weekend brunch // sweet potato oatmeal casserole

Breakfast (especially Brunch) has always been my favorite meal of the day… it’s the only meal where the main course can be something sweet!  I had some sweet potatoes lying around that I was going to use to bake some fries, but hadn’t gotten around to it yet… so I decided to make a sweet potato casserole for this weekend’s brunch.  So good and good for you :)


You can mash the sweet potato and banana directly in the pot to save a dish :)


Adding the crumbly topping to baked oatmeal.


Hmmmmm…. straight out of the oven.

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Our weekend brunch!

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homemade apple butter

I made this apple butter specifically for the Baked Apple Butter Donuts, but I soon realized the many uses of this naturally sweet spread.  You can use it to add a little spicy sweet on just about anything: on toast, oatmeal, pancakes, cottage cheese.  You can bake with it to make different sweets, like Apple Butter Ice Cream or Apple Butter Bars — it can also be a savory spread used in recipes like this sandwich.  Either way, you can’t really go wrong, plus it tastes delicious on its own!

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brentwood farmers’ market

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Dress: Bermeja Tunic Dress, Anthropologie // Shoes: The Crisscross Sightseer Sandal, Madewell // Watch: Michael Kors // Necklace: Forever 21 // Purse:  Knocked Up Baby Bag, Rebecca Minkoff // Stroller: Bugaboo Cameleon

A quick stop at the Brentwood Farmers’ Market this morning with Riley. It was nice to finally get out of the house for a change and to get dressed up — though we only lasted about 45 minutes at the Market until Riley started getting fussy and crying… Oy, the life of a newborn :)   Can’t wait for more adventures with her <3

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baked apple butter donuts made with spelt flour

Donuts are one of my weaknesses (among other sweets :))  So, in celebration of National Donut day, I thought I make a healthier version of this guilty pleasure.  These are made with spelt flour — a sweet, nutty, mild-flavored whole grain flour that’s a good source of protein and fiber.  They turned out a little more cake-like, but absolutely delicious nonetheless.

The apple butter in these donuts is the real star.  I’ll post the easy recipe very soon!

I unintentionally slightly overfilled the donut pan — these rose so well in the oven that you only need to fill the pan about 3/4 of the way to avoid the crust top.

Platter is Nate Berkus via Target.

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blueberry buckwheat pancakes

No one ever told me that taking care of a newborn could literally take up your whole entire day!  But, I think I’m starting to finally get back into the swing of things.  My sweet baby Riley slept long enough this morning so I can make a proper (healthy) breakfast.  While it was awesome being able to eat pretty much anything I could during pregnancy — it’s definitely time to start making healthier choices and hopefully lose some of this baby fat while I’m at it :)

These blueberry buckwheat pancakes really hit the spot and because buckwheat is a really good source of protein and fiber, it helps to keep you fuller, longer!  It’s sweetened with honey and blueberries… so no added sugar is a plus!

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welcome sweet babe // riley maria

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Words can’t describe how much love I already have for this little babe. I can’t stop staring at her beautiful face, she’s absolutely perfect. Thanks to God for bringing this miracle into our lives.

Welcome to the world!
Riley Maria Brown
May 13, 2014 at 7:27am
7lbs 5oz, 20 1/4 inch

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maternity session // malibu canyons

It threatened to rain the morning of our maternity session, but we decided we would go, rain or shine — because who knew when baby brown would make her appearance? The weather and light couldn’t have been more perfect up in the hills of Malibu — I’m so happy that Alex and I decided to take these photos, I’ll treasure them forever.

Baby bump at 33 weeks pregnant. Photos shot by the incredibly talented Lindsey Boice.

So happy that our first babe, Chloe, was able to join in on a few shots.

Dress: Free People // Shoes: Anthropologie // Flower Crown: The Little Branch

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