Busy, busy day! But so fun! Let’s start with the run.
My run this morning was one of my best runs–not necessarily for time, but just in general. The weather was perfect. It was a little chilly when I was standing on my parents’ driveway waiting for my GPS watch to start, but once I started running, the cool weather was great. I had also forgotten how much easier it is to run in Indiana than Milwaukee. For one thing, Indiana is flat; that was a welcome change. Also, the wind here is normal. It blows in one direction, so if it is against you one way, it will be with you on the way back. This is as opposed to Milwaukee’s crazy lake wind that is always against you. I ran through my neighborhood twice and ended up back at my parents’ at 4 miles exactly. Perfect morning run.
After I got back in the house, the craziness started. Wondering what the event was today? My sister’s bridal shower! Her and I both came home for the weekend to celebrate her big day with some of our close family friends.
I have to admit, this was originally inspired by Pinterest, but all the recipes I saw on there called for typical bruschetta ingredients. Don’t get me wrong, those are some of my favorite flavors, but not with strawberries. So I made my super simple, 4-ingredient version — french baguette, strawberry cream cheese, strawberries (cut and sprinkled with Splenda to sit in the fridge overnight), and fresh mint. Several people mentioned that the mint gave it a great punch, so I would highly recommend them for your next event.
Along with the strawberry bruschetta, I also made a sausage and egg bake (recipe below), and a pistachio orange bread adapted from this Sunny Anderson recipe.
The food at the shower was all amazing! In addition to my contributions, we had almond poppyseed bread, vanilla butternut cookies, snickerdoodle muffins, spinach quiche, quiche lorraine, fruit salad, and mimosas!
It was definitely a great spread.
Everyone seemed to have a good time playing “guess the movie quote,” “who knows the most about Susan” game, and watching Susan open her presents.
Check this one out:
It also came with these beer mugs and pilsner glasses. Super cute!
Also, look at the lovely ribbon bouquet Amanda and Katie make for Susan with the ribbons from her presents.
It was great to catch up with some family members and family friends I haven’t seen in awhile and now I’m definitely super excited to see everyone at the wedding in a few weeks.
Afterwards, we brought home the leftovers, which means I’m getting myself a plate of that egg bake for a little snack (we already polished off the mimosas ).
Happy Bridal Shower Day, Susan!
Sausage and Egg Bake (adapted from this Our Best Bites recipe):
1 30-oz package of shredded hashbrowns, thawed
2 c shredded colby jack cheese
1 pound of ground breakfast sausage, browned
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp dry mustard
If not using a nonstick pan, spray a 9×13 pan with nonstick spray. Spread the hashbrowns evenly along the bottom of the pan and press down to pack it into place.
Spread the cheese over the hashbrowns, then spread the browned sausage evenly over the cheese.
Whisk the eggs and seasonings, then pour over the hashbrowns, cheese, and sausage.
Cover well and place in the refrigerator overnight.
When you are ready to bake the casserole, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Uncover the casserole and bake for 50 minutes.