Monday, March 9, 2009

Family Brunch and Grilling!

I have to say I am SO lucky to have my family!! Every family function is a foodie's dream :)

Sunday's Birthday Brunch for my grandmother was no exception...although I was slightly disappointed that there were no scones, but I got over it real fast when I had one of these:

Homemade caramel rolls!! Caramel Rolls (or sticky buns as we like to call them), are a family staple...even 1 of my uncles makes homemade dough to whip these babies up! Usually they involve a sweet yeast dough, rolled with cinnamon sugar, and placed in a pan with a mixture of brown sugar, butter, maybe Caro syrup? Which caramelizes on the bottom while baking then the whole pan is flipped over after they are done to let the caramel drip down.

THESE however, were made with HOMEMADE CARAMEL!!! Don't know what she did (My of them, I have 5 on this side of the fam)...made a caramel for these and they were AMAZING!!! Thank god I split it with Brian.
Other DELICIOUSNESS from the day:

Asparagus Frittata

A spinach and cheese frittata with potato crust

Poached salmon with a yogurt dill sauce
the BEST roasted vegetables I've ever had...must of been roasted at a lower temp for longer because they were SO caramelized! (potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, Brussels!)

1/2 of a chocolate croissant (I think it was Nutella in there!)...mmmmmm

One dessert: A wild berry tart by my pastry chef aunt (it was at her house)

There were also 2 black bottom pies and a gorgeous rum cake with whipped cream frosting! I wish I could have one of these at the wedding but they need to be refrigerated up until it's served so it wouldn't work out on display.

My only gripe I ALWAYS have is that I eat too much!! Oh but its SO worth it :)

Brian and I had big plans to take advantage of the GORGEOUS weather and grill out! (Hard to believe I was grilling outside yesterday when it was SNOWING all day today...grrrr).

We had a big package of chicken tenders marinating in:
  • olive oil
  • cider vinegar
  • lemon juice
  • lime juice
  • brown sugar
  • salt & pepper
  • garlic
  • I think that's it...Brian made it

It marinated overnight which made the chicken SO flavorful. We also amazingly saw some corn on the cob at WF's!! SO excited! We threw that on the grill as well.

  • Kale
  • Olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • freshly grated Parmesan
  • 375 for 15 min
AWESOME!!! Now I see why these things are so popular. Brian even loved them...said they were a great substitute for potato chips and obviously much healthier :)

We were still not that hungry from Brunch but we had a little; my plate:1 1/2 pieces of chicken, corn, Kale! With a POM cocktail (Pom, lime seltzer, lime wedge)


Yoga Update:

Finally got back into yoga on Saturday (work just gave me no time Thurs and Friday).

Brian and I did Yoga for Runners after our run! Yes it was his first time...pretty funny, but he did good. He said it was REALLY hard and he probably wouldn't normally have the patience for it. I was happy he tried it though :)

Sunday morning I did 30min Morning Flow.

Tonight I went to my 90min Hot Yoga class...I think the 90 min can make up for missed yoga last week :) Man it was SO Hot, a lot hotter than normal!! Sweaty sweaty!!


  1. Oh my gosh, there are so many delicious eats in this post!!!

    Love the sticky buns!

  2. HOMEMADE CARAMEL ROLLS?!?!??!?!?!??! Sorry, but as a caramel fanatic, I'm now far too mesmerized to focus on anything else right now, haha :-D

  3. Any brunch leftovers will be GLADLY accepted - I'll even split with VG ;)

    You have some fabulous cooks in your family!

  4. um - wow. Everything looks extremely delicious. my favorites - the roasted veggies and the CARAMEL ROLLS!

  5. wow, what awesome looking food. i always overeat when there are so many choices but in your case, all of the choices look like MUSTS!!! i would have ate your plate times 10 i think :)

  6. I agree with everyone else- there are so many good looking foods on this post that I can't even decide which to comment about! Your grilling looks awesome! We may have a little bbq this weekend with some friends and I hadn't even thought about making corn on the cob! Thank you for the reminder :) Ow hot yoga- I'm jealous ;)

  7. mmm Bikram yoga is the best :) All that food looks amazing!!

  8. Oh wow DELICIOUS!It's great to have foodie-family!!

  9. WOW the caramel rolls, asparagus frittata and spinach frittata look AWESOME...I'm drooling!! Yay for indulging, it looks well worth it! :)


  10. I want to come to your next family party. You can come to mine! I think our families have a similar food obsession!

    Do you ever find it hard to eat healthy foods in healthy amounts at these events? Is it hard maintain your weight loss or are you pretty used to balancing everything out now!

  11. That is one amazing brunch. I would love to have one of those caramel rolls. They look insane!

    And your dinner sounds great too. I haven't had corn on the cob in FOREVER!

  12. those sticky buns look sooooo good!

  13. I am with veggiegirl on this - homemade caramel rolls??? hello?!?!? and that poached salmon with yogurt sauce looks so good!

  14. Looks like a lovely luncheon. YUM!

  15. Wow, what a spread - everything looks soooo good!