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!!!

5-minute Lemon Blueberry Pie

Guys, my husband is hilarious. I offer to bake him a cake, any kind! And he chooses a lemon blueberry pie that is literally the easiest recipe I know. Want my secret?

What you’ll need:
– a pre-baked pie crust
– one can of sweetened condensed milk (I use the reduced fat.)
– one medium tub of Cool Whip (Again, fat free or reduced fat will work.)
– two packets of KoolAid lemonade powder
– frozen blueberries

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What you’ll do:
1. Mix it all together with a spatula.
2. Pour it into the pie crust.
3. Enjoy refrigerated or frozen!

Ta-da!! This used to be one of my mom’s go-to recipes when I had a sweet tooth and she was doing Weight Watchers. It’s pretty low calorie but tastes amazing!!

Tell me about your favorite easy dessert recipes that please a crowd 🙂

ATL Getaway!

You know those rainy days where you feel like being a bum (i.e., yesterday…)?? Those are the perfect days for a day trip! We made our way to Atlanta today to see friends and be tourist-y in the big city.

The Atlanta Streetcar just opened last Tuesday, so we wanted to see what it was all about. The vision of the Streetcar is to connect Atlanta unconnected neighborhoods, a bold yet necessary endeavor to unite the city. For now, it’s only circulating 2.7 miles, but you better believe we rode the whole darn route! It was cool to see that travels to Centennial Olympic Park may already be more convenient. I can’t wait to see future phases linking the BeltLine! Atlanta is getting cooler and cooler. Oh… and for the first 3 months, it’s FREE!

Streetcar Selfie

And yes, we took selfies on the Streetcar…

Following our fun ride, we made our stop at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market (one of the stops along the Streetcar’s route). Lets talk. about. some. FOOD!!! Oh my gosh. If we lived in the city, I would beg to go to the Curb Market not only for all produce and meats, but for every stinking meal. There’s Sweet Auburn’s BBQ, Venezuelan food from Arepa Mia, amazing jerk chicken from AfroDish Restaurant, Bell Street Burritos, and so much more. Will & I grabbed coffee from the Sweet Auburn Bakery… divine. And then Mary bought our group a whole sweet potato pie… That girl…

Sweet Auburn Curb Market

It was an A+ day in the A. (See what I did there?) I just adore exploring cities and getting to know their unique characters. Until next time, Atlanta!

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??