Saturday, September 22, 2018

Breakfast Egg Bites

Cooking is something I haven't always appreciated doing.  A box of noodles and a jar of sauce was what my spaghetti used to consist of.  Now?  Well, I'm learning how to make homemade noodles with cool grown up stuff like a pasta roller and my bare friggin' hands!  I'm still working on getting it right, but I definitely feel more accomplished and proud to feed fresh pasta to my family!

Pizza... well that tasty treat came from the freezer section of the local supermarket.  I do still indulge in a 5 Cheese Tombstone every so often, but after years of working on my perfect crust and sauce recipe, my preference is to make it myself.  Maybe I'm biased but I believe I've gotten quite good at it!  I love making pizza so much I've actually considered making a cookbook!

I've also gotten pretty darn good at making omelets, which really aren't that hard to do.  When my husband comes back from a week long sales trip, an omelet is usually the first thing he'll ask me to make for him.  In the past, buying an egg biscuit or getting a big breakfast from McDonald's was my top breakfast choice.  I can make all of the fixins' for a McDonald's big breakfast at home now and it tastes SO MUCH BETTER!  Then, there's my new favorite... biscuits and gravy.  I never thought I was a rue making kind of chick, but now I'm all about a good rue!

I wanted to show off an omelet pic, so check out this happy omelet and pancake platter I made the other night for my kids!  (Kind of looks like a happy duck doesn't it?  Ha ha!)

There are many other things I've learned to make but right now it's time to get to the topic of this blog... the Breakfast Egg Bites!  I've learned that cooking does not have to be a chore.  It also doesn't have to be a super involved process.  I haven't done a recipe blog in quite a while, or any blog for that matter, so I thought I'd share this easy peasy recipe for some yummy egg bites.  I actually wouldn't call it much of a recipe, just a brilliant marrying of pretty simple ingredients to make a super tasty bite, but it's definitely quick and easy!

A Facebook friend of mine posted a photo of some tasty looking egg bites and I was immediately intrigued.  I'm always interested in finding new breakfast ideas and I think I could probably live on eggs and cheese.  Just thinking about it makes me want to hit the fast forward button to breakfast!  Her recipe used a meat for the base, like ham or turkey.  I decided I wanted to use some pie dough as the base for my egg bites.  I happened to have some Pillsbury pie dough on hand and the only other ingredients I needed was eggs, shredded cheese, milk and some salt and pepper.

The pie dough came in a two pack, I only used one of the doughs.  I utilized my mini cupcake pan that has 24 spaces.  I unrolled the dough and used the mouth of a small mason jar to cut the circles out.  I had to do this in rounds because I could only get so many out of the dough at a time.  I then rolled it back out and kept cutting until I had no more dough to use.  I pressed the circles into and up the sides of the mini muffin spaces.

I then mixed together 3 large eggs, a dash of milk and some salt and pepper.  I filled each pie crust filled mini muffin space about halfway with the egg mixture.  I topped the mixture with shredded mild cheddar cheese.  Now, I prefer to buy bricks of cheese and shred them myself.  I think it tastes better than buying pre-shredded cheese, however in this instance I did use pre-shredded because we had a lot left over from a party.

I cooked these for about 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven and viola!  Tasty breakfast treats!  It's not a gourmet meal by any stretch but so easy and also versatile!  You can add anything to them that you like.  Throw some (pre-cooked) bacon in there, tomatoes, maybe some chopped up (pre-cooked) breakfast sausage, green onions or some fresh basil... the possibilities are endless!  My kiddos ate the whole batch up in under five minutes flat!  I was able to nab a few before they ate them all and yum, yum, yum!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

What the 4th!

For starters, there is adult content in this blog.  It's got some pretty delightfully inappropriate topics, so I just want to make sure everyone understands that before you delve into it.  If that isn't your thing, definitely heed the warning and don't read further.  If it is your thing... here goes!

The 4th of July is upon us.  It's time for family get togethers, barbecues, treats and fireworks.  Our family happens to be having a 4th of July party this coming weekend.  I had planned on bringing deviled eggs but after finding that my sister-in-law had that covered, I dug into Pinterest to find a new tasty treat.  I have to tell you, pretty much everything looked delicious.  Sugary treats all colored in red, white and blue.  Blueberry, strawberry and banana shish kabobs a plenty.  Jello cups.  Rice Krispie treats.  Colorful cakes.  Scrumptious fruit salads.  So many tasty choices.

I thought I'd put this blog together to get opinions on a few of the recipes I found to find out which I should bring to my brother-in-law's house this Saturday.

Option 1:

Patriotic Marshmallow Wands

Patriotic.  Marshmallow... Wands.  Need I say more?  I mean, how tasty do these penis-shaped chocolatey dreams look?  No party should go without them.  That's for sure.

Option 2:

4th of July Popsicles

Or... as I like to call them... feet pops.  I mean, who doesn't want to eat a blue, cold dead foot with painted red toenails?  The kiddies will come a runnin'.

Option 3:

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Um...............................................................................  Yeah.  They look like cream-filled... lady parts.  A delicacy for a 4th of July party.

Option 4:

Twinkies on a Stick

Who doesn't want to transform a phallic-shaped, cream-filled cake into an American flag?  Nothing screams patriotism more.  It doesn't.  As you take a bite and the cream oozes out, you'll say to yourself, "Ah, I love being an American."

Option 5:

Edible Eagles

Now, I know this isn't as deliciously charged as the other options but... it's definitely still a contender. I mean, eating the heads of America's iconic bird... what better way to say, "Happy Birthday, America!!"

Option 6:

(Last but definitely not least)
Patriotic Popsicles

These are such sweet, cute treats that help cool everyone off on a hot day.  The ridged red and white stripes all the way up the shaft topped off with a star at the head of it.. I don't know, this may be the winner!

So.. I really need your help!  Which would you bring?  These choices are so superbly amazing that making this decision alone seems impossible!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Snow Day!

Our household has been down for the count with the plague, or what feels like it, for the last ten days or so.  Quentin and Mallory have each missed a week of school as well as missing school yesterday.  I was sick from the same thing too.  I think it was likely because Mallory likes to pretend to be a cat and she licked me smack on the lips.  That, in addition to accepting many coughs and sneezes into my personal space, did me in.  Even though I'm finally just about over it, I have to say it was brutal.  I think Quentin, Mallory and I are probably immune to just about everything after this rollercoaster of a bug.  This bug is smart ass too.  A real jokester.  The second you think you're fever free and all better... BOOM... fever city.

Today was the day though.  The day they were all going to go back to school.  I went to bed on the early side (for me) so I could be up and ready to get kids out of bed, to help with lunches, make sure clothes were changed and to get them off to school.  The day had different ideas.

Somewhere between 5 and 5:30am my phone started blowing up.  No joke.  Text messages, voicemails, emails... all from the high school saying that school was canceled.  Then I could hear the plow truck on my street.  I knew it was supposed to snow, but school cancelation snow?  It actually didn't snow all that much (in my opinion) but with the rain all day yesterday and the temperature drop plus the snowfall it was sure to make for some slick driving conditions.  I'd rather keep my babies safe at home... and go back to bed, which I totally did.

When I got Mallory up this morning, I opened up her window shade and showed her the new snow.  She immediately said she wanted to build a snowman.  During breakfast, all she could talk about was how she had to get a big snowball and little snowballs to make a snowman.  It needed two eyes and an orange nose.  She was so excited to be able to go outside.  It came as no surprise that immediately following breakfast, Quentin and Nicholas were gearing up to go outside.  So I got Mallory ready too.

Once they were outside, I suited up and grabbed my camera so I could get some photos of them playing in the snow.  It's been a while since I've done that and part of my goal for 2018 is to take more photos of my own family.  I spend time photographing other families and children and tend not to take the time to capture our own family memories.  So, out I went!

There was sled fun...

Nicholas tried to help Mallory build a snowman, but they weren't able to get the snow to cooperate.  So there was a lot of scooping of snow to put in a big pile.

Andrew came out to play too!

The kids had a lot of fun being outside and when you have a snow day, being out in the snow is just a given!

My favorite part?  Getting back inside the warm house and indulging in a nice, cozy, warm mug of hot chocolate.

Stay warm everyone!

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