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 ūüėÄ

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



Tamale Pie or 60s Mexican Food


 You are going to luv this one!
One of my favorite childhood dinners was Tamale Pie. ¬†I still remember the smells when my mom made it and those smells have haunted me for years. ¬†I know very strange why not just make some right? ¬†You are totally right, I actually have her cookbook (BHG circa 1968) so I could have, but I knew my kids wouldn’t eat it and the ex showed no interest. ¬†Don’t get me wrong I am not one of those moms that cater to their kids and makes 3 different meals, Heck NO! I am one of those moms that doesn’t believe in forcing my kids to eat things; I was forced as a child and still to this day have an aversion to certain foods, Thanks mom ūüėČ
Actually my 2 oldest are good, adventurous eaters but ya know how little kids can be. ¬†We kind of got stuck in a food rut for the last 25 years. ¬†At least it was good, healthy food; balanced nutrition was always very important to me. ¬†Funny though to look at a pic of my kids when they were very little, you would have thought I starved them… supper skinny, I’m talking like scary skinny. ¬†I’ll have to see if I can find that pic and show y’all, it actually kind of freaked me out the last time I saw it again, lol.

So back to Tamale Pie, yesterday I read BF the recipe and he said “go for it love” (he’s a very good eater, even if I mess it up or its something he doesn’t like he’s generally eating it, he was raised that you eat everything on your plate and don’t complain, that’s rude). ¬†I was super excited to cook dinner tonight. ¬†Excited to cook… wait am I a clone and don’t know it? ¬†No really, this is not where I expected to be in life at this point. I actually thought I would be eating out all the time and only cooking on special occasions, but then again life has a funny way of changing on us in unexpected ways. ¬†One of the reasons I titled my blog, ‘Life in a Different Direction’. Again I digress…

If you have never had or heard of Tamale Pie, its a casserole type dish with a tomato base, hamburger and a cornmeal crust on top. ¬†Obviously its the 60’s American housewives version of Mexican food which at the time was not a part of American culture as it is now. ¬†You can bing or google the recipe but I wanted the classic that mom always made, from my favorite cookbook. ¬†I swear I had dreamed of it, which strange as it may sound I actually do dream about her cooking, just one more thing I’ve missed since she died.
Tamale pie is basic, hardy comfort food, don’t think about calories or fat grams… just enjoy.
1 c chopped onion
1 c chopped green pepper
2 8 oz cans tomato sauce
1 12 oz can whole kernel corn
1/2 cup pitted, olives, chopped
1 clove garlic
1 tbs sugar
1 tsp salt
2-3 tsp chili powder, depends on taste
dash pepper

This is the main part the topping comes next.
Cook meat, onion, and green pepper together in large skillet till meat is browned. ¬†Stir in rest of ingredients and let simmer for 25 mins or until thick. ¬†(I did not add my olives here I waited and only added to half during assembly, BF doesn’t like them).

While this is simmering prepare topping. Also preheat oven to 375.
3/4 c cornmeal, yellow
1/2 tsp salt
2 c cold water
1 tbs butter

In small saucepan add water, salt and cornmeal, cook on med high heat and stir constantly to avoid lumps or sticking.
Stir till thick. Next add butter, and stir into topping.

1 1/2 c shredded American cheese (I used taco blend, tasted the same so which ever you prefer. I use it for pretty much everything, its nice to just buy one huge bag and have it last all month vs. a bunch of little cheeses I have to grate and store).

Now when your tomato mix is finished, you are ready to assemble and bake.
In 9x9x2 (approx) baking dish (glass or metal no difference which ever you prefer, but I do suggesting lining with foil, I forgot had to soak my pan overnight).  Pour tomato mix into pan, cover with cheese, (this is where I added the olives to just half the pan, easy peasy and I have olives left to use for something else) then spread on cornmeal topper.

Bake in moderate oven (375) about 40 mins. Serves 4-6.
I was thrilled it tasted exactly like my moms and was still delicious like I dreamed about and bonus BF was thrilled, he actually said, ‘I loved it’. ¬†So score!
Enjoy Y’all

Have your kids seen the original film version of “The Wizard of Oz”?

Has this classic film been forgotten? Or are parents shielding their children too much nowadays?

Has this classic film been forgotten? Or are parents shielding their children too much nowadays?

I was very shocked this weekend when I found out that my step-kids have not seen or even know what “The Wizard of Oz” is.


How can this possibly be?

I am suspicious that this is some type of pandemic of this generation, I have a couple of friends with children under 12 and they too have been deprived the joy of Oz.

Not only have they not seen the movie but the parents are¬†oblivious to the fact that there are a total of 13 books written about the magical land of oz. ¬†Now I have read the books and yes they are a bit dark and I know that many children have been¬†frightened¬†by the flying monkeys (I was for sure but I watched it again and again), but aren’t parents overprotecting their kids a little too much these days. ¬†Life isn’t all sunshine and trophies; come on lets face it sometimes life is really hard and scary and as parents aren’t we supposed to teach our children to cope with all life’s aspects, including the hard and scary parts?

I know when I found out I was pregnant with my oldest one of the things I planned was all the things I wanted to share with him, not just how adorable I would decorate the nursery or what college he would go to.

First my love of books, I have read all L Frank Baum books and love them dearly.  Now I am the first to admit that the books can be a little adult but the are perfect for the getting the imagination going. Lack of imagination is something that I am so sorry to be leaving our children in this age of video and internet.

Second my love of film, and of course “The Wizard” is in my top 10 classic kid movies, and I loved watching it with my kids every year just like I watched it with my mom, (yes the monkeys scared them too) but I was there to comfort them and to educate them that they were not real, and just part of someone’s imagination, and by using their imagination they could think of anything, they could go anywhere, and do anything. This movie also teaches great family values like the importance of family, and home. It teaches the value of appreciating what you have, and about heart, courage,¬†loyalty, and love. It teaches about morals such as, good and evil, right and wrong, and honesty. They will see beauty and wonderment, like a horse of a different color. It is good old-fashioned family entertainment, which can be hard to come by these days.

Third my love of music, and what great music has “The Wizard of Oz” produced from “Somewhere over the Rainbow” to “Ease on Down the Road” to “Defying Gravity” these are some amazing classics and talk about inspirational.

love you my love(this is what happens at my house when you leave your computer open and walk away… awe, I luv u too BF) Ok back to the blog, lol

I shared all these things with my boys and yes they were a little bored with the movie after ¬†seeing it a few times, compared to today’s special effect filled films it can seem lackluster, but its a cherished memory now, those nights snuggled up on the couch and when we play movie trivia games at Christmas (a tradition in our house) there is almost always a question that if they hadn’t seen it they wouldn’t know. ¬†Most important they learned from this movie, we watched and discussed it afterwords, what they understood and didn’t, I explained to them. I read the book to them. We sang the songs together. They were encouraged to use their imaginations, to dream, to believe the impossible, but to always love home and family.

I will be sharing this movie classic with the steppies (and someday my grandkids) next time they come to visit. I will hold them when the monkeys scare them and reassure them that witches are not real. I will be reading them the books (guess what they are part of the Kindle classic freebies, sweet!)  I will be playing the songs in the car so we can sing along. I am actually really excited to be able to share these things I love with them, and I hope that in the years to come they will appreciate that I shared this cherished family tradition with them.  I hope they will appreciate the classics, be it on film, in print, or in a melody.

Most of all I hope that you share these things with your children and grandchildren.

Because there is no place like home

Enjoy Y’all