Friday, December 23, 2011

Quick & Super Easy Recipe for Sausage Egg Bake!

Sophia wanted to invite some friends over this week to decorate sugar cookies for her class party. I made a ton of snowmen, stocking and star shaped sugar cookies and left them for the girls to decorate. They had fun.

I'm happy I was able to finish my grading for the semester and take some time to let her have friends over. They giggled a lot and the kitchen was a mess with green and red frosting, white snowflake jimmies, green colored sugar and mini candy Christmas trees.

They decorated enough for everyone in the class and made sure there were enough for the teacher and her aides. We packaged them in a large container and wrote all their names on top and sent them in this morning.

It's hard to believe Christmas is the day after tomorrow. One of my favorite meals of the year is Breakfast on Christmas morning. I decided to make a Sausage Egg Bake, Warm Cinnamon Rolls, Fresh Fruit and Orange Juice.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Blessings for a Prosperous and Healthy New Year!

Recipe for Sausage Egg Bake

9 large eggs
1/4 cup finely chopped scallions

1 1/2 cups shard cheddar, grated fine

1/4 cup milk

ground spicy sausage, cooked to brown in a skillet, at the last minute add the scallions to soften

salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a baking dish. Beat the eggs in a small bowl until smooth and add the milk. Sprinkle in the salt and pepper to taste. Mix the browned sausage and scallions into the bowl with eggs and gently add in the cheddar. Pour into greased baking dish and bake for about 25 minutes. Enjoy right out of the oven!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Busy Busy Bakers & Another End of Semester!

There's been lots of baking going on at my house this week. I like to bake for neighbors, my kids teachers, other friends at the holidays and I often bring in cookies on the last day of my classes for the semester. In my English Composition classes this week, I brought in Coconut Pound Cake drizzled with Chocolate, Sugar Cookies topped with Crushed Candy Canes, Chocolate Chip Cookies with a hint of Peanut Butter and Cranberry Biscotti.

The cookies were definitely a hit with my students. We played a couple of word games on the last day. We wrote a Community Story and played 'Passadoodle'. It was fun.

I like my students to leave with the idea that although College writing requires them to work hard and write well throughout the semester language and literature can be fun!

I like to hear what they write for a Community Story; it's always wacky and wild plots with outrageous descriptions. It'll be nice to have a break for a little while (to spend time with my own kids) before the Spring Semester begins.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Cupcakes, Fuzzy Pink Slippers & Fig and Prosciutto Puffs!

T'is the season for Holiday Parties. I love a good party. And at times the Holidays seem like one of the few times I get a chance to see certain people. It's fun to catch up with people I haven't seen in awhile.

I can't go to a party empty handed so I baked some fun cupcakes earlier today-butter flavored cupcakes with blue frosting and green sugar.

I also brought the new appetizer recipe I came up with right before Thanksgiving because it's easy and good and people really seem to like it.

Recipe for Fig and Prosciutto Puffs

Mini Phyllo Shells
Fig Jam
Prosciutto, Sliced into pieces
Pepper Jack Cheese, shredded

On a baking sheet place the mini Phyllo shells. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Scoop a teaspoon of jam on the center of each pastry shell. Place small slices of prosciutto on top of the jam and top with a sprinkle of shredded pepper jack cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the pastry shells are brown.

Oh ya, and as for the Fuzzy Pink Slippers, I did some Christmas shopping today and in an effort to take good care of myself throughout the holiday season I decided to buy myself the cutest and most comfortable slippers I've ever had. It seems like if I remember to take care of myself too, I will enjoy the hectic holiday season so much more. Just a thought, but maybe it would work for you too? Not the pink slippers, but the taking time for you around the holiday!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Kindness, Cake Balls & NYC!

It was my kids Dad's birthday this weekend and even though we are no longer together I decided it was worth the effort to help my kids put a mini birthday celebration together for him. I helped my daughter's buy a quesadilla maker, the ingredients for a dinner they would make for him at his place last Friday and other decorations. I also baked a pie to send over too because what's a birthday without desert? From what my daughter's said, the dinner came out delicious and he seemed to appreciate their efforts.
Regardless of how things turned out between he and I, I want my kids to know how important it is to show kindness and appreciation for the people you care about and what better way then to help them make a celebration for him. I didn't have to be there, it was enough of a reward knowing my girls had fun in their efforts. I have to admit, I also think it's pretty cool that my daughter's are learning the art of cooking and sharing good food too. Something I hope to share with them for years to come.
My oldest daughter and I took a day trip into NYC on Saturday. We had a lot of fun. After a long effort on my part I finally finished my book proposal for "Sweeter by the Beach" and sent it out to a New York Agent for her to take a look at last week. I was happy to finally complete it because I tried to get it done by summer's end but between the kids and my teaching job it simply took longer than I expected.
We had a blast tooling around the City. The cool thing was that at one point I realized we rode right by the Agent's office Building where I sent it to. I hope it gets published someday because it has been a fun project and I think people would enjoy seeing what it's about.
As for making Cake Balls, I baked some late Sunday afternoon because the holidays are fast approaching and I need to get a jump on my baking now before all the party's get underway.
For my first batch of the season, I made chocolate dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy canes. (Yum!)