In memory of...

I'll be away for a bit as there has been a death in my family. Beachwalker Boy and I will be attending the funeral and visiting with family.

Breakfast Casserole...Delicious

My neighbor had a lovely breakfast Saturday morning and Beachwalker Boy and I were invited. The main course consisted of a wonderful casserole among other choice items. I was so pleased when she offered the recipe. This casserole makes for a wonderful weekend breakfast or brunch and is perfect when you have a house full of guests. She had been told of the recipe by her friend from Texas who had been told of it by her friend and so on. It can, of course, be found on the Jimmy Dean Sausage Company website...but today, I will share it here with you.

Breakfast Casserole

1 pkg. Regular Flavor Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage
10 eggs, lightly beaten
3 cups milk
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 teaspoon salt
6 cups cubed bread
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms (optional)
1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped (optional)
1/2 cup thin-sliced green onions (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 F. In large skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until thoroughly cooked and no longer pink. In large mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, mustard and salt; stir well. Distribute half the bread evenly in a buttered 9" x 13" x 2" baking dish. Sprinkle with half the pepper, half the cheese, half the sausage and half of each optional ingredient. Repeat layering using remaining bread, pepper, cheese, sausage and optional ingredients. Pour egg mixture evenly over casserole. Bake uncovered for 55-60 minutes, or until eggs are set. Tent with foil if top begins to brown too quickly.

May be assembled ahead and refrigerated up to 12 hours before baking.

Serving size:
6 servings

Happy Easter! Happy Spring!

Easter postcard from 1901

Easter postcard by Stecher, ca. 1915
Aren't these Easter cards just lovely? As much as I love to write notes, I did not post any Easter cards this year and really I should have since I did receive a few. Of course, if I had been in possession of such beautiful cards as these, I would have certainly enjoyed sending them to dear friends. So pardon my lack of spirit and allow me to send an electronic greeting to all those who might normally have received a posted greeting from me. Of course, this is also a grand opportunity to send greetings to those who read and enjoy this blog...Thank you

Happy Easter! Happy Spring!

April Food Day

The founder of Pigtown-Design and Easy & Elegant Life have placed the call for April Food Day, presenting the cause of Feeding America, the organization formally known as Second Harvest. I learned a great deal reading their website last night and have decided they are a worthy cause.

One in eight Americans are at risk for hunger...yes! I said Americans. If everyone who could, contributed just one dollar to Feeding America, those in need could get a hand up through the help of the organization. Each week Feeding America helps approximately four million Americans in need. If you would like to get involved or make a donation, see the FAQ page of the Feeding America website.