life // easter at home.

I welcome any & all reasons to celebrate. and absolutely adore traditions. so holidays are my jam.

easter is no exception. since [J] & I became roommates [4 years ago], we’ve made a point to spend the day drinking mimosas, baking a breakfast casserole, and indulging in chocolate bunnies. after all, holidays are meant to be spent relaxing & having fun with the ones you love.

actually our first year living together, I was so distraught by the fact that my easter may be sans a chocolate bunny rabbit. so [J] snuck to the store before I woke up and surprised me.  it hasn’t been without since.

it was supposed to rain, but thankfully mother nature had a change of heart. so we dined al fresco, on the patio table [J] built us last year. [with a built-in ice bucket, fit for mimosa ingredients].

life // easter 2014 c/o LLinaBC.com

life // easter 2014 c/o LLinaBC.com

life // easter 2014 c/o LLinaBC.com

life // easter 2014 c/o LLinaBC.com

life // easter 2014 c/o LLinaBC.com

and [J] surprised me with an easter basket this year, that I had to scour our apartment for. it was filled with candy, and a vegetable peeler [because I broke ours]. he knows me well, I’m a kid at heart.

hope you all had the greatest easter.

happy Monday!

 

refusing to acknowledge monday.

I cannot believe how quick & jam-packed the last seven days have been. visits from [J]’s parents + sister, and our friends [jen & reid]. a trip to my hometown. easter. & a drive back to des moines this afternoon.

I had the best time. but now ..

I need a nap.

I’m going to take today as an “extended easter break”. to eat chocolate bunnies & catch up on sleep.

be back in full swing tomorrow!

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quinoa breakfast bites.

quinoa breakfast bites // LLinaBC.com

{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].

quinoa breakfast bites // LLinaBC.com

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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].

quinoa breakfast bites // LLinaBC.com

they are ready to be devoured.

quinoa breakfast bites // LLinaBC.com

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!

quinoa breakfast bites // LLinaBC.com happy thursday.

the weekend is almost upon us.

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