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Eggs In A Basket

I’m not the best egg cooker…I manage to over cook them very easily without much effort.  But I’ve seen on other blogs these so-called “Eggs in a Basket”.  They look so good and I couldn’t resist trying it myself.  So…I decided to “treat” Jeff and make these so-called “Eggs in a Basket” for breakfast.

First question…How big do you make the hole?  I decided on using a little cup that allowed me to still have a decent amount of bread around the hole.

Next came the task of actually cooking the egg in the hole! 

I was actually surprise by how easy it was to cook the egg and not over do it.  I just kept lightly poking to make sure that the egg center was still soft and after a few minutes I flipped the bread over. 

Jeff and I loved these…it was the perfect combination of egg white, yolk and toast.  I have a feeling this will be made again. 🙂

After all was said and done a question was still lingering…what to do with the center pieces of bread?  Thankfully my helper suggested a great idea that both our mothers did while we were growing up…

Make cinnamon bread!  I fried the bread so it was a bit toasty and then we buttered the pieces and sprinkled a mixture of cinnamon and sugar over top.  It was a nice end to a yummy breakfast!

I have great plans for New Year’s Day!  My mom gave me an arm roast and I will attempt to cook it…  🙂  I’ve never really cooked that big of a piece of meat before and there is something almost intimidating about it.  I still have to figure out what sides to make with the meal so any great suggestions would be appreciated.

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Christmas Carmel Corn

Tonight my sister surprised me with dinner.  She had leftovers from work so we enjoyed a turkey sub.  Which was great because I had some baking to do tonight in preparation for the holiday!  I love baking treats for the office.  Last year a big hit was the carmel corn.  I had gotten this recipe from an old co-worker.  It’s relatively simple just a bit time-consuming.

(This recipe is adapted from the Oke-doke recipe)

Ingredients: 1 cup Butter, 1 1/4 cups Brown sugar, 2/3 cups light corn syrup, 1tsp baking soda, and 10 oz of O-ke Doke puff corn.

Heat the butter, brown sugar and light corn syrup in a sauce pan until everything is melted.

Then add in the baking soda.  When you start to stir in the baking soda you’ll notice a change in color of the carmel and it will start to bubble from the reaction of the baking soda to everything else.

I like to use a big roasting pan and empty the bag of puffs into it.  Once everything is melted pour the mixture over the puffs and stir until everything is well coated.

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.  Cook the puffs for 45 minutes, stirring them every 10-15 minutes.

After the 45 minutes are done lay the puffs out on wax paper to cool.  I let the puffs cool for a bit before going back and breaking the pieces up with my hands.  After everything is completely cool enjoy!

Just a warning…the puffs can become addicting. 🙂

What is a common holiday treat you make and bring into the office?

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Learning to Cook

So my boyfriend and I have been together for about 10.5 months and one big thing I’ve realized during our relationship is how much I lack skills in the kitchen.  🙂  I’m great with numbers and knowing the most current celebrity gossip but when it comes to knowing when a steak is done or how to start a grill I’m at a loss.  I’m a pretty good baker but baking is a total different world than cooking.  So after looking at my collection of cookbooks I’ve acquired I believe it’s time to tackle this lacking skill of mine before it’s too late! 

I’m not promising a home cooked meal every night (I am a busy working woman) but I can promise a few good attempts during the week.  I also have a passion for baking, especially cupcakes, that I hope during this time to sharpen my creative skills.  I’ve always had a dream to start a cupcake shop and who knows if that dream will ever come true…but there’s no harm in practicing now.  I’m pretty sure my co-workers and friends won’t complain.  🙂

Tonight’s dinner was pretty low-key.  I didn’t get home until around 7pm (I had a last-minute x-mas gift to pick up) so it was a simple “Kate grilled cheese” and fries.  I love using my George Forman to make my grilled cheese sandwiches.  I added three slices of ham and half a roman tomato cut up with a slice of cheese all between two pieces of rye bread.  The George Forman allows the bread to be toasty and the cheese to melt without the added grease.  The fries I had were organic “Oven Crinkles” by Alexia.  I added some honey mustard dipping sauce for the fries.  It was a pretty filling meal and quick to prepare. 

I have to go to the grocery store tomorrow and I’m planning on putting together a few meal ideas before going to bed.  If you have any advice for me please feel free to drop me a note at peachesnkate@yahoo.com.

~Kate

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So Jeff (my boyfriend) and I made it down to Chicago today!  Yesterday was rescheduled due to 2 hours spent getting new tires.  It was a necessity as living in Wisconsin by the lake can bring with it many inches of snow and ice. 

We enjoyed some juice and an iced coffee with our trip.  I have been wanting to try the POM Iced Coffee for a while but didn’t really want to spend the extra money.  So last night I went shopping and decided a little splurge was required for our day today.  It was worth it!  I got the vanilla flavor and loved it! 

Our first stop once arriving in Chicago was for a photo opp down by the Adler Planetarium with the Chicago skyline in the background.

Then it was onto Macy’s to view the holiday window decorations this year.  I’ve never seen the window display before so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  This year’s theme was all about how your letters get to Santa.  There were about 7 different windows.  Here are some shots of my favorites. 

We decided to go inside Macy’s and head up to the Walnut Room to view this year’s Christmas tree.  It was about two floors tall and located all the way up on the 8th floor.

Once we found our way out of Macy’s it was onto the Christkindlmarket!

The market was located in Daly Plaza.  It was full of shops from all over Germany.  There were handmade ornaments, nutcrackers and FOOD.  We hit up the sweet shop and some of the ornament shops.  While there we split an Apple Cinnamon filled pretzel and had some hot apple cider. 

Jeff and I decided to select some German candy to sample for later. 

It was starting to get cold so we headed back to the car and off to try Chicago’s most famous deep dish pizza!  We went to Pizzeria Uno.  I’m normally a fan of thin crust pizza but this was AMAZING!

After dinner my tour guide wanted to make one last stop before we went home.  Any guess where we went?

We drove by the house where Home Alone was filmed.

I couldn’t have asked for a better tour guide…he wore me out! 

I hope you all had a great weekend!  Did you do anything exciting?

~Kate

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Welcome!

Hi Blog World!

I couldn’t resist jumping into this great community any longer!  My name is Kate and I live in a suburb of Milwaukee Wisconsin.  I work as a Business Analyst for CDW in Vernon Hills IL.  I am a busy woman juggling a career, training for my first marathon, dating an amazing man, and living a healthy life.  Over the past two years I have gained a passion for running and nutrition.  I hope to share some tips and tricks that I’ve learned along my journey.

My life is never really boring so I look forward to sharing my experiences as they come!

Tomorrow my boyfriend and I are heading to the great city of Chicago and experiencing Chriskindlmarket.  I grew up in a small town so visiting a big city is always exciting for me.  I do get a little nervous traveling to downtown Chicago.  There is just something about being in such a large city with all the crowds and hustle and bustle that make me feel out of place…but I have confidence in my tour-guide and know that we will have a very enjoyable time.  He has planned the entire trip!  I’ll be sure to take a ton of pictures.

Goodnight!

~Kate

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