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my FAVORITE special breakfast dishes…

Here are some of our favorite breakfast foods for special holiday gatherings at Christmas time and all year! These first two are great for Christmas morning because you can make them the night before. In the morning just preheat the oven & bake while you are opening presents! You could also throw a New Years Day pajama brunch…we did this last year and it was so fun! These are great to bring to a brunch gathering or a morning mom’s group and perfect if you are feeding a crowd {we often serve these dishes when guests stay with us}!

Click these links for our favorite breakfast dishes & see the Baked Oatmeal Recipe below: 

Aunt Val’s Monkey Bread

*The pudding in this recipe can be hard to find- I’ve been ordering it on Amazon and then using it every few months for this recipe! Plan ahead if you want to make this dish (and I hope you do).

Breakfast Casserole

*This can be changed in so many ways with different cheeses/breads/proteins. It is consistently delicious. Also, if you don’t have dijon mustard on hand it’s fine to skip this all together.

Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes

*We haven’t made these in years but I’m inspired to try again since I know we love them.

Cowboy Quiche

*I haven’t made this myself- but I’ve eaten it and boy let me tell you it’s good. Paige and I will try our hand at it this December or January.

And finally…

::Flo’s Baked Oatmeal::


3 c. rolled oats
1/2 c. melted coconut oil or butter or canola oil
1/2 c. honey
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup whey, buttermilk, yogurt, OR kefir w/ live and active cultures
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
optional: nuts or frozen berries

At least 12 hrs before breakfast mix the oats, coconut oil, honey, salt, cinnamon and whey together and let sit in a warm place till you are ready to make it. (Soaking the oats allows enzymes and other organisms to break down and neutralize phytic acid thus improving their nutritional benefits.)

In the morning mix in: eggs, vanilla, baking soda, cream of tartar and optional nuts or frozen berries. Bake in a buttered 9×13 pan for about 25-30 min at 350º (don’t overbook it). You may have to cook longer or with higher heat if using frozen fruit. Serve with butter, maple syrup, honey, cream, dried fruit, shredded coconut- whatever you like. Enjoy! (recipe from:


This originally posted in December of 2010. It has been edited and reposted for clarity and content.

Jen’s Favorite Dessert {Ice Cream Pudding Dessert}

This delicious Ice Cream Pudding Dessert has been my sisters favorite for years! The directions are simple and the taste is scrumptious! It takes a few steps and requires some layers (like building a dessert lasagne) and you are all set! This is not a very detailed recipe so check out the pictures of each step to get a better idea! Enjoy!
(This post was originally posted on June 26th, 2012 and has been updated/edited for clarity).

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We LOVE Fall…

12145119_1691364757753297_558587174_nWe love Fall. I use a hashtag with this phrase {#welovefall} because I truly love it! My family has gotten on board because they don’t’ really have a choice. So when I say “we” it may truly be “me” who loves it.

In light of this love of a season, that comes and goes so quickly, we have enjoyed the pumpkin patch, a corn maze, dressing up as a family for Halloween, Trick-Or-Treating with our neighboors, a Costume Bash with Quest {a ministry of young adults at church that we just LOVE} and school parades and crafts. It was super fun to dress up as the Incredibles family. We are just the right cast of characters to reflect this funny cartoon fam. And while everyone I saw that night thought I had cut and colored my hair I assure that my loyalty to a costume does not run that deep.

We have been busy and were totally sick of the heat until this past week or so. I got to tap into my creative outlet by making a funny Nutella costume for our favorite babysitter {and friend} Shawna. And of course a Halloween party is just not complete without a puking pumpkin…right? I’ve also enjoyed a few PSL’s {pumpkin spice latte’s} and planning for a few events at church.

We are always at work around here but loving our silly, crazy little life {well most of the time}. You will find me posting most of my creative adventures and family photo’s on Instagram.

So as the cold weather and time change are settling in {they sort of collided all at once} I’m thankful for a chance to hunker down a little and stay warm under piles of cozy blankets every evening.

What do you do this time of year to celebrate Autumn?


random THANKGIVING stuff

It’s Thanksgiving week! Yay! Here are a few last-minute tips for the coming week:

Check out my Travel Tips HERE & being road trip ready HERE.

Enjoy and Happy Travels!
And of course there is even more to check out on my Pinterest board: travelBUG


THESE cookies. Divine!

Great hostess gift or take-a-longs for that crazy Black Friday shopping!

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They are delicious & so pretty!



Check out my Thanksgiving kids table decor & crafts from last year HERE!


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