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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Red Skies, Wool Stitcheries, Recipe Questions!

I couldn't resist showing you a couple of pictures of this morning's sunrise....God makes the most amazing colors!

Some mornings I just sit, holding my breath, watching as it unfolds.  Sigh.

I finished a couple of wool pieces this week in between bouts of preparing for the We Support You bloghop.  My day is February 9th and I'm all finished though my pictures haven't been taken yet.

Since we haven't gotten any snow yet this winter I just made my own snowman.

This is the first time I've added piping to a pillow and I found it was easy to do....just that I didn't do it correctly.  :)  However, I learned and will be changing my corners and ending the next time.

And because the colors were perfect for my house I stitched up these quick stars.

I liked the contrast of the textures in these outdoor pictures but it's probably going to reside right here on my sewing chair!

And now for my recipe question.  Next weekend, both Saturday and Sunday mornings, I'm going to be feeding breakfast to about 8 big men - 8 football coaches who are hearty eaters.  I need any tried and true breakfast casserole recipes and tips for preparing large breakfasts!  I've done this the last couple of years but for the life of me I can't find the recipes I used before.  I can look on Pinterest or but I want something you've actually made so I'll know it's good.  After all, who can I trust more than my blog friends?  :)

And on a final note this beautiful Saturday - don't forget the We Support You blog hop next week.  These will be the blogs you'll want to visit!

Feb 2nd 

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Feb 6th  


gpc said...

For crowds, I usually fall back on overnight breakfast statas, where you layer bread and eggs and fillings overnight and then pop into the oven in the morning. Crock pot french toast is also a crowd pleaser -- I just google for those recipes when I need them. :) I love your pillows!

Mdm Samm said...

first love love love that is lovely...
for breakfast....for large crowds..i love making quiches with tons of bacon and homemade biscuits..

Mdm Samm said...

ps. the skies at the lake...wowwwwwwww

Mary said...

Beautiful pictures. Love your wool stitching. Have a great weekend.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love the morning colors! Like gpc, I always rely on a strata for a large breakfast group. And I have done the crockpot french toast, too. Both hearty, filling, and warms up those large men.

Needled Mom said...

Nature's colors are spectacular! Amazing!

Your snowmen are so sweet. I think a lot of people have snow to share with you.

My "men" always loved the Bisquick Impossible Bacon Pie for breakfasts.

Bev said...

wow what beautiful views from your home!!! x

Bev said...

wow what beautiful views from your home!!! x said...

Love early morning sunrises. Sweet snowman, and the circles and starts are gorgeous. I make french toast casserole from Paula Deen. But I can make fast waffles since I have a commercial one and can make a waffle ever 2 minutes.

Sherrill said...
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Sherrill said... I actually just whipped this one up today and will cook tomorrow to take to church. I've made it before and it's yummy but do add onions and garlic to the sausage. I also made pecan pie muffins and apple bread. YUMMY!

Createology said...

Lovely pillows you have created. I don't have any recipes for you but these suggested sound wonderful. Sunshine Smiles...

Dorian said...

Ohh, beautiful sunrise! And adorable snowman. Hmm, I don't do casserole type dishes.. lots of meat, eggs and potatoes or biscuits :) Have fun cooking.

JudyCinNC said...

What a glorious and breathtaking view you wake up to every morning. I am so envious of living on the lake.

Can't go wrong with Jimmy Dean Breakfast Casserole and you make it the night before, pop in the oven the next morning. Hope it all comes together with no stress added. Judy C in NC

Sherry said...

Love your snowman and stars pillow. I have used this Breakfast Casserole recipe many times.

Lorene Holbrook said...

I think your sunrises are just beautiful! we have awesome ones in AZ too! as for breakfast this is one I always use!

Mrs. Claus’ Breakfast Dish
Got this recipe from Castic Ward. They had a Christmas breakfast and served this!
2 16 ounce cubed or shredded frozen hash brown packages
1 cup or less melted butter
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
2 cups jack cheese, grated
2 cups diced ham or bacon
1 can evaporated milk
6 eggs
½ teaspoon seasoned salt
Grease a 9 x 13 pan. Press in hash browns to form crust. Pour melted butter over hash browns. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes.
Fill pan with alternating layers of cheese and ham or bacon.
Beat eggs, min milk and salt together. Pour over potatoes. Bake at 250 degrees for 30 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. Serves 12.

My big burly football guys love this!!!

oh you can call it are you ready to rumble breakfast casserole! in case the Mrs Claus title bothers those big burley guys!!!

Anna said...

The view is breathtaking! And...I swoon over the pillows! As for breakfast I have a whole breakfast board on my Pinterest...have fun!

Farm Quilter said...

Overnight Creme Brulee French Toast
• 1/2 cup butter
• 1 cup packed brown sugar
• 1 loaf 2 day-old French bread, cut into 1” slices
• 5 eggs
• 1 1/2 cups half-and-half cream
• 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• Cinnamon
1. In a small sauce pan, melt butter and brown sugar, stirring occasionally until smooth. Pour melted mixture into a lightly greased jelly roll pan (18"x13"x1″), and spread out evenly over the bottom of the pan.
2. Arrange bread slices in a single layer to cover the pan (as many as will fit).
3. Add eggs to a medium bowl and beat for 1 minute, then whisk in half and half, maple syrup, vanilla, orange extract and salt. Spoon mixture evenly over each piece of bread. Cover, and chill at least 8 hours, or overnight.
4. When ready to bake, lightly sprinkle the tops of the bread with cinnamon. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees (175 degrees C) for 25-30 minutes or until lightly golden then flip all the slices of bread over and broil until the tops are golden.

Overnight eggs benedict casserole recipe

• 1 pound Canadian bacon, diced (leftover fully cooked ham can be used instead)
• 6 English muffins, diced
• 8 eggs
• 2 cups half-and-half or milk
• 1 teaspoon onion powder
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon paprika
Hollandaise sauce
• 4 egg yolks
• 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
• pinch of salt
1. Butter a 2 1/2 quart baking dish.
2. Layer half the Canadian bacon in the prepared baking dish. Spread English muffins over meat and top with remaining Canadian bacon.
3. In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs with the half-and-half, onion powder, salt, pepper and paprika.
4. Pour the egg mixture over the casserole.
5. Cover baking dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
6. In the morning, heat the oven to 375F.
7. Cover the casserole with aluminum foil and bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes or until the eggs are barely set.
8. Remove foil and continue to bake the casserole for an additional 15-20 minutes or until eggs are completely set.
9. Remove from the over and let cool slightly while making the hollandaise sauce.
10. Place the egg yolks and lemon juice in a stainless steel bowl. With an electric hand mixer, whisk until the mixture is thickened and doubled in volume.
11. Place the bowl over a saucepan with very little simmering water (the water should not touch the bottom of the bowl) and continue to whisk rapidly slowly drizzling in the melted butter.
12. Whisk until the sauce is thickened and doubled in volume.
13. Remove the bowl from the heat and stir in the salt.
14. Serve hot over the casserole.

Love God's paintings!!!

Love Bears All Things said...

Looks like you've already had a good response to your question. Here is another one. I like that you can make it up ahead of time and cook it in the morning.
Mama Bear
Country Grits and Sausage

2 c. water
1/2 c. quick cooking grits
3 1/2 cups (14 ounces) shredded extra sharp Cheddar cheese
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 c. milk
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1 1/2 pounds mild bulk pork sausage, cooked crumbled, drained

Bring water to boil; stir in grits. Return to boil; reduce heat to low, and cook 4 minutes stirring occasionally. Add cheese, stirring til melted.
Combine eggs, milk, thyme, and garlic powder; stir well. Gradually stir about 1/4 of hot grits mixture into egg mixture; add to remaining hot mixture, stirring constantly. Stir in sausage. Pour into lightly greased 11"x7"x1 1/2" baking dish.
TO STORE: Cover and refrigerate up to 8 hours.
TO SERVE: Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 50 minutes, or until set.

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

Your stitches are beautiful!

Belinda said...

Stunning sunrise and projects! I'm no help in the recipe department...I struggle with things like that and every time I try a new recipe, it either fails or no one likes it. ;) Good luck!

Barb said...

love your pillows

Vickie said...

When I worked for a treatment center for abused kids, we went on a lot of camp outs. We would fry bacon, then fry potatoes cut into small pieces in the bacon grease.....crumble the bacon and put it back in with the potatoes fried potatoes....then scramble a bunch of eggs in with it.... serve with hot sauce and big ole biscuits ! It's a filler upper for sure !

Sharon Dawn said...

Wonderful colors and textures! I hope your cooking went well!

creativity amongst chaos said...

Love both of your projects Marlene... I am just going to have to dive into wool, it looks so soft and inviting. Your sunrise pictures are beautiful! I have never seen such a pretty sunrise. So, SO those colors. xx ~Cori

Thearica said...

ok let me tell you about a dish we do in Alabama...

Chocolate Gravy over homemade biscuits

4 cups sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup self rising flour
2 sticks butter
7 cups hot water

Mix dry ingredients with a little of the hot water until lumps no longer show. Add remaining water and cook on med high heat until mixture starts to thicken. Cook to the consistency you want, on the thinner side?? or the thicker side?? Remove from heat and add butter. Allow to melt throughout the gravy.

Ladle over hot biscuits and watch their faces! :)

Adrienne said...

Catching up a bit here and found I had missed this post. I love to see the colors God paints in the sky early in the morning - but most of all in the evening. Your pillows are wonderful. My favorite is the darling snowman. What a cute pillow. He adds a bit of whimsy to winter!