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We’re a Friendly Breed

by Courtney on April 16, 2011

Waking up to work out at 6am on a Saturday is not a normal thing for this gal. However, when you’ve got a breakfast date with two fun ladies at your favorite breakfast spot, that’s enough to get your booty movin’!

This morning’s workout consisted of a mini date with Jillian and her six-pack abs, followed by a quick 2-mile run on the treadmill. Everything about today’s exercise felt extremely challenging…perhaps my body telling me to cool it with the way-too-early for a weekend workouts?

Whatever the reason, I was happy to have it done and got myself ready to meet up with these lovely ladies!


Katie and I have already met up numerous times, but this was my first time to meet the lovely Brittney! A few weeks ago, she mentioned that she was heading up this way for a wedding (she’s a lucky North Carolinian!) and asked if anyone was around to meet up. Us bloggers really are a friendly breed, aren’t we?

We met up this morning at Café Madison which, as you may already know, is home of my absolute favorite Red Raspberry Oatmeal Pancakes. Of course, I started off with a mandatory cup of coffee…


and then had another. Smile

I don’t know why I didn’t just stick with my gut on the pancakes, but I made a game-time decision and ended up going with a make-your-own-omelet.


I ordered an egg-white omelet with peppers, onions, tomatoes, and spinach. Alas, they did not give me my egg whites, and the omelet was actually pretty greasy. Total bummer. Sad smile


Luckily, they make some killer home fries,


and some amazing homemade honey whole wheat bread, so I ate most of these.


I can’t complain, since I was with some amazing company, and really spent the majority of the time chatting away anyways! Since Brittney is from Charlotte, she graciously offered to show Jay and I around if we were ever to make it down that way…

Hmmmmm……possible vacation?!?!? Winking smile

Thanks for a great morning, ladies!


Once I got home, I got to work on some cupcakes that I’m making for a birthday party for Jay’s grandma tomorrow. I’ve got 4 dozen to bring…one dozen down, three to go!


This batch is a golden cupcake with lemon curd filling and white chocolate buttercream frosting.



Nice and springy, wouldn’t ya say? Smile


Now Jay and I are headed out for the day to hang out with some good friends and family, with a possible dinner outing later this evening. It’s sure to be a fun day!

Question for the Day:

What’s your favorite breakfast to order when out to eat?

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1 Cynthia (It All Changes) April 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Filled with lemon curd!? Yum.

So happy you ladies were able to get together at Cafe Madison. It’s such a cute place.
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2 Erin @ The Grass Skirt April 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Love Brittney! I’ve been lucky to get to know her since we both live nearby each other. I’ll help her show you around! :)
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3 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles April 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Courtney, those cupcakes are beautiful! The lemon curd sounds like a wonderful spring flavor!


4 Khushboo April 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I had an awesome breakfast out last week: egg White omelet with smoked salmon, avocado, tomatoes w basil, and rye toast. For something sweet, we ordered a plate of hotcakes with maple syrup to share….so yum!
Now I want to make pancakes!
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5 Sarah @ healthygirlrunning April 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Wow, those cupcakes look incredible! They’re so cute!

My favorite breakfast to order is a simple plate of classic scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, and bacon! Pour a little maple syrup on everything and I’m good to go! :)


6 Jess@atasteofconfidence April 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I like getting eggs or pancakes. Those cupcakes are too cute!
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7 Sarah May C April 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Guilty pleasure: MacDonald’s sausage and egg mcmuffins… aargh! I confess!!!!


8 Kristi April 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Your cupcakes look fabulous!!!!
My favorite breakfast to order is French Toast. I love it!


9 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun April 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I HATE when I try something new somewhere and its nowhere near as good. Have one of those cupcakes to make up for it. I know I would! ;)
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10 Laura April 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Wow! Your cupcakes are so professional! I’m impressed! I always struggle with the frosting part!

My favorite breakfast to order while eating out is a Belgian waffle with blueberry compote on top!
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11 Yena Hu April 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Wow, those cupcakes look as good as store bought cupcakes (or even better). You’re so talented!
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12 Lindsay April 16, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Courtney, those cupcakes are beautiful! Can you tell me how you get the frosting SO perfect?!
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13 Courtney April 16, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Haha, thank you! I don’t know…I just use a large round tip, pop it into my frosting bag, and start swirlin’! ;)


14 Lauren April 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Those are the most adorable cupcakes!
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15 Liz @ iheartvegetables April 16, 2011 at 5:16 pm

blogger meet ups are so fun! and those cupcakes look adorable :)
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16 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine April 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm

The frosting on your cupcakes always looks so perfectly piped!!

I never go out for breakfast! Well, I do, but technically then it’s brunch and I always get savory foods like a salad or veggie sandwich. I’m not a big fan of breakfast joint foods!
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17 Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy Living Girl" April 16, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Wow! Your cupcakes just get better and better. They look like they are straight out of a bakery :-) Totally relate to getting greasy omelets. I hate that, and I hate when they forget the egg whites :-(. But I never like to send things back! haha oh well!

When I go out for brunch here, I usually like to pick one of the more unique things on the menu. I just think it’s fun to experiment. But, my favorite item to order out at brunch is french toast – especially when they use a funky bread like Challah Bread.
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18 Jen April 16, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Your cupcakes look so cute. I love those flowers on the top :D


19 Ali April 16, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Hey girl!

I have been checking out your blog for quite some time but have never posted!

I LOVE to make cupcakes too! I was wondering how you decorated these cupcakes:

Did you make a classic white mix and then used one of the filling pipes to add the lemon curd?

What size/type tip did you use to make the swirl? Right now I use a star tip only.

Also, what flowers did you use on the top?

Obviously, I want to make these and make them as cute as yours!!!!

Thanks girl!


20 Courtney April 16, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Hi Ali! I made a scratch golden cake and cut out the center once cooled to pipe in the lemon curd. Then I replace the tops back on. I used a large round tip for the frosting, and the flowers are sugar/candy flowers I bought from a store near my house. :)


21 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) April 16, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Oh my gosh, Courtney, those cupcakes are bakery worthy! That reminds me, I have a big cupcake order coming up in a few weeks… where do you get your cupcake boxes?
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22 Courtney April 16, 2011 at 11:12 pm

I get them from a store right up the street from me actually, called The Confectionery House. They have a website you can order from too if you Google search their name. They have everything!


23 Cara April 16, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Those cupcakes are adorable and they look delicious!
I love to order pancakes when I go out to eat, because I never make them for myself and they are nearly my favorite food!


24 Chelsa April 16, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Beautiful cupcakes yet again. I love the little spring time flowers.
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25 fsugirl! April 16, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Cupcakes look great! You’re so talented! :D Enjoy your weekend, hoping it’s filled with lots of fun for ya!


26 Heather T April 16, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Those cupcakes are so pretty!! I love the flowers on them!!


27 Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries April 16, 2011 at 11:12 pm

It looks like you’ve had a fun day! I hate when I order an omelet and they don’t give me the egg whites I asked for. A greasy one is always kind of a bummer – but it looks like that toast totally made up for it! :)
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28 Andie @ April 17, 2011 at 10:55 am

Oh my gosh those cupcakes are the cutest! I love them :)
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29 Sarah April 17, 2011 at 11:35 am

6am on a SATURDAY! Thats dedication! Im not sure if my body would ever allow such a thing but good job!
Those cupcakes are so adorable and easter/spring inspired love them.
White chocolate buttercream sounds amazing too!
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30 Kristen April 17, 2011 at 8:36 pm

best breakfast is an omlet. theirs always test AWESOME


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