Sincerely, The Breakfast Club

I posted some the  of breakfast foods I made this week and some I have enjoyed over the last couple months.  I just think that breakfast is good any time of the day.

Sarabeth’s Breakfast Cookbook
(a lovely little gift from my sisters)

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Oatmeal, blueberries, strawberries and walnuts.
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Fried Egg and Avocado

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Greek Yogurt, Flax Seed, Granola and Berries.

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Cupcakes taste better in NYC!

These little cupcakes went all over New York with me and my sisters.  I carried them in my purse, in a souvenir bag, asked my sister to hold and even dropped some a few times, all for the sake of an iconic photo op.

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PUMPKIN with CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
The Food Hall in The Plaza

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COCONUT and VANILLA CUPCAKE
from Citarella Gourmet Market in West Village
(fire escape at 39 Christopher St)
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HAZELNUT with VANILLA BUTTERCREAM
from One-Girl Cookie Bakery
(DUMBO-love the Manhattan Bridge)
if you look close you can see Empire State Building in between

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PURE VANILLA CUPCAKE
from Sweet Revenge in West Village
(one of my faves…and I dropped it right before I took this pic)
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LEMON CUPCAKE with LEMON ICING
Citarella Gourmet Market in West Village
(Washington Square Park)
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PISTACHIO CUPCAKE
Sweet Revenge in West Village
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These are just a few of my favorite cupcakes and bakeries!

When in New York, give one a try.

Just a walk in the park…

 

 I could spend every day in this wonderful place called Central Park.  img_62981

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If I can ever get up the courage, I would like to spend one or two days alone in New York.  I would love to go the park each day and read, eat a cupcake, sit and listen to that young girl playing her cello or the old man playing his guitar to “Imagine” and just enjoy my surroundings.

This year I had to wait for my sisters for a few hours, so I did at least get to walk around, img_61611find a great bench and read for a little while alone.  Not to adventurous, but one step at a time!  Not a bad view at all! img_61581

I did find a few cupcakes along the way each day.  I love trying new bakeries as well as returning to my tried and true favorites!

APPLE SPICE CUPCAKE
from The Food Hall in the Plaza

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Take me out to the Ball Game

Travel adventures so far are still in Texas, but at least we get to catch a game!

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I grew up in Arlington…and on baseball.  We do try to catch a game each year as a family and maybe squeeze in a couple more throughout the season with friends.

Family….

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Food….

 

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We hope someday to catch a Range game at Fenway Park in Boston and Wrigley Field in Chicago…maybe next year! At least our travels will extend beyond the great state of Texas!!

Don’t Mess with Texas

My travel adventures so far this year have been limited to the great state of Texas.  Not that I am complaining, it is a great state!  It’s just I prefer to see myself traveling through Italy or jetting off to New York to catch a show!

Maybe that will be my life one day, but for now I am sharing with you my Texas travels to the beaches of Port Aransas, BBQ, and some history along the way.

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The route from Austin to Port Aransas is filled with history.  Every time we go to the beach we say we are going to stop and read the landmarks and visit the Spanish Missions that are still standing from the fight for Texas Independence.  But we are always in a hurry and say “next time.”  This year, we decided to stop since it was just me and my husband and we were not vetoed by any children!

First stop was the famous Smitty’s BBQ…delicious! We needed some energy for the road trip!  Food before history.IMG_3951[1]

This is the site of the surrender of the Texas troops to Santa Anna in 1836.

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The site of the Spanish mission (Presidio La Bahia) with some of the original rock still standing from 1771.   In many places, any structure that is 250 years old is considered “new”…but in Texas it is considered “ancient!”

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A little food, a little history and now the beach.  What a great way to relax…enjoying the lovely weather, breakfast outside and this view.  God is good!

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One Lovely Blog Award

Thanks to Taylor at Peas Romaine Calm  for nominating me for this award!  I appreciate her sending this to me as I love her blog!   It is so easy to read, love all her creative graphics and her food always looks so tasty!   Her blog is fun just to look at! Check her out and these others as well! Thanks again Taylor!

I think these sweet awards are a great way for me to nominate blogs I love and are inspired by.   Hopefully this will encourage others to check them out as well.  I would nominate Taylor, of course, but I will need to find something she is not nominated for already!  So glad others are finding her blog so interesting.  Way to go, Taylor!

The Rules :

  • Thank the person that nominated you and give a link to their blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Display the award on your post of the award.
  • List seven random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate (up to) 15 bloggers for this award and comment on one of their posts to let them know you have nominated them.

    Random Facts:

    1. I enjoy reading.
    2. I love Mexican food.
    3. I was raised by the two sweetest parents on the earth.
    4. I freak out at blood, cuts or breaks of any kind.  You don’t want me to be the only one around if something tragic happens!
    5. I wish I could dance, I mean really dance!
    6. I have a fear of flying, but make myself do it.
    7. I would love to own my own business.

     

Nominees:

~Jane’s Patisserie  One of my favorite blogs!  Love all her recipes and photos and she is only 23!  Way to go!
~Analiza Gonzales I love her website.  She has recipes and other ideas on fashion and all her recipes look delicious!
~Hungry Girl Por Vida This blog has so many homemade recipes and also some fabulous looking cocktails!
~With All My Affection Love this blog..it is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog from an adorable 20 something!  So cute!
~Feasting with Friends Nancy lives in Detroit and  loves to cook and create her own recipes.  She has been nominated for multiple awards, but I wanted to include her because I love her blog!
~Smiling Notes This 20 something year old shares her adventures in travel and cooking.  It is so interesting and I love to look at her travel photos, especially from New York!
~Life with Becky I love this inspirational blog.  Cheryl writes about her daughter Becky and the struggles and triumphs they have.  Cheryl seems like an amazing person to me!
~Why 10 More bites? This is so cute…a mom and husband who love good food and love to share with others.

These are just a few of my faves as I have so many blogs I love to go to for inspiration.

Thanks again Taylor and I encourage you to check out some of these blogs.

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!

Time does fly!   It is hard for me to believe over a year has gone by since I started my blog, PALATABLE ADVENTURES.

I looked over my goals in starting this blog…
This blog is to hold me accountable to teach myself and my girls cooking basics and two new recipes per month.  Inspiration may come from
~places we have been
~recommendations from friends and family
~or from sources of interest like Pinterest or just good old fashioned cookbooks

As I look at my purpose in doing this, I see that it accomplished what I wanted and more.  I learned many new recipes.  I found my children in the kitchen with me, learning as well.  I sampled various types of foods from places I have visited, and tried to recreate them at home.  And my pictures, while still amateur, have improved from last January.  I have actually loved these Palatable Adventures.

~Sweet Adventures

~Movie Inspired Adventures

~Healthy Adventures.

~(not so) Healthy Adventures.

~Traveling Adventures.

I look forward to 2016 and the adventures that await, the people I may meet and discovering what God has in store for me.