My normal breakfast routine lately involves grabbing a cup of tea and a granola bar just before I head down to the basement to start my morning workout. (Pretty sure I do this half asleep most mornings.) Some days I eat a yogurt after my workout but I hardly ever treat myself to a proper breakfast.
I tend to change up my breakfast routines with the changing seasons too. Sometimes I get into an oatmeal routine, sometimes I make myself an egg in the morning, but this winter - I'm in a granola bar and yogurt pattern. (Honestly, it seems more like a summertime breakfast but, whatever.)
Even though it didn't fit into my current breakfast routine, when I saw the picture of this Lemon Blueberry Bread in my new Vera Bradley cookbook, I knew I had to give it a try . I just have to say that this bread was awesome and it didn't last long in this house.
Consider my morning routine changed. I am going to have to keep a loaf of this bread on hand to add to my usual granola bar breakfast.
Lemon Blueberry Bread
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoons salt
6 Tablespoons butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 cup blueberries, tossed with 2 teaspoons flour
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
Pour into a greased loaf pan.
Bake 55 minutes at 350.
Pierce warm bread with a skewer. Pour lemon glaze over bread. Cool in pan 30 minutes.
Move to a wire rack or cutting board to cool completely.
Slice and Serve.
I do recognize that this recipe is probably better suited for a Springtime blog post but I certainly didn't want to wait a couple more months before making it and I'm sure that wont want to wait either. This bread is delicious.
I officially have Fall fever. The weather in Boston last weekend was perfect. The cool, crisp air and cloudless blue sky was perfect for boating, walking around town and even strolling along the beach. I have officially been launched into full blown pumpkin carving, apple picking, leaf raking cravings.
Coming home to 90 degree weather wasn't easy but I am still hopeful that Fall-like temperatures will reach Atlanta soon.
As a farewell to summer - I've decided to post one final summertime recipe.
I'm not sure why I categorize lemon squares into the "Summertime" recipe category except that their sunny yellow color just reminds me of a warm summer day. The crispy, buttery crust and delicate lemon filling with its bright flavor is the perfect treat for any day.
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
12 Tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 1/3 cups sugar
3 Tablespoons flour
2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
Pour filling over warm crust. Reduce oven to 325. Bake 20 minutes.
Cut into squares. (I made 24 roughly 2 inch squares.)
Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Serve. I like to eat my lemon squares with a glass of ice cold lemonade.
I'ts a little known fact that I'm not a big fan of hanging out on the beach in the summer. It's not that I don't LIKE the beach - it's more of an aversion to sand in my bathing suit and prolonged sun exposure that I don't enjoy. I actually really enjoy hearing the sound of the ocean, searching for sea shells and walking along the shoreline.
We completely enjoyed the beach last weekend - even if we were in sweatshirts. (My kind of beach trip for sure.)
What's on your bucket list? I've been asking people this question to people that I meet lately and it turns out - you can find out a whole lot about a person with just that one simple question. Where are the places that they dream about visiting and what are the things that they long to achieve?
One of the places on MY bucket list is ALASKA. And I'm super happy to announce that we are going to make that bucket list trip this summer! (I'm so excited I can hardly stand it.) Consider this your warning that the blog WILL be bombarded with Alaska pictures the minute that we return. :)
Maybe it's just because I love to bake but I also have a baking bucket list. What's a baking bucket list you ask? A list of things that I want to bake but I'm afraid to try because I'm afraid that they're too complicated or simply because I don't feel qualified. One of the things on my baking bucket list is macaroons.
I've had a fascination with macaroons for a long time. They're just the most perfect, delicate and delicious little treat. It's mostly a lack of confidence that's kept me from tackling this delicate treat. The list of ingredients isn't long and the instructions are fairly straightforward but for whatever reason - I was completely intimidated by the macaroon.
Well, today is the day that I stepped up, made my first macaroon and crossed this tasty little treat off my baking bucket list. No more excuses. Spoiler alert - they turned out great!!
Strawberry Shortcake Macaroons
Combine almond flour and powdered sugar. Fold into sugar mixture.
Pipe filling into each of the circles on the parchment paper. Let sit on counter for 2 hours to dry.
Bake 15-17 minutes in a 300 degree oven. Let cool completely.
Fill with a dollop of whipped cream and some freshly sliced strawberries for the cutest strawberry shortcake macaroon ever.
So, I want to know - what is on YOUR bucket list? Leave me a comment and tell me about the places that you dream of visiting or the crazy things that you want to accomplish.
It's soccer playoff season. Woohooo! I love watching my favorite high school team play their way to the championship.
As much as I love playoff season - it does present some challenges like ... there is no way to predict where the next game will be played. We've been known to traverse the state of Georgia in previous years, in pursuit of soccer playoff games. (It's a good lesson in flexibility for this self-proclaimed over planner.)
Ham and cheese sandwiches are a family favorite so I gave mine a little boost and made them soccer playoff game worthy - and packable. Its amazing how you can boost the appeal of a simple ham and cheese sandwich by adding a flaky croissant and some honey mustard. Wrap these yummy sandwiches in a foil and take them to a game - soccer game food never tasted so good.
The ingredients for these sandwiches are simple - Croissants, Ham, Cheese and Honey Mustard.
Cut croissants in half. Spread honey mustard on each half.
Add a slice of cheese to each half.
Place ham on top of cheese.
Wrap each sandwich in foil and bake 10 minutes in a 350 oven.
Take these to the soccer game - or eat them at home --- either way - these are delicious sandwiches.
As for the soccer team - they are advancing to the sweet 16 next week!! Way to go girls.
Sunday night breakfast for dinner is one of my most favorite meals that I cook all week. Weekday mornings are so rushed and everyone is usually in such a hurry to get out the door that our morning meals are less than extraordinary. BUT Sunday night is a different story. I normally have a little more time to invest in our final meal of the weekend.
Last night I made Sunny Side Egg Cups for dinner and they were a big hit. Even though I had extra time, they only took about 20 minutes to make. Now that I know how easy they are to make - these could even make these for a quick weekday breakfast too.
I decided to leave them plain and let everyone personalize their own egg with "toppings." (Sausage, turkey bacon and fresh herbs) We all agreed that these Sunny Side Egg Cups were so good that we need to have them again soon.
Sunny Side Egg Cups
6 slices bread
1 Tablespoon butter, melted
1 ounce cheddar, shredded
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 sliced turkey bacon, cooked and diced
2 Tablespoons sausage, cooked
fresh herbs, chopped (basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary)
With cut sides facing, place 2 bread halves in each of 6 greased muffin cups. Bake 5 minutes.
Bake 18 minutes at 37 or until desired doneness. While egg cooks, prepare toppings. I chose turkey bacon, sausage, fresh basil, rosemary and oregano as my "toppings".
My other favorites were a sausage/oregano egg cup and a rosemary/turkey bacon egg cup.
The possibilities for these Sunny Side Egg Cups are endless. Tomatoes, hash browns, salsa, ooohhhh baby. We are going to have to have these again soon - just so that I can make a Mexican Sunny Side Egg Cup.
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