Southwestern Egg Bake

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Brunch time must- try recipe! A great make- ahead meal that can be refrigerated up to a day in advanced, leave this dish simple with a bit of a twist to traditional bakes. Let’s begin:

Southwestern Egg Bake Recipe

~Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

~Mix 2 Cups of corn bread stuffing crumbs, 1 can of corn (drained), 1 can of chopped green chilies (undrained), 1/2 cup of sour cream and 1 egg. (Set aside 6 more for later.)

~Stir well. Place in grease/ sprayed 9 X13 baking sheet. Spread evenly across pan.

~With the back of a large spoon, make 6 indentations.

~Crack and place an egg into each indentation. (Uses 6 eggs.) Pierce the yolk of each egg with a fork.

~Bake uncovered 20-25 minutes or until the egg whites and yolks are firm, not runny.

~Next, sprinkle 1 Cup (or more if desired) of shredded Monterey Jack cheese over the stuffing mixture. Bake for 3 minutes more, until the cheese is melted.

~Serve with fresh salsa. NUM!

Happy Homemaking! Happy Baking!!!

Ultimate French Toast Recipe

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Ultimate French Toast Recipe

~In a round baking pan beat 6 eggs. Add 5 Tablespoons of whole milk. Blend with fork.

~Gently add a splash of vanilla extract and a couple drops of almond extract. Mix.

~Top off your batter with 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. (I only add 1/4 tsp of cinnamon, dip a few slices, then add 1/4 more as it dwindles down.)

With a sprayed hot griddle or cast iron pan with a splash of olive oil, dip slices of your favorite bread in the batter. Turn and do the same on the other side.

~Next, place on the hot griddle. Brown, then flip.

~Once both sides are brown, remove and do the same with the next batch. Serve HOT with fresh churned butter and local maple syrup from your local foods store or farmer. AMAZING!!! So good!

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Indeed there are many ways to make french toast; however this is my favorite because:

  1. You can substitute seasonings. My kids love the bakery apple pie seasoning, pumpkin pie seasoning and cardamom as well. Have fun & change it up. It is still delicious!!!
  2. Although we are fans of fresh churned butter and our fresh maple syrup most of all; we have also used a variety of toppings. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, thimbleberry syrup, honey, sprinkled powdered sugar, fruit whip, yogurt or cool whip are some of the few choices!!!
  3. Speaking of substitutes, how about the bread. Sliced hoagies are among my children’s favorites. The thick bread soaks in the small sliced, filling them with delicious flavor. Others include: french bread, sour dough (apple sour bread is AMAZING as french toast), cinnamon raisin or fruit breads work well too! (Even zucchini bread)

As you can see, with all these options, this is why we rank this recipe at the top of French toast recipes!

To improve overall taste, make with fresh brown eggs!!! Note that depending on the bread you select, this usually feeds 1 adult & 4 children. I do double the recipe if a thick heavy bread that will soak up a large amount of batter. Happy Homemaking!!!

Flock of Feathers

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Perhaps the most exhilarating sign of spring are the birds. Anticipating their arrival our craft area is filled with tools and supplies for creative new feeders for our feathered friends.

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As a teacher, I must confess, this is a unit I enjoy every year! -AND- I do not skip this unit for any age.

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Faithful feathers peak at the feeders throughout spring to announce their arrival and notify us they are ready for their “treats”! As corny as it may seem, we absolutely love it! (All ages!)

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During mid- migration, the feeders are quieter indeed. However, bustling loud blue jays, woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches and various winter breeds tackle the feeders with delight. It is such a joy!

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Happy Homesteading!

Garden in the Winter

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Although gardening in the “frozen tundra” appears to be impossible, especially since there are no signs of end at this current time.

Extending our growing season this year by transplanting some garden produce plants into buckets, allowed us to pick fresh peppers and tomatoes up through Christmas. It was such a nice treat to add to our sprouts, greens and herbs. Although our set up is a bit on the frugal side, a nice crop of carrots and beets do well through the winter in the basement. I by no means am trying to offend AND I absolutely love the fresh produce, herbs and dishes! However, it is just not the same as digging into the fresh dirt!

Sweet sprouts and started transplants are just peeking through the soft soil mixture. It reminds me of the soon to come planting days. Each year we plan and rummage through the seed catalogs, just like some children do for Christmas toys! New varieties, favorite flavors, sweet smells and tastes of fresh produce or pie trickle into our thoughts. Hmm…

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Even though the pantry is still stocked and supplied from last years beautiful blessings, the excitement of a new season finds a way to creep in. Gathering supplies and seeds are just a few steps for a successful garden. Here are 5 things you can do during winter to help plan for a successful garden:

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  1. Prepare your garden equipment. No matter what time your area or zone begins to plant, the off season is a great time to clean up or restock your tools. Even better, many times off season products are on clearance at local stores. Do you need more garden hand tools? Perhaps gloves? Some fertilizer or better yet potting mix. When on clearance one can easily save $5-$8 a bag, depending on brand and location AND use a coupon on top of that. Refill your tools and supplies. A friend has a shop and sharpens our shovels for us. It makes a difference folks! Perhaps a tune up if you have a tiller? Cleaning it out if rust is an issue in your area, etc.
  2. Restock. #1 was more for equipment or tools. This is for seeds, soil, transplant or pots. Purchase what you need or restock in the off season and save $!
  3. Organize your seeds. What are you definitely planting? Do you always plant the same thing and same amount. If you are like us, we have a stack of what we consider “needs to go into the garden” and a stack of seeds I make room for. LOL. Whichever way you garden, organize what you are planning to plant. This will assist you to be able to plan, which is #4. With this one, I also encourage you to separate what needs to be started indoors, or will boost your crop if started inside. This provides a huge advantage for a great season and crop!
  4. Plan & Layout your garden. Rotating crops can make things difficult for some people, depending on their type of garden and layout. If space is not an issue, it may not make much of a difference to you, as long as everything gets light. However, if you are trying to plant as much as possible, your garden layout can make a huge difference. Vertical gardening frees so much of your gardening space up and is a huge blessing to work with. So with your seeds organized, come up with a plan for what you have to work with. Perhaps you will decide you want to plant more. Due to your planning, you have time!
  5. Get Encouraged & Inspired. Gardening can be so diverse. Having the privileged to grow up gardening, I was fortunate to see so many types of gardens and methods. I adopted my favorites and oddly, when I married, my husband had his methods. Over time, methods seem to really work better for certain crops that I was not accustomed to growing a certain way, and likewise with my husband. Every year, we love to see peoples gardens. It is inspiring and encouraging! Our garden is a huge blessing and so beautifully productive, but there’s just that one thing in someone’s garden that we “might try” or that give’s us a new idea with something we are already doing. It’s wonderful! It keeps things lively, new & interesting!
  6. BONUS: Compost. If you are able to compost your garden area, do so, it will not hurt! If it is covered in snow, do you have compost methods ready. We use a mixture of bunny manures and one of our kiddos has taken a fancy to worm farming. The compost is wonderful and greatly impacts the garden! IF you do not have anything available, now is the time to plan. Can you call a local farmer and ask him to call you when he/she has thawed manure. If your area is saturated with farmers, it will probably be free if you haul it. Locals here are free OR up to $25 dollars for as much as you can load. Simply drive up, and they use the bucket on the tractor to fill your truck and/or trailer. ***Make sure you check what kinds of manure. Some manures are too HOT for a garden. There are methods to breaking it down, but it’s best to get ready manure that can go on as you till up your garden. Just ask your local farmer or coop group.
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Happy Homemaking! Happy Gardening!

Broccoli and Cheese Soup

~Saute 6 cloves of garlic (minced) in a cast iron frying pan or dutch oven for 1 minute.

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~Add 5 & 1/4 Cups of chicken broth. Heat on medium. As is begins to warm, add 1 & 1/2 cups of heavy cream & 6 cups of broccoli chunks. (I have diced mine small in a mandaline chopper for young children and add 2 cans of chopped carrots run through the mandaline chopper as well.) Heat. Bring to a boil slowly. Then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. (Veggies should be soft and tender.)

~Once heated thoroughly, remove from heat. Continually stir and add 4-5 Cups of shredded cheddar cheese.

**These recipes are calculated for 10 children and 2 adults.

Mexican Breakfast Taco with Chorizo

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Mexican Breakfast Taco with Chorizo Recipe

~Heat iron skillet and fry 1/2 lb of Chorizo sausage until thoroughly cooked and browned.

~Drain grease, and reheat pan adding 2 Tablespoons of olive oil.

~Dice (3) large Yukon gold potatoes and add them to your skillet.

~Cook for about 10-12 minutes with the cover on then. Add 1 & 1/2 teaspoons of chili powder.

~After you add chili powder, cook for 12-15 minutes longer.

~While your potatoes are cooking, take(6) eggs and crack them into a large bowl and pour in some milk while scrambling them.

~Pour in a separate pan, then cook at a medium temperature while stirring until they are fully cooked.

~Once the eggs and potatoes are both cooked, set them aside.

~Take some corn tortillas and warm them up in the oven or on the stove.

~Put some meat, eggs, and potatoes on the tortillas.

~Top with: cheese, salsa, cilantro & thinly sliced green onions. Feel free to add your favorite additional toppings here as well.

Serve hot with guacamole or hot sauce. Share. Eat. Enjoy!

Overnight Apple Pie French Toast Recipe

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Overnight Apple Pie French Toast Recipe

THE NIGHT BEFORE

Plop ingredients in. Mix. Bake. Eat! A great recipe that kids love, no fuss kitchen mess, from fridge to oven early in the morning, ready and delicious in minutes.

~Start with 1 loaf of bread. (I use a dry sourdough usually on discount from a local baker.) Any bread will really work, you will need 16 oz of sliced bread. (If I usually have little ones too, so I cube the bread first.)

~Spray a 9 X 13 cake pan. Place bite size bread cubes on the bottom of the pan.

~Whisk 6 eggs, 1 & 1/2 cups of milk, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Stir. Pour mixture over the bread cubes. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator overnight.

I do the following in a Ziploc container so I do not do it in the morning:

~Start with 1 cup of flour and 1/2 cup of brown sugar.

~Gently stir and cut in a 1/2 cup of butter.

~Mix. Add 1 cup of quick cooking oats.

~Place in Ziploc container and set on counter for morning, along with 1 can of apple pie filling.

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IN THE MORNING

~Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

~Remove 9 X 13 pan from refrigerator. Top by spreading a large can of apple pie filling across the top of the bread mixture with a spatula.

~Next, stir oat/ crumble topping and sprinkle over top the apple pie mixture.

~Bake for 25 minutes.

Top with sprinkled powdered sugar, syrup or cool whip. Serve warm. Share. Eat. Enjoy! Happy Homemaking! Happy Baking!

Biscuits & Gravy Bake (with eggs)

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Biscuits & Gravy Bake (with eggs) Recipe

~Grease a 9 X 13 pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees

~Cut a 1 package of Grands Buttermilk “pop” biscuits into 1 inch pieces and place in the bottom of the greased pan.

~Brown 1 pound of breakfast sausage

~Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk 6 eggs and 1/2 cup of milk sprinkle with salt and pepper.

~Browned sausage is then placed over the cut buttermilk biscuits and topped with 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.

~Next pour over your beaten egg mixture onto cheese.

~Next pour over 1 large jar or 2 cups of prepared pepper gravy.

BAKE for 45 minutes or until everything is thoroughly cooked. SERVE WARM.

Happy homemaking! Happy baking! Enjoy!

Free Editable Calendar (Along with a free 6 week menu rotation)

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Planning is a drag to some. At times it’s not my favorite, but I do love to be organized! Here is one of the templates I have for organizing menus, along with an example or a (6) week adult/children’s menu. (Preschool) Feel free to download both and cut/paste for personal use only please! I have 5 more FREE lunch & 6 FREE dinner menu rotations in the teacher sections available to subscribers. Along with 30+ weekly theme & coordinating snacks for your home daycare, preschool or center. Feel free to share my site to your teacher friends. This material is for personal use only. I would like to keep this up and add freebies for you busy moms, single moms & working folks that are trying to work hard & save time for your families. I hope you are blessed!

P.S. – I do know spellings on some of my saved documents are incorrect. This is not because of bad spelling, but 20+ documents named the same. I just decided to spell them differently 😉 LOL

Hashbrown Breakfast Bake in Minutes

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Hashbrown Breakfast Bake in Minutes Recipe

~Spray a 9 X 13 pan and preheat oven to 400 degrees

~NEXT, in a large bowl beat 8 eggs.

~Add 4 Cups of frozen hash browns to your eggs.

~Next dice 1 onion and add to your bowl with up to 16 oz of diced ham. (This can be substituted with sausage or bacon as well.)

~Stir.

~Season with salt & pepper (1 tsp of each) and **optional hot sauce (1 tsp)

~Mix in 8 oz. of shredded sharp cheddar, 6 oz of swiss cheese & 16 oz of cottage cheese (small curd works the best)

~Stir well and pour into a 9 X 13 greased glass baking pan.

Bake 45 minutes or until the center is set. **Optional (Top with additional cheese, bacon bits, and fresh chopped chives.) Let rest for 5 minutes. Serve hot. Enjoy!

Happy Baking! Happy Homemaking!