Cheesy Potato Egg Bake

Prepare yourselves, my dearies–because this little cheesy, hammy, egg-y, potato-y bit of Heaven is a breakfast dream come true!!

I’m all about anything that is easy and quick to toss together, in the first place. But to know that this is a wholesome, protein-packed day starter is a huge plus. Pretty sure the littles will even eat this one.

And get this–you can throw everything together the night before–if that floats your boat! Just put all the ingredients into the pan, cover it with foil and poof! Ready for the morning. It does take about 40 minutes in the oven, but you know that’s how long it takes to get all those kiddos ready anyway, right? Of course, right.

Oh, one last thing. Four ingredients.

Un-huh. That’s what I said.

Frozen, shredded hash browns…

grated cheese…

and diced ham or cooked, crumbled sausage…

and of course, eggs.

Simple, right?

Yeah. You ow me big.

Amish Cheesy Potato Egg Bake

Ingredients:

4 cups frozen, shredded hash brown potatoes (Don’t use a different kind of potatoes–or it won’t work the same way. )

4 cups– plus a handful for topping–shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, or Swiss-or a mixture of two)

1 cup diced cooked ham, cooked sausage, or cooked and crumbled bacon

7 large eggs

Put frozen, shredded potatoes and shredded cheese in a large bowl.
Add ham and toss to mix thoroughly.
Whirl eggs in the blender with a pinch of salt and pepper.
Pour eggs over the other ingredients and mix well till the egg is distributed evenly.
Pour into a greased 9×13 pyrex baking dish.
Bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.
Sprinkle a bit more shredded cheese on top and bake for 5 more minutes.
Allow to settle for about 5 minutes before serving.


Amish Cheesy Potato Egg Bake
 
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: Breakfast
Ingredients
  • 4 cups frozen SHREDDED hash browns
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 7 eggs
Instructions
  1. Put frozen, shredded potatoes and shredded cheese in a large bowl.
  2. Add ham and toss to mix thoroughly.
  3. Whirl eggs in the blender with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  4. Pour eggs over the other ingredients and mix well till the egg is distributed evenly.
  5. Pour into a greased 9x13 pyrex baking dish.
  6. Bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.
  7. Sprinkle a bit more shredded cheese on top and bake for 5 more minutes.
  8. Allow to settle for about 5 minutes before serving.

 

Evil Fudge Balls

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Here’s a sinful little thing that traditionally, we save for Christmas time. But since we have way too many treats and goodies to make in December, I decided to stretch out the bliss. So we’re making these little devils for Valentine’s Day. We should be spreading out the holidays any-who. Don’t you agree?

I never thought I’d share this one–because, well because I’m actually very selfish at heart. Or maybe it’s because I’m certain that when the whole world reads this recipe–there will be an incredible run on the Symphony bar market…and there won’t be enough to go around…for me. Either thing is true.

Ok, ok…I’ll risk it.

This is a pretty darn simple recipe. So get ready for some complete decadence that there is no excuse for. I mean it.

Evil Fudge Balls

Ingredients:

2 lbs. Symphony bar chocolate

8 oz. frozen Cool Whip

Vanilla Wafers–crushed

Directions:

Melt chocolate over a double boiler being careful not to even get one teensy tiny drop of water in the bowl. Cool slightly. Spoon the frozen cool whip into a mixing bowl and pour the chocolate over it. Mix on medium speed until well blended.

It will most likely be way too soft to roll,  but if you have a small scoop like mine–you could still do it.  If not, refrigerate for about 1 hour or until the chocolate is firm enough to spoon and roll into balls.

Drop each fudge ball into a bowl of  crushed Vanilla Wafers and coat thoroughly.

Refrigerate in an air tight container and refrain from telling anyone that you made these. I mean, seriously…they’re worth beating somebody up for. 

And you don’t want that somebody to be you.

Trust me on this.

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Evil Fudge Balls
 
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. Symphony bar chocolate
  • 8 oz. frozen Cool Whip
  • Vanilla Wafers–crushed
Instructions
  1. Melt chocolate over a double boiler being careful not to even get one teensy tiny drop of water in the bowl.
  2. Cool slightly.
  3. Spoon the frozen cool whip into a mixing bowl and pour the chocolate over it.
  4. Mix on medium speed until well blended.
  5. Refrigerate for about 1 hour or until the chocolate is firm enough to spoon and roll into balls.
  6. Drop into crushed Vanilla Wafers and coat thoroughly.
  7. Refrigerate in an air tight container

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

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I found this luscious little recipe lonnnng ago, when my kiddos were small. Everyone who ever popped one in their mouth would say, “Ooooh,  chocolate AND peanut butter. Where’s the milk?”

It was definitely a family favorite.

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Then, we moved…like 50 times. Ok, maybe it just felt like it. ANYway, in all the hustle and bustle of packing and unpacking, and the kids growing up and having their own kids (what?!!), somewhere, somehow we lost the recipe. And no, I did not have it memorized. That would have been smart.

Gone. Gone. Gone. Oh, the tears we wept.

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Then one magical day, as I was sorting through an old recipe file that belonged to my mom, what should fall innocently out, onto my lap? My long, lost Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie recipe!! WA-dang-HOOOO!!! I still have idea how it even got in there in the first place, but who cares? Can you hear me singing, “Re-u-ni-ted and it feeels so gooooood,” ? Well, I am.

Now, my friends, you are free to sing and dance and frolic merrily, while you eat these amazing things. But, the catch is–you have to make them yourself.

I’m eatin’ mine.

Don’t forget the milk.

Gr Signature

 

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

3/4 cup butter

1 cup peanut butter

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 large egg

2 tsp vanila extract

1/2 tsp baking soda

1-1/4 cups flour

Heat oven to 375 degrees
In a large bowl beat butter and peanut butter until creamy.
Add sugars, cocoa, egg, vanilla, and baking soda; beat until fluffy.
Slowly add flour and mix on low speed just until flour is blended.
Roll into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet about 1-1/2 inches apart.
Flatten with a glass.
Bake for 8 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool for one minute before removing to a wire rack.

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5.0 from 2 reviews
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
 
¾ cup butter 1 cup peanut butter ¾ cup sugar ¼ cup brown sugar ½ cup cocoa powder 1 large egg 2 tsp vanila extract ½ tsp baking soda 1-1/4 cups flour
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanila extract
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1-1/4 cups flour
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees
  2. In a large bowl beat butter and peanut butter until creamy.
  3. Add sugars, cocoa, egg, vanilla, and baking soda; beat until fluffy.
  4. Slowly add flour and mix on low speed just until flour is blended.
  5. Roll into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar.
  6. Place on ungreased cookie sheet about 1-1/2 inches apart.
  7. Flatten with a glass.
  8. Bake for 8 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and cool for one minute before removing to a wire rack.

Perfect Apricot Jam

…without pectin.

Apricot Jam

 Mmmmmm….toast and jam makes me really happy.

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I had to take a break from packing and painting and weed killing because some things…like apricots, just won’t wait. At the risk of losing them all, I decided to just drop everything and make some jam in my cute little kitchen.

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I wasn’t positive that I even had everything that I needed because I’m still living in one house while working on the other, and I don’t have my kitchen totally set up yet.

As it turns out, I found what I needed. I also found a very simple recipe without pectin, that–short of burning the whole pot to a crisp–promised to be pretty much fool-proof. My kind of recipe.

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So, you start with 8 cups of washed, pitted, and chopped apricots. 
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 Mush them around a bit with a potato masher. You don’t have to go crazy with this part–just smash them enough that you release a fair amount of the natural juices.

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Add 1/4 cup of lemon juice. I used bottled juice–but if you have fresh lemons, you can use them. Either way should be fine.

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Now add 6 cups of sugar to a nice, deep sauce pan. Stir in the apricots and mix it well.

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Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Once the mixture reaches a rolling boil, continue cooking for about 30 minutes. Keep checking on it and stirring so that it doesn’t stick to the pan and scorch.

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When it starts getting really foamy, I always add about a teaspoon and a half of butter–which usually calms it all down. You don’t have to do that–it’s just what I do.

Now I should have a lovely picture of pouring the beautiful jam into the jars, but since I was alone in the house, taking pictures of that process seemed like a good way to land in the emergency room.  SO…

you’ll have to believe me when I tell you that I poured the jam in the hot, clean jars and processed them in the boiling water canner for 10 minutes.

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Here’s my proof. That and…

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this.

Gr Signature

5.0 from 2 reviews
Perfect Apricot Jam--Without Pectin
 
: 5 pints
Ingredients
  • 8 cups chopped apricots
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 6 cups sugar
  • 5 pint jars, lids and rings
Instructions
  1. Mash the apricots lightly.
  2. Add lemon juice and sugar.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar.
  4. Once it reaches a rolling boil, continue boiling for about 30 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and pour into clean, hot jars.
  6. Process in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes.
  7. Let set for a few hours until cans seal
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