Monday, September 19, 2011

Summer’s Finale…

 In one last fantastical ‘Hurrah!’ before the last days of summer wind down and fall plants its feet firmly on the ground, a small and close-knit group of my friends ventured up north to enjoy the last of the ‘bikini weather days’ on the dock. Though temperatures fell to zero degrees at night- as I kept informing everyone of, we enjoyed sunny days lounging on the dock- the few adventurous of us jumped in the lake, fabulous meals and nighttime campfires. A few friends from Germany came along, which prompted one too many “In Gerrrmahny…” jokes (well, only by me) and the totally HIGH-larious game of Apples to Apples was brought out, inducing more and more laughs.
Goodbye Summer, Welcome Fall!

Dock Lounging

A 'Before Dinner' Appetizer Spread...which just turned into Dinner.
A rousing game of Apple to Apples
I was in charge of Saturday morning’s breakfast, which gave me a perfect opportunity to try out “Breakfast Cups”- A great breakfast idea for a big crowd. Though the name really needs to be improved on, these were delicious! Paired with Fruit Salad (don’t forget the Kiwi!) and breakfast sausages- because there really isn’t ever too much meat-  it was perfect to soak up the booze from the previous night and to get us started on the right track for the rest of the day!
The "Complete Breakfast" Cup

Preheat oven to 400F
Grease the number of muffin tins you will be using with butter or cooking oil spray (I made 2 for each person)
Cut out 3 inch circles from bread and place on the bottom of each muffin tin
Pan-Fry a package of bacon until it is half way done, place on paper towel lined plate
Wrap each individual toast bottom with a strip of bacon on the outside wall of the muffin tins and sprinkle the middle with grated cheddar cheese
Bake for 5 minutes so that cheese is melted and toast bottom firms up (we like firm bottoms!)
Crack an egg in a bowl and place yolk and as much egg white into the middle of the bacon circle (can usually only fit half the egg white), crack and place each egg in one at a time
Place in the oven again for about 10 minutes. Watch carefully! You want the egg whites to be set and the yolks to be nice and runny, YUMMmmm
Serve with Fruit Salad and Sausages, Enjoy!

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