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breakfast on the go

i don't know about you, but most of the time we don't wake up early enough to make a huge gourmet breakfast (probably should, but we don't). we often make up our own versions of a good breakfast on-the-go and one of our favorite recipes is breakfast egg muffins.we make these up as we go and some of our favorite ways to make egg muffins is with bacon, sausage, and ham. 

 they are so easy to make and so delicious!!

-3-4 eggs (depending on how many you want)
-bacon and bacon bits
-shredded sharp cheddar cheese
-shredded mozzarella cheese 
-salt & pepper 

-simply spray your muffin tin with cooking spray and set your oven to 350
-in a small mixing bowl whisk together your eggs
-add in the mixing bowl your bacon bits and cheeses until stirred
-prepare your muffin tin by lining the circle with bacon, ham, sausage, or plain egg mixture
(you can see above i used ham and bacon and also made two with just the egg mixture)
-pour the egg mixture in each circle 
-garnish the top with extra cheese (you can also do so with spinach, tomato, or chives)
-bake in the oven until your meats are cooked and golden brown
-serve to others for breakfast or simply grab it and go

they are so easy! i hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.

Have a great day!


new york city trip

well, i am back from new york and wanted to share some of the fun times we had.  i was in the city for a week for work and fortunately reed got to visit and spend some time with me as well. we had so much fun in just a few short days that he was visiting. 

as you can see from above and every other post; we enjoy food! ha! who doesn't? we tried new things and definitely enjoyed some of our favorites. we have both been to new york several times before but this was our first trip together; therefore, we wanted to walk and explore new things. we have visited the 9/11 memorial before, but neither of us had experienced the actual 9/11 museum. We spent several hours at the museum, although it was very emotional and heartbreaking for us to see. 

a new favorite for us was staying at the warwick hotel. it is an old fashioned/hollywood hotel in the heart of times square. we also enjoyed carlo's bakery, shake shack, lindys cheesecake, and a favorite John's pizzeria. our favorite date was sitting in central park at night  people watching. 

we had a great time together and i wanted to share a few pictures! i hope everyone has a great weekend :) 

here are the details:


bacon water chestnuts

yum! this is a favorite recipe from my grandmother (mam) that i use all the time for parties, dinners, and when i want to have some finger foods around. this will be great this fall for a football game or closer to the holidays as well. i wanted to share this yummy goodness with you :)

-1-2 packages of bacon (depending on how many you need/want)
-1 cup of brown sugar
-2 tablespoons of worcestershire sauce
-2 cups of ketchup
-2 8oz cans of whole water waterchestnuts

-pre heat your oven to 375
-in a bowl combine, worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and brown sugar
-cut each piece of bacon in half
-take piece of your bacon and wrap it around one water chestnut and secure it with one toothpick
-use cooking spray to prepare a cookie sheet or a baking dish (either one) 
-place all of your bacon wrapped water chestnuts (with toothpicks) on your sheet and pop those in the oven
-let those cook for 10-15 minutes
-next, take your sauce mixture and drizzle that over the bacon bites 
-pop those back into the oven for 30-35 minutes
-transfer the bacon bites to a serving piece and you have a very delicious appetizer!!

i hope you enjoy these as much as we do :)

have a great weekend xoxo


oreo cupcakes

 i love anything oreo, (who doesn't) and when i stumbled upon this recipe i knew i had to give it a try. these oreo cupcakes are so yummy and so easy to make. i made these for my co-workers (and reed) and they loved them!!

ingredients for cupcakes:
-use your favorite vanilla cupcake recipe or use 1 box of white cake mix 
-1 package of oreos

ingredients for oreo buttercream:
-1 stick of butter
-1/2 cup of vegetable shortening 
-3 cups of powdered sugar
-1/2 tsp of vanilla
-6 tbsp of crumbled oreos

-pre heat your oven for the cupcakes
-make your vanilla cupcake batter with your favorite recipe or the white cake box mix
-place cupcake liners in the pan
-add one oreo to the bottom of each cup
-pour the batter into the cups (fill them half way)
-bake until golden color 
-transfer the cupcakes to a cooling rack to cool for  25-30 minutes
-for the buttercream, start by getting a large mixing bowl 
-mix the butter and shortening until light and fluffy
-slowly add in your powdered sugar one cup at a time
-add in the vanilla and crumbled oreos
-mix together until fluffy
-pipe the buttercream using a piping bag or icing kit or simply use a knife to coat the cupcakes 
-garnish the cupcakes with a full oreo or more oreo crumbles

enjoy!!! they are deeeelish :)


weekend fun with family

you can see from the pictures above, we had a fun filled family weekend! reed and i had a three day weekend for my parents,brother,  and grandparents to come visit. you will see below that eating, shopping, and touring were a large part of our agenda.

-we attended the nashville sounds game

-the men toured the carnton plantation and the carter house
-the women went shopping in downtown franklin
-we ate lunch at pucketts in franklin
-dinner was at monell's at the manor(our favorite family style place) in nashville
-it was my brother's birthday; therefore, cake and presents happened after dinner

-we started the morning with donuts and coffee from donut palace 
-we went antique shopping in nolensville
-lunch was at nana's diner in nolensville 
-the men went to a gun store
-the women continued to shop
-dinner was at o'charley's (papa's favorite)

-lunch at jonathon's

i hope you all had a great weekend as well! spending time with family is always a special and memorable time for us :) 

carnton plantation and carter house:
monnell's at the manor:
nothing bundt cakes:
nana's diner: