Sunny side up toast with avocado slices :: take 2

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Remember my perfect little lunch post about sunny side up avocado toast? Well I am kind of addicted to it now and I make it for lunch quite often. I added diced tomatoes the last time I made it and I must say, it really added a little something extra. I know this is such a simple recipe (I don’t even know that I would call it a recipe), but it’s nice to spice up lunch time. I know I get bored with sandwiches or salads all the time, so I am always looking for new lunch ideas.

Sunny side up toast with avocado slices :: take 2
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Ingredients
  • toast
  • sunny side up eggs
  • chopped tomatoes
  • chopped avocados
Instructions
  1. Cook eggs. Assemble other ingredients on top, season with salt and pepper.

 

btw did you know that my original post was featured here?

Happy Ash Wednesday! I am giving up TV for lent and saying some extra prayers every night. I don’t watch much TV at all, in fact we haven’t even had cable for years now, but I do enjoy catching up on my shows after the kids go to bed. So it will be a challenge. Nobody tweet any Downton spoilers please! I am hoping to finish up a few books that I am in the middle of at night instead of watching TV.

What are you giving up for lent?

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Showing love

I love February. Not only because January is over (and let’s be honest, January is the worst), but because the whole month is a big celebration of love. I love every cheesy thing about Valentines day but the greatest thing about it is love. Loving everyone in your life and showing them in ways that you don’t always have time for. This year I was determined to show the most important person of all just how much we love him, God. I feel like it is easy to get wrapped up in the lovey dovey-ness of Valentines day with your spouse but we often forget that it is a holiday of love all around. And what greater love have we been shown than the love of Jesus Christ? So I was more than excited to find this countdown to Valentines day from A Faithfulness Told. It is the cutest printable countdown to Valentines day. Each day you do a different activity to practice showing love with your kids. There are some super cute ideas and you can also add your own. Some of my favorites include- read the story about Jesus dying for you on the cross, have a special Valentines meal with mom and dad, show love by praying for those in need, send your grandparents valentines in the mail.

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We also have been Valentines-ifying all of our weekly baked goods. Here is our favorite frosted banana bars with a little Valentines flare. If you haven’t tried these yet (I posted the recipe here already…the recipe comes from my wonderful pediatrician) you just have to. They are the best banana bars I have ever tasted and the frosting is divine.

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Frosted Banana Bars
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ cups mashed, ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 12 oz cream cheese
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Cream together butter and sugar.
  2. Beat in eggs, bananas, vanilla, baking soda and salt.
  3. Continue to mix and slowly add flour.
  4. Pour batter in a greased 18x26x2 inch pan (if you can find it, otherwise a 1inch will work just fine).
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Be sure not to over bake!
  6. Prepare frosting:
  7. Beat butter, cream cheese and vanilla together. *make sure butter and cream cheese are at room temp!
  8. Continue mixing and add powdered sugar ½ cup at a time. (add food coloring if you want to!)
  9. Spread over cooled bars.

Loving thoughts to you and yours this Valentines day and let us remember the greatest love of all!

John 3:16  For God so loved the world,that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

1 John 3:1  See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him

1 John 4:7  Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.

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{overnight} French toast casserole


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Ingredients:

  • 1/4  cup butter
  • 3/4  cup brown sugar
  • 4  eggs
  • 1 1/2  cups milk
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla
  • 1  tablespoon powdered sugar
  • brown sugar, white sugar & cinnamon (for sprinkling)
  • 1 loaf of cinnamon swirl bread (or regular bread)
  • butter, for spreading

Directions:

In a mixing bowl stir together melted butter and brown sugar. Spread mixture into the botton of a butter-greased 9×13 pan. Whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Place a layer of bread over the brown sugar/butter mixture in the pan. Ladle half of the egg mixture over that. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Butter the next layer of bread and layer it just as you did the last pieces, butter side up. Ladle the rest of the egg mixture over the top and sprinkle with white sugar and cinnamon. Cover and store in fridge overnight. In the morning remove from fridge and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

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recipe adapted from: here.

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No-bake protein bars

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Ingredients:

  • 2 large, ripe bananas
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter granola
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter or nut butter
  • 2 tablespoons mini, semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons dried fruit
  • 4-6 tablespoons chocolate whey protein powder

Directions:

Mash bananas and mix together with peanut butter, maple syrup, and protein powder. Add oats, chocolate chips, fruit and granola. Pour into cupcake liners in a muffin pan and store in the freezer for an hour before eating.

These are great! I keep them around all the time. They fill you up because they are packed with protein, and are a healthy snack for kids. I usually make a batch for my husband to take when he travels too, so he doesn’t have to eat out as much. Whats really fantastic about these is that they are so versatile. You can substitute mostly anything to your liking and they will still turn out great. Also the easiest to make. Score one for team lazy!

recipe adapted from: here.

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Biscuits & gravy casserole

We made this the other morning for brunch and it was delicious  We are totally off of our normal sleep schedules from all the Christmas activities, so the kids are up late and then sleep in the next day (well sort of). Anyway, we eat breakfast these days around 10 so I thought the term “brunch” was more appropriate.

This casserole is easy to make, delicious , and makes your house smell amazing while its baking. One thing this casserole is not, is healthy. Oh well. This isn’t one of those “make it every Sunday morning type breakfasts”, its a once a year kind of yummy breakfast. Perfect for Christmas. And who are we kidding- our diet for the past week has been Christmas cookies and numerous fatty appetizers.

(PS sorry about the iphone pics, we left my camera at my in-laws.)

 

Biscuits & gravy casserole

ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground sirloin
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 small jar of beef gravy
  • 1 container of cream cheese (8oz)
  • 2 tubes of Pillsbury crescent rolls

In a greased pan press one can of crescent rolls to cover the bottom of the pan. Make sure to press the slits together so they don’t separate.

Next throw your ground beef and onion in a medium frying pan and cook on medium heat. Drain. Mix together with cream cheese and beef gravy.

Spread on top of first layer of creseant roll. Then press the remaining tube of creaseant rolls on top .

Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until rolls are done.

And enjoy.

recipe adapted from : here.

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