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First Watch Potatoes

First Watch Potatoes @ NancyC

I’m reviewing the First Watch cookbook

If you’re lucky enough to live near a First Watch restaurant, you may already know about the fresh, fabulous meals available on their menu! They are one of the best places I know to go for breakfast, brunch, or lunch (this is a “Daytime Cafe,” open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every day). Freshness is a big deal at First Watch. As they say on their website, “…We begin each morning at the crack of dawn, slicing fresh fruits and vegetables, baking muffins and whipping up our French toast batter from scratch. Everything is made to order and freshness is never compromised.”

When I read that, I wanted to run right over to the recently-opened First Watch near me! I actually did go with a friend and we had a wonderful brunch there. I was deciding between the super-healthy Brilliant Beet Toast and the classic Farmhouse Hash (both pictured below)—I decided on the Beet Toast, which was super-good, and will get the Farmhouse Hash next time! I don’t think you can go wrong with anything you order on their menu—everything looks so appetizing!If you visit their website at, you can see where their restaurants are located. And if there isn’t one near you, here’s some good news—they have their own cookbook, First Watch, available on their website! They also sell it at their restaurants. And I’m happy to say that I’m having a giveaway for this cookbook right here, for one lucky winner!

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Blog Awards and a big Thank You!

First, I want to say a big “Thanks!” to each of you for reading, commenting on, and following my blog! I’m thankful for the wonderful friends I’ve made during the two-and-a-half years that I’ve been blogging!

Second, I want to thank several talented bloggers who nominated me for some awards! Thank you so much…it’s an honor and great to know that you enjoy my blog! Some of these awards were given to me months ago, so I’m late in acknowledging them and I apologize for that!


Jenny, from One Loved American Girl, nominated me for the KREATIV BLOGGER AWARD. She blogs about her life as a army wife, mom, and believer, and also shares recipes, meal planning ideas, money-saving tips, and some crafty projects. Her Frozen Hot Chocolate recipe sounds really yummy!


This award was given to me by I AM a TriAthlete. This blogger is passionate about photography and writing and has been training for triathlons for about 1 1/2 years. She’s been in 13 races so far–that’s pretty inspiring! With all the cooking and baking (and eating) I do, I’ve often thought I need to start running! 🙂   Typically, the LIEBSTER AWARD is given to bloggers who are inspiring and who have less than 200 followers. The award takes its name from the German word “Liebster,” which means ‘Beloved, Dearest, or Favorite.’


Cara, from This Little Light, nominated my blog  for the ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD. Cara has a passion for writing, enjoys crafts and DIY projects (she has some great things on her Pinterest boards!) and shines the light of Jesus through her words and actions. She has a wonderful online store where she sells her crafting creations, Craftingwater, that help support bringing clean water to those in need all over the world.


This award is from Faith at Faith, Words, and Whimsy, and is given out to blogs that have positive and uplifting content. Faith describes herself as a bubbly introvert who loves ice cream, books, and writing (hey–I love those, too! 🙂 ) She’s a graduate from Kenyon College and blogs about everyday experiences that touch her life.


My most recent award was from at350degrees, a blog that features lots and lots of yummy baked treats! From cookies and brownies to cakes and pies, there are many  things there to satisfy your sweet tooth. Like the Chocolate Pudding Piesounds like a great quick and easy summer dessert!

To accept these awards, I need to do the following:

For the Kreative BloggerOne Lovely Blog Award, and Versatile Blogger Award, I need to share with you…


  1. I love animals, especially dogs 🙂 …but I’m allergic to them 😦
  2. I enjoy gardening but since I’m in an apartment for now, I’m into container gardening–my basil, mint, and rosemary are doing really well!
  3. I have a full-time design job, but I also enjoy writing…part of the reason I started blogging.
  4. I’m more of a baker than a cook, but blogging about food has helped me expand my food horizons by trying out new things.
  5. I love going to antique shops and flea markets looking for vintage “treasures.”
  6. All of the furniture in my apartment is either a hand-me-down, antique, or flea-market find…nothing matches, but it all seems to go together somehow!
  7. A great vacation for me is going to a white sandy beach, looking for seashells and sea glass, and relaxing on the beach.

I don’t need to share anything for the Liebster Award.

And for the Sunshine Award, I need to answer these RANDOM QUESTIONS…

  1. Favorite color: Teal…it’s such a pretty, soothing color.
  2. Favorite animal: dogs…I’m definitely a dog person.
  3. Favorite non-alcoholic drink: I love Starbucks Light Mocha Frappuccino.
  4. Facebook or Twitter?: I use Facebook more right now, but I think Twitter is great for quick communicating.
  5. My Passion: I like a lot of things, so it’s hard to choose just one. I guess creating things is a passion, whether it’s writing, designing, baking, or crafting. The creative process is something I enjoy.
  6. Favorite pattern: I have always liked stripes and dots.
  7. Favorite flower: Hydrangeas…I love them! I use lots of dried hydrangeas in my home decorating.
  8. Favorite day of the week: Saturday, because it’s a day off, and because I can look forward to the next day, Sunday! 🙂

Now it’s time for me to nominate other blogs!


  1. Thank the blogger who gave the award and link back to them.
  2. List 7 things about yourself that your readers might find interesting.
  3. Nominate 7 other bloggers, let them know, and link them back to your post so they know what to do to accept the award.

Here are my nominees for the Kreative Blogger Award:

  • My Mother’s Apron Strings: Susan is a great baker and creates all sorts of wonderful desserts. Not only that, she is a talented sewer and has an apron giveaway every month!
  • Pretty Baking: Ger loves desserts and posts all sorts of delicious treats on her blog.
  • The Townhouse Homesteaders: This family of three, currently in a 1280 sq. ft. “homestead,” share about their journey to self-sufficiency, with recipes, gardening tips, and DIY projects.
  • Bam’s Kitchen: Bobbi currently lives in Asia and creates delicious and unique international dishes.
  • Mommy in the Mountains: Leah lives in the Rockies and blogs about her recipes and creative DIY projects.
  • My Dear Bakes: A showcase of creative 3-D cakes, along with baking tips and how-tos.
  • Because (I Think) I Can: Leanne blogs about crafts, DIY projects, life, and parenting.


  1. Thank the blogger who gave the award and link back to them.
  2. Post the award to your blog.
  3. Give the award to 5 bloggers that you appreciate and value (It’s a great way to get the word out there about other blogs–try to award to those with less than 200 followers)
  4. Link to them and leave them a comment letting them know you’ve given them the award.

Here are my nominees for the Liebster Award:

  • Oh My Foodness: Hope blogs about eating good, healthy, yummy food on a budget.
  •  The Family Feed: About baking, cooking, and family with lots of great photos.
  •  Four Meals: Sarah loves to eat wholesome food and has great healthy recipes that are budget-minded, too.
  • Sage and Sound: Kathleen’s on-line cooking journal has a variety of tasty dishes to try.
  • Endeavor: Phil, a high school student, created this on-line journal where he shares his photography taken from around the world.


  1. Thank and link back to the nominating blogger.
  2. List 7 things about yourself.
  3. Nominate 7 other bloggers, let them know, and link them back to your post so they know what to do to accept the award.
  4. Post the award image to your blog if you’d like to.

Here are my nominees for the One Lovely Blog Award:

  • Karista’s Kitchen: Karista features fresh and healthy food with yummy-looking photos!
  • Cozycakes Cottage: Danielle blogs about food, crafting, bargain-shopping, and being a mom in her cozy cottage.
  •  Noble PigCathy blogs about the fabulous food she makes and the winery she and her husband started.
  • Anna Shortcakes: Anna loves trying new recipes and posts great photos with them, too.
  •  Cute Everything: What can I say? Everything on this blog is cute! Michelle blogs about crafts and fun foods.
  • What’s On the Stove?: Lots of great comfort food and a variety of regional and ethnic recipes.
  • The Simple Abode: Meagan writes about faith, healthy living, homeschooling, homesteading, family, and creative living.
  • Ms. Redo: Mary blogs about thrifty finds, vintage treasures, sewing and crafting, faith and family.


  1. Thank and link back to the nominating blogger.
  2. Answer the random questions for the Sunshine Award (see mine, above)
  3. Nominate 10 other bloggers, let them know, and link them back to your post so they know what to do to accept the award.
  4. Post the award flower image.

Here are my nominees for the Sunshine Award:

  • Leanne Penny: Leanne is a writer “journeying with those hurting, healing, and choosing joy.”
  • Marijo Sings: Marijo writes beautiful, inspiring poetry.
  • Dsgnmom’s Blog: Janiece writes about everyday life, family, and parenting.
  • Getting Freedom: Money management, home life, and couponing.
  • By Their Fruit:  Sarah, a soon-to-be college graduate, seeks God’s guidance and direction in every step and blogs about her journey.
  • Yarn Over: Rachel blogs about family life in Hawaii, her DIY projects and knitting, and some recipes.
  • The Next Thing: Includes posts on recipes, sewing, crafts, gardening, and reflections on faith, life, and God.
  • With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful HeartPosts on faith, family, food, and flora.
  • Nana’s House: Laurie writes a wonderfully inspiring blog about faith, family, and everyday life.
  • Brown Sugar Toast: Christa “adds sweetness to the mundane” with yummy recipes, craft and DIY ideas, and reflections on family and faith.


  1. Copy The Versatile Blogger Award logo and place it in your post.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  3. Tell 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on their blogs to let them know.

Here are my nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award:

  • Lightly  Crunchy: Heidi, a busy wife and mother, has many great recipes and DIY projects on her blog.
  • Rufus’ Food and Spirits GuideGreg and his wife Katherine are always posting a variety of great recipes and share some gardening tips, too.
  • Belle Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast: A blog about this Virginia Plantation (birthplace of James Madison), with lots of interesting history and some recipes.
  • Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen: Teresa has lots and lots of yummy looking and sounding recipes!
  • Granola Meets Grits: Sharon posts mostly about simple, nutritious, vegetarian, plant-based recipes.
  • Hungry Hugheys: Mrs. Hughey shares delicious-sounding recipes that she makes for her family of five.
  • CSA For Three: Healthy recipes from two moms…”the adventures of two small families and a big bunch of vegetables.”
  • Cooking on the Ranch: Lea Ann, from Denver, posts recipes that reflect the flavors of the West.
  •  Spoon Feast: A food blog that has lots of veggie recipes and some herb gardening tips.
  • The Sisters Cafe: Lots of great recipes favorites from five sisters who love creating good food.
  • Favorite Family Foods: Home cookin’ from Bobbi, who loves making and sharing her recipes.
  • Foodie Joanie: Joanie likes trying out healthy recipes that are low in calories and carbs, but big on flavor and freshness.
  • The Nashville Fork: A variety of recipes and restaurant reviews of Middle Tennessee restaurants.
  • Ashley’s Homemade Adventures: Ashley tells you how to make everything from natural, homemade detergents and cleaners to made-from-scratch yeast rolls. Better than store-bought!

There are so many great sites out there! Hope you have the chance to check out some of these blogs–it’s always fun to discover new ones!