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Friday Favorites + Homemade Croutons

We made it to Friday only because I’ve been drinking A LOT of this lately. 😉

One.

Banana Republic earrings are a favorite and something I went shopping for this week.

Two.On Monday it was extremely cold all day so we had my Easy Tomato Soup for dinner. Except this time, I made some homemade croutons to pair with it. I debated about sharing this because it’s nothing fancy or mind-blowing. But I will tell you, it added just the perfect amount of crunch and topping to an already tasty soup.Homemade Croutons--Recipe at: Stephanie-spring.com Homemade Croutons--Recipe at: Stephanie-spring.com

Homemade Croutons


 Ingredients: 

  • One baguette
  • EVOO (enough to coat the bottom of a pan)


What to do: 

In a large pan, lightly coat the bottom with EVOO on medium to medium-low heat. Cut the baguette into one inch pieces. Stir occasionally to avoid burning. Remove from heat and place desired amount on top of soup! 🙂


Three.On Wednesday, I mentioned how one of my New Years Goals is for some, “me” time and I want books as a part of that time. I need some recommendations though! I’ve talked about some of my favorite books here and here. I also mentioned a modge-podge here. Leave a comment and fill me in on your favorites! 🙂

Four.

Did someone say three day weekend? Thank you, Martin Luther King Jr. 🙂

Five.

You can find the winner of the $25 gift card to JORD watches, here!

Happy Friday everyone! I hope your weekend is relaxing and cozy!


Chocolate Chai Tea Smoothie

Chocolate Chai Tea Smoothie-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comChocolate Chai Tea Smoothie-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comChocolate Chai Tea Smoothie-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comChocolate Chai Tea Smoothie-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comThe weekend consisted of temps in the twenties, and lows in the teens. Yikes!  Friday night I snuggled up with a ton of blankets, fell asleep at 8:00 and woke up to a backdrop of flurries on Saturday morning. Chai tea has been my drink of choice, my go-to, my “stress-relief” after a not-so-easy-day with the kiddos. It really is a beautiful thing. A calming drink.

I remember my senior year of college I went through a little coffee/latte craze after studying abroad. After visiting the campus coffee shop at least twice a day, I asked the barista to make whatever she thought I may like on days I couldn’t decide. She handed me a genius drink, just to my liking: A chocolate chai tea latte.


Saturday morning, all of these memories came flooding back as I sipped my morning tea and opened another box to brew some more. I felt like a smoothie would at least switch it up a little bit for my indulgence in this new favorite. Wink, wink. Low and behold, a chocolate chai tea smoothie is what was created!
Chocolate Chai Tea Smoothie-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comChocolate Chai Tea Smoothie-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com Chocolate Chai Tea Smoothie-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comChocolate Chai Tea Smoothie-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com


Ingredients:

  • 3 bags Spiced Dragon Red Chai Tea
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp local honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 frozen banana
  • about 7 ice cubes
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3 pitted dates (chopped)


What to do:

Boil half a cup water and steep all three tea bags for five minutes. Remove tea bags and chill the tea in the refrigerator. Once chilled, combine all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth. Snuggle and sip.


 

Bacon Chocolate Chip Pancakes

With snow flurries constantly on the horizon, comfort food is constantly on my mind. Am I the only one? The frigid temperatures make me crave all things warm and filling. However, trying to find the balance between hearty and lean isn’t always the easiest. Therefore, this twist on pancakes is the perfect solution! They are filling but healthy and sweet with a side of savory. With the blustery chill outside, these will be sure to warm up your home in no time and may just become a staple for breakfast. 😉 


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Stonyfield Organic Greek Vanilla Bean Yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 pieces of bacon (or more if desired)
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (or more if desired)
  • Maple syrup (for topping)


What to do:

In a pan, cook the bacon. When it is finished, cut into bite-sized pieces. Combine yogurt, eggs, and oats into a blender. Blend until smooth. In a greased (I used butter) pan, pour batter to desired pancake size at medium heat. Immediately crumble bacon and chocolate chips onto each pancake. Flip the pancake when the edges start to bubble (about one and a half minutes). Cook for about another minute. Top with maple syrup and enjoy! 🙂


 

Smoothie Sailing into 2017

Blueberry Banana Protein SmoothieStrawberry Banana Smoothie-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comGreen Smoothie-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comThe holidays consisted of so much food. I love this with all of my heart but sometimes, you just need a day or two (or a week) to detox from what your body has gotten used to. A smoothie is an easy way to incorporate fruits and veggies without a lot of prep. I truly feel more energized and fit when I have one of these on days or weeks where I just feel like I haven’t eaten the best. Here’s a jumpstart to the year because you got this. 😉 May you always appreciate the renewal each day brings. May you always remember the sweetness each year holds. May you throw away anything that hinders you and focus on what He has you reaching for.

Green Smoothie smoothie recipe, here.


Strawberry Banana smoothie recipe, here.

Blueberry Banana Protein smoothie recipe, here.

 

Egg and Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Egg and Sausage Breakfast Casserole Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comEgg and Sausage Breakfast Casserole Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com Egg and Sausage Breakfast Casserole Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comBrunch on Christmas morning was our thing with Eric’s side of the family, but this year we brunched with my side. Either way, it’s a win-win. Brunch, family, and Christmastime!

The best part about this recipe is the simplicity of it all. While packing for three Christmas’ after our churches Christmas Eve service, and wanting to snuggle on the couch, the last thing I wanted to do was spend the entire night in the kitchen. I wanted to savor the moments and enjoy them while they lasted. I laid out the crescent roll, browned the sausage, covered them, and placed it in the refrigerator. The next morning other, than squealing about all things Christmas, I whisked the eggs mixture and placed it in the oven. Creating the memories surrounding Christmas was exactly what I was able to, thanks to this yummy and simple creation. 🙂
Egg and Sausage Breakfast Casserole Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com



Ingredients:

  • One can Crescent rolls
  • One pound of ground sausage
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1.5 cups of shredded cheddar cheese


What to do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13 pan with butter. Line the pan with the crescent rolls. (If you unravel them the way they come out of the can, you are set!) In a large pan, brown the sausage. Drain the grease and layer on top of the crescent rolls. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Pour overtop the sausage. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.