A Nevada Sunrise Breakfast

Breakfast.

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Blair and I both love breakfast. Give us some pancakes, hash browns, scrambled eggs and sausage and we are set for the day. But after a fun night out with some friends, we woke up Saturday morning not in the mood to hang out by the stove flipping pancakes.

Insert: baked potatoes, eggs, bell peppers, tomatoes and some cheese. And Bam! – these things made the delicious breakfast dish we decided to name the “Nevada Sunrise”. Influenced by the recipe for an “Idaho Sunrise”, our version comes with different toppings than what is traditionally called for. I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m not too sure I’ll ever make the traditional recipe now that I’ve had ours. This bundle of breakfast goodness is the equivalent of home fries and a fried egg all in one. Make a couple extra potatoes on a baked potato night and you’ll be ready to go the next morning for a delicious and fast breakfast.

You’ll need:

  • Baked potatoes
  • 1 Red and Green bell peppers (chopped up)
  • 1/2 cup of grape tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 red onion (sliced)
  • Eggs (1 per potato)
  • Mexican cheese blend
  • Butter (1 tablespoon per potato)
  • Dried Parsley
  • Tabasco *optional, but you’re crazy if you don’t put it on. Seriously, I don’t know what I would do with Tabasco. I love it!
  • Spicy breakfast sausage if you’d like!

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  1. Create a baked potato “boat” – cut out a semi-circular section and hollow the inside enough for you to place the egg and fillings inside
  2. Start frying up the the chopped red and green bell peppers, halved grape tomatoes and sliced red onion till soft
  3. Place a tablespoon of butter on the bottom of each potato bowl
  4. Crack 1 egg on top of the butter (I wouldn’t break the yolk) and season to your liking
  5. Top the egg with the rest of the fillings
  6. Sprinkle cheese and dried parsley on top
  7. Cook for 15-20 minutes at 350°

Simple, fast and delicious. Sounds like the perfect breakfast to me… and, trust me, it was!

Lauren

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DIY: Carpe Diem Banner

Molly and I at my wedding. I honestly don't know what I would have done without her!

Molly and I at my wedding. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without her!

Seize the day. A while back I headed over to hang out with one of my best friends. Now Molly isn’t any typical best friend – she might as well be my sister and, in fact, I consider her just that. She’s always up for anything. Want to drive? She’s down. Go get fries and a chocolate shake? She’s in her old truck before I know it. Do something crafty with me? She is always there to be my helping hand. So this day was special.

It was beautiful outside; the corn field was bright green with new growth and the sky had the most perfect clouds floating around it.  I was instantly inspired and wanted to make something to remember the day – or rather seize the day. So Molly and I decided to make a burlap banner. While those are pretty popular right now, ours ending up being a little different (Just like us. 😉 ) We didn’t want straight perfect edges or the seam of the burlap flags to fold perfectly over the twine. We wanted it to be bold, crisp and bright.

To get just that, we started with all of our supplies:

    • 2 yards of cream colored Burlap (how much will really depend on what your banner will say or how long you want it)
    • A flag stencil (make a triangle like shape onto a plain piece of printer paper then trace onto cardboard and cut it out)
    • Parchment paper
    • Printed out letters (make sure they are the size and font that you want!)
    • Pencil
    • Scissors/Exacto knife
    • Ruler
    • Scotch tape
    • Acrylic paint (we used gold and loved it)
    • Foam brush
    • A roll of twine (again, how much depends on how long your banner ends up being)
    • Hot glue gun
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Before getting started, take your burlap, trace your flag stencil onto it and cut out your flags!
Steps 1 -4:
1. Print out your letters in the font you want and in a size that will fit perfectly in the middle of the burlap flag.
2. With a ruler, take a piece of parchment paper and divide it into even cube sections by drawing lines, then lay a letter underneath a section and trace.
3. Cut the cube sections to separate them, then use an Exacto knife to cut out the inside of the letter – this will then become your stencil.
4. Using tape along with a firm hand, hold the stencil down on a flag and dab your foam brush with paint onto the burlap. I placed mine on top of cardboard so I wouldn’t get paint on the countertop.
*It is important to make sure a letter’s placement on the flag is centered otherwise it might end up being crooked. Also, do not do a sweeping motion with the foam brush on the burlap! The texture along with a dabbing motion is the key to a perfectly stenciled letter.

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Steps 5-7:
5. Let the flags dry long enough for the paint to dry stiffly.
6. Lay the flags out in the order you want them in. 
7. One by one, add a strip of hot glue to the back of the flag (an inch or so off of the top edge) then attach the twine. *Make sure to leave enough twine at the end to be able to hang it up!

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And here it is – the Final Product!

Just remember to have fun and not stress about it being perfect. After all, it’s homemade – not a cookie cutter buy from the store!

Lauren

DIY: A cup of tea, please

Cacti Teacups.

Happy Friday! Today’s DIY project is a simple project that adds a sassy touch to any wedding. Cacti teacups are not only adorable, but can easily be turned into wedding favors for your guests! It is an easy and fast project, especially if you have your bridal party helping! So check it out! The hardest part is holding yourself back from buying all of the teacups!

The Treasures
I found my teacups at an antique store in Reno, Nevada called Junkees. I absolutely love shopping there, but it is super easy to lose track of my budget.

-So, always keep your wedding budget in mind!-

Look around for the perfect teacups or even gravy boats that fit your wedding theme! Don’t you just love the texture and colors of mine?!  


After finding your perfect teacups, the next step is to buy the cacti succulents to put in them.

-You can find them at Lowe’s, Home Depot or buy them by bulk online.- 

By playing around with the different colors and shapes, you are adding another layer of texture to your table arrangement!

 

I love the purple tips and frosty green color of these cacti!

 

Too cute, right?!


The Supplies

You’re going to need:

-teacups or any other form of container (like the gravy boat) *The number of how many you’ll need will depend on the number of tables you’ll have!

-cacti succulents *Play around with the colors and textures. The more variety, the more pleasing to the eye!

-little rocks/pebbles *To save money, I just went searching out in my front yard for some.

-potting soil *I bought Perlite potting soil, which is meant for smaller potted plants. But after opening it, I found that it was completely white.

So, I ran back to the store and bought a compost soil, then mixed them together.   


First Step: Wash teacups/containers. Then add a few small rocks to the bottom of the cup.

*The rocks allow the water to evaporate because there are no draining holes. If you want draining holes, just grab a small drill bit and put a couple of holes in the bottom.

Be careful though! Teacups are delicate after all!


Second Step: Place 1/4 of a cup of your soil mixture over the rocks. Then loosen the roots of one your cacti and place in the teacup.

-Play around with the position of the cactus to what you like, but remember to be gentle!-

After you get the cactus to where you want it to be, firmly pack some more of your soil mixture around it.

Tip: This can get messy, so place newspaper on your work table before you get started!

-I put the latest issue of the Nevada Sagebrush (University of Nevada, Reno’s newspaper) down. Sorry, Sagebrush! It was a good issue though!- 


Final Product

Aren’t they beautiful? Not only are they easy to make, but are a simple chic additional to any table arrangement.

Whether your wedding theme is vintage chic or Southwestern rustic, these adorable table arrangements add an element of whimsy for your guests.

-They also make great wedding favors!-


I took my teacups and placed them on a wooden table to add another texture layer. 

By adding different heights to the table (candles and the scale), you can enhance your pretty teacups even more!

This table would look adorable with ivory-colored lace and crisp white dishware.

Adding hints of purple and blue in the napkin linens will bring out the beautiful colors in the cacti, too!


A Southwestern rustic wedding would look adorable with white teacups placed on upside down terracotta pots on a rustic wooden table set with a Southwest table runner. 

Adding fiesta colors (turquoise stones and chili peppers) would pump up the visual appeal even more!


-Just remember to play around and have fun! Being too serious during the planning leads to a stressful wedding.-


…and they lived happily ever after.

❤ Lauren