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Strawberry Cheesecake Crepes

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Homemade, thin vanilla crepes oozing with delicious strawberry cheesecake filling, and topped with fresh strawberries and powdered sugar. These strawberry cheesecake crepes aren’t gluten free. They aren’t low calorie. And they sure as heck aren’t organic. But they ARE so unbelievably good. Agree that these are worth the calories? Read on for the recipe for these delicious, and easy-to-make treats that will make any brunch twenty times better.

Ingredients:
Crepes:
-2 cups all-purpose flour
-1 cup milk
-1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 cup water
-4 tablespoons butter

Filling:
-5 oz. vanilla Greek yogurt
-1/2 cup whipped cream cheese
-1 cup strawberries, diced
-1/8 cup brown sugar

Topping:
-1 strawberry, sliced
-Powdered sugar to taste

You’ll also need…
-Non-stick pan
-Non-stick spatula
-Butter (for grease)
-Large mixing bowl
-Cutting board for berries
-Mixing bowl for filling
-Whisk
Note: I initially considered using my KitchenAid mixer, but decided against it. There’s no heavy duty mixing required, and clean-up is easier without it.

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Directions:

-Whisk milk, melted butter, water, vanilla, and eggs in large bowl. Whisk until yolks are completely broken.
-Slowly sift in flour and salt. Stir until no clumps are visible.
-Cover mixing bowl and place in fridge for thirty minutes. While the batter is chilling, you can work on the filling.

-Mix cream cheese, Greek yogurt, and sliced strawberries. If you want the filling to be more “liquidy”, add more yogurt. If you’d like it to be fluffier, add more cream cheese. Add brown sugar when mixed.
-Cover bowl and chill in fridge while dough is being cooked.

-Heat non-stick pan at medium heat. Add butter to grease.
-Pour dough on pan. Cook each side for approximately 30 seconds, or until fully cooked.
**Remember, crepes are different than pancakes because they are thin! It took me a couple tries to find my desired thickness and diameter, so don’t be afraid to play around. Also, don’t make the mistake of forgoing the butter on the pan. No matter how great your non-stick pan is, it needs butter! I poured dough in a small cup before putting it on the pan to make sure I had the right size/thickness each time. Pour it in a circular motion from the inside out to “fill in” gaps.**

-Take filling out from fridge. Stuff cooled crepes with desired amount and roll. Top with strawberries and powdered sugar and enjoy!

Looking for a spin on this recipe? You could also substitute blueberries for the filling or omit the berries inside and top with bananas, peaches, strawberries, etc. The possibilities are endless. Happy cooking!

Birthday Baked French Toast

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The only thing better than cooking up a new recipe for brunch is cooking it up with your best friend! Gina and I made Baked French Toast to celebrate Eric’s birthday, as well as mine, since we were born exactly one week apart. Eric and J were extra stuffed after eating it, so this may be an indication that Gina and I were successful! We made a few tweaks to this recipe, and it turned out great!

Ingredients:

French Toast:
* 1 loaf of French Bread
* Cooking spray
* 7 medium eggs
* 2 cups whole milk
* 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
* 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
* 1/2 cup white sugar
* 1/2 cup brown sugar

Topping:
* 1/2 cup all purpose flour
* 1/2 cup brown sugar
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1 stick butter (do not melt)
* 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Serves: 6

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Tear bread into small pieces. Add to lightly greased baking pan.

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Beat eggs together. Mix vanilla, sugar, milk, and cream in to eggs.
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Pour mixture over torn bread slices.
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Let bread soak for at least two hours. The longer, the better. If you want to prepare this the night before your meal, you can cover the dish and place it in the fridge overnight.
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Right before you place pan in oven, prepare topping. Slice butter into thin rectangles. Mix in sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Use your hands or back of a spoon to combine. It should be fairly smooth, with just a little bit of chunks.

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Top soaked bread mixture with topping.
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Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Slice bananas, strawberries, peaches, etc for topping.
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Enjoy with juice, turkey bacon, and great company.

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Kimmie’s Coffee Cup

I consider myself to be adventurous when it comes to trying new foods; besides a few restrictions, I’m always keen to try something new. Whenever I’m having trouble choosing something off the menu, I follow my  own personal “rule” by ordering something that I can’t make at home. It gives me a chance to try something new, and out of my culinary skills’ range.

However, there is something incredibly comforting about having a set dish at your go-to restaurant. I don’t have to open the menu, and sometimes I don’t even have to order, because the waitress knows my order. In order for me to let myself order the same dish time after time, it has to be worth it, quality, portion, and price-wise.

I’ve been going to Kimmie’s Coffee Cup for several years now and have ordered the same dish every single time. Maybe that makes me boring, maybe it makes me plain, but I just can’t seem to part with my breakfast quesadilla. It’s so simple, but so. darn. good. Crispy tortilla outside, cheesy egg goodness inside.

I swap out the beans and rice for seasonal fresh fruit, which comes in an incredibly generous portion; strawberries, watermelon, and grapes are always overflowing from the ceramic bowl. The complimentary tomato salsa isn’t spicy, so I have no problem ordering it in the early hours of the day.  I ask for a side of ranch, because, well, you can’t go wrong with ranch. I rarely finish the entire meal because of how heavy it is, which means I get to take half home for a mid-day snack or dinner. At under $10 for the plate, I’m getting two meals for an incredible price.

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The menu is surprisingly large for such a small establishment, so eventually I will steer away from my quesadilla, just to try something new. J’s go-to dish is the Cowboy Steak, which is jam-packed with steak, crispy potatoes with peppers and onions, and biscuit and gravy; it understandably comes with a heftier price tag of $14.99. He’s better about trying new dishes, and enjoyed a Mexican Scrambler last time.

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Kimmie’s has a typical diner feel to it; small booths, the smell of coffee, and regulars who seem to be present at more shifts than the waitresses! It’s an older crowd, which means it’s a great place to just relax and get your fix of food without a screaming crowd or the distraction of bright television screens.

It’s not the healthiest brunch location, so my body can’t afford to have it every weekend, but that just makes me crave it more! Kimmie’s relaxing atmosphere, delicious home cooked feel, and affordable prices have made it my go-to spot for years to come. You can check out their many locations here.

What’s your favorite go-to meal for breakfast or brunch? Let me know below!

 

Saturday: Brunch, Shopping, and Literature

I’ve made my love for Brunch quite clear. In fact, it gets to be capitalized, because it’s that important to me. I love that I’m able to get a hearty meal even after I sleep in. The early bird catches the worm? Yes. But the girl who finally gets to sleep in on the weekend catches the Brunch! ;)

J and I headed over to our favorite little spot down the street. We ordered our normal meals, as usual! I ordered a breakfast quesadilla with a side of fruit instead of rice and beans. He ordered Cowboy Steak, which was a massive, well-done steak, fried potatoes with onions and bell peppers, and a biscuit and gravy. Needless to say, we couldn’t walk properly after eating! Whenever meals are big, I pack up leftovers for the next meal. If you’re worried you’ll overeat, ask your waiter to pre-pack half your meal before bringing it out!

 

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I had some things to return to CostPlus World Market, which should’ve taken five minutes, but actually took thirty. I get so carried away in there; it sure is dangerous! I found this wine bag at CostPlus; why it was in the Clearance section, I’m not sure. I’d buy these for all my friends’ gifts…

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We then found ourselves at HomeGoods afterwards, which, oddly, I had never been to before. I was blown away by the selection and immediately wanted to remodel everything. A travel themed room? What about an automobile room? Or a beach theme? The possibilities are endless. My money? Maybe not so much…

 

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I finished up #GirlBoss afterwards and felt so invigorated. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to read for pleasure and my goodness, #GirlBoss was the perfect book to dive back into! For those who haven’t read it, I highly suggest you do so. I’ve never felt so empowered, motivated, or determined to succeed. Thanks Sophia! Stay tuned for a thorough review of the book. You can purchase the book at Amazon here.

What’s the last book you read?