Eat, Chicago Suburbs: Deerfield’s Bakery

One of my favorite morning haunts is Deerfield’s Bakery in the northern suburbs of Chicago. It’s where we ordered our wedding cake – which was beyond yum-tastic! They have the best display of pastries and morning baked goods that will seriously make your eyes pop right out of your head.


They have a yummy assortment of cakes, bagels, mini chocolate covered treats, cupcakes, and anything else you can imagine, right as you walk in to your left. They also offer some delicious sounding smoothies and frappe inspired drinks! The picture below doesn’t even do it justice, as the display counter wraps around to connect to large free-standing glass cabinets with additional treats and a bagel bin to the left where you can pick a yummy breakfast bagel!


To your right (right across from these beautiful baked goods above) are all the breakfast treats on display. Everything from danish to donuts, to cakes, to muffins – they have whatever you’re looking for – fresh and ready to go! You can grab a box to take a variety of treats home with you – or grab a Styrofoam tray if you’re only looking for 1-3 treats. Everything is reasonably priced too – from $1.29 on up!


You can also order actual breakfast (and lunch) from here too! You order from a counter where there are options such as eggs (any style) paired with hashbrowns and toast to skillet style (eggs on top of hashbrowns and eggs). All egg-style breakfasts are reasonably priced and pair well with their Deer Joe brand coffee (which comes in light, medium and strong).

deerfield skillet

deerfield skillet

I went with a Deerfield skillet which included hashbrowns, with sliced ham, American cheese, and eggs any-style (I picked over medium), and came with your choice of toast. My skillet was $5.95 and paired with a medium coffee brought my breakfast to a little over $7! It was a great deal for the amount (and quality) of food you get! It was really yummy – the eggs were cooked perfectly, and the hashbrowns and melted cheese created a yummy blend. The ham was in reasonable bite sized pieces, and didn’t seem manufactured and had a good taste to it, as well!

I chose to sit inside the cafe, but there are options to also sit outside in the patio if the weather is cooperating. Also – when selecting your coffee, you can also add syrups for free! Everything from peppermint to hazelnut to a seasonal favorite pumpkin spice!

I’ve never had lunch here before, but the breakfast is enough to keep you coming back. And if you’re in the mood for something bigger and better – they have THE best cake in the Chicagoland area. We purchased a 3 tier cake which was moist and coated with the best buttercream frosting, ever!



Eat Ohio: Johnny Biggs

Over Labor Day weekend, we hit the road and headed to Ohio to visit JP’s family. Her parents were celebrating a wedding anniversary on September 3rd, so JP and her sister planned a surprise dinner with everyone that Saturday night. It was super fun, because  they weren’t expecting it and were surprised when we walked into the restaurant and saw other family members waiting to have dinner with us!

We had dinner at Johnny Biggs which a 30s era decorated bar/restaurant with neat posters and signs on the wall signaling it’s tribute to the time when prohibition was happening and lots of speakeasys popped up around the midwest. Here’s some more on the restaurant tale and Johnny Biggs.

They had some typical bar food with a twist – yummy burgers with fun toppings, and even a Build Your Own Burger (BYOB) option. They even had panini’s, BBLT (bacon, bacon, lettuce and tomato! yes!), and huge salads. One thing missing from the menu at the restaurant? Pasta. It’s shown on the online menu and some family members were looking forward to their pasta, but it was replaced with mac and cheese (regular, pulled pork, bacon, etc.) which sounded delicious too.

I went ahead and picked a burger with fries and finally settled on the Smokehouse Burger which was topped with cheddar, bacon, onion strings, Bourbon BBQ sauce and nestled in a pretzel roll. It was huge and arrived on a wooden cutting board. The burger was juicy and really tasty, especially if you had a bite of the BBQ sauce which was a little bit tangy and pretty sweet. I almost ate the entire thing because I enjoyed the flavors so much.

smokehouse burger

smokehouse burger

If you’re ever in the area, I definitely recommend this restaurant if you’re in the mood for a yummy burger or great bar food!

Guest Post | Recipe from Plucky’s Second Thought

While I’m knee-deep in wedding planning, details, and getting ready for my big-day overall, I have a great Guest Post for you from Jess at Plucky’s Second Thought! Jess has been kind enough to share a YUM-O recipe with us on Cheesy Sausage and Potato Casserole! I hope you enjoy! And don’t forget to stop by Jess’ for some more yummy recipes and even crafting fun! She shares some amazing ideas that are all Pin-worthy!

Hello all! I’m Plucky from Plucky’s Second Thought…but most call me Jess. 🙂 Why “Plucky” you may ask? Well, it was a nickname when I was younger and it was one that was never forgotten! At Plucky’s Second Thought I try to post easy craft projects and recipes that anyone could accomplish. Yep, you don’t have to be Martha Stewart or Rachael Ray to attempt anything on my blog! There are also a variety of travel and product reviews as well as some awesome giveaways and link parties! 🙂

My family and I love to have a nice breakfast on Sunday mornings and this was one recipe we decided to try! It doesn’t take much effort to make, but the end results are DELICIOUSNESS!



Cheesy Sausage and Potato Breakfast Casserole


  • 1 lb your favorite bulk breakfast sausage
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 7 eggs
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 20 oz bag frozen hashbrowns
  • 8 oz shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350; spray 9×13 casserole dish with non-stick spray.
  • Cook sausage in a skillet; once cooked, remove and saute onions in grease.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, including sausage and onions; reserve roughly one cup of the cheese for topping.
  • Pour into prepared casserole dish; bake for 35 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and top with reserved cheese; return to oven for 8 minutes.


30 is the New 20 … Or Something Like That!

Yesterday was my 30th birthday and although I hit a milestone in my years on this earth, we celebrated on the smaller scale mostly due to the fact that I was very ill over the weekend. What a bummer! I caught a nasty bug on my work trip last week and ended up with a super bad cold that I’m just NOW starting to recover from. Our big dinner plans with friends was canceled and I cuddled up in bed for three days with my good friends, Netflix and Nyquil.

But I had some sweet surprises over the weekend – JP’s family left me a voicemail where they serenaded “Happy Birthday” to me, I woke up on my birthday to tons of text messages, and JP finally obliged me and took me to Uncle Julio’s – a delicious Mexican restaurant, that I’ve been wanting to go to since I found out they had a location in the suburbs (she hates Mexican food and I LOVE it). I also picked up some clothes from Target to help update my wardrobe (it needs some severe help) and finally purchased a new chain for my charm that JP gave me of an anniversary a few years ago.

I’m not going to lie – I think like most people that hit some form of milestone, I’m freaked out by turning 30. I’m not depressed or anything, just a little weirded out that I can no longer put down a nice even “2” in front of my age – and that my next big milestone will be 4-0. Time seems to be flying the past 2 years and I can’t get it to slow down. I remember when I was in college and trying to calculate the year I would turn 30 and said, “Can you BELIEVE it will be 2013 when I turn 30?!?! 2013!!!” And, whomp – here we are. But, there are TONS of exciting things to look forward to in the next decade of my life and even in the first year we have some MAJOR life-changes happening that I’m extremely excited about. I can’t wait to experience it all, but hope time slows down just a tad.

Me and JP celebrating my birthday!

Me and JP celebrating my birthday!

How was your Memorial Day weekend? We had some cool, rainy weather here but I hoped you were able to kick off summer with friends and family!