Freezer Breakfast Burritos

These make-ahead freezer breakfast burritos are the key to Ben’s heart! They’re full of potatoes, sausage, and cheesy eggs and taste great!

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Ben’s always excited when eggs go on sale because he knows that means it’s time for me to make another batch of freezer breakfast burritos for him! He absolutely loves these things, and I have to admit–I do too. :) They’re great to keep in the freezer for busy mornings. Since Ben has started teaching, we’re on a slightly different [read: early] schedule. I love sending him off to work with a good breakfast, even though that sounds so 1950s housewife. :) But what I don’t love is waking up at 5:20 to make him that breakfast. Enter freezer breakfast burritos! There when you need ‘em!

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I have to admit that I’ve been making these burritos off and on for years. When we lived in Indiana, Ben worked 10 minutes from home and he’d often take his breakfast to work so he could use as much of his morning for other things, like sleeping in and working out. Now he usually eats them at home before I get up. Works for me either way!

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One of the greatest things about these burritos is that they are super customizable. I’ve made them with bacon instead of sausage, and occasionally I’ll sneak some veggies in there with the eggs like peppers, onion, or spinach. Spinach was not his fave addition to these burritos but I liked it! :) I’ve even done a Mexican version, with black beans and salsa instead of sausage, and taco seasoning instead of fresh herbs. No matter how you make ‘em, these are a great addition to your freezer. Ben’s even been known to take them for lunch occasionally.

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The recipe below reflects the amounts I usually use when making these burritos–1 egg per tortilla, 1/2 pound sausage and 1 cup cheese per 10 tortillas. Though you can buy large burrito-size tortillas, I make mine with fajita size tortillas because that’s a better serving size for us. I think there’s about 1/2 cup filling in each burrito but you could certainly adjust the recipe to make bigger burritos if you have more of an appetite. :) These are a great breakfast alone, or can also be served with a piece of fruit or some yogurt. Enjoy!

one year ago: Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
two years ago: Asian Peanut Veggie Dip
three years ago: Avocado Egg Salad
four years ago: African Peanut Pineapple Stew

Freezer Breakfast Burritos

  • Servings: 10
  • Time: 30 minutes
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound breakfast sausage
  • 1 cup potatoes, shredded [from 1 large or 2 small russet potatoes]
  • 10 eggs
  • 1/3 cup loosely packed chopped fresh herbs, of choice – parsley, cilantro, dill, oregano, etc. – I usually use a combination or about 1 tablespoon [total] dried herbs
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 10 flour tortillas – I usually use fajita size but burrito size would work too–you may just need more filling
  • 4-6 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sriracha sauce, optional

Directions:

In a skillet set over medium heat, brown sausage and discard almost all the grease. Return sausage to pan. Add potatoes and cook on low heat for 3-5 minutes, until translucent, then set aside.

Crack all the eggs in a medium bowl, then whisk in herbs and pepper. Add to another skillet set over medium-low heat, cooking until just set. It’s okay if the eggs are a little runnier than you might normally eat them since they will be cooked again in the microwave later.

Assemble the burritos by dividing the sausage and potato mixture between the tortillas, then topping with eggs and a little cheese. This should be about 1/2 cup filling per burrito. Drizzle some Sriracha over the cheese if desired, then roll burritos. Wrap in a piece of foil or Saran wrap, then place in a freezer safe gallon size ziptop bag. Freeze for up to 2 months, if they last that long! When ready to eat, remove wrapping and heat in a paper towel for 90 seconds-2 minutes. Eat immediately.

Cookbook Review: Supermarket Healthy

I know everyone has differing opinions on the Food Network. Personally, I love it. I think the cooking competitions are so fun, especially Guy’s Grocery Games, Cutthroat Kitchen, and the Next Food Network Star. The first year Ben and I were married, we discovered the Next Food Network and watched Melissa d’Arabian win it all! That’s why I was so excited to receive a copy of her new cookbook, Supermarket Healthy, from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

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Here is a description of the cookbook from the publisher:

Food Network star and New York Times bestselling author Melissa d’Arabian proves that healthy eating at home is easy, achievable, and affordable.

Everyone wants to feel good about what they are eating, serving guests, and feeding their families, but most of us don’t do our weekly shopping at pricey specialty stores– we do it at the local supermarket and we don’t want it to break the bank. In her second book, Melissa demystifies the task of preparing nutritious and delicious food by showing exactly how you can make your grocery store work for you. She offers helpful strategies for shopping, cooking, and entertaining, as well as meal blueprints and nutritional information throughout. This book will make you confident about the food you’re buying, preparing, and eating. Delicious recipes like Almond Waffles with Raspberry-Basil Sauce, Kale and White Bean Caesar Salad in a Jar, Slow-Roasted Tomato Spaghettini, Flatiron Steaks with Quick Cauliflower Kimchi, and Flourless Fudgy Dream Cookies have something for every type of eater at every meal of the day. No matter your favorite flavors or dietary needs, cooking on a budget is empowering– and now you can learn how to make every bite count. If cooking at home is the key to healthy living, Supermarket Healthy is the only tool you’ll need.

And as usual, my five point review:

  • This is a beautiful cookbook. I know one of the draws of blogs over cookbooks is that [hopefully beautiful] photos accompany every recipe, and sure, I do love that. But cookbooks are their own breed of beautiful too even when each recipe doesn’t have its own photo. I love having the recipe printed in front of me, instead of worrying about keeping my iPad clean in the kitchen. And this cookbook is gorgeous… pretty typography, pretty pictures,  pretty colors… Pretty pretty pretty! It’s a paperback and seems very high quality too.
  • One thing I love about this cookbook is that almost every recipe sounds like something that we would actually a) like to eat, b) find in the grocery store right by my house instead of at a speciality store, and c) be able to afford on a budget. I’ve already tried a couple: this Caesar salad dressing and also red lentils and quinoa, and there are a few more on my “to make” list in the immediate future: jeweled wild rice pilaf, curry-glazed carrots, sesame and pumpkin-seed breaded chicken, and kale breakfast salad.
  • I think this cookbook is great both for people who already eat a healthy diet, because it has lots of new, delicious recipes. But I also think it would be great for people looking to eat healthier because the ingredients are simple, easily accessible, and not a bunch of weird one-use ingredients. Melissa also discusses “hot button” issues like organic, buying local, etc. and shares her thoughts on those subjects for an intro to her food philosophy and how SHE shops for her family. She also has a list of pantry staples that can be used in alot of the recipes in this book.
  • This cookbook also seeks to teach people how to cook, not just how to follow a recipe. Alot of her recipes can be altered by subbing out herbs and spices, or proteins to make a totally different dish. She also has meal “blueprints”–how to make a great frittata, salad, or her favorite 4 step chicken recipe. These seems super helpful!
  • All in all, this is a cookbook I know I will use time and time again. The meals in this cookbook can easily be accomplished after a day of work. Some can be made ahead of time for work lunches, or dinner later in the week too. I’ve looked at every section of this cookbook and can honestly say that every recipe [all 130+] sound good and sound like something I would make. Maybe I will make them all! :) Definitely add this to your wish list, it’s a great cookbook!

Disclosure: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. However, I was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts expressed above are entirely my own. Thanks to Blogging for Books and the publisher, Clarkson Potter Publishers, for the chance to read this great cookbook! 

Banana Cake with Cinnamon Glaze

There’s nothing better than a slice of warm banana snack cake with a crunchy cinnamon glaze on top. Enjoy with a hot drink or some cold milk. One of the best cakes I’ve ever had!

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I love bananas. For eating alone as a snack, I prefer them slightly green. For eating sliced with some natural peanut butter, I prefer them bright yellow. But for baking cakes or bread? They need to be spotted, and as close to black as possible without rotting or being so mushy that you can hardly touch them without squirming. Sorry for that visual, but you know it’s true! :)

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I’ve made a few other banana cakes in my lifetime–this chocolate chip banana cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting is out of this world–but this simple one is my favorite. My mom’s friend passed along the recipe and it is just so good. It’s one of the first recipes I remember baking on my own. Usually we made it with a very simple powdered sugar glaze, but last time I made it I added some cinnamon and OH MY GOODNESS. Cinnamon glaze > plain glaze anyday. I need to try this on doughnuts. I was seriously eating it with a spoon, so if the glaze looks a little thin in spots… ha ha.

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This cake is a cinch to throw together, but it tastes like a million bucks! Enjoy! :)

two years ago: Red Velvet Marshmallow Bites
three years ago: Spicy Sausage, Chicken, and Bean Stew
four years ago: Crockpot Hot Potato Soup

Banana Cake with Cinnamon Glaze

  • Servings: 24
  • Time: 40 minutes
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from my mom’s friend Lis

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

for glaze

  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • milk to thin, if necessary

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream together butter, sugar, and eggs. Fold in flour, baking soda, baking powder, buttermilk, bananas, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir until just combined.

Spread in a greased 9×13 inch pan. Bake for 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Allow bars to cool for 10 minutes.  Meanwhile, make the glaze by whisking together butter, powdered sugar, and cinnamon. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time, if necessary, to thin glaze. Pour glaze over warm bars and allow to cool completely before slicing.

Book Review: The Secret of Pembrooke Park

Welcome to the next installment of Sarah’s book reviews! Today we have a Gothic/Regency/Inspirational book to review for you… Julie Klassen’s The Secret of Pembrooke Park. And it is fabulous. :)

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Here is a description of the book from the publisher:

Abigail Foster is the practical daughter. She fears she will end up a spinster, especially as she has little dowry, and the one man she thought might marry her seems to have fallen for her younger, prettier sister.

Facing financial ruin, Abigail and her father search for more affordable lodgings, until a strange solicitor arrives with an astounding offer: the use of a distant manor house abandoned for eighteen years. The Fosters journey to imposing Pembrooke Park and are startled to find it entombed as it was abruptly left: tea cups encrusted with dry tea, moth-eaten clothes in wardrobes, a doll’s house left mid-play…

The handsome local curate welcomes them, but though he and his family seem acquainted with the manor’s past, the only information they offer is a stern warning: Beware trespassers drawn by rumors that Pembrooke Park contains a secret room filled with treasure.

This catches Abigail’s attention. Hoping to restore her family’s finances–and her dowry–Abigail looks for this supposed treasure. But eerie sounds at night and footprints in the dust reveal she isn’t the only one secretly searching the house.

Then Abigail begins receiving anonymous letters, containing clues about the hidden room and startling discoveries about the past.

As old friends and new foes come calling at Pembrooke Park, secrets come to light. Will Abigail find the treasure and love she seeks…or very real danger?

As usual, my five point review:

  • This plot. It. is. AWESOME. Think intriguing mystery plus action plus a bit of romance. Mmm, my faveee! My biggest complaint with many Christian novels [and I’d say this one is more “clean” than “Christian”] is that the plots aren’t complex. I know some of these authors are good, but sometimes their fiction can just be la-di-da happy bunnies and kitties. Yup, I said that. :) Well, if you’re looking for a good plot and a complex mystery, look no further. This is it.
  • These characters. I instantly liked Abigail. She’s smart, and mature, and organized. Her role had been taking care of her family. But truthfully, I never liked her family. They didn’t appreciate her, even her father [who blamed her for losing the family money]. I get her sister’s actions, but her parents? Ugh. Abigail makes some great friends in the community, and of course has two great options for love interests. I’m on team William, the local curate [basically pastor], not team Gabriel [aka neighbor]. Read and see who she chooses! :)
  • Though I know I said I liked the complex nature of the mystery, one area that I found confusing was tracing family relationships. Having a family tree included would have been useful, but ultimately would have spoiled the unraveling of the story. So I’ve got it… but you just have to be pay attention to make sense of it all.
  • I loved all the Jane Austen and other classic English literatures references in this novel. So smart, especially since this book was set in the 1800s. How fun would that have been to live in those times, reading new Jane Austen novels!
  • Though this novel is on the long side [460 pages], it goes by in a flash. I read most of it over this past Valentine’s weekend, and it’s definitely a stay-up-all-night read! Five stars for sure!

What are you reading lately?

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. However, I was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts expressed above are entirely my own. Thanks to Bethany House for the chance to read this great book!