Banana Streusel Coffee Cake

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Brunch is the BEST. Seriously the best.   It's like the Disney princess of meals - birds chirping, sun shining, cake before 10am…..pretty much best morning ever. Plus I get booze before noon and cinnamon rolls are considered a "side dish".   Only I'm not going to lie, probably what I love most about brunch is that I DON'T make it. Sunday morning is usually a big enough struggle to draw straight eyeliner or locate my purse, so when someone else makes me coffee…pours my … [Read more...]

Vegan Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread (Monkey Bread)

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  Woo! So excited for brunch this Sunday! Bring on the pancakes, pastries, omelets, and mimosas! Flowers are blooming and the weather's getting warmer, but I think my favorite part about Spring is that every other weekend is some new excuse to celebrate with Brunch! (Easter? Mom's Day?? Wedding Showers??). Mom - totally excited to celebrate your awesomeness on Mother's Day. But I'm kind of really excited to celebrate that all-you-can-eat brunch buffet too...   Andddd I know … [Read more...]

Spring Vegetable Frittata

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After the past few posts I bet you guys were starting to wonder if you were ever going to see another vegetable on the blog! French toast... doughnuts... crumb cake... umm...can you guess which end of the Easter buffet line I start on??   Luckily for my insulin levels -  the final recipe for my 3 month magazine series with McHenry County Magazine is a super yummy Spring Vegetable Frittata! I'm really excited to share this recipe with you all because I think its kind of a unique take … [Read more...]

Skinny Caramelized Banana French Toast

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So I have a secret to tell you today! A very serious secret. And its not where I hide my peanut butter m&ms. That follows me to the grave ladies and gents. Good try.   I am a baker by day.... lead guitarist by night. O ya!  Jimmy Page would have to shield his eyes if he ever came in the same room with me and my picking skills.   Unfortunately - my gifted talents seem to have been lost on my family. They aren't appreciating my mastering of "Mary had a little Lamb" as … [Read more...]

Baked Powdered Sugar Doughnut Holes – Easter Bunnies!

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Can you all believe the first day of Spring was this week?? I kind of feel like someone is lying to us. Like they know we're all getting super antsy with this crazy snowy weather. So to keep us calm they decided to announce it was the first day of spring.   Didn't fool me weatherman!   I know snow when I see snow. As long as I have to zip up my  winter boots and apply chap stick like an addict it is still winter.   Luckily Easter is right around the … [Read more...]

Skinny Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake

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  Cinnamon. Crumb. Coffee Cake. ...French Toast Souffle...Sun dried tomato Goat Cheese Quiche....Banana Streusel Muffins...Mmm..mmm...what do these all have in common?? Besides sticking to the butts of even you super humans out there training for your spring half marathons... ?   Haha umm....actually - pretty much nothing you all care about. It's just everything I want to wolf down at Easter Brunch.   So in order to justify my brunch obsession I'm going to be … [Read more...]

Best Blueberry Whole Grain Muffins

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                          So I was really going to title this post "The Cheater's Guide To Building a Raised Vegetable Bed".   Because I totally cheated.     I'm sorry Pioneer Woman. I googled. I found your amazing directions. Step by step... fool proof directions. I even made a list of all the supplies I would need and took them to Home Depot with the full … [Read more...]

Mom’s Day Recipe Round-Up

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So the game plan for today's post was supposed to be "Mail Order Mom's Day"... and no. Not like ordering a new mom. I was going to do baked goods that are 'mail-friendly' for those of us too far to visit mom on her big day or those of us doting children who forgot to buy mom a gift. So the point was to give all you procrastinators some easy  recipes to make and send to mom for Mom's day...only today is Friday. I'm just realizing that I totally just defeated the point of my post. Mom will not … [Read more...]

Glazed Cinnamon Sugar-Stuffed Scones

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Happy Earth Day everyone!! Flip on some Animal Planet! Recycle your Sunday papers! And...don't flush your toilet every time you go...unless.. you know,  you uh...then please do... Today is all about celebrating our beautiful planet and remembering to love her back as much as she loves us! I was googling around the other day and found this awesome little awareness project. Earthday.org/2012 is asking everyone to pledge an "Act of Green" for today - whether it be helping drive over your … [Read more...]

Arugula, Ricotta, and Fried Egg Toasts

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Introducing.... The incredible, edible egg! Today's post is all about swooning, drooling, and dreaming about the magic deliciousness of eggs. But before you go grab your skillet or soufflé recipe cards, please sit down boys and girls, we're going to learn a little first. Ok I know, I know, I know...my posts usually consist of at least one reference to the Kardashians or my weird obsession with pink jelly beans...but hear me out...just think of me as that cool teacher from high school that … [Read more...]

Berry-Papaya Power Parfaits with Maple-Cinnamon Granola

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  Happy Easter everyone! How was your weekends?? We went to an (AMAZING) Easter brunch today. It was like carb loading for a marathon. Unlimited waffles. French toast. Pancakes. And not like cafeteria style food, like really yummy restaurant food! Ok... now I'm not proud of the next thing I'm about to tell you....I may or may not have swiped a few easter eggs from the kids table. I mean, it was right next to the grown-up buffet so totally honest mistake, right?? I have a serious … [Read more...]

Challah French Toast with Maple-Apple Compote

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Hi guys! So I really over achieved on this one...I don't just have one yummy recipe for you today, I've got 2 Easter recipes for you! Count it...2. For the price of one! Sounds kind of like my all-inclusive buffet line in Mexico... Ok, so Easter is one of my favorite holidays because: #1 its all about chocolate. Chocolate bunnies... chocolate eggs...chocolate candy...chocolate hangover.... #2 You get to eat BRUNCH. I don't know about you guys but the most gourmet I get on a Saturday morning … [Read more...]