Jac o' lyn Murphy

Friday, September 22, 2017

Breakfast in Box - College Care Package

Of course, college has been an adjustment for my daughter.
New environment, new friends, no car, no 24 hour kitchen...
One of the things she misses from home is breakfast.
She doesn't always make it to the cafeteria in time to get a morning meal 
so her latest care package is-
Breakfast in Box!

A gift full of some of her favorite things 
that she can enjoy in her room and will brighten her day...

Grandma Murphy's Coffee Cake, as always, steals the show.
It is a staple at any holiday we celebrate, hostess gift we give, brunch we host.
You can find the details and recipe here.

There is not always fresh fruit readily available in the dorm.
My "California girl" longs for oranges!
Can't you see the "a-peel" in having a bowl in your dorm room?

The Dunkin Donuts in her college town is over 2 miles away so,
bottled brew will have to do...

French Toast and tea are 2 of her to go indulgences at home.
David's Tea combines them both into an amazing cup of joy...

Every girl likes new cozy pajamas, hopefully these will sweeten her dreams.

They always say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
I think it is the best gift too!

Do you think she will notice that a few slices of cake didn't make it in the package?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

What's for lunch? Caprese Soup!

Caprese Salad is a staple around here.
The tomato and basil plants my son has in our garden are all overflowing 
and it seems to be a side dish multiple times a week.

Today for lunch I thought I would give my basil, tomatoes and mozzerella
 a little heat and turn it into soup.
Introducing the Caprese Soup...

I filled my bowl with halved cherry tomatoes...

a handful of bocconcini mozzarella that I bought marinated in oil, herbs and vinegar...

I grabbed the basil and threw in about 7 leaves...

then poured in pipping hot vegetable stock...

and topped with rustic, crispy croutons.

It's amazing that all the same ingredients 
can taste so different in a soup.
It is light and fresh yet filling and satisfying.

and oh boy, when than cheese melts...

It is mmmm good!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Cheeseburger Hash browns

My dad loves a "greasy spoon".  
He loves a small, mom and pop diner with a griddle in the forefront, 
serving amazing breakfasts and burgers. 
He is famous for ordering hash browns with his cheeseburgers instead of french fries,
so we honored him recently with our Cheeseburger Hash browns 
(and also because I forgot to buy buns!)

Start with a crispy hash brown...

top with lettuce...


garden ripe tomatoes...


then pickles and add your favorite condiments...

and your order is up.

I may never buy buns again!

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