Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast (For Dr. Seuss’s Birthday)


Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast for Dr. Seuss’s Birthday!

My children have been asking me all week if I’ll make “Green Eggs & Ham” for breakfast on Saturday, for Dr. Seuss’s Birthday. (March 2) Of course – you just can’t say no to cuteness like that! (even though waking up early on Saturdays to cook is NOT my thing…)

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Kid-Friendly Finger Foods | Sausage Balls & Smokies in a Blanket


New Years Eve Appetizers for Kids

Jamie here!  Whether you’re throwing a little family New Years Eve party or a bigger gathering – you’ll always need to have some “Kid-friendly” finger foods on hand – here are my two favorite recipes for quick and easy party food that my kids love to eat (and I’ll admit, I love these too!)

Sausage Balls:

Now let me start by saying that these are NOT the sausage balls that are super-greasy and brownish – but a more biscuity version that works well for parties or for an easy Christmas Morning finger-food breakfast!  Basically – the BEST version. ;)

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Apple Cider Muffins!


Apple Cider Muffins


Up here in the Northeast, we really like our apple cider donuts.  I’m not quite brave enough to attempt donuts, but I was up for modifying my regular muffin recipe to make a healthier (ok, a *slightly* healthier) version of one of our favorite desserts.


So, here’s the recipe!  Makes 12 muffins.


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, and grease muffin tin.

2. In a bowl, add:

  • 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 1/3 cup of melted butter (just grab the whole stick, we’ll be using the other third later)
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

3. Break up the egg so that it will spread evenly in the batter, then mix until everything is moist.  This won’t take long, and don’t overmix!

4. Spoon in 1/3 cup of batter into each segment of the muffin tin.  Bake for 15-20 minutes (keep an eye on them!)

5. Remove from oven and let them cool.  While they’re cooling, melt the rest of that stick of butter in a bowl, and in a different bowl mix mix together sugar and cinnamon.  When the muffins are still warm but not hot, you’re going to dip the top of the muffins in the butter, then dip them right into the cinnamon sugar and then set them on a plate to dry.  (Or not.)


Cider Muffins Ready for Dipping


6. Enjoy!

I figure that the oats and the honey have to make it at least slightly healthy… right?  Maybe?  A little bit?  Well, regardless, it can’t be as bad as a bunch of apple cider donuts, and they’re simple enough and there are enough good deals on cider right now for this to be our favorite Fall breakfast treat.


The Muffin Man

The Muffin Man agrees.

Christmas Morning Casseroles (Come leave yours!)

Shared by Barbie of CouponingMadeSimple (Utah mother of 7 – all-around amazing person.)

I can’t believe I am about to type this, but Christmas is next week.  It’s Thursday and Christmas is NEXT WEEK…I’m so excited!  Usually for Christmas morning breakfast we have a huge breakfast with pancakes, bacon, eggs, all the good, heart attack on a plate stuff and all the mess.  This year I don’t have time for the prep and mess because we are having family and friends over for dinner and I really don’t want to spend my entire day in the kitchen.  I pulled out my recipe box today and put together this group of recipes for breakfast casseroles.  I will need at least two casseroles to feed our family with 7 kids, 3 of whom are teenagers.  I just can’t decide which to make because they are all so very yummy! Enjoy!

French Toast Casserole

1″ thick slices french bread, allowed to dry over night then place in a 9×13 dish

In a bowl:
8 eggs, whisk well
1 milk
2 c. heavy cream
a pinch of salt
2 Tbl. sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. vanilla

Whisk these ingredients together, then pour over bread.  Cover with foil and refrigerate over night.

The next morning preheat oven to 350*

In a separate mixing bowl cream together:
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. butter, softened2 Tbl. light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
then stir in:
1 c. chopped pecans

Bake for 35-45 minutes at 350*.

Blueberry Coffee Cake

Preheat oven 375*
2 pkg buttermilk grande biscuts quartered
Mix together:
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. butter, melted
Dip biscuits in the mixture and place in a 8×8 buttered dish.

1 1/2 c. blueberry’s tossed with
1/2 c. sugar

Sprinkle 1 c. oatmeal and blueberries over biscuits then drizzle with a little melted butter.

Bake for 20 minutes.

See more of Barbie’s Recipes HERE

Jamie’s Family Breakfast Casserole:

Jamie here!  I just had to add my family’s breakfast casserole.  It’s a super-easy one that I always take to mom groups or other events – and the ingredients are very inexpensive as well.  You can make this one the night before in a Pyrex dish – put the cover on and refrigerate.  Then go to bed.  In the morning, pop in the oven while the kids are opening presents and you’ll have a hot breakfast waiting for you!

You’ll need:
Crescent Rolls  ($.17 at Bi-Lo this week)
6- 12 Eggs (Depending on how many kids you’re feeding :)
1-2 Bags Shredded Cheese  ($1 at Bi-Lo this week)
Crumbled Sausage  ($1 a roll at Bi-Lo this week)

Nevermind – I just found a very good how-to HERE. So there’s no point in me writing one out!!

Manic Mealplan Monday: Amazing Apple Cake!

When you need a cheap & easy family meal-idea in a hurry, we’ve got you covered! Each week we’ll be featuring one of the great recipes -based on Weekly Sales- from Laurie’s collection over at PassionatePennyPincher. Today’s Manic Monday Deal is Southern Living Apple Cake!

Photo courtesy of Southern Living Picture (doesn't that just look amazing?)

This is by far my favorite fall treat, and I could hardly wait until October to share it! It’s also so easy that anyone can make it . . . in fact when I first found the recipe nine years ago I was teaching preschool “cooking and science” and my preschool classes made the cake – our entire church smelled heavenly!

Southern Living Chunky Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted $0.50/1 Land O’ Lakes Spreadable Butter Products
  • 2 cups sugar $0.50/2 Domino Sugar Products 8/29/2010 RP Insert
  • 2 large eggs $0.35/1 Eggland’s Best Eggs 9/12/2010 SS Insert
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract $0.50/1 McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract or $1/1 McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract 10/3 RP
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour $1/1 Eagle Mills Flour I couldn’t find this brand at my Publix, but maybe yours carries it!
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda $0.50/2 Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Product
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced I think any tart apple will do – we used a bag of apples on sale at Publix in last week’s sale.
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (optional, but we’ve never used them)

Stir together first 4 ingredients in large bowl until blended. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; add to butter mixture, stirring until blended. Stir in apple slices and 1 cup walnuts. (Batter will be very thick, almost like cookie dough.) Spread into a greased 13- x 9-inch pan. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Spread with Cream Cheese Frosting; sprinkle with walnuts, if desired.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened$5/5 Kraft Cheese or Dairy Products , hopefully you have some in your stockpile!
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened $0.50/1 Land O’ Lakes Spreadable Butter Products
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar $0.50/2 Domino Sugar Products 8/29/2010 RP Insert (exp 11/30/2010)
To make the Cream Cheese Frosting . . .
Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar and salt, beating until blended. Stir in vanilla.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Southern Living. Looking for more bargain menu ideas? Check out Passionate Penny Pincher’s weekly meal deals, including Harvest Time Grilled Chicken Salad and Pork Chop & Feta Skillet!