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Monday, April 30, 2012


Happy Monday Everyone!
Can you believe that the month of April is almost over? Crazy right?
I have to say I am looking forward to May.  Minneapolis seems to come alive in the spring/summer time, and this city has so much to offer!  I cannot wait for Farmers Markets, 
Long runs around the lakes, roof top happy hours, and sunshine!

Now lets talk about the weekend! 
Did everyone have a great weekend?  Do anything fun?
I hope so!  My weekend was low key, but fun!  And the days went by way to fast!  
Friday night I was exhausted after a long training week, but I perked up with a little sushi and good company!  Have any of you ever heard of Redneck Life?  
The game is similar to the game of Life!  Only the person with the most teeth at the end of the game wins!  And with 12 teeth left at the end of the game guess who won?  ME!!  I don't think I have ever laughed so hard playing a board game before!  Seriously, check it out!

Saturday was spent relaxing, and celebrating!  
My best friend Katie was up in Minneapolis celebrating her 25th birthday, and other wonderful life happenings!  Her and her husband are expecting their first little one! I could not be happier for her and her husband, they will make wonderful parents!  Shopping, cupcakes and a pasta dinner from Broders Pasta Bar was all on the list for celebrating!
Broders Pasta Bar was recently featured on Diners Drive-In's and Dives, and I can see why!  
The food was delicious and the atmosphere was cozy! 
 We got take out, but I cannot wait to go back and dine in! 
Sunday was spent playing catch up!  A lazy relaxing morning followed by errands and cooking made for a perfect weekend wrap up!  

Now, shall we look at a few of last weeks recipes?
First let me start by saying I loved every dish!  Especially the Tilapia and the Zucchini Enchiladas!  

Delicious, I thought the sauce was delicious and flavorful!  The dish came together in  a snap, which was a good thing because I was starving after a beautiful walk around Lake Calhoun!  
This dish got a thumbs up from my taste testers! 

Up next, our veggie packed Greek Quinoa Salad from Eclectic Recipes.

I thought this salad was good, but could use a little more flavor!  I wish I had the greek seasoning my dad always uses!  Grilled chicken would pair wonderful with this!

And the final recipe I tried this week was Skinny Tastes Zucchini Enchilada's!
My good friend Brielle came over and I made these for her!  She absolutely loved them. We used greek yogurt on top of ours in place of Sour Cream and the yogurt added the perfect amount of tang!  I didn't grate my Zucchini I simply just chopped it up!  Also added a bit of cumin in there for a kick of flavor!  Make these, my entire family (my parents and sister) made these as well this week and they got a huge thumbs up from all!  

I am making the Spaghetti Squash Sesame Noodles with Edamame tomorrow!  The squash is already prepared!  I will have the review on that tomorrow as well as a new line up of recipes!  I have a great recipe I cannot wait to try out for Cinco De Mayo!  Stay tuned!   
Have a fabulous day everyone, and Happy Monday! 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Good Morning!
Happy Hump Day!  
Can you believe that it is already the middle of the week?  The weekend is going to be here before we know it!  Anyone have any big plans?  My best friend Katie will be up here celebrating her birthday!  I cannot wait for a lovely weekend with friends!

This week I have been super busy at work.  I am still in the training process so most of my day is spent in training classes.  But I am loving every minute of my new job, I have met some wonderful people this past week and a half!  I feel as though I am slowly figuring out where I belong!

So what else am I loving this week (seems like ages since I have posted about what I am loving)...
I am loving that this is what I get to look at while I work out in the morning!
Ah I love the city!

I am loving that I get to spend some quality time celebrating with this lovely lady!

I love that I finally feel like all my furniture is in the right place!
I may or may not have rearranged my living room furniture 4 times!

I am loving that the weather is beautiful!
Yesterday was a lovely 73 degrees! 
Perfect weather for a leisurely walk around Lake Calhoun!
I feel like I could go on and on about the city!
But I will stop there for the day!  

What are you loving today?
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Back in the Swing of Things-Meal Planning

Happy Tuesday Lovelies! 
Is everyones week off to a wonderful start?  I hope so!
The weather here in Minneapolis has been beautiful, makes me want to be outside 24/7!
I am in love with my morning/afternoon walking to and from work work, gives me a little extra time in the beautiful weather!

Since I am now living on my own I have to get back in the swing of cooking for one!  This means smaller portions (making half a recipe), and eating leftovers!  But don't worry I am still doing the pin challenge!  I actually send my weekly meal plan to my parents and my sister, complete sometimes with the grocery list!  

This week I am focusing on meals that will be easy to pack in my lunch box!  I also realized that I picked a lot of meatless/veggie packed dishes!  Most of the recipes I picked for the week you could add in your choice of protein if you want a little extra! 

So lets kick it off with Zucchini Enchiladas from Skinny Taste!

I have been wanting to make these forever!  They just sound deliciou, and spicy food is what I have been craving recently!

Salads are an easy lunch box staple for me!  So this week I thought why not make a huge quinoa salad to have on hand!  

Next up how about some spaghetti squash?

I love baking my spaghetti squash ahead of time!!  This helps cut down cooking time, because the last thing I want to do after work is wait 45 min for my spaghetti squash to bake!  

And last but not least how about some fresh fish! 

I am thinking of serving the fish over a simple green salad or some brown rice!  Either way I think this dish is going to be delicious!  

Any recipes catching your eye this week?
How do you cook for one?

Monday, April 23, 2012

Happy Belated First Birthday!

I would like to wish a very Happy Belated Birthday to my little blog Brunch and Cupcakes! 
Hard to believe that this time last year I got the idea to start my blog, wow has the time flown by!  I want to say thank you to each person who has supported my little blog this past year!  I keep blogging because of all of you!

So with that being said!  
Happy 1st Birthday Brunch and Cupcakes!
Can't wait to see what this year has in store for my little piece of the blog world! 

Now are you all ready for some recipe recaps?
Lets start with these?
 Chipotle Lime Chicken Tacos I made these last week and they were delicious!  
I highly recommend making them!  They are easy, healthy and tasty.  Not to mention the chicken makes a great salad topper if you have leftovers!  These lovely tacos also got approval from my taste tester!  

And the final recipe from last weeks pin challenge was this Chicken Tortilla Soup from Hungry Girl!

Super easy to make!  I boiled my chicken ahead of time, which meant the entire meal came together in about 30 minutes!  I added some spinach for extra nutrition and also added a jalapeno and red pepper! 
Great to take for lunch, and a great quick week night meal! 

I am still working on this weeks menu, stay tuned I am working on some mouth watering options! 
Happy Monday Everyone, Have a fabulous start to your work week! 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That

I just realized my last post was about a week ago!  
I have been a bad blogger, and apologize because this post might be all over the place!

Here is a quick little list of things that have been going on in my life this past week! 
First things first, move went smoothly and I am slowly settling into a routine in the big city! 
I promise I will have pictures for you ASAP (gotta hang those pictures)!  My first apartment is slowly coming together.  I have a few things left to unpack, and a few odds and ends left that I need to purchase!

Here are a few other highlights for this past week!
A 3 mile run around Lake Calhoun!
Happy Hour with Old Friends, at Britt's Pub!
A wonderful brunch at Victors 1959 Cafe
Hello Mango Waffles!  AMAZING!  You know my world isn't complete without a go to brunch place!
Oh and how could I forget!  I started my big girl corporate job!  I think it is safe to say this past week has been a whirlwind of excitement 

Now before I go today I have one last thing for you all!
The pin challenge!  I need to retrain myself on how to cook for one!  But I guess leftovers wouldn't be a bad thing!

So here they are, this weeks pin recipes! 
Hungry Girls Chicken Tortilla Soup!

Nothing better then a big pot of soup, especially when you can take leftovers for lunch! 
Chipotle Lime Chicken Tacos!

Don't these look delicious?  I cannot wait to try these!
Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The End Of a Chapter

Well folks Happy Tuesday!
It is officially my last day of work here in Rochester.
The point where one chapter closes and another begins.  
This whole transition is a little bittersweet, I am sad to be leaving friends/coworkers yet excited for the future.  Funny how you can be excited, nervous, and scared all at the same time.  

As this chapter comes to an end I have a list a mile long of things I am looking forward to (and another list just as long of things to do).  While I can't be 100% sure where my life is headed I know there is a plan, and I know it will be exciting!  Now it is time to enjoy ever little bit of life, and embrace the changes!

So with that I am off, next time I blog I will be a city girl in my very own big girl apartment!
Stay tuned for some pictures! 

Monday, April 9, 2012

The Final Days!

Happy Monday Everyone!
How was everyone's Easter weekend?
Did the East Bunny make an appearance at your house/
Even though my sister and I are 20 and 25 we still did an Easter egg hunt!  You have to act like a kid every once in a while (or all the time)!

I don't think I could have asked for a better weekend!
Easter was fabulous.  I didn't realize how much I missed being home with my family on Easter!
Church was wonderful.  The food and conversations were great.  And we all enjoyed a relaxing evening with amazing company!  Oh and how could I forget to mention the dessert, coconut cake, and chocolate turtle cake just to name a few!  I am pretty certain I went into a sugar induced comma after dinner!  

I couldn't have asked for a better day!
The Wolfe family decided we needed to have a little post church photo shoot!  
Christmas Card worthy?
  I think so!

So tell me... 
How was your weekend, and how did you celebrate Easter?

Friday, April 6, 2012

Happy Friday-And Early Easter

I don't know about you but I am super excited that it is Friday!  
I am even more excited that its Easter weekend and my whole family is home!
My little sissy made her grand entrance into Minnesota about 9 last night, our night was filled with lots of laughs!

It is always good to have my whole family together!
Especially for a holiday weekend!
I am really excited about Easter this year.  This is the first time in two years that I will be home celebrating Easter with my family!   You better believe there will be lots of food, laughs, for sure an Easter Egg hunt (you are never to old for Easter egg hunts) and of course dying Easter Eggs! 

Speaking of Easter I really want to make these!

DIY Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs!  Heck yes!
I could seriously eat an entire basket of those things!  I mean come on its peanut butter and chocolate!  There is nothing better in my eyes!

Alright lets check out those recipes I introduced to you on Monday!
I did promise you I would give my two cents about them!
Lets begin with the huge chopped salad!

You know I am a huge fan of huge salads, I love them even more when the salad includes multiple types of veggies.  I will say this, the creamy vinaigrette was a little interesting.  Very tangy, almost to tangy for me!  I think next time I would tone down the mustard just a bit!  The dressing had the texture of a thinner hummus, great for cracker or pita bread dipping!   I think I will keep this salad for inspiration but come up with my own dressing!

Next up a lemony orzo salad!
This dish was light, and will be great for summer.  The asparagus and tomatoes combined well with the bright lemon infused dressing.  I added a bit of rosemary to the dressing as well!  We served our salad along with some browned tofu for a little protein, nice and light!  The one downside to this salad is the pasta absorbs a lot of the dressing!  After a few days in the fridge it can become a bit dry!  Best eaten the day it is made or a day or two after!

Tonight per the request of my sister we are making the Southwester Pita Pile Up, and the brussel sprouts are being featured at Easter dinner!  Hope they both turn out well!

Well there you have it!  Happy Friday everyone, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  And Happy Easter, enjoy the time with family and friends!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Live Your Life

Good Morning!
Happy Thursday, just a few days left in this work week!  
I am thrilled, but also realizing that I really really need to begin packing!  
But these past few  weeks I have thrown my structured to do list out the window!  I am enjoying every new experience, taking in what life has to offer and finding out what it means to truly be happy! This is my life and I never want to regret anything!

I feel like these pins explain my life right now pretty well!

And just because I feel every girl should be treated like a princess!

Happy Thursday Everyone! 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

It's Back!

Happy Wednesday!

I have been meaning to post but the week is just getting away from me, clearly the blog is taking a bit of a back seat during this move!  This week has been packed from signing my lease Monday to packing, work and many other things in between!  I am getting excited and nervous all at the same time!  Officially 5 more days left of work in Rochester!!!

I meant to snap a few pictures of the new place when I went up on Monday, but I need to get some better ones!!  I will share this one with you!
Check out the view from my living room window!
Oh Hey Twins Stadium!
Hard to believe next week Minneapolis will be my home!

Now I know it has been a while... and I know its Wednesday
But guess what is back?

The Pinterest Challenge!  
I have a bit of a hodge podge for you this week.  A few crave worthy salads, a great veggie side dish and pita pile up that looks delicious!  

So, lets begin!
First up this colorful dish!
Chopped Salad with Creamy Vinaigrette dressing! From The Naked Kitchen
You know me, set a huge plate of veggies in front of me and I am in heaven!  This would be great with grilled fish, chicken or shrimp!

Next in our line up this week we have... 
A lemony Orzo Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Asparagus from A Big Mouthful
This would be perfect for BBQ's!  Pasta salads are my go to side dish in the spring/summer!

Now here is that great veggie side!
Oven Roasted Garlic Brussels Sprouts!

I used to dispise brussels sprouts when I was younger, now I absolutly love them!  And the fact that they are roasted makes them even better in my book!
And Finally...
 The Southwestern Chicken Pile Up, brought to you buy the Bigges Loser!

I am thinking of using grilled chicken!
Can't wait!

Stay tuned, Wolfe family review to come!
Have a fabulous Wednesday everyone!