Showing posts with label breakfast. Show all posts
Showing posts with label breakfast. Show all posts

Monday, March 24, 2014

Peach Oatmeal Breakfast Cake

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1st day of Spring Break and it is 40 degrees. Boooo. So I'm letting the kids piddle around the house, while I try to get a few things done which means mostly they are just finding ways to argue with each other and Nash just fell out of a chair. Like, one leg was hinged on the seat and the rest of his body was dangling over the side, his head resting on the floor. How do kids even manage to do stuff like that?! Can you even imagine doing that as an adult? Well...actually, I can, so there's that.

BUT, I did make this awesome peach breakfast cake and the kiddos ate it up. Now, when you have four boy children who eat A LOT, I make sides with my meals so it all goes a bit further. This morning, in addition to the cake, I made hard boiled eggs with a glass of milk. The big boys protested eating the eggs and only wanted cake (The little boys were angels and ate every bite). I said that was fine but if they wanted seconds they had to have some eggs first and if they got hungry before lunch, they were just going to have to wait it out. I'm expecting them to start pillaging in about an hour. I'll definitely be shutting that down. I hate being a food Nazi, but it really burns my ass when my kids don't eat what I make and then complain about being hungry.

Here's the recipe:

1 stick butter, melted
1 1/2 c. rolled oats
2/3 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 15 oz. cans of peaches, with juice

Pour peaches and juice into a 9 x 9 square baking dish and set aside. Stir together the remaining ingredients (the mixture will be crumbly) and pour on top of peaches and juice. Place dish in a 375 degree oven and bake for 45 minutes. Serve warm with whatever your kids won't complain about.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


whole grain oats, a swirl of honey, strawberries, bananas, blueberries, and walnuts - as per my health magazine, which i love love love. now, if only i could adopt a healthy habits throughout the rest of the day...maybe I could lose this last 15 pounds. :(

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Breakfast Burritos for Dinner

sometimes i feel like giving up on feeding my family healthy meals. someone is always complaining and i won't lie - sometimes that person is me. i wouldn't file this recipe under healthy per se, but it isn't completely horrible either. well, we could have done without the hashbrowns i suppose. i only have a handful or two of recipes that are really healthy AND taste really good AND everyone likes it.

 and so my search continues for the perfect recipes for my family. in the meantime...

8 eggs
8 flour tortillas

these are the necesary ingredients. and then add whatever your family won't hate you for!

spinach, green pepper, ham, mushrooms, cheese, green onions, salsa, tomatoes, sausage - whatever!

i used diced green onions, diced ham, and cheese.

serves 4-6

scramble your eggs with your chosen ingredients and add salt and pepper. once the eggs are scrambled, set aside. use about 1/4 cup egg mixture for each tortilla. place mixture on one end of tortilla, fold the sides in and then roll up. place in an oven-safe dish and top with cheese. put in oven until warmed through - about 10-15 minutes.

serve with potatoes and cut up fruit. don't forget the chocolate milk! ...and ketchup. i totally forgot to buy ketchup and the boys were not happy. but ketchup is nasty, so i try not to buy it until summertime when we grill hotdogs and hamburgers. right?! who's with me on this?!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

baked donuts.

Today, I made homemade doughnuts.

They were fabulous.

I made chocolate ones with toasted coconut.

I made vanilla ones with toasted coconut.

I made chocolate ones with sprinkles.

And vanilla ones with sprinkles.

And I have left-overs.

But, let's get real...I'm giving those just about 2 more hours. I got all Martha in the kitchen today and finally used my doughnut pans that I just had to have over a  year ago.

They. Were. Awesome. But, I bet you could already tell that from the pictures. And they are baked, so they're a little healthier, I suppose. Here's the recipe straight from April 2010 Family Circle magazine.

For Vanilla Cake Doughnuts:

1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1/2 c. low-fat buttermilk
1/2 c. packed dark-brown sugar
1 egg
4 t. melted unsalted butter
1 t. vanilla

Mix dry ingredients in small bowl, set aside. In another bowl mix wet ingredients until smooth and add to flour mixture. Spoon batter into a Ziploc bag and cut off a corner. Squeeze batter into each indentation in doughnut pan, about 2/3 full. Smooth top with small spoon. Bake at 325 for 13 minutes, until doughnuts are slightly springy. Let cool and then move on to the icing, baby!

For Chocolate Cake Doughnuts:

1 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1/2 c. low-fat buttermilk
1/2 c. packed dark brown sugar
1 egg
4 t. melted unsalted butter
1 t. vanilla

Same directions as above.


1 c. powdered sugar
1 T. + just a little extra milk

Stir until smooth. Dip top of doughnuts into bowl and allow extra icing to drip back into bowl. Place on cookie sheet lined with wax paper and start your toppings. You can also make chocolate icing by adding 1 T. unsweetened cocoa powder to powdered sugar and milk. Top with toasted coconut, sprinkles, mini-chocolate chips, mini M & Ms...whatever!

Seriously, your welcome.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Products I Love, plus Some Really Good Food, Too.

Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Make-Up Remover

I LOVE this facial cleanser that I've been using for about a month. It is light and smells awesome, plus it removes all the make-up plus mascara. The only thing I don't love about it is how small the container is (6 oz. Boooo.) And I think it was kind of pricey. I'm glad to have found a good drug store option and hope it stays on the shelves for a long time. Don't you hate when you finally find something you love, only to discover that it has been discontinued?

Sensodyne Iso-Active Toothpaste

I'm the only one who uses Sensodyne toothpaste in the house, so you know it has to be AWESOME for me to pay $6 for it. But seriously, I love it. I will admit, I am a sucker for ads and commercials and when I first saw the ads for this toothpaste a couple of months ago, they got me. Now I don't really know if all the little toothpaste bubbles explode off your toothbrush into every little crevice between each tooth like the commercial suggests, but I like to think that is exactly what it is doing anyway. The toothpaste comes out in a gel form but foams up as you start to brush your teeth. And the flavor is really good. The only sucky part is that sometimes a little gel will continue to come out even after you've stopped pushing the top, which can create a gel-ly mess around the top of the container. And my kids keep trying to snatch it from my bathroom, but they're not old enough for $6 toothpaste, at least not until they've got permanents.

Next up, Five Guys.

Holey Moley, I am in love. Friday night T-bone and I got to go on a date, thanks to his brah brah and his lovely girlfriend. They watched our kiddos and they were even in bed sound asleep when we got home. Score! (And no one was hurt - there wasn't even blood on the carpet this time! Double Score!)

We drove around for like, 30 minutes trying to decide what to eat. Finally, I pulled into Five Guys. It just opened up in our city and I've heard really good things about it. And they were all RIGHT! It was amazing. Amazing burgers, amazing fries and cherry coke from the fountain. Who has fountain cherry coke? Really awesome places, that's who. They also had malt vinegar for the fries, which is my favorite. And the guy who manages used to be our boss from our Logan's Roadhouse days from college (that's where we met, you know), so it was fun getting to catch up with him and kind of fun seeing his face when he realized I was preggers with #4 and that we were still married after 8 years because I'm pretty sure he had to get on to us a couple of times for making out in the back while we were working.

Anyway, it's my new favorite place and all you local readers should go ASAP.

And finally, these BREAD MACHINE cinnamon rolls.

I made these beauties for General Conference weekend and they are really easy and really good. They aren't the best cinnamon rolls I've ever had, but for minimal work, they're pretty darn good. Here's the recipe...

For the Dough:

1 c. milk
1 egg
4 T. butter
3 1/3 c. flour
3 T. sugar
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 t. yeast

For the filling:

1/4 c. melted butter
1/4 c. brown sugar
2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg

Put the dough ingredients into your bread machine and hit the dough cycle. That's it! It takes about an hour, so go do something fun in the meantime. Once it's done, set the dough into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap so it can rise. This takes about another hour. Once it has doubled in size, put your dough out on the counter and roll it out with a rolling pin. Shape it into a rectangle if you can, but I've always had problems with this...I just do it the best I can. Spread the filling over the dough and roll up, sealing the seam with your finger. Cut about 1 inch slices, you should have about 12 rolls. You can put your rolls in a muffin tin or any kind of baking dish. I always use a glass one so I can put it in the dishwasher afterwards. Let the rolls rise a little longer, 20-30 minutes and then put them in oven at 350 for about 20 minutes, or until slightly browned on top. If you like icing, and who doesn't like freaking icing on a cinnamon roll?, put about 3 cups of powdered sugar in a bowl with 1 T. milk. Stir until creamy, you can add more powdered sugar or milk to get the consistency you want and then just pour over the top.

Yum. Yum. Yum.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Oatmeal at Mickey D's?

One morning in the midst of our 12th move in 8 years, I ran to McDonald's to grab breakfast, for just the night before I had packed up the entirety of our kitchen, not leaving even a single spoon.

While ordering the breakfast usuals, bacon-egg-cheese muffin for myself and Mcgriddles for everyone else, my eyes landed upon the word oatmeal within the contents of the menu.

"Oatmeal"? I thought to myself. "I love oatmeal". And the picture was right before me so I knew it was true. So I ordered it, too.

And it is seriously delicious. It consists of apples and golden raisins swimming in a sea of rolled oats with (or without) brown sugar to sweeten it up. And you know I went with the brown sugar. But, its completely optional.


This morning, I am eagerly waiting on a plumber to come rescue my 2nd bathroom woes of the toilet not flushing properly. We have 3 bathrooms, so it's not a dire situation, per se, but the boys have been using our bathroom for a week and sometimes they forget to flush. Which makes it kind of dire. Boys are gross, you remember.

I woke up thinking about the commercial I had seen the night before advertising McDonald's new oatmeal, but of course, I am not missing the plumber. So, I made my own. It was good.

I use Quick-Cook Steel Cut Oats, which I prefer unless we are making chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, then I am over the moon with the rolled kind.

I topped it off with half of a finely chopped apple and some raisins, along with just a dusting of brown sugar and it totally hit the spot.

In other news, I also ate a bad blueberry this morning. Who knew blueberries could make one gag? It was was G. R. O. S. S.

And in more other news, I completely fell out of my chair and landed on my face struggling with the remote control. I only wanted to see the Today Show, what the hell happened? It's a mystery. One that I'm pretty sure has to do with my gestational situation.

Have a happy day...and as Bert would surely say, "Don't forget the oatmeal".

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

This Morning.

I woke up this morning at 6:37 a.m. to the sound of heavy panting. It sounded exactly like an exhausted dog. Except it wasn't, it was my Bryce staring at me and then when I finally opened my eyes, he laughed, LOUD, and then hit me in the head with his Crocs.

"Put my shoes on, mom," he sang. "Put my hat on, mom," he bellowed.

And I, as his mother, just rolled over and pulled the covers up over my head.

(and if you know my children, you would know this only entices even more. He came to the other side, got on the bed, and jumped all over me and yelled out, "G-ET U-PP, MOOOOMMMMMM" until I was up. Mothering is hard. )

This is kind of  what he looked like at my bedside.

So, I got up. And this is what I made them for breakfast:

This may just look like scrambled eggs. But this is actually cheesy scrambled eggs and there is a trick to it that I learned just last week. Usually Travis makes these eggs because cleaning that cast-iron pan is on my 'least favorites list'. But, since they are my kid's favorite, I decided to get over the pan and just make the dang eggs.

Everyone knows how to make scrambled eggs. And cheesy eggs, too, I would imagine. I would just add the cheese as soon as  I put the eggs in the pan and it would cook together and become this big gooey jumble. It  warranted lots of whining from my kids that "there was no cheese on the eggs" AND  "Dad did it better". Not cool.

So I watched the next time Travis made the eggs and 'lo and behold' he put the cheese on AFTER the eggs were cooked, but BEFORE they were on individual plates and what he had was a beautiful combination of eggs and cheese. And they did taste better and you could see the cheese! Hooray! (He also uses butter, which always helps taste, no?)

And that is the trick to these lovely Cheesy Scrambles, my friends.

You're welcome.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Pumpkin-Ginger Waffles

Happy Fall! I love pumpkin, but it's hard to eat all year round--so I kicked off the season this morning with these pumpkin-ginger waffles. The recipe is adapted from one in a magazine--Country Living, I believe.

1/4 c. all-purpose flour

1 1/2 t. baking powder

1/2 t. baking soda

1/4 t. salt

1 t. ground ginger

1 t. ground cinnamon

2 large eggs

3/4 c. buttermilk

1/2 c. 100% pumpkin

1/2 sugar

3/4 t. vanilla

3 T. melted butter

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk eggs, buttermilk, pumpkin, sugar, and vanilla. Combine with flour mixture and mix until blended smooth. Stir in melted butter. About 1/2 c. per waffle in waffle iron. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

My Favorite Breakfast

Steel-Cut Oats, Honey, Banana, Cinnamon, Crumbled Raw Pecan

Love it!

Breakfast Casserole

My family goes crazy for this. It's a family recipe that we picked up in Tennessee. It started out as a Holiday breakfast, but has worked its way into dinner on a week night. I've also made it for several brunches, especially good for showers.

1 lb. breakfast sausage
4 eggs
2 cups shredded Colby-jack or cheddar
1 package crescent rolls

Preheat oven at 350. Open crescent rolls and layer the bottom of an 8 x 8 pan with 2 triangles. Try to stretch crescent rolls to cover bottom. Place in oven until rolls start to puff. Set aside. Meanwhile, cook sausage according to package, drain, set aside. Crack eggs in medium sized bowl and beat until you have a consistency like you were making scrambled eggs. Add cheese and mix well. Combine with sausage and mix well. Pour sausage mixture into pan on top of puffed crescent rolls. Place remaining crescent rolls on top and bake until top is golden brown, 20-25 minutes.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Simple Biscuits and Gravy

1 pound breakfast sausage, cooked and drained
salt and pepper to taste
Buttermilk biscuits (I use the frozen ones)

After draining sausage, return to pan. Sprinkle enough flour over the sausage to evenly coat it. Pour enough milk to just cover sausage and add salt and pepper, to taste. Turn heat on high and stir as the sausage mixture starts to boil. Once it thickens, turn heat off. Spoon some atop a biscuit and enjoy!

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