Muffin Monday: Scrambled Egg MuffinsScrambled Egg Muffins

 

Technically scrambled egg muffins these are really muffin in the traditional sense but you do cook these scrambled egg muffins in a muffin tin so I am sharing them on Muffin Monday! The original recipe is from one of my favorite Beachbody cookbooks, the Fixate cookbook. I shared a few recipes from this cookbook before including the Beef Stew with Sweet Potatoes.Fixate Cookbook

 

Scrambled Egg Muffins are very flexible and you can add whatever ingredients you’d like. If you’re not a fan of mushrooms and red peppers substitute chopped broccoli florets and shredded carrots. Or if you don’t like peppers add spinach and chopped mushrooms. You could even add a little chopped ham if you wanted a little more protein. They are also good with a little cheese added. The variations are endless! Top each egg muffin with a little salsa for an extra kick.

 

Scrambled Egg Muffins

 

Scrambled Egg MuffinsIngredients:

 

12 large eggs

Salt and Pepper

1 cup chopped mushrooms

1 medium red pepper, finely chopped

2 scallions thinly sliced.

 

Directions:

 

Heat your oven to 375 dress F. Lightly coat a twelve cup muffin tin with cooking spray. Place the eggs in a large bow and whisk to blend. Season with salt and pepper if desired.

 

Add in your mushrooms, pepper and scallions and mix well. Evenly pour the egg mixture into the muffin cups.Scrambled Egg Muffins Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cup comes out clean.Scrambled Egg Muffins Serve warm with a tablespoon of salsa.Scrambled Egg Muffins

 

I have frozen these egg muffins with god result. Take them out of the freezer and pop in the microwaves for a quick breakfast or snack. Have you made egg muffins before? What is your favorite combination?Scrambled Egg Muffins

 

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I have an ongoing goal to eat healthier and make good food choices. It’s not always easy but my goal is to eat right 80% of the time! I have a wonderful cookbook called Eating Well in Season – the Farmers’ Market Cookbook. The recipes are divided into seasons of the year and focus on what food is fresh during each season. If you are looking for a hearty winter soup, this pork, bean and kale soup is perfect. It’s delicious and nutritious and uses foods you can find in your farmer’s market this time of year.Hearty Winter Soup

 

Pork Bean and Kale Soup

 

hearty winter soup, kale, tomatoes, beans, onions, porkIngredients:

 

1 tsp olive oil

1 pound pork tenderloin, cut into one inch pieces

¾ tsp salt

1 medium onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, chopped

2 tsp paprika

¼ tsp crushed red pepper

1 cup white wine

4 plum tomatoes, chopped

4 cups chicken broth (reduced sodium)

1 bunch kale, ribs removed and chopped (about 8 cups)

1-15oz can cannellini beans rinsed

 

Directions:

 

Heat oil in a heavy Dutch oven. Add pork, sprinkle with salt and cook until no longer pink on the outside, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate with tongs, leaving juices in the pot.hearty winter soup

 

Add onion to the pot and cook, stirring often until just beginning to brown, 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and crushed red pepper, stirring constantly until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add wine and tomatoes increase heat to high and stir to scrape up any browned bits. Add broth and bring to a boil.

Add kale and stir until it wilts. Reduce heat to maintain a lively simmer and cook, stirring occasionally until the kale is just tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in beans, the reserved pork and any accumulated juices; simmer until the beans and pork are heated through, about 2 minutes.hearty winter soup

 

This hearty winter soup makes about 6 servings.

 

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For some reason I have the perfect conditions to grow an aloe plant. The Aloe Vera plant is a popular houseplant with medicinal properties. The sap from the leaves has wonderful topical benefits, especially on burns and sunburns. I think I first started growing aloe plants when we lived in Florida over twenty years ago! These plants are an ideal addition to your home, and they are very easy to care for. In fact not only are they easy to care for, but propagating an aloe plant is also extremely easy.Propagating an Aloe Plant

 

My plant does so well that I find myself passing along baby plants to my friends. You might wonder how I do this. While you can actually grow an aloe plant from a leaf cutting it is much easier and more successful to propagate from offsets or “pups” .Propagating an Aloe Plant

 

Aloe vera is a succulent and as such, is related to the cactus. Cacti are fairly easy to propagate from cuttings, but aloe vera cuttings, with their high moisture content, rarely become viable plants. Rooting an aloe vera plant leaf seems like it should work, but all you will get is a rotten or shriveled leaf.

 

It is much easier to share this wonderful plant by removal of offsets. This is a simple process that anyone can easily do. If you look carefully at your aloe plant you will notice little aloe plants (offsets) forming off the mother plant. As a general rule the offset should be about 1/5 the size of the parent plant and should have several sets of true leaves.Propagating an Aloe Plant

 

When the offset is large enough remove the dirt from around the base. When you remove the offset you want to make sure it has a complete root system attached.Propagating an Aloe Plant

 

Plant the newly removed offset in a dry cacti-potting mix or make your own with one part potting soil and one part sand. Allow it to sit for one week and then water the soil. After this you would care for the aloe vera pup the same way you would the mother plant.Propagating an Aloe Plant

 

To successfully grown an aloe vera plant remember that the plant is a succulent and does well in a dry environment. They should be planted in a cactus potting soil mix and should have plenty of drainage. They do not like standing water. They also need bright light and do best in south or west facing windows.

 

Now you can not only grow your aloe plant successfully but you now know that propagating an aloe plant is easy and you can pass the aloe plant pups off to your friends!Propagating an Aloe Plant

No our house hasn’t sold but moving, packing and de-cluttering is on the forefront these days. There are so many things to consider when making a move! I’m a planner and a list maker and although it will be many months before we’re actually making a move I thought I would gather my thoughts and think about the things to consider when making a move.Making a Move

 

We no longer have children at home so one thing we don’t have to think about is schools! My husband also works from home so trying to find a location near a place of employment is also something we don’t have to think about.

 

Top of the list is sorting and purging your belongings. We have been in this process for the last year. We are currently going through old slides! Between my husband and I we have reels of old slides and then boxes of loose slides. It’s tedious work but every evening we sort through a couple of reels tossing most of the slides but keeping the few treasures we come upon. It’s funny because as a teenager and in my early twenties I took so many scenic photos and very few photos of people. The scenic shots are pretty but how many photos of flowers and marshes do you want to keep?Preparing for a move

 

Anyway going though every room of your house and deciding what you’d like to keep and what you’d like to get rid of is time consuming. However when you’re paying for the move yourself you want to make sure that you’re moving exactly what you want and need and nothing extra! I have a box for items I want to sell and another box for items to donate. We’ll be having another yard sale this summer.

 

Now is also the time to do a little research regarding moving companies. What are the options? I called many of the bigger firms only to be told they don’t service our area. Guess we’re a little rural! Get an estimate in writing from each company and make sure it has a USDOT (US Department of Transportation) number on it if you are moving to a different state.

 

Now you’re beginning to collect a bit of information and it would be a good idea to use a binder or folder to keep track of everything – all your estimates, your receipts, and an inventory of all the items you are moving! I’m trying to keep an inventory of everything I’ve already packed but sometimes I’m not so organized and just write something like “cookbooks” on the box! I’m doing my best!planning a move

 

If you do have school age children go to your children’s school and arrange for their records to be transferred to their new school districts. This should be done about two months before you move.

 

Six weeks before you move you want to start collecting boxes and other supplies such as tape, bubble wrap, and permanent markers.Making a Move

 

Start using up things that you don’t want to move, like frozen or perishable foods and cleaning supplies.Making a Move

 

By now you’ve figured out where you are moving. Check the room dimensions of your new home, if possible, and make sure larger pieces of furniture will fit through the door. We have an extremely tall grandfather’s clock. When we’re looking at new homes we’re always looking to make sure there is a tall entry wall where the clock will go!making a move

 

Take steps now to ensure that you have an organized move. Stay tuned, as I will be posting another article on what to do in the weeks before a move! Hopefully I will follow all these suggestions myself and we’ll have a very organized move!

I have to start this post with the fact that if you are not a fan of Brussels sprouts you probably won’t like this recipe. However, creamy Brussels sprouts and eggs may seem like a surprising combination, and in this version they make a perfect pair. Plus the addition of bacon makes everything yummy! We have enjoyed this recipe for both breakfast and dinner. We love enjoying breakfast for dinner so I have to say that’s my favorite time for this delicious recipe. If you are enjoying this meal for breakfast it’s a good way to get a vegetable in!Poached Eggs with Creamy Brussels Sprouts

 

Poached Eggs with Creamy Brussels Sprouts

 

 

Ingredients

 

8 slices of bacon

Homemade Pita Chips

2 Tbsp butter

1 large shallot, diced

1/3 cup water

4 cups medium Brussels sprouts, trimmed and sliced thinly

2/3 cup heavy cream

Salt and pepper to taste

8 large eggs

Parmesan cheese as a garnish

 

Directions

 

Cook the bacon either in the oven or on the stove. Let drain and set aside.

 

While the bacon is cooking melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the shallot and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the water, cream and Brussels sprouts and cook, stirring occasionally, until the Brussels sprouts are just tender, 5-7 minutes. Don’t overcook. Set aside until your eggs are poached, but keep warm.Poached Eggs with Creamy Brussels Sprouts

 

As the Brussels sprouts are cooking poach your eggs. We have a wonderful egg poacher which I use all the time. You can also poach your eggs in simmering water to which 1 tsp of vinegar has been added. Break the eggs gently into a small bowl first being careful not to break the yolk. Then gently slide each egg into the simmering vinegar water. Poach until the whites are completely opaque but the yolks are still soft, about 3-4 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove the eggs from the water.

 

When the eggs and Brussels sprouts are done place a spoonful of the Brussels sprouts on your plate and top with the poached eggs. Place the homemade Pita chips and bacon around the edge and garnish with the Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!Poached Eggs with Creamy Brussels Sprouts

If you are a fan of Brussel sprouts you will love this wonderful combination!Poached Eggs with Creamy Brussels Sprouts

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