe for baking? Maybe I could experiment on my own, like so many others? Of course the real test was the first bite.

The muffins were delicious! I realized later in the day after already eating three muffins that I forgot one typical baking ingredients – butter. I thought to myself, was it OK that I accidentally left out butter from a baking recipe? Then I realized, yes, yes it was!  They tasted amazing! So why mess with with a good thing? Later that evening I’d also  come to the realization that I had made one healthy batter my daughter enjoys, which has no butter, but does include one cup of milk. Her simple pancake recipe – with chocolate chips added of course! So while I think I could tweak a few things for next time – maybe even omit the sugar completely. In my opinion, they were pretty darn good!

If you haven’t baked anything without using a recipe. Give it a try! You just might make an excellent creation!

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