Breakfast Wreath

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Ok, so when I first saw this on Pinterest, I knew I immediately had to make it for my Mother’s Day brunch. This wasn’t a typical, everyday, breakfast item and it turned out great!

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of crescent rolls (8 in a pack)
  • Shredded colby and monterey jack cheese (a couple hand fulls)
  • 5 large eggs
  • sliced chicken sausage (I used roasted tomato and basil), the original recipe used bacon

Directions:

  • Preheat oven according to the crescent roll directions on the package.
  • Scramble your 5 eggs (I added salt, pepper, and garlic) and cooking your sausage (or bacon) according to the package instructions.
  • Open the package of crescent rolls and separate the 8 slices. Lay them out on parchment paper in a star shape.
  • Add your sausage and layer with cheese. Then add your eggs and top with cheese.

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  • Fold the tips (the ends) of the star up and over the filling, creating a wreath shape.

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  • Top the wreath with cheese.
  • Bake according to package instructions or until the crescent rolls are golden.

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Original recipe found on Bacon Time With the Hungry Hungry Hypo

 

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Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

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Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

I have never made homemade angel food cake and was a little skeptical trying to make this fluffy dessert. However, it was super easy, minimal ingredients, and turned out great! I made these for Mother’s Day brunch that I had at my place and brought them in to work afterwords. Lets just say, they were a HIT! A great summer treat.

Ingredients:

Angel Food Cake:

  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 egg whites, at room temperature*
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp warm water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla, coconut, almond or orange extract (I used coconut)
  • 3/4 tsp cream of tartar

Whipped Cream and Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 6 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • fresh strawberries, blueberries or raspberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a food processor, pulse sugar so it becomes very fine. Approximately 2 minutes.
  3. According to the original directions, you are to sift together cake flour, salt, and half of the sugar. I have not invested in a sifter just yet, so it is not the end of the world if you don’t have one. Mine still turned out just fine!
  4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together egg whites, water, vanilla extract, and cream of tartar.
  5. Now using a hand mixer, whip the mixture on medium speed while adding the remaining half of sugar to the mixture. Continue until medium peaks have formed.
  6. Slowly fold in the flour mixture with a spatula.
  7. Add mixture to cupcake liners and fill just below the top of the liners.
  8. For the whipped topping, whip heaving cream until soft peaks form. In a separate bowl, whip cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add the cream cheese to the whipped cream and add the powdered sugar until soft peaks form. Store in refrigerator. Suggestion: I placed my whipping cream in the freezer for about 5 minutes. This allowed the cream to become cold, which made it easier to whip.

Recipe found on Cooking Classy: with a sprinkle of fancy

Painting Furniture

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Exciting news!!!! I just moved 🙂 I recently submitted my LAST paper of my graduate career and couldn’t be more trilled. What did I do in the midst of final papers? I moved. Apparently, I like to challenge myself (both physically and mentally). It gets crazier….I decided to paint an ENTIRE bedroom set of furniture. I do not know what possessed me to take on such a lofty project in the midst of a move and the end of semester chaos.

That being said, the furniture turned out excellent!

In all seriousness, this project was a pain in the butt. I’m too scrawny to move large pieces of furniture outdoors or into the garage to paint. Instead, I decided to paint, inside, over carpets (who does that?). Thankfully, I don’t have to knock on wood when I say this since the painting in complete, but I actually didn’t spill a drop!

furnitureChaos, total chaos.

Words to the wise. Take your time and use a paint roller! Otherwise, you are more likely to experience drips, which look terrible when dried and are hard to remove. Yes, I had personal experience with this. Oops.

I used water based paint from home depot. The color I chose was an almond glaze. The hardware was spray painted a metallic bronze. Much cheaper then buying a whole new set of furniture and hardware, that’s for sure!