Monday, April 30, 2012

Blueberry Pie with Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

 We spent most of our weekend in Blaine MN at a soccer tournament for Daisy.  So when Sunday evening rolled around...I was tired and stumped on what to make for dinner.  We had already had pizza a couple of times over the weekend, so that was out.  I decided to make Annies Organic Whole Wheat Shells & White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese.  It is the only store bought macaroni and cheese that is somewhat acceptable in  my opinion (and that of the 100 Days of Real Food Blog).  I bought a 12 pack of these on Amazon for like $25 with free shipping.  I thought $2 a box wasn't bad.  I only make this in a pinch.  So, I made two boxes of macaroni and cheese and did a big plate of carrots and grapes.  After dinner, I was needing/wanting a yummy dessert.  I asked the family if they would like Blueberry Pie and homemade Vanilla Ice Cream.  Oh, yes they would!  So, for the next hour and a half I found myself in the kitchen whipping up dessert.  Here are three recipes!

Homemade (whole wheat) Pie Crust:
This is quicker than running to the store to buy a box of Pillsbury crusts...and way cheaper!
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, chilled and cubed
1/4 cup ice cold water

My mom always makes her crust in the food processor, so I do too.  Put your flour and salt in your food processor and give it a whirl.  Then, add your butter and pulse it until it looks crumbly.  Then, I fill a measuring cup with ice water, and slowly drizzle it in.  Then, take the dough out and divide into two balls.  You can wrap them and place them in the refrigerator, or use them immediately.

Roll one crust out and place in your pie plate.
 Blueberry Pie:
I got this recipe from a friend years ago...I changed the ending just slightly.

4 cups of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp butter

In large  bowl, combine first 5 ingredients, mix lightly.  Spoon into pie crust lined pan.  Dot with butter.  Top with remaining pie crust.  Just press and fold around the edge of your crust.  Cut slits in several places in top pastry.  Bake at 425 for 45 minutes.  (I protect the edges of my pie crust with a metal disc so they don't get too brown...feel free to cut two thin strips of foil and cover just the edge of your pie).  Place your pie on a cookie sheet too!  Mine always likes to bubble over!
 Isn't she gorgeous?!?  I think you should wait about 10 minutes before slicing into this baby (it will set up), but I dug in immediately.  And then we topped it with homemade vanilla ice cream (as seen above).  Here is that recipe...

 Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream:
I make this in my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker...best investment ever!
1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
pinch of salt
2 cups heavy cream
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

I just put the whole milk, sugar, and salt in my Kitchen aide Mixer and mix on low speed until the sugar is dissolved.  Then add cream and vanilla.  Place this mixture in the fridge for 1 hour or overnight.  Then, turn on your ice cream maker (with frozen bowl), and pour this creamy goodness in.  Let it go for 20 minutes and you have the best creamiest ice cream you have ever tasted!

Last week, the kids and I made Strawberry Ice Cream from the 100 Days of Real Food Blog.  It was just milk, cream, syrup, and strawberries.  It was good, but we were a little disappointed.  It wasn't a true dessert for us.  We need a little sugar in our desserts.  This was more like a really cold healthy strawberry yogurt.  Lucy is loving it for a snack...but I told Matt and the kids that we would try a Real homemade strawberry ice cream next time.  It is pretty though, isn't it?
 Well, have a great Monday!  We'll be homeschooling, going to piano lessons, and then MJ has swim team and Daisy has soccer.  "See" ya on Wednesday!

XOXO Tiffany

"May there be sufficient clouds in one's life to make a spectacular sunset".  The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons

Friday, April 27, 2012

Tiffy's Top Ten...April 2012

 Good Morning!  Blogspot changed up their website a bit for posting to your blog...stuff like this throws me.  I'm pretending that everything is the same, but it's not.  I get comfortable with one thing, and then they challenge me to do it differently.  I don't like change.  Even if they are changes for the better...it still takes me awhile.

Well...I thought I would share my Top Ten for the month of April.  Matt and I went to the Homeschool Conference in St Paul a couple of weekends ago, so I thought I would share the Top Ten things I love about Homeschooling...Here they are:

The Top Ten Things I Love About Homeschooling:

1.  Lots of time with my kids.  Time just goes too fast!  I am always doing the countdown...8 years left with Daisy, 9 years left with Lucy, and 10 years left with MJ.  Yikes!  But, there's so much to teach them!  So many things I want to do with them!...but, time doesn't slow down.  So, I am thankful every day for the many hours that I get to spend with them.  These precious little imperfect beings.

2.  Learning together.  My biggest goal for my kids, regarding Homeschooling, is that they love to learn and that they know how to learn.  These are two traits that I did not leave high school with.  I didn't love to learn, it was more something to quickly check off the list.  And, once I got to college, I realized that I didn't even know "how" to learn.  I'm thankful that we can do many subjects together, like history and science, so we are all able to enjoy knowing about the same stuff at the same time and having fun discussions about these topics.

3.  Mornings in Jammies.  I love that we don't have crazy wild "pack your bags, eat your breakfast, get your shoes on, bye!" mornings.  I did that for two years...I don't miss it for a second.  We usually start meeting in the kitchen around 7:30 and they trickle in until about 8am.  Then we have breakfast while we start school. 

4.  Prayer Time.  I treasure our morning prayer time.  Each morning we work on a memory verse or poem together, the kids take turns (one each day) reading out of their Bibles (the girls are reading the Storybook Bible and MJ is reading the Beginner's Bible), and then we pray.  We write new prayer requests on little slips of paper and place them on our prayer box.   We all go around and pray.  We pray for our day and for the special prayer requests.  Then we put the little slips into the box, and then we know that we have prayed for these and on future days we can pray over the whole box and all the requests in it.

5.  Traveling during non-peak times.  Yep, I enjoy this one.  Orlando and New Orleans in early November.  Mexico for two weeks in January.  It is wonderful to have the freedom to go when we want!

6.  Picking our Curriculum.  I just love love love picking out our books for the year.  I am in the process of planning our next year now, while we are still in school.  I find that if I plan it in August, I have unrealistic ideas about what we can accomplish in a day, so by planning it now, at the end of our year, I know what we can really do.  The possibilities are endless!  There are so many awesome sites and amazing book lists.  I will probably still be homeschooling myself long after the kids leave home:).

7.  Friends.  Wow...we have made some outstanding friends in the homeschooling community!  This, of course, takes nothing away from my outstanding non-homeschooling friends:).

8.  Yep, I'm a Control Freak.  This trait works well with homeschooling because I get to pick what my kids learn and when they learn it.  I'm not a fan of homework for "busy work".  I want only quality assignments that make sense.  I think the Elementary Years should be spent exploring the great outdoors!

9.  No Homework in the evenings.  I think I mentioned this one earlier.  We finish our day around 1pm...and the rest of the day is ours to enjoy.  No stress when heading off to sports, wondering how we'll ever get it all done.  I really love this one!

10.  What is life really about???  Do I want my kids focused on grades, sports, college?  Or, do I want them focused on love, happiness, and Jesus?  Definitely there is a place for grades, sports, and college...but I do not want those things to be our primary focus.  God has created us all for a purpose!  I want my kids to discover what God has created them for and go out and fulfill that work!  Daisy may be a Lego Designer, Lucy may be a doctor, MJ may be a Police Man...if that's what God has planned for their lives, then they will be successful and happy and will make a difference in the world.  But, they may be a farmer, a missionary, and a garbage man.  And, they can make a difference there too.  I really hope for my kids to know what it's like to be poor...to lead a servants life...to be a follower of God...to bring others to God.  I want those things for my life too.  I can see why it is so hard for the "rich" to get into heaven.  We have it all...why do we need God?  Americans as a whole, fall into this category.  We are all so wealthy.  Sometimes I get disgusted with our "stuff", but then I forget about it and I enjoy myself.  I love learning about the rest of the world with my kids.  I want them to know what most of the world lives like.  I don't want them to be content being a "spoiled American".  This is my lifes work...I didn't realize that I would enter this tangent!  More to say, but I'll save it for another time.

I could probably write another 10 reasons...but I really wanted to mention that I don't rip on the public schools at all!  My biggest gripe would be the teachers union and the tenured process.  I don't like that it is so difficult to fire a bad teacher.  Matt and I grew up in the public school system and it made us who we are.  No regrets...well, maybe there are some.  But, I really love the schools in our area, I loved the teachers that my kids had and I am still in touch with them, I love the families that we have met.  Homeschooling is not for everyone.  Differences are what makes the world go 'round.  We are totally in the minority with homeschooling our kids...but, I love being different.  Last night at baseball, a mom asked me what school MJ goes to, I said, "oh, we homeschool", with a big smile on my face.  Awkward silence.  Heehee.  I realize that most people don't agree with homeschooling.  They have their reasons.  They don't know what to say.  Just be honest!  We can handle it!  I love when people immediately say, "oh my goodness!".  Because when they don't say it outloud, they are probably saying it inside.  Anyhoo...another tangent.  I really do love talking about homeschooling.  I better finish up here!  The natives are getting restless and I need to hop in the shower.  

I am ending this post with several photos from the past 30 days.  I just looked through the photos that I have taken and picked a few (eleven).  Had a known I would want homeschooling photos, I would have taken more...but these are just some randoms.

The homeschooled dog, Coco.  We have so much fun with her during the day!  Poor thing.  The kids put on the glasses that I wore home from the eye doctor (I forgot my own somehow).   
 An afternoon volunteering at Feed My Starving Children.
 This week we saw this butterfly in our backyard, got out our butterfly books, and identified it as a Red Admiral Butterfly. 
 We began taking nature walks together.  These have been my absolute favorite times this year so far!
 Investigating the Crow River...just two miles from our house.
 Daisy found a live clam.  We all sketched it in our Nature Journals, watched it for a week and then released it...I hope it did OK!
 My rugged little threesome.
 They love mud.  This has been a learning experience for me.
 The girls writing their papers with the help of their little assistant.
 MJ making a cool-day bonfire.  He put all the chairs in a circle and wanted us all to come out and enjoy it with him.  The problem was, that Matt wasn't home, and I am not a good fire-maker.  So, our fire consisted of wet wood and lots of newspaper.  Did you know that it only takes like 10 seconds for ten crumpled sheets of newspaper to burn?  So, we enjoyed little short bursts of bonfire warmth.
Thanks for reading this long winded post!  Gotta run.  Have a great day!!!

XOXO Tiffany

"A home is a life shared with family, friends, and welcomed strangers - a place to work, rest, worship, play, and grow, a place to laugh and mourn in safety.  It's a place where memories are made".  Lessons at Blackberry Inn by Karen Andreola

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sewing Wednesday...Fabric YoYo's

I have been wanting to make Fabric YoYo's for some time now.  Here are a few that I worked on yesterday...sitting out on the deck in the sun.  I would love to add buttons to the center and start adding these to skirts and handbags...
 I just loved the sunrise this morning!
 I was hoping to work on a couple of skirts for my cousin today!  My Aunt Nancy gave me some fabrics that she had and asked if I would make a couple of little skirts for my cousin Jenny (she's 9:).  I'm hoping to do a little patchwork skirt with the fabrics above...and I started a little skirt with this other fabric (cut off of her Pottery Barn Curtains) (below) last night.  I'll post pictures when I'm done!
I was hoping to have a little more time today to work on them, but we went on our Nature Walk...then to Dairy Queen...then to some garage sales.  The day has gotten away from me again!  Now I need to focus on dinner and evening sports.  Soccer and Swim Team tonight.

Sorry I missed a couple of posts (Friday and Monday).  It has gotten wild over here.  And, I made some crazy good recipes this weekend and didn't get pictures!  I'll have to make it all again so I can get some photos and share.  The best, by far, was a little dessert that I made for our friends on Saturday. 

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Scandinavian Almond Cake
Homemade Blueberry Sauce

All served together in a bowl...I am still dreaming about this dessert.  Plus, I made the Farm Chicks Enchilada Soup...so good!  Hoping to share a recipe or two on Monday.

Take care Y'all!

Tiffany

"I fretted that they would forget about me or, worse, discover that they liked it better without me".  The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sewing Wednesday...it's time to update Etsy!

 My poor little Etsy shop....it could really use some sprucing up.  I think I'll work on it today a bit.  While I haven't spent much time making fabulous new things for Etsy, I still have some wonderful little treasures from last summer!  I did a fun little craft show in St Michael last August, and I have some sweet little scrappy flower pins/clips leftover...
I also have several little cotton summer skirts!  So...between homeschooling the kiddies and our new weekly Nature Walk down by the river, I will be working on my Etsy shop.  Don't forget!  Mother's Day is just around the corner...how cute to do a little Scrappy Flower Pin with a gift card to her favorite:  spa/garden center/restaurant...Just sayin'!

I should let you know...Last Tuesday I decided to go "electronic free" for the day, hoping to make it a Tuesday tradition.  Well, I loved it so much, that yes, I did it yesterday too!  It is amazing and freeing!  I feel so drawn to the computer during the day.  It drives me nuts b/c I'll be like..."Oh, I've got to go email so and so"...or, "Oh, I'll go print off that Timed Math Sheet"...20 minutes later, I'm sitting at the computer checking emails etc and can't remember what in the heck I'm doing there.  Now, I just make a little list of the things that I need to do on the computer...that way I can go to the computer for something specific and not get all side tracked.  I've got the kids participating too...No Wii, DS, IPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Email, Computer...for the whole day.  Last night Lucy was telling me that she loves when we take the day off of electronics.  Me too girl!  A new tradition has been started! 

Happy Wednesday...

Tiffany

"If you have a garden and a library you have everything you need".  Cicero

Monday, April 16, 2012

Whole Wheat Cheesy Pizza Fries...and next day Cinnamon Sugar Twists!

 Happy Monday!!!  I have a couple of recipes to share today...this first one I had alluded to a while back and then I had forgotten to post it!  So much good food, so little time!  Over the weekend, a friend on Facebook kindly asked if I would post this thing already!  So, here it is...my Whole Wheat Cheesy Pizza Fries.
 I start by making my whole wheat pizza dough in my bread maker.  This thing rocks...it only takes about 3 minutes for me to throw my ingredients in and 50 minutes later, I have 2 pounds of perfect pizza dough.  Here is my recipe for my whole wheat (it's actually 1/2 and 1/2...someday my kids will be eating 100% whole wheat crust...but, I'm taking baby steps) pizza dough.

Whole Wheat (1/2 and 1/2) Pizza Dough:
1 1/4 cups milk
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp butter
2 cups bread flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 tsp dry yeast

For my bread maker...I just layer the ingredients into the pan in the above order and then select the Pizza Dough setting and hit start.  Feel free to substitute another dough recipe.

Then, all I do is take the 2 lbs of dough out of the machine, and cut it in half.  I spray two medium sized bowls with non-stick spray and place the dough in each.  One bowl gets plastic wrap and goes in the fridge (recipe to follow!), the other bowl gets plastic wrap and sits on the counter for 30 minutes.  Here are the remaining ingredients and instructions for the Pizza Fries:

Whole Wheat Cheesy Pizza Fries:
2 tbsp butter, softened
1 clove garlic, finely minced
Parmesan cheese (grated or shredded)
Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Italian seasoning
Pepper
Preheat your oven to 500 degrees and place your pizza stone inside.  After the 30 minutes, on a lightly floured surface, place one ball of the pizza dough down and roll out into about a 12 inch circle.  Transfer this to a sheet of parchment paper.  Mix butter and garlic in a small bowl and spread on dough.  Then sprinkle with parmesan and mozzarella cheeses.  Top with Italian seasoning and pepper.  Carefully transfer the parchment paper with your pizza dough right onto your hot pizza stone and bake for about 9-10 minutes until bubbly and golden.  (I turn my stone halfway through b/c the back of my oven gets hotter.)  Remove from oven and let sit for about 2 minutes before cutting.  Serve hot with marinara (optional).
 We had this on a Friday night and I just served it with fresh berries and some diced avocado.  Of course it would be wonderful with a big salad!

OK...what to do with the remaining pound of dough???  How about some Cinnamon Sugar Twists for breakfast the next morning???
 Cinnamon Sugar Twists:
1 lb of dough (see above)
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat your oven to 375.  Roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface to about a 8 x 10 inch rectangle.  Slice the dough in half crosswise and then make several vertical slices, making strips about 1 inch wide.  Pick up one strip and dip it into the melted butter (slightly removing excess) and then dredge it in the cinnamon sugar mixture.  Give the strip a twist and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.  Repeat until all strips are buttered and cinnamon sugared.  Let rest for 10 minutes.  Then, bake for 18-20 minutes.  Makes about 16.

 Here they are ready for the oven.  (above)
Here they are out of the oven.  Yum!  I found both of these ideas on Pinterest and changed each one slightly.  You should give these a try this weekend!  Have fun in the kitchen!

I've got to get school started this morning...if you're in Minnesota, enjoy the 35 degrees and the snow.  Ha!

Tiffany

"Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them!"  Mark 6:31 in the Message Bible

Friday, April 13, 2012

Let's Make Egg Rolls!!!

 This is one of those recipes that my whole family loves!  I try to make them once a month...but they are so good that we are craving them every week!  I'll walk you through the process with my trusty little assistant Lucy (aka Lulu) and then I'll list the whole recipe at the bottom of my post.
 Here is our mixture of ground turkey with a little sauce, bag of cabbage, and sliced scallions.
 This recipe makes 30 egg rolls...you could 1/2 it, but what we do is make 15 one night, refrigerate the meat/salad mixture, and then make 15 fresh ones the next night.  The five of us have no problem pounding 15 of these.  If you have leftovers, you can microwave them, but they loose their crispy-ness.  Maybe you could heat them in the oven?  Or, maybe just make as many as you need.
 Lucy has become a professional at this.  Here's how we do it.
Place the egg roll wrapper in front of you at an angle (points up and down), and place a heaping tablespoon of meat mixture in the middle (kind of in a little sideways log).
 Bring the bottom point up and snug it around the meat mixture (you want your egg roll to be tight).
 The assistant hard at work in her "Yummy" tank.
 Fold the sides in like an envelope.  Then dip your finger in the egg yolk/water glue.
 Spread the "glue" across the top of your envelope.
 And then roll up tightly from the bottom.
 Beautiful job Lulu!!!
 Here is our stack of 15 egg rolls a-waiting the hot peanut oil.
 I place about a 1/2" of oil in the pan and heat it over medium until it's hot (5 min?).  I just want the oil to come about halfway up the egg roll.
 Then, flip them when they're golden brown.  This only takes about 3 minutes. 
 A nice crispy pile of egg rolls draining on a paper towel lined tray.
 I made homemade sweet and sour sauce.  The kids and I thought it was amazing!  Matt was not yet convinced, but he tried it after he finished our bottle of Leann Chin's sweet and sour sauce.  I think if he tried it first, he would be lovin' it!  It was warm and gooey and the first night, but after refrigerating it, it was a little too thick and goopy.  I may have over cooked it the first night.  I just microwaved it to loosen it up and it was just fine.  I'll make this again next month and let you know if the consistency is better.
I just served it with some fresh pineapple and dinner was served!  I hope you try these...they are amazing...and they are from my Auntie Lynnie who is an awesome cook.  Here's the recipe!
Auntie Lynnies Egg Rolls
1 lb ground turkey
1 tbsp brown sugar
1-2 tbsp Bragg's Aminos (or Coconut Aminos)
Salt and pepper
1 bag of coleslaw mix
4 Green onions, sliced
Cilantro, chopped
30 egg roll wrappers
Egg yolk + 1 tbsp water
Sweet and Sour sauce

Brown ground turkey.  Add next 3 ingredients.  Cool.  Mix in veggies and place one heaping tablespoon of mixture onto egg roll wrapper.  Fold up, egg roll style and seal last corner with egg yolk, using your finger.  Repeat with the rest.  Fry in hot peanut oil until golden brown on both sides.  Serve with Sweet and Sour sauce.

**to make these vegetarian...just sub the turkey for 2 cups of cooked bulgar.  Yummy!

Have a fabulous weekend!  My Sweetie and I are staying in St Paul for a couple of days for the...wait for it...Homeschool Convention!  Yep, we're dorks.  I can't tell you how excited I am for this conference.  It's so inspirational and the awesome curriculum choices are endless!  I'll probably bore you  with share all the gory fabulous details next week.  Eek!  I better keep cruisin'.

Tiffany

"When a woman says "What?" to a man, she didn't mishear him, she is giving him a chance to change his mind".  Haha!  Saw this one on Pinterest.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Sewing Wednesday...Ties for my Guys

 We all wore a little bit of Tiffany Layne Fashion for Easter this year.  My skirt was from last summer and the girls each picked a couple of the Pillowcase Skirts that I made this spring.  When I was figuring out our Easter outfits...I pulled the peach skirt for Lulu and the gray and white striped one for Daisy...that determined our color pallet.  I grabbed my gray and white zebra skirt from last summer...but when I looked at Matt's tie collection, he didn't have peach (doesn't surprise me!) or gray!  I had to get permission from him if he would wear a "peach" tie.  He said, "sure".  MJ, however, hates wearing ties...or anything else resembling dress clothes.  So, I gave him an option..."would you like to wear a neck tie or a bow tie"?  He picked a bow tie.  However...He would not wear his bow tie to church on Sunday morning...nor would he wear his new jean shorts that I bought him.  So, he wore his "holy" jeans and his dress shirt un-buttoned.  I didn't mind.  Matt was more upset than I was about the bow tie.  We saw two guys at church wearing bow ties!  I think MJ wished he had his on...but, probably not.  He promised to wear it at Yaya and Poppy's for the picture.  And, not a moment sooner.
Don't those boys look cute in their "light orange" ties???

Gotta run...almost didn't get this post in today!  I'll be back on Friday chatting about who knows what.

The kids and I did a Nature Walk today down by the Crow River which is only a mile from our house...so much fun!  I promised that we would do it every Wednesday.  The day flew by though and I still haven't sewn anything!  I'd better get busy...It's almost dinner time.

Tiffany

"Oh, for cryin' in the beer cheese soup!"  From the movie New In Town

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter 2012 and a good recipe...

 Happy Easter 2012!!!
 We had a wonderful morning...
 A little crazy at times...
 But, it was good.
 Family pic at my parents.
 We had a wonderfully relaxing morning at home...complete with an Easter egg hunt (eggs filled with coins!)  They had to add up the coins and tell us how much they got...each kid got the same amount and had to find 15 eggs in their designated color.  Then, whisper the amount to mom or dad.  This was our first candy-free Easter...I didn't tell the kids we were going candy-free and they didn't even miss it!  I had set the bread machine timer the night before so that we would have some fresh baked bread and apple butter for a quick morning snack...Matt likes to have food the minute his feet hit the floor.  Then, the kids opened a few Easter gifts...some tubes for our pool, a Wii game, swim suits, mesh backpacks for swim team...(most of this stuff was stuff that I already had in stash...or that the kids needed anyway)
 They also got some gardening books by Sharon Lovejoy...I love her books!  Matt is going to build each of the kids their own 4' x 4' garden for this summer.  They can plant whatever they want however they want...flowers, veggies, fruit...fairy gardens etc...I'm excited for this!
 Then, I decided to make a new recipe...I saw it in the Better Homes and Gardens magazine that my mom gave me.  Bacon and Egg Muffins.  These were outstanding!  Matt and I thought we could make these up and bring them camping...you know for the last morning when you don't want to dirty dishes and pans...we could wrap them in foil and warm them over the fire.  Can't wait for that!
 A bit of work on the front end (frying the bacon and scrambling the eggs), but so worth it.
Bacon and Egg Corn Muffins
4 slices of bacon, cut in thirds
5 eggs
1 cup flour
½ cup cornmeal
2 tbsp sugar
2 ½ tsp baking powder
1 cup milk
¼ cup butter, melted
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper

Cook bacon until crisp.  Remove to a paper towel lined plate.  Dab a paper towel in the bacon grease and grease a muffin tin (12 cups).  Leave some bacon grease in the pan for scrambling the eggs.  In a small bowl, whisk 3 eggs, 2 tbsp water, and a dash of salt and pepper.  Scramble eggs until set.  In medium bowl, stir together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and ½ tsp salt.  Combine milk, butter, and remaining two eggs.  Stir into flour mixture.  Fold in scrambled eggs and cheese.  Spoon into muffin cups…cups will be full.  Place one piece of bacon on top of each muffin.  Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.

These were super yummy!

Have a great week...On Wednesday I'll share a little something my boys wore on Easter Sunday.

Tiffany

"Why is it so complicated to lead a simple life?"  Thoughts by Tiffany Miller