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Asparagus Bacon Frittata for Easter Brunch

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asparagus frittata with baconEaster Brunch is one of my family’s favorite meals to share together. We’re big on breakfast foods at our house and especially when it comes to egg dishes like omelets and frittatas. And especially when it comes to a good asparagus recipe. Asparagus goes very well with eggs and bacon. This is one of those brunch recipes that is also delicious for lunch or dinner. This asparagus bacon frittata is very savory and satisfying. I served it up with a side of home fries browned up in a little bit of the bacon drippings.

brunch asparagus frittata with bacon

I don’t buy bacon very often, so when I do, there are often cheers heard ’round the house – “bac-on! bac-on! bac-on!” And then the sneaking starts. One piece here. A nibble there. I can’t blame the poor kids. Bacon is mighty tasty. And this woudn’t be an asparagus bacon frittata without it.

When it comes to cheese, you want to use a stronger one that holds up to the flavor of the bacon and meshes well with the asparagus. I used an four cheese Italian blend this time. Usually I go with gruyere which is one of the greatest cheeses EVER. Mozzarella is nice and … >> find out more…

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Lindsey Johnson can usually be found in one of three places--the kitchen (cooking and washing dishes), behind her camera, or at her laptop editing photos and writing. If she's not in any of those places, chances are she's chasing after her three crazy kids or scoring a great find at the thrift store. She writes the food blog, Cafe Johnsonia and lives near the beautiful mountains in Utah with the aforementioned three crazy kids and one great husband.

Lunchtime Layered Taco Salad Jar

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easy layered quinoa taco salad jar

When I worked outside of the home I enjoyed packing a lunch everyday for myself. I don’t function well unless I’ve had something healthy to feed my brain. I’m sure you’ve all seen salad jars, but have you actually ever made one? I wish I had known about them when I was packing my lunches all those years! I hadn’t seen this brilliant idea until last year. I work from home now, but I still love them. They are easy to put together. Depending on what you layer in the jar, you can even make them once a week for the whole week. For this one, I’m using my very favorite quinoa taco salad recipe – minus the taco.

lunchtime quinoa taco salad in a jar

The idea with these taco salad jars is to layer the vinaigrette at the bottom and work your way up to the leafy greens. That way the greens stay fresh because they haven’t been sitting in the dressing. When it’s time to eat, you just turn the jar over. The dressing coats everything and it’s ready to eat!

lunch salad in a jar ingredients

I chose my favorite ingredients, but these are just a suggestion. You could certainly add in shredded chicken or meat, cheese, sour cream, or … >> find out more…

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Lindsey Johnson can usually be found in one of three places--the kitchen (cooking and washing dishes), behind her camera, or at her laptop editing photos and writing. If she's not in any of those places, chances are she's chasing after her three crazy kids or scoring a great find at the thrift store. She writes the food blog, Cafe Johnsonia and lives near the beautiful mountains in Utah with the aforementioned three crazy kids and one great husband.

Vanilla Bean Crepes Recipe with Strawberry Cream Filling

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For me, I get just as excited as Valentine’s Day breakfast as I do the dessert and dinner recipes. I mean, really, how fun is a special breakfast? The kids love it. My husband loves it. I love it. Crepes seem like they are too fancy for a weekday breakfast, but it’s completely not true! With this crepes recipe, you can make the batter the night before, and all you need after that is a really great nonstick skillet and loads of butter. You could even make them in advance, layer them between sheets of waxed paper, and reheat in the morning.

vanilla bean crepes with strawberry cream
strawberry cream crepe filling

Plain crepes are great, but adding vanilla bean takes them up a notch and adds a little special V-Day flair. These are filled with a lightly strawberry cream which is nothing more than your favorite strawberry jam mixed with low-fat cream cheese. Simple and easy. That’s how we like it.

vanilla bean crepes with strawberries
vanilla bean crepes

 

Vanilla Bean Crepes Recipe with Strawberry Cream Filling

adapted from The Joy of Cooking

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for cooking
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean,
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Lindsey Johnson

Lindsey Johnson can usually be found in one of three places--the kitchen (cooking and washing dishes), behind her camera, or at her laptop editing photos and writing. If she's not in any of those places, chances are she's chasing after her three crazy kids or scoring a great find at the thrift store. She writes the food blog, Cafe Johnsonia and lives near the beautiful mountains in Utah with the aforementioned three crazy kids and one great husband.

Fresh Vegetable Juice Recipe

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garden fresh vegetable juice

Have you jumped on the juicing wagon yet? I was immediately hooked when I bought my first juicer two years ago. I never cared much for the bottled stuff you find on store shelves. I was amazed at how much better fresh juice was – better than anything I’d ever tasted! Yes, I even did one of those crazy juice cleanses. Making vegetable juice at home is so much better and healthier than buying it in a can or bottle. It’s made fresh, full of vitamins and nutrients. The canned and bottles juices are often nothing more than overly cooked vegetable concentrates.

ingredients for fresh vegetable juice

We have found a blend we really like made from tomatoes, beets, fennel, celery, carrots, cucumber, kale (or spinach), red pepper, a little onion, and a good dose of fresh lemon juice and coarsely ground black pepper. It would be a great base for a bloody mary, and is a fantastic afternoon pick-me-up. Of course, you can switch out different veggies for the ones you like best. Sometimes I want more tomato juice, so I’ll use two. Other times I like more cucumber. It just kind of depends. It’s seriously like summer in a glass. You’re going to love … >> find out more…

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Lindsey Johnson can usually be found in one of three places--the kitchen (cooking and washing dishes), behind her camera, or at her laptop editing photos and writing. If she's not in any of those places, chances are she's chasing after her three crazy kids or scoring a great find at the thrift store. She writes the food blog, Cafe Johnsonia and lives near the beautiful mountains in Utah with the aforementioned three crazy kids and one great husband.

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Please Save Me From My Laundry Room

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My laundry room is no different than any other laundry room in the country, in that most of the time I’d love for it to just disappear. Poof! Absorb itself right back into the atmosphere from whence it came, never to harass me again.

The laundry room really isn’t terrible in and of itself, but the muck and mud, swim gear, random tools, shoes from people who don’t even live here, in addition to the shoes of those who do, clutter around the debris that should actually live in a laundry room: the piles dirty clothes + baskets of clean clothes waiting to be folded.

The worst offender of the place was Swim Corner (the opposite of the serene and always cheerful Pooh Corner). My kids are on a competitive swim team, and swim 5-6 days a week, after school and sometimes in the morning. It’s great, but there’s a tremendous amount of gear involved with swim, times 2 kids, and it seems to multiply and have swim gear babies on the regular.

The solution?

(it’s always the solution in our house)

BINS. Plastic stacking storage bins.

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

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Happy Happy New Year to New You!

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Hello, you.  And you, and you.  I’ve missed you.  I hope every last one of you took a big fat break over the holidays.  If you didn’t get a break, please know you deserved one whether it happened or not.  If you were in my hood I’d invite you in for a hot cup of tea and make you put your feet up, because man, last year was hard.  Take a load off, relaxers are welcome here.

So what did you do over the holidays?  We took a big fat break and a road trip to Spokane to visit a dear college friend of ours (my husband and I met in college so we have a lot of mutual friends from those days) and had such a great time.  I really don’t like traveling during the holidays and had low expectations for a great Christmas, but I’m telling you, sometimes a road trip to a faraway place is just what you need.  We hung out as a family because there wasn’t anything else to do BUT be together.  I didn’t putter around the house cleaning and organizing, and I didn’t open my laptop once.  That wouldn’t have happened at home.… >> find out more…

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Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Friday News Roundup + Happy Holidays!

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Friday news roundup time!  It’s been a couple of weeks since my last Friday News Roundup, and so much has happened since then.  How are you, my pretties?  December has flown by, and also ARE WE DONE YET?  I have mixed feelings about this time of year.  It’s my favorite but so riddled with guilt and stress.  I need to figure out how to rid myself of both, they’re counterproductive to happiness, and it’s the HAPPIEST time of year.  Happy Holidays, Mazel Tov, Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Merry Christmas, and happy-almost-new-year’s-eve!

salted caramels

What’s going on? Well, so glad you asked.  There’s a lot of news to share.

  • Russia’s president, the honorable humanitarian terrorist Vladimir Putin released political prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky today, out of the goodness of his heart due to (my personal opinion) the heat he’s feeling from the international community prior to this Winter’s 2014 Olympics. Oh Vladi, you’re such a softie.
  • I have two giveaways currently on Petit Elefant, and you want a part of this action.  Two $100 gift card giveaways.  Guys! It’s the holidays, and everyone needs cash.  Thanks Ricola + MiniTime.
  • Lindsey made some tasty wassail to die for.  Grab the recipe + make some
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Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

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The Amazon Kindle Fire 2013: Give it to Someone Nice

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amazon kindle 2013

The Amazon Kindle has been on my Christmas wish list since the beginning of time.  I mean, not really, because Amazon only came out with the device in 2007.  Even then, no one could get their hands on a Kindle because they were such a hot seller.  Plus?  The first generation Amazon Kindle was $399.

The Amazon Kindle of yore was groundbreaking, but it didn’t hold a candle to even the smallest tablet now.  In fact, the 2013 Amazon Kindle Fire is practically a computer (it is) you can take on the road (minus all the headache).  They tablets get bigger, better, faster every year, and this year’s Kindle is no exception.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 2013

For a super reasonable $139.00, you can be the owner of your very own Amazon Kindle Fire (HD!) with 8GB.  For $20 more you get 16GB.

Dude.

That’s a hefty amount of space on a tiny, teeny, little lightweight tablet.  What really kills me though, is what this baby can do.

Here’s the short list of all the fabulous from the Amazon Kindle Fire 2013:

  • Access to a billionty and one books, (not a real number) use the Kindle owners’ lending library of 400,000 titles (whak?!)
  • Front
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Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Tasty Homemade Wassail Recipe For The Holidays

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cranberry wassail

 

My wassail recipe is one of my favorite holiday beverages. Not only does it taste great, it makes your house smell fabulous as it’s simmering away on the stove. My recipe for cranberry wassail is one that everyone in my family really loves and differs a bit from other wassail recipes. I like to mix a few different kinds of fruit juice – cranberry, apple, orange, lemon and grape. This version is non-alcoholic, but you could certainly add some liqueur or wine for a warm, boozy adult beverage. The other great thing? It’s also really good chilled. I’ve served this recipe with our Christmas morning brunch for years and it’s always a hit.

cranberry wassail-2

 

ingredients for wassail

Here’s what you need for this recipe: orange juice, cranberry-apple juice, one orange, fresh lemon juice, a spice packet (see below), fresh sliced ginger (not pictured) and white grape juice (below), and cane sugar (optional, not pictured.)

white grape juice for wassail

The spice packet is the most important part of the wassail recipe. I place whole spices into a few layers of cheesecloth and tie it with twine.  You don’t have to do this, but it makes it easier to remove the spices when it’s time to serve the … >> find out more…

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Lindsey Johnson can usually be found in one of three places--the kitchen (cooking and washing dishes), behind her camera, or at her laptop editing photos and writing. If she's not in any of those places, chances are she's chasing after her three crazy kids or scoring a great find at the thrift store. She writes the food blog, Cafe Johnsonia and lives near the beautiful mountains in Utah with the aforementioned three crazy kids and one great husband.