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Friday Breakfast For A Family Plus one Doggy Visit

I love spontaneous visits – as my home is always open to family and a handful of friends visiting from out-of-town. In this case, family + her beautiful German Sheppard I cannot wait to hang out with over the weekend. He’s adorable, but not at all interesting to my 15-year old Yokie, who although will have a tough time having T around, I am sure deep down he will be a great host.

Here’s the thing about these visits – full on breakfasts and long conversations over coffee, while both of us are curled up on the sofas with our loyal companions at our feet. Best feeling ever, I can assure you.

So I looked up  breakfast options to prepare – and this recipe popped up for me to alter a bit to fit our dietary needs:


MAPLE CANDIED BACON    {I will be using Uncurred Turkey bacon from trader Joe – best I’ve had so far and bypassing the added ingredients}

  • 1/2 pound thick cut bacon use peppered bacon if possible
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 salt + pepper


  • 2 eggs whites separated from the yolks
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk     {Dairy free – Gluten-free alternative for my guest}
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white whole wheat or whole wheat pastry flour or all-purpose flour  {Gluten-free alternative for my guest}
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • butter for serving
  • pure maple syrup for serving


  • 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
  • 8 ounces fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup oil packed sun-dried tomatoes sliced
  • 6 eggs beaten
  • 2 tablespoon heavy cream  {dairy-free alternative for my guest}
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 ounces goat cheese crummbled   {more}

{recipe and featured image credit}

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