The BEST Egg Bake Ever

Sorry for my absence at the blog lately!  I have been working, working, working on my Etsy store.  I am trying to get more in there before another blogger hosts a giveaway for the store  on Friday.  More details to come on that!
Egg bakes are soo wonderful.  They are really easy to make, can be done ahead of time, are tasty, and filling!  Plus, they are easy to make to serve guests.  I put mine together the night before I am going to make it and then all I have to do in the morning is bake it.  After church on Sundays, we get home right at lunchtime.  I like to bake the egg bake right away on Sunday morning when I get up and then we just heat it up when we get home.  It makes happy kids AND a happy mommy to not have to make food and hear grouchy children at the same time!
We ate ours up so quickly that I didn’t get any pictures of the finished egg bake!
Egg Bake Recipe
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The BEST Egg Bake Ever

adapted from this recipe

1 pound sausage (ham or bacon works too)

1 medium onion chopped

7 eggs

6 cups frozen hash browns

22 oz. cottage cheese (about 2 cups)

2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese



1.  In a large skillet cook sausage and onion until meat is cooked all the way through.  Drain grease.

2.  In a large bowl, mix eggs, hash browns, cottage cheese, and cheddar cheese.

3.  Add meat mixture to bowl and stir.

4.  Spray a 9×13 and an 8×8 to cook faster or TWO  8×8 baking dishes.

5.  Dump egg bake mixture into the two baking dishes and pat down.

6.  Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes until set (eggs no longer runny) and bubbly.  Let stand a few minutes before serving.

Egg Bake Recipe


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How to get your Children to Eat Vegetables!

Do you have kids that don’t always like to eat their vegetables?  No problem.  Want to hear the answer?
Cheese Sauce.
Nope, not the kind with Velveeta.  This is homemade and healthy…and yes, it is easy to make!
getting your kids to eat vegetables
Click HERE to print recipe.

Homemade Cheese Sauce

(adapted from an old church cookbook)

2 Tablespoons Butter
2 1/2 to 3 Tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar. co-jack, or any kind you like)
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
dash of: salt, garlic powder (optional)
1.  Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat.
2.  Add flour and stir until you get a paste.  (2 1/2 T. for thinner sauce, 3 T. for thicker sauce)
3.  Add milk and bring up to slight boil.  This is the trick to getting your sauce to thicken.  Might want to use a whisk. 
4.  Add cheese, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and garlic power
5.  Use as a dipping sauce or pour over cooked vegetables.


1.  Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat.

2.  Add flour and stir until you get a paste.  If you want a thinner sauce, use 2 1/2 tablespoons flour.  If you want a thicker sauce, use 3 tablespoons flour.  (I used 3.)

3.  Add milk and whisk.  Heat the mixture up until it bubbles slightly for a minute or two.  This will ensure that your sauce actually thickens.

4.  Add cheese, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and garlic powder and stir with spoon (or whatever is close, in this case a spatula!)

5.  Stir until everything is combined.  This can be served in bowls for dipping sauce, or poured over your vegetables.  This is super addictive!  Adults will love it too.



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5 Iced Coffee Recipes

I love iced coffee drinks in the warm weather.  I resist the urge to drive into my coffee shop while driving by, because I don’t want to spend $4.  I am on the quest to find the perfect iced coffee recipes.  So, where do I turn for the perfect recipe….Pinterest! 
I found these 5 recipes on Pinterest.  I am going to try them out and let you know which one is my favorite!  Want to play along?

1.  Nutella Blended Coffee Drink

from Around My Family Table
Click HERE to find the recipe.
Nutella is blended hazelnuts and chocolate.  Enough said!  I can’t wait to try this one.  I hope I can master that swirl on the side of the glass which makes it look so pretty!  

2.  Perfect Iced Coffee

by The Pioneer Woman

 Click HERE to find the recipe.

This one looks like fun and it makes enough for a month!!  If I made that much, I would have to have a lot of will-power not to drink so much I got the jitters.  I might half the recipe and give that a try first…


3. The Last Iced Coffee Recipe You will Ever Need

by Craving Comfort

Click HERE to find the recipe;. 
Now, with a title like that how could you not try it??  This recipe has the addition of a sweet cream recipe towards the bottom.  Ahh, sweetened condensed milk.  Soo not healthy, sooo tasty!  

4.  If You Love Coffee Ice Cream but Don’t Love Coffee

by: How Sweet it Is
Click HERE to find the recipe. 
Note the title of this post is not, “How to be Healthy”…that will allow you to overlook the lovely amount of chocolate sauce in this recipe.  In the words of Rachel Ray, Yum-o!

5.  Homemade Frappuccino Recipe

By: Kitchen Cheat Sheet (on Money Saving Mom)

Click HERE to find the recipe.
 Now, this recipe is interested to me me because it has Jell-o in it.  This would allow you to change the flavor of the recipe.  It looks so thick and yummy.   My blender is excited to give it a whirl!
How about you?  Do you have an iced coffee recipe you love and think I should try??  Leave a link in the comments below.  
I am on a mission to find the best iced coffee recipe!!  
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Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

So you signed up to bring a dessert to your next event.  And you want to impress everyone, right?  This recipe will be your go-to for every function.  Kids love it.  Adults love it.  And it makes a ton!
Click here to print the recipe.
Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
I start by making the frosting first.  This way I don’t have to clean my mixer paddles after touching raw eggs in the bar mixture.
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
Put the cream cheese in a medium mixing bowl.  Soften it in the microwave.  Put the butter in a small bowl and melt in the microwave.  Add butter and vanilla to mixing bowl.  Blend with mixer.  Add powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
Pumpkin Bars 
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 15 oz can pumpkin
  • 2 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
1.  Add all ingredients into large mixing bowl.  Blend with mixer (doesn’t have to be cleaned after frosting!).
2.  Spray jelly roll pan (the BIG cookie sheet with sides)  with non-stick cooking spray and turn oven to 350 degrees.
4.  Pour mixture into jelly roll pan.
5.  Bake 20 min. or until tooth pick comes out clean.
6.  After the bars cool, drop big spoonfuls of frosting in about 6 places on the bars.  Use your spatula to smooth frosting out all over the bars.
Enjoy!  I’d love to hear you rave about them when you make them.  :)  Oh my, trust me, they ARE good!!  I love pumpkin in everything all throughout the year! What are some of your favorite pumpkin recipes?
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