The Normal Diner in Tempe

Girlfriends are like fine wine, they really do get better with age. Also, like wine, you can indulge with them morning, noon or night! This morning, Teri and I went to breakfast at The Normal breakfast inTempe. She found this place on Instagram (of all places) and we loved it. The decor was super cool and the vibe was great. We didn’t really eat much, instead we opted for mimosas, so I can’t really tell you how the food was, but The Normal is a super cute diner – check it out here.

the normal breakfast in tempe

the normal breakfast in tempe

the normal breakfast in tempe

the normal breakfast in tempe

the normal breakfast in tempe

the normal breakfast in tempe

Baby Boy Celebratory Breakfast

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We had a bright, baby boy brunch at Scottsdale’s Morning Squeeze this morning! My co-workers and I gathered around for iced coffee, Eggs Benedict, omelets, strawberry crepes and double chocolate ganache cake! Yes, cake at 9am.

You see, sometimes your co-workers turn into great friends and that’s the case with mine. My Starwood marketing family truly outdid themselves this morning as we celebrated the upcoming arrival of baby Nolan and my colleague, Nancy’s soon-to-be son.

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Two cakes for two babies on the way! We have to give credit where credit is due. Andrea is our resident baker. Isn’t she amazing? She did Dayna’s baby shower cake too (seen here) and even came prepared with to-go boxes! Not joking. I literally took home half of this cake. I may have already dabbled in a second piece. Shh.

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They gifted us soft swaddle blankets, the cutest honest diapers, and a little somethin’ somethin’ just for mom. Hello, Nordstrom. The most important part was we were all together. It’s actually pretty amazing that I’ve celebrated all three kids with this group. 7 years at a company and some of these ladies have seen me through all of these babies.

I have 13 days until my due date. The panic is starting to sink in a bit – are you ever ready? Even if this is my third child, there’s really no good way to prepare yourself for a new human to come into your life. However, I think I’m as ready as I’ll ever be. And moments like this one just make it feel more real.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Dayna, Melissa, Andrea(s), Allison, Brittany, Nancy, Dani, Kristina, Tania, Heidi, Meagan, Jill and Karla. You really know how to make a girl feel blessed. Nolan is a lucky little guy.

Our Father’s Day Reality

Father’s Day was anything but relaxing. I tried to make it so, but relaxing weekends and children don’t mix. I restored three of his electric guitars, fixed his amp and even volunteered to clean every dirty diaper.

But then we invited family over and someone had to mow the grass (not it!) and Colton was teething and Kelsey was being four, so after all was said and done, Ryan got about 46 minutes of alone time on Friday to himself. I really did feel horrible. So I made this breakfast.

I would like to think it was made with gluten-free flour and metabolism burning whip cream, but it wasn’t. It was just made with good ‘ole love and lots of calories. I think the most relaxing part of Sunday was when everyone was eating this and no one was talking/ screaming/ yelling/ punching/ biting/ fighting or trying to outperform the other.

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Sugary Sweets, First Thing

Some mornings call for cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Today was one of those mornings. It is a “special day” – as Kelsey would say. It’s Memorial Day. I tried to explain today to her, “It’s a day we remember all of the soldiers who are fighting and have fought for us.”

And while that concept went over her head, she knew that today was special. And special days start with messy, fattening, sugary breakfasts like these. Don’t tell Ryan (or Colton) but Kelsey licked the spoon as she put on the icing, then sneezed on the cinnamon rolls. Yum.

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The Family Hat: Father’s Day Breakfast

We’ve got a couple tricks up our sleeve today. This morning started with Eggs Benedict, homemade with love for Ryan, followed by presents just for him. At noon, I’ve planned to take him and the kids some place that I KNOW he will love. And, I’ve managed to keep it a little secret. I can’t wait! Happy Father’s Day to you and yours. #dadsrule

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The Hostess Hat: Easter Brunch Recipe

This morning, I’m made “Baked Croissant French Toast with Orange Syrup”. Every good hostess knows you always test and try a recipe first before debuting it at any event – but, we’re all family. Luckily for me, this recipe was fool-proof.

This is a great recipe for any brunch party. It only serves 4, so double up if you’re having more guests. Also, I would add warm syrup on the side so people have options between traditional syrup and orange marmalade. It’s an easy recipe that didn’t take much time to prepare.

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Baked Croissant French Toast with Orange Syrup

Recipe via: Food Network Magazine
Time: 1 hour 25 min | Serves 4 | Calories: Who cares

Ingredients
– 3 large eggs
– 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
– 1 cup whole milk
– Grated zest of 1 orange
– 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
– 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
– 4 croissants
– 1/2 cup orange marmalade (jelly)

What to do
1. Whisk the eggs, 1/4 cup sugar, the milk, orange zest, orange juice and vanilla in a large bowl. Pour the croissants in an 8-inch-square baking dish, squeezing them to fit into a single layer. Pour the egg mixture over the croissants, then put a plate on top and press down to keep them  submerged. Let soak in the refrigerator, at least 30 minutes up to 1 hour.

2. Preheat the over to 350. Remove the plate from the croissants, cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake until set, about 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn on the broiler. Uncover the baking dish, sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and broil until the sugar is bubbling in spots, about 2 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, mix the marmalade with 1/4 cup water in a small microwave-safe bowl; microwave until warm, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve on the side. Enjoy!

The Travel Hat: With Berries On Top

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Calories don’t count on vacation. Check out our amazing breakfast this morning at the Grant Grill in San Diego. Delish! PS. I’m writting this while at baggage claim. It takes that long for bags to arrive.