Happy chickens= a lot of eggs= egg recipes for you!
Customized pizzas are the best kind of pizzas! Don’t forget to add your favorite toppings and ingredients like pepper varieties, mushrooms, tomatoes, extra meats and specialty cheeses to this great recipe!
Here is our basic sausage and egg breakfast pizza recipe.
Sausage and Egg Breakfast Pizza Recipe
~Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
~Cook in nonstick skillet or sprayed cast iron 10 inch, warm 8 oz. of brown and serve pork sausage. (We prefer links cut into 1/2 inch pieces, it works the best.) Links take 3-4 minutes to warm. Remove sausage from skillet & drain.
~ Whisk 6-8 beaten eggs into warm skillet. With spatula, gently fluff and lift small portions of cooked eggs from the bottom of the skillet. (As to not stir.) Cook additional 5 minutes. Eggs should be moist/ soft but thoroughly cooked through.
~Place 2 (8 ounce) ready- to -serve pizza crusts on ungreased cookie sheets.
~Between the two crusts divide eggs, cooked link slices and top with 1 cup of cheddar cheese on each pizza. *Don’t forget to add your favorite toppings.
~Bake 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted.
This recipe is so simple, yet delicious. Take note, that this works on mini’s, “pop” biscuit pizzas, and also on pita breads. (Makes about 6). A great way to make single servings for students or individual kids breakfast pizzas.
Happy chickens= a lot of eggs= egg recipes for you!
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!
Indeed there are many ways to make french toast; however this is my favorite because:
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!!!
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!!!
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!!!
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…
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:
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.
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 $!
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!
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!
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!
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.
~Saute 6 cloves of garlic (minced) in a cast iron frying pan or dutch oven for 1 minute.
~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.
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!
Hand in all your paperwork prior to the first day. Whether we are talking childcare center, an in home daycare, the YMCA services, a new babysitter or private school; HELP by submitting a thorough child information form and other paperwork. Overall it helps those providing support and care to have an idea of your child, a peek into their personality or likes/dislikes, etc. Any good teacher or provider, will really look at this if you hand it in prior to your child coming to help them have a great first day! (Even down to a favorite snack or food item.)
Make accommodations for the drop off time. For example, if it is usually 6 A.M. and all the other kids get there at that time, ask your teacher or provider if you can come 15-30 minutes earlier or later. This will allow the teacher or provider to have the other children settled and their day to begin, in return, giving him/her the ability to have the child’s undivided attention.
Talk about it. Encourage your child to pack a back pack! Help them be excited about going to a new place, new friends and how much fun it will be! Leaving your precious one is hard, don’t make it harder on yourself by leaving a screaming child and wondering how long he/she cried. Your new program, teacher, and/or provider wants you to have a great first day back ALONG WITH your child, they really do care!
Should crying occur. (As you know, is very common!) Keep it low key. If you panic or “baby it” they will only respond. It could be to pour it on thicker so you’ll feel bad and take them home. Or just respond to you and your emotions.(You’re upset, so they will be too.) It’s natural! To have that bond AND your child’s heart, it’s beautiful! A good program, provider and/or teacher doesn’t want to mess that up, only build it up. (That takes parents understanding and involvement too.) Perhaps offer your child a quick support cue, then divert their attention to a neat toy, a fun project, breakfast, or whatever is happening in the room. Say goodbye and head out. Most children do adapt quickly. Yes, sometimes it does depend on the teacher and provider too. Each deals with it as they see “best” for you and your child. ***Personally, I want the children to know mom/dad/ or caretaker is leaving, BUT they’ll be back. It builds that trust for the next time that guardian/parent leaves. It seems to greatly reduce the “sadness period” too. This isn’t because of me, it is usually because of good parents. ~A child maybe little, but from birth they learn and develop trust. Whether or not they even talk, they are watching. If they’re hungry, you feed them. If tired, you put them to bed, etc. When dropped off in a new setting, it’s hard for both sides, teachers/caretakers KNOW, CARE and UNDERSTAND this fact! They are there to help build up this trust you have already started.
A personal item, toy or stuffed animal can also help. It can be packed in the bag or carried in. Now depending on the program, provider and/or teacher, this may be a violation of a “personal rule or policy”. It doesn’t hurt to ask though. Sometimes a simple squeeze of something from home is enough to help them continue their day.
Lastly, these seem simple. That is because we really do know what our children need. We know the things that help them have good days, or the things they really dislike-things we could possibly avoid. When utilizing these things we set a precedent, not just one day, perhaps how the whole school year will go… We want it the best, because that is the recipe for how our child will learn and develop the best!
Another thought, when looking at these points, if this does not describe your child’s current daycare, teacher, preschool, caretaker, etc. perhaps it is not the best option for your child. You and your child deserve the best. I understand sometimes options are limited, but also know you can tell or not if it’s a good fit for your child. Which, in return, will give your child every opportunity to grow and advance in his/her development at maximum capacity.