{Cheesy Hash Brown & Egg Breakfast Casserole} Make-Ahead of Time

This breakfast casserole is a breeze to whip up. I have tried a lot of different recipes for breakfast casseroles, and some I just don’t love. This one was delicious, my kids loved it too. Its a wonderful make ahead breakfast to make the night before a get together or for a holiday, to just throw in the oven that morning.

 

Ingredients: 

24 oz frozen shredded potatoes
salt and pepper
12 eggs
2 C half and half
1 t season salt
1 1/2 C cheddar cheese, grated
1 1/2 C pepper jack cheese, grated
2 C chopped ham (you can substitute cooked sausage)

Directions:

Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Pour the frozen potatoes into the pan. Shake a little salt and pepper over the top.

In a large bowl whisk the eggs up. Add the half and half, season salt, cheeses and ham. Stir to mix it all together.

Pour it over the top of the potatoes. Cover with foil and bake right away or the next morning.

4. Bake at 350 for 90 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it sit for about 10 minutes before serving. This will help it hold its shape better.

 

 

Recipe Source: Jamie Cooks It Up

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{Lion House Rolls}

Okay these rolls are THE BEST I have ever had!! I can not even describe their soft yummy goodness, you just have to make them. I have been making these for years and they are always a hit, and my go to recipe when we get together with friends and family.

Ingredients: 

2 tablespoons active dry yeast
2 cups warm water
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 egg
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
2/3 cup nonfat dry milk
5-6 cups flour

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine the yeast and water. Let stand 5 minutes. Then add the sugar, butter, salt, dry milk, 2 cups flour and egg. Beat together until very smooth. Add remaining flour gradually (I usually do 1/2 cup at a time) until a soft but not sticky dough is formed that you can work with. Knead the dough for at least five minutes if using an electric mixer and for at least 10 minutes if mixing the dough by hand. When the dough is smooth, place it in a lightly greased large bowl covered with greased plastic wrap and let it rise until doubled.

Separate the dough into two portions. Roll each section out to an 11X14-inch rectangle. Brush the top with melted butter. Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut the dough into two pieces, the long way. Then slice the dough into five or six strips across so you end up with 10 to 12 small rectangles. Roll each small rectangle up like a snail and place on a lightly greased baking sheet with the roll resting on it’s open edge. Repeat with the second portion of dough.

Cover the rolls with lightly greased plastic wrap and let them rise until doubled. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-14 minutes until they are nicely browned.

{Favorite Sugar Cookies}

This is my all time favorite cookie! I love making these for one of my favorite holidays…Valentines!! I like to make the cut outs on the thicker side, and make sure not to overbake!

 

Ingredients:

2 cups (4 sticks) butter, softened to room temperature

8 ounce package cream cheese, softened to room temperature

2 cups granulated sugar

2 large egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 tsp almond extract

4 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

 

Directions:

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In a large mixing bowl with a handheld electric mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed

Add the sugar, egg yolks and vanilla. Mix well, another 1-2 minutes.

Add the flour and salt. Mix until combined (don’t overmix).

Spread the dough into a thick rectangle on a sheet of plastic wrap; cover. Refrigerate and chill the dough for two hours (or up to 12 hours).

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Roll the dough out on a lightly floured counter to about 1/4-inch thick. If the dough is too firm straight out of the refrigerator, let it rest at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before rolling

Use cookie cutters to cut into shapes and place 2-inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.

Bake for 10-11 minutes until set but not browned on the edges or bottom

Remove the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely. Frost as desired.

*Frosting*
1 cube butter, softened
1/2 bag of powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 Tbs milk
1/2 tsp almond extract
Beat the butter in with a hand held mixer or in a bowl of a stand mixer until soft and fluffy. Add in the powdered sugar, vanilla and almond extract and the milk. Beat together until desired consistency. keep adding more milk if needed.

{Fresh Guacamole}

We are big Guac fans over here! This is better than any guacamole I have ever had, my husband and kids couldn’t stop eating it. We have been making this recipe for a couple years, and never will we go back to store bought or package mixes again.

Ingredients: 

3 Avocados, pitted and diced
2 Roma Tomatoes, seeds removed and diced small
2-3 Tbs Red Onion, diced small
2 Tbs Fresh Cilantro, chopped
1 whole lime, juiced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp Sea Salt

In a large bowl, slightly mash the avocado pieces. Then add the juice of one whole lime and a teaspoon of sea salt, and toss. Next add the minced garlic, chopped roma tomatoes, red onion and cilantro. Toss gently, and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.

{Snowball Cookies}

Had to try a new cookie this year. The name of these caught my eye, and just sounded so fun! As I was making them I read how they are a tradition German Christmas cookie, which intrigued  me even more. These were really buttery and yummy, and pair up so well with hot chocolate!

Ingredients:

1 cup butter
5 Tbls Granulated sugar
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups finely chopped walnuts, these are optional, but really hold the cookie together
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

Using an electric stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, or handheld mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Beat in the vanilla and salt. Gradually add flour, beating after each addition. Stir in the nuts; mix until fully incorporated. Divide dough in half and refrigerate in plastic food wrap for approximately 45 minutes to an hour.

Meanwhile, arrange oven rack in middle of oven and preheat to 350ºF. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. Place confectioners’ sugar in a small bowl; set aside. Measure dough using a small, 1-inch spring-loaded scoop making sure each scoopful is level. Roll dough between palms of hands to make a small rounded ball.
Place dough balls 1½ inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven until the cookies are just beginning to brown, about 12 to 14 minutes. Do not overbake. The underside of the cookies should be only lightly browned. And the cookies should not crack.
Cool cookies on baking sheets on wire racks for approximately 2 minutes. Remove cookies from baking sheets. While cookies are still warm, gently roll them in the confectioners’ sugar. Place the sugar-coated cookies on wire racks to cool completely. Roll cookies once again in the confectioners’ sugar.

 

 

Recipe adapted from: Wicked Good Kitchen

{Candied Cinnamon Pecans}

I feel like its really not the holidays without some candied nuts around. Plus we make these for salads too. They are so easy, and delicious!

Directions:

You take 1-2 cups of pecans and put them in a small sauce pan with 1 cup of sugar and 1/3 cup of water.
Stir to dissolve the sugar and bring to a simmer.
Simmer 5-7 minutes. After awhile the liquid will dissolve the pecans will start to get a candy coating on them at this point add 1 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp cinnamon.
Keep stirring until completely coated. If they are runny at all they aren’t done yet.

{Easy English Toffee}

This is my favorite things to make at Christmas time. Its easy and makes a lot to give away. And it is out of this world yummy.




2 cups butter
2 cups sugar
5 Tbs hot water
1 cup sliced almonds

For the chocolate topping:
1 bag of milk chocolate chips
1/4-1/2 cup sliced almonds

Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 minute increments until smooth. Pour over the toffee once it is set. Then top the chocolate with sliced almonds if you desire.  

Place the butter in a large pot over medium high heat, (make sure you have your candy thermometer in the pot) Once the butter is melted add the sugar and stir until it is all combined. Keep stirring. When the mixture comes to a boil add the water one tablespoon at a time. Keep stirring and add the almonds. Now you just keep stirring over medium heat until the candy thermometer reaches 310 degrees. It usually takes about 10 minutes or so. The mixture starts to turn a light brown color and pulls away from the sides.
Remove it from the heat and pour into a large jelly roll pan, and let it cool completely. Melt the chocolate in a bowl in the microwave for about 1 minute or until it is smooth and melted. Pour the chocolate over the top and sprinkle with chopped nuts. Once it has set, break it into pieces and store in an air tight container for up to 3 weeks.

{Cheesy Potatoes AKA Funeral Potatoes}

I have had a ton of different variations of this recipe and this one is the best one I have tried. I like that they don’t have any condensed soup in them. They are really easy and always turn out cheesy and delicious.

3 tablespoons butter
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup milk
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (8 ounces)
26-ounce bag frozen shredded hash browns
1/2 cup light sour cream
Topping:
3 cups cornflakes, lightly crushed
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until the onion is softened and translucent,a bout 5-6 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for about a minute. Combine the chicken broth and milk in a liquid measure and slowly whisk in the mixture. Add the salt, pepper and thyme. Stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring frequently, until the mixture is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
Take the pot off the heat and stir in the cheese until smooth. Mix in the frozen hash browns, lifting and folding the mixture until well combined. Finally, stir in the sour cream.
In a medium bowl, toss the lightly crushed cornflakes with the butter until evenly combined. Scoop out the potato mixture into a 9X13-inch baking dish and top with the buttered cornflakes. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, until hot and bubbly around the edges.
Recipe Source: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

{Homemade Celery and Herb Stuffing}

I have always loved stuffing at Thanksgiving time. It’s probably my favorite part of the whole meal. I decided last year to try making homemade stuffing, and Thanksgiving will never be the same. This was so amazing and really a lot more simple then I thought it would be. I actually made it the night ahead and kept in the fridge until it was ready to put in the oven the next day. I will be making this every year from here on out.


7 tablespoons butter, plus more for dish and baking
1 loaf rustic/artisan/crusty white bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 9 1/2 cups bread cubes)
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
5 celery stalks, thinly sliced on the diagonal
2 medium onions, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced in half-moons
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 to 2 cups chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon dried sage
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
3 to 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
DIRECTIONS:
Preheat the oven to 350°. Melt 5 tablespoons butter in the microwave. Toss with bread cubes in a large bowl. Spread in a single layer on 1 or 2 rimmed baking sheets. Toast in the oven, tossing once, until golden, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely.
Heat the oil and remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat until butter has melted. Add celery, onions, garlic, and a pinch of salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and soft, about 10 minutes.
To bake all of the stuffing in the oven: (this is my preferred method) Put vegetable mixture and toasted bread into large bowl. Stir in poultry seasoning, herbs, and 2 cups broth into stuffing. Stir in 4 eggs until bread mixture is well coated. Spoon into a buttered 13-by-9-inch baking dish, and dot generously with butter. Cover with foil, and bake in a 375° oven for 25 minutes. Uncover, and bake until golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes more.
To stuff inside of turkey: Put vegetable mixture and toasted bread into a bowl. Stir in 1 cup broth, the poultry seasoning, and herbs; season with salt and pepper. Stir in 3 eggs. Stuff inside of turkey and bake.
Recipe Source: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe