Recipe: Sausage, Egg, Potato, and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

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As I was looking through old blog posts for recipes, I realized how much my life has changed in the past couple of years.  Of course, the littles are not nearly as little anymore.  Once they all started school, it was not necessary for me to be a stay-at-home mom anymore.  However, the fact that they are the center of all of our decisions did not change.  When I reflected on what my life was like before I had children, when I was home with children, and when, over the course of four years, they all started school, I realized that a few things had remained the same.  I love my children and my family with all of my heart, and I am passionate about education.  Becoming a teacher seemed like a very natural and logical step. As I do with everything, I have poured my heart into it.  I love teaching, and I know that it is a huge blessing that I work at the same school as two of my children, while one is still in the same district, just a quick car ride away.

I do, however, miss writing and cooking something more than what I can manage to throw together at the end of an exhausting day.  On Christmas Eve, I decided that I wanted to change that.  I want to write again, take more pictures, and continue my little online scrapbook.  It brings me so much joy, and I know that my children will love reading it one day, too.

Without even intending to do it, I developed a little breakfast casserole on Christmas Eve.  I wanted something that I could just throw into the oven with the cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning.  This breakfast casserole definitely delivered.  It will definitely become a Christmas morning tradition.

Sausage, Egg, Potato, and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

Sausage, Egg, Potato, and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients

2 baking potatoes

1/4 cup butter

1 pound of sausage

8 eggs

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

1/4 cup goat cheese

1/2 cup cheddar cheese

salt

pepper

Instructions

  1. Grease an 8x8 glass baking dish.
  2. Peel the baking potatoes and cut them into small cubes.
  3. Add butter to a cooking pan and heat over medium heat. Add the potatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook for about 15 minutes, until soft but not falling apart.
  4. Remove the potatoes from the cooking pan and add them to the glass baking dish.
  5. Add the sausage to the same pan and brown for about 15 minutes, until cooked through. Drain the grease on a paper towel-lined plate.
  6. In a bowl, mix together the eggs, whipping cream, goat cheese, salt, and pepper.
  7. Add the cooked sausage to the egg mixture.
  8. Pour the egg mixture over the potatoes and mix together.
  9. Cover the mixture with the cheddar cheese.
  10. Store in the refrigerator over night.
  11. Preheat the oven to 350 and bake for 30-35 minutes.
  12. Serve with sour cream and salsa.
http://cookingformykids.com/2015/12/26/recipe-sausage-egg-potato-and-cheese-breakfast-casserole/

 

Recipe: My Favorite Granola

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I love granola.  I often eat it for breakfast with yogurt and fruit, pack it for a snack at work, or grab a handful when I am craving something sweet.

Back in March, during spring break, I had some extra time to test some recipes.  I knew as soon as I saw this Honey-Vanilla Granola over at Kitchen Meets Girl that I would love it.

I have made it almost weekly.  It is the perfect combination of everything that I love about granola – slightly sweet, crunchy, and delicious.

My Favorite Granola

My Favorite Granola

Ingredients

2 large egg whites

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup canola oil

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

3 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

Whatever mix-ins you prefer - dried fruit, nuts, chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together egg whites, brown sugar, honey, oil and vanilla extract until smooth.
  3. Add oats and stir it all together.
  4. Spread onto your lined baking sheet in an even, thin layer.
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes, rotate pan, and bake for another 10-15 minutes. When the edges start to brown, it is ready.
  6. Remove pan from oven, and place it on a wire rack. Allow to cool for 30 minutes. As it cools, it will become harder, which will result in a crunchier granola.
  7. Once cool, break granola into chunks, and sprinkle in your favorite mix-ins.
http://cookingformykids.com/2013/06/24/recipe-my-favorite-granola/

Very slightly adapted from Kitchen Meets Girl’s Honey-Vanilla Granola.

Happiness Is…

Happiness is FRIDAY!  After a week where we all battled with different allergy/cold issues, I can honestly, sincerely say, “TGIF!”

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Happiness is fall.  It officially arrives tomorrow, and I am beyond excited.  When I saw pumpkins at HEB, I was taking pictures and smiling like a crazy woman.  And, as my dear husband so fondly pointed out, “Is that really any different than any other day.”  I love you for loving my craziness, Sean!

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Happiness is TWO soccer games tomorrow.  I am not so happy about the early 8 AM one, but I am still thrilled that I get to see my oldest baby play in two games.

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Happiness is Mr. Bear.  Summer brought home the class bear on Wednesday, and he made himself at home very quickly.  Ethan had brought him home a few times when he was in Kindergarten, so Mr. Bear knew his way around. Seeing my little girl beaming while she played dress-up, read books, did homework, and had dinner with Mr. Bear just filled my heart with joy.

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Happiness is celebrating birthdays.  Always.  I celebrate them for my littles…and I celebrate them for me, too.

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Happiness is a sweet husband who knows how to help out and pick up the slack now that I am working and attending meetings during the week.  I love that I can find little things done like the bed made, kitchen cleaned, or homework finished because he values what I do both in our home as a wife and mom and outside of our home as a substitute teacher and parent.

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Happiness is teachers.  I have always, always loved them.  And, now that I am in many classrooms each week, the appreciation level that I have for them has gone up about a billion degrees.

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Happiness if granola.  I eat it probably more than I should.  Sometimes I have yogurt and granola for both breakfast and lunch.  It is quick, easy, and healthy.  When I saw Averie Sunshine’s pumpkin granola this week, I just about did a happy dance.  I worked half a day yesterday, and instead of resting like I was supposed to do, I was in the kitchen making this granola.  Was it worth sacrificing a nap?  Absolutely!

Have a happy, happy weekend!