Sunday, December 3, 2023
Monday, November 27, 2023
After a long talk with my sister last night about getting up at 5AM to turn on the crockpot, she convinced me to do it differently. She said she would NEVER get up to do that, and thought it was a dumb idea. She suggested I just assemble it in the morning and bake it. She also suggested that we just go out to breakfast. 🤣🤣 Did I mention that she's a GENIUS?? Why did I never think of that? Sometimes I wonder how I figure out how to get dressed in the morning.
So, this morning, I got up at my usual time. I assembled the casserole by just layering the ingredients. I didn't even thaw the hash browns. I put frozen hash browns on the bottom, just half a bag, then cubed ham, then a chopped onion and green pepper, then cheese, sprinkled it with salt and pepper, then poured the egg mixture over it all. I baked it at 375 degrees for 45 minutes, and I have to tell you - it was better than in the crockpot! Really good! Nothing was mushy, it was all perfectly cooked and my husband agreed it was better this way.
Here's what it looked like:
Is that not the worst picture ever taken of food for a blog? I'm kind of in a hurry. I just wanted to let you see how it turned out. Of course, we ate the first part of it already. I think that making it this way, so that it's more spread out, helped it get done evenly. It's not nearly as thick as it is in the crockpot, but that's a good thing. No mushy parts, everything was done just right.
So there's my update! You might want to try making it this way, although the crockpot is good too. We just like it this way better!
Now go have a great day, and see you in a bit!
Sunday, November 26, 2023
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We did, and I can't believe how this weekend flew by. We got the Christmas tree up, but I haven't put any ornaments on it yet. My Christmas village has 50 or 60 some houses now, and that's my husband's job. We'll see if he gets them all up and running. I have my doubts! :) He brought the ladder down from the attic that many of the houses are placed on. He made the ladder from a Pinterest post, and it's really quite cute. He places shelves over the steps, covers them with snow, and gets them all hooked together so they light up and do all their little animations. But the houses now overflow onto the hearth of the fireplace, and then some. It's a lot to do!
Since I didn't cook for Thanksgiving, we didn't have leftovers. So I'm back to cooking. I don't know how she makes her turkey, but it turns out so moist and flavorful! Every year it just gets better and better!
This week, I am going to try and get some Christmas sewing and baking done. I have a couple projects cut out, I just need to get busy on them. It's rainy and dark today, and I am not one bit motivated to do anything but sit and watch TV!
Here's this week's menu plan. It was hard to plan this week, because I still feel full from Thanksgiving! I'm hoping this week is fairly uneventful so I can get some things done. I started Christmas shopping, and have a little bit done, but I need to do lots more!
As usual, recipe notes and links are below:
Sunday, November 19, 2023
This year, as in quite a few past years, we are going to my daughter's home for Thanksgiving. It's not much of a trip - she lives about 5 minutes down the street! :) I see them almost every day! But it's still special! She makes most of the dinner, but I always bring some side dishes and desserts. Yes, to them, it wouldn't be a holiday if Grandma didn't bring 2 or 3 or 4 extra desserts. #myfavoritepartof themeal #no surprisetoanyone
So what am I making? Just in case you want to know, here are the links to what I'm making (does anyone use cookbooks anymore? And why do I still have over 100 cookbooks on shelves in the den?)
Sweet Potato Crunch - I just use gf flour in the topping
Apple Butterscotch Fluff Salad - One of my grandgirls loves creamy fruity salad
Cauliflower Salad - a family favorite - I put the bacon in right before serving it so it stays crisp
Crustless Pumpkin Pie - make it just like a regular pumpkin pie (I use the recipe on the back of the can of Libby's Pumpkin), but don't use a crust. Just pour it in the pie pan and bake it. It's gluten free and yummy - you won't miss the crust!
Caramel Apple Trifle - yummy but NOT gluten free
Morello Cherry Pie - I'm using a gluten free pie crust and gluten free flour in the crumb topping
Caramel Apple Poke Cake - this one is optional, I may not make it if I'm tired! But my family loves poke cakes, so I always feel obligated to make one.
Sunday, November 12, 2023
|The back of the bag|
I hope you all had a great week last week! The weeks are just flying by now, and I can't believe Thanksgiving is literally right around the corner. We have a full schedule right up to the end of the year, there is so much going on with the grandkids and family. It's such a blessing to be able to participate in all these events! There are concerts, and more concerts, sports events, shopping, holiday traditions like The Nutcracker, and lots and lots of cooking and baking.
So let's take a look at this week's menu. I amped up my breakfasts this week, because honestly, I was getting bored with the same old same old. I needed something new! So I'm trying several new recipes in the mornings this week - I hope they keep me energized for these busy days! I'm trying to use my crockpot more, so that frees up my afternoon time in the kitchen. I've got a huge amount of sewing to get done, and I need some time away from cooking this week!
Here's the plan for this week. Recipe links and notes are below. I sure hope you find something yummy here - I am looking forward to some yummy meals this week!
Sunday, November 5, 2023
Blink once, and it will be Thanksgiving. Blink twice, and you'll be seeing Santa's feet coming down the chimney. It's hard to believe it's November, but it's twice as hard to believe that the holidays will be here in a couple weeks. It's time to get full-on ready for the holidays!
I spend way too much time looking like the girl in the picture. But I love to curl up on the couch and just watch the weather outside! It's actually been a beautiful fall here, just a couple cold days. The rest of the days have been sunny, in the 60's, and very breezy. Watching the leaves fall is just mesmerizing!
I'm still in a comfort food state of mind. Fall weather just seems to bring that feeling out in everyone - just cozy suppers and jammies and TV after that. Now that our clocks have been turned back, it will really be cozy in the evenings!
Here is what I came up with for this week. Recipe links and notes are below.
Recipe Links and Notes:
Polish Sausage and Sauerkraut is from Momsdish - simple but so good over mashed potatoes!
Gluten Free Bread Pudding is from Gluten Free Easily - the first time I made this, my husband and son ate half the pan before I even served it for dessert!
Gluten Free Waffles are from Maple and Thyme
Fried Apples are from Taste of Southern
Gluten Free Italian Cream Cake is from Caramel and Cashews - I can't wait to make this! I've made lots of regular Italian Cream Cakes for my family, and I'm excited to be able to try it!
Amish Baked Oatmeal is from All Recipes - I love Amish recipes, and this one is a keeper
Gluten Free Chicken and Dumplings is from Mama Knows Gluten Free - love love love this!
Gluten Free Cherry Pie is from Gluten Free Palate - I use a premade gluten free crust
Gluten Free Breakfast Bake is from Betty Crocker
Gluten Free Snickers Cake is from Caked by Katie - I'm just making this a regular 2 layer cake. It really is not complicated to make!
Baked Cod is from Yes To Yolks - this is my new favorite recipe! I made it a week or two ago, and it was SO GOOD! I use gluten free panko bread crumbs.
Gluten Free Spinach Souffle is from Eat Gluten Free - This is a new one for me. I used to love the Stouffers frozen Spinach Souffle, so we'll see if this is a good substitute!
Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts are from Cupcakes and Kale Chips
Gluten Free Potsticker Noodle Bowls are from Iowa Girl Eats
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