Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Sweet Eat of the Day- Pressed Breakfast Burritos

Although I am no Rachel Ray or Paula Dean in the kitchen, I do enjoy trying new recipes. Now being a busy mom I also need recipes that are quick and easy and keep the peeps happy. So while thumbing through the Williams-Sonoma catalog (have I mentioned how much I LOVE W-S?)
Pressed Breakfast Burritos via Williams-Sonoma

 I ran across this delicious looking recipe for breakfast burritos. My family loves breakfast and I am always looking for new ways to spruce up the most important meal of the day, so I thought this recipe to be perfect. Also, with having our monthly family brunches, this would give me the chance to showcase my skills and add to the three things i am known for cooking well!  However, it called for their Breville Panini press which cost a pretty penny, $119.95! Now, I haven't priced panini presses and was not  in the market for buying one so I wasn't sure if this was a good price or not. I just needed a recipe and so I decided to try it without the pretty shiny panini press. Sooooo, I fried it up in the the pan!

Now, of course mine didn't come out all pretty like the W-S panini pressed burrito, but it sure was tasty.  The fam gave it a two thumbs up! Check out the recipe below (I modified it a bit, in red) and have fun making your own modifications to birth your own burrito creation!
My pan-fried breakfast burrito

Williams- Sonoma Pressed Breakfast Burrito Recipe (my modifications are in red)

1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced (i did not use this, kiddos would not like the hot)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tbs fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp kosher salt, plus more to taste (i used regular salt, it tasted just as good i'm sure)
2 large avocados, halved, pitted and peeled
2 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro
3 Tbs. olive oil, push more for brushing
1 each read and green bell pepper and diced
3/4 lb. potatoes, boiled until tender, diced (i used fozen diced taters- i'm a busy mom okay)
freshly ground pepper to taste
6 thick-cut bacon slices
12 eggs
6 large burrito-style flour tortillas
6 oz. cheddar cheese, grated
Sour cream and salsa for serving

Put jalapeno (if you decide to add it, i omitted it), garlic, lime juice and 1/2 tsp salt in a small bowl; smash with pestle or fork. Add avocados and cilantro; mix and mash.

In large nonstick fry pan over med. heat warm 2 tsp oil. Cook bell peppers for about 5 mins. Add potatoes; cook 3-5 mins more. Season with salt and pepper.

In a bowl, beat eggs, salt and pepper. In nonstick fry pan over med- high heat, warm 1 tbs of oil . Cook eggs until curd form, 2-3 minutes.
Recipe calls for top each tortilla with large spoon full of eggs, etc. (but i buttered pan and placed tortilla in pan) adding eggs, pepper mixture, avocado mixture, 1 crumbled bacon slice and 1 oz. of cheese. Now from here WS requires using the panini press.  I, however (minus the panini press)  then folded burrito and brushed lightly with butter and fried in the pan on each side for about 2 minutes each side. Cook remaining burritos same way and serve with salsa on the side. BTW, Williams-Sonoma has AMAZING taqueria salsa for $10 but believe me it is worth every penny!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Sweet Escape of the Week

If you are like us, you have been hibernating in the house this summer due to almost unbearable Oklahoma temperatures. This, however, can have some unpleasant side effects on the parental unit such as siblings fights and the constant repetition of "Mommy, I'm bored", even though there is a plethora of toys, games, books, and electronic gadgets to keep them busy from now until eternity.

Sometimes, you just have to get out of the house and make the great escape. Well, we have just the place for you! Recently we sweet sisters happened upon a sweet little spot that allowed the little people to create a mess and keep our houses clean at the same time. That place is Unpluggits Playstudio! Unpluggits, located at 575 Enterprise Dive in Edmond, offers painting, crafts, take-home projects and an enourmous indoor play ground that includes a pirate ship, climb in tree, air hockey, foosball and sand & train tables. It gives children 18 months and up hours of  entertainment through creative play. It also has a dress up area which was a HUGE hit with our girls! OH and did i mention you can bring your own lunch or feed the crew at their organic snack bar. That was a win for the granola crunchy, health-nut sister of mine (*wink*). 

For only 7 bucks per child you get all-day admission to the indoor playground and the paint'n play station. There is additional costs for the other things that they offer and you can click on the link above to their website for more details on all they have to offer. Trust me it will be the best 7 dollars you'll spend all summer. The kids had a blast and we  kept our sanity!

Ty's artwork 

Jack and Lauryn's Artwork

Morgan and Jaia's Artwork 

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Sweet Spot of the Week

Every week we are going to spotlight local eateries that are just to awesome to keep a secret. This week's pick is Sara Sara Cupcakes. These sweet treats are located at 7 NW 9th Street in a cute little two store house with a welcoming bright pink door and nestled in a nook in downtown Oklahoma City. My sister and I visited Sara Sara Cupcakes recently and we fell in love with not only the goodies but also the hospitality of the staff. They were super sweet!

They have a large variety of cupcakes ranging from strawberry shortcake to pineapple upside down cake. One cupcake cost $3.25 which is pretty competitive with other cupcakeries in the metro. However, what we appreciate about Sara Sara cupcakes is that you acutally get an ample sized cupcake for your money.

I had the pleasure of indulging in the Sir Elton John, which is a cherry cheesecake cupcake sprinkled with graham crackers and topped with sweet cherries. The cupcake actually tasted like a slice of cherry cheesecake, very smooth, moist and oh so delicious! They also feature a milk bar that, in my opinion, has the coldest, creamiest milk on the planet! It is that good! They offer white milk and chocolate or starwberry.  One should definitely make a special trip downtown to Sara Sara Cupcakes and try one of their delectable treats.
*photos from Sara Sara Cupcakes

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

IIIIIt's-A Mario Party

Super Mario Bros. have been a fan of boys both young and old for years and just recently they have become a fan of mine as well. We had such a blast putting together a Mario Bros. themed birthday party for a special little boy. Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, koobas, stars, toads, gold coins, mushrooms, power name it, we included it. And oh my goodness did this drive the little boys crazy, they LOVED it! We had cupcakes, pizza (Luigi's favorite), hanging stars and of course an Everything Sweet candy bar which totally won the kids over. It was so much fun! 

Monday, March 28, 2011

A Fancy Birthday Soiree

Feather boas, tiara and tutus, sparkles, glitter and gowns are what make things fancy. So for the Fancy Nancy in your life why not throw her a fabulous soiree (that's a fancy word for party)! We decided to go with a afternoon tea party with all the fancy trimmings: tea sandwiches, tea cakes, Peach tea, cupcakes, petits fours and confections of all kinds.

The Fancy Book
The Fancy Invite

Fancy table setting

The Fancy Look

The hors d ' oeuvres ( that's a fancy word for snacks!:)

The  Fancy Decor

The Fancy Cake

The Fancy Nancy Tea Party

Fancy Butterfly Tea Sandwiches

The Fancy ladies!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Happy Birthday...With Love

Recently my sweet grandmother celebrated her 80th birthday! I know, pretty big deal, huh? The sweet part is that her birthday is on Valentine's Day, the sweetest holiday of the year! Have i said sweet enough? (lol) So we gave her a soiree this year in an Everything Sweet fashion! It was so much fun and she was overwhelmed with happiness!

pics of the great grands scattered across the table made a sweet accent!

the crafts

homemade pizza...yummmm!

the homemade sweetheart pizza..notice the heart-shaped pepperoni=fun!:)

the LOVE with all the great grands! Her favorite part!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

B is for Baby! A Pink and Purple Baby Shower

It is always such a joy to celebrate the expected arrival of a little one making baby showers one of my favorite type of events to do. I was thrilled at the opportunity to come up with ideas for this particular shower for Baby Anorah. We chose a pink and purple color palette with a flower garden theme.  It turned out so pretty! I love how the combination of colors worked so well together giving it such bold and bright look. Also, the diaper cake and letter "A" were a beautifully added touch. Most of all, the radiant mommy-to-be was extremely pleased....mission accomplished!