Before this week's yummy, freezable recipe, here are a few odds and ends to wrap up the week (for those like Guapo Sr. who aren't so much interested in Freezer Food):
One finished project:
Juan Carlos's (3 yrs) quilt has been in the works for about a year and a half now. It doesn't help that I have to import 100% cotton fabrics to Small Town. But, alas, this week I finally finished it. Are you asking yourself what the heck kind of critters are on the quilt?
Iguanas, lizards and frogs of course. Juan Carlos took quite a liking to the indigenous fauna when me moved to Small Town.
Even with the new addition to his bed, he still slept in "The Chair" last night. Oh well.
One funny kid story:
While Julio was having a glass of delicious boxed milk earlier this week (doused with Hershey's syrup of course), he asked me, "Mom, why is there a cow on the box of milk?" Me (thinking it was some kind of trick question): "Ummm, because milk comes from cows?" Julio: "I knew it!!!!" like his life-long suspicion of dairy products was finally laid to rest.
Pretty sure we've talked about the whole cow/milk thing at some point in his life.
One cultural difference (in Small Town thin is not in):
I've recently shed a few unwanted pounds. Nothing serious, no dieting or anything, I just haven't been hanging out quite as often at night with my friends Ben and Jerry. I am still well within the normal weight guidelines (read: I am not too thin). While visiting the home of a nice lady from church this week, the woman got a very serious look on her face and we had the following conversation:
Nice lady: Can I tell you something, and you won't get mad at me?
(I'm thinking, Ok. What could this woman, whom I don't know all that well, possibly say that would upset me?)
Nice lady: You are looking so thin. Are you ok?
Me: Yes, I'm fine. (trying to not look happy, because she is obviously concerned, but feeling very satisfied that someone noticed!!!)
Nice Lady: Are you sick?
(I can tell by "sick" she doesn't mean your common cold; she's looking at me like she thinks I have cancer. )
Me: No, no, really, I'm fine.
Nice lady: Stressed out?
Me: Well, sure. A little, you know, the kids and all, but not more than normal.
Nice lady: I'm concerned, you just look SO THIN.
Thank you, thank you, thank you nice lady!
Ok, on to the recipe. This is one for a breakfast casserole that is tasty and really easy. It would be great for a nice Sunday morning breakfast or for when you have visitors. Every time I've made it, someone has asked me for the recipe. Here it is:
- 16 slices white bread cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1/2 pound ham (leftovers if you have them, or I just use regular old lunch meat style ham)
- 4 cups cheese (I like cheddar, but you could use Monterey Jack, Swiss, a combo of two cheeses, etc.)
In a greased 9X13 inch pan layer bread-ham-cheese-bread-ham-cheese. Then mix together:
- 6 eggs
- 2 cups milk***
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground mustard
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
Pour over the layers. You can either freeze it at this point and pull it out of the freezer 12-14 hours before you wish to serve it, or, put it in the fridge overnight. It needs to cook for 35-40 minutes at 375 degrees.
***I had a couple of friends over yesterday morning, so I prepared this Wedesday night. When I pulled it out of the oven I thought it looked just a little dry. I forgot the 2 cups of milk. Playing the hostess is one area of my life that I am trying to improve and this did nothing for my self-confidence in that area. But, my two gracious friends ate it and one even asked for the recipe.
Don't forget the milk!