Anytime Breakfast or Brunch Recipes With a Savory Twist

Anytime Appetizers and Family Recipes
Anytime Appetizers and Family Recipes

We put a spin on waffles and grilled the fried chicken. When they are mixed together, it’s a savory breakfast or brunch that beats all others.

Each recipe can be eaten alone or combined to make a fantastic brunch plate. I’ll show you how. We are dividing into two teams: 1) inside cooking and 2) grilling specialists, in order to tackle this menu.

Bacon Waffles

We do the bacon waffles inside. You’ll need:

waffle iron or grill
frying pan or grill
waffle mix

Decide how many guests are coming and make these according to serving size.
In frying pan, cook one piece of bacon (to your taste) for every guest
Place cooked piece of bacon on waffle iron or grill
Pour waffle batter over piece of bacon and cook til done
You can serve with butter and syrup as a simple breakfast OR with grilled chicken for a homemade chicken and waffle dish.

Mom’s Grilled Chicken

This juicy mix of sweet and savory chicken is great alone or as a partner to complete the bacon waffle. You’ll need:

BBQ grill
dish to marinate chicken in
chicken breasts
brown sugar
olive oil

The marinade for this dish will depend on how many pieces of chicken you are grilling.
Clean chicken, cut off fat
Mix marinade in large glass baking dish: brown sugar, garlic (to taste), olive oil, honey (use to taste but sparingly if serving with waffles and syrup), salt and pepper
Place chicken in dish and make sure saturated with marinade
Allow chicken to marinate for at least one hour
Grill on medium heat for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked
This chicken is fantastic when served on top of bacon waffle and then topped with syrup!

Super Fruity Green Salad

Mix all these ingredients in bowl and toss with a raspberry vinaigrette before serving. (Ingredients can be modified to your taste but these go great together!) You’ll need:

romaine lettuce
diced strawberries
candied walnuts
diced avocado
red onion

This is my favorite simple summer salad. It is refreshing and healthy.


Fresh fruit salad
Egg salad
Plain waffle
Whole chicken (instead of breast)

5 Anytime Weekend Appetizers for the Family

Quick Burger
Quick Burger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



These favorites are perfect for small and large crowds. Each recipe can be customized to taste, and serving size.


The list of favorite appetizers with my family is large, but here are our top five.



Barney Connie’s BLT Deviled Eggs

These are a crowd favorite at every function. They are simple to make and packed with flavor.

Deviled Eggs shot during the Inaugural Portabl...
Deviled Eggs shot during the Inaugural Portable Potluck Project on March 23, 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • 12 eggs
  • 6 pieces butcher bacon
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • Mayonnaise
  • Dijon mustard
  • Relish
  • Lettuce (as garnish)

Fry bacon and break into pieces. Set aside. Boil eggs, peel and slice in half. Scoop out yolk and place into mixing bowl. Place halved eggs on tray garnished with lettuce. In bowl, gently mash up yolks and add mayonnaise, mustard, and relish. Use preferred amounts to your desired taste. Mix in crumbled bacon pieces. Spoon egg yolk mixture into individual egg halves and garnish each egg with half of a cherry tomato.



Nick’s Slider Burger

This is the favorite of my 8-year old. It is a “play” on his favorite cheeseburger from In-N-Out Burger. The secret is the special space. My secret is the substitution of mayonnaise and ketchup for Mexican crema and salsa.

  • ¼ pound ground beef
  • 12 slider buns
  • 2 T. Mexican Crema
  • 2 T. Salsa (You can choose texture and spiciness!)

Form twelve, 1 inch burgers and place on barbecue. Barbecue to preferred wellness. Mix together crema and salsa. To build burgers, spread crema and ketchup on buns, add beef patty and serve.

Optional: Season ground beef with salt, pepper, garlic or other family favorites

The salsa acts as condiments but slice tomato, onion and lettuce to add more veggies



Teresa’s 3-Ingredient Tomato Salsa

My friend taught me this recipe and we make it all the time. It’s so simple. You can add or subtract tomatoes and jalapenos to change the amount and the spice level.

Bowl of salsa
Bowl of salsa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • 10 Roma tomatoes
  • 2 Jalapenos
  • 1 Clove of Garlic

Boil all ingredients for 30 minutes. Let cool. Peel skin off tomato and garlic. Add all to blender and mix. Serve with chips or use as condiment. This is a perfect partner for Nick’s Slider Burger.




Tyler’s Cream Cheese and Crackers

This is as easy as it gets. The recipe is a favorite of my eighteen-year old.


  • 8 ounce package cream cheese
  • Jar of jalapeno jelly

Unwrap cream cheese. Pour jalapeno jelly over the top. Serve as spread for variety of crackers.




Tim’s Bean Dip

This recipe is all about flavor and with fresh veggies, it is refreshing and goes great with any BBQ.


  • Can of refried beans
  • Package taco seasoning
  • 8 ounce container sour cream
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • ½ cup diced tomatoes
  • Can of diced green chilies
  • Can of chopped olives


6-Step Crisp Cucumber Salad For Summer

Cucumbers (Photo credit: karenandbrademerson)

Summertime always means fresh fruits and vegetables. The backyard garden is a source of variety, and freshness once a year a lot of families.


This Crispy Cucumber Salad makes great use of the garden bounty and mixes together flavor and freshness that is unique and multi-cultural.




Crispy Cucumber Salad




2 cucumbers


2 large tomatoes


1 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro


1 bottle Italian dressing


Salt and Pepper (to taste)




  1. Before preparing the salad, wash the vegetables and allow them to air-dry for 30-minutes. Cleaning fruits and vegetables prior to cooking, or eating; will remove any excess soil and pesticide residue that may have been left behind during the harvest.


  1. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin off the cucumber. After the skin in removed, use a knife to cut the cucumber in half, long-way, right down the middle.


  1. From there, slice the cucumbers into bite-sized 1/2″ pieces. Finally, add the sliced cucumbers to a mixing bowl, toss in a pinch of salt and pepper and give them a quick stir with a spoon.


  1. Next, use a sharp paring knife to remove the skin and stems off two tomatoes and dice them into 1″ chunks. Before tossing them in with the cucumbers, sprinkle a dash of salt over each piece. Salt brings out the flavor in tomatoes and makes them more vibrant.


  1. Mix ¼ cup of roughly chopped cilantro in a separate bowl with a half a jar of Italian dressing.


6. Pour the dressing over the top of the vegetables and serve immediately.





Coolio Foolio—You Work From Home


When I tell people I work from home the most common response is, “Lucky! I wish I could.” While most of the time it’s a fantastic gig, there is a lot of other “work” involved in working from home. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

I work from home, and make it work
My Pinterest DIY That I’m so Proud of-Absolutely Describes Me

It’s 11:18 AM on Wednesday and I’ve already sent my man to work, kid to school, written an article on the power of the subconscious-mind (duly noted many techniques!), thawed and browned chicken and potatoes (recipe to follow), fielded PTA emails, sent out tweets promoting my homeless article, researched new topics to write, showered (only because I have an appointment today), killed time looking at YouTube videos, wiped baseboards in kitchen and bathroom, killed a spider (before my eight-year old saw it!) and there’s still at least 12 more hours left to this day.


I work from home.

Do I love it?



Get Away From My Mom
Get Away From My Mom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How I Work From Home?

 I’m a writer. Glamour aside, I write to survive. I mostly produce website content, and personal perspectives like the one you’re reading now. I worked as a poker dealer for seventeen years which was a job that consisted of a lot of night shifts. Today, my children are in school and that means night-time is their time.

So, I write….during the day, and here and there in the evenings (I’m picking up on this story at 7:18 PM) and after midnight. In between that; I scrub floors, wash laundry, pick up kids, serve dinner, play kick board, watch Catfish: The TV Show, help with homework, tweet, Facebook, read, write a letter, knock down cobwebs, sanitize toilets, scoop ice cream, watch Who The Bleep Did I Marry?, tuck everyone into bed, try to sleep, get up, get down, write some more, watch True Tori, check for writing jobs, start an application, update resume, promote writing, fall asleep… Up again at 4:30 AM, check my phone, close my eyes, hit snooze, sleep another hour and start all over.


I love it!


How to make it Work?

I need a better system. I know this. I love to be scattered so this gig works for me. For the more structured work-at-home-mom, I suggest a schedule. It’s a process of discipline and figuring out an order of importance. For the most part, I have a schedule. But, most days are eerily similar to the one described today. I love the freedom and I love the flexibility. I am able to help with field trips and organizations within the school. I’m able to spend quality time with my family which is the most important.

I am a work in process and am still diligently trying to work out a schedule that is more conducive to effectively managing



In a skillet, grill chopped up onion, garlic, salt and pepper in a mix of butter and olive oil.

Throw in quartered red potatoes and cook until brown.

Once brown, add to crockpot.

In same skillet, brown chicken thighs (I use thighs a lot. They are inexpensive and full of flavor) in olive oil.

Once thighs are brown, add to crockpot as well.

Add one cup of chicken broth and one package of dry onion soup mix to crockpot.

Cook on high for 3 hours then reduce heat to low for 1 hour.

Add asparagus to crockpot to steam in the last hour of cooking.

Easy, delicious and loved by the whole family. Enjoy!