Sausage Souffle

My mom has been making this my whole life, and now I make it all the time for my family.

It’s a great, make-ahead breakfast dish that everyone always loves.


To begin, start by cooking 13-16 ounces of sausage.
You can cook the little links if you want, and then cut them up, or you can buy
it packaged like this.


I prefer to just use the Jimmy Dean, but I usually buy the 50% less fat variety
because there is so much less grease involved.
It was out of stock, so I had to go for the regular.

Cook the sausage.


Meanwhile, lightly spray a 9×13 inch pan with non-stick spray.
Break about 10 or so pieces of bread and even cover the bottom of the pan.
(I prefer to use wheat bread with this recipe, but feel free to substitute with white.  You do want the bread to have a little substance to it.)


Next, sprinkle about 1 cup of shredded cheese over the bread.


When the sausage is browned, rinse it if it’s too greasy.
Then spread it over the bread and cheese.


Sprinkle with one more cup of cheese.


In a mixing bowl, beat 6 eggs.


Add 1 teaspoon mustard and 2 cups milk.


Mix well and then pour evenly over bread, sausage and cheese.


Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, preheat the oven to 325 if you’re using a glass pan,
or 350 if you’re using  a metal pan.  I prefer glass.

While oven heats up, pour one can cream of mushroom soup and 1/2 cup milk into a bowl.


Mix together and spread over egg and bread mixture.


Place pan in oven and bake for 1 hour.

325 degrees for a glass pan
350 for a metal pan.

When it’s done, pull it out of the oven, and good luck keeping people from eating it while they wait for the meal to begin!


Let stand about 5 minutes, then slice and serve!
Sorry I don’t have a great picture.  Everyone was too hungry!


Zucchini Quiche

I had a breakfast at my home last week for a few of my favorite women.

I like making breakfast, especially when the menu includes something as yummy as this quiche.
I also love zucchini, so this dish makes me happy.


Start with 4-5 medium zucchini.  Wash and thinly slice them.


You need 4 1/2 – 5 cups of zucchini.


Next, chop one medium to large onion.


Mince one clove of garlic as well.
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a skillet and add garlic, onion and zucchini.


Saute until they are turning brown and you’d like to just eat them!


Add 1 1/2 cups cooked crumbled bacon to the pan.


Allow to cook together for a couple of minutes.
If you’re interested in a great time-saver, a friend of mine introduced me to this bacon a while ago.


It’s real bacon, pre-cooked, crumbled, and with most of the fat removed!
It stores on your shelf for months, and is lower in fat than buying bacon in strips.
I like that it requires zero prep.
It comes from Costco.

Anyway, back to our food.  After the bacon has cooked with the vegetables for a couple of minutes,
remove the pan from the heat and set aside for a few minutes.

In a large mixing bowl, mix 8 large eggs.


Add 1/2 teaspoon salt


1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


1/2 teaspoon dried basil


1/2 teaspoon oregano


and 1/4 teaspoon pepper


Mix together.


Gently mix bacon and vegetable mixture into the eggs.


Add 2-3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


Stir together.


Next you need 2 pie crusts.
I like to make mine, but when life’s as crazy as it is right now, I buy them.
A good friend of mine, who is an excellent cook, likes this kind the best.
Pillsbury, deep dish.  They’re in the freezer section.  I just trust her.


In the bottom of each pie crust, squirt 1 teaspoon of mustard.


Spread it around with a spoon.


The divide egg and zucchini mixture between both pans.


Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven, uncovered, for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.


Remove from oven and let stand 5-10 minutes before slicing.
Then you’d better be prepared to enjoy it!


So good!  You will love it!
This dish makes a lovely breakfast when you have guests.
In fact, you can do most of the work the night before if you’d like.
You can cook all the vegetables and mix them together right up until you’re ready to pour it in the crusts.  Instead, cover the egg and vegetable mixture and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, spread the mustard in the pie crusts, fill them, and bake.
Makes breakfast prep a breeze!
The delicious taste won’t be compromised at all!

Standing Out

Something about this yellow tulip caught my eye and my heart.


There it stood, in the middle of a huge planting of almost spent red tulips.

But it was yellow.
And just beginning.

It made me wonder:  did they do that on purpose?
Was it a yellow bulb that somehow ended up in a bag of red ones?
How did it happen?

I love the way the yellow tulip stands out.  Somehow it is more beautiful because it is different.
And having it there makes the whole picture more beautiful, as well.
If it had been a planting of all red tulips, I would have admired it from afar, but one yellow tulip in the center was what drew me away from the sidewalks to the edge of the scene.

I thought of life.
I’d like to stand out like a yellow tulip.
But sometimes I’d like to blend in like the red ones.
And perhaps, to some, the yellow one is a drawback instead of a standout.
Perhaps someone thought it was a shame when they saw it.
It’s interesting that the yellow tulip didn’t bloom when the red ones did.

I remembered my cherry trees, how they stand side by side and yet have their own schedule for growth and blooming.
Like people.

I guess life gives us all  the chance to experience both colors, to learn what can be learned from standing out AND blending in.
I hope we all can have the sense to use good judgment and know when it is time to ditch the red crowd and stand alone, to stand for something worthwhile, something true.
And the more we influence others for good, the more we are surrounded by goodness.
Isn’t that the point?

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