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Good Morning Sunshine Breakfast Casserole

Good Morning Sunshine!

breakfast recipe casserole

The recipe I’m sharing is for a delicious and very easy to make breakfast casserole. This can be prepared the night before and cooked in the morning. You can easily freeze smaller portions to reheat at a later date.

breakfast recipes


8 Eggs

8oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese

16oz Cottage Cheese

Bag of Hash Browns

½ stick of Butter

½ cup Fresh Chopped Spinach

Roll of Sausage (you can use spicy if you prefer)

¼ chopped green or red pepper

Small onion chopped

Brown the Sausage

Add the onion & pepper and cook for a minute or so.

Mix the Eggs & Cheeses together, then add the sausage/pepper mixture to bowl.

Layer the baking dish (up the sides too) with the hash browns & melted butter.

Pour the egg mixture on top of the potatoes.

Put in the oven on 350 uncovered for 1 hour.

Or if you’re preparing it the night before, cover and put in the refrigerator and cook in the morning.

Breakfast casserole

Hot out of the Oven. Mmmm!


Happy Breakfast to you!!





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Easy Italian Chicken Dish


Delicious Italian Chicken

I had a recipe for Italian Chicken pinned on Pinterest for quite some time that I wanted to try. I finally made it for dinner the other night. Although, in true Betty fashion I did not follow the recipe exactly as directed. I embellished it just a bit if you will.

I’ve had several requests for the recipe, you can visit the post with the original recipe but this is what I did:

Roma Tomatoes ( 5 – seeded & chopped )

Onion (small white onion chopped)

Spinach (about 1 cup fresh chopped or sliced)

 Artichoke Hearts ( 1 can)

 Garlic ( a lot!)

 Chicken ( 2 boneless breast, I cut into about 6 pieces & seasoned. You can add more chicken if you want to)

 Seasoning (Italian Seasoning and salt & pepper)

Put all the vegetables in a bowl, sprinkle some olive oil and about 1 tablespoon of flour – mix together.

Add vegetables and chicken to 9×13 dish.

Cook uncovered in the oven on 350 for about 30 minutes. I can’t remember exactly how long it was in there but you want to pull the chicken out just before it is done and add lots of mozzarella on top. Put back in the oven, I turned to broil for just a couple of minutes. Take out of oven and add fresh basil to the top.

The chicken was juicy & delicious!! It was very easy & quick to make!!

I think it would taste even better with mushrooms added to the dish but my hubs would not go for it. Maybe I’ll do half with mushrooms next time 😉

Some garlic bread would have been a nice addition to the meal but we are trying to stay away from breads/carbs. This dish would also be great over some pasta or with parmesan/herb mashed potatoes if your heart(tummy) so desires.

Happy Italian Chicken Baking to you!!


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Fruit Kabobs

Wanted to share this very easy & cute fruit appetizer…

Fruit kabob appetizer

Not a great picture…but you get the idea 😉


I was arranging fruit on a platter for a gathering and I was thinking about how messy the platter will look once people start picking at it so I decided instead to stack the fruit on a toothpick.

Fruit kabobs or fruit on a stick 😉

It took very little time to put together. I had grapes, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries but you can easily use any fruit you have on hand.

Arrange them on a serving dish with a bowl of fruit dip.

Quick & pretty fruit appetizer.

Don’t wait for a party to make these, they make the perfect after school snack for your kids.
Happy Fruit Kabob Making to you!


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Cabbage and Ham Soup

Cabbage & Ham Soup

Cabbage and Ham Soup Recipe

When I think of cabbage soup I think of diet food. Not a fan.

So why did I make it? Well, I had some cabbage in the fridge and left over spiral ham and wanted to use them up. I love making soups so I thought why not make a big pot of Cabbage & Ham soup?

My hubby quickly let me know he won’t go near the soup. (True to his word, he wouldn’t even taste it.)

I didn’t have a recipe for the soup but I figured I could make something up.

Here’s what I did:


About 4 cups Cabbage, finely shredded 

1/2 cup Carrots, finely chopped
1/2 cup Celery , finely chopped
1 small Onion, chopped
1/4 c red pepper -chopped
1 can petite diced tomatoes
10 cups water
Chicken Bouillon 0r Vegetable Broth (add as much as you need for the amount of water added)
Bay leaf
dash chili pepper
parsley & cilantro (fresh – I used about a tablespoon of finely chopped cilantro and a handful chopped parsley.)
1 or 2 cups Ham (diced or I like to cut it into thin strips)


Chop all the veggies

Cabbage and Ham Soup

The colors look great!

Add veggies, water & seasoning to cooking pot.

Cook for a few hours or until veggies are tender.

I added the ham about half way through cook time.



Loaded with healthy goodness, this soup turned out very well!


Happy Cabbage & Ham Soup Making to you!


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Basil-Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Basil-Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Basil-Parmesan mashed potatoes - Bacon & Kids

Oh my goodness!… Yum!

I love potatoes!  Mashed, Baked, Fried, doesn’t matter – I never tire of eating them.

My Basil-Parmesan Mashed Potatoes are a lovely accompaniment to any meal.

The last time I made them I froze the left overs and later added them to my loaded potato soup.  Yum!

Here is the Basil-Paremesan Mashed Potato Recipe:





Sour Cream

Cream Cheese

Basil (Fresh or dried)

Shredded Parmesan

Parsley (Fresh or Dried)

Salt & Pepper

First,  boil potatoes until tender and drain the water.

 I like a hearty mashed potato, so I use a hand- masher (real name?).

I didn’t include exact measurements for the milk, butter & cheese because it depends on how many potatoes you cooked.  I just add the ingredients until the texture is what I want.

 Full of delicious flavor! No gravy needed for these potatoes.


Happy Mashed Potato Making to you! 😀


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Easy No-Bake Granola Cups

No-Bake Granola Cups

no bake granola cups

Here is a great granola recipe that can be eaten just as a snack alone or with yogurt and fruit for a delicious yogurt parfait!

healthy homemade granola cups


1/4 cup Agave (or honey)
1/4 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla 2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup crispy rice cereal
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie seasoning
handful dried cranberries (to taste)
handful sweetened coconut flakes (to taste) handful of sunflower seeds (to taste) mini chocolate chips (to sprinkle on top)

In a large bowl, stir oats and rice cereal, cinnamon, coconut, sunflower seeds & cranberries together.

In a small pan, melt butter, brown sugar and agave together over medium high heat until it starts to bubble. Reduce the heat and cook 2 minutes. Add vanilla & peanut butter and stir.

Pour over dry ingredients and mix well to moisten all ingredients. Firmly press down granola into lightly greased mini muffin pan. Or you can use full size muffin pan and press down to make in to a cup shape. This is a no bake recipe but I did put them in the oven for just a few minutes – oven temp about 250. There was some granola left over in the bowl so I lightly greased a cookie sheet and spread an even layer of granola on it and baked it for just a few minutes to make a crunchy granola.

no bake granola cups

makes a great snack for school or work! 🙂

This makes for a delicious snack. So many flavors and healthy ingredients to experiment with. It’s also very quick and easy to make.

Happy Granola making to you!

~ Betty

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Awesome Jalapeno Popper Dip

Jalapeno Popper Dip Appetizer

I made this Jalapeno Popper Dip for a party and it was devoured in a matter of minutes. Very easy to make! And, oh so delicious!

Jalapeno Popper Dip Appetizer

Loaded w/cheesy, pepper goodness! And bacon!

I didn’t keep track of the exact measurements but it was something like this:


8 oz Cream Cheese

1/2 Sour Cream

1/2 Mayo 




(I used these three shredded cheeses but you can use one or all or some other kind. But probably about a 1 ½ – 2 cups of shredded cheese.)

Green Onion (optional)

6 Jalapeno Peppers (remove seeds – if you like it HOT go ahead and keep some of the seeds)

1 T Ranch Seasoning

1/4 c Panko Bread Crumbs

6 slices Bacon (cooked & crumbled)

¼ c Parmesan cheese (shredded)

Roast the peppers in the oven on a cookie sheet for a few minutes.

Mix all the cheeses, sour cream, mayo, ranch seasoning & onion together.

Chop peppers and add to cheese mixture.

Mix together the bread crumbs, crumbled bacon & parmesan and layer on top of the cheese mixture.

Put in the oven on 350 for about 20 minutes….or until bubbly.

Serve with Tortilla Chips and or Ritz crackers.

Seriously folks, this is so yummy!! I will double the recipe when I make this for our Superbowl Party.

I tried to take pictures of the dip but everyone was dipping into it so fast that the above photo was all I could get.


Happy Jalapeno Popper Dip making to you 😀


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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Awesome Chicken Tortilla Soup 

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This is one of our favorite soups and seems to taste better each time I make it. The problem is, I make it different every time.  After having several people ask for the recipe, yesterday I thought to write down a “recipe” for it as I prepared it. 

I’m going to warn you, the recipe is ROUGH. (Almost as rough as my photography skills!) The good thing though with Chicken Tortilla Soup is that it’s hard to screw up.    If you hate corn in soup…don’t add it. If you like more cilantro, black beans, extra tomato…go for it. Here’s my ingredient list:

2 Chicken Breast

1/4 c finely chopped Peppers (red, green, orange and or yellow)

2 small Onions chopped

1/4 c finely chopped Carrot

1/4 c finely chopped Celery

Garlic (a couple of cloves- chopped)

1 Can Black Beans

1 Can Diced Tomatoes w/Jalapeno

1/2 c Corn (frozen, fresh or canned)

10 cups Water

Chicken Bouillon (about 10 teaspoons or to taste)

Chopped Cilantro (to taste)

2 T fresh lime juice

Salt & Pepper


1 C. Velveeta Cheese (any cheese spread)

1 C. Cheese (Colby, Pepper Jack, etc)


Tortilla Strips

Sour Cream




This is what I did:

Boiled chicken breast in 2 cups of water. I added some garlic, chicken bouillon, bay leaf, cumin & salt & pepper.

While the chicken is cooking I put all the veggies in a pot with water & bouillon and simmer.

Once the chicken is cooked, shred it and add to the pot w/the veggies along with the broth you cooked the chicken in.

Add the cheeses and lime juice.

It turned out delicious!!  The picture doesn’t do it justice, it’s such a good-looking soup with all the pretty colors together.  I suppose I could spend more time trying to improve the quality of my pictures but my hubby was anxious to start eating the soup as I was using his bowl as my model. lol 

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Oops, I forgot the tortilla strips…

This recipe makes a lot of soup but you can freeze any leftovers or share with a friend or two.  I tend to always make extras as I like to have some ready to share with friends.

Oh and there are lots of short cut possibilities w/this soup. Use a rotisserie chicken and or add a jar of salsa to the broth instead of chopping all the veggies.

I hope that you enjoy the recipe.  Let me know!

Happy Chicken Tortilla Soup making to you!


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What to do with left over Tonic Water and Limes?

leftover wine,tonic and lime

The party was a success! But, what will you do with the left over wine, tonic & fruit?   It doesn’t happen very often but once in a while you end up with left overs.

I was dumping out quarter full bottles of tonic and hated being wasteful. Saving it in the bottle is useless because it goes flat too fast.

So I decided to make tonic ice cubes for future use instead of just dumping it down the sink. Turns out, it was a super idea! The next time we had a party, I was able to make Gin & Tonics w/tonic-lime ice cubes. No more watered down drinks. Sweet!

left over tonic

Or if you prefer, you can use tonic water to preserve plants and flowers. Simply mix one part tonic water with two parts water to keep your blooms fresh longer.

What about any left over fruit you may have cut up to be used as a garnish? If you have left over oranges, limes and or lemons, take the fruit and add to ice cube trays w/water. Once frozen, I transfer the cubes to freezer storage bags so as not to use up all my ice cube trays. These fruit ice cubes are the perfect addition to a glass of water!  Love my lemon water in the morning!

lemon lime orange ice cubes

And sometimes there may even be wine left over, you can freeze in to cubes as well to be used at another time. For some great uses for leftover wine ideas visit  Real Simple .

Just wanted to share these ideas with you. Would love to hear your ideas for left over wine, tonic & or fruit.

Happy Ice Cubing to you! 😉

~ Betty

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Caprese On a Stick

~Quick Caprese Salad Appetizer ~

Caprese on a stick

Caprese appetizer

Love the color!!

This is all you need:



Cherry Tomatoes



Salt & Pepper  

Simply put the cheese, tomato & basil on the toothpicks.  I drizzle with balsamic and add a little salt & pepper.  

They are always a hit and so easy to make.


Caprese Salad on a stick


Happy Caprese on a Stick making to you! 😀




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