Breakfast Casserole

December is a busy month for us because in addition to Christmas we also have N’s birthday on December 24 and Hubby’s on the 22nd.  Instead of a cake, he usually requests this savory casserole for breakfast.



3-4 medium-sized sausages

5 eggs

½ cup tomato sauce or salsa

½ cup skim milk

½ cup cheese

¼ teaspoon coriander

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon chili powder

½ teaspoon cumin


Slice sausages into pieces and brown them in a skillet. Mix spices into tomato sauce or salsa, pour over sausages, and allow to cool.  Beat eggs and milk. Add sausages with salsa and cheese to the egg mixture.  Spray the slow cooker  with non-stick cooking spray. Cover and cook casserole on high for about 5 hours. It is best when it’s hot, but it is still good served cold.

Spinach Mushroom Soup


3 tablespoon Butter

2 tablespoon cornstarch

2 med onions, chopped

2 cloves Garlic, minced

6 Shitake mushrooms, minced

3 onion leeks, chopped

Spinach leaves, sliced

Salt and Pepper

8 cups Chicken or vegetable stock


Directions :

Soak your mushroom 1 hour before cooking and reserve the liquid. In a saucepan, heat the butter and sauté the onions and garlic. Add cornstarch and pour in the chicken stock, the liquid from the soaked mushrooms, minced shiitake mushrooms and bring to a boil. Once it has thickened, add the spinach and immediately turn off the heat.

Moon Sand



8 cups plain flour

1 cup oil (baby oil/cooking oil etc.)



This is super easy to prepare.  Just mix the 2 ingredients together and that’s it!  This is so much easier to clean up than ordinary sand, but holds its shape just as well.

Passive Aggressive Christmas Gifts

I love the holidays,  but I hate feeling like I have to buy gifts for everyone who comes in contact with my child.  Don’t get me wrong —- I appreciate  (most) of his teachers, but Christmas is for children so I doubt they really need another apple shaped paperweight.   I do crochet things for those who I know well enough to know what they like, but a few people are added to the shopping list because I feel like I have to get something.   Here are a few suggestions for gifts that are just ambiguous enough to make them wonder,  “if it’s the thought that counts,  what were you thinking?”


For the person who thinks they deserve a Major Award, but you know better:



Major award

I wish that I could post a pattern, but it was really just trial and error.  This was crocheted, but I’m sure you can knit or sew one as well.


For the person who thinks they’re #1, but you know they are more like a big #2:



These are more cute than gross and taste great!


For those who think they have been nice, but you know they are on the naughty list:

DIY Charcoal Bath Bombs

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup citric acid
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup Epsom salts
  • 1 tablespoon activated charcoal
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon of black gel food coloring

In a bowl, combine your dry ingredients with a whisk.  Pour the vegetable oil, water, and 1/2 teaspoon of the food coloring into a spray bottle and mix well.  Here’s the tricky part–  spritz your dry ingredients with as little liquid as possible, mixing with the whisk until the mixture comes together.  Too much water will make it fizz too soon, leaving you with a useless mess.  Pack your mixture tightly into a bath bomb mold or just squish into a lump for a more realistic apprearance. Remove your finished bomb from its mold and allow to dry overnight.

For someone who doesn’t deserve a gross tub, but still deserves coal:



I couldn’t try them, because of the gluten. (Plus, I’m far too nauseated these days)   However,  N and my darling husband loved them.


For the guy who thinks he’s the messiah, but you just think he stinks:


Three Kings Soap:

Melt and pour soap

Frankincense essential oil

Myrrh essential oil

Gold cosmetic grade glitter



Simply melt down the soap, add fragrance and glitter, then pour into molds.  Of course you can make soap the old fashioned way,  but I am not coordinated enough to play around with lye.





Gingerbread Oatmeal

This has all of the wonder flavors of real gingerbread, but it can be altered if you like.  You can add any other toppings like raisins, sliced fruit, pecan pieces, crystallized ginger, maple syrup or honey, etc.


2 cups milk of choice (I use almond)

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground ginger

2 cups water, or more milk

1 teaspoon flax seed (optional)

2 teaspoon mild molasses

2 ripe bananas

1 tablespoon maple syrup

2 cups steel cut oats

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves


Directions :

Mix milk and water in a small pot and bring to a boil. Add the oats, and cook over medium heat. Incorporate the flax seeds. Mash the bananas thoroughly while the oats are cooking. Add them to the oats. Once the liquid has been absorbed, add cloves maple syrup, ginger, molasses, cinnamon and salt. You may want to add them little by little to suit your own taste.