Cheesy-Bacon Egg Bake

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In addition to being some of the most wonderful women you could ever meet, the ladies at our church are very well-known for their phenomenal cooking — especially on Easter Sunday! We have a tradition of gathering early to share Easter breakfast together, and for those interested in cooking/baking, several recipes are available if you don’t have a particular dish in mind.

Last week as I pondered whether to bring cinnamon rolls or fresh fruit, I glanced over to see a printed recipe for an egg bake. What caught my eye the most was that the recipe called for 18 eggs!

Because we have seven sweet hens who bless us daily with an abundance of eggs, I am always on the look-out for a tasty egg dish!

This recipe is a keeper! Eggs with a soft, creamy layer of sour cream — pause for dramatic effect — covered in melting cheese and bacon! Did I also mention this recipe is one of the easiest dishes I’ve ever made?

This recipe is not my own, and I have to find out who contributed it! To thank her and give her a hug, of course!

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Cheesy-Bacon Egg Bake

*I prefer to use all organic ingredients

18 eggs (salt and pepper to taste, scrambled to soft stage)

1 cup sour cream

1 cup cheddar cheese, grated

1 cup crumbled bacon

-Scramble eggs to soft stage and spread into a greased 13×9 pan.

-Spread sour cream over the eggs.

-Sprinkle cheese and bacon on top.

-Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

*Side note — you could easily add a delightful variety of fresh vegetables or mushrooms to this dish. Serve with fresh fruit, if desired, and enjoy!

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Going Orange For A Friend

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Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a new blogging friend who brightens my days with her kindness and joy! Kentucky Angel has been living with MS (multiple sclerosis) since she was a teenager, and it was her desire to “paint the world orange” today for MS Awareness Month.

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This afternoon, I read on her blog that she is not feeling well, so I want to dedicate this post to Kentucky Angel and all of those who are bravely living with MS!

I would love for you to join me!

If you have a favorite orange photo or even an “orange” recipe, will you please light up your blog in support?

For additional information on MS and how you can show your support, please visit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

                                               *”BEE” AWARE photo courtesy of Google.com.

Rainbow Sky

We have been enjoying refreshing rain showers today — as it was getting close to sunset, the rain gracefully stopped, the birds came out to sing and a full rainbow appeared in the sky.

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Freshly-Baked White Rustic Bread

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After a long pause, I’m back to baking fresh bread! I am a novice when it comes to bread making, and as I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I have always been intimidated with the idea of baking my own loaves. I pictured my bread turning out as hard as a rock or as flat as a pancake! Or both!

But I have been finding some fabulous bread recipes which have greatly encouraged me! The most recent was found on Pinterest via the Creekside Cook. The title read: Stand Mixer Italian Bread. Stand Mixer … hmmm … definitely worth a try, right?

Yes, definitely, and now I’m so excited to share the recipe I found! I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have! Once again, I want to thank Donalyn for sharing her recipe on Pinterest.

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For the most part, I followed the recipe exactly as it was written — however, after baking these loaves a few times, I made a few slight changes:

-I prefer cooking/baking with organic ingredients whenever possible — which is typically very easy to do with a recipe!

-Instead of spraying the bread with water while baking, I chose to brush the bread with oil twice during baking. Grapeseed oil or extra-virgin olive oil worked wonderfully! I also topped the bread with Italian herbs and kosher salt before baking.

-When adding the additional flour during the second mixing, I only needed approximately 1/2 cup instead of a full cup. (I added the additional flour 1/4 cup at a time as stated in the original recipe.)

-My bread seemed to be done after 25 minutes — possibly our weather? Or elevation? So I would recommend keeping an eye on it after 20 minutes of baking.

The first loaf vanished very, very quickly! So the next time, I made two loaves. This recipe is also perfect for homemade hamburger buns!

So delicious served with olive oil, Italian herbs and a sprinkle of salt!

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Book Review – A Royal Easter Story

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A Royal Easter Story

With a little less than three weeks before the celebration of Easter, this delightful story of love and friendship is sure to become a favorite for young readers between the ages of 4 and 8.

Published by Zondervan and included in the Princess Parables Series written by Jeanna Young and Jacqueline Johnson, A Royal Easter Story opens as five princess sisters, Joy, Grace, Faith, Charity and Hope are joyously welcoming the arrival of spring with preparations for their annual Easter celebration.

Vivid, colorful illustrations by Omar Aranda bring these engaging characters to life as they learn valuable lessons on the importance of caring for others and putting others first. As preparations are made for the pilgrimage made to the annual Easter celebration, a neighboring family arrives with five young knights and their father. When a friendly race ensues between the knights and princesses, surmounting obstacles  and a lost child keep the princesses behind. The princesses must choose what is most important: Is it better to help others in need or pursue winning the race?

Based on the Biblical parable found in Luke 11:9-13, we read of the great depths of God’s love for us and of our greatest gift of all, Jesus.

 

A Day in the City

Last week, we made a drive into the big city to run some much-needed errands. First on the list: Jonathan’s appointment with an orthopedic specialist. After a series of tests, x-rays and an ultrasound, it was discovered that Jonathan is dealing with not one, but three painful spurs inside his left heel. Although doctors have tried for many months to take the less-invasive route, they have finally reached a point where they feel surgery is probably going to be necessary.

Jonathan has been in so much pain that a look of relief washed over his face when the specialist mentioned surgery to delicately remove the spurs. I seriously think he would have went in for surgery that very day if the doctor had allowed it, but he is encouraged to be moving forward!

Jonathan’s specialist is near downtown Boise, so after his appointment, we decided to enjoy a leisurely lunch and walk around town. Boise is by no means a bustling metropolis like Los Angeles, but what it lacks in size, it makes up in charming little details around almost every corner.

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Our first stop was lunch at one of our very favorites — Moon’s Café. Complete with a lunch counter, famous milkshakes and whimsical décor, Moon’s serves fabulous food with retro flair.

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For example —  a juicy Moon’s Cheddar Burger or a plate of mouth-watering Biscuits with Sausage Gravy. (not organic — but a delightful treat every now and then 😉 )

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After lunch, we most definitely needed to walk — so we spent part of our afternoon strolling down some of our favorites parts of the city.

A few of our favorite views —

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It didn’t take long before “Sweet Street” was brought up. Nicknamed for a sweet variety of shops all conveniently lined up together, Sweet Street happily greets you with City Peanut Shop, the Chocolat Bar and A Cupcake Paradise.

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Hmmm … where do we start?

We decided it would be best to limit our sweets to one shop and agreed on the Chocolat Bar this time around.

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How can I possibly decide which one to try?

Especially after we were given samples, and everything was delicious! I finally narrowed it down to a chocolate truffle — so rich, dense and tiny, yet I felt as if I had ate two chocolate bars. Ahh, the beauty of handmade truffles. I should have taken a picture, but that little truffle disappeared in a flash!

However, I can post a picture of the display case where I found my lovely treat — the soft brown ones on the middle shelf.

Oh little truffles, how I miss you!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed our little walk through downtown Boise! I hope to share more pictures of Boise in the near future!

A huge thank you to my sweet daughter for being my talented photographer throughout Boise.