Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Healthy Breakfast Casserole

I love breakfast!  This is a recipe I use when we have visitors staying over.  I love that you can make it ahead of time and keep it in the fridge over night and pop it in the oven in the morning.  We like this one so much at our house, that we have it for dinner sometimes too!
Healthy Breakfast Casserole
You will need:
12 ounces turkey breakfast sausage
2 C.  Milk - I use 1%
2 C. egg substitute
3 eggs
lg. pinch of dry mustard
pinch of sea salt
dash of black pepper
dash of ground red pepper
16 slices whole wheat toast, crusts cut off
A little more than a cup of reduced-fat extra sharp shredded cheddar cheese
Cooking spray
Paprika for sprinkling
In a medium pan, brown the turkey sausage over medium heat until cooked through.  Drain and set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, mix together milk, egg substitute, eggs, dry mustard, sea salt, black pepper, and red pepper.
Slice the crusts off of the bread and cut into cubes, about an inch in size.  Add bread, sausage, and cheese to egg mixture and blend together.  Spray and 8 1/2 x 11 in. casserole and evenly spread mixture in it. 
At this point you can cover the casserole and keep it in the fridge over night.  In the morning, (or now, if you just want to cook it) sprinkle paprika over the top to lightly dust the casserole.  Place in the oven for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

Sunday, August 26, 2012


My parents were here for a long weekend.  It was so nice!  We took off on Saturday and decided to show them Beaufort.  It is the 3rd oldest town in NC and was recently voted America's "coolest" small town.  We shopped, took a boat ride, checked out the historical district, saw some wild ponies, visited the maritime museum, and ate lots of yummy seafood!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

DIY Cross Stitch Marker Art

I came across these pictures on pinterest, and it inspired me to do this little afternoon craft.  It turns out, it's easy, it's cheap, and the pattern possibilities are endless!  Plus, I love how it turned out!

I was inspired by over sized cross stitch :




So, with my inspiration, this is what I decided to do!

For supplies, I used markers, computer paper, graph paper printed from here.  For the graph paper, I used the eight lines per inch and heavy index lines on letter-sized paper.  You also need a cross stitch pattern.  You can use any you want.  I used this one by Kell Smurthwaite and Kincavel Krosses.

I just followed the pattern and colors.  I used the graph paper behind the computer sheet as a template and tried my best to stay within the lines of the squares.  Here is a close up look.

You could frame your artwork, use it in scrap booking or card making, journaling, so many possibilities!

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Thrift Gawker 2

1.  Wooden Kitchen Nesting Canisters
2.  Stool/Sewing box
3.  Container
4.  Wall Map
5.  Embroidered Owl Playing Cards
6.  Leaf Clutch
7.  Sewing box
8.  Glasses
9.  Cookbook
10.  Starburst Mug

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Quirky Embroidery and Cross Stitch

I cannot get enough of the kitchy embroidery and cross stitch that I have been seeing.  I love the humor and my eyes are just drawn to it.  Here is a round-up of my favorites...get ready, because there is a lot!
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Pattern available here on Etsy

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Pattern available here on Etsy

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Pattern available here on Etsy