Breakfast with Avocados

I often fix my Breakfast Casserole – it’s quick and easy and yummy! The other day I ran across an article about freezing avocados and decided to give it a try since I always seem to have to toss one or two out when I buy a mesh bag of them at Sam’s Club.
Avocado freezing: I waited until the day all of my avocados seemed “ready”. Then I sliced each in half, removed the pits and used my FoodSaver to freeze them.
This morning, when fixing my casserole, I remembered the avocados in the freezer and decided to try them. Alas, when I took a couple out of the bag, and resealed the bag, I realized that they were too hard to cut, and I didn’t want to toss them in the microwave. So, I just put each side of avocado on top of the uncooked casserole and let them bake.
I thought I might have a problem, wasn’t sure. But, the avocado softened during baking, and they were so easy to take out of the ‘shell’ and spread them on the cooked casserole.
Results? It turned out great. I would have preferred the avocado mixed in with the egg mixture, but this was better than expected. The avocado tasted as good as if it were fresh. Freezing avocado is definitely something I’ll continue to do.
Happy Breakfast!

The Dots & Stripes Collection

Polka Dots and Stripes on many different designs – using the same colors. You can purchase the designs in my Silhouette Design Store – just click on the design.

Pastel polka dot and/or stripes on designs with coordinated colors on print and cut planner sticker sheets or printable backgrounds. Each element can be cut and printed individually – combine the polka dots and stipes. They can be used on window clings, tags, cards, charts, planners, stamps, scrapbooking, labels – wherever you can put a sticker or label! They can be re-sized without affecting the quality. Several coordinated, matching designs and backgrounds are available in our Silhouette store.

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My Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

This is one of my favorite breakfasts. I make it differently each time, depending on what I have on hand.
Ingredients:
4-5 eggs
2 tbl. mayonnaise
Breakfast meat (Spam, cooked sausage and/or bacon, even ground beef) – about a cup – whatever you decide
1 cup cheese – whichever is your fave. I prefer Monterey Jack, but do use cheddar also
Filling – whatever you want or none. You can add mushrooms, avocado, onions, vegetables – it’s all up to you!

img_4499Here’s how I do it:
Place about 12 -15 frozen tater tots in an oven-proof pan. Whip eggs with the mayonnaise and pour over the tater tots. Place other ingredients in your pan and cover with the cheese.
Bake at 350º for 30 minutes. Top with salsa, green onions, sour cream – you choose. Or, don’t.
I put the leftovers in a Tupperware container, made for the microwave. To re-heat, set at about 5 for 3 or 4 minutes. It gets better as the days go on.

This is very filling. It seems like a “splurge”, but when you think about 5 eggs and a cup of breakfast meat being split into several servings, it’s not a lot.

Using a Drill on Pumpkin

1400266_10201267464746272_904139169_oA few years ago, I used a drill instead of a knife to carve my pumpkin. So easy (notice that’s an important word when I’m discussing crafts?). Just gather various sizes of drill bits – plan a pattern and go for it. I didn’t plan mine – just kept going till I thought it was okay. Then clean it out, let it dry and pop a strand of lights inside. This is my one and only attempt. Plus, the pumpkin was from my pumpkin patch which made it really special.

Seashell – Flower Pot Wind Chime

I’ve had this little wind chime for years. My grandsons made it for me in 2008 for Mother’s Day. I thought I’d share it today – because it’s fairly simple to make and a real treasure gift to give someone special. Or, to keep for yourself.

You’ll need:
Small clay flowerpots
Bells
Fishing line
Drain tray (for top)
Paints
Seashells
Hook for hanging
Buttons for sides of top