Thursday, November 21, 2013

Breakfast for Supper - Brupper? Sup-fast? Brinner? Whatever...

Ever go to fix supper and think, "Man, I'm tired of making the same old stuff!"?

Yeah, me too.

Last night I went to fix supper, couldn't think of anything I wanted to make, then remembered that I had a package of all natural sausage in the freezer that I had gotten to try. (No chemicals, just meat and spices - the way food SHOULD be...don't get me started) So, I figured I'd fix breakfast food for supper. A lot of times when I do that, I'll do a breakfast casserole I make with bread, eggs, bacon or sausage and cheese - Kind of like a savory french toast casserole - but I didn't really want to fix that and didn't have enough bread anyway. Last time I did a brupper (yep, pretty much just made that word up on the spot!), I made a biscuits and gravy casserole using canned biscuits - it was good, but I didn't want to do it either...and I didn't have canned biscuits...

So what's a girl to do?


Off to Pinterest I went.

I looked at all sorts of breakfast casseroles. French toast casserole - didn't have enough bread. I still wasn't having much luck, so I thought, well, maybe I'll just make pancakes or waffles...but I really didn't feel like standing over a griddle doing pancakes. 
Then it hit me  - why not a pancake CASSEROLE?!
I searched, and, sure enough, there were recipes.  Looked at a bunch, most of which seemed kind of like big pan-sized egg-y popover type things - which is fine, I like egg-y popover type things, but that wasn't what I wanted. 
After some hunting, I settled on this recipe.

Of course, I couldn't leave well enough alone, so I altered it a bit. I also made homemade cinnamon/vanilla syrup to go over since that bottled stuff you get from the store is just nasty (and not good for you, either, but how do you make something that is essentially sugar good for you?).

As it turned out, it was pretty good - one child at it happily, the other child ate it somewhat begrudgingly, but he didn't spend half an hour declaring the he was NOT going to put that in his mouth, so I consider it success [ :) ] (plus, this child only likes plain pancakes- he refuses to even taste syrup. Or jelly. Or peanut butter...strange kid, I know), and the father declared that it would be better without the sausage in it, but he ate two pieces, so it must not have been too bad! :D

So, if you want to try the original recipe, go to that link up that. If you want my version, here it is! (click the recipes to view full size - my 3-column layout messes me up in this case)

I served this with scrambled eggs and applesauce this particular time - and of course, coffee for the big people (you can't have breakfast without coffee!!) and the little folks had hot chocolate. If the summer, it would probably be juice of some sort.

Disclaimer: I do not claim to be a food photographer.
And yes, I did take this picture outside - it's the only place I can get any decent light!

Hope you enjoy it!!

What about you - Does your family eat Breakfast for supper? 

Friday, November 1, 2013

On Witches and Zombies & Ghosties - Revisited!

Hey, it's me again.

Just wanted to do some clarifying on my Halloween posts - a disclaimer, if you will.

  • First of all, if I offended anyone with my posts, I'm sorry. I meant no offense whatsoever. I was merely thinking out loud as I often do, and researching and writing things down. As often happens with me, I sit down to write a little non-dramatic post, and before I know it, all these words are pouring out of my fingers. Seriously, I can go back and read something I've written and wonder if I really wrote it. While I don't claim that all of my posts are inspired, very often I do feel that God is putting something on my heart and mind, and when I begin to actually write it out it becomes something so much more than I ever intended it to be. Whether this is one of those times, or just me waxing wordy, I couldn't tell you! :) (not that I'm admitting to ever being wordy or anything...)
  • That being said, I am not now, nor at any time have I had any intention of judging you less of a Christian than I if you do choose to participate in the Halloween festivities. You have to make the decision of what is best for your family, and I will trust that you have done your best to seek the will of God in anything you choose to do or not do.
  • Also, I am not 'scared' of Halloween, and I am fully confident that God is quite big enough to handle it (without my help, no less!). I personally don't think that the typical witches-and-zombies-and-dead stuff emphasis that is put on the day is at all glorifying to God for all the reasons I mention in my previous posts,  but I don't think God closes up shop for the day just because there's a lot of devilish stuff going on. 
  • And yes, I did turn out all of my outside lights, and huddle up inside. Why? Because it was a stormy, nasty night; I had no candy to give trick-or-treaters; therefore, we closed up. (And, personally, I find it rather horrifying to have people walking up and knocking on my door. Does that mean I can't be a Christian because I don't love my neighbors? Actually, I like the ones I know just fine, and would not hesitate to help them out if needed. I just can't handle large quantities of uninvited guests. I have a hard time with invited guests, actually. Just another quirk of my particular hermit-ish personality type. Judge away!)  Instead, we watched a 'scaring' movie with our kids (Monsters University, if you're wondering), and ate popcorn and ice cream (they did, at least). Guess I should have turned on the lights and handed out gospel tracts. (and cleaned up the resulting TP on the lawn this morning...)
  • Yes, the kids did dress up. We took them to Boo at the Zoo last weekend in their costumes and they trick-or-treated with the animals, and we went to church for a fall party tonight and they got to dress up again! Here's the proof: 
Miss Tinkerbell

And her friend Peter Pan.

...and I'm pretty sure Peter Pan is getting some rather mischievous ideas in his head...  

Yep, 'fraid so...

So, I hope that helped clarify my intentions on my series of posts about Halloween. Hope you'll come back and visit me sometime!! :)  
 (Not sure why my pictures are going all kooky on me... they don't seem to want to stay how I put them!)