Peach Blueberry Breakfast Crisp + Reid’s Preview

I didn’t get a lot of movie suggestions on my previous post (Liv did say: Love and Other Impossible Pursuits), but I keep hearing (via the blog, Facebook, twitter and friends) that the Something Borrowed book series is really good. It must be if everyone keeps saying that! Maybe I need to read them next?!

On to Sunday…

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I’ve been having fun cooking for my sister since she keeps requesting things she’s seen on the blog. Yay for family reading your blog!

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On Sunday, she requested a breakfast crisp.

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Since I had just picked up some fresh peaches at the farmer’s market, I decided to do one of my fave combos – peach/blueberry!

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Peach Blueberry Individual Breakfast Crisp

Peach Blueberry Crisp taste just like summer! I love using farmer’s market fruits in this simple breakfast dish. Unlike dessert crisps, this one is lighter on sugar and oil/butter. It’s also heavy on the oats so you get a decent grain serving. And did I mention this is an easy way to work fruits into your daily eats? Oh yes. I do this for you, dear reader. ;) Bake this for breakfast tomorrow! The dish mixes together quickly and you can finish getting ready for the day while it bakes away.

*Vegan if you use vegan substitute for the butter*

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 peach – cleaned, pitted, and chopped (I used fresh, but frozen should work)
  • 1-2 tablespoons blueberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1/2 tsp sucanat (or brown sugar – optional if you want your fruit mixture sweeter than the natural sweetness of the fruits)
  • 1/4 tsp tapioca starch (or corn starch)
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp flour (I used spelt, but any will do)
  • 1 tsp sucanat (or brown sugar)
  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • pinch salt
  • dash cinnamon (optional)
  • bit of butter (about 1/4 tsp – optional)
  • sprinkling of chopped pecans (about 1 tbsp)
  • non-stick spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prep baking dish with non-stick spray (I used a 4″ round ramekin).
  2. In a medium bowl, mix peaches, blueberries, sucanat (if using) and tapioca starch. Pour into baking dish.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix oats, flour, sucanat, oil, salt, cinnamon (I rinsed out my mixing bowl and reused it for the topping – one less dish = easier clean up!). Pour topping over berries.
  4. If you’re using it, dab small pieces of butter over topping and sprinkle nuts over topping.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until top is lightly browned and peach/berry mixture just bubbles at the sides.
  6. Enjoy!

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Breakfast Crisps are a great and delicious way to get fruit and whole grains in your breakfast.

By the way, here’s a recipe for a mixed berry version!

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After breakfast, my sister and I headed out to meet some girlfriends at the pool. It was glorious soaking up the sun, enjoying the cool pool water, chatting it up with the girls, and just relaxing. I forgot to take photos, though…doh!

I did manage to take some iPhone photos of our next couple of adventures – lunch at a must-see Charlotte restaurant and a preview of a not-so-new “grocery store.” Read on for dets…

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I took my sister to The Cowfish since it’s awesome and I had a Living Social deal for the place that was about to expire.

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Sis and I both got unsweetened mango teas and they were perfectly refreshing since we were dining al fresco.

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We also tried the chicken satay. The app was great, but if you’re visiting Cowfish, I suggest getting one of their more unique appetizers. You can get chicken satay almost anywhere! But you can’t get ahi tuna tacos or deconstructed crab rangoons as dip.

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I got my usual – the bento box.

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I never thought I’d like sushi and burgers in the same meal so much, but it’s a match made in heaven.

As always, lunch and service were wonderful.

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And for dessert on the hot Sunday, we hit up Yoforia. I got tart and pomegranate with strawberries, kiwi, blueberries, coconut and my now must-have topping – mochi!

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And since we were in the neighborhood, I thought I’d pay a visit to the newly opened Reid’s Fine Foods. Reid’s used to be open uptown, but closed awhile back. Everyone was very sad as the place was a beloved establishment for the locals. But now, it’s back in business!

Inside, they had lots of fresh produce, a small frozen foods section, a small refrigerated foods section, plenty of locally made products and fancy imports.

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They still have their famous butcher shop (I spotted Grateful Growers products in there!).

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Plus, they have a nice selection of prepared foods.

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They also have a large selection of cheeses and wines.

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And they now have a wine bar. You can order wines by the glass here. They have half off glasses on a couple days of the week (I think Monday and Thursday, but don’t quote me!). In addition, they have wine tastings and cooking classes!

I’m so glad to see Reid’s back in busines, and I hope they and other small, local businesses continue to thrive. Go local!

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While we were waiting for our lunch table to be ready, sis and I visited Crate and Barrel. Sis bought me these 2 mini bowls. Aren’t they cute?

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She also got me a fun new food ingredient – Sweet Potato Butter! I’m thinking this is going to get mixed into some oats pretty soon. Yum-ee!!

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Inspirational quote of the day:

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” ~Oprah Winfrey

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Next time on The Chic Life – homemade BBQ sauce experimenting, Bailey and the “sprinkler”, and a June Challenge preview!! :)

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Reader question #1: How do you support local businesses?

Reader question #2: What’s your favorite fruit to eat for breakfast? Do you think it would taste good in a Breakfast Crisp?

Peachy-Keen Breakfast + Theo Pink Salted Caramel Review

Howdy folks! Hope you’re all having a spectacular week!

Wedding Bliss

I, myself, am getting more and more excited for my trip this weekend. I haven’t said much about it, but I think I mentioned yesterday that the wedding is for my oldest best friend. Oldest as in years I’ve known her. I moved around quite a bit when I was younger and when I was around 7 or 8, we moved to yet another new neighborhood in Orlando, FL. Shortly after moving in, a little girl in our neighborhood stopped by with a plate of no-bake peanut butter and jelly cookies. And the rest is history. We instantly became best friends, which was really convenient since we both lived in the same cul-de-sac, just 2 houses away from each other. We took piano lessons together and visited theme parks together (especially the water parks! love those!) and just had a blast…till a couple short years later when my family decided to move back to SC. *sad face*

My friend and I vowed to spend two weeks together each year so we could stay in touch, but that eventually fizzled out.

Well, fast forward many years and around 2005, I decided to google my dear friend and would you know it…she was in NC for school! She actually lived just a couple miles away from hubby’s mom and was taking a class from his aunt! Small world!

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I found my friend, Serena, just in time to have her be a co-maid of honor in my wedding and now, I’m going to be a bridesmaid in hers!!!

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The photo of my bridesmaid dress was one hint and this weather report is another. Check out the weather report for the wedding destination for the weekend. It’s going to be gorgeous! Know where I’m going yet?

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While I’m super pumped about the wedding, I’m really sad to be leaving this little guy behind. He never gets to go on the cool trips! Luckily, my family will be taking care of him this weekend, so I know he’ll be in good hands.

(Think I could sneak Bailey into my carry-on? heehee)

Wednesday Eats

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My Take Out Oops from last night (click) brought me a fantabulous breakfast of a Flying Biscuit Oatmeal pancake with peach topping. Sooo good…I feel a new obsession coming on.

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Hot coffee.

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Morningstar “sausage” on the side for extra TFB effect (TFB is the first place I had a non-meat “sausage”)

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I re-heated my pancake in the oven for a crispy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside texture.

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Did I mention this peach topping is delicious. *drool*

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Thanks to my ankle, I wore sneaker to work today. I don’t really think that many people noticed. My ankle is actually feeling pretty good today…I almost wanted to work out on it, but I want to ensure I rest enough for it to be 100% rather than push myself too far, too soon.

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Lunch was basically a repeat of yesterday.

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A big organic salad with dressing leftover from last night. Hey, waste not, want not. That dressing was delicious! I need to try to re-create it!

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Southwestern Quinoa Salad.

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Spelt toast (no topping). I need to get some jelly or something to keep at work, right?

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Heeey Minneola!

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It was cold in the office today, but luckily I was prepared. I bundled up in a Patagonia blanket I keep at my desk. The only problem is that I usually still need to type on my keyboard, so my arms/hands tend to stay cold.

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I swung by Great Harvest on my way home from work and got some treats for me and hubby and sampled their spinach bread. Dee-lish! I need me some of this!

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I dug into my first snack immediately – a mini cinnamon roll…yuuuum!

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Matt swung by today to help hubby bottle his home-brew and brought us a loaf of sourdough. Thanks Matt!!

I was going to incorporate the bread into dinner plans till hubby ordered pizza.

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I had two slices of cheese before I decided that I just HAD to have some of the sourdough.

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You try saying no to this! Nothing beats fresh-baked bread!

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I had a piece and a half (hubby asked for a bite) with some real butter.

Nice balanced, carb-aholic, dinner…riiiiight? hehe Some veggies would have been nice, but…oh well.

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Post dinner, we dug into our other GH treat – a split blondie.

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The blondie tasted almost like it wasn’t quite cooked through all the way, so I baked it for an extra 5 minutes.

The extra bake-time helped a little bit, but I wasn’t a fan of this one. Some people like the really dense, squishy center, but it’s not my thing. Now, those berry oat bran muffins…I am still infatuated with those. Yum!

Theo Pink Salted Caramel Review

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And, as if I didn’t have enough desserts today, I also decided to sample one of those Theo caramels I requested recently.

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Aren’t these Theo Chocolate Pink Salted Vanilla Caramels in Dark Chocolate gorgey?!

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I’m ready for my close-up Mr. Demille. ;)

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The verdict: delicious! It’s true what they say – that the salt accentuates the flavor of the caramel. The caramel was lovely and tender and was just the right amount of sweet. The dark chocolate was a nice, subtle shell for the main event – that fabulous caramel. I liked how the salt was nice and coarse so you could really taste it and get a good feel for the crunchy texture. This was a lovely marriage of savory and sweet. I think that these caramels would be best for the slightly more refined palate or the more adventurous eater or if you just want to give the gift of extra special sweets. Ooh la la! Click here to check out Theo’s other caramel flavors or to purchase the pink-salted vanilla flavor.

Thanks to Theo Chocolate for the samples! I’m moving on to the Orange Dark Chocotate next!

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