Let’s Talk About Brunch…

Nothing says “Saturday morning” like a mid-morning brunch with your favorite people. We’ve had some perfect Saturdays so far in 2015, and they all had one thing in common… BRUNCH!

Check out these local restaurants for some fantastic grub to start off your weekend right!

H&H's Supreme Chicken Biscuit with pimento cheese and bacon jam

The Supreme Chicken Biscuit with pimento cheese and bacon jam from H&H Restaurant

  • H&H Restaurant – Known as Georgia’s “most iconic restaurant”, H&H has a ton of character. It was a frequented spot by hometown heros, the Allman Brothers, and has a southern breakfast that you won’t believe. Now owned by the same restaurant group as The Rookery (another Macon favorite), H&H delivers an old-south feel with creative new dishes. My personal fave was the Supreme Fried Chicken Biscuit complete with pimento cheese and bacon jam… Yum! You have to forfeit your sleeping in for this one, though… They’re only open until 10:30 Monday through Saturday!
  • West Egg Cafe – If you’re ok with a little drive, West Egg is well worth it. All of our ATL friends raved about West Egg for months and months, and once we tried it for ourselves, it became our ATL brunch go-to. Be prepared to wait (because it’s just that good), but feel free to have a fancy coffee drink while you wait from their coffee bar. As far as what you should try… The banana bread french toast is insane, the pimento cheese & pecan smoked bacon is my ultimate fave (apparently I really like pimento cheese for breakfast), and you can’t go wrong with the Peachtree Plate.
  • The Casserole Shop – If you need something quick and inexpensive, you can’t do any better than The Casserole Shop. All of their specialty donuts are fabulous. Will & I were actually lucky enough the weekend we moved in to walk into the making of the most delicious breakfast sandwich in Macon… The sausage, egg, and cheese DONUT. Yep. I said it. And they serve it warm and fresh! The quickest way for Will to get me out of bed on a Saturday is to promise me one of these… and then we have to go on a run later that day… haha. While you’re at The Casserole Shop, you can also pick up a pan of Chicken Divan, Poppy Seed Chicken, or Lasagna to have for the week. It’s like brunch and weekly grocery shopping all in one!
  • Finally, nothing beats brunch at home 🙂 This morning, Will woke up early and made a spread complete with scrambled eggs, pancakes, and coffee. It made a lazy Saturday morning feel fancy and special. You can never beat home-cooking, especially when hubby is cooking!

What’s your favorite Saturday morning breakfast/ brunch spot? We’re always down to try something new!!!

#87 – Give a 100% tip to a waiter/waitress that really deserves it.

Tonight my teacher friends and I did a really cool thing. We did a progressive dinner around local restaurants… Talk about fun 🙂 We all wanted to see Macon’s finest downtown dining spots, so we came up with a game plan, set aside a night to embark on our adventure, and then ate to our hearts’ content.

We started at Barefoot Tavern and had appetizers. Jumbo soft pretzels, hummus, cheesy waffle fries, and hot wings… Nom nom nom.

Then we went to The Rookery for our main course. Burgers on burgers on burgers. And boy was it delicious as ever!

Finally, we ended the night at Taste and See Coffee Shop with cheesecake and lattes. So divine!

But with all the hopping around, I felt particularly inclined to bless the wait staff that helped us through our journey. We were a large group ordering not a ton of food because we split most of the dishes we ordered, so I told some of the gals at the table what I was planning to do, and several of them joined in by doing the same! When we explained to our wait staff that we were doing a progressive dinner of downtown restaurants, they were excited and even thanked us for including them in our itinerary. Since they were SO gracious, we decided to thank our kind waitresses with 100% tips!

I hope that they were excited to see that we appreciated them for all their work this evening! It was definitely the least we could do since they allowed us to have such a unique dining experience through downtown!

Plus, it was super fun to feel like a Secret Santa so close to Christmas 🙂

Soup Season: Spicy Taco Soup

Ya’ll… It’s 50 degrees and therefore I’m in a parka… Brrrrr!

So it just makes sense to make a big batch of soup in the CrockPot. This time… Spicy Taco Soup (my ultimate fave soup everrrrrrr)!

Taco Soup

Spicy Taco Soup

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 pound of meat (ground turkey or beef)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 can whole kernel corn
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of red kidney beans
  • 1 can of Rotel diced tomatoes with Habeneros
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 1 packet of ranch dressing mix
  • Shredded cheese
  • Fritos
  • Avocado (optional but highly recommended)

Here’s what you’ll do:

  1. Open cans.
  2. Dump them in the CrockPot (along with the seasoning packets). DO NOT DRAIN ANY OF THE CANS BEFORE DUMPING! I promise… You want all those juices to form your delicious soup!
  3. Brown the meat.
  4. Dump it in the CrockPot.
  5. Cook on HIGH for about 3 hours or until warm all the way through.
  6. Serve HOT with sliced avocado, cheese, and Fritos on top. Mmmmmm. 🙂

Ta-da! This is THE BEST recipe to start in the morning and come home to in the afternoon piping hot and ready for you to eat. And it is so easy. That’s my main criteria for recipes if you haven’t noticed.

Also, I’d love to hear about your taco soup variations!! The best thing about this recipe is that I tweak it a little every time to make it slightly different than before! What will you do with your taco soup??

Homestyle Sweet Potatoes: Sugary OR Savory?

More sweet potatoes = More sweet potato recipes!

I initially wanted to make some sweet potato tater tots, but my food processor is packed in a box somewhere. Loft life… Soooo I opted to make homestyle fries (basically cubed hashbrowns)! YUM!

The only problem… Will wanted sweet brown cinnamon sugar fries, and I wanted salty parmesan cheese fries. Solution? Make both!

Sweet potatoes

Here’s what you need:

  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • For the sweet version: 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • For the salty version: 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese, pinch of salt

Easy-peasy. I actually made a half batch of each 🙂

Sweet potatoes on baking sheet

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Let the sweet potatoes boil in water for about 5 minutes or until soft on the inside. I poked holes with a fork all over the potatoes… It helps the water steam them more quickly!
  2. Remove the soft potatoes from the water. Cut the potatoes in half and use a fork to remove the skin from them. I promise it’ll come off really smoothly with a fork!
  3. Chop, chop, chop! Cube up the potatoes as small as you can.
  4. Add your “seasonings”, whether sweet or salty.
  5. Take a teaspoon and scoop your seasoned potatoes onto a well-oiled baking sheet. I did this to spread them apart and make sure that they all cooked evenly.
  6. 10 minutes in the oven at 375 degrees, and you’re done!

Sugary Sweet Potato Homestyle Fries  Savory Sweet Potato Homestyle Fries

Yum yum! Will loved his sweet homestyle fries, and I favored my cheesy ones! Enjoy them both, and tell us your favorite! Also, let me know if you try a different seasoning! The possibilities are endless 🙂