I made a Black Velvet Chocolate Buttermilk Cake and it was delicious

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One of my favorite things to do is surf around the blogosphere and check out all the amazing things people are doing in their kitchens.  I luv to cook and bake but mostly I luv to eat 🙂 Now we … Continue reading

How my Garden Grows

Viola

I luv these sweet little violas. I get them from the Dollar store and they are an instant punch of color to my garden while I wait for my seeds to get started.

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These white and lilac ones remind me of my grandmothers house.

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Its just amazing how many flowers I can get quickly from a $2 investment!

TheDeadOne

This sad fellow was a gorgeous plant last year, when the leaves come in it has a red tint to it, but I placed it outside too soon this year and we had a cold snap and this is what happened. Hopefully I can save it, I’ll keep you updated on his progress. In the pot next to him is a plant I got from my BFF after her house fire, I have been babysitting for almost a year now.  He has a ton of babies coming in, I’m super excited, and I tossed in a package of mixed flower seeds this year and there is so much happening in there it should be amazing in a month or so.

SweetBasil

Sweet basil, herbs take forever to get going. I had Oregano and Parsley too but they never came up so I now have Cilantro (which is way better anyway) and Catnip! Oliver is going to luv that.

SunflowersAllInARow

These will be pretty sunflowers all in a row.  Last year the sunflowers were one of my best producers. Super easy to grow and last forever.

PinkSucclent

This is another Dollar store find, no tag but its a succulent of some kind and its bloom is a sweet pink.

MorningGlories

This is Morning Glory, hard to imagine that in just a few short weeks this will be a huge mass of glorious bright blue flowers and heart shaped leaves.  I luv that this year I have an actual pole to let it trial up.

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And while it doesn’t grow in my garden I am lucky enough to live across the street from Starbucks and I get my favorite Venti Mocha Frap, no whip, all the time. Thanks BF, u r the best xo

I started my little patio garden paradise about a month ago and so much progress already I am thrilled.  I credit the homemade mulch I worked so hard on all winter.  Who would have thought that I would go from a brown handed girl to Lil Miss Green Thumbs in just a couple of years 😉 I sure never did.

I will keep you updated on the progress as the year goes on I am sure you will get tired of all the pics long before I do.

Enjoy Y’all

Lizz

Easy Make Ahead Breakfast Part 2

Talk about a hardy breakfast with no morning hassle!

Talk about a hardy breakfast with no morning hassle! Look at those yummy muffins!

Today I am showing you the second part of an Easy Make Ahead Breakfast, Make Ahead Muffins. Check out the Crockpot Breakfast Casserole here.

I luv fresh baked goodies for breakfast but really who has the time or energy to get up and do that? Not me for sure! I luv to sleep and its takes me a couple of cups of coffee to get going in the morning and by then I would have to be out the door or getting busy for the day.  This solves that problem.

The night before assemble all your ingredients.

Best Ever Muffins from BHG New Cookbook Circa 1968

1 3/4 c sifted flour

1/2 c sugar

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp salt

1 well beaten egg

3/4 c milk

1/3 c oil

Heres the make ahead part. Take all the dry ingredients and sift together in a big bowl, make a well, like this

Then you cover and set aside.

Then you cover and set aside.

Now take all the wet ingredients and do the same thing.

You will need to stir again in the morning but so much easier than trying to do it all!

You will need to stir again in the morning but so much easier than trying to do it all!

The next morning I pushed the button for the coffee, turned off the crockpot, set the oven to 400 and got the wet bowl out of the fridge. Stir and mix with the dry. Add fruit of your choice. Done!

Spray your pan well don’t mess with muffin cups this early or you could set them up the nite before. Add batter to pan, 3/4 full. Pop in the oven.

Bake at 400 20 - 25 mins, depends on your oven.

Bake at 400 20 – 25 mins, depends on your oven.

Now go take a hot shower or enjoy a cup of coffee, whatever you need to do, breakfast is handled 😀

In 20 mins I’ve had coffee, showered, got my face on and am ready to eat.

Now isn't this a pretty easy way to have home baked goodies for your family in the morning without getting up before the sun.

Now isn’t this a pretty easy way to have home baked goodies for your family in the morning without getting up before the sun.

I made 12 muffins but you could get 6 big ones if you wanted.  So there you have it breakfast that super easy, delicious and good for you.

Enjoy Y’all

Lizz

Easy Make Ahead Breakfast Part 1

Talk about a hardy breakfast with no morning hassle!

Talk about a hardy breakfast with no morning hassle! This is it!

I understand that we are all super busy these days and its hard to make a good nutritious breakfast and get everybody ready at the same time, so I am the hunt for make ahead recipes so that when I go back to work, life will still be run smoothly.

This is part 1, the main course so to say, Crockpot Breakfast Casserole. You are going to luv this one, its super easy and cooks while you sleep.  Its even a great way to clean out the fridge at the end of the week, cause I am sure if  you are like me you have tons of leftover bits and pieces.

Heres what you need, and you can add or substitute according to your families tastes

Heres what you need, and you can add or substitute according to your families tastes

Assemble your ingredients and start by spraying your crockpot so your potato base doesn’t stick.

Any potatoes will do, fresh, frozen, fries, tots, shredded, its up to you and your clan and what you have on hand

Any potatoes will do, fresh, frozen, fries, tots, shredded, its up to you and your clan and what you have on hand

Next meat… You could skip this all together again your choice.

I used all the leftovers from the fridge! Yea ;)

I used all the leftovers from the fridge! Yea 😉 I hate wasting anything!

Next its veggie time.

Green was apparently my theme I had green onion and green peppers on hand.

Green was apparently my theme I had green onion and green peppers on hand.

Ok now cheese, I luv the big bag from Walmart its a taco blend and is perfect for practically everything and for a lazy girl who doesn’t want to spend hours shredding cheese all month its perfect! Bonus $8 lasts all month, and super cheap!

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Next prepare your eggs. I used 8 but there are only 2 of us and I wanted to go big and have leftovers.  I would say family of 4 use 12.

Spice it up according to your taste, Salt n Pepper of course. I also added Garlic, Paprika and Parsley.  I think next time I am going to add some Celery Salt too and cut the regular salt.

To your egg mix you also want to add 1/2 to 1 c milk depending on how many eggs you use. You could also use heavy cream or half and half for a richer base. I think I will try this when its for company.

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Now just pour egg mix over the rest and turn on low for about 6 hours.

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This is how mine looked, before cooking.

This is how mine looked, before cooking.

And now the finished product…

Smelled so yummy when BF got home at 2am from work it had been cooking a couple of hours and he was like OMG can I eat it now!

Smelled so yummy when BF got home at 2am from work it had been cooking a couple of hours and he was like OMG can I eat it now!

Thats it easy peasy! Hot breakfast with no morning crazyness involved!

Check back tomorrow for Part 2, Make Ahead Muffins.

Enjoy Y’all

Lizz

Yummy Egg Salad or Something to do with all those hard boiled eggs after Easter!

Egg Salad is great, its fast, easy, low cal, and low fat.  You can eat it for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or a midnite snack. You can serve it on bread, toast, crackers or a bed of lettuce.  Talk about a versatile food.  When I was teaching we had a snack truck that would come around just in time for morning break and those ladies whipped up a delish egg salad, I just loved to grab one with a chocolate milk, I could eat half, then save the rest for lunch and I was satisfied all day.
Today I was wanting to try something different for breakfast and needed to post a food blog so as I stood in front of the frig wondering what to do I saw the mayo next to the eggs and there it was egg salad.  What how do I boil an egg? hmmm check out that learning experience here.
Since I don’t boil eggs I have never made egg salad before, I consulted the BHG bible but they didn’t have what I wanted. I decided to just wing it… here’s what I came up with,
1/4 c mayo
1 tsp mustard
1/8 finely chopped onion
1/8 finely chopped celery
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 tsp paprika
Smash it all together.
Serve on whole wheat toast.
It was fast, easy, cheap, very yummy, and BF luv’d it ;D
Awesome morning learned how to boil and egg and make egg salad! Win WIN!
Enjoy Y’all
Lizz