Country Breakfast Egg Skillet.

Super easy and delicious Country Breakfast Egg Skillet!

This hearty breakfast has it all – crispy potatoes, soft onions, peppers, eggs, and ham – all made together in one skillet!

Super easy and delicious Country Breakfast Egg Skillet!

Good Morning! I’m Emily from Layers of Happiness – food blog where I share easy, drool-worthy recipes with my mom. I’m so happy to be here with you this morning to share one of our family’s new favorite recipes. Country Breakfast Egg Skillet. This is such a fun and easy breakfast to make… and it has so much yummy flavor packed in!

For some reason, we don’t really eat out for breakfast in the winter… maybe it’s because it’s so cold in general, let alone in the mornings, so venturing out is not necessarily very high on the wish list. But warm summer time weather? Now that’s a whole other story. On a summer Saturday morning, you will always be able to find me either at the Farmer’s Market or a breakfast cafe. All this warm weather has got me dreaming of the relaxing summer Saturday mornings spent at a local breakfast cafe… behold the ultimate breakfast skillet. It’s made for lazy girls like me who love all the fixings, but don’t love all the dishes that come with all the fixings.

This is what I like to call the “all-in-one” breakfast… it has all the best parts of breakfast (in my biased opinion) all in one recipe: eggs, potatoes, ham/bacon, and CHEESE. First, the onions, red bell peppers, and potatoes get cooked until soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, then the ham and eggs get scrambled in, followed by (a large amount of) melty cheese. ;)… 

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The SOFTEST Shortbread Cookies

The softest chocolate covered shortbread cookies

These shortbread cookies are melt-in-your-mouth soft! They are dipped or drizzled with milk chocolate adding a delicious burst of chocolate flavor.

The softest chocolate covered shortbread cookies

Shortbread cookies have always seemed like the epitome of Christmas cookies to me. And here we are nearing the end of March (and SPRING has started!) and I’m bringing you the recipe anyways.

Well, I didn’t actually have cookies in mind. Originally, I was trying to create a recipe for a type of shortbread crust for a different dessert I had in mind. Buuuut cookies happened instead after said dessert wasn’t quite what I was hoping for and I was left with a craving for some good shortbread. There was a little bit of contemplation about saving this post for Christmas, but there is no way I could wait that long. There has got to be other people that crave shortbread cookies during March right?!… 

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Strawberry and Avocado Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans

Strawberry and Avocado Spinach Salad with Stovetop Candied Pecans

A super simple strawberry and avocado spinach salad with a creamy poppyseed dressing and candied pecans.

Strawberry and Avocado Spinach Salad with 3-ingredient  Candied Pecans

Aaaaaaand we are back in the US of A! Sorry for the little bit of absence on the blog. We ended up last minute changing our flight and coming home earlier than planned on since the husband’s work study ended a bit early. In a few hours the flight was changed, we packed everything up, said our good-byes, and we started our nearly 30-hour journey back.

I’ll admit, coming out to Perth was a lot easier than returning to the States with the babe. He was a bit of a handful on our long flight from Sydney to L.A. but overall he did pretty great all things considered. I mean traveling for 30 hours isn’t too exciting for anyone I’m sure, especially not a BUSY 19-month old little boy.

We are still all crazy jet-lagged and working towards adjusting to mountain time! Hopefully we’ll be moving into our place in the next week or so and things will be getting settled down a bit. I’m pretty excited to get all of our stuff out of the storage unit its been in for the last three months!… 

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Chocolate-Covered Cranberry Clustered Granola

BIG cluster granola made with coconut oil and toasted coconut!

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Big cluster granola filled with flavors and textures. A variety of nuts, toasted coconut, and chocolate-covered cranberries make the perfect additions in this sweet and crunchy granola.

BIG cluster granola made with coconut oil and toasted coconut!

One of the best traits my dad has passed down to me is a SERIOUS love for granola. It’s pretty amazing how much granola he consumes, and I’m not too far behind.

He buys bags and bags and bags of granola and transfers them to plastic cereal containers that fill up my parent’s pantry. Pretty much every single breakfast he has a bowl of frozen berries, yogurt, and loads of granola. And he snacks on it all the time.

When he came and visited us in last year in Ohio, I made sure to stock the pantry with granola. I made several different varieties and was certain I had made too much. Turns out I didn’t make enough as it was gone by day 2. (!!!) I’ve even given him batches of homemade granola for birthday or Father’s Day gifts and he’s always requesting more. Since I love it so much, I have worked and and experimented to try and come up with the best possible versions to make him when we get back to the states. And this one with the chocolate-covered cranberries, nuts, and sweet flavor is definitely going to be one of his new favorites!… 

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Perth, Australia

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kangeroo and chels

I’ve done an awful job with updating the blog with pictures of things we’ve done while in Perth. One of the reasons is I know most of you are just here for the food (which is totally fine) and I don’t want to bore you with (nearly) ten billion pictures of my life, BUT for the e-mails and comments I have gotten asking for pictures, I decided to write one GINORMOUS post filled with mostly pictures. And tomorrow? Food will be back. And it will be good :)… 

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Brownie Batter Fruit Dip

Greek yogurt brownie batter dip with no Cool Whip

A deliciously creamy and simple Greek yogurt brownie batter dip – perfect for dipping cookies, graham crackers, or an assortment of fruit in!Greek yogurt brownie batter dip (NO Cool Whip included)Growing up, Monday was always my favorite day of the week. Which (don’t hate me) it still is one of my favorites – after Friday of course. I love Monday for several reasons, but I especially loved it growing up because Monday nights was the designated night to spend with our family. We all had to be around the dinner table, we would have some sort of family activity (bike riding to the local park was the BEST), and then there was ALWAYS a dessert.

Okay, you caught me. Desserts on Monday nights are likely why I love Mondays so dang much. My mom rarely made desserts any of the other weekdays and we didn’t have a whole lot of sugar, so Mondays were super special…. 

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Peach Streusel Overnight Oats

The BEST Peach Streusel Overnight Oats - tastes like peach pie for breakfast!

 A healthy and simple on-the-go breakfast idea – peach streusel overnight oats.

The BEST Peach Streusel Overnight Oats - tastes like peach pie for breakfast!

So this past weekend, I HELD a Koala (<– click to see a picture). It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done! We’ve gotten to see koalas several times super up-close and pet them, but to hold one. Oh my gosh – just surreal. They have incredibly soft fur and are super cuddly. The koalas pressed their faces up to our several times while holding them which was so sweet.

The ones we held have been hand-raised and love to be held. When we first walked in, one of the koalas was walking towards the door of the enclosure. The worker told us that she (the koala) was coming to be cuddled and walked to the door to be held very often. Awww…. 

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{Secret Ingredient} Greek Yogurt Blueberry Muffins

Greek yogurt and Secret Ingredient Blueberry Muffins

These delicious and simple Greek yogurt blueberry muffins are made ultra light and soft thanks to this secret ingredient!

Greek yogurt and Secret Ingredient Blueberry Muffins

Several months ago, the husband requested some “bakery style” big fluffy blueberry muffins for him to grab on the go when he left for work in the mornings. I searched around for some recipes and found one that had great reviews and ratings. I made them for him and he loved them.

The only problem with the muffins is that they are LOADED with sugar, had tons of oil, and were honestly more of a dessert than a wholesome breakfast. Really, besides the blueberries, there aren’t any ingredients that sounded like “breakfast” to me…. 

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Healthy Greek Yogurt Pancakes with a Blueberry-Peach Syrup

Healthy Greek Yogurt Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup

Light and fluffy Greek yogurt pancakes made with wholesome ingredients and a refined-sugar free blueberry-peach syrup. The syrup is a delicious addition to these pancakes made with 100% fruit and only 3 ingredients.

Healthy Greek Yogurt Pancakes with Blueberry Peach SyrupThese are the first ever pancakes on Chelsea’s Messy Apron. This is a momentous occasion, right?! I don’t really make pancakes all that often for a few reasons which are all changing thanks to this recipe.

First, I feel like they are just WAY too much sugar in the morning. (I know, coming from me who loves dessert for breakfast. But generally, my “dessert” breakfast recipes are fairly low on sugar and high on other wholesome ingredients. So there’s that.) It’s not the pancakes that have too much sugar for me, it’s the syrup…. 

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Coconut Oil White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Simple White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies with Coconut Oil

A half-batch version of a soft and chewy white chocolate cookie with macadamia nuts. These cookies are made with coconut oil and have an optional chocolate drizzle for the white chocolate lover!

Simple White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies with Coconut Oil

And I present…the husband’s all-time favorite cookie — that’s right – a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie! He absolutely loves these and I’ve finally “perfected” the recipe he says.

Since we’ve been together I’ve been making batches of these cookies for him and slowly perfecting the recipe over time. And the final batch I made for him for Valentine’s Day won the award of the “best white chocolate-macadamia cookie ever.”  His award of course, but I had to agree…. 

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Basil-Lime Orzo Pasta

Basil Lime Orzo Pasta packed with Veggies

A simple and vegetable-packed orzo pasta dish with a basil-lime flavor. A meatless meal or easy side-dish.

Basil Lime Orzo Pasta

So I’ve heard the States have had some pretty crazy weather – or at least some of the states? I still have my old home (the city) on my weather app on my phone and I check it all the time.

I’m not sure why, but I have an obsession with knowing what the weather is each day before I get dressed or really do anything for the day. First I check the weather where I’m at and then I’ll quickly check Ohio because it’s just one swipe on the weather app to see. And although we are LOVING Australia, I’m still missing Ohio like crazy (some days more than others). So truthfully, it kind of makes me feel better that there is negative degrees and no sun there. Almost like that will make me miss it less, right?

Unfortunately, it’s the people there and our old place that I miss not the weather, so convincing myself I don’t miss it as much because of cold weather ends up being less effective than hoped…. 

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Avocado Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Easy Tuna Wraps

Thanks to StarKist® Albacore Tuna for sponsoring this post – all opinions, as always, are my ownSimple and flavorful avocado tuna salad that is light and healthy and makes the perfect snack, appetizer, or lunch.

Easy Avocado Tuna Salad Lettuce Wraps

So you may have noticed I don’t do a lot of fish here on CMA. The main reason is that I really only like a few types of fish… and be prepared to laugh at me here on a couple of them.

First, I love fish sticks. I’m totally a kid at heart and we had them all the time as kids growing up. Smothered in lemon juice I could eat those all day long.

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