Monday, January 12, 2015

Brunch Idea

Oh weekend brunch with endless mimosas, WHERE are you??!! I always find myself searching for the best spot that has this deal, and usually looking for one that is at least open until 2 PM, since I am not out of bed until 11 AM on weekends! Yes, there are a couple spots around my house to go to, but they are all about a 20-30 minute drive, and after having endless mimosas you are stuck out in that area until you are good to drive. So I've come up with a solution!! Make your own brunch and mimosas! You are going to save money, save calories (you know how much butter/oil you are using), and don't have to drive anywhere (as long as you go to the store the day before).

Your shopping list for Friday:

  • Champagne (more than one bottle if you want bottomless mimosas)
  • Orange Juice
  • Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Potatoes
  • Bread
  • Ketchup (optional)

Saturday and/or Sunday morning brunch instructions:
  1. Wake up and pop that champagne! Fill the glass half-way (or more) and top it with orange juice. You can then start the cooking.
  2. Start the potatoes:
    • Heat oven to 420 degrees.
    • Slice 2 or 3 potatoes into small squares or triangles.
    • Place potatoes onto 13 x 9 or whatever you have (make sure you spray it with cooking spray)
    • Season potatoes with salt, pepper, and anything else (I use garlic salt or paprika)
    • Put in oven for 25 minutes, then flip and re-season.
    • Put back in oven for another 25 minutes or till crisp to your desire!
  3. While waiting for the first 25 minutes of the potatoes to go by, put on some dance music and continue drinking your mimosa.
  4. After flipping the potatoes and adding another 25 minutes for potatoes, wait until the timer gets down to 10 minutes left and start making the bacon. Put bacon on pan on medium heat, flip after 3 minutes.  Continue cooking until desired crispness.
  5. Also while cooking the bacon, use another pan to make the eggs. You can make the eggs anyway you would like, but I make mine over-easy. If that is too difficult, just go with scrambled. (I hope you can handle that without directions.) :-)
  6. Make sure to pop in the bread for some side toast!
  7. When everything is ready, you can go with my style, place the bacon on the toast, and put an egg on top of it to make an open-faced egg sandwich. Potatoes can soak up any extra yolk and/or use ketchup for potatoes.
Enjoy and BE healthy, have fun, don't have too many mimosas or you might end up needing my Hangover Cures !

Monday, December 1, 2014

Elf Yourself!

Happy December everyone! There's nothing like bringing in the holidays with a video of yourself dancing as an elf. Have fun creating your own, but in the meantime, check out mine here:


Monday, September 1, 2014

Math Tip


Here is a tip I recently discovered from my mom, who is a math teacher! It can come in handy when trying to figure out discounts on clothes at the mall, or figuring out what to tip for a service. Some teachers don't even know this trick! Here goes:

Can you tell me what 17 % of 50 is? 

The easy way is to flip this equation around to what is 50% of 17? Which is very easy to do, half of 17 is 8.5. This means that 8.5 is also the answer to 17% of 50! 

You can do this with any percentage problem, just flip it around and the answer will be the same. To prove this to you, think about what is 10% of 100, 10 right? Well 100% of 10 is 10 as well. Get it? Hopefully this will come in handy for you one day!

With school being back in session I thought this would be a perfect post for this Monday :-)

Enjoy and be smart!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Blueberry Moscow Mule


Recipe found at Sugar and Charm
Blueberry Moscow Mule Directions
Pour the ginger beer, vodka and lime juice in a copper cup and stir. Add in the ice and then pour a little blueberry syrup on the top. Give it another stir and garnish with blueberries and a lime wedge.
Blueberry Syrup
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon sugar
Directions
Bring the ingredients to a boil for 5 minutes, then let it simmer for another 10 minutes until it thickens. Strain over a glass bowl and let it cool.

Enjoy!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Turkey Burgers with Peach Blueberry Topping


Delicious summer dinner that is light! Found this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens. To make it even lighter, omit the cheese like I did.

Ingredients
4
small peaches
1
pound ground turkey
 
Salt
 
Ground black pepper
4
slices Monterey Jack cheese
1/2
cup blueberries
1/4
teaspoon chili powder
4
thick slices roasted garlic country bread or garlic bread, toasted if desired
Directions
  1. Finely chop one of the peaches; add ground turkey, salt, and pepper. Shape turkey mixture into four 1/2-inch-thick patties (if necessary, dampen hands first). Grill on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes per side or until no pink remains (165 degrees F). Add cheese; cover and cook 1 minute more.
  2. Meanwhile, coarsely chop remaining peaches. In a large skillet combine peaches, blueberries, and chili powder. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes or until heated through and juices are beginning to form.
  3. Top each piece of garlic bread with one turkey burger and some of the peach mixture. If desired, top with additional chili powder.
Nutrition Facts
    Per serving: 
  • 464 kcal cal., 
  • 25 g fat
  •  
  • (10 g sat. fat, 
  • 3 g polyunsaturated fat, 
  • 6 g monounsatured fat), 
  • 114 mg chol., 
  • 614 mg sodium, 
  • 28 g carb., 
  • 3g fiber, 
  • 11 g sugar, 
  • 31 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Monday, August 4, 2014

Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps - Easy!


Ingredients:
Ground turkey or ground chicken
1/2 Onion, chopped
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
3 Scallions, chopped
Tomato, chopped
Cilantro, chopped
Peanuts, optional
1/4 c. Soy Sauce
Iceberg lettuce leaves

Directions:
Preheat 2 tbsp. of olive oil on a skillet on medium-high heat. Add the turkey and chop it up with a spatula while cooking until no longer pink. Add the soy sauce, onion, and garlic and cook for 3 more minutes. If the turkey is a little dry, add more olive oil.

Add turkey mixture to each lettuce leaf and top with chopped tomatoes, cilantro, and peanuts if desired.

For sauce, I used a hot taco sauce,  but you can be creative and use your favorite sauce.

Enjoy and Be Healthy!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Nutella Marshmallow Filled Cake Bars




My first time EVER trying nutella...and I have to say it is pretty amazing! Especially combined with funfetti cake and marshmallow fluff!! Now I know these are not the healthiest, but they are very delicious!

RECIPE (from insidebrucrewlife)

Ingredients
1 Funfetti cake mix
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup milk
1 cup Nutella
1 cup Marshmallow Cream

Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix, melted butter, and milk. The dough will be very sticky. Press half the batter in a greased 9×13 pan. Spread the Nutella on top of the dough. Very carefully spread the marshmallow fluff on top and swirl lightly.
  2. Spread the remaining batter on top of the fluff. Bake at 350* for 25 minutes. Do not over bake. Let cool completely before cutting into 24 squares. Store in a covered container.