Breakfast Egg Cups

I’m pretty sure I mention our love for breakfast every time I write a post about a recipe that includes a breakfast food. But, I’m going to say it again. Chad and I really really love breakfast. No matter what day it is, or even what time of day it is, we will make breakfast. Eggs and bacon, waffles (try these), or toast, you name it, we love it.

So, when the weekend rolls around, we always spend a little extra time on making our breakfast. During the weekend, we aren’t in a rush to get to work and usually don’t spend breakfast time apart, so we can actually make a quality breakfast. This weekend, we decided against our usual stack of pancakes, and we made some egg cups. Because who doesn’t want everything they love about breakfast in one bite?

The best way to make that happen? Egg cups! We made these super easy egg cups, which are pretty much like an omelette in a cute little bite size muffin form. We used turkey bacon, spinach, cheese and some garlic, but the beautiful thing is, you can put whatever you want in them! Or do half and half! Or make every single one different!

Breakfast Egg Cups

Easy to make egg cups for breakfast!

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 large organic eggs
  • 6 pieces of turkey bacon
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 380 degrees. Cook the bacon to your preference of crispyness.

  2. Crack 6 eggs into a mixing bowl and whisk until well beaten.

  3. Break bacon up into bacon bit size pieces and chop spinach into.

  4. Put bacon, spinach and any other desired ingredients into your muffin tins.

  5. Pour egg on top of the ingredients and fill 3/4 of the way full.

  6. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top with salt and pepper.

  7. Put egg cups into oven for 15-20 minutes or until the cups start to brown around the outside. Let cool and enjoy! With orange juice!

Next time I’m planning on including some red pepper and onion to add a little more crunch! What would you put in your dream egg cup?

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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

I have probably used 20 different chocolate chip cookie recipes in my life. Different sugars, variations of butter, dark chocolate chips, semi sweet chocolate chips, you name it, I’ve probably tried it. There is no dessert I make more because there is no dessert I love more. If I had to eat one dessert for the rest of my life, it would be a warm chocolate chip cookie.

I found Pinch of Yum’s Soft Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and tweaked it a bit with some of my favorite healthier alternative ingredients. If you’re the type that likes those chocolate chip cookies where they purposely left them in the oven too long to crisp them up, move along, these cookies aren’t for you. (But I respect your love for a crunchy cookie!). These cookies are the exact opposite. You almost think for a second that they aren’t done baking, that you should leave them in a little longer, BUT TRUST ME. Take them out, let them cool for just a few seconds, and then take the biggest bite out of the softest chocolate chip cookie you’ve ever had.

To say my passion for chocolate chip cookies is strong, would obviously be an understatement. I hope you make these cookies and then let me know if you loved them as much as we did. I can honestly say this is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe I’ve ever tried. My batch made 12 large cookies, and within 24 hours they were gone… So, clearly Chad loves a soft chocolate chip cookie just as much as I do!

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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are the most soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies. The best chocolate chip cookie recipe is easy and quick!

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 tbsp melted unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 12-15 dark chocolate and milk chocolate swirl Dove hearts (you can also use whatever chocolate you like best)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Beat melted butter with coconut sugar and light brown sugar.

  3. Add vanilla and egg. Beat until well combined.

  4. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Combine dough into dough ball.

  5. Add in chocolate chips and roll into one inch balls.

  6. Cook for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are slightly browning. Cook for more or less time depending on your preference of softness!

If you could only eat one dessert the rest of your life, what would it be? Chocolate chip cookies? Brownies? Chocolate Cake? Or is that just me daydreaming about having all of those in front of me?

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What to Do in Northwest Arkansas: Terra Studios

I have lived in Northwest Arkansas for almost nine years. NINE YEARS. It is so hard for me to actually type that out because I never planned on living here any longer than my last two years of high school. But, here I am….nine years later…..struggling. It has helped so much now that Chad and I live here together, but we are constantly sitting around home trying to find something to do.

While we figure out where we are going to live next, we have been trying to find things to occupy our time and help us make the most out of our current town. Most weekends that involves going for a hike, walking on a trail somewhere, or sitting inside while it rains. But, last weekend, we had the most refreshing outing!

We made the 20 minute drive out to a place called Terra Studios. It is the most unique place, with art everywhere you turn! They are known for their blown glass blue birds of happiness, but this tiny little art community had street art, crazy creatures, glass murals, decorated tiles, and even a hobbit house. Everything was beautiful, unique, and a tiny bit weird, which is exactly why I loved it.

Sometimes life can feel a little stagnant, like you’re stuck in the same place, doing the same things, but you can always find a way to shake things up or be pleasantly surprised. That’s exactly what Terra Studios did for me. It reminded me that although I’ve lived her for nine years and can’t wait until the day that we get to move, I can always find things to be excited about.

I mean, a trash troll?! I want one of those for our apartment. We bought blue glass love birds that are now sitting on our bookshelf in our living room as a reminder that no matter where  we are, we will always find an adventure! So, if you’re ever looking for what to do in Northwest Arkansas, put Terra Studios at the top of your list.

If you want to see our vlog from our day, click here!

Even the bathrooms were cool!

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Easy Dinner Recipes: BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Chad and I are always looking for quick and easy dinner recipes. We have busy schedules, especially during the week, and the last thing either of us usually wants to do is come home and spend a long time preparing dinner. But, we also try really hard to continually eat as healthy as we can and to make our own food instead of eating out. So, that leaves us searching for ideas on meals that require less than 20 minutes of hands on time to prep.

That being said, we are BIG BBQ fans (See Rudy’s BBQ below). I’m from Texas, so BBQ has always been a staple in my life, and Chad is as big of a carnivore as they come. BBQ isn’t always the quickest meal to prep, but these BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches literally only require 5 minutes of your attention.

When I said this recipe was easy, I absolutely meant it. Two to three ingredients, five minutes actually having to pay attention, and a delicious meal ready in under an hour!

Ingredients:

    • 2-3 chicken breasts
    • Your favorite BBQ Sauce (We used Dinosaur BBQ)
    • Hamburger Buns (We also put the pulled chicken over sweet potatoes or baked potatoes sometimes!)

Directions:

  1. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a pot.
  2. Put chicken breasts in water once it has come to a boil.
  3. Turn temp down to medium-high so the pot doesn’t bubble over.
  4. Let chicken cook for 30-40 minutes.
  5. Drain water.
  6. Use two forks and shred up the chicken in a bowl.
  7. Add BBQ sauces to the chicken and mix until all chicken is covered. (Use as much BBQ sauce as you like.)
  8. Put chicken on a bun or over a potato! Enjoy!

Obviously I roasted up some veggies to have on the side of our sandwiches. Our quick go to veggies are some broccoli or brussel sprouts with some olive oil and salt and pepper, roasted up for 20 minutes. The perfect compliment to a delicious BBQ sandwich!

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Life Lately – January

Millie’s state in the photo above pretty much sums up life lately. Has anyone else felt like January was the longest month in the history of months? Between trying to get back into a routine after the holidays, being sick for most of the month (what is in the air this year?!), and making a trip to Alabama, this month has been pretty exhausting.

Chad and I both were sick for a solid 10 days out of this month. And if we are being honest, neither of us have quite returned to 100% after trying tirelessly to fight off whatever it is that insists on making a majority of the population feel like crap this season. We went through three boxes of tissues in the span of a few days, drank Emergen-c like it was a life changing serum, and tried every over the counter congestion medicine in existence. Needless to say, when they tell you “the virus just needs to run its’ course,” they mean it. We are finally feeling a little bit normal again, and hope that spring is just around the corner!

In the midst of that 10 day span, we had to make a road trip to Mobile, Alabama for some football activities. Chad had to be there for some kicking, so we made the 10 hour drive down south. We had never been to Mobile before, and although we didn’t get to see much of the town, we did enjoy some sunshine and the endless Family Feud marathon on cable. We ordered room service three nights in a row, but we did manage to eat one lunch out in the downtown area!

Last weekend was our first weekend of the month with no plans, and it just so happened that the weather was beautiful. A solid 60 degrees while the sun was actually shining! We decided there was no better way to spend our afternoon than to bust out our new Multimok hammock (follow that link for 10% off!) for the first time! We could have stayed lounging in that hammock for days! As much as we love to travel, sometimes nothing beats a weekend at home, getting a little rest and down time.

So, here’s to hoping for a February with more sunshine, less tissues, and really good food! Who’s going to be watching the Super Bowl this weekend? I might have to whip up some nachos to snack on during the big game!

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Cinnamon Roll Waffles

I think the other day was National Pancake Day, and although I can appreciate a good pancake, I have to say I’m more of a waffle fan. Lucky for me, I got the cutest little waffle maker for Christmas. I’ve whipped up waffles a few times since then, but this weekend I was really craving cinnamon rolls. So, I decided to try and make some cinnamon roll waffles!

It worked! I tried to keep some of the ingredients a little bit healthier, but let’s be honest, sometimes you just need a breakfast with sugar and icing. As cliche as it is, life really is about balance. Sometimes you can eat whole and healthy and clean, but sometimes you’re going to eat sugar and you’re going to eat carbs. And that’s okay. Life is too short not to indulge every now and then!

What’s your favorite breakfast food? Are you a savory or sweet breakfast person? I will say, I normally go for the savory option, but waffles for life.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup confectionary sugar

Directions:

  1. Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl mix together milk, vanilla, and eggs.
  3. Combine wet and dry ingredients.
  4. Add melted butter to mixture and stir until fully combined.
  5. Mix confectionary sugar and milk in a bowl to create icing.
  6. Pour 1/4 cup of batter into mini waffle maker and drizzle 1/2 tsp of icing on top. Close lid.
  7. Use all of the batter and drizzle remaining icing over top!

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Healthy Brownies: A Valentine’s Day Treat

Every year for Valentine’s Day I make Chad his favorite dessert, brownies. He’s not a big sweets fan, but if there’s one treat that he can devour, it’s a big pan of chocolate gooey fudgey brownies.

This year, as a build up to Valentine’s Day, I decided to test out a healthy brownies recipe. To my surprise (and Chad’s too since he wasn’t super excited about the idea of healthy brownies), they were delicious! If you’re looking for a dessert recipe for your loved one, or want to sit at home with your wine and some brownies and not feel bad about it, this recipe is for you!

These deliciously dense brownies make for the perfect healthier alternative. I am not one to deny a non-healthy brownie, but if I’m making them myself, I might as well make them a little less artificial.

Side note, I took Broma Bakery‘s free workshop on how she turned her food photography into a business, and to say I’m inspired and motivated would be an understatement. I can’t wait to get better at taking photos of my recipes, and more importantly, to have content that I’m super proud of!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup vanilla greek yogurt
  • 5 tbsp milk
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Mix coconut oil, eggs, vanilla and salt in a bowl.
  3. Add greek yogurt and mix until no lumps.
  4. Add sugar and mix until smooth.
  5. Stir in milk.
  6. Add cocoa powder and baking powder and mix until smooth.
  7. Stir in flour and combine until batter is well mixed.
  8. Pour batter into an 8×8 greased pan. Add dark chocolate chips on top of batter.
  9. Cook for 20 minutes (16-18 if you like them gooier.

Measuring cups: Home and Hand

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New Year’s Eve: Champagne Cocktail

Tomorrow officially marks the beginning of 2018. Can you believe it? 2018 seems like such a foreign and far off number to me, but crazy enough, that’s our reality! I have so many goals, aspirations, and intentions for 2018, but tonight I plan on celebrating all that 2017 had to offer.

It was a year that didn’t meet any of my expectations, which could be seen as a bad thing, but yet it was still a year full of happiness, exploration and firsts. Chad and I moved into our first home (twice). I got to visit 7 new states. We went to 6 National Parks. I got a new job. I learned SO MUCH about patience and the plan set out for my life. We made new friends, spent time with family, went to Mexico, made it through a few crossroads, and experienced all of the ups and downs that I think so many felt this year. It was a whirlwind. It was the first time that a year actually felt like longer to me, and I couldn’t be more thankful for that.

I hope 2018 brings more adventure, more changes of perspective, more clarity, but most importantly, even more happiness. But for now, I will be over here drinking this champagne cocktail in my sweat pants!

What are your dreams for the new year?

Champagne Cocktail:

  • 3 Shots of Andre Rose Champagne
  • 2 Shots of La Croix Lime Sparkling Water
  • 2 Shots of Orange Juice
  • 1 Shot of Whiskey
  • Ice Cubes

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Holiday Baking: Haystacks and More Cookies!

During this time of year, it’s a family tradition to get together and do some holiday baking, from cookies to fudge, we usually cover it all. We spend an entire day just baking up some sweet holiday treats and enjoying each others company during the holiday season. There may be a few glasses of wine and some raw cookie dough consumed as well. This year, I went to my mom’s house to whip up some of our favorites. Chocolate covered pretzels, pecan sandies and tassies, peanut butter blossom cookies, puppy chow, toffee, and my personal favorite, haystacks.

If you’ve never had a haystack, you are seriously missing out. Butterscotch and peanut butter with a crunch make for the perfect sweet treat, and they only require three ingredients! If you’re planning on doing some holiday baking this year, do yourself a favor and add this easy treat to your list!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of butterscotch chips (12oz)
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 bags Chow Mien Noodles

Directions:

  1. Melt butterscotch and peanut butter in a pot suspended over boiling water on the stove.
  2. Once completely melted, add in the first bag of chow mien noodles. Completely coat the noodles in the butterscotch and peanut butter mixture.
  3. Cover a cookie sheet in wax paper.
  4. Using a spoon, scoop stacks of the mixture onto the wax paper, forming little stacks of noodles.
  5. Once you get through half of the mixture, add in the half bag of remaining chow mien noodles and mix into remaining mixture.
  6. Create haystacks with the remaining mixture.
  7. Let haystacks set for 1 hour.
  8. Consume!

Haystacks will always be my favorite because of how much I love both butterscotch and peanut butter, but we also made tons of other amazing treats. Nothing beats a day in the kitchen, listening to Christmas music, baking tasty treats to share with your family and friends! What’s your favorite holiday baked good?

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Visiting National Parks is something that Chad and I have started to do a lot more often. When we need a vacation, but don’t want the huge hassle of flights or having to leave our pets behind, we pack up our car (or previously an RV) and make our way to a new National Park. This time when we were looking to do just that, we thought what better National Park to visit in the fall than the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

I’ve always heard that the Great Smoky Mountains are beautiful in the fall, with fall foliage that dreams are made of, but no dream could have prepared me for the reality of colors that we saw. We drove so many auto trails with views of trees, mountains, rushing creeks, and plenty of furry friends. We hiked Laurel Falls, a walking trail that led to one of the biggest waterfalls I have seen to date. We camped at Element Campgrounds in freezing cold temperatures and all huddled around a fire pit staring at the stars.

Even Acey Cakes loved the Great Smoky Moutains! Despite the expression on his face, which looks a bit terrified, Ace loves being outside on his leash. The main reason we love doing road trips is because we get to bring our pets along. We love to share our adventures with them, because let’s be honest, pets are basically people too.

We were also lucky enough to have Trekology give us some of the best camping gear we’ve ever used. The chairs fold up into tiny space saving bags, and the rose gold folding table made eating by the fire so much easier. You better believe we will be putting this gear to use 10 times more once warmer camping season rolls around again.

I feel like the pictures do the park some justice, but if you ever have the chance to go to the Great Smoky Mountains in the fall, don’t think twice.

What’s your favorite National Park that you’ve ever visited? We need to figure out the next one to check off of our list!

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