I had the most unique and delicious opportunity, last weekend, to partner with Eggland’s Best to raise awareness for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to celebrate some inspirational women in my life. When I was asked to be one of “Eggland’s Best Double Dozen” and host this party, it was an easy decision. I have both friends and family members who are breast cancer survivors. My guess is that most any person you speak to could say the same thing; and the need to find a cure, once and for all, is obvious. Eggland’s Best has generously donated $100 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, in my name, and I am incredibly grateful, not only for that gift, but that Eggland’s Best steps to the forefront and moves the cause for awareness into the spotlight, even around our dinner tables. This is the second year in a row that their signature red EB icon will “go pink” on their eggs and include the SGK pink ribbon. For every dozen of their “pink” eggs sold, Eggland’s Best will make a donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, up to a total of $50,000!
I was asked to build my guest list around women who inspire me to “do good in my community”. The total number of women belonging on that list exceeds any logical number for the guest list of a dinner party. I am definitely blessed with incredible, godly models in my life. As the idea of “Brinner and a Movie” began to swirl in my head, three women in particular came to mind. Yes, they have encouraged, cajoled and inspired me to get active in a project I never considered undertaking and actively argued against – becoming a leader in our church’s Jr. High Youth Group. They were 150% correct! I was definitely being called to serve in this area and it has blessed my life tremendously to be part of it. But, not only are these women inspirational and encouraging, these women would also have no problems showing up at my house in their pj’s, eating breakfast for dinner, laughing until our sides ached and just relaxing from the daily grind, while sharing my love of OLD movies in an all-night moviethon. Dinner would, of course, include their families (a fun assortment of men, women and children, numbering 14, in all), because that’s just the way we roll, but after that — GIRL’S NIGHT!!!! Now that’s a party!
We had an extraordinary feast for our brinner, with Eggland’s Best eggs at the center. I love that no matter what else you serve with them, Eggland’s Best eggs are a healthy, delicious protein you can feel good about having in your diet. Eggland’s Best hen feed is a patented all-natural, all-vegetarian feed that contains healthy grains, canola oil, and an all-natural supplement of rice bran, alfalfa, sea kelp and Vitamin E. Hens that receive superior care and nutrition lay eggs with superior nutritional value. With only 70 calories per egg, Eggland’s Best eggs provide twice the Vitamin D and Omega-3 of other eggs, as well as 10 times the Vitamin E and lower saturated fat and cholesterol. That’s awesome! Getting the most nutrition for the calories we consume is important, since we already know that being overweight puts us at higher risk for breast cancer.
Well, I’m not going to kid you and tell you that we ate only healthy food at “Brinner and a Movie”, but with Eggland’s Best eggs as the star, our breakfast for dinner had a higher nutritional value than it would otherwise have had. Oh and for the record, it was DELISH!!!!! Early in the day I baked up our favorite bread (I’m giving you the recipe below.), so we had fresh homemade slices for toast. We scrambled eggs with diced red bell pepper and green onions and mixed in shredded cheddar cheese. I baked thick-sliced bacon in the oven and since one of the younger guests attending this party had already been promised pancakes by me, I whipped up two batches of this perfect recipe! Orange juice rounded out the menu and we ate as though we hadn’t eaten in days. The conversation was lively, loud and full of laughter and young and old enjoyed the fellowship. But once the dinner dishes were cleared away, the guys and kids vamoosed! And the movie marathon was on!
I love, love, love old movies and classic “chick flicks” and the guests at this pajama party are die-hard fans, as well, which made it twice as fun. Who else would watch the entire five hours of Pride and Prejudice and THEN be all fired up to watch The Scarlet Pimpernel? IT. WAS. MARVELOUS. We all collapsed shortly after 4 am to get a few hours of sleep, only to rise and get in one more movie, Ladyhawke, before officially ending our party and re-entering the “real world”. It was just the fun and relaxation this busy wife and mom needed. I’m so grateful to Eggland’s Best for the opportunity and fun gifts they provided to make it possible.
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- Mix warm water, yeast, oil, and brown sugar.
- Add whole wheat flour, gluten, sea salt and lecithin. Mix thoroughly.
- At this point, I begin adding the white flour, one cup at a time. Humidity has a dramatic effect on bread dough, so the required amount of flour will vary based on that. I continue adding flour to the dough as the mixer is going. At the moment when the dough begins to pull cleanly away from the sides of the bowl, (The sides of the bowl will be completely clean, no dough sticking.) I stop adding flour.
- Add the grain, seed and nut mix, if desired. I use the Harvest Grain mix from King Arthur Flour. The bread is just as wonderful without it, but I am a texture fanatic and I love what the seeds and grain add to this delicious bread.
- Once, you have added the grain, set your kitchen timer for 7 minutes and let the Bosch do the kneading for you. If you are mixing and kneading by hand, you will want to knead this for about 10 minutes.
- Turn dough into a large, well-greased bowl. Cover with a warm, damp tea towel and leave to rise until doubled in size.
- Once the dough has risen, punch it down and divide into 4 equal portions. Shape into loaves and place in greased loaf pans. Cover with warm, damp tea towel and allow to rise until doubled.
- Bake in 350° oven for 40 minutes or until bread sounds hollow when the top is thumped. It will be hard to buy a loaf at the store after you taste this yummy bread! Enjoy!
I received coupons, a gift card and the gifts listed above, in order to organize and buy supplies for the Brinner and a Movie party and promote breast cancer awareness. No monetary compensation was received for this post and a positive review of the product was not required. As always at Busy-at-Home, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own.