Recipe – Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole

breakfast casserole for christmas morning - so easy and soooo delicious. the perfect tradition!

I have shared this recipe before (HERE), but never in its own post.

And it definitely deserves its own post because it is so. SO. GOOD.

This casserole is always on our Christmas morning breakfast table.  It is a non-negotiable (even though I know my mom is tired of making it and is always itching to try out something new she’s found on Pinterest).

But I am a stickler for traditions and the rest of the family agrees that it just wouldn’t be Christmas without it!

You won’t even believe how easy it is to make.

Plus, you do everything the night before so that the only thing left to be done in the morning is to pop it in the oven!

You can tell me thanks and how much you love me in the comments section below. ;-)

breakfast casserole for christmas morning - so easy and soooo delicious. the perfect traditionChristmas Morning Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients:

1 loaf of French or Sourdough bread from the bakery, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices

1 lb sausage, browned and drained

6 eggs, beaten

2 cups milk

1/8 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper

2 cups Cheddar and Jack cheese, shredded

Directions:

1.  Place the slices of bread in bottom of a 9×13 dish.  Spread some butter on each slice.

2.  Top with cooked sausage.  Pepper.

3.  Cover with cheese.

4.  Lightly whisk eggs in a mixing bowl.  Add milk and seasonings.

4.  Pour egg/milk mixture over sausage/cheese mixture.

5.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.

6.  Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.

breakfast casserole for christmas morning - so easy and soooo delicious. the perfect tradition!!Happy Christmas Morning Egg Casserole-ing! :-)

*See more delicious Christmas breakfast ideas HERE and a round-up of creative Christmas-themed pancakes HERE.*

Recipe – Poppyseed Chicken Casserole

poppyseed chicken casserole - so easy and so delicious! pure comfort foodI can’t believe it has taken me so long to post this recipe.

Well, probably because whenever I make it, it gets wolfed down before I can take a photo of it – lol!!!

Pure comfort food, people.

And it is a really great dish to tote along to new mommies, sick friends, persons in need, etc.

I know you’ll love it!

Directions:

Place 5 cups cooked and cubed chicken in a 9×13 dish.  Stir together 2 cans cream of chicken soup and 1 cup sour cream.  Pour over the chicken.  In another bowl, stir together 1 1/2 rolls crushed Ritz crackers, 1/2 cup melted butter, and 1 T poppy seeds.  Sprinkle over chicken and sauce.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Serve over rice.

poppyseed chicken casseroleHappy Poppyseed Chicken Casserole-ing! :-)

Recipe – Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

chocolate chip zucchini muffins - these are AWESOMEIt’s official.

My kid is eating zucchini.

Well, zucchini that is baked into a sweet little cupcake of flour, sugar, and chocolate.

But that’s neither here nor there – it’s still zucchini, people.

These muffins make our Happy Home so happy.

Not only do they taste good, but they make excellent little treats to deliver to people we encounter throughout the week – our mail lady, the Happy Baby’s therapists, teachers, etc.

You could attach a little tag that says, “There’s ‘muffin’ like a good {insert what they are to you here, ie. teacher, therapist, etc}!”

And they are so easy to make.  Your Happy Buddy can totally do most of the grunt work while you sit back and enjoy the delicious smells of fall baking in your oven.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

*This amazing recipe is from the writers over at eighteen25*

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1 egg

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup milk

1 T lemon juice

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups shredded zucchini

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl.

Mix egg, oil, lemon juice and vanilla in another bowl.

Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just moistened.

Fold in zucchini and chocolate chips.

Use a spoon to fill muffin cups about 2/3 full and then bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

chocolate chip zucchini muffins - these are SOOO goodEnjoy the flavors of fall AND the sweet victory of getting your Happy Buddies to eat a vegetable.

Happy Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffin-ing! :-)

*Try my other delicious muffin recipe HERE!*

15 Quick and Easy Dinners for Busy School Nights

15 Quick and Easy Dinners for Busy School Nights! Such great, easy and tasty ideas!When I am in need of a REALLY quick dinner (and this is happening more and more often now that we are back in school), I do one of the following 3 things…

1.  Pick up a rotisserie at the grocery store,

2.  Scramble some eggs,

OR

3.  The Happy Hubby grills a bunch of hot dogs and hamburgers.

Then I usually throw a bag of veggies and/or rice in the microwave and call it a day!

But when I am a bit more on top of things and I actually plan our meals for the week, these are the tried and true recipes that I always turn to.

**Recipes with (*) indicates Happy Hubby’s TOP-rated choice!**

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Peachy Pork Picante

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Chicken Cacciatore

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Chicken and Salsa Skillet

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Lemon Chicken

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Marvelous Meatloaf

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Taco Pockets

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Mac and Cheese Muffins

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BBQ Chicken Pizza

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**Chicken Bruschetta Bake**

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**Pizza Bubble**

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**Chicken Divan**

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**Taco Pizza**

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Chicken Goulash

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Tebow Family Pizza Pie

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Catalina Chicken Bake

That should do it!

I hope your Happy Home finds a new favorite meal to bring your bellies comfort at the end of a hard day of algebra and history.

And if you need a super cute Weekly Menu Planner to record all these great meal ideas, you can print an absolutely ADORABLE one for free over at Hello Cuteness.

Happy Easy Dinner Make-ing! :-)

Recipe – Peachy Pork Picante (and why I’m not winning any Food Blogger of the Year awards)

peachy pork picante - a super easy and delicious speedy weeknight dinner the whole family will LOVE!

I once received a comment on a recipe post that said if I had used a different color plate it would have made the chicken look a lot more appetizing.

I was so thankful for the advice (NEVER would have even thought that the color of a plate contributes to food photography), but it made me terribly insecure for a few minutes about myself and my blog.

It is amazing to me that many bloggers have the gift of being crafty, being incredible at graphic design, cooking, looking cute, owning lots of different colored plates, AND being amazing photographers to boot.

Most of my blog photos are taken with my phone.  I do try to pay attention to lighting and I know how to make a few edits on iPhoto, but that’s about it!

We are not wealthy, by any means – it’s why I love the Dollar Tree so much – so we do not have a million plate options for serving a meal.  In fact, this particular recipe features the meal on a paper plate – our favorite plate option. :-)

Most nights I am just proud of myself for remembering to take a photo of the food before the family jumps on top of it.

**Not to mention that the Happy Hubby is not a huge fan of me stealing his plate and running it outside for a quick photo shoot before the sun goes down. :-)**

So I eventually came to the conclusion that the mission of this blog is not to win photography awards or wow you with my collection of dishes, but to share with you what works for us.

And what works for us most often are paper plates and 2 minute photo shoots (before someone eats a chair leg out of desperation).

With the back to school season upon us, this recipe is sure to be a winner with your Happy Home because it is quick, easy, and so good.

Peachy Pork Picante

Ingredients:

1 pound boneless pork, cubed

1 (1.25-ounce) package taco seasoning mix

1 T vegetable oil

1/4 cup peach preserves

1 (8-ounce) jar mild salsa

Hot cooked rice

Directions:

1.  Place pork in a large Ziploc bag and add the taco seasoning mix.  Seal the bag, and shake to coat pork (this is a great way to include your Happy Buddies!).

2.  Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add pork; cook, stirring constantly, until browned on all sides.

3.  Stir in the preserves and salsa; cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Serve over rice on a paper plate.

4.  Run it outside before Happy Hubby realizes you’ve gone, take a photo of it with your phone, and then blog about it.

:-)

peachy pork picante - a super easy and delicious speedy weeknight dinner the whole family will LOVE!!Happy Peachy Pork Picante-ing!

Recipe – Easy Chicken Cacciatore

yummy chicken cacciatore at happyhomefairy.comThis recipe is by no means one of those, “Huh, now there’s something new!” recipes, but it is my goal to get most of our regular meals up on this site so that I have them all in one place!

I love Chicken Cacciatore.

Mostly because I am a big fan of vegetables and this recipe packs in practically the entire Farmer’s Market.

So, for what it’s worth to my readers who don’t already know about this yummy dish, use up some of your garden’s bounty with a big skillet of Chicken Cacciatore…

yummy chicken cacciatore2 at happyhomefairy.comIngredients:

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast tenderloins

1 T olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1/2 cup green pepper, chopped

3/4 cup sliced zucchini

3/4 cup sliced mushrooms

1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 (24-26 oz) jar your favorite pasta sauce

1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

1/8 tsp pepper

2 cups pasta, cooked

Directions:

1.  Cook chicken in oil about 5 minutes.  Move chicken over.

2.  Saute onion, garlic, pepper, zucchini, and mushrooms for about 3 minutes.

3.  Stir tomatoes, seasoning and pepper into skillet.  Heat to boiling, reduce heat.  Cover and simmer about 25 minutes.

4.  Uncover.  Simmer 5 more minutes.  Serve over pasta.yummy chicken cacciatore at happyhomefairy.com - so easy!

Happy Chicken Cacciatore-ing! :-)

Recipe – The Busy Mom’s Glamorous Breakfast (Gluten and Dairy Free)

Busy Mom's Glamorous Breakfast at happyhomefairy.com - I can do this! It is easy and delicious!!I don’t know about you, but holy cow, mornings are N-U-T-S over here at our Happy Home.

As soon as the Happy Buddy’s eyes *bing* open he gets going at 150 miles per hour with needs.

“I need to pee.  I need you to wipe me.  I need you to help me pull up my pants.  I need help turning the TV on to my favorite show.  I need you to help me get my shirt off.  I need you to play with me.  I need you to read me a story.  I need help finding my favorite toy.  I need BREAKFAST!”

Literally that all happens within the first 2 minutes of him being awake.

Then the Happy Baby wakes up and we’ve got his little routine.

And, of course, there’s the Happy Hubby and putting together his lunch for work, finding him his wallet that I hid the day before because I have a serious problem with hiding clutter, and grabbing him a towel out of the dryer because I forgot to hang them back in the bathroom after I washed them and he is standing there all drippy and shivering.

Relate?

Needless to say, there is not a whole lot of time for my own needs – especially my food needs.  And if Mama don’t eat, Mama don’t function.

So I have been on a mission to find simple, healthy breakfast recipes that I can eat in between serving all the precious needs of my Happy Home in the morning.

Here is one of my favorites – The Yogurt Banana Split (and it involves a little bit of chocolate, girls.  You’re welcome.). :-)

busy mom's glamorous breakfast yogurtFirst, you will need some yogurt.

When I was pumping for the Happy Baby, I went dairy-free to see if it would help his massive issues with reflux.

I was super sad that I couldn’t eat yogurt anymore, BUT THEN I found this yogurt - made from coconut milk - at our local Whole Foods Market.

And it changed my life.

busy mom's glamorous breakfast ingredientsIngredients:

Vanilla yogurt (you can use whatever brand of yogurt you like best – I used the dairy-free version mentioned above)

Sliced bananas

Sliced strawberries

2 tsp. walnuts, chopped

2 tsp. chocolate chips (I may or may not edit this to 2 tablespoons in real life) :-)

busy mom's glamorous breakfast yogurt treatDirections:

Mix everything together.

BAM.

Super easy to make and the chocolate chips give it that glamorous touch.

Chocolate?  In the morning?  What’s not to love?

Happy Busy Mom’s Glamorous Breakfast-ing! :-)

*This post was inspired by THIS RECIPE*

**If you liked this, then check out my Super Easy, Super Glamorous Sandwich HERE!**

Recipe – Easy Grasshopper Pie

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My dad looooooooooves Grasshopper Pie.

My mom can do anything in the kitchen and would make him this incredible pie on special occasions.

For Father’s Day this year, we invited my mom and dad over for lunch to celebrate and I wanted to make him his pie.

But I wasn’t even going to begin to think about attempting the recipe my mom has always used.

Talk about complicated!!  Food processors and creme de la menthe… I do not even know where to find the latter in a grocery store.

What I needed had to be 3-4 ingredients with an equal amount of steps.

After a few minutes of Pinterest-ing, I discovered this super simple Grasshopper Pie recipe and decided to give it a go.grasshopper pie 1

Ingredients:

4 cups mint chocolate chip ice cream, softened

1 chocolate crumb crust (8 inches)

5 Oreo cookies, chopped

1/3 cup chocolate-covered peppermint candies (like Andes Mints or Junior Mints)

Chocolate hard-shell ice cream topping

grasshopper pie 2Directions:

1.  Spread ice cream into crust.

2.  Sprinkle with cookies and candies.  Drizzle with ice cream topping.

3.  Freeze until firm.

4.  Remove from the freezer 15 minutes before serving.

**It was Dad-tested (several times, in fact) and Dad-approved. :-)**

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Just look at that face!!!!!

He loved it and happily took the rest of the pan home as his Father’s Day gift.

Dad, thank you for your comMINTment to raising me and teaching me about Jesus – about His love, service, and generous heart.  You are the greatest!!  Just say the word and I will make this pie for you whenever you want. :-)

Happy Easy Grasshopper Pie-ing!

Recipe – Broccoli Slaw

Broccoli Slaw Recipe at happyhomefairy.com - a great side dish for summer potlucks!A few summers ago our church was hosting a women’s Bible study.

At one of the meetings, a friend of mine brought this Broccoli Slaw.

It blew my mind.

As well as the mind of every other lady in attendance.

Crunchy, sweet, salty… All of my favorite things!

You should have seen us!  We were all shamelessly going back for seconds and even thirds.

And we were all begging my friend to share the recipe.

When she did, we couldn’t believe how easy it was!

This is definitely one of those ingredient ‘dump’ recipes where you just pour everything into a bowl and tada!  Deliciousness in no time at all.

So if you are hurrying out the door to a barbecue or summer potluck and you need a quick dish to bring, may I suggest this Broccoli Slaw

broccoli slawIngredients:

1 bag Broccoli Slaw

1/2 of a 15 oz. container Marzetti Slaw Dressing (I’ve heard that the Marzetti Poppyseed Dressing works well too!)

Craisins

Cashews

broccoli slaw1Directions:

Pour the broccoli slaw into a large bowl.  Add the dressing (I only used 1/2 of the jar, but it’s up to you!).  Sprinkle in the Craisins and cashews – however many you’d like.  I am a huge fan of both, so I am generous.  Crunchy things and sweet things mixed together make my heart swoon.

Mix everything until well distributed.broccoli slaw2

Did I mention that it’s GLUTEN-FREE???? {fist bumps!}

Enjoy!

Happy Broccoli Slaw-ing! :-)

Recipe – Crockpot Salsa Chicken

crockpot salsa chicken yum-o... easy easy easy this takes no time at all!!!!

The Happy Hubby was returning from a trip the other day and I wanted to have a nice meal waiting for him when he got home.

When I found this little ditty over at Nothing But Country, it sounded like just what I needed.

Easy, Mexican-y, and delish.

Badda-bing, badda-boom!

crockpot salsa chicken yum-oIngredients:

4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (you can use frozen chickens!)

16 oz Salsa (I bought a 24 oz jar so that I could use the extra salsa as a topping)

1 package Taco Seasoning

Taco Shells and your favorite taco toppings

Directions:

1.  Place frozen chicken breasts in the crockpot.

crockpot salsa chicken yum-o 22.  Sprinkle taco seasoning on top.

crockpot salsa chicken yum-o 33.  Cover with salsa.  Do not mix.

crockpot salsa chicken yum-o 44.  Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.

crockpot salsa chicken awesomeness5.  Shred chicken with 2 forks.

6.  Serve in taco shells with all your favorite taco toppings.

*I didn’t get a photo of this because everyone was hungry from our trip to the airport to pick up Daddy and it disappeared so quickly!*

crockpot salsa chicken yum-o 6Everyone will love it!

Happy Crockpot Salsa Chicken-ing! :-)