Monday, December 6, 2010

E: Toast & Tons of Baking

Unlike my lazyyyy Saturday, my Sunday was super productive! I got up and went for a nice long walk and then headed to a blogger brunch at Toast.

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Although their breakfast menu is a little limited, the food was good and the service was EXCELLENT.

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Mandi ordered up an omelet and coffee:

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And I ordered up their oatmeal. Their oatmeal comes with tons of side offerings. I went with frothed skim milk, raisins, banana and wheat toast:

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It was super tasty! Although we had plans for a larger meet up, it ended up just being Katie, Kerr, Mandi & I. BUT we had a blast chatting it up. Katie & Kerr:

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Me & Mandi:

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Thanks for the good time ladies!

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When I got home, I got down to business. Lots of cleaning and TONS of baking. I had to bake up some treats to send out with our Christmas gifts, as well as to send to my secret blogger.  First up, my big oatmeal chocolate chip cookies:

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I also used Andes chips:

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To make Double Chocolate Mint Chip cookies:

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And last but not least, I baked up granola:

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I hope my blogger likes her treats :). Once I was done with my baking, I ran out to get a flu shot. Did y’all get one yet?

Josh had his friend Jeremy over for football time, so I made them up at big batch of pulled pork:

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While I had a big brinner bowl (eggs, peppers, onion, sweet potato and a side of fruit). Breakfast twice in one day? Perfect :)

What are you looking forward to this week?


Lauren said...

Such a nice blogger brunch. I often fear of ordering oatmeal out because it never meet my expectations. Only the baked oatmeal I get at this one little cafe I will ever order oatmeal.

Glad you had a wonderful weekend and got your flu shot! :)

And all of those amazing treats makes me wish I was your secret santa!!! :)

Nisrine | Dinners and Dreams said...

It looks like a lovely place and you look like you had a good time.

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I always love to see where you and blog friends will go next! You guys always seem to pick delicious-sounding places! :-)
And there's nothing better than a productive baking day--everything looks fabulous!

Stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

You're a baking machine! Everything looks great, including the pulled pork for the guys! Hope you have a great start to the week girl :)

Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said...

Fun blogger meet up!!

This is our last week of the semester, so I am DEFINITELY looking forward to that :-)

Anonymous said...

Looks like ya'll had an awesome blogger brunch!!!!!!!! Wish more food bloggers lived in South America....=P
Your secret blogger is suuuper lucky....all of those cookies look fabulous.

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather said...

I love brinner! Your baking and cleaning day sounds a lot like how mine was! I bet your secret blogger will love the treats, they look so good!

Glad you had such a great weekend Erica :)

Renee Paj said...

Oh my flu shot in October!! Wouldn't go without! :)

Looks like you got some serious baking done. Been snowing here a bit everyday since last Wednesday, so it's really putting me into the holiday baking spirit. :)

Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) said...

I love Andes mints! Had no idea they made baking chips as well! Awesome! Will have to use them in a recipe! All your baked goods look so good - I'm sure your blogger will love them!

Glad you had a nice blogger brunch! Looks like fun!

Jenna said...

Oatmeal with raisins is such a winning combination. Looks like you had the perfect little weekend. :)

I'm looking forward to a four day work week and a holiday get together on Wednesday night.

Corey @ the runner's cookie said...

You are a baking machine!! The cookies and granola look delicious :)
I used Andes in some cookies last week and they turned out great.
This week I'm looking forward to baking some yummy cookies tonight or tomorrow for the exchange, and to a dinner party I'm hosting on Saturday!

Kerr said...

yummy mint cookies! I am going to make those soon. I love mint.

had fun at brunch!

Faith said...

What a fun brunch, everything looks delicious! There's nothing like baking to get in the holiday mood...your cookies look wonderful and love those Andes chips!

Julie said...

i just realized i read this this morning and then never commented haha i think i got distracted by groupon. um HELLO fun meetup! sometimes smaller ones are more fun because then you really get to know someone! your big oatmeal cookies never fail to make me want honkin chocolate chips! annnnd now i'm hungry for lunch haha which i'm going to make right this minute.

have a great week girl :) lots of loveeeee!

Anonymous said...

What granola recipe did you use? I'm looking for a good one to use as gifts for coworkers!!

And your secret santa will DEFINITELY love those gifts. My mom will freak when she finds out Andes makes baking chips!

Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

love your meetup pics!

and of course, all the baking you did for your secret santa is awesome...lucky lady whoever it is!

and i love that you and josh have diff eating paths and that you post his meals, unapologetically...amen girl. Wish it was that easy for me..i get quite a few, ahem, comments when I post scott's!

teresa said...

what a cute group of bloggers! the cookies look awesome. my oven is broken right now which is killing me, i want to bake so bad!

Tracey said...

I'm looking forward to getting my house organized and decorating our tree!

Dawn (HealthySDLiving) said...

I think I have breakfast more than once a day 3-4 days a week! :P So good!

Paige (Running Around Normal) said...

Toast sounds delicious - at least what you ordered does :)
Those cookies look fantastic too. Lucky Secret Blogger ;)

erica said...

Looks like you had a fun brunch! I wish I lived by bloggers that I was able to do that with. All the goodies you made look absolutely wonderful!


Naomi(Onefitfoodie) said...

omg frothed milk is SUCH a good idea on the side of oatmeal!!!! I may steal that in the future :)

LOVE those cookies I would crumble one right on my oatmeal!!!

have a great Monday girlie!!!

Susan said...

Aww fun meetup!

Question since I trust your expert opinion: what is restaurant oatmeal like? I'm always hesitant to order it!

This weekend I'm looking forward to decorating the tree!

Beth @ DiningAndDishing said...

oh silly me! i was in charleston this weekend on my vacation. i would have loved to have met you ladies while i was in town! looks like it was a fun meet up. next time!! :)

The Blonde Duck said...

I love having breakfast twice in a day.

Simply Life said...

oh my gosh, those cookies look incredible!

Amanda said...

those cookies look sooo good! I wish I was your secret Santa!

I made 100 oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for a cookie exchange. It's crazy how many I have!

Lea @ Healthy Coconut said...

Your blogger is so lucky to receive your treats. I made your peanut butter cookies last a loonnnnnggg time, I should have froze them but when I remembered to do it, I finished it already, but I shared too :)

I missed my blogger meet-up this week :( but yours looked fun. Sometimes when the meet-up is smaller, you can chat longer with each person.

Hope your Monday is going well.

BroccoliHut said...

I'm looking forward to going home on Friday!!

Tina Marie Frawley said...

Gosh! We remember Toast when it was "Diana's Tropical Toast." It was AMAZING then...I think it suffered a bit when it changed hands.

I received my blogger baker box today!! So exciting :) I'll be shipping mine out tomorrow. I'll be at the cafe Tuesday, Thursday, and for the weekend! Hope to see you and Mandi then.

Ann Claire said...

Looks like a fun blogger brunch! You can never go wrong with oatmeal :)
Those cookies look yummy!

Anonymous said...

Still such a machine in the kith sweet Erica!!! :) You and Mandi have such a good thing going here! xoxox

MizFit said...

love your blogger brunches.
around here it always seems to be blogger HAPPY HOURS and Im stuck home with the five year old :)
shall I switch genres?

I mightcould be a foodie, right?

Krista said...

I bet those Andes chips rocked in the cookies! I haven't got my flu shot. And I should b/c of my asthma. *blush*

Holly said...

ha! Great minds DO think alike! Love the mint chips in those cookies. :-) What a fun blogger meet up, too! Seeing all your baking is making me want to get started on some, too....

Yum Yucky said...

I'd like to focus on those cookies, please... (and no, I have NOT cut up any fruit lately, so don't ask)

Aggie said...

Oh those oatmeal cookies are screaming at me! I love oatmeal cookies! Love the blogger meetup! :) Fun!!

Holly said...

i *LOVE* blog meet-ups! so much fun :)