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Monday, August 25, 2014

Bacon & Cheese Breakfast Casserole...

I have a confession to make...I rarely cook breakfast for my family.  Most mornings it's cereal, pop-tarts, pancakes, toast, microwave sausage sandwiches ...something easy.  Mornings are so hectic and cooking breakfast just adds to the chaos.  So, when Gooseberry Patch gave me a copy of Slow-Cooker Fall Favorites and I saw this recipe for Bacon and Cheese Breakfast Casserole that you can make in the CROCKPOT the night before, I knew I wanted to try it! I made it on a Saturday night so we could enjoy it on Sunday morning and everyone liked it.  B was a little skeptical at first and asked for Honey Nut Cheerios, but she finally gave in and said she liked it and even cleaned her plate!  So, if mornings are chaotic at your house also, I highly suggest making this recipe for your family!

Bacon & Cheese Breakfast Casserole

  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 32 ounce frozen shredded hashbrowns
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 pound bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
  • 8 oz. package shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz. package shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 12 eggs
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
Cooking Directions
  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute onion in oil until translucent.
  2. Stir in hashbrowns and cook until golden.
  3. Place the hashbrowns in a lightly greased slow cooker.
  4. Top hashbrown mixture with green pepper, bacon and cheeses; set aside.
  5. In a bowl, beat together eggs, milk, parsley, mustard, salt and pepper.
  6. Pour egg mixture over cheese in slow cooker.
  7. Cover and cook on low setting for 5 to 6 hours, until a knife tip test clean.
  8. Sprinkle a little extra cheese on servings, if desired.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Classic Buffalo Chicken Dip...

I love appetizers!  In fact, I could make a meal out of them and sometimes when I eat at a restaurant, I will order off the appetizer menu for my actual meal....unless they have pizza!    I recently made this for a family get -together that took place pool side.  I use the term 'recently' lightly because it was about a month and a half ago!  This was a big hit.  The best part, it was made in the crockpot!  I have always loved cooking in my crockpot, but since my crockpot menu has grown from only roast, potatoes and carrots in the last year or so, I love it even more!

So, I highly recommend this delicious appetizer for your next party.  Your guests will love it and will probably ask for the recipe.;)  The recipe came from Gooseberry Patch's new cookbook Slow-Cooker Fall Favorites- .

Classic Buffalo Chicken Dip

  • 2 10oz. cans chicken, drained
  • 2 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 Cup cayenne hot pepper sauce
  • 1 Cup ranch salad dressing
  • 2 Cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
Cooking Directions
  1. Combine chicken, cream cheese, hot sauce, salad dressing, and one cup cheddar cheese in slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, on high setting for about one hour, or until cheeses are melted.
  3. Turn heat to low setting;stir in remaining cheddar cheese until melted.
  4. Serve with baguette slices, or tostitoes for dipping.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

School is In Session...

School has officially been in session for a week now.  Mel started last Tuesday as a big, bad Kindergartner.  Our school system has the kindergartners attend school a day before all the other students so that they are the only ones in the school.  I love that!  Then Mel stayed home on Wednesday while B went to school and then I sent them both on Thursday.  So, I kind of felt like we had three first days!

The first days of school always have me thinking, "Where did the summer go?"  It goes by way too fast.  I know we don't start as early as some schools in our state....some started on July 30th...but I miss the days when we started around the 15th of August, or better yet, around the 21st like when I was in grade school!  Oh well, I guess it's a sign of the times and we just have to deal with it!

Here is Mel proudly posing with her first day of school sign...
 She is into anything that is cheetah print, so I wasn't surprised that this was her choice to wear on the first day of school!

 Lucky B got to stay in her PJs while Mel got on the bus...she did hide in the house when the bus pulled up.  She didn't want anyone to see her in her jammies:)
 So much stuff to take on the first day!
 There she goes!

 I wasn't as sad for Mel's first day as I was for B's.  I think it was because I knew what to expect and I prepared myself mentally.  She was ready to go which helped.

Here is B not-so proudly displaying her first day sign!
 She loves anything camo (yes, she and Mel are complete opposites when it comes to fashion!), so I wasn't surprised when she wanted to wear this for the first day.
 B wasn't as excited as Mel for school to start.  The first few days were a little rough as she had a hard time adjusting from the fun of summer to school, but it's improving.  We are fortunate that she has another great teacher this year!  In fact, it's the same teacher she had in first grade!

And just like that, we have two in school.  I have to say, I am enjoying my one-on-one time with Miss Jo!  I hope all the kids, parents, teachers, administrators, and everyone else in the school system have an awesome school year!
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