Apple-Cinnamon Overnight Oats


Breakfast continues to be one of my problem areas when it comes to my recently-overhauled, healthier diet. In this neck of the woods, it's so easy make a quick stop and pick up inexpensive (and delicious!) breakfast tacos, or drive-thru and grab a cheese-smothered (amazing!) breakfast sandwich, that it's kinda hard to stay on track. So, to keep myself out of the drive-thru or from reaching for that box of frosted cereal, I've been in the market for quick, healthy breakfast ideas. 

In my last recipe post, I talked about toast and my love for the versatile, quickie breakfasts that can be made with it. I still love my toast, but I love variety too, so I'm still actively looking for healthful, fast morning meal ideas. 

So, if you are unfamiliar with them, allow me to introduce you to one of my new breakfast favorites: overnight oats.

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Happy First Day of Spring!


Hello everyone and Happy First Day of Spring! This is my favorite time of the year and I just adore all the bright colors of springtime (maybe you can tell from my blog?)!

Here's just another quick picture post of a fun cookie pop arrangement I donated to a local church this morning. They were holding a silent auction as part of a large, Palm Sunday celebration they hosted and I'm always flattered and happy to participate when I'm asked to donate to events like theirs.
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Tea for Two!

This is just a quick picture post of an event I made some goodies for over the weekend. 

The hostess and family members of the momma-to-be went all out for this super cute, tea party-themed baby shower. They arranged all sorts of one-of-a-kind activities for their guests and I was hired to make four dozen decorated cookies, cake pops, and petit fours in an adorable "Tea for Two" theme. They chose a dainty pink, ivory and gold color scheme.

I really enjoyed working with the industrious hostess, Sydney, and her friend Denise for this beautiful party and I'm looking forward to next time. And, next time I hope she's throwing a party for me... she organized a truly amazing baby shower and she pulled out all the stops for her friend! 
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Toast

Toast is quite possibly the ultimate quickie breakfast. In heat of the morning rush, it just doesn't get easier than plopping sliced bread into the toaster, right? After just a few minutes in the toaster, those warm slices of bread cheerfully pop up, smelling like heaven and just begging for something delicious to be slathered on them. 

Assuming that you own a toaster, of course, it's an understatement to say that toast is a breeze to prepare. But, you also can't discount the huge convenience factor that come with choosing toast for your breakfast of champions: two pieces of toast easily convert to a breakfast sandwich. Seriously, if you're in time crunch, just smack two pieces of toast (and whatever's between them, of course) together, wrap a napkin around the bottom and voilĂ  - it's an ultra-portable breakfast sandwich! 

For half of my life, I played it pretty safe with my breakfast toast giving those perfectly golden, crunchy pieces of bread a good smear of peanut butter or butter and jam. Ironically, back then I enjoyed all kinds of toasted sandwiches for lunch and dinner, but the idea of toast for breakfast with savory toppings, other than eggs, was a far out concept. As it turns out, I just didn't know any better. 
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Brown Sugar Cake Doughnuts


It's usually on the third Sunday of each month that I have to dig a little deeper to get inspired for our big, end-of-the-weekend, family breakfast. Okay, I'll just say it: I get tired of pancakes. I have no doubt that my kids could eat pancakes or waffles every single day as a main course, but I like to change things up sometimes. So, last Sunday we collectively decided to make doughnuts for breakfast! 

Around here we bake our doughnuts and this recipe for brown sugar cake doughnuts is my favorite. This was a basic vanilla cake doughnut recipe I got from an issue of Family Circle magazine years ago. It's a good one, but I've made a couple of very minor adaptations to it to suit my taste and style. 
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