Lately: Risotto Week

April 5, 2013

Strawberry season is upon is. These might not be at peak deliciousness yet, but it was fun to branch beyond bananas, apples and oranges for a week.

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I had a pile for breakfast with an egg and some almond butter toast featuring Justin’s Maple almond butter!

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Another morning: hot whipped banana oatmeal in a Wild Squirrel Friends Jar. Great Harvest Blueberry Buckwheat Granola on top! (If you call Matt at the bakery, he’ll ship you some!)

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Amazing + delicious French toast made a comeback

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Served with Wild Squirrel (ok this must have been the day before I finished the jar!) and banana

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Something I tried to avoid before the blog style change: eating out of the yogurt container. Yet here I am, still photographing and showing you anyways! Yay for saving a bowl.

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Overnight oats with banana and almond butter on top

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One more bowl of hot oats! The works: granola + almond butter on top.

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Breakfast is still my favorite (and easiest) meal to photograph each day, which is why I always have a ton of breakfasts, a few lunches and fewer dinners to share on these days.

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Here was a fun lunch of a salad with a No Bull Burger on top plus sunflower seeds, Cville Crunch toast and orange

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Another salad – this one with avocado, hard boiled egg, veggies and Cville Crunch pieces. It’s a toss up between No Bull and egg+avocado+ bread salads for my favorite!

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Here’s another one with leftover tofu, lots of veggies, arugula and orange. If I recall, I had to go back for a “dessert” because this lunch did not fill me up! I had a scone that my friend Lynsie made – yum!

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With a giant bowl of leftover Easter risotto, our dinners this week were centered around it this week.

First up – panko shrimp with asparagus, salad greens, almonds and risotto. We just dredged the shrimp in egg and then the panko and pan-seared them. Worked like a charm.

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The next night Matt whipped together a few risotto cakes

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Pan-seared along with chicken sausage and served over a bed of spinach.

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Our final risotto dinner was a [tiny] piece of blackened cod with lots of green beans tossed in a dressing of fresh dill, lemon juice and Dijon mustard plus a slice of Great Harvest Pesto Parmesan and the last of the risotto on the side.

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Yes I’m glad it’s gone!

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1 Jane @ Not Plain So Jane April 5, 2013 at 10:06 am

Risotto cakes/balls are so delicious! They make a fun appetizer too. Strawberries are beautiful & cheap out here in Cali right now. I plan on picking up some tomorrow at the farmer’s market!

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2 Jordan @ Eat for Health, Eat for Fun April 5, 2013 at 10:09 am

Eating out of a container is always fun :) Also that granola looks incredible! Not to mention the perfectly cooked egg in the first couple of pictures…good thing it’s almost lunch time since I’m getting hungry now!

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3 Lyn April 5, 2013 at 10:15 am

I love getting inspiration from your salads! BTW thanks for your long-ago mentions of Barney Butter. I decided to get my kids off Jif and needed something super yummy as a bridge between Jif and plain, natural almond butter (which they hate). Barney Butter is perfect!

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4 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 5, 2013 at 10:17 am

I LOVE eating yogurt right out of the container! Not only does it save a bowl but you get to scrape all of the leftovers from the sides. ha!
I bought some strawberries at TARGET this week that were surprisingly DELICIOUS! I couldn’t believe it for being so early in the season and Target but they were better than the ones I saw at the regular grocery stores.

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5 Nina @ Too Hottie For That Body April 5, 2013 at 10:19 am

Yum! I have a question for you. My ten year old daughter has developed at an early age and this has scared my beer guzzling chip eating husband into demanding that we buy ALL organic from now on. Where is your stance on organic vs not organic? And could you share some cost effective tips on the transition? When I buy meat my wallet wants to cry.

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6 KathEats April 5, 2013 at 10:37 am

We do buy organic milk, yogurt and meat. I think it’s really important mostly for the animals’ well being and the planet, but a little bit for health too. My suggestion is just to eat less meat in general and it makes the cost of the good stuff less daunting. Both in portion size and frequency

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7 Liz April 5, 2013 at 10:29 am

Kath, any advice for french toasts? yours always look so tasty and I know you won’t eat them so frecuently if weren’t good. Whenever I try the bread taste too… don’t know, not good. I eat them plain. Could it be the toppings make them better? almond butter? the bananas? or perhaps my bread is not good for french toasts :(

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8 KathEats April 5, 2013 at 10:36 am

I think you have to start with excellent bread! Are you using simple grocery store loaves? Try something from a local bakery? You have to love the bread plain to love the French toast 100%

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9 Liz April 5, 2013 at 10:41 am

ALWAYS bread from local bakery. Will give it a try with another kind of bread. Maybe will get some rye bread today and add some bananas like you do. Bananas look golden-great in your pics! Thanks Kath!

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10 KathEats April 5, 2013 at 10:45 am
11 Kristin April 5, 2013 at 2:53 pm

French toast tips I can’t help but share! I’ve read and experimented and found that what matters most is whether or not you soak the bread in the custard mixture long enough. Use 2 eggs, 1 Tbsp milk, dash of cinnamon, and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Soak the bread for at least 30 seconds on each side and cook until it’s golden brown on the outside. I’ve also read that day-old bread is best because it’s more dry, so it soaks up the liquid better.

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12 Deb @ Dietitian Debbie Dishes April 5, 2013 at 10:53 am

Your eats always look so delicious! I was happy to pick up some strawberries last weekend too! It’s been so long since I had eaten them fresh! Spring may be here yet! I have a craving for risotto now…

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13 CaitlinHTP April 5, 2013 at 11:08 am

Risotto is the best – for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

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14 Sarah (The Simple Dietitian) April 5, 2013 at 11:47 am

I kind of love eating a ton of the same thing over and over until finally it’s gone and by that point I’m so tired of it that it’s a good thing. ;) This happens to me with BLUEBERRIES each year. It’s hard to believe a person could grow tired of them, but I literally eat a ton of them at breakfast, lunch, dinner…I’m surprised I don’t turn blue by the end of the blueberry season. ;) And then it’s on to fresh apples, starting the cycle all over again. I love going through cycles of food obsession/overabundance. :D

(p.s. THANKS for the camera suggestions/tips on the last post…I really appreciate it. I’ll be looking for a good deal on the Mark 5D II. :D )

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15 Taylor April 5, 2013 at 11:50 am

This all looks so delicious! The dressing on the green beans sounds amazing, did you just roast them?

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16 KathEats April 5, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Sauteed

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17 Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl April 5, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Love the idea of panko shrimp! All of your eats look delicous, especially the breakfasts; which is MY favorite meal of the day!

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18 sara @ fitcupcaker April 5, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Love to see the french toast in your life lol…Ive been definitely diggin the strawberries. I packed some of those plus blueberries, cottage cheese and almonds for my snack later, yum!

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19 Joshua Hampton (Cooking Classes San Diego) April 5, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Interesting pics you’ve got here. We just picked some strawberries from the farmers’ market yesterday and we’re loving it. I have no problems eating straight out of a yogurt container, or any container at that. But then again, I’m not fussy, and whatever saves me from washing a ton of dishes will work. I really love the pics. Thanks for sharing them.

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20 Susan H @ The Food Allergy Chronicles April 5, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Still experiencing flurries here in Southern Ontario…waiting patiently for our strawberry season to begin. :)

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21 Kate April 5, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Funny how fruit seasons differ in different parts of the county. Here in Florida, strawberry season is in February and is totally over by the middle of March :)

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22 cathy April 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Mmmmm that green bean dressing sounds delish!

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23 Shel@PeachyPalate April 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm

I haven’t had Justins in ages…I got to the end of the jar and it’s a little dry, must try giving it a little heat in the microwave! Seriously need to get my hands on some Wild Friends..! Love the hunk of bread on the dinner plate…balanced with the greens :)

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24 Sarah April 5, 2013 at 1:35 pm

The French toast looks delicious! I think it’s a bit early for strawberries in Virginia. It was snowing here yesterday! :)

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25 jodea @ chillichocolatelove.com April 5, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Ha ha! Great work getting it used up. I hate wasting food.

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26 Tina April 5, 2013 at 2:42 pm

The risotto cakes look just delicious. I’m especially loving the panko shrimp with the asparagus and my favorite almonds. I’m working on a grocery store list and it looks like I’m going to have to add a few things!

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27 Lisa @bitesforbabies April 5, 2013 at 3:59 pm

If you love strawberries youngsters want to try my agave, lime macerated strawberries! ;-)

http://www.bitesforbabies.com/recipes/agave-lime-macerated-strawberries/

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28 Lisa @bitesforbabies April 5, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Don’t know where “youngsters” came from!!!! I meant, “you!” (Damn auto-correct!!! Lol! Lol!)

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29 Danielle April 5, 2013 at 4:35 pm

My sister was reading over my shoulder and when she read “Wild Squirrel” she freaked. I had to tell her that it was nut butter and not real squirrel…after I stopped laughing!

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30 Mary Catherine April 5, 2013 at 4:56 pm

It’s crazy to see you eating an Egg for breakfast, Kath! ;)

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31 KathEats April 5, 2013 at 6:27 pm

I know! Since baby ive been craving them. Hence all the French toast

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32 Jerry Romine April 5, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Your salads look amazing! Also from a photographer’s standpoint I love the rustic wood table in your pictures.

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33 Diana @ Eating Made Easy April 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Overnight oats are the best! We recently made some with my leftover PB&Co white chocolate wonderful! mm mm! http://eating-made-easy.com/2012/11/26/quick-and-healthy-breakfast-overnight-oats-in-a-jar/

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34 Aja April 5, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Those strawberries look really good. I always love your breakfasts. They’re so creative.

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35 Mommypage April 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm

The toast with Wild Friends sounds amazing! Do you have any favorite flavors? I remember they have quiet a variety so I’m curious which ones you recommend.

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36 KathEats April 5, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Chocolate coconut!

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37 Kristen @ Change of Pace April 5, 2013 at 8:43 pm

I’ve been doing a paleo diet for awhile now… About 6 months or so? I don’t really miss things until I read your blog and I read it all the time haha! I bought a couple containers of local strawberries the other day and between my kids and I they are gone. They were already so sweet and yummy :)

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38 The Mrs. @ Kitchen Doesn't Travel April 5, 2013 at 9:10 pm

I miss strawberries so much!! I developed an allergy to them as an adult and now I break out in a mean rash if I so much as look at them. :(. I LOVE that panko shrimp idea, though! I’m definitely going to give that one a try!

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39 Jola April 6, 2013 at 2:58 am

I Germany, we still have to wait a few weeks until we can by local strawberries. The winter has been so cold and long this year, even the asparagus is late :(

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40 Bruna @morgbu April 6, 2013 at 9:26 am

Yay for yummy meal ideas :)

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41 Kieran April 6, 2013 at 10:18 am

Kath, I have a question about sweeteners. Do you think agave nectar is okay to eat? I heard from Dr. Ann Kulze, the wellness guru, that it’s not. She will occasionally use blackstrap molasses to sweeten her oatmeal–if at all. Usually, if she sweetens anything, like her yogurt, it’s with fruit.

I noticed that the Wild Friends nut butters are sweetened with agave nectar, so that’s why I have been reluctant to buy them. I couldn’t find an ingredients list on their website to see which ones don’t have agave. I know I won’t ever start using it–I try to avoid all sweeteners except an occasional teaspoon of honey or brown sugar on my oatmeal. But I’m curious what your thinking is on agave.

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42 KathEats April 6, 2013 at 5:55 pm

I think it’s ok in moderation – like most things. But I didn’t realize Wild Friends used it? This might be the new formulation I’ve heard talk of??

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43 Kieran April 6, 2013 at 8:57 pm

I read it on their website. I think it was under the FAQ section.

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44 Danielle April 7, 2013 at 10:21 am

I have been using agave in replace of honey (I had a weird reaction last fall and honey was the only thing I could link it to even though the allergist said you can’t be allergic to honey). I thought it was better than using white sugar. Is there something that would be better to use?

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45 KathEats April 7, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Really sugar is sugar – honey, maple, white sugar, brown sugar, agave – just use what you like.

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46 Lilly April 7, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Yes sugar is sugar, but white sugar is a lot more refined and processed than honey or maple syrup.

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47 Live Love Yum Well April 7, 2013 at 9:19 am

Kieran – Agave is high in fructose. It’s “benefits” were blown way out of proportion and its really no healthier than other forms of sugar.

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48 zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth April 6, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Our strawberry season in England is summer which is why they are associated with Wimbledon which is the end of June and beginning of July. Do you add a dressing to your salads? I like the look of them but they seem a bit dry to me e.g. the salad with the no bull burger. I would want to add a dressing and am wondering if you do.

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49 KathEats April 6, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Olive oil and honey!

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50 Lisa April 6, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Love your lately posts. :)

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51 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 6, 2013 at 6:54 pm

I can’t believe it’s already strawberry season for you guys – we have to wait until June! It’s so cold here still that the trees don’t even have buds yet. :P

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52 Joao April 6, 2013 at 8:36 pm

Kath, I’ve posted in other publication, but I think you haven’t seen it…

Kath,
I’m a huge fan of your blog and even more of the oatmeals ! However, I Always had a GIANT doubt: oatmeal its engordative? I know that every food which you eat in excess can acumulate fat, but oatmeal has a lot of calories and your delicious recipes includes some ingredientes as nuts or peanut butter that also contribute to increase the calorical amount… I’m very active (love gym, cycling, running and swimming…) but I would like that you explain to me how oatmeal fits in your diet and if its possible the nutritional info of a bowl, because sometimes I do a miserable oatmeal with 3 spoons of rolled oats and milk, afraiding that if I improve my breakfast I could exceed my daily amount of calories…

Thank you and congratulations !!!

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53 Britta April 6, 2013 at 8:58 pm

So many delicious eats! No matter how hard I try, my overnight oats never ever look quite as good as yours! And well, all your food actually. Delicious :)

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54 jenna k April 6, 2013 at 9:54 pm

strawberries- yum! i thought about buying them last week, because it was the first time i’d seen the go on sale since before winter, but then i forgot. i can’t wait until they’re a little cheaper all the time this summer!

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55 Ana Lydia April 7, 2013 at 6:16 am

Wow! Yummy! I love all your strawberry combinations, especially the one with Justin’s Maple Almond butter, I am a strawberry fan too and made strawberry romanoff yesterday for dessert. I love it :)

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56 Rebecca King April 7, 2013 at 6:44 am

You always have the most wonderful looking food pics!! And strawberries are my favorite!

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57 jen April 7, 2013 at 6:44 am

Kath, How bike friendly is C-ville? Are there any bike paths?

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58 KathEats April 7, 2013 at 9:16 am

Very bike friend, but there aren’t a huge amount of lanes. You almost always have to ride with the traffic at times

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59 Virginia S. April 7, 2013 at 11:35 am

One of my favorite times of the year – fresh strawberries! Love risotto too, great pics, keep up the good work.

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60 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs April 7, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Those strawberries look delicious — yum!
As does the rest of your food, of course :)

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61 shay @ myhotelyorba April 7, 2013 at 4:51 pm

I LOVE your photography!! Where can I get Justin’s Maple Butter. I live in GA.

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62 Sabrina @ Nutritiously Sweet April 7, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Gosh your eats are simply amazing!

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63 Melany April 8, 2013 at 3:07 am

It is great to have fruits in the morning. Any seasonal fruits will do. Usually I just cut them, add cream and start my day with a fruit salad!

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64 nourishmovelive April 8, 2013 at 4:46 am

beautiful photo’s as always Kath, balanced, nourishing and have left me feeling peckish!! x

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65 Liz @ iheartvegetables April 8, 2013 at 7:11 am

I looooove risotto! I don’t always have the patience to make it, but I love it! ;)

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66 Allyson April 8, 2013 at 11:31 am

Hi Kath, What makes your hard boiled eggs so bright and beautiful?! Is it the type of egg you buy or how you prepare it? Maybe a little of both? My last batch were slightly grey, and i’ve never had any as bright yellow as yours!

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67 KathEats April 8, 2013 at 11:32 am

It’s probably a little of both, but here’s my technique! http://www.katheats.com/julia-childs-eggs

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68 Ellie@Fit for the Soul April 8, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Uhhhh don’t know which food/dish I want the most. Everything looks amazing and your pictures always make everything look so enticing <33

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69 Sabrina @ Living, Learning, Eating April 12, 2013 at 4:59 pm

That french toast looks amazing! I need to make that tomorrow :)

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70 Liliana April 14, 2013 at 2:10 pm

The strawberries look to die for and the salads seem very tasty too I have to try at least one of them.

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71 David April 18, 2013 at 11:58 am

Guess what I’m going to have for breakfast tomorrow morning? Yummy yummy French toast with banana. How have you cooked your banana’s as I normally just slice them?

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72 Neil Butterfield April 30, 2013 at 8:50 am

I agree with Shay, your photos are incredible. Is that coffee in the mug? It looks amazing.

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73 Linda September 11, 2013 at 4:20 pm

These are some great ideas for breakfast, after all it is the most important meal of the day.

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