Friday Favorites

It’s Friday!  I am super excited about this weekend, because Joseph finally has a couple of days off.  Yay!  It’s been a two week stretch of not having much time together, so we are very excited about Saturday.  We are planning on going on a picnic…sound nice? Yeah I agree.  Picnics are just an awesome thing, whether it be a romantic date, a family outing, or a group of friends!  You really can’t go wrong with some yummy food and a lazy day at the park.  Don’t forget the frisbee! (One of my favorite park accessories :D)

A few items I would adore having with me at the park are these beauties.  I’ve always wanted to get a picnic  basket, and this one is pretty cute don’t you think?  I think I’m going to cave and get one this year!  I also love the matching picnic blanket- soft on top and waterproof on the bottom.  Another spring/summer thing I’d love to get is a hammock… and I just LOVE this crochet one! What a beauty!

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1-Picnic basket  2-Dress   3-Picnic blanket   4-Crochet flats   5-The Giver   6-Crochet hammock

All this talk about picnics has me really thankful that the weather is finally warmer!  What plans to you have for the spring?  Here are a few suggestions to get you outside and enjoying the fresh air.

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1.  Get a cheap badminton set and hit the birdie around!

2.  Make a list of things to find in nature and go on a scavenger hunt together.  You can even make this a race to see who can find everything first.

3.  Plant a flower garden.  Try a bit of landscaping, and maybe try adding a pathway with bricks or stones!

4.  Play in the rain together.  I’m serious! next time it rains, put your swimsuits on and play tag in the backyard! (only if there is no lightning!)

5.  Go for a bike ride.  Take advantage of the not-super-hot weather and take a long bike ride!

6.  Make and fly a kite together. (Maybe I’ll do a DIY kite tutorial sometime :D)

7.  Grab some favorite books, snacks, and fishing gear and go fishing!

8.  Go on a photo shoot!  Pick out each others outfits and take some fun and creative photos in a cool location.  (Young kids might not go for this one)

9.  Go to the beach!  Before the summer crowds hit find some smaller beaches, wade, walk the shore, and bring some outdoor games.

10.  Go on a picnic! (I mean you knew I was going to add this one!)

I hope these ideas inspire you to enjoy the spring weather with your sweetheart, friends and family! What other things do you like to do in the spring?

-Amber

Breakfast Pizza

Growing up, my mom made a similar version of this recipe whenever we had guests stay at our house.  That was usually our cousins, so when I make this recipe I think of them 🙂  I like it more than quiche, and it cooks really quickly!

Breakfast, when I have the time to make it right, is my favorite meal.  Having a good breakfast always makes the day a little bit happier, don’t you think?  This recipe includes making pie crust, but it really doesn’t take long to make.  And it’s sooo yummy!

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The crisp crust pairs perfectly with the cheesy egg mixture.  I used bacon, but you can be creative with your toppings.  I’ve used a variety of things with this recipe, including spinach, breakfast sausage, green peppers and onions.  So change it up depending on your mood!

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Breakfast Pizza

Crust

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 cups white flour
  • 6-7 tablespoons cold water

Topping

  • 7 eggs
  • 1 cup greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. parsley flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. basil flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 6-7 pieces of turkey bacon or other toppings (breakfast sausage, chopped fresh spinach, onions, green peppers, etc.)

 

For the crust, gather your ingredients along with a mixing bowl, a spatula and a pastry blender (or a fork and knife).

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Preheat the oven to 425°F.  Combine the wheat flour, white flour and the salt in a mixing bowl.

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Add in the shortening.

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Lightly coat the shortening with the flour so that it won’t stick to your pastry blender (or fork).

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Cut the shortening into the flour with a pastry blender, or a fork and a knife.

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When the mixture looks like this, you are ready to add the water.

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Add in one tbls. of cold water at a time, fluffing the mixture with a fork in between each tbls. of water.

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Using clean hands, (free of rings!) form the mixture into a ball.  If it’s too dry, add a bit more water before forming it.

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Set pastry dough on a well floured surface and roll it out.  Roll the dough out to about the size of your pizza pan.

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Gently slide the dough onto the pan.  You don’t need to oil or grease the pan.

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Flute or pinch the edge, or press it with a fork to complete the edge.

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Now it’s time for the filling! Heat up a skillet and cook the bacon, then chop it up into small pieces.

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Gather the ingredients you will need, as well as a mixing bowl and a wire whisk.

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Whisk the eggs together in the mixing bowl.

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Then add the basil, parsley, garlic powder and ground pepper.

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Add in the greek yogurt, and whisk until smooth and free of lumps.

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Your mixture should look like this.

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Pour mixture over crust.

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Sprinkle with the cheese and any other toppings.

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Place in the oven and cook for ten minutes.  Decrease heat to 350°F and cook for another five, or until egg is full cooked.

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Enjoy it hot and fresh from the oven!

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If you try this recipe let me know how you like it!

-Amber