Saturday, December 24, 2011

Hash Brown and Egg Casserole

Looking for a last minute breakfast idea for tomorrow morning? I've got just the thing.
A few weeks ago, I had a few girls over for a dinner party and I went with a breakfast theme. I tried out two casseroles - this was a crowd favorite.  Normally on Christmas morning we have a large family breakfast. This year we will be attending church services together so we will need a quicker breakfast, so this will be perfect!

1 (2 pound package) frozen hash browns potatoes, thawed
1 pound pork sausage
1 small onion, diced
7 eggs
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
12 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 2 quart baking dish. Place the hash browns in the bottom of the baking dish.
2. Heat a skillet and cook and stir the sausage and onion until sausage is crumbly, evenly browned and no longer pink; drain.
3. Whisk together the eggs, milks, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and pour over the hash brown potatoes. Layer with half the cheddar cheese, the sausage mixture, and the remaining cheese. Cover with foil.
4. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Remove the cover; return the casserole to the oven and bake until a knife insterted into the cetner comes out clean, about 10 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

This recipe was originally from and has been slightly adapted for our preferences.
Enjoy and Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Boomer Sooner!

Over the Thanksgiving holiday my family had to celebrate in true Oklahoma fashion - we dawned our Crimson and Cream and cheered on our Sooners. We were thankful for football, family and of course, a Sooner victory!
 My face in this picture makes me laugh.. I'm not sure what is it ....maybe it was because I was thinking "Dad, will you please shave the goatee!!??"

I love going to the games. I just love seeing people who are so passionate for their team and the loyalty of fans. Anyways - Boomer Sooner. Beat OSU tomorrow! (Had to add that - I couldn't call myself an Okie if I didn't!)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Guess Who's Back!

I knew it had been awhile since I've posted..but I didn't realize it had been THAT long since I've posted! A lot has happened since September!

I had high hopes of posting a beautiful sentiment on Thanksgiving..but that never happened. I really enjoy Thanksgiving. You get the family time and food just like Christmas but everyone is so rushed and frazzled many people want the day to just be over. Thanksgiving is just a nice time to relax and enjoy family without the stress of gift-giving (and honestly, should it be that stressful to give - I think not!) 

I haven't been blogging much since the arrival of the iPad. I have been leaving my ol' laptop at my office and only having my iPad for home. It would take me a lot longer to type an entire blog entry on my iPad - I guess I could try..but I feel like it'd be more trouble than it's any way that is my explanation for the lack of blog entries as of late.

I'm going to try to get back into writing some.
Maybe I will just write about being Thankful in December still. I know- gasp- we can only be thankful in November right before we eat turkey. It's just uncalled for to be grateful the rest of the year!

But for now I leave you with this - a look into what it was like to have my mom as a mom .

When I was little I would come home from school/church/someone's house--and my room would look at little like this..but add in toys. My mom would come in and clean everything off the floor and pile it up on my bed. She'd even take everything from underneath the bed and closets. It was a MEAN and dirty thing to do..because you'd have to clean it all up before you could get into bed{..or sleep on top of it all or on the floor (both of which- I am sure I tried to do) }
Well now that I am older. I will do this to myself. I have lovingly defined this as "mom-ing myself" and have to do it often but frankly - I HATE hanging up my laundry/clothes..and yes, I shouldn't air my dirty laundry on the internet--but have no fears that's all clean laundry you're lookin' at! ;)

Now... I feel the need to clarify this - I love my mom and at the time I HATED when she would do this to me..but her annoying OCD ways of cleaning that drove me into sarcastic fits of rage as a child have now become the way I enjoy cleaning...

So..thanks mom for all that you've taught me and the monster you've created. I really do appreciate it!