We all know how important that first meal of the day is.
What’s your favorite breakfast food?
I used to be a pancakes anytime-of-day girl. Over the years these little tasty-like-dessert gems have caused me more harm than good. These days, I eat better-for-me style or sometimes lower carb almond pancakes. But nothing tastes as good as my creamy dreamy eggs. Eggs. I want them. Every day.
During the week I eat my fair share of these creamy delights. But, the weekend I focus on family time and feeding kiddo something wonderful and nutritious. We try to practice the 80/20 rule of whole and clean foods. So our weekend breakfasts always seem to have one with bacon and another with ham steak, Canadian bacon or homemade sausage. Eggs. Most always eggs. Every once in a while we need a change of pace. I enjoy oats, cream of wheat, coco wheat and even grits. In a pinch I’ll whip up some 5 minute grits. More often than not, these suckers still take me more than 5 minutes to cook. I like to use real butter (but I do use a light butter now to help with our calorie control) and some sea salt. Instead of waiting for the water to boil like the instructions say, I put the grits in with the water and cook on the lowest setting until they are just the right consistency. We like them creamy, but not soupy and certainly not chunky. Everyone has their own grit preference, but I prefer cream.
We serve them in the dishes with a pat of extra butter so that it melts into a pool. Each person gets the privilege of mixing this pool of butter in their bowl of grits. We usually pair our grits with some protein like bacon our sausage. Kiddo and I are keen on breaking out meats up and putting them in our grits. Mr. Yum on the other hand prefers to savor his flavors separately.
This past weekend I was super excited because there was an Etsy shop I had been eye balling for a while now that sells handmade wooden spoons, spatulas and cutting boards. Gorgeous work I tell you. I had no idea they had an actual store front until we crossed paths and they asked a few of us foodies to gather together and host a giveaway. In return I was given something to test out in exchange for my honest opinion. Well, they let me pick my item and it should come as no surprise I picked the Scottish Spurtle.
Celts are known for the porridges. These porridges would simmer for hours and hours. Using a spoon was no good because porridge would stick to the inside of the spoon and build up. That was consider wasteful.
I know how that feels. It bugs me when I am making oats or grits and all my goodness gets accumulated inside the spoon and just sticks there. I could pop it back into the pot, but usually it’s already clumped together. I hate clumps. My pet peeve. Smooth and creamy, remember?
I was so surprised when Loren over at Polder’s Old World Market added a little bonus for me in my package. I am loving my wooden TBSP. It was just perfect for scooping out the grits!
Kiddo thought the spurtle was really interesting. Especially as we explained the story behind their creation. She watched as I stirred our slow cooking grits and was excited to see there was no clumps getting stuck on the spoon. I have to tell you, it made stirring a breeze, too.
The products are absolutely beautiful and I am thrilled at the opportunity to try them AND host this fabulous giveaway.
Because guess what?
You could be a lucky winner of your very own beautifully handcrafted Polder’s Old World Market product. Trust me, you’re going to want these.
No real recipe here today. Grits and bacon are pretty self-explanatory. I do have to tell you our bacon came from the Farmers Market. Oh heaven. I doubt we’ll ever go back to store-bought bacon again, no matter how poor and in need of a budget we get.
Are you ready to win?
First, I’d like to invite you to check out some of the others hosting this wonderful contest. Each of them tried and tested a different product.
| Nicole at Confectionalism | Janelle at Bakes In Slippers | Katie at Clarks Condensed | Courtney at Courtney’s Sweets |
Here’s what you could WIN!!!
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
I love bacon ! I think grits are more of a southern thing anyways because they aren’t really served here in Boston.
I have seen a couple places here in MI that serve them, but mostly on breakfast buffets in the smaller towns where farmers are close by.
Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest says
My husband loves an old fashioned breakfast. We usually do a nice egg scramble, bacon or sausage, and he loves him some cheddar cheese grits. 🙂
I love cheddar on my grits too. My husband says it must be a southern thing but I am pretty sure I have seen people do it up here!
Carly from The Puzzled Palate says
I love a good bowl of grits- what true southern girl doesn’t? I love their products- I am going to send this link onto my sister, she would love them!
I know! Best thing ever. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Eggs and bacon. Cheese. Shrimp. I mean, come on! 😉 I hope your sister likes their products. I think they are beautiful and definitely a keepsake to pass down!
TerriAnn @ Cookies & Clogs says
You’re telling me that there is a bacon that’s even better than the original?! I need to try that! I’m also big on smooth and creamy 🙂
I swear this farmer hickory smokes it before packaging. Nothing is processed. It just goes into an airtight container and taken to the farmers market. Never want store bought again.
My favorite restaurant serves grits with blue cheese, bacon, caramelized onion, and fig. It is amazing! I should really make grits at home more often.
Jenn @TheRebelChick says
I can’t even remember the last time I had grits. Now I am craving some! I love that little spoon, it’s adorable!
Amber Conaway says
I have never had grits and honestly I have never seen any worth trying till now. They looks absolutely delicious, I think me and my husband would both love these!
You know, I’ve never tried grits before? I guess it’s not a northern thing. But I do love bacon!
The only place I have seen grits up here (I Live in the north now) is at breakfast buffets like truck stops or closer to farmland.
Janell Poulette says
You know I have never tried grits! But I am sure anything is awesome combined with bacon.
World Market has had some really great products lately! Would you believe I don’t actually like grits? I don’t know why, either. My husband loves them.
Tiffany (Fabulous Mom Blog) says
Now I want to make shrimp and grits for dinner tomorrow night. What a great giveaway!
Brett Martin says
You had me at bacon 🙂 That looks really good.
Kay Adeola says
I love bacon its one of my favorites.That looks really good.
Debbie Denny says
My hubby loves grits. He still has to have bacon or sausage with it.
Michelle Christopher says
Sadly I am not a grits girl. But I love the wooden spoons. I use my wooden spoons for just about everything and I love them.
Pass me the bacon! This looks delicious.
April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition says
I’ve never been a fan of grits but my husband is. Love the giveaway!
Thanks so much! Good luck.
Those are very nice kitchen utensils. Mist days I am a cereal girl, but I do love a hot breakfast in the weekend. Baked French toast is a favorite!
I love a good french toast. Its been ages since I’ve made it or even had the baked variety!
Paula Krueger says
That bacon looks delicious. Yum! That’s one of my favorites.
Cant go wrong with bacon, right?
Susanna @Zealous Mom says
On the weekends, I love eating a huge breakfast. During the week, however, I just stick with yogurt, fruit, and granola. I love stone-ground grits. So yummy!
I do have eggs during the week once in a while but for the most part I stick to smoothies for breakfast and something light for dinner. I am seeing a pattern with late night snacking when I watch tv. It’s such a hard habit to break, so I change my meal servings around.
Jessica (Savory Experiments) says
The utensils are gorgeous! I wouldn’t want to actually use them- just display them, LOL.
I have a few spoons like that. I keep them in my photography section to use for food photo props. Good thing about wooden spoons though, if you take care of them (oil them) they are much like a cast iron skillet in that they last forever.
This looks really good! Can you believe I’ve never had grits?!
Some day Melissa you will have to give them a try!
YUM! I love grits!
I can appreciate a really good bowl of grits! And bacon goes with anything!
We love our bacon here too!
That breakfast looks delicious. I’ve never had grits so I am kind of intrigued about them. They are not popular in Canada.
If you like cream of wheat then you will most likely like grits.
Migdalia - @MsLatina says
Thanks for this great giveaway! Love their Wood Scoop Set Measuring Cups – so sleek and functional!
I just love them! They feel so wonderful in my hand. Very high quality.
Yum! I love your spurtle! I’m sad I missed the giveaway, but not disappointed I swung by to see how much fun you had making breakfast. I love pancakes too, but can’t have them as often as I would like either! Thanks for sharing as always! HUGS
I just adore it. Can’t wait to use it again! I think its more of a fall tool.
Tammy @ creativekkids says
I don’t like oatmeal, grits, or anything mushy for breakfast. But the bacon I would be all over :). Thanks for linking up to Tasty Tuesdays at Creative K Kids. I pinned it to the Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest Board.
I like them, but I don’t like them mushy. I am really picky about my hot breakfasts!