Breakfast Bowls with Chicken Sausage & Egg Whites

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Breakfast Bowls with Chicken Sausage and Egg Whites – a super healthy, hearty breakfast with egg whites, sauteed mushrooms, diced tomatoes, and chicken sausage.

Breakfast Bowls with Chicken Sausage and Egg Whites - a super healthy, hearty breakfast with egg whites, sauteed mushrooms, diced tomatoes, and chicken sausage.

My parents get here today!!  This is going to be a busy week and weekend with them here.  We are finally going to be celebrating our Christmas with them.  Every year we head up into the mountains and spend the weekend up there as a family.  Hopefully the weather is nice, so we can get out and enjoy the snow.  My 10 year old is looking forward to going sledding and playing in the snow.  Should be a good time together.

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Make Ahead Potato and Sausage Egg Bake

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Make Ahead Potato and Sausage Egg Bake – a super easy make ahead egg bake made with hash browns, sausage, green peppers, and lots of cheese!  Perfect for brunch or when you have a house full of people!

Make Ahead Potato and Sausage Egg Bake - a super easy make ahead egg bake made with hash browns, sausage, green peppers, and lots of cheese!  Perfect for brunch or when you have a house full of people!

This is the last week of school before my son has his holiday break.  So much to do!!  Speaking of my son, I got an email from him this morning.  I still can’t get used to him having his own email address and him sending me emails.  Anyway, he has been working with a couple of the teachers to try to get someone from the school district to be announcers at their school spelling bee.  He was one of only two 4th graders who made the spelling bee last year.  So he actually has experience to help this cause. The email he sent me this morning was that he heard back from the district, and they would like him to contact the mayor and a city council member.  So he was working on writing that letter.  Pretty proud mom to think he was the one picked from his grade to do this!

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Easy Nutella Cinnamon Rolls

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Easy Nutella Cinnamon Rolls – Cinnamon rolls that are ready in less than 60 minutes and filled with chocolate-y Nutella. 

Easy Nutella Cinnamon Rolls - Cinnamon rolls that are ready in less than 60 minutes and filled with chocolate-y Nutella.

When is time going to slow down?  I thought that after last week I would have more time, but it just isn’t the case.  There is always something that comes up.  I had to take my car in yesterday and was stranded all day.  So today is full of running around.  I also just met with a local organization after our Bake It Foward video I shared on Sunday, and we are going to host a local pay it forward event with the kids and families in the area.

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Make Ahead Chocolate French Toast Bake

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Make Ahead Chocolate French Toast Bake – a make ahead french toast made with chocolate milk!  Because everyday should start with chocolate.

Make Ahead Chocolate French Toast Bake - a make ahead french toast made with chocolate milk! Because everyday should start with chocolate.

 

They did it.  My son had his Lego Robotics regional qualifier this weekend, and they did amazing!  They did better than we have ever seen them do during their interviews.  They were professional, good sports, and amazing kids all day long.  Then, they won 1st in the robot games, and 1st in robot design and will be moving onto State in January.  I am seriously so proud of how they pulled it together and way exceeded all of our expectations during the day.  We even other parents/coaches come up to tell us how good our kids were, and how gracious and good sports they were.  So yeah, they do listen to us, and have learned from all our meetings!

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Yogurt Breakfast Bowls #JustBeYou

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Yogurt Breakfast Bowls – And easy breakfast that will definitely fill you up!

Yogurt Breakfast Bowls - And easy breakfast that will definitely fill you up!

I work from home.  A lot of you know that already.  One thing I make sure I do every day, even though I never see anyone during the day, is shower and get dressed in normal clothes.  If I stayed in my p.j’s all day, I am not sure how much work I would get done.  Something about the act of getting up, showered, and in real clothes just makes me more productive.  You know what else I do every morning?  Eat breakfast.  A lot of times I am cooking recipes throughout the day, but if I don’t start the day with real food, it would not be pretty!

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes – super light and fluffy pumpkin pancakes full with lots of chocolate chips and topped with maple syrup.  

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes - super light and fluffy pumpkin pancakes full with lots of chocolate chips and topped with maple syrup.

Saturday mornings in late summer and fall often mean we are up before 6am and on the road by 6:30.  We love the mountains, and try to go up there as often as possible to hike.  But to get a parking spot near the trail head in Rocky Mountain National Park, or get off the mountain before the lightening comes in, means we have to leave early.  It is worth it with the stunning views (follow in Instagram for pictures).  Thankfully that means that Sunday mornings are lazy.  Pancakes or waffles breakfast, lounging in pajamas, and sleeping in. And now that it is fall, pumpkin pancakes are a must.  And pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes are even better!

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Pancake Breakfast Sandwiches

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Pancake breakfast sandwiches are brinner – breakfast for dinner! Make them at home using pancakes, sausage, egg, and cheese.

Pancake breakfast sandwiches are brinner - breakfast for dinner! Make them at home using pancakes, sausage, egg, and cheese.

 

Lots of times people think just because I have a food blog, and cook for a living, that dinner is no problem at my house. They could not be more wrong. I struggle with coming up with dinner ideas just as much as the next person. I cook during the day, so when dinner time comes I don’t always want to cook more. Same as the next person, who worked all day and just wants to go home and relax at night.

So sometimes breakfast for dinner is necessary. It is always easy and everyone loves it. Chorizo and egg breakfast wraps, and oatmeal chocolate chip pancakes are a couple of my go-tos.

Pancake Breakfast Sandwiches

These pancake breakfast sandwiches are from the new cookbook, Stack Happy, by Karly Campbell. The book is full of breakfast pancakes, healthy pancakes, savory (like BLT or loaded baked potato pancakes), and even dessert pancakes. My son is obsessed with this cookbook. Daily he is paging through it, asking me when I am going to make whatever recipe he wants in that minute. Needless to say, he was super excited when I said I was making the breakfast sandwiches for dinner!

Stack Happy

For these breakfast sandwiches you make mini pancakes (that have the syrup cooked right in) that act as the “bread” for your sandwich. You can really fill them however you want. I used sausage patties, eggs and pepper jack cheese for ours.You can do scrambled eggs (my choice) or an over-easy egg (my husband’s choice), whatever you like the best. Bacon, or even ham, would make a great substitute for the sausage. Just pick your favorite breakfast items and start building a sandwich!

And make sure you pick up Stack Happy as soon as you can. Karly’s beautiful book is a must-have addition to your cookbook library!

Pancake breakfast sandwiches are brinner - breakfast for dinner! Make them at home using pancakes, sausage, egg, and cheese.

Be sure to check out these Pancake Breakfast Sandwiches as well as all the other quick and easy dinner recipes I have shared over at Food Fanatic.

Homemade Granola with Pumpkin Seeds, Honey & Cranberries

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Homemade Granola with Pumpkin Seeds, Honey & Cranberries – homemade crunchy granola made with honey, brown sugar, pecans, pumpkin seeds, cranberries and chocolate chips.  Breakfast just got a whole lot better!

Homemade Granola with Pumpkin Seeds, Honey & Cranberries - homemade crunchy granola made with honey, brown sugar, pecans, pumpkin seeds, cranberries and chocolate chips.  Breakfast just got a whole lot better!

What do you eat for breakfast during the week?  Breakfast is really not my favorite meal, so I struggle almost every day.  I get bored easily too, so even when I do find something I like, I can only go a few days before I want to switch it up.  English muffins with peanut butter, Mint Cliff Bars, and a protein shake are about the 3 things I rotate between.  I am relatively new to liking yogurt, so recently I started adding yogurt and granola into the mix.  So if you have any great quick and easy ideas that are still good for you, let me know!

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Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins – a lightened up (but you would never know it) banana muffin with chocolate chips. They freeze well, so you can always have them on hand for quick breakfasts.

Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins - a lightened up (but you would never know it) banana muffin with chocolate chips. They freeze well, so you can always have them on hand for quick breakfasts.

Spring is officially here!  Is the weather spring like where you are?  We had a really mild winter, aside from a few weeks, that I really can’t complain.  Most of January was in the 50’s.  When the weather did decide to return to close to normal, it was hard to deal with!  Snow, in February, how dare you!  Amazing how we get so used to, and spoiled by a good thing, we only complain and see the negative when things return to normal.  Well, now that April is only 2 days awhile, hopefully things will stay nice from now on!

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Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

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Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake – A light and fluffy coffee cake with a layer of chocolate chip streusel in the middle and on top!

 Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake - A light and fluffy coffee cake with a layer of chocolate chip streusel in the middle and on top!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful and relaxing weekend.  We celebrated my husband’s birthday, and he got to do whatever he wanted.  After traveling for work, and being busy, he didn’t want to do much.  But to be able to sit around, guilt-free, is worth something!  We did get some stuff done around the house, so that was at least productive.  I still can not figure out why there is always so much do to around the house.  I mean, we pick up and clean up after ourselves daily, but at the end of the week the house is a mess and there is so much to do.  I think I just need to have a live in housekeeper!  If anyone wants to fund that, just let me know!

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