Posted in Breakfast/Brunch, Cooking, Microwave, Pampered Chef

Breakfast on-the-Go

It’s been awhile (again) since I’ve written a post. I think I’ve mentioned, this is a crazy time of year for me. This year has been EXTREMELY crazy for me. Without going into detail, let me just say, not everyone in management understands what goes into running a garden center. Cutting back on your labor costs is not the best place to cut your budget. You know, unless you don’t care if your nursery is full of dead plants……Rant over.

Needless to say, I’ve been busy. Busier than usual. And. Breakfast is not always something I take the time to do (I know. I know!). But. In March, I bought this cool little Ceramic Egg Cooker and in around 2 minutes, I can cook a 2 to 4 egg omelet in the microwave! Okay, you can also cook an omelet in any mug…..BUT. There’s something about the lid (with a hole to let steam escape) that keeps the eggs from getting rubbery tasting like they do in a mug.

I’ve also done blueberry muffins. So good!

And. Oatmeal. I didn’t have any bananas, so, I just cooked the oatmeal without the bananas and added strawberries and dark chocolate chunks. It was AMAZING!

Want cake for breakfast? This Chocolate Mug Cake is really good (especially with whipped cream!) Or. Duncan Hines has a new line of cake/muffin mixes! I can’t wait to try them all! What’s for breakfast at your house?

Posted in Breakfast/Brunch, Recipes

A Breakfast Casserole


If you need a hearty (easy) casserole for Christmas morning (or any day really….), here it is! And. When I say recipe, that’s not really true. It’s really more of a method. No matter what you call it, it’s YUMMY!

Here’s the basics…..


In a buttered 9×13 casserole dish, spread a layer of frozen hashbrowns (about 1/2 of a 30oz.bag….approximately). Bake at 400F until hashbrowns are browned. Turning a couple of times for better browning. I use my Pampered Chef Rectangular Baker and it browns them perfectly. I’ve used my Pyrex pan and I haven’t had good browning results. That’s just my personal experience, see what works for you.


While the hashbrowns are baking, cut up about 4-5 cups of ham (you could also use cooked bacon or sausage, if you prefer). Grate about 4-5 cups of cheese (any variety you have on hand….I LOVE Swiss, but I never seem to have it on hand….). And. Whip up 10-12 eggs with a splash of heavy cream. Season with salt and pepper. You could also add fresh or dried herbs if you like….fresh chives would be wonderful!

Now just start layering….ham on top of the hashbrowns. Eggs over the ham . Cheese over the eggs. Turn oven down to 350F and return to bake 30 to 40 minutes or until eggs are set.


Serve while warm. Enjoy!