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Adventures of our Family: Bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast cups

Im not a big breakfast eater but being diabetic eating breakfast in a necessity.  This looks like such a quick and easy breakfast I could even give them to my son before school and my man on his way out the door to work.

Borrowed from http://www.adventuresofourfamily.com/2012/02/bacon-egg-and-cheese-breakfast-cups.html

Bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast cups

Looking for a cheap, quick, and delicious breakfast recipe?  Look no further. These breakfast cups made from scrambled eggs, bacon, and shredded cheese are the perfect addition to a brunch spread or breakfast table.  And since the egg, bacon, and cheese is contained in a delicously-doughy cup, they are super portable and easy for kids to eat!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Muffin tin

Eggs (5 eggs per 6 breakfast cups)

Bacon (I use turkey)

Shredded cheddar cheese (reduced fat)

Crescent rolls

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray your muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.  You want to get good coverage of the spray inside of each of the muffin cups so everything comes out nice and easy later on.

Step 2: Open up your package of crescent rolls and divide the dough into triangles.  It’s easiest to just lay them out on a piece of wax paper.

Step 3: Take one triangle and place the widest part of it on the bottom of a muffin cup.  A tail of dough should be hanging out the side.

Step 4: Take a sharp knife and cut off the “tail” of the dough.  Then use it to line the part of the muffin cup that isn’t already covered in dough.

Repeat this process for the remaining muffin cups. Then, put the muffin tin in the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the filling.

Step 5: Place your bacon on a microwave safe plate and cook in the microwave for 3 minutes-turn the plate-2 more minutes. (You could also cook it on the stove but this method is faster and you don’t have to worry about watching it in a pan).

For 6 breakfast cups you only need 3 pieces of bacon—I made extra so Mr. Ly could have a snack while he waited.  Extra bacon is never a bad thing in my opinion.

Step 6: Crack your 5 eggs into a bowl.  Add 1/4 cup milk and scramble the yolks using a fork or wire whisk.  Then, add salt and pepper to taste.

Step 7: Put your egg mixture into a pan and cook over medium-low heat for approximately 5-8 minutes.

You want the eggs to be firm but slightly runny.  The eggs will finish cooking later in the oven.

Step 8: Take your muffin tin out of the fridge and spoon the scrambled eggs into each cup. (As you can see from the glare on the pan I used lots of non-stick spray!)

Step 9: Take your cooked bacon out of the microwave and crumble pieces on top of the eggs.

Step 10: Top the eggs and bacon with some shredded cheese.

Step 11: Place the breakfast cups into the pre-heated oven and cook for 15 minutes or until the edges of the crescent rolls are golden brown and the cheese is melted.

Step 12: Once the cups are finished, remove from the oven and run a sharp knife around the edges of each muffin cup.

Step 13: Serve and enjoy!

via Adventures of our Fami-Ly: Bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast cups.

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Tomato Paste Saver – Martha Stewart Food

Tomato Paste Saver

Most recipes call for only a small portion of tomato paste — you use a tablespoon or two, and the rest invariably goes to waste. To save the remainder: Carefully open both ends of the can with a can opener. Remove one metal end, and discard it. Leave the other in place. Wrap the entire can in plastic wrap, and freeze overnight. The next day, use the metal end to push the frozen paste out the open end. Discard can, tightly rewrap unused portion, and store in freezer up to 3 months, slicing off just as much as you need each time you cook.

via Tomato Paste Saver – Martha Stewart Food.

“One Good Thing” by Jillee: Homemade Fabric Softener – Finally!

Ive been wanting to try my hand at some homemade laundry and cleaning products.  I found this post today on http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com and I am definitely going to give this a try.  Check it out

Homemade Fabric Softener – Finally!

I have had a lot of people asking about a homemade version of fabric softener lately.

Honestly, I don’t use fabric softener per se (I use homemade DRYER SHEETS) so I really didn’t have anything to offer. But tonight I ran across a recipe that I think you’re going to like…and I think I’m even going to try!

It contains all the ingredients that make sense to me to be in a homemade fabric softener, and it is super easy! (almost a prerequisite in my book!)

But I think the thing that really sold me on it was that you can either use it as a dryer sheet OR add it as a rinse to your clothes washer. It’s always nice to have options. 🙂

I think I’ll try it both ways and see which one I like better. But I was so excited to find this and share it with you, I decided to break my own unwritten rule and post about it before I tried it. I’m going to take barefootmommawv’s word for it who posted it on Food.com. And of course I will update after I’ve given it a whirl with my own laundry.

Homemade Fabric Softener

Ingredients:

6 cups water

3 cups white vinegar

2 cups hair conditioner

Directions:

1. Mix water, vinegar, and hair conditioner in a 1 gallon container; stir. Do not shake it; it will cause foaming.

2. Use the same amount you normally use in a rinse cycle or spritz it on a wash cloth and throw in dryer.

F.Y.I.  –  This makes a whole gallon of softener. If you have storage space issues or you just don’t think you’ll EVER go through that much softener (especially is you are utilizing the “spritz” technique), cutting the amounts in HALF would be pretty simple (even for mathematically-challenged me!)

***UPDATE***

I just couldn’t stand it!  I had to make this! I had an incredibly busy day yesterday…important meeting, lots of paperwork to be done…but I somehow managed to squeeze this into my morning. Not that it’s that HARD! It literally took like 5 minutes to make. But then, of course, I had to try it out! Which meant doing a test load of laundry. By the time I was finished I was ALMOST late to my meeting…but made it in the knick of time! 🙂

Anyway…here are my thoughts. LOVED the smell! I found a bottle of conditioner I bought my daughter awhile back that she obviously did not appreciate (hmfph!) that was called Olay Luscious Embrace (or something like that) and figured this was just the ticket for my first batch of fabric softener. I decided to only make 1/2 a batch because I didn’t want a whole gallon of something I wasn’t crazy about just sitting around.

I took the advice of one of the comments below and heated up both the vinegar and the conditioner in the microwave just a little bit before mixing in the bowl. The mixture turned out to be a lovely shade of lavender and SMELLED DIVINE!  Honestly, it was the best-smelling laundry product I have bought or made to date! Based on the SMELL alone…I decided to make another 1/2 batch, to equal one gallon total! I figured anything that smelled that good WITH VINEGAR in it…HAD to be good. 🙂

I did a load of white towels and used about 1/2 a cup of the liquid softener in the last rinse cycle. The towels definitely came out soft (and clean), but I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t MORE of a scent to them. I might try a little more next time. But overall I was very pleased with this recipe.

via “One Good Thing” by Jillee: Homemade Fabric Softener – Finally!.

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