Puzzle Nut

I have a confession to make. Not a confession really, but more, an admission. I’m kind of a puzzle nut…freak, actually, if you must know.

I loved puzzles so much that I used to go to Hallmark every few weeks to see what new ones they had, and buy them. All of them. I had a cat puzzle, a King Tut puzzle, a Piata puzzle, and every Thomas Kincade puzzle you can think of.  I had rainbow ones, candy ones, donut ones and every animal in the kingdom. Why, I even had a puzzle of a puzzle that I LOVED and put together a zillion times.

One year for Christmas, my cute little dad made a special board made that was light weight and thin, but sturdy enough to last for a million years. It was my special puzzle board. And I had it for about 20 years.

Some unsuspecting soul tossed it in one of our many moves a few years back and I was heart broken. Funny thing is that when I moved into this old, cute house while we were rummaging around in the back patio–there was a piece of the same kind of board–in nearly the same dimensions as the awesome one my father made all those years ago.

In fact, if I could pass on a love for something, to my grandkids, it would be the love of calming, soothing, lovely puzzles.

It just might be working!

 

 

 

Farm Girl Barbie

Okay…this is the coolest Barbie in the whole wide world. I’ve seen all the Astronaut Barbies and the Heart Surgeon Barbie and the Nuclear Physicist Barbie and to be honest, I was never really interested…personally.

Then I saw this pretty little thing and I LOVE her. Oh, she still has the silly lonnnng neck that makes me laugh. But she also has work clothes on  and just a regular person face. Thank you very much. Finally.

The best part is still to come…She’s holding a CHICKEN!! Just as she should be–hahaha!

Yep. Now we’re talking.

Chicken Barbie.

My spirit sister.

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.

 

Things To Love

A new line of fabric from my favorite designer, April Rosenthal, called Mama’s Cottage, with a particularly personal touch. See the blue house, with the red roof? That’s my house–immortalized in fabric!! Hee, hee…  So beautiful and of course, it just makes me sooo happy.

Then there’s this little sprig of joy.  He’s such a little smiler, all the time. And don’t miss the matching church ties. So dang cute!

This little labor of love, for a sweet boy with a cold head–more on that later.

I may have made one in red…too.   :]

Having a really smart daughter that knows how to put these ancient relics into a format that we can actually watch. What a blessing not to lose all those memories that we thought we’d never see again.

And finally, these little golden girlie curls. Yes, I know it’s blurry–but you can’t take a clear picture of a firefly.

So much to love. And that’s just a pinch.

There’s always more.

 

Look What WE Have!!

This, my dears is our newest little sweetheart–Merrick. He’s the happiest little soul that you’ve ever seen and OH, so much fun to snuggle and kiss.

 Do you just adore the matching ties for church?

He is the son of Dane & Kortney and the dearest little grand-baby imaginable.

So glad they are close by so they can share all this happiness with us.