HA! I think I’m going to make another category about making you jealous of me!
Today, we had an office-wide breakfast. I work in a very small office. We enjoy doing little luncheons where everybody brings something different. I always love these kinds of parties just so I can see what other people are going to come up with!
I used my homemade waffles recipe that is already posted on here. I got to use my Winnie-the-Pooh waffle maker. My boss kept saying he wanted a Tigger waffle, so I just flipped it over.
I also brought some syrup and milk. Julie brought fresh strawberries, strawberries and juice (made by putting sugar on it and letting it sit), and homemade whipped cream (just heavy whipping cream and sugar). Jacky made a Ham and Egg Frittata Biscuit casserole (chunks of ham, peppers, onion, and spinach mixed with egg and baked on top of biscuits flattened in a pan). Bev made a hash brown casserole (full of cheesy goodness!) and brought Simply Orange juice (my fave). And Cindy brought some turkey bacon and sausage AND reg. bacon and sausage.
Needless to say, I was not very productive for the 2 hours after that. I was so full and needed a good nap. I love parties. 🙂
Okay, I’m all about making my own stuff from scratch, but Kraft Bagel-fuls are my new obsession today! A lady brought them to work today and let me try one. The Bagel-fuls have a bagel-like outer shell with Kraft’s own Philadelphia cream cheese filling. She microwaved hers and I stuffed mine into our small toaster (it calls for a wide toaster to put them in). You can even just eat them straight out of the pack too. I highly enjoyed mine toasted! It made the outside slightly crisp and the inside was still cold! When my coworker warmed hers up in the microwave, the cream cheese was also warmed. I didn’t like that, but she did. So there are various ways to eat them.
They come in five varieties of bagels and flavors including Original (plain bagel and cream cheese), Cinnamon (cinnamon bagel with cinnamon and sugar cream cheese), Whole Grain (whole grain bagel with plain cream cheese), Strawberry (plain bagel with strawberry cream cheese), and even Chive (plain bagel with chive cream cheese). I believe the price for a box of 4 cream cheese filled bagels runs for about $3-4. Not bad if you’re on the run a lot, but it’s probably cheaper to fix a bagel and cream cheese yourself.
On Monday, I met a dear friend at Another Broken Egg Café in Jones Valley. It’s a fairly new restaurant to our area, and that was my second time there. They open at 7am and close 2pm/3pm, depending on the day. The host on this particular day said that he did not work there normally. I believe he might have been the owner just helping out before he went to his “normal” job. He sat me by the window where I could see the landscape of beautiful Jones Valley! It did take him quite some time to seat me, but that was okay. They had just opened and I was the first one there.
The waitress came promptly and filled up a glass of water that was already at my seat. I like when restaurants do that because I already know I want water to drink at every restaurant. I did, however, order their “Golden Cup” of coffee! It was really good, but there wasn’t really anything special about it this time. On my first visit there, the coffee was very fresh and bold, but this time it just tasted like something I could get at McDonald’s. My only complaint about the service was that my waitress did not keep my cup full and she did not check on us as often as I would have liked. My coffee cup was completely empty at one point and I had to ASK for more. That happened to me during my first trip there, also. The “Golden” coffee is a little on the expensive side, especially if they’re not going to keep it refilled.
The restaurant was pleasantly decorated and adequately set up. The atmosphere was very comfortable and non-threatening. They have a bar, but it looked like they only served specialty drinks, mainly liquors that go well with coffee. Their menu is full of so many breakfast choices! Mostly eggs or omelets. I don’t like scrambled eggs or omelets, but I do like my eggs fried. But I decided to go with something that didn’t have eggs, but the Potato Sensation caught my eye with my choice of 3 add-ins for $7.99 and each additional add-in is $.99. It came with onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, and sausage mixed in with the potatoes and smothered in Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses! Oh, it was really good! My friend tried their Blackberry Grits with their very own “blackberry creation” added into Southern-style grits. The creation just looked like whole blackberries that had been cooked with some sugar or syrup. I tried their grits but I wasn’t impressed. Maybe if it was made how I eat my grits, then adding the “creation” to it. Overall, the meals are all decently priced, but I could get it cheaper elsewhere. I don’t like to pay too much money out for my breakfast, and the average breakfast was about $9.
Overall, I would give this restaurant 3.5/5 stars because of the time they open (should be earlier than 7 since they close right after lunch) and because my coffee was not refilled in a timely fashion. You should try this restaurant out for yourself and let me know your thoughts! 🙂
I love waffles. I love my waffle maker too! I need to put up pictures of all my favorite appliances! I’ll get to that soon hopefully! Nate came over yesterday before church and I made breakfast. Here’s the recipe I used. I halved the original recipe because I knew we couldn’t eat all those waffles! And the first time I made them a couple of weeks ago, I used Baking Soda instead of Baking Powder (I really thought that’s what I read), and it had a metallic taste to it. So, just don’t try to substitute one for the other FYI!
1 c. all purpose flour
1 1/2 t. baking powder
2/3 c. skim milk
1/8 c. vegetable oil
Preheat waffle iron as directed by the manufacturer. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; mix until well blended. In a small bowl (or I used a coffee cup like my momma did when I was growing up), beat egg slightly and add milk. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Poor the egg mixture into the well and mix until it is smooth. You make the well so that it is less clumpy. Add the oil and stir (the oil makes it really shiny!). I spray my waffle iron w/ non-stick spray before I pour on my waffle mix so that it comes out without a problem. Pour about 1/2 c. of batter onto a hot iron for a single waffle. Close iron and cook until brown and crisp.
This should make 6 servings. One serving is 1/2 waffle. However, since I was just making it for 2 people and didn’t want to deal w/ leftovers or sit by the waffle iron, I just poured half of this batter on the waffle iron for 2 sets of waffles! You just need to make sure you let it cook a little longer than normal, but not too long. Keep your eye on it!
Each 1/2 waffle (not mine, obviously) is 134 calories and 6 grams of fat. It has 191 mg of sodium, 16 grams of carbs, and 4 grams of protein. You may substitute 2 egg whites or 1 /4 c. egg substitute for 1 egg to lower the cholesterol.
For a variety, you can add pecans, chocolate chips, fresh chopped blueberries, or fresh chopped strawberries before you add the egg mixture.
Serve with your favorite type of syrup!
(pics to come soon)