Petite Pancakes with Mixed Berry & Mango Toppings

Petite Pancakes with Mixed Berry & Mango Toppings | ApplestoZiti.com

There are some things we can’t remember about our childhood and some memories that are crystal clear. There are also those moments that were captured on a video and we, after watching that video, adopted the memory as our own, even if we were too young to actually remember the occasion. Or perhaps a story was told so many times that we feel we remember being there.

One memory of mine happened more often than not on Saturday mornings during my childhood. My dad would fire up the griddle, melt some butter, and cook up a big stack of pancakes for my brothers and I. Maple syrup was a must. No substitutes would do.

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Mini Ham & Cheese Frittatas with Candied Bacon

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Most mornings I am an oatmeal girl. It’s easy to make. It’s good for me. It’s yummy and satisfying. It’s part of my routine. And I like routine. I do well with routine. But… Morning after morning of oatmeal can get a bit repetitive.

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Easiest Mini Rice Krispies Nests EVER!

 

Mini Rice Krispy Treat Nest for Easter via ApplestoZiti.com

I almost feel funny posting this “Step-by-Step” because it is just as easy as THE ‘HOW-TO’ says it is.

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Easter Brunch for Kids

Children's Easter Brunch

I have been BURSTING at the seams to share this fabulous Easter Brunch with you!! It says “for Kids” and “Easter” in the title… but it really could work for any brunch throughout the year and would be great for kids and grown-ups alike!

If you are lacking inspiration for this year’s Easter or Spring brunch… LOOK NO FURTHER!

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Carbonara with a Twist

Carbonara with Leeks, Bacon, & Goat Cheese

As I write this post my sink is full. There is flour spread haphazardly on my countertops. There are toys everywhere. There are at least two loads of laundry that need folding. Maybe three. But who’s counting? Weeds need pulling outside. Our carpets need vacuuming. The bathrooms need cleaning. And our realtor could text me at any moment to say someone wants to see our house in an hour.

But I’m ignoring all that because… well… I have been wanting to share this recipe and I cannot wait any longer!

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Sweet Potato Egg Nests with Maple-Bacon & Goat Cheese

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These are the perfect egg recipe for your Christmas morning brunch. Or perhaps you’re more the New Year’s Brunch type. Or possibly Easter brunch is your groove. Or Mother’s Day brunch. Or heck… just have brunch tomorrow.

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G is for Goat Cheese!!

I thought long and hard about this one…

Choosing something with the word “goat” in it tends to scare people off. I’m not sure why “cow” cheese sounds any better to anyone, but there are numerous people we’ve encountered who are reluctant to try goat cheese simply because it sounds “weird” or “gross”. They have no idea what they’re missing.

Choosing another cheese right after doing ‘Feta’ seemed a bit repetitive… or NOT… because they are COMPLETELY different tastes and textures. As different as a potato chips and pudding… at least in my opinion. The feta is salty and crumbly, while the goat cheese is soft and creamy with a hint of sweetness somewhere in there.

Choosing something a bit on the expensive side seemed the final barrier to choosing this ingredients. Garlic… Ginger… Garbanzo Beans… Greek Yogurt… all these options seemed they might be less expensive to add to any given recipe…

In the end, the goat cheese won out. It may not be the most budget-friendly ingredient, but we seem to find a place for it in our budget each month so I decided to go for it. We love it too much to pass up the letter “G” with anything else!

My first recipe…

Goat Cheese Scrambled Eggs with Bacon

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And YES…

They were as good as they look… oh my goodness, I think I could eat this everyday…

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F is for Feta & Tomato Frittata

Many of the recipes I make myself come from the need to make a quick lunch. My challenge? To include whatever ingredient I’m currently doing for Apples to Ziti.

A frittata is super simple to make as long as you have an oven-safe skillet.

Here is the RECIPE Feta & Tomato Frittata Recipe and SHOPPING LIST Feta & Tomato Frittata Shopping List!

You’re going to love how simple and cheap this is to make!

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E is for Egg Breakfast Sandwich (Healthy Style)

This is a recipe I had never tried before but had seen many times. I finally tried it and LOVE it! Another one to add to my regular recipes I like to make for myself. You can make it for multiple people of course, but I made it for lunch for just me! It’s a bit hard for my little girls to eat a sandwich like this quite yet (they are 1 and 2 years old), so mama got to enjoy this one on her own! They got a yummy lunch surprise too, but I’ll show you that in a bit… First here’s the sandwich:

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Shopping List: English Muffins (whole wheat), Eggs, 1 tomato, Canadian Bacon, fresh parsley, fresh chives, and 1 slice of cheese (optional… my addition to the recipe)

Staples you’ll need: Cooking spray and Butter (optional… another addition of mine)

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An Egg Ending

Whew… Found it!

Have you ever lost something important, torn apart your house to find it, and then had to give up in despair thinking you’d lost it for good. You’re mad because you don’t want to buy a new one but it’s something you need… or at least use often?? That was my past five days. I lost, I searched, I despaired.

However, this story has a happy ending… I found my lost something!! This is especially exciting for me, because usually the item I lost is never found and I’m always left wondering if it grew legs and walked away of its own accord somehow.

What was my precious lost item? None other than my camera card. I store all my Apples to Ziti and family photos on it. Nothing like a lost camera card to put a food blog at a stand still. All that cooking, all those pictures, all that time… I was so sad to report that we would have no final “E is for Egg” recipe and just a couple (if any) “F” recipes. But I don’t have to report that!

Here is my “Egg Ending” as I’ve chosen to call it: Egg Casserole

I couldn’t finish a series of recipes on eggs without including an egg casserole… classic and usually budget-friendly!

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The Splurge

GRILLED TUSCAN STEAK WITH FRIED EGG & GOAT CHEESE

I try to keep the recipes I select to under $3.00 per person if possible, but sometimes I feel the need to indulge so this is, by my definition at least, a bit extravagant. Doing E is for Eggs required that I did some sort of steak and egg recipe for my husband’s sake especially… and my own. I’ve been craving steak… good steak… for weeks now. This was just the satisfaction my craving needed! I think I surprised my husband by polishing off the whole steak as fast as he did… I got a good work out cooking the meal after all 🙂

The cost is about $6.50 per person (not ridiculous actually). Once you see it, I think you’ll understand why I splurged…

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