Southwestern Breakfast Casserole

NO BREAD!  Prep ahead as this one sits overnight – you don’t HAVE to let it sit – but if your potatoes are still frozen when you put it in the oven, plan on a bit of extra baking time.

I really don’t like soggy bread bake things – including french toast – so finding a breakfast casserole recipe was a bit difficult.  I made this one out of a few different recipes – with an end goal of being able to eat it on it’s own with a slice of toast – or wrapping it up in a warm tortilla for a breakfast burrito!  You can add fresh peppers, jalapeños, etc – whatever works for your palate.  Leave out the beans, use regular breakfast sausage instead of chorizo – this recipe is very flexible! Enjoy!

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Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe

We are big fans of the cranberry/orange flavor combination – especially around the holidays.  The sweet and tart also lends itself to an amazing scone recipe – which I’ve adapted from a few I’ve used over the years into this one, which is easy to put together if you have a food processor!

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Baked Cinnamon Spice Donut Recipe

cinnamon spice donut recipe

I got one of those donut pans for Christmas – the baking pans that you fill and hope it doesn’t overflow.  Well, they do overflow if you overfill, but they still taste fabulous.  Todd loves the powdered donuts that have the cinnamon powdered sugar on the outside – but lets face it – donuts are not really healthy and anything fried should be a treat, not a regular breakfast.  This baked cinnamon spice donut recipe is definitely a keeper

So a note on donut pans.  Don’t expect these donuts to look like something from your local Timmy’s or Dunkin’ Donuts – they’ll likely bake over the hole in the middle – like mine did in the pic.  But here’s the deal…they’ll taste better – so who cares?  You could also make these in your mini-muffin tin and have a donut-hole type treat.

This recipe made almost 2-dozen donuts in my pan – which took awhile because I could only make 6 at a time – but they are SOOOO worth it!  You could use plain powdered sugar if you like, but the cinnamon powdered sugar is pretty special.

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Blueberry Almond Muffin Recipe

My fellas are out of town this weekend and I’ve got my “bake” on – it’s muffin making time.  And a few scones.  I found a few recipes on Pinterest that sounded so good – I had to give them a try.  Today was Blueberry Almond Muffins – Tomorrow will be Lemon Poppyseed Muffins! Continue reading “Blueberry Almond Muffin Recipe”

Honey Sweetened Cinnamon Scones

These are amazing – and fast to whip up.  I found the recipe at – and made it almost verbatim, but I did it ALL in the Food Processor – which makes this amazingly easy.

The dough itself is only sweetened with Honey – but they are topped with cinnamon sugar and a powdered sugar glaze – the scone itself without the topping is sweet – you don’t need the extras with the sugar, but there’s so little all together it makes not a ton of difference -and the sweetness on top adds some depth.

This is actually a really nice base dough – you could use it to make a variety of scone options – and the white whole wheat flour adds a nuttiness that would make almonds and almond flavoring a great option – I’d make these as written the first time – so you can see the consistency of the dough and the “feel” – then when you edit the recipe – you’ll know if you need more flour or moisture.

These work out to about 7 PointsPlus each – which isn’t terrible – considering what a satisfying sweet treat they are.

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Peach Dutch Baby Recipe

Peach Dutch Baby Pancake

I love breakfast for dinner, but sometimes I just want more than scrambled eggs and toast.  Tonight I took a recipe for a berry dutch baby recipe and reworked it to go with canned peaches.

I live in the mountains of Colorado – we definitely have seasonability when it comes to fruit.  We also cannot get all kinds of frozen fruit year round.  I ran out of frozen peaches a few weeks ago – and right now cannot find any in the store.  I can find canned peaches – so I grabbed one of those at the store to have on hand just in case.  This recipe was my “just in case” moment!

Dutch babies are actually a form of skillet pancake that originated in Germany.  They’re baked in a super hot cast iron skillet and work great while at home or even while you’re camping.  These puff up HUGE around the edges as you can see below.  As soon as you remove this from the oven it will start to deflate, so this isnt a brunch recipe, it cant sit at room temp and be tasty 1/2 hour later.  If you try this over the campfire, remember you’ll need a lid for your cast iron dutch oven if you make this while camping though!

Peaches and almonds just go together, so I modified a bit more and used almond extract instead of vanilla as the original recipe called for.  This one has great flavor and is perfect served with a little sprinkling of sliced almonds on top.  Let me know what you think!

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