Egg and Cream Cheese Breakfast Casserole

So I have this class at school on Friday mornings at 9am. Yup, 9am. So our prof asks us to bring food and/or drinks every week to build community and to keep ourselves awake for three hours. I was starting to get tired of having cookies and brownies so early in the day and went on the hunt to my Pinterest boards for something I could bring for breakfast purposes. This is what I found: http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/breakfastbrunch/sausage-and-cream-cheese-breakfast-casserole/. Looks delicious, sounds easy, and relatively inexpensive.

Below are all of the ingredients needed to make this casserole BOMB! As you can see, I used lots of off brand stuff because, well, I’m poor.

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So first, gotta brown that sausage

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Yum. My dog was going crazy at this point with the smell wafting through my house. While the meat is cooking, crack your 12 eggs and add half a cup of milk all in a bowl. Mix together. (Forgot to take a picture at this stage, not much to see.)

Also press one can of crescent rolls in the bottom of your 9×13 pan

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Be sure you have created a little bit of a lip up the sides of the dish so the egg mixture doesn’t end up underneath your crescent dough.

Then, after draining the sausage (and please be sure to drain the sausage), add the softened cream cheese to the pan

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And mix together real good like. Then add your egg and milk mixture to the pan and also mix well.

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Yum, so tasty looking! HA! Next, pour all this goodness into the 9×13 on top of the crescent roll dough. Dump 2 cups of cheese all over that sucker. Then top it with the remaining can of crescent rolls. (Note: I have not figured out how to do this right just yet. Do not try to flatten it out once you lay it on top, you will create one heck of a mess.) I pressed them together in twos between my hands to flatten them and lengthen them and I still got this:

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Sure, while it is baking for 25 minutes, it will spread some, but not tons. When I took it out of the oven I had

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VOILA! Super easy, super fast dish for a super delicious breakfast! (I also made this at home for my family a couple of days later for dinner.)

Ingredients:

12 eggs

1/2 cup milk

2 cups cheddar cheese

2 (8 oz) cans of crescent rolls

1 pound of ground sausage

1 (8 oz) package of softened cream cheese

Preheat oven to 375. Brown sausage. While browning, crack all the eggs into a medium sized mixing bowl and add milk. Also press one can of crescent rolls into the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Beat until well blended. Once sausage is cooked, drain and add cream cheese. Mix together well and add egg mixture. After blending all of that together, pour over the crescent roll dough. Top with cheese and the last roll of crescent dough. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes being sure to check on it every now and then as ovens do vary.

Back to basic- Red Velvet Cake Drink

After the complicated recipe I posted last time, I thought I would back it up a bit. I did, after all, promise simple. So this recipe comes from the kind people at Pinnacle Vodka. I had a bottle of their delicious Cake Vodka sitting in my freezer for a long, long time. Wondering what I should do with it, I downloaded Pinnacle’s complete recipe guide (YAY!) and starting searching. That’s when it hit me: red velvet as an alcoholic beverage?!?! I felt much the same way I imagine you are feeling right now, butterflies in the stomach? Tears in the eyes? Perhaps you know it as the emotion of love? Well that is what I felt. And seeing as how my last recipe was a complicated way to get red velvet, it only seemed fitting that my very next post would simplify it. So here goes.

Ingredients: Pinnacle Cake Vodka, Crave Sweet Chocolate Chili Liqueur, and some grenadine

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First, a little cake flavored vodka. Mmmm… Picture quality is dumb, I was at my boyfriend’s so I had to use my phone.

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The recipe says to add equal parts vodka and the liqueur. However, through a little trial and error, this makes the drink very thick and syrupy. Not my personal idea of delicious. So I added 1 part liqueur to the 2 parts vodka. You can tell even from the picture that the two didn’t blend well on their own.

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Then, just a splash of grenadine and stir it all up

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Quite tasty. Like I said, I altered it a tad and even this way the drink is pretty thick, so try it out for yourself. It definitely tastes just like red velvet which is all that matters to me! Yum!