Wednesday, March 31, 2010

April Fools Day Food Pranks

I picked up something FUN at the store yesterday that I plan to giveaway. Be on the look out for further details to come shortly............
One year for April Fools Day I decided to take myself out of the box and try pulling a prank on my family. I made Colorful Cupcakes a recipe that I found in the Family Fun Magazine It took extra effort because I tried to get it all made while no one was around.  
I told the kids since it was April Fools Day we would be doing something different....having dessert for dinner!!  Unfortunately even though they were young they caught on quick.  I will admit it took alot of work but made for a fun dinner. 
Colorful Cupcakes
The first surprise here: there's not a grain of sugar in these cupcakes. The second surprise: your kids will love them anyway.
Ingredients
MEAT LOAF
1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs (I like parmesan)
1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese or cheddar
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 egg
1/4 cup minced onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
POTATO FROSTING
3 cups mashed potatoes
Food coloring
Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 12 muffin tin cups with FOIL bake cups.(You have to use foil liners so they can't see the meatloaf!)
In a large bowl, mix together all of the meat loaf ingredients until well combined. Divide the mixture evenly among the lined cups (the liners should be about three quarters full).
Place the filled muffin tins on cookie sheets and bake the cupcakes for about 15 minutes or until cooked through.
Divide the mashed potatoes among three small bowls and stir a few drops of food coloring into each batch to create blue, yellow, and pink pastel frostings. Spread a generous dollop on each cupcake. Makes 12 cupcakes.
The Family Fun Magazine has some fabulous ideas for dinner pranks.  I think this year I might try
Fauxberry Pie
You can check all the fun April Fools ideas out here.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Lorraine's Mud Hen Bars

This recipe came from a dear sweet friend of mine.  Lorraine was actually a friend of my grandma's.  When my grandma broke both her wrists she would come over and help her out several times a week giving my mom time to go home and take care of things there.  When not a school I would spend time helping her also.  During these weeks Lorraine and I became such good friends.  I was only 14 at the time and we had so much in common.  Through my teenage years we kept it touch and she would always do such sweet things for me.  This recipe reminds me of her and brings back good memories.  I must admit when I first read the recipe I thought it sounded really strange!!  They were a little different but very good.  The kids loved them.  They only asked me to leave out the nuts next time. 
Lorraine's Mud Hen Bars
1/2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 whole egg
2 eggs, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips
1-2 cups miniature marshmellows
1/2 cup nut, chopped (optional)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cream butter and white sugar. Beat in one whole egg and 2 egg yolks.  Mix in the flour, salt and baking powder.  Spread in a 9x13 greased pan.
Sprinkle with the chocolate chips, enough marshmellows to cover the top and nuts if desired.
Beat 2 egg whites until they are stiff (they make peaks when you pull up the beater). 
  Fold in the brown sugar and vanilla.  Spread over top the ingredients in the pan.
This was a little tricky.  I drizzled the egg white mixture over the top and then spread it around.  Don't worry if you happen to mix it with the marshmellows.  It turns out fine.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
We really enjoyed them while they were still a little warm and the chocolate was melted, but what little was left the next day was pretty tasty also!



Monday, March 29, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

We had quite the storm last night.  The girls always can't sleep through the storm, so unfortunately I don't either.  Every time I would drift off someone would poke me.  The worst of it all is when the power went out I believe it fried the computer monitor (it was old and dying).  Not a good thing for me.  Luckily my hubby has a laptop so atleast I can post.  The bad thing, no pictures and I am laptop challenged!!  I am praying it is not the whole computer that is fried.....for I procratinated backing up my pictures for the last month.  YIKES!  I guess this panic moment will teach me a lesson. 
Saturday night was the Young Women General Broadcast and as a stake we always host a dinner before.  We served haystacks and it was a hit!  We (4 of us) cooked 20 pounds of rice and there was none leftover.   Somehow though I came home with a gallon of the chicken gravy!  I guess that is what I get for saying I would take a LITTLE bit.  So you can probably guess what my family is eating this week....

This Week's Menu
Monday: Haystacks
Tuesday: Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf
Wednesday: Chicken Bundles
Thursday: Picnic
Friday: Caesar Chicken Pasta
Saturday: Dad cooks (which means we eat out)
Sunday:  Easter Dinner (I need to plan that out!)
Recipe coming up this week:
Mud Hen Bars
What good things are you cooking this week?
Check out what other menus at Menu Plan Monday!!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Extreme Pink and a Frugal Cake Decorating Idea.

For the "Pink Princess's" birthday she wanted a pink cake. (In my mind I am thinking...mmm perfect for Pink Saturday!) Usually my kids like a store bought cake for their birthdays.  Just because they LOVE the frosting and it is not a normal purchase at our house.  It might also be the fact that I am NOT artistic at all!  So I was actually excited that she wanted me to make one. 
The black pieces are cookies from the cookies and cream pudding she chose to add to the mix.
She helped me mix up the cake.
Since she wanted a seriously pink cake I picked up neon food colors.
I was impressed with the colors it created. 
Now to decorate it.   I bought a package of Easter M&M's for cookies but thought I would try them out on the cake. I have never decorated with M&M's before.  Remember I am challenged in artistic area.
I was amazed! I actually love the M&M shapes.  It was easy and cheap. 
The "Pink Princess" told me it was beautiful!
An added bonus it tasted pretty good also!
I think I might be brave enough to try decorating with M&M's again.
Happy Pink Saturday!
Check out everthing PINK over at Sweet is the Sound!
Go check out Decorating My Tin Shack.  The candleabra she made over is so BEAUTIFUL! 
She has lots of great ideas on her blog!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup is usually a meal that I just throw together, no measuring of ingredients. Which calls for alot of taste testing. I decided that it was time for me to put together a basic recipe to make it easier the next time I make it. It turned out really good. The only bad thing or good thing depending on the way you look at it, is that it always tastes better the next day. Now why can't I remember that and make it a day in advance??
Chicken Noodle Soup
6 cups water
1-2 chicken breasts, *cooked and cut up*
1 small onion (1/4 cup), diced
5 teaspoons chicken bouillon
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup celery, chopped
3/4 cup carrots, sliced
1 medium potato, diced (optional)
noodles
*Quick Version:
Combine all ingredients except for the noodles. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in the noodles; cook until the noodles and vegetables are tender.
*Homestyle Version
Place water, boullion, onion, parsley and chicken in a pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove chicken, dice and place back into pot. Add carrots, celery, parsley. Simmer together for a while(sometimes I leave it on low for several hours, could be done in the crock pot). Stir in cream of chicken soup and bring to a boil: add diced potatoes. Cook for a few minutes and then add the noodles. Cooking until the noodles are done and vegetables are tender.
Usually I like to make my own noodles. This time I was in a time crunch and discovered these in the freezer section at Walmart.
They were really pretty good! Almost as good as my own Grandma's, who always said, "A good broth makes for good noodles!"

Check out Foodie Friday and Recipe Swap.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Tried It Out Thursday: Extreme Couponing

Last week Albertsons had some killer deals, especially on the Post cereals.  I really wanted to take advantage of all the deals to the fullest and stock the pantry.  The only way to get the best deal was to have more than one coupon. This is what I like to call EXTREME couponing: getting the most of a good deal using multiple coupons.  So I tried out something I learned from Rachel in the Couponing Class.  I got online and ordered multiple coupons from Manufacturers Coupons.  I found coupons for $1 off two boxes of Post Cereals and ordered 10 of them at .08 each.  Since the minimum order needs to be $2, I found other great coupons I would use to get my minimum order.  I paid $2.71 (including tax and shipping) for $26 worth of coupons I would USE!! It was pretty cool.  I ordered them on a Wednesday and they came in the mail on Friday, all clipped and ready to go.  It was awesome!  This allowed me to get the best deal and add to the food storage.  I will be visiting Manufactures Coupons often. It was a fabulous experience.  A HUGE thanks to Rachel for sharing this wonderful site with me. 
I got the mail and off to Albertsons I went.  It took me four visits in to the store to use my coupons and get everything I wanted while getting the best deals.
Total out of pocket: $27.17
I still have $17.00 in catalinas left.
I have to admit how FUN it was!!  Actually the most excitement I have had in a long time. (Sad I know!)
Luckily, I ran into a good friend of mine who is a Coupon Queen and she informed me of the great deal on burritos (10 for $10 and then your received $10 in catalinas.). So they were free.  So COOL!! When I came home my son and his friend were here.  I was so excited, his friend probably thinks I am CRAZY!  He was very polite though!!  Now I am off to hunt for the next big bargain................................


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Crock Pot Chicken Chow Mein

I love Chinese food and my crock pot so when I found this recipe I knew I had to try it.  It turned out really good. It had great flavor.  Even the man of few words, who really doesn't like Chinese food, said it was pretty good.  The original recipe came from Betty Crocker, but I adapted it to fit my family's tastes.
Crock Pot Chicken Chow Mein
1 pound chicken breasts
1 cup carrots, sliced
1 1/2 cup celery, sliced
1/2 cup onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 -8oz. can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
2 cups chicken broth
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1/8 teaspoon ginger
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
4 Tablespoons cold water
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 cup cashews (optional)
1 cup snow pea pods (optional)
chow mein noodles
Cut chicken into small pieces.  Spray skillet with cooking spray, heat and brown chicken pieces.
Place chicken, carrots, celery, onion,garlic, and water chestnuts in the crock pot. Add broth, soy sauce, ginger and brown sugar.  Stir. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or until vegetables are tender. 
In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water until smooth. Stir into chicken mixture.  Stir in mushrooms, cashews and pea pods.  Increase heat setting to High.  Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes. 
Serve over noodles.

*You will want to cut your vegetables in a little bit bigger chunks. 
.For other great Crock Pot dishes check out Crock Pot Wednesday over at Dining With Debbie.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Buttery Breadsticks

This is one of my family's favorite recipes.  I never have any leftover!!  It is also very versatile.  You can add whatever seasoning topping you like.
Buttery Breadsticks
1 Tablespoon yeast
1 1/2 cup warm water
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup melted butter
Salad Supreme Seasoning
Sprinkle the sugar over the yeast and add the water. Stir. Let set a few minutes until the mixture gets a little bubbly.  Add salt and flour.  Mix until it pulls from the side of the bowl and a dough like texture is achieved.   You may need to add a bit more flour.  Knead for a few minutes.  Let dough rise in a warm area of 10 minutes. Roll out on to a greased cookie sheet. Pour melted butter over the dough.
Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and Salad Supreme Seasoning.  Cut into sticks.
Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise for 30 minutes.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

**I had to add this comment from Tightwad Mom because it is such a fabulous idea. (Thanks Tina!):
My family loves these, too! They are simply amazing sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. I make a thin vanilla frosting for dipping.
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Monday, March 22, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

It was a crazy fun filled celebration weekend!  I forgot how tiring and not fun it is to take all 3 girls to the mall!!! I won't be doing that again any time soon.  Now on to the next birthday in a few days.  It is a good thing the menu is planned.
This Week's Menu
Monday: Pasta & Beef  Bake
Tuesday: Crockpot Chow Mein (something new)
Wednesday: Tacos
Thursday: Chicken & Potatoes (Karlie's Birthday!)
Friday: Dinner out for Karlie's Birthday
Saturday: Picnic Night or Dad cooks
Sunday: Baked Beef Stew

Karlie my Pink Princess suprisingly (not) wants a pink cake.  I"ll let you know how that goes???

Check out what others are cooking this week at Menu Plan Monday!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Pink Celebration Punch

Happy Pink Saturday!!
A few years back we had this drink and everyone loved it.  Ever since it has become a tradition to make it for holidays and other celebrations.  Since we have two birthdays in the next week my daughters wanted to make it.  It is so incredibly easy and tastes so good.  Usually my son is the one that makes it for us all.  You have all probably tasted it before at wedding receptions or other events.
 Celebration Punch
1.5 quart sherbet, any flavor (my favorite is Raspberry)
2 liter bottle lemon lime soda
Mix together and serve.
I have used diet lemon lime before and it tastes great also!!   We usually make it in a big bowl and serve it right out of the bowl.  This time there were only 3 of us at home so we halfed the recipe.
YUMM!!

Everything is PINK this Saturday.  Go check out all the PINK at
Each week Beverly challenges us to find someone new.  I love My Blue Cottage.  You need to check it out.  Lottie has so many great stories, ideas and the most beautiful pictures. 
She not only has great visuals, but always manages to warm my heart! Her blog is AMAZING!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Tootsie Rolls

Last Sunday I was browsing though some old cookbooks and found this recipe for Tootsie Rolls.  Since that is one of my kids and my favorites I had to give it a try.  The recipe is simple and was really good.  They seemed to get better with age, granted they did not last long at our house.  A friend of my daughters came over and was so excited to have them.  He thought they tasted just like Tootsie Rolls.  It was pretty cute.  They are not exactly like the Tootsie Rolls but pretty close.  It was fun to make something a little different for my traditional Sunday treat.
Tootsie Rolls
2 Tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
6 tablespoons cocoa or 2 squares unsweetened chocolate
3/4 cup powdered milk
Blend butter and syrup. Add melted chocolate or cocoa and vanilla.  Mix in sugar and dry milk.  Knead until well mixed.  Roll in ropes and cut into strips.  Let sit for a little bit and then wrap in waxes paper.
My daughter started rolling them to be more Tootsie Roll like!  At first you can really taste the milk, but as they age the flavors blend more.  I used cocoa because I did not have any squares.  Personally I think the squares would allow the flavors to blend quicker!!

Check out more recipes at  Foodie Friday and Recipe Swap.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Honey Bun Cake

In my journey of the blog world this week, which is a great thrill for me, I found a recipe for Honey Bun Cake over at  Home Matters.   A cake with a name like that I just had to try it out.  I needed a quick delicious dessert.  Unfortunately I did not get it made in time for my original purpose (to take to someone). My family was extremely grateful though, so that eased my guilt a bit.  The cake was simple to make and oh so delicious!! It was very moist and full of flavor.  You can find the original recipe here at  Home Matters .  Not only does she have  this seriously delicious recipe, but some great coupon tips, freebies and finds.   I am only putting the recipe and pictures here for my own purpose, so I don't lose it.  The Home Matters gets all the credit for this one so go and check it out!!

Honey Bun Cake
1 yellow cake mix (with pudding included...I used Pillsbury)
8oz sour cream
4 eggs
2/3 cup oil
1/2 cup sugar
Combine these 5 ingredients and beat for 2 minutes. Pour 1/2 of batter into a lightly greased and floured 9x13 pan.
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon

Combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle half of sugar mixture over batter.
Top with remaining batter. Sprinkle remaining sugar mixture on top. Swirl with a knife.
Bake at 350 for 35 minutes
3 tablespoons milk
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Mix the milk and powdered sugar together for a glaze. Add glaze to the cake as soon as it is removed from the oven.
Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Grandma's Irish Cupcakes

This is a traditional recipe my Grandma McNee made for us each St. Patrick's Day. We always looked forward to having them.  Not only are they so cool but taste delicious!  My ten year old took on the task this year and did an awesome job! (We used my lazy version) Unfortunately we did not have any pistachio pudding on hand so she used vanilla instead.  They still turned out quite festive I think!!  It doesn't matter if I make the original or my lazy version they still bring back great memories of my incredible Grandma.  So today I am posting this recipe in honor of her!!  She loved baking and especially being creative on the Holidays. 
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!


Grandma's Irish Cupcakes
2/3 cup sugar
1 package instant pudding (use pistachio if you want them green)
1/2 cup oil
1 1/4 cup milk
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Mix together sugar, oil, pudding and milk.  Beat in eggs and add vanilla.  Mix in the flour, baking powder and salt.  Fill cupcake wrappers 1/2 to 2/3 full.  Bake at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes.  Frost with cream cheese frosting colored green.

My Lazy Version of Grandma's Irish Cupcakes (AKA Cake Mix Twist)
1 box white cake mix
1 small package pudding (Pistachio)
1 cup sour cream
Mix cake as directed on package. Add dry pudding mix and sour cream. Bake as directed on cake mix.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tater Tot Surprise

This is another quick and simple meal for those CRAZY nights (and days).  My kids love the fact that tater tots are on the top and I love that everyone enjoys it.  It also freezes well!
Tater Tot Surprise
1 pound hamburger
1 can green beans, french cut
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup milk
1 package frozen tater tots
shredded cheddar cheese
Brown hamburger.  Mix green beans, hamburger, soup and milk together.  Place in the bottom of a casserole dish. Cover the top of the hamburger mixture with a layer of tater tots. 
Bake at 375 degrees for 50 minutes.  Remove and sprinkle cheese over the top.  Place back in the oven and bake for 10 more minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Check out Tempt My Tummy Tuesday and Tuesday at the Table for some great recipes.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

A little late on this but I supposed better late than never, especially with meal planning.  Last week I failed to plan and it was a tough one.  I remembered that I really hate the "what am I going to cook for dinner" panic attacks.  So this week with the formal behind me I am hopefully back on track.  "The Starry, Starry Night" formal was incredible.  The decorations were amazing, food delicious, the youth were all amazing (all 200 of them) and my son looked so handsome.   
Here was the front lobby where the kids checked in.   My camera does not take good dark pictures. 
Dinner included a fancy salad, chicken alfredo, veggies, bread and an incredible dessert bar.  the alfredo was amazing and I must get the recipe.  I know that it was all home made.  I spent most of the evening taking care of purses, coats and jackets so why do my feet still hurt?  It was a great event, but I am glad I have year before the next one.  Now on to the next project.
This Week's Menu
Monday: Crispy Ranch Chicken
Tuesday: BBQ Meatballs
Wednesday: Chicken Noodle Soup
Thursday: Sub Sandwiches
Friday: Tacos
Saturday: Out for Birthday dinner
Sunday: Kayla's Birthday: Her favorite Steak and Baked Potatoes

Check out what other's are cooking this week at Menu Plan Monday!


Saturday, March 13, 2010

Dreamsicle Salad

Happy Pink Saturday!
Today I will actually be seeing alot of Stars.  It is Prom night and it is a huge ordeal.  As a stake we host a quad stake formal complete with dinner.  The theme this year  is "A Starry, Starry Night".  The best thing is it is completely free for the youth. Wish me luck!!
Last year my feet hurt so BAD by the end of the night.  Now on to the PINK!!
This is actually an orange recipe but I changed it to pink in honor of Pink Saturday!
You can actually make it any color or flavor you like.
I actually took part of this salad to a friend of mine.  Her family finished it up as fast as mine did!!  In fact I forgot to get a picture until after they had already dug in.  Sorry!!  I must admit it was tasty though!!
Dreamsicle Salad
1 - 6 oz. package instant vanilla pudding (1 large box or 2 small)
1 - 3 oz. package orange Jello
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 (22 oz.) can Mandarin oranges, undrained.
1 (16 oz.) container whipped topping
In a large bowl combine the pudding, Jello and boiling water. Stir until dissolved completely.  Add the Mandarin oranges with the juice.  Let cool just a few minutes and fold in the whip topping.  Chill.
This time I used strawberry Jello and some frozen strawberries, thawed.   I have used raspberry jello and raspberries.  The great thing about this recipe is you can use any combination you like.
This week I was so excited to reconnect with a good friend through her blog! She is amazing.  She can do it all and do it well.  I would always call her whenever I needed help or advice with something and she always knew what to do. She was always there for me in good times and bad!  I am excited that she is sharing her knowledge with us.  Go check her out at: Tightwad Mom's Frugal Forum (and such a clever title) for some great money saving advice.  She is the BEST!!
I love PINK!! 
Now go check out all things pink at Pink Saturday hosted by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Coconut Almond Chex Mix

I first tried this recipe at my Aunt Linda's house one Christmas Eve.  It was so delicious I could not wait to get my hands on her recipe.  Warning: It is addicting!!
Coconut Almond Chex Mix
9 cups Corn Chex
1 cup sliced or slivered almonds
2 cups coconut
Place ingredients in a large  bowl.
In a saucepan add:
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter
1 cup corn syrup
Stir constantly and bring to a full rolling boil. Boil for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and pour over Chex mixture.  Stir to coat all ingredients well. 
Enjoy!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Tried It Out Thursday:Coupon Addiction

I have always been a coupon user and considered myself to be fairly good at getting good deals.  Boy was I wrong!  A few weeks ago at a Woman's Conference I attended a coupon class taught by Rachel over at cloud9couponing  Wow! In a short 45 minutes I learned so much I did not know, and more I need to learn.  This week I tried a few things she taught me over at Albertsons. I went only for the deals.  This is what I bought.
Used 2- .50 off 2 coupons for fruit snacks
2- 1.00 off 4 coupons for juice
1.00 off coupon for the yogart
Albertsons coupon 1.49 each for juice and .99 for sour cream
Found coupons at the store for an additional .40 off sour cream.
Used $3.50 catalina coupon from previous visit.
Total out of pocket: $16.09
The best news, received $13.50 back in catalinas to use on my nest visit.
I have never done that well and I know I didn't do as well as Rachel or my friend Tina.  Let's just say I am HOOKED! I can't wait to see what deals I can make this week.  Check out Rachel's blog she is AMAZING and has some wonderful tips and information. 

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Hickory Chicken

This is one of those incredibly easy recipes that you almost feel guilty posting.  It was delicious and a little bit different.  It technically is not a crock pot meal but easily could be thrown in the crockpot and cooked all day on low.  This would also make a great freezer meal. 











Hickory Chicken
chicken pieces
Hickory Barbeque Sauce (I used Kraft Hickory and Honey)
1 can pineapple tidbits, drained
1 Tablespoon onion, chopped
Place chicken in the bottom of a casserole dish.  Mix barbeque sauce, pineapple and onion together.  Pour over chicken. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight. 
Uncover and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour.  Depending on the size of the chicken pieces. 
*I used chicken tenders and baked 1 hour.  It was too long.  The chicken was delicious but a bit over done.
*The original recipe call for crushed pineapple, drained
*I added about 1 Tablespoon brown sugar to my sauce mixture.
*I think this would be good in the crock pot also!!
There were NO leftovers! My family ate every one!!

This recipe is linked to Crock Pot Wednesday.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Breakfast Casserole

I must admit that I never make breakfast. Bad I know!! The other day I decided I would make this casserole and surprise my family. They all really liked it! 
Breakfast Casserole
1 lb. ground sausage, cooked and drained
1 package crescent roll dough
1/2 cup cooked and crumbled bacon
1 cup hash browns, thawed
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
5 eggs
1/4 cup milk
2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese
1/2 cup mushrooms *optional
Separate rolls and press into an ungreased 9 x 13 pan. Pat bottom and up sides. This is where the crescent roll sheet instead of the actual rolls would have been easier. But it all works.
Sprinkle dough with sausage, bacon, mushrooms, potatoes and cheese.
I did not have any sausage so I substitutes a 1/2 package of little smokies, diced up.
Beat eggs with the milk and drizzle over the top. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.
Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
This could be made the night before, refrigerated and then baked the next morning

This recipe is linked to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.
It is favorite cookie recipe day over at Tuesdays at the Table.  I submitted my family's all time favorite Kody's Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I think I need to make some with M&M's my favorite. 

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