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Breakfast Crescent Pizza

So I was searching in the fridge for something different for breakfast.  I came up with plenty of eggs and half a kielbasa sausage.  Then I noticed a rolls of crescent rolls, which are usually bought for a purpose and I was surprised to see it in the fridge.  This is how I came up with breakfast crescent pizza.

Keep in mind anything would really work for your toppings.  Scrambled eggs are the base and I would choose some great meat or sautéed vegetables on top.

Breakfast Crescent PizzaBreakfast Crescent Pizza:

  • crescent rolls
  • scrambled eggs
  • grated cheese
  • bacon, sausage, or ham, cooked and chopped
  • mushrooms, spinach,onions,zucchini,bell pepper, etc., chopped and sautéed until tender

Start by rolling out the crescent roll into rectangles.  Each can would make 4 large rectangles.  If you tried this with triangles you wouldn’t be able to fit very many toppings on.]

Bake the rectangles according to directions minus 1-2 minutes.

Meanwhile scramble eggs, cook or brown meat, and sauté your vegetables.

Remove the crescent rolls from the oven.  Top with eggs, vegetables, meat, and a bit of grated cheese to lock it all in.

Place back in oven for 1-2 more minutes until cheese is melted.

Breakfast Crescent Pizza

I ate mine with salsa on top or some might like ketchup!


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Morning Glory Muffins

I love muffins and quick breads, muffins are even better on the go.  Unfortunately muffins are usually loaded with fat and sugar.  After reading a mix of morning glory muffin recipes I figured my recipe out.  I actually forgot about this recipe from a few years ago.  Until my Grandma gave me a large bag of carrots from the garden, I knew I would use some for baking and this recipe popped into my head.

This recipe uses two fruits and two vegetables and just a bit of sugar. The kids love these muffins and the possibilities are endless.  You could add in raisins, nuts, or chocolate chips for a real treat.  Don’t worry if you don’t have some of the fruit and vegetables substitute out for your favorite or more of another.

Morning Glory Muffins:Morning Glory Muffins

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs flaxseed meal
  • 1 Tbs cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 banana, mashed well
  • 1 1/2 cup carrot, grated
  • 1 cup zucchini, grated
  • 1 cup apple, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 cup orange juice or apple juice

Whisk or sift together flours, baking powder,baking soda,sugar,salt, cinnamon and flaxseed meal.

In a mixer or large bowl combine eggs, vanilla, all fruits, and juices. Morning Glory Muffins Add in the dry mixture until just combined. Scoop evenly into lightly greased muffin tins, about 18 regular muffins.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes.  Cool and enjoy!

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Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal

In the last year I have discovered baked oatmeal.  It has become a favorite in our house ever since.  It is more filling and satisfying in a whole new way.  When I found The Oatmeal Artist: Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal, it sounded right up our alley.  We love pumpkin anything and why not add it to oatmeal.

Personally this recipe was not sweet enough for my taste or the kids.  This could easily be increased by switching out half the syrup for brown sugar.  Sweetness is always a to taste thing, so try it with the original recipe and add a bit of sprinkled sugar on top if needed.  The texture is spot on combining soft oatmeal without being gooey with a bit of spice and flavor.

I find making baked oatmeal for breakfast or a take a dish brunch works well.  Most people won’t bring the same dish, no toppings are needed when you do a baked oatmeal, and if it cools down it is ok.  My favorite baked oatmeal is my Berry Baked Oatmeal.

Pumpkin Pie Baked OatmealPumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 Tbs maple syrup or brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together oats, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, and salt.

In a separate bowl combine the remaining ingredients until smooth.  Add in the dry mixture.

Spread into a lightly greased 9 x 9″ baking dish.

Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal

You can sprinkle or stir in any of the following:

chocolate chips, coconut, dried fruit, nuts, or pumpkin seeds.

Bake 22-25 minutes or until set.

Enjoy!


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Buttermilk Breakfast Sausage

I was passed some food magazines that Grandma was finished with and scanned the recipes.  I came across a recipe sent in for Buttermilk Breakfast Sausage.  Mr.Picky often complains that there isn’t enough flavor to sausage when I purchase it.  I hate to buy it because it is filled with junk.

We have made sausage in the past and usually let it flavors develop overnight, although this recipe did not require this.  It still turned out great.  This is probably one of the best sausages I have eaten and will be making it from now on.  The sausage is tender and almost melts in your mouth.

The recipe calls for over 2 pounds of sausage and we don’t usually need that much.  I took out half the sausage mix before I cooked it and froze it after packaging tightly.  Now we have a whole nother batch ready to go.  I got about a dozen 4 inch patties out of half the mixture.

Buttermilk Breakfast SausageButtermilk Breakfast Sausage:

  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp dried marjoram or oregano
  • 3/4 tsp dried savory or thyme
  • 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 1/2 lb. ground pork

Milk milk and seasonings in a large bowl.

Add in pork and mix until combined.

Form into patties and cook on medium heat about 5 minutes on each side.

Freeze any remaining sausage for a later date. //

Bacon Cheddar Scones

Bacon Cheddar SconesThanks to Pinterest for allowing me to find Ziplist Sous Chef Recipe Clipper – Bacon Cheddar Scallion Scones.  This was a recipe right up Mr.Picky’s ally.  Bacon and cheese make everything good.  Although when I served them I called them biscuits as not to scare him off.  The reply was well where is the gravy then?

So half of us ate these plain and warm, which were amazing.  The other half had a bit of gravy on top.  Mr.Picky really liked them and asked to keep these in the rotation.  He even took the remaining scones to work for breakfast for the next week.

I didn’t change much besides the fact that I forgot to get half and half or cream, so I substituted milk.  It still worked and I just added a 1 Tbs more of butter to add a bit more fat.  Posted below is the original recipe which is just as good. Just remember that if you are out of something there is always a substitute.

Bacon Cheddar Scones:

  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and diced
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 5 Tbs butter, cubed or grated
  • 2/3 cup half and half or heavy cream

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.  Stir in cheese, green onions, and bacon.

Work in the butter until you get a pea size crumb.  (I prefer to use frozen butter and grate my butter in, this distributes the butter evenly and allow you to not overwork the dough)

Make a well in the center and add in the cream.  Stir until  a dough forms (it will be messy but will all bake up together).

Bacon Cheddar Scones

Form dough into circle and then slice into triangles.

Bake on parchment paper or a baking stone.

Bacon Cheddar Scones

Bake 400 degrees for 20-24 minutes until just turning golden.

Bacon Cheddar Scones

Serve warm or with a bit of gravy.

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Whole Grain Waffles and Peaches

While peaches are fresh and fragrant I try to eat them as long as the season lasts.  I was given a few really ripe peaches.  I chopped them up with about 1 Tbs of sugar, after peeling them.  The container was ready in the fridge for whatever I had in mind.Fresh Peaches

My daughter is always suggesting waffles and pancakes for breakfast.  Whole Grain Waffles are at least healthy especially when you don’t serve them with syrup.  We feasted on waffles and fresh peaches.  They were amazing, in fact as I type this I feel the need to go make some more as a midnight snack.  Even Mr.Picky opted for no syrup.

I say mix up the syrup topping and trade it in for fruit.  Whether you have fresh peaches or frozen it will be a lot better than all that sugar to start the day.  Maybe some bananas and berries would be wonderful.  Grab a fork and dig in.  I know I have shared this recipe before for the waffles but it is so good it deserves a second go around.

Whole Grain Waffles and Fresh Peaches

Whole Grain Waffles:

  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 3/4 cup milk (skim works fine)
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (or 1/4 cup oil and 1/4 cup applesauce)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Mix eggs, milk, applesauce, and vanilla in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl combine remaining dry ingredients and whisk, or sift together.

Add dry mixture into egg mixture and stir until smooth but do not over mix.

Pour into a hot waffle iron and cook until golden brown.  Enjoy with the topping of your choice or eat them plain, I know my kids love the leftovers cold.

 

Applesauce Pancakes from scratch

Applesauce Pancakes by scratchSo pancakes usually just do nothing for me.  They usually just feel heavy in my stomach and are a bit sweet with syrup on them.  Rarely do I make them and if I do I want good pancakes by scratch.  When looking for a new recipe to try I came across Mom’s Applesauce Pancakes Recipe – Allrecipes.com.  I found this last year just after I had finished canning about 25 quarts of applesauce.

My kids loved this recipe and enjoy eating them both fresh and cold for snack later in the day.  The smell alone as they cook is like a fresh apple pie in the oven.  A bit of maple syrup is pretty tasty on this apple cinnamon flavored cake.  Unlike the original recipe which can be made with boxed pancake mix, I have altered the recipe to be completely homemade.

Applesauce Pancakes:

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbs butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 1/4 cup milk

Combine flour, salt, sugar, and cinnamon.  Whisk until combined well.

Add in remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth.  If the batter is thick for your liking, simply add a bit more milk.

Does it look a little purple?  It is probably because I used blackberry applesauce but regular is great.

Does it look a little purple? It is probably because I used blackberry applesauce but regular is great.

Prepare as you would any other pancake batter.  I cook mine on my electric skillet set to 350 degrees or in a pan over medium heat.  Cook pancakes until bubbles form on the cake and flip, continue to cook about 1 minute more.

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