New at Chick-fil-A Boone: the Hashbrown Scramble Bowl and Burrito

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Just in time to kick off the new school year, Chick-fil-A is introducing two new hearty breakfast options made fresh each morning: the Hash Brown Scramble Bowl and Hash Brown Scramble Burrito. These all-in-one breakfasts combine crispy hash browns topped with scrambled eggs and cheese and your choice of sausage or sliced Chick-fil-A® Nuggets. This meal is available as a bowl or burrito rolled in a warm flour tortilla, and is served with jalapeño salsa on the side.

We encourage you to stop in and try one of these new breakfast entrees for yourself.

Tasty Tuesday: Frittata Bites

Any time my husband is off work for a holiday, we eat GREAT breakfasts. Yesterday was no exception. The initial idea for these tasty little individual vegetable frittatas came from FatPhat Girl’s tumblr site. Once we got started, though, we just kept finding new variations to try. These frittatas can be tailored to exactly how you or your guests want to eat.

Platter of frittata bites

Individual Frittata Bites

We used roughly 2 eggs, 2 T. browned ground sausage and 1 ounce of grated cheese per person. The vegetables we used included the following:

  • red bell peppers
  • green bell peppers
  • yellow bell peppers
  • red onions
  • yellow onions
  • jalapeno peppers
  • medium-sized mushrooms

Before we started just cutting up veggies, we determined how we wanted to use each veggie. We cut 1/2 inch wide rings of the peppers and the onions. We cut round holes out of the center of the mushrooms. Those gave us the little  “holders” for the frittata bites. We diced up the other parts of the veggies to a very fine size.

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The more you can do ahead of time for these little frittata bites, the easier they are to make in the morning. Most of the chopping can be done ahead of time. You can even whisk the eggs together and refrigerate if you want to.

When it comes time to cook them, start by spraying your skillet with either nonstick spray or olive oil. While the pan is heating up, whisk together:

  • 2 eggs per person
  • about 2 T. minced veggies per person
  • 1/2 t. minced garlic per person
  • 2 T. browned, ground sausage per person
  • salt and pepper
  • about 1 ounce of grated cheese per person (we used grated cheddar, asiago, and parmesan!)
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Arrange the rings of peppers, onions, and mushrooms in the skillet. Leave just a little room between them in case there’s leakage when you pour the egg mixture in.

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VERY carefully spoon the egg mixture in to each ring, filling them to the top. Cook on medium low until the eggs are starting to set up. Flip and brown the other side. Both sides of these frittata bites should be golden brown when you’re done.

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We didn’t take the time to try this today, but I suspect that you could also bake these frittata bites in the oven if you’re doing large quantities of them. We also discussed that these would be fun to let everyone choose their own ingredients and make individualized frittatas to order.

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Serve a variety of vegetables on each plate. These were just delicious. If you’re feeding anyone who is trying to stick to a low-carb diet, this a great breakfast option. You can leave out the meat for your vegetarian friends and you can skip the cheese for your lactose-intolerant guests. If you make a bunch of these, they also keep warm in a shallow baking dish in a 150° oven. Cover them loosely with a sheet of aluminum foil while they’re warming.

I served these little frittata bites with some wedges of homemade pumpkin bread for a super scrumptious breakfast…okay, I’ll admit it, it was probably BRUNCH by the time we all ate!

These would also go well with a slice of toast made from bread from Stick Boy Bread Company. Check out their newsletter for the latest goodies.

Barb  

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Tasty Tuesday: Miniature Souffles

I’ve written before about our favorite Panera Bread knockoff, Breakfast Souffles, but this week I found another, EASY Breakfast Souffle recipe that I can’t resist. I had the privilege of spending a couple of days getting pampered by my Auntie Shirl this past week. Over the years, Auntie Shirl has shared some of the most amazing recipes with me; she’s always on the lookout for fabulous food that tastes delicious, looks beautiful, or is incredibly clever. This Miniature Souffle recipe is all three of those things!

Cheese Souffle

Auntie Shirl’s Make-ahead and Freeze Individual Souffles

  • 2 T. butter
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. black pepper
  • 1/4 t. dry mustard
  • 1/4 t. garlic powder (optional)
  • 1 c. milk
  • 10 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese (and this recipe would also be amazing with bleu cheese, swiss, smoky gouda….the possibilities are endless!)
  • 6 eggs, separated

In a large, heavy saucepan, melt the butter and remove from the burner. Whisk in flour, salt, pepper, mustard, and garlic powder. Slowly whisk in the milk until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

Put the saucepan back on the bburner. Cook and stir until the mixture bubbles. Cook for one more minutes. Stir in the grated cheese until the cheese is completely melted. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool down while you work with the eggs.

Beat the egg whites in a large bowl until they are stiff. In a separate, small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks.

Spoon a little bit of the cooled cheese mixture into the egg yokes. Blend it until it’s smooth. This makes it easier to pour the rest of the egg yolks into the cheese mixture and blend thoroughly.

Fold the cheese mixture into the bowl of egg whites. Stir very gently until there are now streaks of white or yellow from the eggs.

Pour this mixture into six 1-cup souffle dishes or 10-ounce custard cups that have been well-buttered. For smaller souffles, use muffin cups.

Cover with plastic wrap and freeze.

Now comes the really fun part. You can take those individually frozen souffles out of the freezer and put them on a cookie sheet and pop them into the oven. Bake at 350° for about 40 minutes. They’ll be puffed and golden by the time they’re done. Serve IMMEDIATELY. Remember that souffles fall as they cool down. So definitely serve them immediately.

Miniature breakfast souffle

To clarify, these little PRE-made souffles go into the oven frozen! This means that you can whip up fabulous little individual breakfast souffles ahead of time and serve them to special guests AT YOUR CONVENIENCE! I love recipes like this! And of course, because I am who I am, I can’t wait to try new variations on these that are just going to blow the socks off my special guests!

Barb  

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Kick off the new year with a Spicy Chicken Biscuit, Starting today!

Last week, if you reserved a spot online, you may have received a free sneak peek of the new spicy chicken biscuit from Chick-Fil-A! I am really liking the Spicy Chicken Sandwich, so I expect nothing less for the biscuit! Have you tried it?Spicy Chicken Biscuit

Today is the first day the Spicy Biscuit will be available on the menu, so let us know how you like it.  Head over during breakfast hours from 6AM – 10AM.

There are lots of great events going on at CFA every month! This month, we may not be going to school much, but you can still go to School Spirit Nights from 5:30-7:30 PM!

  • Jan 11: Blowing Rock
  • Jan 13: WHS
  • Jan 18: Parkway
  • Jan 20: Mabel
  • Jan 25: Cove Creek
  • Jan 27: Valle Crucis

Stay tuned for information about Family Art Night on January 28! Text CFABOONE to 411247 to receive free offers and event details, or follow on Facebook and Twitter!

Chick-Fil-A of Boone is one of HCMS’s fab Sponsors!

FREE Breakfasts at Chick-Fil-A in October! (select days)

Just when we think Chick-Fil-A has no more fun up their sleeves… They are offering FREE breakfast each Friday this

month! Each Friday, a selected item will be free when you come to Chick-Fil-A.

Chick-Fil-A Breakfast

Photo: teknokool

October 15: Cinnamon Cluster

October 22: 3-count Chick-N-Mini

October 29: Chicken Biscuit

And don’t for get about MOM & DAD’S MORNING OUT! Monday, October 25, moms and dads can come into Chick-Fil-A for a free breakfast entree of your choice!

Let me know in the comments if you’re coming to Mom’s Morning out! I am going to try to be there from 9:30-10!
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Silly Bandeez Night and Mom’s Morning Out at Chick-Fil-A!

Chick-Fil-A will be the scene of some serious Silly Band mania this Friday, September 24!!  From 5:30-7:30, when you come to Chick-Fil-A in Boone, you will receive a pack of Silly Bandz to trade with other CFA fans!  So bring the kids (and their silly bandz for some serious family fun!)

I don’t know about you, but my kids are CRAZY for Silly Bandz!  My 4yo daughter had some vaccines today, and got through it without crying!  The incentive? A new pack of silly bandz!  I am telling you, these things are a parent’s dream when it comes to inexpensive rewards for the kids!

Chick Fil A Silly Bands

Monday, September 27, will be the second monthly Mom’s Morning Out, which will be the last Monday of each month! (Next month, it’s October 25.) Moms (and Dads) get a FREE breakfast entree!! (dine-in only!)

Here’s our video From the first “Back to School” Mom’s Morning Out, featuring several High Country Moms who joined us!!

Disclosure: Chick-Fil-A is an awesome Mom Squad Sponsor!.

FREE Chick-Fil-A Breakfast For Moms on Monday 8/23

Celebrate Back to School with a Mom’s Morning out! I know I am very excited about getting back to the routine, but also sad to put an end to the all-day together time! (OK, I admit… a tiny bit happy about that?)

Anyway, what ever your situation, come out to Chick Fil A next Monday and let’s hang out!

Join Chick Fil A of Boone  on Monday, Aug.23rd for our moms morning out from 8-10 AM. Mom’s will get a free breakfast item and a gift from Chick-Fil-A.

If you leave a comment and tell me your coming, I’ll try to bring a little something for Mom Squad readers too!Chick Fil A Breakfast.

Flapjack Flip Pancake Breakfast to Benefit Watauga Education Foundation!

The Watauga Education Foundation is hosting its annual Flapjack Flip Pancake Breakfast on Saturday,WEF_flapjack_120 December 12, from 7:30AM-11:00AM.  $6 gets you all the Bald Guy Brew you can drink, all the pancakes and blueberry syrup, bacon and sausage you can eat. Plus WCS principals  will be there serving it up for tips!  Local schools will be selling crafts and goodies, Santa will be on hand for photos, and we will draw for the winners of our exclusive Limited Raffle.  Only 20 chances will be sold for some amazing prize packages.  Check them out below.   You can purchase your chances on line at www.wefnc.org, but when they are gone, they are gone.  Don’t miss your chance!

When I was a teacher, many colleagues and I received generous grants from the WEF for innovative projects in our classrooms!  Watauga Education Foundation is definitely a local cause worth supporting!

  1. Ultimate Foodie Fantasy $75

Dine out and take your friends with you!  This scrumptious package includes dinners for 4 to the best restaurants in the High Country:   The Gamekeeper, The Best Cellar, The Bistro, Crippens Country Inn and Restaurant, Bistro Roca, Story Street Grill, Reid’s, and Casa Rustica. Honey, let’s go out tonight!

  1. Steep and Deep  $100

Let it snow!  You’ve got 2009-2010 season passes at Appalachian Ski Resort for one adult and one junior, and 4 tickets for a day of tubing at Hawksnest .  You’ll look great in your new accessories from Farmer’s Ski Shop! Don’t forget your new Thermos filled with Hot Chocolate! Radical!!!

  1. Bow wow WOW $50

Pamper your pooch with a snuggly new $50 bed from The Pet Place, and $50 of chow from Kmart.   Plus, Animal Medical Center of Boone will give your best friend $50 toward his annual check-up.  And while you’re away, The Pet Prairie Kennel will keep little Fido for 2 nights.  That’s howlin’ good.

  1. A Little Cheese a Little Wine Part Deux $25

Back for a second year, this sellout package includes a bottle of wine a month for a year, and a delicious wedge of frommage from Harris Teeter, along with a monthly loaf of Stick Boy Bread. Merci Beau Coup!

  1. Baby Can You Dig It?  $40

Does your garden need a little TLC?  A Cut Above Nursery has $100 in perennials and annuals to spruce it up.  Of course $250 in new gardening tools from New River Building Supply will help you get them in the ground.  Then enjoy a manicure and paint your nails the same perfect shade as your Petunias!   Yard work has its rewards.

  1. Queen for a Day $50

Your sweetheart will thoroughly enjoy a date off the mountain to Charlotte.  This one includes tickets for 2 to the Aluminum Show at the new Knights Theater during the month of January, a $100 dinner at Maggianos Little Italy.  When the evening is over, fall into a Heavenly bed at the Hampton Inn Southpark.  Breakfast included!

  1. Zip-a-dee-do-dah $100

4 of you can fly on the original High Country Scream time Zipline.    Then take a crack at the Climbing Tower at Footsloggers in downtown Boone, and if you’ve still got energy, 2 of you can go rafting with High Country Expeditions. Take lots of photos because this package includes a digital camera. My-oh-my, what a wonderful day!

  1. Slow Food $35

You’ll enjoy a summer’s worth of fresh produce with this gift certificate for $10 a week for 12 weeks at the Watauga County Farmer’s Market.  Add that to $100 of locally raised beef from Rocksprings Farm and you are eatin’ local. Did we mention a beautiful quilted wall hanging and your exquisite mugs and plates for 4 from Doe Ridge Pottery?   Read your copy of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and get to know your food!

  1. ASU Basketball Experience  $45

What to know what it feels like to be in the locker room with Buzz and the boys?  You’ll find out with this package.  It includes 4 basketball season tickets to the 2009-2010 ASU Mens Basketball games, and a once in a lifetime chance to join the team post game behind the scenes.  Your autographed basketball makes this a slam dunk.

  1. Whee!  A Shopping Spree $75

Leave your credit cards at home!  $100 each from South’s, TJ Maxx, Gap/Old Navy & Sports Fanatic! $50 each from Rack Room Shoes; $25 each from Shannon’s, Boone Mall, Shoppes on the Parkway, Watsonnata; $20 from Dress Barn;$15 from Maurice’s. And a $100 Visa gift card.  That’s more than $650 of fun!

  1. Duffers Delight $100

Not one, not two, but three rounds of play for 4 at Hound Ears Golf Club, Boone Golf Club & Blowing Rock Country Club. Keep the Bearcat driver for yourself, but invite your friends to play a round!

  1. Soccer Mom Survival Kit $25

Because you are more than a chauffeur!   You have $50 in free gas from Kangaroo Express, $100 in gift cards, from Pizza Hut, KFC, Long John Silvers’ and Taco Bell, a $45 free carwash from Blue Ridge Car Care Company­­­, a case of Gatorade and 2 camp chairs from Kmart. Pile in team, and enjoy the ride.

  1. I Feel Pretty $40

Who wouldn’t after you indulge in a new $150 hairstyle from John Mena @ Haircut 101 , enjoy a $70 massage from Mind & Body Wellness, a $35 makeover from Lavender Fields, a $40 pedicure from Haircraft, a delicious fragrance basket from Belk, and the coup d’grace…a new $100 pair of shoes from Monkey’s in Blowing Rock.  Honey, did we buy a raffle ticket for the Ultimate Foodie Fantasy, ‘cause I’m ready to hit the town.

  1. Family Adventure Pak   $60

You will be the hero of your family if you win this:  4(four) tickets to an ASU Football Game, Carowinds, Dollywood, Tweetsie Railroad and a night at the Great Wolf Lodge.  What more is there to say except……YIPEEEEE!

  1. Baby Panache $75

Your little bundle of joy will feel like the heir to the throne!  For starters how about a session with photographer extraordinaire Jonathan Burton!  It’s the perfect place to wear a new pair of Robeez shoes.  Snuggle up close with your baby in an Ergo Baby Carrier, and when you get tired of doing the totin’, slip babykinz into your new $375 BOB Stroller.  You’ll be saying wee, wee, wee all the way home..

Tasty Tuesday: Healthy Breakfast Shakes

I know I’ve written about fruit smoothies before, but I really want to revisit the topic of healthy breakfast shakes. This summer, one of our family goals is to re-establish healthier eating habits. Since every day starts with breakfast, we started there.

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I estimate that we make breakfast shakes 5-6 days out of the week at this point and I think that all of us have found that we have increased energy throughout the day. For some of us, a breakfast of healthy shakes means we actually GET breakfast and for some of us, it means we get healthier food to start the day.

flax-seed We start with flax seed. I buy this at Earth Fare or Ingles, whoever has a better price. I usually put 1/4 cup of flax seed into the blender first and whirl it around. After it’s started to break down, I add about 1/4 c. of nonfat milk and run the blender a little longer. If I don’t break the flax seed up a little, it just goes through the digestive system pretty much unscathed.

Then I add about a cup of plain yogurt and leave the blender running while I add everything else. I usually put in about a cup of fresh fruit and 1 1/2 cups of frozen fruit. I use whatever fruit I have in the house: peaches, grapes, bananas, berries, melon, etc.

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I really like using frozen bananas because they give the shaky a really creamy texture. I also like using frozen berries. I prefer not to use frozen melon because it ends up being so icy. Sometimes we freeze peeled sections of oranges and those work really well too.

A good blender will grind up the frozen fruit pieces into a nice, smooth milk-shaky texture. I add about 3/4 c. nonfat milk to make the shake drinkable rather than spoonable.

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Some extras that we occasionally add. Sometimes I put in 2 T. of Trader Joe’s Very Green Powder or its equivalent. Sometimes I add cinnamon. Turmeric adds a deep yellow tint and a different flavor. Turmeric is incredibly healthy and the flavor can actually work in a fruit shake. Fresh ginger is also a healthy addition that sometimes tastes good. I don’t always enjoy that flavor, so that’s just an occasional addition. Once in awhile I’ll toss in a carrot and make sure it’s ground very smooth.

I also sometimes add texture by stirring in 1/2 c. finely chopped nuts. One of my sons stirs in a little bit of granola to give the shake some extra texture.

The proportions above make two VERY large shakes or three large shakes. It’s surprising to us how filling fruit and yogurt can be!

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We HAVE tried making this shakes with fruit juice instead of milk. Because we don’t have issues with using dairy, we prefer the yogurt and milk, but the fruit juice definitely works.

We’ve really grown to like starting a warm summer day with a cool fruit shake, and, as I mentioned before, we have all felt better for it.

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Have a great day!

Barb Kelley

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