Red Velvet {Beet} Cinnamon Rolls

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Red Velvet {Beet} Cinnamon Rolls are a super soft and naturally dark pink breakfast pastry that are perfect for a Valentine’s Day breakfast.

Red Velvet {Beet} Cinnamon Rolls are a super soft and naturally dark pink breakfast pastry that are perfect for a Valentine's Day breakfast.

If you know me, you know I love my beets.  I had never tried a beet until I was a full fledged adult. I hadn’t even tried them pickled. Beets, like many other vegetables were simply foreign to me. I grew up in a world of canned and frozen veggies. I’m sure I would never have even been willing to try one when I was younger. Fortunately, once I finally started eating beets, I immediately loved them. My kids do too, which has opened up a whole new world for us.

Red Velvet {Beet} Cinnamon Rolls are a super soft and naturally dark pink breakfast pastry that are perfect for a Valentine's Day breakfast.

Look at that glorious color!

Red Velvet {Beet} Cinnamon Rolls are a super soft and naturally dark pink breakfast pastry that are perfect for a Valentine's Day breakfast.

I’ve used them plenty in salads, smoothies, and savory dishes, but I also love to use them in baked goods. Much like cooking with pumpkin, zucchini, or carrot, beets add the most velvety and moist texture.

Red Velvet {Beet} Cinnamon Rolls are a super soft and naturally dark pink breakfast pastry that are perfect for a Valentine's Day breakfast.

Their earthy taste pairs especially well with chocolate too.

Red Velvet {Beet} Cinnamon Rolls are a super soft and naturally dark pink breakfast pastry that are perfect for a Valentine's Day breakfast.

I even used beets in the icing because, after all, you can’t have pink cinnamon rolls without pink icing.

Red Velvet {Beet} Cinnamon Rolls are a super soft and naturally dark pink breakfast pastry that are perfect for a Valentine's Day breakfast.

Oh my. I’m literally drooling right now.

Red Velvet {Beet} Cinnamon Rolls are a super soft and naturally dark pink breakfast pastry that are perfect for a Valentine's Day breakfast.

Everyone loves a good red velvet recipes, but to get a deep red color, you often need to put an abundant amount of artificial dye in your food. I try to avoid that at all costs. If you need anything to turn red, beets are your answer. In addition to natural color, you get to enjoy all of the super food properties from the beets too. I call that a win-win situation.

Red Velvet {Beet} Cinnamon Rolls are a super soft and naturally dark pink breakfast pastry that are perfect for a Valentine's Day breakfast.

I was a little worried these cinnamon rolls wouldn’t turn out. I basically had to guess at the total amount of flour to add and based my decision purely on how sticky the dough was as I was kneading it. Then, I was worried when I checked on it after about a half hour had passed into the rising time and it hadn’t grown much, but it really took off after that and quickly doubled in size. By the time I rolled it out, I knew they would be wonderful. The dough, by that point, was so luxuriously soft and the color just couldn’t be beat.  Get it? Beat? Beet?  Funny.

Red Velvet {Beet} Cinnamon Rolls are a super soft and naturally dark pink breakfast pastry that are perfect for a Valentine's Day breakfast.

Old fashioned cinnamon rolls are definitely a labor of love due to the amount of time and patience they take, but they are so worth it!

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Red Velvet {Beet} Cinnamon Rolls are a super soft and naturally dark pink breakfast pastry that are perfect for a Valentine's Day breakfast.
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Recipe type: breakfast
Yields: 24 rolls
Ingredients
CINNAMON ROLLS:
  • 1 cup (1 large) roasted beets (reserve juice for icing)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup warm water, about 105 degrees
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 4½ teaspoons active dry yeast (two 0.25-ounce packets)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (1/2 cube) melted butter
  • ¼ teaspoons fine grain sea salt
  • 4 1/2 to 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
FILLING:
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
ICING:
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • reserved beet juice
Instructions
  1. To roast your beet, wrap in aluminum foil and cook in 400 degree F oven until tender, about 1 hour. Once cool to the touch, you can cut away skin and top with sharp paring knife. Reserve any juice for the icing.
  2. Combine cooled and peeled roasted beet and buttermilk in blender and puree until smooth.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve the sugar in warm water and sprinkle over the yeast. Let stand until yeast begins to foam, about 5 minutes. Add the beet mixture, egg, sugar, butter, and salt and mix together with paddle attachment.
  4. Add about half of the flour along with the cocoa powder and continue to mix with the paddle attachment. Switch to the dough hook attachment and add the rest of the flour. Knead until dough comes together and forms a ball, about 5 minutes. Transfer dough to a lightly greased bowl and cover in a warm room. Let rise for 1½ to 2 hours until doubled in size.
  5. In a small bowl, use a fork to mix together the sugar, cinnamon, and cocoa powder for the filling.
  6. Divide dough into two portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a rectangle about 13" by 20". Spread half of the softened butter on each rectangle and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture, leaving a ½-inch border around the edges. Roll up dough lengthwise into tight logs and place the logs seam side down. Gently cut each log into 12 pieces using a serrated edge knife. Place all 24 rolls on a large parchment lined baking sheet.
  7. Lightly cover rolls and allow rolls to rise again for 30 minutes.
  8. Preheat oven to 400. Bake for 14-18 minutes, until light golden. Do not over bake.
  9. While rolls are cooking, whisk together confectioners sugar, milk, and beet juice in small bowl. Add just enough milk to get it to your preferred consistency.
  10. When rolls, are done cooking, remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before covering with icing.
  11. Store leftovers in the freezer wrapped in foil and reheat in the oven when ready to serve.

Red Velvet {Beet} Cinnamon Rolls are a super soft and naturally dark pink breakfast pastry that are perfect for a Valentine's Day breakfast.
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Black Tea Vanilla Muffins

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Sponsored post by Mirum Shopper. All opinions are my own.

High quality black tea and real vanilla beans infused in melted butter create the tastiest Black Tea Vanilla Muffins that are perfect with a hot cup of tea!

High quality black tea and real vanilla beans infused in melted butter create the tastiest Black Tea Vanilla Muffins that are perfect with a hot cup of tea!

Its funny how something like tea can be both comforting on a cold winter day, yet incredibly refreshing when served over ice on a blistering hot summer day. Right now, a major cold front it consuming the entire top half of our country. Although we’re not seeing single digit temperatures like the frigid midwest, our highs have been in the thirties for the last week and on the cold winter days like we’ve been having, when a chill has settled in the air, and it feels like your toes have become actual ice cubes, a hot cup of tea is what warms me up. Relaxing with a hot a flavorful cup of tea has actually become part of my daily afternoon ritutal, and every day at 3pm it protects my sanity. If you’re the same, your tea should be dependable. You should know where it comes from and what it stands for.

High quality black tea and real vanilla beans infused in melted butter create the tastiest Black Tea Vanilla Muffins that are perfect with a hot cup of tea!

Because the weather has been so cold, we’ve been doing a lot of baking to go with all the tea drinking in my house. Then, it dawned on me – I should incorporate the flavors of my favorite Pure Leaf Black Tea with vanilla into my tried and trusted muffin recipe. I didn’t want to change the consistency of the batter by adding brewed tea, so I infused the tea right into the melted butter long with a split vanilla bean.

High quality black tea and real vanilla beans infused in melted butter create the tastiest Black Tea Vanilla Muffins that are perfect with a hot cup of tea!

The result was a perfectly moist muffin with just the right hint of tea and vanilla. I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderfully comforting this hot muffin was with a thin pad of butter along with my afternoon cup of tea. That, plus my new electric blanket and my book, was pure heaven.

High quality black tea and real vanilla beans infused in melted butter create the tastiest Black Tea Vanilla Muffins that are perfect with a hot cup of tea!

Try the new bagged and loose varieties of Pure Leaf tea available right now at your neighborhood Kroger store. Kroger strives to be a retailer you can depend on, that’s why they offer Pure Leaf teas—because they’re made simply, from the finest leaves picked at their freshest from Rainforest Alliance Certified tea estates. And their farmers do as little as possible to the leaves—just pick, roll, and craft them.

High quality black tea and real vanilla beans infused in melted butter create the tastiest Black Tea Vanilla Muffins that are perfect with a hot cup of tea!

Pure Leaf believes the best things in life are real, that’s why all Pure Leaf teas are simply made from real tea leaves, picked at their freshest and purposefully crafted to deliver a genuine tea experience. Pure Leaf’s process is simple and authentic. The quality tea leaves go through a four-step process—simply picked, rolled, dried and blended—for an exceptional tea taste. The bagged and loose teas are a blend of quality long-leaf teas made with real fruit pieces, petals and herbs. Like all Pure Leaf tea, the process is simple and authentic—Pure Leaf offers the finest quality tea leaves that are simply picked, rolled, dried and blended, for an exceptional tea taste. Pure Leaf tea leaves are grown at some of the finest-quality tea estates in India, Kenya, Indonesia and Sri Lanka committed to sustainability. I, personally, am drawn to the bagged teas. I absolutely love the shape and material of the bags. To brew it, I simply pour boiling water over the bag in my cup and three minutes later I have a perfectly brewed hot cup of tea.

High quality black tea and real vanilla beans infused in melted butter create the tastiest Black Tea Vanilla Muffins that are perfect with a hot cup of tea!

Kroger has NEW Pure Leaf loose and bagged tea in Black Vanilla and Green Mint Tea. Which flavor are you excited to try? My preferred flavor depends 100% on my mood at the time. To find your nearest Kroger store, click on the store locator here or click the image below. So get to Kroger today to try the new Pure Leaf bagged and loose teas. You’re dedicated to your tea, so it should be made honestly. Choose Pure Leaf—it’s True Brew.High quality black tea and real vanilla beans infused in melted butter create the tastiest Black Tea Vanilla Muffins that are perfect with a hot cup of tea!

Once you get to the store, simply find the coffee and tea isle. Pure Leaf is easy to find because of their clear containers and branding. Choose between loose or bagged teas, as well as hot or iced teas… or just do what I did and take one of each home!

High quality black tea and real vanilla beans infused in melted butter create the tastiest Black Tea Vanilla Muffins that are perfect with a hot cup of tea!

 

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High quality black tea and real vanilla beans infused in melted butter create the tastiest Black Tea Vanilla Muffins that are perfect with a hot cup of tea!
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Recipe type: breakfast
Yields: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 cube)
  • 1 Pure Leaf Black Tea with vanilla tea bag
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and grease muffin tins with butter or muffin liners with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium sized pan over medium heat, melt the butter with the tea bag and vanilla bean over medium heat. Swirl occasionally to ensure butter is cooking evenly and the flavors of the tea and vanilla are infused. As the butter melts, it will begin to foam and the color will get darker. Continually scrape bottom of pan to release any brown specs. Once you start smelling the nutty aroma, remove browned butter from heat and allow to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugars, baking power, baking soda, and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, and mostly cooled browned butter together. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid ingredients. Fold together and do not over mix.
  5. Spoon batter into greased muffin tins and bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes. Without opening the oven door, reduce heat to 325 degrees F and continue cooking until golden brown, about 15-25 minutes (mine took longer because I used a stone muffin pan). When done cooking, immediately remove from muffin tins and allow to cool on cooling rack.

High quality black tea and real vanilla beans infused in melted butter create the tastiest Black Tea Vanilla Muffins that are perfect with a hot cup of tea!

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Upside Down Cranberry Coffee Cake

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Serve up this sweet homemade Upside Down Cranberry Coffee Cake with a hot cup of freshly brewed BUNN coffeemaker coffee for the perfect breakfast this holiday season.

Serve up this sweet homemade Upside Down Cranberry Coffee Cake with a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee for the perfect breakfast this holiday season.

I went a little crazy with the photos in this post. Why, you ask? Well, because I just got a brand new coffee maker!  And its not just any coffee maker, its the BUNN HB Coffeemaker!  There was nothing wrong with my last coffee maker. That is, actually, I didn’t think there was anything wrong with it until I drank my first cup of freshly brewed coffee that my new BUNN made. What a difference!

Serve up this sweet homemade Upside Down Cranberry Coffee Cake with a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee for the perfect breakfast this holiday season.

You see, this BUNN HB Coffeemaker lets you find your inner barista and creates a perfect, smooth tasting cup of coffee.  The BUNN HB Coffeemaker brews to professional standards every single time. I wanted to understand why this coffee maker is so unique so I went to the website which explains why the BUNN HB Coffeemaker is not your typical coffeemaker.

Most typical drip coffeemakers heat the water at an inconsistent temperature and then slowly “burp” or “spit” the water over the grounds. The result is often bitter tasting coffee.

What makes this 10-cup programmable coffeemaker unique is the professional grade Heat & Release Technology™ in the brewer uses a digital thermometer to precisely measure water temperature to the ideal brewing temperature (between 197.6º F and 204.8º F). Only once the water has reached the ideal temperature is it then released over the grounds. The commercial style, lime-tolerant 6-stream sprayhead is designed to shower the grounds for maximum turbulence- the effective interaction of hot water and coffee grounds. The coffeemaker maintains the ideal contact time between the water and coffee grounds for proper extraction.

It’s unique brewing process has qualified it to meet the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s (SCAA) professional standards and only 10 coffeemakers have received this distinction. The BUNN Coffeemaker has beautiful design features including curved lines, a free hanging funnel, and stainless steel accents for a modern aesthetic.

Serve up this sweet homemade Upside Down Cranberry Coffee Cake with a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee for the perfect breakfast this holiday season.

So, basically, you get to bring professional brewed coffee right to your kitchen with BUNN because it effortlessly creates a perfect cup of coffee just like your favorites brewed your local coffeehouse, restaurant or café.

I was so excited about getting my new coffee maker that I wanted to make a sweet treat to go with it and my husband suggested coffee cake. Normally, his suggestions can be pretty far out there, but sometimes he picks a real winner. Yes – coffee cake. Why didn’t I think of that? Of course, I had to put my own spin on it plus I had to use up the extra cranberries in my refrigerator, so that’s how we ended up with Upside Down Cranberry Coffee Cake.

I couldn’t wait to try my first cup of coffee brewed in my new BUNN Coffeemaker. I had already had my first cup of coffee from the old coffeemaker at 3:30am this morning (don’t ask – long story) so I was able to compare apples to apples. Or, I suppose I could say coffee to coffee.  I used the same exact kind of coffee and drank it the same way – with a splash of half and half. WOW – what a difference. I kid you not, the difference in temperature, quality and taste was incredibly noticable. Even my husband, who normally can’t even tell if we’re eating chicken or beef for dinner, was able to notice that the coffee brewed in our new BUNN was remarkably better.

Serve up this sweet homemade Upside Down Cranberry Coffee Cake with a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee for the perfect breakfast this holiday season.

Can you imagine how good this would be on Thanksgiving morning? Or on Christmas morning? Or on Sunday morning? Or right now?

Serve up this sweet homemade Upside Down Cranberry Coffee Cake with a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee for the perfect breakfast this holiday season.

And you simply can’t have coffee cake without an excellent cup of coffee, right? Right.

Serve up this sweet homemade Upside Down Cranberry Coffee Cake with a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee for the perfect breakfast this holiday season.

Treat yourself or someone you really care about to a new BUNN HB Coffeemaker. You can order one at Williams Sonoma. While you’re doing a little online shopping at one of my favorite stores, keep in mind that I love to cook (hint hint).

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.
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Serve up this sweet homemade Upside Down Cranberry Coffee Cake with a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee for the perfect breakfast this holiday season.
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Recipe type: breakfast
Yields: 8 servings
Ingredients
Topping:
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 cube) butter
  • 2 cups (about 8 ounces) fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
Cake:
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Wrap the outside of a 9 inch springform pan with aluminum foil to prevent leaking. Sift together the flour, dried cranberries, orange zest, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar and 1/2 cup butter. Bring to a boil, then add cranberries, pecans, and orange zest, stir, and pour into bottom of springform pan. Do not overcook the sugar mixture.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the sour cream. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto serving platter and carefully remove pan. Serve warm.
Serve up this sweet homemade Upside Down Cranberry Coffee Cake with a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee for the perfect breakfast this holiday season.
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Sweet Potato Pancakes

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Homemade buttermilk Sweet Potato Pancakes are easy to make and make a perfect breakfast on a crisp fall morning when served with warm pure maple syrup.

Homemade buttermilk Sweet Potato Pancakes are easy to make and make a perfect breakfast on a crisp fall morning when served with warm pure maple syrup.

We are a pancake-loving family. Don’t get me wrong – we probably use a mix about half the time purely out of convenience because we’re too lazy to dirty a measuring cup (I always just “eyeball” the measurements when using a mix”). But if you’ve never tried your own homemade pancake made but buttermilk – a must in my opinion – and other delicious ingredients, you are missing out.

Homemade buttermilk Sweet Potato Pancakes are easy to make and make a perfect breakfast on a crisp fall morning when served with warm pure maple syrup.

This time of year, I’m one of those pumpkin spice addicts. I like the inside of my body to experience fall just as much as the outside, so I never shy away from adding a sprinkle of pumpkin spices any chance I can get. I’ve made pumpkin pancakes before and loved them, so it was only natural that I didn’t leave the sweet potato out of the fun. After all, sweet potato is the new kale (and kale was the new spinach).

Homemade buttermilk Sweet Potato Pancakes are easy to make and make a perfect breakfast on a crisp fall morning when served with warm pure maple syrup.

You can cook the sweet potatoes however you like – steam, microwave, bury them in the ground with hot rocks – doesn’t matter. As long as you get them mashable. I think sweet potatoes and pecans go together like peanut butter and jelly, so be sure to throw a handful in for a wonderful crunch. Simply top with warm maple syrup or go the extra mile and make a delicious pear bacon topper – YUM!

Homemade buttermilk Sweet Potato Pancakes are easy to make and make a perfect breakfast on a crisp fall morning when served with warm pure maple syrup.

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.
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Homemade buttermilk Sweet Potato Pancakes are easy to make and make a perfect breakfast on a crisp fall morning when served with warm pure maple syrup.
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Recipe type: breakfast
Yields: 12 pancakes
Ingredients
  • 3/4 pound (about 2 1/2 - 3 cups cut up or 2 small whole) sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (leave as is or process into flour into blender)
  • 1/4 cup raw pecan pieces
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Place sweet potatoes in a medium saucepan of boiling water covered with a lid. Cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and remove skins once cool enough to handle. Mash with a fork or masher.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, oats, pecans, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Mix cooled mashed sweet potatoes, eggs, buttermilk, butter, and vanilla in a separate medium bowl. Blend sweet potato mixture into the flour mixture to form a batter.
  3. Preheat a lightly greased griddle over medium heat. Drop batter mixture onto the prepared griddle and cook until golden brown, turning once with a spatula when the surface begins to bubble. Smaller pancakes are easier to handle.
  4. Serve with real maple syrup and candied pecans.
Homemade buttermilk Sweet Potato Pancakes are easy to make and make a perfect breakfast on a crisp fall morning when served with warm pure maple syrup.
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Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles

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At least once every week, my family enjoys breakfast for dinner. These homemade Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles with poached eggs are a new family favorite!

At least once every week, my family enjoys breakfast for dinner. These homemade Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles with poached eggs are a new family favorite!

Does your family enjoy breakfast for dinner as often as we do? I just assumed that’s how every family operated, but once I started asking around I found out that not as many people eat breakfast for dinner. At least not at the rate we do.

At least once every week, my family enjoys breakfast for dinner. These homemade Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles with poached eggs are a new family favorite!

What’s not to love about eating breakfast for dinner? In my opinion, the only restriction is that it has to be a savory meal. Having something sweet that’s covered in maple syrup just doesn’t work in the evening. I don’t know why. I think it has to do with the fact that a sweet breakfast goes hand and hand with a hot cup of coffee, and if I drink coffee any time after 1pm, I toss and turn all night.

At least once every week, my family enjoys breakfast for dinner. These homemade Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles with poached eggs are a new family favorite!

A savory breakfast for dinner is the way to go. To me, this almost always entails eggs with some kind of carbohydrate like potatoes or these waffles. This was the first time that I made this particular variety of waffles. Admittedly, the waffles consumed in my house are almost always smothered in fresh fruit, maple syrup, and occasionally whipped cream.

At least once every week, my family enjoys breakfast for dinner. These homemade Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles with poached eggs are a new family favorite!

To make a savory waffle, just add in whatever ingredients you’d add to a delicious waffle. Think about things like spinach and artichoke, sun dried tomato and feta, or my personal preference for the evening – crispy bacon, sharp cheddar, and chives from the garden.

At least once every week, my family enjoys breakfast for dinner. These homemade Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles with poached eggs are a new family favorite!

I also love the addition of cornmeal. It adds a gritty texture which makes it extra hearty. The fact that I only had blue cornmeal as opposed to your standard cornmeal really through my kids for a loop because they thought the waffles looked like blueberry waffles!

At least once every week, my family enjoys breakfast for dinner. These homemade Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles with poached eggs are a new family favorite!

You can top these waffles with anything you’d like, but for this particular dinner I went with sauteed spinach, heirloom tomato, and poached eggs. I served all of this on top of the waffle and went with the fork and knife option. That is, until I saw my kids break their waffle into sections and make a sandwich out of it. Pure genius!

At least once every week, my family enjoys breakfast for dinner. These homemade Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles with poached eggs are a new family favorite!

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At least once every week, my family enjoys breakfast for dinner. These homemade Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles with poached eggs are a new family favorite!
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Pumpkin Spice Scones

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tazo® Tea for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Sit back and relax with a hot cup of tea and these homemade Pumpkin Spice Scones. No matter the time of day, you should sip joyfully and enjoy a treat!

Sit back and relax with a hot cup of tea and these homemade Pumpkin Spice Scones. No matter the time of day, you should sip joyfully and enjoy a treat!

Like so many wives and moms out there who are similar in age, I have come to the realization that so much life discovery happens around this point in time. For example, throughout my 30s I have become a seasoned mom and career woman. I have also really figured out what drives me and as well as what brings me happiness. If you follow my blog, you’ll definitely know that good food brings me so much joy, but so does quality time – both alone as well as with loved ones.

Sit back and relax with a hot cup of tea and these homemade Pumpkin Spice Scones. No matter the time of day, you should sip joyfully and enjoy a treat!

I made these pumpkin scones and they made me oh-so-happy. Not only were they super soft, delicious, and easy to make, but they were the first pumpkin spice recipe of the season!  Don’t worry – I’m sure I’ll be making dozens more. But one cannot fully enjoy a scone without a hot cup of tea.

Sit back and relax with a hot cup of tea and these homemade Pumpkin Spice Scones. No matter the time of day, you should sip joyfully and enjoy a treat!

I happened to have three different blends of Tazo® Tea tea in my pantry to choose from: Zen – a harmonious blend of green tea with lemongrass & spearmint, Awake™ English Breakfast  – a breakfast-style black tea of malty boldness & bright flavor, invigorating any time of day, and Passion® – An exuberant herbal infusion of hibiscus, orange peel, rose hips & passion fruit flavors. Because I enjoyed my tea with my scone as an afternoon treat with the book I’ve been reading, I opted for the Awake English Breakfast blend and it paired superbly with these sweet scones. Which tea would you have chosen?

Sit back and relax with a hot cup of tea and these homemade Pumpkin Spice Scones. No matter the time of day, you should sip joyfully and enjoy a treat!I love being able to drink a good quality tea with a tasty baked good at any point in the day. Sure, breakfast is an obvious choice. But you wanna know my most favorite time of day to enjoy something like this?  Right around 3pm.  Its that sweet spot right in between lunch and dinner where I’m a bit hungry but not starving and also a bit tired but not exhausted. This is the moment where I can joyfully sip my tea and enjoy my pumpkin scone the most!

Sit back and relax with a hot cup of tea and these homemade Pumpkin Spice Scones. No matter the time of day, you should sip joyfully and enjoy a treat!At Tazo, tea is a celebration of flavor and aroma that adds a little excitement to your day. They focus their teas around taste, crafting them with exhilarating, unexpected flavor blends that delight the senses. With Tazo, you don’t just sip, you Sip Joyfully. Tazo teas are made with some of the finest quality tea leaves, spices and botanicals to create unexpected blends that are always vibrantly delicious which you can find at your local grocery store. You’re just savoring the thought of being able to enjoy a moment like this right now, aren’t you?

Sit back and relax with a hot cup of tea and these homemade Pumpkin Spice Scones. No matter the time of day, you should sip joyfully and enjoy a treat!Tazo can be enjoyed at any point in your day, so why not make it one of your joyful moments?  Enjoy!!!

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This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.
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Sit back and relax with a hot cup of tea and these homemade Pumpkin Spice Scones. No matter the time of day, you should sip joyfully and enjoy a treat!
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Recipe type: breakfast
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
scones:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) very cold unsalted butter
  • 1⁄2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3 tablespoons half and half
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla paste
Glaze:
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 4 tablespoons half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste (optional)
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices in a large bowl. Using a pastry knife, fork, or food processor, cut butter into the dry ingredients until mixture is crumbly and no chunks of butter are obvious. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin, half and half, and egg. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Form the dough into a ball.
  4. Pat out dough onto a lightly floured surface and form it into a 1-inch thick rectangle. Use a large floured chef's knife to slice the dough into half lengthwise and then into thirds going the other direction to yield 6 squares. Then, cut each of those squared diagonally to create 12 triangular slices of dough. Place on prepared baking sheet by transferring using a floured spatula.
  5. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes in the top rack of the preheated oven. Do not open oven door until cooking time is almost complete. Scones should begin to turn light brown and be done cooking within a couple minutes of being able to smell them. Immediately remove from baking sheet and place on wire rack to cool.
  6. While the scones are cooling, make the glaze. Mix the powdered sugar and half and half together until smooth with the vanilla paste, if using.
  7. Use a whisk to drizzle a layer of plain glaze over the top of each scone, reserving a third to half of the glaze for the spiced version.
  8. Add pumpkin pie spice to remaining glaze and drizzle remaining glaze over each scone using a whisk. Allow the icing to dry before serving (at least 1 hour).
Sit back and relax with a hot cup of tea and these homemade Pumpkin Spice Scones. No matter the time of day, you should sip joyfully and enjoy a treat!
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Baked Challah French Toast

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Challah is the perfect bread for french toast, and this heavenly Baked Challah French Toast can be made ahead the night before for an easy family breakfast.

Challah is the perfect bread for french toast, and this heavenly Baked Challah French Toast can be made ahead the night before for an easy family breakfast.

I am a lover of french toast. It satisfies my craving for carbs but its also filling because of the eggs. But let’s face it, transforming an entire loaf of bread into french toast by cooking it one slice at a time is not only tedious but quite time consuming. And on mornings when I just want to relax and sip my coffee and have someone serve me breakfast in bed, standing at the stove and serving up a few pieces of french toast at a time to hungry children is not my idea of fun.

Challah is the perfect bread for french toast, and this heavenly Baked Challah French Toast can be made ahead the night before for an easy family breakfast.

That, my friends, is why I love overnight french toast. First, you assemble everything the night before so all you have to do in the morning is pop it in the oven. I also love making french toast this way because it gives that soft bread 10-12 hours to completely soak up that wonderful egg, cream, vanilla and zest. Let the bread become one with the liquid – you won’t regret it.

Challah is the perfect bread for french toast, and this heavenly Baked Challah French Toast can be made ahead the night before for an easy family breakfast.

I chose Challah for this french toast feast because its a wonderfully soft bread that’s already made with egg. Its one of my favorites to use for french toast. I promise you won’t regret it. See how easy this looks?  All you do is slice up the bread, dunk each piece in the mixture, layer them best you can into a casserole dish, and pour any extra liquid on top so that none of it gets wasted.

Challah is the perfect bread for french toast, and this heavenly Baked Challah French Toast can be made ahead the night before for an easy family breakfast.

The result is a perfectly cooked, perfectly moist, perfectly easy breakfast that can be served to the entire family at the same time with minimal effort on your part.

Challah is the perfect bread for french toast, and this heavenly Baked Challah French Toast can be made ahead the night before for an easy family breakfast.

If you love overnight french toast recipes as much as I do, be sure to check out this Raspberry Baked French Toast:raspberry-baked-french-toast-IG

And a personal favorite, especially during the holidays, is this Make Ahead Stuffed Cranberry French Toast:make-ahead-cranberry-stuffed-french-toast-IG

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.
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Challah is the perfect bread for french toast, and this heavenly Baked Challah French Toast can be made ahead the night before for an easy family breakfast.
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Recipe type: breakfast
Yields: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf Challah bread, sliced
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
Instructions
  1. The night before, use a large bowl to whisk together eggs, heavy cream, milk, orange juice, zest, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla until eggs are beaten and mixture is well combined.
  2. Dip Challah slices in egg mixture and layer in a buttered 9x13 inch casserole dish. Pour remaining mixture over the top and press down. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Uncover the casserole and dot with butter. Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes or until top is golden brown. If top browns to quickly before french toast is set, you may cover loosely with aluminum foil for remainder of cooking time.
  4. Serve with marmalade, mascarpone, syrup, fresh fruit, whipped cream, or any combination you'd like!
Challah is the perfect bread for french toast, and this heavenly Baked Challah French Toast can be made ahead the night before for an easy family breakfast.
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Sweet Potato and Ham Hash

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Mix up your breakfast routine and enjoy this hearty and nutritious Sweet Potato and Ham Hash that tastes wonderful with a couple of eggs.

Mix up your breakfast routine and enjoy this hearty and nutritious Sweet Potato and Ham Hash that tastes wonderful with a couple of eggs.

The first time I tried purple sweet potatoes was at a luau in Maui. At the time, I was much much younger and didn’t have any kind of appreciation for the finer things in life, including sweet potatoes. Now, at the ripe age of… well, that’s not important, sweet potatoes are not only one of my favorite foods because of the way they tastes, but they are actually good for you! I don’t often see purple sweet potatoes available, so I grab them any time I see them. I don’t even really notice that much of a difference in flavor, but that dark flavor makes me oh-so-happy. Must be why I’m so addicted to beets too!

Mix up your breakfast routine and enjoy this hearty and nutritious Sweet Potato and Ham Hash that tastes wonderful with a couple of eggs.

We eat a lot of breakfast in our house. Its a given that all four of us will have breakfast every single day. But add to that breakfast for dinner at least once a week and that’s a lot of eggs and potatoes that get consumed in our home! I’m not gonna lie – when we have potatoes they are usually of the Trader Joe’s frozen variety because they are damn good, but occasionally I like to make a hash like this from scratch. If you’re able to get your hands on some pasture raised organic farm fresh eggs, you’ll never be able to go back to eating store bought eggs again. On most days, I’ll enjoy either scrambled or “yolky” (as we call them in our house) eggs any day, but any time there are potatoes on the side, I have to opt for the yolky version to simply smother my taters with goodness. YUM!

Mix up your breakfast routine and enjoy this hearty and nutritious Sweet Potato and Ham Hash that tastes wonderful with a couple of eggs.

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Mix up your breakfast routine and enjoy this hearty and nutritious Sweet Potato and Ham Hash that tastes wonderful with a couple of eggs.
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Recipe type: breakfast
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 sweet potatoes, washed and chopped into 1/2 inch cubes with skin on
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper, diced
  • 8 ounces ham, chopped (I used a ham steak)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large saute pan with a fitted lid, heat butter and oil over medium high heat. Add sweet potato, cover, and cook without stirring just until potatoes start to get tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove lid and add onions and peppers. Stir to combine and continue cooking until golden brown, about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add ham and garlic, stir, and cook for another 5 minutes until heated through.
  4. Season with salt and pepper, as desired. I prefer to top this hash with a couple of poached or over medium eggs and enjoy for breakfast. YUM!

Mix up your breakfast routine and enjoy this hearty and nutritious Sweet Potato and Ham Hash that tastes wonderful with a couple of eggs.
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Aloha Granola

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This homemade and easy to make Aloha Granola is made with delicious tropical ingredients like macadamia nuts and dried pineapple, mango, coconut and banana.

This homemade and easy to make Aloha Granola is made with delicious tropical ingredients like macadamia nuts and dried pineapple, mango, coconut and banana.Our family loves granola, and nothing quite beats homemade granola. This tropical inspired granola, however, was the best granola I have ever had. I kid you not. I couldn’t stay away from it.

This homemade and easy to make Aloha Granola is made with delicious tropical ingredients like macadamia nuts and dried pineapple, mango, coconut and banana.

If you’ve ever purchased macadamia nuts or dried mango, especially organic dried mango, you’ll know its not cheap. I’m not gonna lie – once all is said and done this granola is pretty spendy. But once you make it, you’ll agree its worth the price. But here’s a tip for you: watch it VERY carefully while its baking. Your granola will go from perfectly from golden brown to burnt in a matter of minutes. How do I know this? Because I ruined my first batch. I thought I could salvage it but unfortunately, I’m accountable for good looking photos and burnt macadamia nuts don’t really look all that appetizing. Go figure. But, I will say this – ruining the first batch allowed me to make some tweaks in the recipe and I thought the second batch and the recipe you see below turned out a million times better, so it may have been worth it!

This homemade and easy to make Aloha Granola is made with delicious tropical ingredients like macadamia nuts and dried pineapple, mango, coconut and banana.

As you can see, I used all Trader Joe’s ingredients. I’m sure you can find all of these ingredients at other grocery stores, but my TJ’s had everything I needed.

This homemade and easy to make Aloha Granola is made with delicious tropical ingredients like macadamia nuts and dried pineapple, mango, coconut and banana.

Including the coconut yogurt I ate with my aloha granola. That combination was out of this world. So delicious!

This homemade and easy to make Aloha Granola is made with delicious tropical ingredients like macadamia nuts and dried pineapple, mango, coconut and banana.

 

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This homemade and easy to make Aloha Granola is made with delicious tropical ingredients like macadamia nuts and dried pineapple, mango, coconut and banana.
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Recipe type: breakfast, snack
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped dried fruit (i.e. pineapple, mango, etc.)
  • 2 cups banana chips, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Mix oats, nuts, and coconut in large bowl. Melt coconut oil, brown sugar, and maple syrup in a saucepan, stirring until well combined. Pour over oat mixture. Mix thoroughly and spread evenly on a jelly roll pan.
  2. Bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes. Stir and then bake an additional 15 minutes or until golden brown. Do not allow to burn!
  3. Cool completely, then stir in dried fruits and banana chips.

This homemade and easy to make Aloha Granola is made with delicious tropical ingredients like macadamia nuts and dried pineapple, mango, coconut and banana.
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Ginger Berry Smoothie

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This GINGER BERRY SMOOTHIE isn’t much to look at, but it is possibly the most deliciously tart fruit and veggie smoothie you will ever enjoy!

This GINGER BERRY SMOOTHIE is not much to look at, but it is possibly the most deliciously tart fruit and veggie smoothie you will ever enjoy!

My husband doesn’t cook. I can count the number of times he’s made me a full meal on one finger, and that was just after I had delivered our first born. But he is the keeper to a very tightly held secret – I’m pretty sure he can cook. Not just that, but the man makes the best damn smoothies I’ve ever enjoyed. I consider myself a decent smoothie maker. They taste pretty good and I’m usually able to put in the right balance of ingredients to make it healthy and able to sustain me. But the smoothies my husband makes? My god, they taste good.

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