Typical Breakfasts

My breakfasts during the week are rarely planned ahead of time.  I usually go with what I feel like in the morning, but it HAS to be something of substance. So, here are some of my typical breakfasts.

Always: a travel mug (favorite mug is a Contigo) of coffee with vanilla creamer (either the Meijer Organic brand or So Delicious Vanilla Coconut Milk)

  • 2 – Organic Free Range Brown Eggs (from Costco, 24 eggs approx $5) seasoned with salt and pepper.  Sometimes I will toss random left over veggies and occasionally sprinkle some cheese on the eggs.  I will prepare them as an omelet or over easy, depending on my mood.
  • 1 – Oatmeal with Cinnamon & Rasins. I typically resort to the Oatmeal Complete (plain) from Trader Joe’s, it is enriched with added vitamins and minerals, but does not have added flavor or sugar.  Sure, I could use plain rolled oats, but I like the consistence of the Trader Joe’s packets much better, additionally it is portioned out and easy to take with me to make at work if I need to
  • Home made granola and [organic] yogurt (with minimal sugar and no high fructose corn syrup)
  • 1-2 fruits with 1 homemade muffin or homemade Ezekiel bread
  • 1 LARGE Green Smoothie with vegetables and fruits

Breakfast is SO important to me.  If I skip this meal I am ruined for the whole day!  What is your favorite breakfast?

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Mango Green Smoothie

Today’s smoothie was a delight!

This makes enough smoothie for one really thirsty person or two people.  You can store any leftovers in a glass container for a few hours, but don’t wait too long!







1 Mango
~ 1 cup Strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1 Banana
1-2 handfull of Spinach
1 cup Water

Blend together until smooth, if [some of] your ingredents were not frozen add some ice if desired.

Did you know: If you are using a VitaMix blender and fresh strawberries you don’t have to bother trimming the green tops off.  The VitaMix will blend the greens smooth and you get the extra nutrients packed in the, literally, whole strawberry.

Bonus: If you want this smoothie to be your complete breakfast, add a handful or two of oatmeal to fill you up for hours!

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These Buns Are To Die For!

I was dreaming…yes…dreaming about black bean burgers this morning.  I wish I had an explination why for you, but I just don’t understand.  So, I have to make black bean burgers today, right? But, I have no buns and to go to the store just isn’t in the cards.

I decided to try a bun recipe from adapted from www.bigoven.com posted by user, sidu.

I am not much of a bread person, usually I can’t get the dough to rise, or I am not patient enough, or I miss one little detail.  Well this attempt worked perfectly, I am not sure if it is because it is an easy recipe, or my lucky day!  The aroma was delightful, and I tore a bun open for a taste test while it was still hot and it was fluffy, sweet and…well…to die for!

Time Breakdown: 5-10 minutes of prep, 8-10 minutes of kneading (by hand or machine), 5 minutes of yeast activation, 2 hours of dough rising, 15-20 minutes of baking, up to 2 hours of cooling (optional).


0.5 cup warm water
0.5 cup warm milk
2.25 teaspoon active dry yeast
1.5 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoon melted butter
0.5 teaspoon sea salt
2.5 cups all purpose flour (or, I am guessing 2.25 cups whole wheat flour approx.)
1 egg lightly beaten
2 tablespoon seasme seeds
Pinch sea salt


In a small glass bowl or glass measuring cup, mix water & milk, warm to temperature of 110-115 F. Add sugar and sprinkle yeast on the top, leave for 5 min. after 5 min the mixture should be foamy, add butter.  Add liquid to mixing bowl with flour & salt. Stir with a wooden spoon to bring all together.

Take the dough out on lightly floured surface & knead for 8 minute minimum by hand or in a stand mixer with dough hook, until it becomes smooth. Let the dough rest for 1 hour in an oiled bowl, cover with towel, dough should double in size.

After about 1 hour it will have double in size. Take out air from the dough by ‘punching’ the dough. Lay the dough out on the floured area, divide into 7 or 8 balls.  Lightly shape and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or a parchment mat). Leave them to rise for another hour on a baking tray, when they are double in size brush with beaten egg and sprinkle some seasme seeds and sea salt. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 F for 15-20 minute or until brown from top. take out from oven (eat one right away because they are amazing); cool on wire rack for around 2 hours.  The two hour cool time helps dry the buns out to be sliced – I don’t always wait the entire 2 hours.

I will be making these again with Whole Wheat flour. Probably would only require 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour? I will get back to you on how that turns out. You could also experiment with adding herbs and cheese to this bun!

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The Best Thai Food. Our Visit To Thailand.

Early in 2010 my husband was sent to Thailand for work for 2 weeks. We found a crazy inexpensive ticket for me to head out there – so I went for a week. Well, it was a calendar week, but with a 22-24 hour flight and the time changes (more like date changes) it seemed shorter than a week. I left Detroit Tuesday, by the time I got to the hotel in Thailand it was Thursday 1 am. Then I left the hotel at Tuesday at 2 am and arrived in Detroit Tuesday at Noon.

Unfortunately I didn’t think to spend my time finding a kitchen I could visit, I was really intimidated by the language barrier and traveling in a foreign country alone. I had only really been to Canada and a resort in Mexico before this trip (as far as being out side of the US).

We took pictures of many of our meals, some places it wasn’t necessarily appropriate to bring our camera into so we didn’t get photos. But we really enjoyed the freshness of the meals, it was nothing at all like American Thai food, thank goodness. I really miss real Thai food now!

And, surprisingly shopping and dinning in Thailand was inexpensive, the Baht (currency) is roughly 1 Baht to $0.03 US Dollars. Our meals (several dishes) for the two of us (including drinks) was well under $10-$15 USD!

Breakfasts were at the hotel we stayed at, it had a beautiful buffet of traditional breakfasts to accommodate the diverse guests cultures. There were hot soups served for breakfast, cold cuts meat, granola/yogurt/fruit, salads, omelet bar, and fresh squeezed local fruit juice. We didn’t get any photos of breakfast but it was delicious.

Here are some pictures of our meals, sorry I can not remember (didn’t take note) of the name of the dishes but maybe some readers can help!

I mostly ordered soups that were made with coconut milk and had lots of fresh seafood and lemon grass and I think galangal, which was whole slices that looked like ginger.  I bit into one and you definitely don’t eat it (I think think) it was like bark! But it added great flavor!  I need to challenge myself to make a thai soup soon.

Here is a picture I found on another blog that is similar to what I ordered several times in Thailand:

And, here is an example of the amount of food we would purchase for maybe 500 Baht, which was roughly $15 USD (this picture doesn’t show the appetizer or desert we would order too).

Mai-Thia in a fresh pineapple, it was fun and appropriate for a day at the beach.
This was Bill’s beer of choice during his stay. He even got a Singha T-Shirt, lol.This was our lunch on the beach.  Doesn’t everything look so fresh and not drowning in sauce? It was so tasty.
This was our tour of the rainforest on a zip line.  We were so glad we did that, and we met some great people who came from around the world!

I thought I had more pictures when I started this post. But either way, it was a fun experience! Hope you enjoyed the pictures.

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Some of My Favorite Food Pictures

Just for fun, and because I need a new post…here are some of my favorite food photos through 2010. Need to get back into blogging and taking the time to snap some photos during my kitchen time!!

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Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

Yum Yum Yum!

Your favorite pretzels plus peanut butter and chocolate make a great snack or gift – (thanks Momma Bailey ;))


Pretzels (any shape)
Natural Peanut Butter
Dark Chocolate (chips, bars, or baking chocolate)


Melt chocolate by boiling a small saucepan of water and place a steel or glass bowl over the water. Place chocolate in bowl and stir occasionally until melted. Turn heat to low.

Put a few table spoons of peanut butter in a bowl. If peanut butter is too thick, microwave for a few seconds until soft so you don’t break your pretzel.

Prepare a baking sheet lined with wax or parchment paper.

Now start your assembly line! Partially dip or coat pretzel in peanut butter, leaving a portion of the pretzel exposed. Lightly shake the excess peanut butter off. Dip pretzel in melted chocolate until peanut butter is covered. Shake excess chocolate off.

Place on baking sheet. When sheet is full place sheet in freezer or fridge to cool. When chocolate sets put in storage container of choice and enjoy!!

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Pumpkin Souffle – Daring Kitchen Challenge

November’s Challenge on The Daring Kitchen was to make a souffle!

I wanted to try a souffle using one of my favorite fall ingredients…PUMPKIN! This was my first souffle and I enjoyed it, I’ll be trying many more 🙂

This makes a great quick dessert to satisfy a craving for pumpkin pie but with out the extra work!





1/3 cup evaporated milk
1 cup organic pumpkin puree
¼ cup sugar (I prefer Natural Cane Sugar, like Florida Crystals)
½ tsp vanilla
3 free-range eggs, separated
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (make your own pumpkin pie spice)

Preheat oven to 375F.
Mix evaporated milk and pumpkin puree until a thick liquid.
Whisk sugar, vanilla and egg yolks with spice.
Blend mixture into pumpkin.
Beat egg whites until stiff peaks, fold into pumpkin.
Immediately pour into a greased ramekins.
Bake 45-50 minutes until browning and cracking on surface, then serve immediately. Serve with brown sugar, crumbled natural graham crackers (such as Trader Joe’s Natural Grahams) or warmed maple syrup.

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