Two Sides of A Coin

My husband and I wanted a place to share our projects...I do crafting (e.g. cards, sewing, etc...), household projects, and parties for kids. My husband makes toy trucks, household projects (e.g. closet redesign), and helps with party decorations and games. While he's a professional contractor, we do this for fun. We both cook, but I am more likely to try new and different recipes. We'll be trying out Pinterest items and reporting back.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Pinterest Brunch - Harder is better, but not for paper.

And today was brunch with the girls.  I purchased an amazing cake from Occasionally Cake in Alexandria, Virginia.  Here's a picture of it.  Simple, but pretty.  It's a Bellini - Peach Cake with Champagne frosting.  Awesome is the only word for it.

I made this Bacon, Tomato, and Cheddar Breakfast Bake with Eggs, which I pinned on Pinterest.  The original recipe is from Food and Wine.  Everyone really liked it.

And here's our take on that recipe.


1 pound bakery wheat bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (16 cups)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound sliced reduced sodium bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 large onion, roughly chopped
One 28-ounce can whole Italian tomatoes—drained, chopped and patted dry
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 pound extra-sharp cheddar, shredded (about 2 cups) , low fat
1/2 pound Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (about 2 cups), low fat
2 tablespoons snipped chives
1 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
8 large eggs 


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly oil a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish. In a large bowl, toss the bread with the olive oil and spread on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, tossing once or twice, until the bread is golden and lightly crisp.  
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the bacon over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain; reserve 2 tablespoons of the fat in the skillet. (We cooked half the bacon the microwave - because this took forever)   
  3. Add the onion to the skillet and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and crushed red pepper and cook until any liquid is evaporated, about 3 minutes. (We drained the can, but I didn't pat them dry or chopped them - this would have been a good idea.)  
  4.  Return the toasted bread cubes to the bowl. Add the contents of the skillet, along with the bacon, shredded cheeses, chives and broth. Stir until the bread is evenly moistened. Season with salt. Spread the mixture in the baking dish and cover with lightly oiled foil.  
  5. Bake the bread mixture in the center of the oven for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake until the top is crispy, about 10 minutes longer. Carefully remove the baking dish from the oven and, using a ladle, press 6 indentations into the bread mixture. Crack an egg into each indentation. Return the dish to the oven and bake for about 15 minutes, until the egg whites are set. 
We thought the eggs still looked funny, so we broiled the top for about two minutes.  They were still awesome - just harder.

  Make Ahead The recipe can be prepared through Step 4 and refrigerated overnight.

What is looks like at Step 4

Hopefully, you'll enjoy this recipe.  It has a lot of cheese and bread, so maybe not the healthiest meal in town, but not too horrible with the wheat bread, decreased sodium bacon, and low fat cheese.

I also tried my hand at making a homemade birthday banner this week.  I used the circle templates and cutting/measuring board from Creative Memories, a scrapbook company.

I made enough for each letter of "Happy Birthday."

I made all the circles first, then using the same paper, I traced each of the letters I needed. 

I cut out each letter and tried to make sure it wasn't too matchy matchy. I like a more eclectic work.


Then I had to figure out how exactly to place them all together.  It would look silly to have the same color letter on the same color circle.  Because I didn't really plan it out, I had to cut out two more letters so as to avoid that issue.  Then I had to adhere them together.  At first I tried paper clue.  It was hard to do as if you use too much, it got runny and made it hard.  Let them dry for a few minutes.
 Finally I put a hole on the side of each letter and tried to tie them to each other one at a time. Quickly discovered trying to make the ties was hard and the letters wanted to flip over.  So, DH suggested running one long ribbon through them all.  It came out great.  Very festive for a birthday.

And it was great practice for the robot birthday banner I have to make two weeks from now.  It would be better if the holes were at the top I think.  So keep an eye out for the next banner and see if you think it makes a difference.

1 comment:

  1. What a pretty cake! What a delicious-looking meal. You did an amazing job. Have a lovely week! Angie xo ps- I found the white ruffle plates at Home Sense for $3 each...great find! Angie xo