Breakfast Casserole Muffins

Last night Brent and I just weren’t in the mood for anything specific, which almost always means we end up having breakfast for dinner. My mom always makes this delicious breakfast casserole for holidays or when there are large groups of people. So I thought that might be a fun dinner for the kids, change it up a little. I also made it in muffin tins instead of a casserole dish, because it cooks faster and everyone can make theirs differently if they want to. Instead of using hashbrowns, I decided to use cauliflower to make it low carb but still filling.
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I just broke up the florets into small pieces. Then I layered in diced ham, fresh spinach, and cheese. Really you could put in anything you like. Sometimes we make ours with sausage and green chiles, or Carne Adovada, diced chicken and chives, the options are endless!
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I mixed up the eggs as if I was going to scramble them, and poured them over top of everything in the tin. I made 18 muffins, but I only used 14 eggs. If you fill the muffin cup to the top, it will spill over in the oven. I filled them about 2/3 to 3/4 full.
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Bake on 350 for 25-30 minutes, until the tops are golden and they don’t jiggle when you shake the pan. If you do this in a casserole dish it needs to cook for 45-60 minutes.
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Everyone devoured these, and it was a nice change from our normal breakfast for dinner. Hadley had two, and I never even told her there was cauliflower in it. Of course I loaded mine up with a roasted tomatillo salsa.

This morning I went to the gym, came home and fed the kids lunch, and put Truett down for his nap. Hadley needed to paint her nails so she’ll have her nap when she is done. ūüėČ She does a surprisingly good job!
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We have more bad weather headed for us today, so we probably won’t get much outside time later. Who knows though, I thought the same thing yesterday and it only rained for about 3 minutes and was sunny the rest of the day.

I don’t think we have any plans this weekend! Except swinging by a wedding reception for a few minutes to say hello, it is looking to be a pretty relaxing weekend!

What are your plans for the weekend?

Do you have a go to breakfast dish for large groups?

Healing in the Heartland

I am really missing this outlet of writing, but it seems like lately I am having a hard time even finding a few minutes to post. We spent Memorial Day weekend in Dallas having a nice long weekend with family. We came home to have a cookout with our neighbors and relax.

Last night Brent and I met up with 6 of our friends and headed out to the Healing In The Heartland relief concert. I was so excited to see so many of my favorite country artists performing to raise money to help everyone affected by the recent tornadoes. While we were sitting there, one of the guys starting talking to the man next to him, and he was showing him pictures of how their house was destroyed in Moore. He also told him that the people next to them lost a child in the elementary school. We hear it on the news and at church, but actually talking to people who lost everything makes it so real. I just can’t comprehend what either family is going through. But I know that there was a lot of money raised to help rebuild, and that is a start.

Blake Shelton was an amazing host, and when Miranda Lambert broke down during her performance (which just happens to be one of my all time favorite songs), I lost it. I think everyone was tearing up. Surprisingly one of my favorites was Ryan Tedder, from One Republic, he did great! Vince Gil’s song was pretty sweet too. After the one hour tv show ended, Blake Shelton and Usher brought out their Voice teams and sang a fantastic version of Play Something Country! That got the party started, because most of the artists came back out to do a song or two more. Usher, Reba, Miranda, and Darius Rucker were so much fun. But Luke Bryan probably had the best time on stage, and I love some Luke Bryan. Blake Shelton played his music between the others, and when the show ended the standing ovation continued until Blake came back out. He said they hadn’t planned on doing an encore, and it was the first time he had ever not planned one and had the crowd demand one. It was awesome! They played Brent’s favorite song, ‘Ol Red. The audience went crazy and finally let him leave the stage after that.

Definitely one of the best concerts I have ever been to. Blake Shelton is hilarious, and so genuine. We got home around midnight and crashed into bed.

Today’s workout is legs… and many of them to failure. So hard!! Im cooling down on the treadmill, and then home for lunch with the kiddos. I am on week 5 of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit. I will tell you it ia not getting easier, but I have lost inches all over! And this week I upped my weights by 10-15 pounds, and I was pretty proud of myself!!

There is Always Hope.

Not really sure what I can say today. Here in the South, we grow up with bad storms, tornadoes, hail, etc. I have been used to it all my life, and have spent¬†some of those storms in a closet or storm shelter. Sunday afternoon we were at Hadley’s first ballet recital, and it was the cutest thing.
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When we came outside, we knew the weather was getting bad, so my mom and sister-in-law headed back to Texas while there was a break, and made it safely home. We were going to start driving back to Edmond until we heard that there was a tornado that was developing  just to the west. So we turned south and went to downtown OKC to wait out the storm. It touched down in Edmond and took the roofs off of about 12 houses, last I heard. Then it went on out to the east and really did some damage in Shawnee. We felt really lucky when we pulled into our driveway that night.

Yesterday, Monday, I knew there was going to be bad weather. The news was saying there was a high probability for tornadoes, and to stay aware of the weather. I took Brent’s mom and aunt down to have lunch with him in OKC, and then we went to the Myriad Gardens to let the kids play. We had a spontaneous romp in the splash pad and then put two sleepy kids in the car to pass out on the way home.
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As soon as I got home I thought I should check the weather, and realized that there was a huge storm just to the south of town, and we probably just missed it in downtown. Then it was like out of nowhere that this massive tornado formed on the tv screen. The meteorologist was staying calm, but he was really concerned. Watching the tornado go from a thin one out into the country into this massive 2 and a quarter mile wide monster tearing through a town 30 minutes from us was heartwrenching. I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of how big it was. Two miles is a long way. The tornado was like a lawn mower. It literally wiped out neighborhoods and business, schools, anything in its way, down to the foundation. Even a hospital. Can you possibly imagine? Total devastation. The news is calling this the worst tornado damage in the history of the world. It looks like an atomic bomb went off. Hearing that there were children in the schools was some of the worst news of the day. However, overnight they were still searching for and rescuing people. Digging through debris and pulling people out of the rubble, uncovering storm shelters so the people could come out. They are still doing the same today, finding people and pets. The fatalities have stayed low miraculously, only 24. Obviously that number could change, but for going through the middle of a city, I am thankful that it isn’t higher. Everyone got in their storm shelters. Guess what is going in our new house? A big underground storm shelter. I can’t explain to you how blessed I feel to be able to hold my kids, have dinner in my house, and sleep in my bed. I let them stay up late and snuggle a little bit longer last night. I watched them sleep and prayed for those parents who can’t do that.

I will tell you, I am totally blown away by all of the people coming together and donating, volunteering, cleaning up, and doing everything they can to help. Millions of dollars in less than 24 hours has been raised. Businesses are donating supplies and trucks. People from out of town are helping too. Even a baseball team from West Virginia University here for a baseball tournament has been collecting supplies and taking them to Moore. It makes me proud to live here, even if I am a transplant from Texas. As we usually hear in the South, “We will rebuild.” That is what so many people are saying, and they will. The sense of¬†community in Oklahoma is strong, and although there is so much destruction and loss, there is still hope. There is always hope.

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

If you feel inclined to donate, which I hope you do, please text “Redcross” to 90999 to donate $10. You can spare $10.

Or “Food” to 32333 to donate $10 to the OK Regional Food Bank.

Or “Storm” to 80888 to donate $10 to the Salvation Army.

Everyone always feels helpless, like they just can’t do anything. Thanks to technology, you can do something. Please do something.

School’s Out For the Summer!

You just sang that title, didn’t you?

Wednesday¬†was Hadley’s last day of preschool. I suppose bittersweet is a good word to use for it, I am just so in love with the age she is at right now. My mom always told me I would love every age even more than the last, and it is hard to imagine, but so far it has been true. Truett as well, he is so much fun right now, and hilarious! Either way, I’m not ready for her to keep growing up. Not ready for pre-k, or a 4th birthday party… So for summer we will just live it up!

I also got to go have my car checked out from that ridiculous hail storm a few weeks ago. It did make some fantastic dents all over my sweet little Saab, so¬†Wednesday¬†after the gym¬†I was feeding Truett all kinds of goodies to keep him composed while he should be napping. He is super shy around strangers at the moment (even though they did give him a State Farm Neigh Bear), so he wouldn’t talk at all while the guy was walking around my car inspecting every square inch. I especially liked hearing about the baseball sized dent in the roof, that stretched the metal and would need a little extra work. Basically, my car was pummled.
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The other night, for whatever reason, Brent was craving Green Chile Stew. I was not prepared to make that but I did have some ground turkey thawed, so I whipped up a yummy version of it. Ground turkey, onions, garlic, carrots, celery, okra, and tomatoes. Normally okra would not even be in Green Chile Stew, especially since Brent didn’t even know what okra was until¬†we started dating. Isn’t that crazy?¬†He loves it now, and I really¬†think it works in the stew. I added lots of different seasonings and of course, I made¬†cauliflower tacos. I changed it up a little this time and cut out one of the eggs, as well as added in some taco seasoning. They tasted great! Let me tell you that I was fully expecting both kids to not eat the stew. Hadley has a weird thing about textures, besides hating carrots, and Truett, well, he just does whatever she does. So I had some yummy turkey hot dogs waiting to be cooked, just in case. Instead, they both had two bowlfuls and a tortilla each! I was shocked. Brent also refilled his bowl once (or twice), and I thought it was good too. But it was the first time either one of them really ate it. And Hadley all of the sudden kept telling my that carrots were her favorite. Um, what? Needless to say, I was pretty proud of myself! And there is just enough left for maybe one bowl for lunch today.
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All of Brent’s classes were over as of yesterday (Thank the Lord!) which means he has a little break before summer classes start. This guy means business. This morning we are going to ballet and the gym before grabbing a few things at our local Sprouts for the weekend. My mom is driving up after work, and Brent’s mom and Aunt are flying in later tonight, as well as his sister coming in tomorrow. Hadley’s ballet recital is Sunday afternoon, and no one wants to miss it! It is going to be stinkin adorable, I’m sure. It will be a busy weekend but a fun one to be sure.

Was there a food that your kids would never eat, and then all the sudden loved one day?

Healthy Kids and Cauliflower Tacos!!

It is so nice to have my little man healthy again! Last week was so rough, I spent every minute that he wasn’t attached to me either sleeping or cleaning/disinfecting the house. He had a little fever starting last Monday, and didn’t sleep well at all that night, which is not like him. Tuesday was spent with him being really whiny and clingy and we didnt go to the gym because he still had a fever. In fact, I didn’t make it to the gym all week last week. Truett was awake for hours every night crying and rolling around trying to get comfortable. I took him to the pediatrician on Wednesday (after his fever got up to 104.5 on Tuesday night) and discovered he had strep and an ear infection. Yuck. We started antiobiotics and he felt awful until about Friday, and Saturday night he finally stayed in his bed and slept all night. It was the best Mother’s Day present I could have gotten after a week of hardly any sleep!! I scrubbed the house and washed all the bedding, and thankfully no one else has gotten sick. That is a miracle, I must say.

Of course it was also a week where Brent had jury duty every day, and could not be late or take a day off to help me like he normally could. A guy was even arrested and held in contempt for being late twice! Needless to say Brent was always early. It was just a crazy week, and I kept hoping we would make it to Texas for Mother’s Day and a baby shower, but we decided late Friday night that it would be best to just stay here, and plan another trip for a long weekend.

Since we were home I needed to get dinner made, so I whipped up tacos for dinner. I really wanted to try the cauliflower soft taco recipe that my cousin had shared with me, so I did that too. I was very very surprised at how easy it was, and how great they tasted! Not like cauliflower at all. This coming from a person who makes homemade tortillas (or used too) and the cauliflower pizza crust. These were so easy! I will probably alter my crust recipe and/or make it small like these to make little personal pizzas with all different toppings. Here is the original recipe that I used and it made about 6 decent sized tortillas.

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They held together just as good as my homemade flour tortillas, and better than store bought. I will definitely be making these from now on for mexican food! Brent liked them too!

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We also were lucky enough to have a friend of a friend looking to get rid of a train table, and we got it!

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Truett was SO excited! He has barely left the table since then.

Saturday was our neighbor’s little boy’s first birthday, golf themed, and it was adorable. The kids had a great time and after their naps they went back across the street for dinner and some playtime while Brent and I had a much needed night out. I love that we can trade off babysitting with our neighbors. Our kids love each other! And we are all transplants here with no family nearby, so we have taken up that role for each other.

Mother’s Day was great too, we went to church and then out to the new house which is coming together! All of the exterior plywood is up so we could walk through and see the rooms and all that. I plan on going back out today to see what else is done. After the kids took naps we went shopping, and I got some great new summer clothes! Much needed, as nothing from last year fits very well. I am in the single digits in pants, and everything else is a small, so thats pretty amazing. Then we went to my very favorite restaurant for dinner, Flatire! Yes, a burger place, but they have a pretty insane salad and it is just a great place to go. I have a feeling we will go again this weekend when our family is in town. It topped off a pretty great weekend, and I am one lucky girl!

This week is Hadley’s last week of school, Brent has finals, and on Friday my mom, Brent’s mom and his aunt are all coming in town to visit for Hadley’s ballet recital on Sunday! It is going to be the cutest thing ever!!

Back at the gym this week too, yesterday was legs and man my hamstrings are sore today!! Looking forward to my workout today!

Does your life come to a screaching halt when you have a sick kid?

Do you havr neighbors/friends you trade babysitting with?

Weekend Recap and Birthday Cake Oreo Rice Krispies

Another busy weekend down, another to follow in a few days.¬†It was a lot of fun too. We spent practically the whole weekend with friends, doing different activities and unfortunately, being very cold. It is May, and here in Oklahoma, this is record setting weather. One of the places we went this weekend was the Art Festival, and it was so chilly! Last year at the festival we were all fighting for shade, and I remember trying to keep the sun off of Truett and wanting to leave because it was just so stinkin hot. It was a nice change to be cool, but I’m so ready for some pool time. Even the birthday party we went to over the weekend was cut short because of the weather. It was outside at the park, and the wind was blowing so hard out of the north that most people left after the cake. That didn’t stop the kids from having a blast, they chased each other around wearing Ninja Turtles masks and fighting with pool noodles. And Brent hasn’t stopped talking about what good candy Claire chose for the goodie bags. I’m sure you can guess he has ransacked both of the kids bags, and Truett will be lucky if he sees another piece!

Church was another awesome message, as always. The series we are in is about what we need to do to have a blessed home. How we can be more than just called a “christian” family, but become a “christ-centered” home. Too many people call themselves christians but don’t live like it. We need to raise our children with pure hearts and high morals. It may be hard in this society, but I will do all I can.

A nice surprise this weekend was driving out to our lot and seeing that they had started framing the house!! They weren’t going to do that until this week, but I was very happy to see that they are trying to make up some of that time we lost with all the rain.

At Hadley’s school today, they are celebrating her birthday! Even though her birthday isn’t until July, her teacher has a special day for all of the kids with summer birthdays. I love that idea, and I had never thought about it until I had a kid with a summer birthday! Her teacher asked if I could bring something other than cupcakes, that they were cupcaked-out from all the other moms. So I was trying to think of something creative, where I could sneak something healthy into the kids treat, and of course I turned to Pinterest. I first decided on bananas dipped in chocolate and rolled in sprinkles. Sunday afternoon I started thinking about how the bananas might turn brown, or turn too soft before the kids got to eat them, and I didn’t have time to make them this morning. So I started talking to Brent and looking on Pinterest, yes again…¬† We saw a recipe for Funfetti Oreo and Rice Krispie Treats. SOLD! And this recipe had white chocolate drizzled on top with more sprinkles. I mean, come on. I know I like to eat healthy, but these are too good to pass up! So I ran to the store and grabbed what I needed and made them while Brent gave the kids a bath after dinner. I had to use my once monthly bath pass, for whatever reason it stresses Brent out to give the kids their bath. I love it, it is relaxing and I know it is winding them down for bedtime. When the kids were babies, you couldnt pay him to do their bath. Maybe its just a mom thing?

Dinner was so good, by the way. We had some leftover steaks, so I riced some cauliflower, cut up some bell peppers, and made a burrito bowl of sorts. Cheese, salsa, and sour cream is all I need to make anything delicious.
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Back to the treats. I made the recipe just as stated here., and they turned out perfectly delicious. The only thing I had to do was add a little vegetable oil to the white chocolate, because the cake mix made it too thick to drizzle.
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Birthday Oreo Rice Krispie Treats

6 TBSP unsalted butter
1 16-ounce bag of mini marshmallows
12 ounces Rice Krispies Cereal
1 package Birthday Oreos, chopped into pieces
1 tsp. vanilla extract
6 ounces white chocolate
1/3 cup Funfetti Cake Mix
Sprinkles

Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat and add marshmallows and vanilla.

Stir until they begin to melt.

When melted stir in cereal and cookies so it they are completely coated with marshmallow mixture.

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Did you know these existed?? I did not and they are amazing!!

Press into a baking dish (9 by 13…but you need tall sides).

Melt white chocolate in a double boiler, when melted mix in the cake batter and drizzle over the pan. Add extra sprinkles so they stick to the white chocolate mixture.

Let sit for about 30 minutes before cutting.
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I loaded UP on the sprinkles. Who doesn’t always want extra sprinkles on their anything? So much for sneaking in a healthy snack, but after all its her ‘birthday’ treat at school.

Lots of things to get done today and tomorrow! It is also dog treat day for Mox and I think he knows it!! Off I go!

Busy Days! Go Thunder!!

What a busy week it has been already! Yesterday after the gym and naps I took our dog up to the vet for his exam and yearly vaccinations. Don’t skip a year people! It is important to keep your pet healthy!! And if you need a vet in Edmond or Oklahoma City, Stoneridge Animal Hospital is the place you need to be. They have every up to date piece of equipment and an amazing staff! I might be a little biased, but I love’em!
Then I came home and started the charcoal on the grill Рall by myself Рfor the first time.  I did it once before, but it never got going. So I was pretty proud of myself for it working! Brent grilled some steaks I ha d been marinating all day in worschestchire and onions. I also broiled some asparagus and onions and sprinkled blue cheese crumbles all over the top!

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Meat and veggies is always low carb!! Plus its delicious and healthy. We ate and gave the kids baths, and after they went to bed, Brent and I got to crackin on his homework. His finals are coming up so I have been helping him get his study guides done since he has been so busy at work. I am learning more about chemistry than I ever wanted to. I promise I will never need to know 98% of that in the future.
Today I dropped Hadley off at school, I am at the gym, and after I pick her up I have to run to the city to meet Brent. Then home to play and feed the kids while he has class. And our sweet little neighbor gets to come hang out with us while her parents go to the Thunder game! A little jealous, but I will be watching every minute of it from home!

Tomorrow is going to be cold here again, which makes no sense to me and I am totally over it!! The pool in our neighborhood is never going to get warm enough to use by Memorial Day at this rate! Brent and I are also going to a jazz concert tomorrow night for his Music Appreciation class. Pretty sure we will have to hit up Vin Dolce on our way home!

Day 10 of LiveFit – which means its a legs day!

Go Thunder!! Are you rooting for any of the NBA teams in the playoffs?