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Tag: Breakfast and Brunch

How to Eat Cookies for Breakfast even if You’re a Responsible Adult

How to Eat Cookies for Breakfast even if You’re a Responsible Adult

  One of the perks of being an adult is you can have cookies whenever you want.     But what if you make cookies nutritious enough you can justify eating them for breakfast? Guess what? It turns out you actually CAN have cookies for …read more

Breakfast on the run? Make “Grab-and-Go” breakfast burritos

Breakfast on the run? Make “Grab-and-Go” breakfast burritos

  Feeding a family is … hectic. With the spouses and kids running off in every direction at different times; how do you make sure everyone gets a quick and healthy breakfast?   Here’s a brilliant idea – frozen breakfast burritos. This inexpensive and delicious breakfast …read more

Practically Perfect Popovers  Made goof-proof in a Muffin Tin

Practically Perfect Popovers  Made goof-proof in a Muffin Tin

    Why are people so crazy about popovers?   Could it be the golden, crisp exterior?   Or the melt-in-your-mouth tender interior?   In short, yes, and yes.   In either case, I believe the thing that makes popovers truly irresistible is the thrill …read more

Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Mousse and Balsamic Strawberries

Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Mousse and Balsamic Strawberries

  A decadent Valentine’s dessert with a surprise twist.   This Valentine’s Day have I got a treat for you! Are you sitting down?    Drum roll please!!! Red velvet waffles with cream cheese mousse and balsamic strawberries topped with sliced almonds.   And the …read more

The easiest Two Ingredient pumpkin muffins. Ever.

The easiest Two Ingredient pumpkin muffins. Ever.

    Two Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins It’s officially pumpkin flavored everything time!  Which falls directly between BBQ flavored everything time and peppermint flavored everything time. Sheesh! Where has the year gone?   In my never ending quest to hack this thing we call life, I …read more

Hatch Chili and Tomato Casserole

Hatch Chili and Tomato Casserole

      Do all you chili-heads out there know what happens each August in the Southwest? If you said “Hatch chili season!” give yourself a gold star!    That’s when the Hatch chilies ripen and appear, stacked high in boxes, along with the big …read more

Melon, Cucumber, Feta and Mint Salad

Melon, Cucumber, Feta and Mint Salad

    When melons are in peak season, the sun ripened sweetness and the rock bottom price make them irresistible. This is a sweet and savory salad that gives a fresh spin on this summer staple is equally irresistible.   It’s so simple and yet …read more

Nutrition Bombs aka – Power Pucks for Smoothies

Nutrition Bombs aka – Power Pucks for Smoothies

  Those who want to get the biggest nutritional boost from their smoothies frequently add a slew of ingredients, sometimes more than a dozen.  Proteins and chia and flax, oh my!   Rather than taking 20 minutes to make a smoothie each morning, you’ll save …read more

The Ultimate Guide to Cheap & Healthy Smoothies

The Ultimate Guide to Cheap & Healthy Smoothies

  Quick and easy, nutritious and delicious. Chock full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, protein and CHEAP!   What more can you ask from your breakfast or snack? Not a darned thing.   Smoothies are always popular. I’m sure you’ve seen the prepackaged frozen smoothie blends …read more

Easy DIY Crockpot Greek Yogurt

Easy DIY Crockpot Greek Yogurt

Ah, Greece. Way back in the day, when my former husband Bob and I were headlining entertainers on cruise ships, I remember a sunny morning wandering the island of Mykonos, Greece scouting for breakfast.  We found a sweet little Taverna with a view of the …read more

8 Cool Things to do With a Waffle Iron, Besides Make Waffles.

8 Cool Things to do With a Waffle Iron, Besides Make Waffles.

    You know that waffle iron you got as a wedding gift?  It’s probably in the dark recesses of your kitchen cabinet behind all the other things you use once a year. Well, I’d like to let the humble waffle iron see the light …read more

Overnight Oatmeal is Power Packed for Pennies

Overnight Oatmeal is Power Packed for Pennies

  When it comes to cheap eats it doesn’t get more frugal and fabulous than oatmeal. It’s a whole grain, packed with fiber and nutrients, the neutral flavor is compatible with endless variations, and costs mere pennies per serving.   Are you sold yet?   …read more