This is the perfect casserole for Christmas morning.  You can prepare it the day before and leave it in the refrigerator over night so it’s ready to pop in just before the early morning festivities are beginning.  By the time your floor is full of torn paper and ribbons and as everyone realizes they’re hungry, the smells of this delicious casserole are reaching them and they are so grateful you thought ahead! 

3 cups frozen shredded hash browns
3/4 cup shredded cheddar/Jack cheese combo
1 cup small diced ham pieces
1 small bunch green onions, sliced thin
1 4 ounce can green chiles, drained REALLY well
1 1/2 cups milk
4 JUMBO eggs, beaten
salt and pepper to taste

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray 2 quart baking dish with non-stick spray.
  • Arrange potatoes loosely at the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with half the cheese.
  • Sprinkle ham pieces, green chiles and onion pieces on top of cheese.
  • Whisk together the eggs, milk, salt and pepper.
  • Pour egg mixture evenly over the potato mixture.
  • Top loosely with the remaining cheese.
  • Bake uncovered 40 minutes or until tester comes out clean.
  • Let stand 5 minutes.
  • Serve with salsa, taco sauce or sour cream.


Do you love eggs?  I do and there is nothing better than a perfect over medium egg for me.  I like my whites done and my yolks runny so I can sop them up with my toast. So many times the yolks break trying to flip the eggs, but I have finally figured it out and it is soooooooooooooo simple!
per egg:
1 teaspoon butter
1 teaspoon water
salt and pepper to taste
  • Melt the butter in your pan over a medium high heat.
  • Crack eggs into the butter.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • When whites begin to solidify add the water and cover.
  • The rest of this is a matter of watching closely.  When the whites are done they will no longer jiggle.  Turn off the heat immediately and your yolks will be perfect.
  • Serve with your favorite toast.


1 pound sausage
1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 cups shredded cheddar jack cheese mixture
6 inch white corn tortillas
6 Large eggs
1 tablespoon Wondra
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup 1/2 and 1/2

  • Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  • Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Brown sausage and drain off oil.
  • Combine 1 cup of cheese, sausage and 1/2 of bacon.
  • Fill each tortilla, roll and place seam side down in the baking dish.
  • Continue until your baking dish is full.
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together the eggs and flour.
  • Add the whipping cream and half and half whisking until well blended.
  • Pour the egg mixture over the tortillas. ** If you are baking the next day save the next 2 steps until just before putting in the oven.
  • Top with remaining cheese and bacon bits.
  • Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes.
  • Remove foil and bake an additional 15 minutes until cheese is melted and golden.

**NOTE:  This will keep overnight for baking the next morning.


How about a little Waffle history?

Waffles have actually been around since the 9th century.  Waffle irons were first used to make communion wafers (waffle means wafer in Dutch).   Designs on waffles have been around since the 13th century, often using the family crest as the design.

Thomas Jefferson spent time in France as the Ambassador and became enamored with waffles. He was said to have brought home a long handles waffle iron and held waffle parties in his home regulary.

Belgiam waffles should actually be Brussels waffles, but the gentleman who first brought them to the New York World’s Fair in 1964 didn’t believe most people knew where Brussels was so he began calling the Belgium waffles.  Ironically what we know as Belgium waffles do not even resemble the yeast (we tend to use baking soda here in America) waffles made in Belgium.

In another turn of irony, we owe the ice cream cone to a waffle maker at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair when he helped out the guy in the next booth selling ice cream who ran out of cups.  Hence the waffle cone was born.

Here is a little bit of trivia about one of the most famous waffles, Froffles from 1953.  You may know them by their nickname, Eggos.  The nickname due to their eggy flavor stuck and they were re-branded in 1955 as EGGOS.

1 cup milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 teaspoon PURE Vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 large eggs
16 half slices day old sourdough bread

  • Coat waffle iron with non-stick spray and pre-heat.
  • Whisk together the milk, sugar, butter, vanilla, cinnamon and eggs.
  •  Place bread pieces in a baking dish.
  • Pour egg mixture over top, turning pieces to coat. Let stand 5 minutes.
  • Places 4 pieces on hot waffle iron. Cook 3-5 minutes until golden.
  • Serve with Maple Syrup


Serves 4
6 eggs
1 1/2 cups half & half*
1 1/2 teaspoons PURE Vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch sea salt
3 tablespoons butter, melted
4 cups 1/2 inch cubes of day old sourdough bread
2 teaspoons sugar
1 pint raspberries, washed and dried
1/2 cup Dole frozen wild blueberries, thawed in paper towel to absorb moisture
2 tablespoons sugar**
12 tablespoons Maple Syrup, warmed

  • Gently mix together raspberries and blueberries. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons sugar and set aside.
  • Whisk eggs, vanilla, half & half, cinnamon and salt together until well blended in a large measuring cup – (you’ll want the pour spout).
  • In a large mixing bowl toss together the butter and bread pieces until well coated.
  • Spray muffin tn with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Distribute bread into muffin cups evenly.
  • Pour egg mixture evenly into muffin cups.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Sprinkle sugar evenly over each cup.
  • Bake 20-30 minutes until golden on top and egg is set.
  • Cool on rack a minute before plating.
  • Gently fold together raspberries and blueberries to mix well.
  • Plate 3 muffins per plate.
  • Pour 1-2 tablespoons of warm syrup over muffins.
  • Add a spoonful of raspberry mix. I use a slotted spoon to avoid excess moisture.
  • Enjoy.

* I used 1 cup whipping cream and  1/2 cup 1% milk since it was what I had on hand.
**I like these blueberries because they are much smaller.


6 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
5 cups day old bread, cubed
1/3 pound ham steak, cubed
3 green onions, sliced thin
1/3 cup diced roasted red pepper
8 ounces cheese of choice
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons butter, sliced into slivers

  • Preheat oven to 350˚.
  • Whisk together eggs, milk, salt and pepper.
  • Spray four 8 ounce ramekins with PURE.
  • Divide two-thirds of the bread among the four 8 ounce ramekins.
  • Top with ham, onions, red peppers and half the cheese.
  • Top with remaining bread and then the egg mixture.
  • Top with remaining cheese.
  • Dot with butter pieces.
  • Refrigerate overnight.
  • Bake until set, about 30 minutes.


This is a great brunch recipe.

2 slices sourdough bread torn into pieces
4 green onions
3/4 cup diced ham pieces (optional)
4 large eggs
1/2 cup shredded cheese

  • Preheat oven to 350˚.
  • Spray a 1 1/2 quart baking dish with PURE.
  • Line the bottom evenly with torn bread pieces.
  • Sprinkle green onions and ham pieces (if using)  over torn bread.
  • Sprinkle half of cheese over onions.
  • With a spoon create 4 indentations into the bread.
  • Carefully break eggs into wells.
  • Top with remaining cheese.
  • Bake casserole 20-25 minutes until whites are set.
  • Serve with fresh fruit.


Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker is our Friday baker at OUR KrAzY kitchen. She posted a recipe for Sour cream coffee cake a while back that is one that she is trying to duplicate from her SIL. It looked and sounded like my grams old recipe that I told her I’d dig out grams recipe for her and then I decided to go a step further and make it and do a post to highlight the good and yummy flavors. You get a light fluffy cake and ooey gooey streusel – YUMMY!

Grams old recipe calls for Bisquick and I no longer use it for health reasons, but make my own so I will include that recipe too.


2 cups bisquick
2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg
2/3 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons oil

1 cup bisquick
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons-2 tablespoons cinnamon(based on flavor preference)
4 tablespoons butter

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Generously spray 9×9 square baking dish with PAM.
  • Mix cake ingredients together until well blended.
  • Spread into baking dish, mixture will be thick.
  • Mix streusel ingredients together until fine crumbles.
  • Spread over the cake. With a knife gently cut a star into the cake to gently press some streusel into the cake.
  • Bake 20-30 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.

4 ½ cups sifted flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon + 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter
½ teaspoon salt
2/3 cup powdered milk**

  • Stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  • Sift again 2-3 times in a large bowl.
  • Cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives until the mixture is similar to cornmeal.
  • Add dry milk.
  • Use in recipes that call for Bisquick or all-purpose mix.

**you can skip this ingredient if your recipe calls for any kind of milk, not water.



8-10 sourdough heels (or regular slices work too)
8 eggs
3 cups milk
4 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons butter, cubed or sliced thin
3 tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon
maple syrup – OPTIONAL – it really is great without it
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, 4 teaspoons sugar, vanilla extract and sea salt.
  • Cube bread.
  • Add bread to the egg mixture and toss to coat well.
  • Grease a 13×9 baking dish.
  • Pour bread mixture into baking dish, cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove casserole from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.
  • Preheat oven to 350˚.
  • Dot casserole with butter pieces.
  • Combine topping sugar and cinnamon – sprinkle over top.
  • Cover** and bake 45-50 minutes, or until toothpick comes out of center clean.
  • Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
**If you want a crispy top, uncover 10 minutes before it’s through.


2 packages Fleischman’s Rapid Rise Yeast
1/2 cup + 2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 cup WARM water
1 cup scalded milk (2 minutes in the microwave)
1/2 cup Crisco stick
5 cups flour, divided
2 large eggs, well beaten
1 teaspoon salt

  • In a small bowl combine the warm water, 2 teaspoons of sugar and both packages of yeast until well blended. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl combine the scalded milk, Crisco stick, 1/2 cup sugar and salt. Blend well.
  • Add yeast mixture and blend well.
  • Add the well beaten eggs and half the flour. Mix until well blended.
  • Add the remaining flour (a little more if too sticky) and mix well until dough leaves the sides of the bowl and is elastic.
  • With vegetable oil, wipe the inside of another bowl.
  • Place dough in bowl and turn once.
  • Cover with wax paper and a towel.
  • Let rest in a warm place until double in size.
  • Punch down and divide into 2 balls.
  • Put one on the pastry board and one back in the bowl.
  • Let rest 10 minutes.
  • While resting prepare the filling ingredients.
  • Roll the dough to 1/8 inch thickness in a rectangle about 18×24 inches.
  • Spread half the melted butter over the dough and sprinkle with half the cinnamon sugar.
  • Spread half the raisins over that.
  • Roll tightly jelly roll style and cut into 18 rolls.
  • Place rolls in greased pans 1/4 to 1/2 inches apart.
  • Cover with wax paper and a towel.
  • Let rise again until double in size.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • While baking prepare the icing.
  • When rolls come out the oven, put globs of icing on each one. Return to the oven for a minute or two to melt icing all over the rolls.

1 stick melted butter
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 cup golden raisins

  • Whisk together the sugar and cinnamon until well blended.

1 stick butter, softened
3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon powdered vanilla
4-6 tablespoons milk

  • Mix all together until smooth.

When re-heating rolls, put a pad of butter on top of roll before microwaving.
These freeze really well.


This is a BIG family favorite and the recipe varies depending on who in the family is preparing it. Some people use Jimmy Dean’s HOT sausage, some use bacon, some use all ham… some use cream of chicken soup or cream of mushroom… some use Monterey Jack cheese or a combo of lots of cheeses… some like plain white bread or wheat… There are so many possibilities!

1 package Jimmy Dean Bulk Sausage
1 cup diced ham
6 slices sourdough bread
2 cups milk
1 can cream of celery soup
7 eggs
salt and pepper
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

  • Spray he bottom of a 9×13 baking dish with PURE.
  • Brown sausage and drain fat.
  • Scatter sausage and ham along the bottom.
  • Layer bread evenly over meat.
  • Whisk together the soup, milk, eggs and seasonings.
  • Pour over bread layer.
  • Top with cheese.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

*For Christmas morning I make this ahead a few weeks, but do not bake it. On the evening of the 23rd I take it from the freezer to the refrigerator and let it defrost. When we get up on Christmas morning I preheat the oven and pop it in. When we’re ready, so is brunch!



1/2 pound bacon, crisply fried and crumbled
1 cup finely grated swiss cheese
1 large bunch green onions finely sliced
4 eggs
2 cups whipping cream
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
1 deep pie crust

  • Preheat oven to 425°. 
  • Prebake the pie crust and cool before filling. 
  • Sprinkle the crumbled bacon, finely sliced onion and grated swiss cheese evenly into crust. 
  • Beat the eggs, whipping cream and seasonings until well blended. Pour over mixture in pie crust. 
  • Bake 15 minutes and then reduce heat to 300° and bake an additional 35 minutes or until just golden and knife comes out clean. 
  • Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.