Category Archives: Breakfast

Orange Marmalade Recipe

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Originally posted 2013-06-11 06:01:31.

Dairy Free Crepes and Chunky Fruit Syrup Filling


I will admit that the thought of making crepes didn’t effect me at all.  I hadn’t even heard of them…  Then Chief Zoo Keeper decided that they were too difficult for me to make…  Challenge taken!  The recipe, the process, was very easy.  If you are worried about trying them, don’t.  I swear it was easy!
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Originally posted 2013-05-16 00:01:32.

Rice Pudding Recipe from Author Vickie Hall

My book, Journey of Promise, is based on the journals of my great-great grandparents who were born in Wales in the early 1800s. I mention many of the common foods enjoyed in Wales throughout the book, so I thought I’d share one of my favorite Welsh recipes!
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Originally posted 2013-05-09 05:00:00.

Old Fashion Donut Recipe & Bread Machine Donut Recipe

Originally posted 2013-05-06 05:00:00.

Friday 5: Freeze Ahead Breakfasts For School

5 Make Ahead BreakfastsHey Eveyone!!!  Ready for the weekend!!!  I know I sure am!!!  Monkey is so excited about school starting Monday that she is going nuts!  She is trying to drive me nuts!  So, tonight we are making some freeze ahead breakfast stuff that she can heat and eat before school.  We have made them in the past and they worked out well, except that we tend to do one at a time and burn out on them before they are gone.  To remedy this issue, we are doing a variety.  Smart thinking!  So, here is your Friday Five of Freeze Ahead Breakfasts you can make for the kids or adults to have before it’s off to the daily grind!!!

So: Weekend Agenda:  Make Ahead Breakfasts Baby!!!

Then all ya gotta do is stick em in the fridge the night before and you’ve got breakfast!  Heat and eat the healthier way!!!

These are great because you can put anything you want in them!  You can even slip in some veggies and the kids will love them still!!!

Oh, come on, you know you love those little expensive things!  Now you can make them at home, fraction of the cost and way less fat (should you choose, of course!)


 Either.  Both.  Doesn’t matter.  The great thing is you can add in chocolate chips, berries, nuts, whatever you like!!!  Plus, these don’t have to be thawed, just pop em in the toaster!  (or toaster oven)


To make the recipe I have and freeze, just pull it apart after it’s cooked and freeze individual servings!  Yummy!  Wrap the servings in plastic wrap after they’ve cooled and you are good to go!


5.  Muffins
Any kind!!!  Healthy or not!  You can even make mini muffins for the little guys!  They are great because the kids don’t even have to heat them!  Just thaw them overnight on the counter (it won’t hurt, but you can thaw them in the fridge too) and enjoy!

What’s your Monkeys favorite breakfast???

Originally posted 2012-08-17 05:00:00.

Crispy Baked French Toast

3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups milk
3/4 tsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 c plain bread crumbs
8 slices dry white bread
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
syrup of choice

Beat eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla in shallow bowl until well blended.  
Place bread crumbs in shallow dish.  
Dip bread in egg mixture, then coat with bread crumbs.  
Place on large wire rack.
Add butter and oil into pan, place pan in 400 degree oven for 1-2 minutes until butter melts.  
Remove pan from oven.
Place bread slices into pan, in single layer, turning over once to coat both sides of bread slices with butter mixture.  
Return to oven and bake 15 minutes.  Turn bread slices over and bake 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
Serve with butter and maple syrup.

Originally posted 2012-07-20 05:00:00.

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

4 tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 c milk
1 1/4 c flour
1 tbsp sugar
4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
6 oz semisweet chocolate chips
butter, for cooking

1. In a small saucepan, combine the butter and milk. Place over low heat just until warm and the butter is melted. Let cool slightly.
2. In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt; mix well. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with a fork. Whisk in the milk mixture. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until barely blended.
3. Add the chocolate chips and mix.
4. Heat a griddle or large skillet over medium heat.
5. Add about 1 teaspoon of butter and melt until bubbly. Ladle 3 tablespoons of batter for each pancake onto the hot surface and cook until bubbly on the top and golden brown on the bottom.
6. Turn and cook until golden brown on the other side, about 30 seconds more. Repeat until all the batter is used up. Serve hot.

I am looking for a great, simple, homemade syrup recipe.  Any suggestions????

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Originally posted 2012-02-12 03:15:00.

Chocolate Gravy

When I was a little girl, I stayed with my Great-Granparents a LOT. They kept me while my Mom and Dad worked, and pretty much all the time as I was my Granny’s girl. I have many great memories with them, my Granny taught me lots of things. I remember sitting at her kitchen table with her in ‘my’ seat as she taught me how to color in the lines in my coloring books. Down the little hill in front of their house is a well house, I got in trouble for climbing on the roof, and a stream that went under the road and into the creek. Granny would give me a pie pan and I would go down and make mud pies. Then I’d take them up to the house and tell her I had a pie for her. She would take it and put it in the oven to ‘bake’ for me. She baked her pies, so mine had to be baked too!!! LOL. I also remember sitting on the porch snapping green beans with her in the summer time.
So many fond memories, I could go on forever about them! One of my favorite things she made was chocolate gravy. On weekend mornings, my Grandpa would get up SUPER early and begin making homemade sourdough biscuits and Granny would make me chocolate gravy. That was the best breakfast ever, equaled only by my Pa-pa’s graham cracker breakfast (which I’ll do a post about another time!). I asked my Nani, which is their daughter, how the recipe came about and she said all she knew was it was passed down from generation to generation. I make chocolate gravy for my Monkey every once in a while, but it is a treat that I treasure so I only make it every once in a while. It always brings back all of the memories of sitting at the table with Granny and Grandpa. We would sit down, hold hands, and Grandpa would pray that God bless our meal.
I’ve noticed there are lots of similar recipes online about chocolate gravy, but I decided to post my Granny’s recipe. Mainly as a tribute to the woman who taught me so much about love, marriage, grace, mercy, and helping others. My Granny was a great woman and I’ll always remember her example. She never had a cross word, hated when people yelled and argued, and loved with all she was. She and Grandpa have went to be with Jesus, and I know they are happier there, but I look forward to the re-union we sang about so many times as I sat beside her in church.
Okay, before I start getting all sappy and crying, here is the recipe!
2 cups Milk (Silk works great in this one!)
2 cups Sugar
2-3 tbsp Unsweetened Coa-Coa
Cooked Biscuits!
Pour milk in a small pot, add sugar and coa-coa. Stir constantly. After it begins to get hot, slowly begin adding flour in increments of 1 tbsp each time. When it reaches desired thickness, remove from heat. Pour over biscuits. Personally, I like my biscuits all tore up so that I can dig in, but that’s just my preference!!!
If anyone has a good sourdough recipe, I would be thrilled to have it!!! My Grandpa always made sourdough biscuits with the gravy, and nothing can match that taste!!!

Originally posted 2011-08-28 11:00:00.

Make-Ahead Breakfast Biscuits!!!

So, it’s that time again!  The one you couldn’t wait for mid-summer and now are feeling sort of sad about!  That’s right, school is starting!!!  I am going to go ahead and admit that I don’t get up early enough to cook breakfast during the school year at the zoo!!!  I can’t help it!  I’m lazy and her bus runs at SEVEN in the morning!!!  Hopefully it will start running a little later as we are now a lot closer to the school!!!  SO, to compensate for my terrible sleeping habit, I try to make things that my Monkey can pop in the toaster oven or microwave so that she doesn’t have to eat cereal all of the time.  She loves the breakfast burritos, but I figured some variety would be nice!  I’ve worked at a lot of gas stations, and they always have the biscuits for sale so I decided to do those.  I prefer them on croissants, but I’m too cheap to buy the rolls and wasn’t quite ready to learn to make them.  Baking bread is not my talent!  So, here are the ones I did.  You can use any ingredients, then just roll them up in plastic and freeze!  I put mine in a large ziploc to keep them from getting freezer burnt.  Just set them out the night before, or thaw as you cook them!  When they cook, the cheese will melt into goodness!!!  If you microwave them, you can leave the plastic on but obviously don’t leave it on in the oven!!!

Some ingredients you can use to make your breakfast biscuits:
ham & cheese
bacon, egg & cheese
egg & cheese
bacon & cheese
sausage, egg, & cheese
I think you get the idea!!!


Originally posted 2011-08-07 15:25:00.

(Could Be Froze Ahead) Breakfast Burritos/Tacos

Breakfast Burritos

These are great for on the go breakfasts. Typically, I make enough to have breakfast, then freeze the rest for busy days. I make them all year long so that when we are in a hurry or just don’t want to cook, all we have to do is heat and eat! This recipe has loads of room for modification! You can add cheese or whatever you want! Just make sure whatever you add will be okay to freeze and re-heat so that you don’t get soggy burritos!!!

Start by browning 1 lb of sausage with onion and bell pepper if you please. Or you can make them with a package of bacon, chopped up into pieces. 
****Note:  I realize this picture is not all that attractive, I PROMISE they taste better than this one looks!  LOL*****
Add cooked potatoes. Originally, we fried the potatoes but I’ve modified it for convenience sake. You can use any leftover potatoes (except mashed). In this version I used tator tots we had left over. Last night I made them and used hash browns. I like to season the potatoes with pepper. We don’t use salt. 😀
In a separate bowl, whisk desired amount of eggs and a little milk. I used 8 in this one I think. You can also sneak in powdered eggs with some of the real eggs to save on groceries! No one can taste the difference as long as real eggs are there, too. If you do use powdered eggs, use milk instead of water. Adding the milk helps make the eggs fluffy.
*******If you want to add cheese, add it with the egg mixture.
When it’s all done, you have options! You can eat the mixture like tacos or bake them. For burritos, roll the mixture up by making a line with the mixture, then fold in the ends and roll them up!
Bake for ten minutes at 350 degrees, then turn them over and bake on the other side another 10 minutes. 
Add salsa or sour cream if you like and enjoy!
If freezing them, let them cool to room temperature then freeze on the cookie sheet. Once they are frozen, put them into a freezer safe container. To re-heat there are more options! You can either thaw ahead of time, thaw and heat in the microwave, or simply reheat in the oven. For convenience sake, we typically thaw and heat in the microwave.
Feel free to post your modifications in the comment area!!! I think it would be great to add cilantro if you aren’t freezing it, but my hubby hates cilantro so we don’t ever add it!

Originally posted 2011-07-11 16:38:00.