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Bacon and Cheese Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole


I am a really lazy cook when it comes to making breakfast. If it needs to be on the table before 10am you can pretty much forget about it. It's a bad habit to be in and I'm trying to break it but man is it hard.

For that reason and because the kids are asking for more than just cardboard flavored cereal in the morning I've been coming up with some easy recipes that take minutes to whip up and often can be made the day before so all I have to do is pop that sucker in the oven and go. This breakfast casserole is one of those recipes and I'm happy to say the kids loved it!



Bacon and Cheese Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

1 32 oz bag of Tater Tots
2 lbs bacon cut into lardons 
1 small red onion, chopped 
2 cups shredded Monterrey Jack or your favorite cheese
8 eggs
1 cup milk
1 tsp Johnny's Seasoning 
Chives, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut bacon into lardons or small strips and cook. When bacon is mostly cooked throw onions in and cook until bacon is cooked through. Drain grease.

While the bacon is cooking, grease a 9x13 casserole dish. Put the tater tots in the bottom.

Add bacon, onions, and shredded cheese to tater tots and mix thoroughly. 

In a separate bowl whisk together eggs, milk, and chives. Add in Johnny's Seasoning (I almost never measure my seasonings so you can add more or less. You could also leave the Johnny's out and add other seasonings if you prefer). Pour egg mixture over tater tots and gently fold the egg mixture in with a spatula.

Bake in 350 degree oven for approximately 45-50 minutes, or until eggs are set.


Bon Appetit!







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Bacon and Cheese Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole
Ingredients
  • 32 oz frozen Tater Tots
  • 2 lbs cut into lardons Bacon
  • 1 small chopped Red Onion
  • 2 cups shredded Monterrey Jack
  • 8 Eggs
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 tsp Johnny's Seasoning
  • chopped Chives
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut bacon into lardons or small strips and cook. When bacon is mostly cooked throw onions in and cook until bacon is cooked through. Drain grease. While the bacon is cooking, grease a 9x13 casserole dish. Put the tater tots in the bottom. Add bacon, onions, and shredded cheese to tater tots and mix thoroughly. In a separate bowl whisk together eggs, milk, and chives. Add in Johnny's Seasoning (I almost never measure my seasonings so you can add more or less. You could also leave the Johnny's out and add other seasonings if you prefer). Pour egg mixture over tater tots and gently fold the egg mixture in with a spatula. Bake in 350 degree oven for approximately 45-50 minutes, or until eggs are set.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8-10 servings
*All images copyright Sarah Moore and feathersandlace.com

A Lesson We Can All Learn- Kitchen 101

Today my kids got a refresher course on how to clean the kitchen...properly. For all the time spent in the kitchen cleaning and all the instruction on how to do it right, they still struggled with getting the dishes clean and the counters wiped. There have been heavy sighs and frustrated parents and kids. So we went back to basics and I showed them how I wanted it done to clean each item.

Side by side we worked together and I showed them the steps to take to do it right and then placed the dishcloth in their capable hands to finish each task. They scrubbed (no dishwasher here), and dried, and wiped counters and stove tops. They finished it off by scrubbing the sink down. 


As we worked I explained to them why I'm always asking them to help around the house and how we won't like doing every chore that must be done. I told them that even if we didn't like doing something we should still put a smile on our face and get to it. 

Within an hour they had my kitchen sparkling. Well as sparkly as a kitchen can be. They also understood a bit better where their Dad and I were coming from and that we all have a part to play as part of a family unit. That as parents our job is to teach them how to be responsible, mature adults who can take care of themselves. Therein is the kicker.

It's our jobs as parents to teach our kids and sometimes in the hustle and bustle of life we lose sight of that and then assume that our kids should just automatically know how to do things and do them right. Sadly, this is not always the case. My kids learn a lot from watching us do things like garden, mow the yard, take care of animals, and our hobbies. My daughters can whittle wood just so to make a fence for their Breyers but washing the dishes correctly eluded them. Why? Because they had never actually watched me do it. I had never taken the time to teach them. 

So now I'm taking the time to teach them. I may not always do a good job, I am human after all, but with a little time, patience, reminders and guidance I am certain that they will still grow up to be fine adults. 


Wordless Wednesday 8/23/17

This week's Wordless Wednesday is brought to you by my perfect substitute for a cat Luna.




Solar Eclipse 2017

My science loving family took advantage of our ability to see 99% of the Solar Eclipse yesterday. I love seeing my kids so interested in learning. They were fascinated with watching the moon cover up the sun. The shadows growing longer and darker. The air cooling down.

Then poof just like that it was over and the sun came back, the air warmed up and the day was back to normal.

Here's our time spent watching in photos. All photos of eclipse were taken through a filter except one.