4.16.2014

Ham + Cheese Hashbrown Quiche

With Easter coming up, I thought I would share one of my favorite breakfast dishes.
It is perfect for Easter Brunch or breakfast!
I first made this back in the winter of 2006 (before we had kids) when we went to Sun Valley, Idaho with our Small Group for a long weekend. Each couple was in charge of making & planning a meal. 
I picked breakfast and I made this Ham + Cheese Hashbrown Quiche (along with my Monkey Bread!)
The official name of this dish is Ham & Cheese Hashbrown Quiche, but when we were in Sun Valley we called this dish "The Ham Hasselhoff" after David Hasselhoff because that entire weekend, his song "Jump in my Car" was stuck in everyone's head.
(The video had just debuted and we thought that video was ridiculous & hysterical so we made a mockery of it ALL weekend)
Remember the video? So painful to watch!!!! Ha!


Here is what you need for Ham + Cheese Hashbrown Quiche 
AKA "The Ham Hasselhoff"
1 (30 oz package) Frozen Shredded Hash Browns, thawed
3/4 cup shredded Pepper Jack Cheese
3/4 cup shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
3/4 cup Shredded Swiss Cheese
(You can use any combonation of cheeses you want, just make sure you have a total of 2 1/4 cups of cheese)
1 package of Hormel Honey Deli Ham, diced
1/2 cup milk
4 eggs
1 Tablespoon Lawrys seasoning salt
Pepper, to taste  

Directions:
Press your thawed Hashbrowns into the bottom of your 9x13 dish. Bake at 425 for 20 minutes.
While your hashbrowns are baking, dice up your ham:
 I use the entire package for this dish!
 In a bowl, add the 4 eggs, the 1/2 cup milk, seasoning salt & pepper.
 Whisk it all together:
 Add in the diced ham:
  Then, grate your cheese (if necessary). I have never found shredded pepper jack cheese, so that is the only type I have the grate. The swiss & cheddar come pre-shredded in the bags.
Add all the cheeses to a bowl:
 Then, mix them all together.
After your hashbrowns have finished baking, take the dish out of the oven.
Sprinkle on half the cheese mixture on top of the hashbrowns.
Then, pour the egg/milk/ham mixture on top of that.
 Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top:
 Reduce heat in the oven and bake (uncovered) at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
 So easy to make! And, you can make it ahead of time.
When I eat it, I ALWAYS add some Cholula or Sriracha hot sauce on top of it.
 This dish pairs great with fresh fruit along with my Monkey Bread 

Make this for your next brunch/breakfast....I promise you the "Ham Hasselhoff" dish is much better than the video :)

4.15.2014

Easter Peeps S'mores {Free Printable}

I can't believe I haven't made a Printable for Easter Peeps S'mores  yet.
I have made them for Valentine's Day, Halloween and Christmas, but not Easter!
Peeps are the official Easter treat, and I had made printables for all those other holiday with peeps, but not Easter.
For Shame!
I knew I had to remedy this ASAP.
Here is what you need:
 - Graham Crackers
- Snack Size Hershey Bars
-Easter Peeps (I used the bunnies rather than chicks because the bunnies are flat)
- Clear bags
- A Stapler & Scissors
- Printable I made (see at end of post)
 
Mmmmm.....Peeps!

  Have your kid (or you) write in who their Easter treat is to and who it is from.

Just put 2 graham cracker halves, a hershey bar & a peep in the bag:
 Fold it up & put on a label:
Staple on the sides:
So cute:

The girls made them for all the kids on our court and it took a lot of self control for them not to eat them.
So, of course I let them have one :)
 Yum!
 Here is the printable for YOU to download & use!

{To download, Click so the image pops up in a new window, Right Click, Then Save & Print!}
 
And, a version without the Eggs:

{To download, Click so the image pops up in a new window, Right Click, Then Save & Print!}





{To download, Click so the image pops up in a new window, Right Click, Then Save & Print!}

We are passing these out to all the kids on our cul-de-sac tomorrow.
Enjoy & Happy Easter!

4.14.2014

It's Spring Break, Holy Week + A Winner!

It's finally here........Spring Break.
It has been a looooooong stretch of school since Christmas Break and I am so, so, so thankful to have this week off of school.
It is 3 pm and we are ALL still in our Pajamas!
The Monday of all our breaks (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break), I always make sure we have NO plans. It's nice to just have a day to lounge around in our pj's, do crafts, play outside and bake things. No plans. Just hanging out. 
This is espciecally necessary today because we had a super busy weekend.
I threw a Baby Shower for my younger sister on Saturday (I will blog that this week!)
and Kevin took the girls to Pine Mountain Lake for the weekend. 
Luke & I had a fun weekend just the 2 of us.
I forgot how easy just 1 kid is (compared to 3)
Kevin and the girls had an absolute blast at the lake with some of Kevin's childhood friends.
Today, we are all exhausted (which is why we are still in our pj's!)
 Not only is it the week of Spring Break, but it is Holy Week.
A week that changed the world. The week Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us by dying on the cross to forgive us for our sins. And, then the miracle of all miracles happened....God raised him from the dead! He is Risen!

Here are some fun activities that you can do with your kids this week to get you in the Easter Spirit! Many of these will help you focus on the true meaning of Easter....that Jesus died on the cross for all of us and rose again 3 days later.  Some of the other activities are just for fun!

Planting Jelly Beans
We do this on Good Friday & have the lollipops appear on Easter Sunday representing that God has taken the old and given us new life. 
 You can read Luke Chapter 18 in the Bible with this activity.
 Talk about how Jesus’s body was laid in the tomb then on the 3rd day was raised from the dead and lived again.

 Bunny Prints
 On our front walkway made with flour on Easter Morning:
Bunny Trail 
(Marshmallows leading them to their Easter Baskets)
 
Empty Tomb Easter Cookies with Scripture 
(Recipe & Instructions HERE
Resurrection Rolls (Recipe HERE)
Easter Egg Coupons

Download them HERE if you haven't already!
These were a HIT last Easter. Instead of candy in the eggs, use these coupons!
Tie Dyed Easter Eggs 
Use silk ties to dye eggs! So fun. 
{Instructions HERE}
The girls and I are working on our 2014 tie dyed eggs later this week. Can't wait!

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And, the winner of the Rodan + Fields Regimen Giveaway is:
Michelle
Congrats! Leave me a comment with your email!
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What is your favorite Easter Tradition? Would love to hear about it!
Mine is making Resurrection Rolls with the girls & re-telling the story of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins and have my girls understand more and more what that means each year.
I also love spending Easter day with family & friends. 
And of course, eating a Reese's Peanut Butter Egg. 
Best Easter Candy Ever!

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