bloggers do brunch.

on saturday, I had brunch with some of the most amazing ladies – iowa bloggers, from the {midwest style bloggers}. at {americana}, in downtown des moines.

[if you blog & are in the midwest ..join MSB now].

 bottomless mimosa brunch, count on seeing me. fruit purees to add to said mimosas ..good luck getting rid of me. see ya again soon americana ;)

mimosa + peach raspberry strawberry mango puree.

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ironically enough, I was a bad blogger ..and hardly took any photographs. I was so wrapped up in the mimosas convos!

this is what a blogger brunch looks like:

champagne + social media.

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and there was a giveaway ..

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THAT I WON!!!!

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can you believe this swag bag?

the amazing sponsors.

{vita coco}. {health warrior}. {favery}. {kendra scott}. {waiting on martha}. {ellie}. {bauble bar}. {BH cosmetics}. {may 28th}. {gigi new york}. {lulu’s}. {jami}. {ps I made this} {energy bits}. {sole society}. {sephora}. {sunglass warehouse}.

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and my giveaway prize: a thursday friday tote. you’ll be seeing much more of this.

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who is up for brunch this weekend? I promise to take more photos.

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I need your help.

obviously now soon a lot of my time will be spent wedding planning. I do not want to turn this into wedding blog. mostly because I refuse to spend that much time planning. but are you interested in seeing the process? weekly? monthly? I’d love to hear your feedback. 

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cannot wait to share [J] & I’s time at yellowstone on the blog tomorrow.

happy tuesday.

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make-your-morning breakfast skillet.

I am not a morning person. and I was never really sold on the idea of “breakfast” either. 

but lately [J] & I have become breakfast people. which in turn has given me a reason to get my butt out of bed in the morning.

and this recipe is an absolute favorite.

nothing like a hearty, scrumptious meal to start your day!

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make-your-own breakfast skillet // LLinaBC.com

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make-your-own breakfast skillet // LLinaBC.com

season veggies to your liking. [in our house, we use: black pepper, seasoning salt, crushed red pepper, & chicago steak seasoning].

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make-your-own breakfast skillet // LLinaBC.com

make-your-own breakfast skillet // LLinaBC.com

make-your-own breakfast skillet // LLinaBC.com

make-your-own breakfast skillet // LLinaBC.com

bacon would also be great in this recipe!

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make-your-own breakfast skillet // LLinaBC.com

perfect for your next brunch gathering. or breakfast for two.

and exactly what I’ll be eating this morning! 

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quinoa breakfast bites.

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{iowa girl eats} is the queen of quinoa cups. and after falling in love with her {mini ham & cheese quinoa cups}, I knew I wanted to make my own spin off. think: sausage & cheese omelet, with all the fixings. add quinoa. and you have perfection.

[these would be perfect for your easter brunch].

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quinoa breakfast bites

quinoa breakfast bites

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my mom always drained ground meat with a paper towel when I was growing up. so that’s how I do it. choose the method that works best for you.

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cool the quinoa & ground sausage. otherwise they’ll cook the eggs when you mix all the ingredients together. that’d be bad.

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[cannot get enough of these mini sweet peppers. I’ve been adding them to everything].

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[you can also use: spinach or kale. I had this ‘spring mix’ on hand. and it worked great!].

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dice.

3/4 cup bell pepper. 1/3 cup red onion. 1/3 cup mixed greens.

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to quinoa:

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stir all ingredients together.

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or until golden brown on the edges.

[my oven is a tad slow, so I kept mine in for 23 minutes].

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they are ready to be devoured.

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makes approximately 40 breakfast bites.

ingredients:
2 cups cooked quinoa [approximately 1 cup uncooked]
1 1/3 cup ground [cooked] breakfast sausage
4 eggs
3/4 cup bell pepper, diced
1/3 cup red onion, diced
1/3 cup mixed greens, diced [use dark leafy greens: like kale or spinach].
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
salt & pepper

directions: 

  1. cook quinoa according package directions. [I cooked mine in chicken broth for added flavor, but you can definitely use water]. also cook breakfast sausage through and drain. let quinoa & sausage cool. [they cannot be hot when mixed with the other ingredients, or they’ll cook the eggs. not ideal].
  2. preheat oven to 350°F. spray mini muffin tin, liberally.
  3. dice all veggies. 3/4 cup bell peppers. 1/3 cup red onion. 1/3 cup spinach or kale. in a separate bowl, scramble 4 eggs.
  4. to your 2 cups cooled quinoa, add: 4 eggs, all veggies, 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, 1 1/3 cup cooked breakfast sausage, and a pinch of salt & pepper. stir everything together!
  5. spoon quinoa & sausage mixture into mini muffin tin. place in oven for 18-20 mins [or until golden brown on the edges].
  6. let quinoa breakfast bites cool in the mini muffin tin for 5 minutes. and ..
  7. enjoy!

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the weekend is almost upon us.

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