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According to Cher, “If fitness came in a bottle, everyone would have a great body.”
Ain’t that the truth?!?

I don’t know about you, but for me exercise is one of those things I dread doing even though I know it’s good for me. It takes discipline, commitment and hard work. Now that I’m out of work and have more time on my hands, I really can’t use lack of time for an excuse any more. These days, it’s more like lack of motivation.

Believe me, I’ve come up with every excuse in the book NOT to exercise – “too busy,” “too tired,” and, of course, “there’s always tomorrow.” I know… lame, lame, lame! But, then I had an epiphany. Actually, I took a good look in the mirror and noticed I have a few more layers around the middle – I’m starting to look and feel like that inflatable robot in “Big Hero Six.” Okay, maybe not quite that bad, but I’m getting there!

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Don’t want to look like this guy from “Big Hero Six”! Courtesy Walt Disney Animation Studios.

My final wake-up call came when I had trouble squeezing into my fail-safe “big girl” jeans. I decided then and there it was time to end my slothful ways and make exercise a part of my daily life.

My plan is to walk on the treadmill for 30-40 minutes at least 4 or 5 days a week and work up to 50-60 minutes every day except Sunday (that’s my day off).  I’m also going to incorporate strength training into my exercise routine, 2-3 days a week. I should probably dig out that yoga DVD I’ve been meaning to try too. When the weather permits, I’ll starting walking and biking outdoors, maybe I’ll even take up tennis again.

When I feel the urge to throw in the towel, I’ll just remind myself it’ll be worth all the effort once I’m able to fit into my skinny jeans and wear sleeveless tops without looking like a bat in flight. An even better incentive… active people are healthier and live longer than the typical sofa spud!

Staying motivated is going to be my biggest challenge, so I did some research and compiled a list of ideas to help me lead a more active life. If you’re having trouble finding the time or the desire to exercise, maybe these tips will inspire you too.

* Make exercise a priority. Think of it as something you do on a regular basis, like brushing your teeth, so it becomes a habit instead of just a “when I feel like it” kind of thing.

* Ease into it. If you’ve been inactive for a while, start with 20-30 minutes of moderate exercise. Try walking around the block or on a treadmill. If you’re short on time, break it up into two 15-minute sessions. Work up to 40-60 minutes of exercise at least 5 or 6 times a week. Even though you may feel a little tired at first, chances are once those endorphins kick in you’ll want to keep going!

Fitness Trackers with Mobile Phone* Count your steps to stay on track. Get a Fitbit activity tracker or a regular pedometer to record how many steps you’re taking each day. They add up quickly. Park farther from the door at work or the mall. Take the stairs, instead of the elevator. Every bit counts, and gets your heart pumping.

* Mix it up and find different ways to be active – take Pilates, yoga or spinning classes, swim, jump rope, dance, bike, hike, play sports outside or games on your Wii, or workout with exercise DVDs… anything to get off the couch and get moving. To relieve boredom and keep the momentum going, try exercising to upbeat tunes. If you make exercising fun, you’ll be more inclined to stick with it.

* Get an exercise buddy. Ask a friend, neighbor or family member to join you on your morning or evening walk, play tennis or racquetball, take a fitness class or hit the gym together. You can support and encourage each other as you work out, plus it makes you more accountable if you’re doing it with someone else. In other words, if one of you tries to skip your workout the other will guilt you into doing it.

* Come up with an incentive to stay on track. Sign up for a charity walk or run, strive to get into shape for a special event like a wedding or class reunion, or a tropical vacation. (I have a friend who wants to slim down for a cruise next winter so she has pictures of bikini-clad models on her refrigerator for inspiration.) Or, maybe you just want to improve your overall health. Whatever the reason, having a specific goal in mind will help you stay focused.

* Be realistic. Let’s face it, you’re not going to lose that muffin top or those thunder thighs overnight. It’s going to take dedication, discipline, sweat and time (and patience!) to reach your fitness goals. The main thing is not to give up!

No more excuses now! Keep the Nike slogan ingrained in your brain… just do it!

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Wanted: Help for Boomers Seeking Jobs

Redundant Businesswoman In Office

A few months ago l got the proverbial pink slip after 15+ years with the company. On that fateful Friday, I was whisked away to a conference room and informed that my services were no longer needed due to “reorganization” (whatever). Then the HR person handed me an empty box and watched as I nervously packed up my gear. Ten minutes later I was escorted out the door. Others received their walking papers that day as well, so at least I wasn’t the only one.

Still, I felt angry, humiliated and shell-shocked. It was bad enough losing a job without warning, but I didn’t even get a chance to say goodbye to people I’ve known for ten plus years. I was especially going to miss the close-knit group from my department who were like family to me. Although I do meet some of them for lunch or happy hour once in awhile, it’s not the same as interacting with them on a daily basis.

I admit I’ve been spoiled and never really thought this would happen to me. It’s a bit disconcerting to be in this position after being gainfully employed for more than 30 years. Even though I’ve enjoyed this time off (God knows, I don’t miss the daily commutes and office politics), I need and want to get back to work. I’m too young for medicare and not ready to collect social security.

Now the big looming question is where do I go from here? I may need to switch careers, which is very likely as most companies in my field want younger, more tech savvy people. I also know I’ll have to take a major pay cut (I’ve come to realize that I was overpaid at my old job).

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Hunting for jobs can be daunting, frustrating and exhausting!

Turns out, there are quite a few men and women in my position – more mature, seemingly “overqualified” job seekers who just want someone to look at their resumes and take them seriously. These days you’re lucky to get any kind of response! And, if you are one of the fortunate few to get a phone interview, that’s only the first step in a lengthy hiring process. Most bigger companies require rounds of interviews with various decision makers, background checks, etc. before you’re even considered for the position. Gee, that’s encouraging.

The good news is there are valuable resources for the unemployed online and through your state or county. Here are some suggestions:

Check out your local job center. Since I filed for unemployment benefits, I’ve been attending classes through the local WorkForce Center and found them to be quite helpful.Most offer workshops to help you with your resume, interviewing skills, etc. as well as personal counseling sessions. Click here to find job centers near you.

Join LinkedIn. Here you can load your resume, create a profile and network with others. People you’ve known professionally and personally can endorse your skills and recommend you for specific positions, too! It’s one of the best ways to connect with others in your field as well as prospective employers.

Sign up for regular updates from job search sites like Glassdoor, Monster,  Indeed, and CareerBuilder. These sites allow you to narrow down your search by occupation and location, and also offer tips on a variety of job-related subjects. I went with daily updates in the beginning, which proved to be a bit overwhelming and redundant. So, I switched to weekly updates.

Find a decent networking group. I highly recommend this because you never know what kind of connections you’ll make at these networking events. Someone you meet may know of a company looking for a person with your skill set and experience. Attending regular gatherings can help boost your morale and keep you on track, too.

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The competition is fierce so give it all you’ve got!

The main thing is to believe in yourself and don’t give up. I know it can seem hopeless at times, but be persistent, work on your job search every day or at least several days a week, and take advantage of every  opportunity that comes your way. It may take a while to find it, but the perfect job is out there waiting for you!

Good luck!

“Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.”
– Author Unknown

I’m Dreaming of a Good Night’s Sleep

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Last night I managed to get six hours of sleep, which is pretty good considering most nights I’m lucky to get four hours of shuteye. Health experts recommend eight hours, but unless I’m in a drug-induced coma that’s not going to happen.

For one thing, I’m a light sleeper, so the slightest movement on my husband’s side of the bed can roust me from a deep slumber. It doesn’t help that he sounds like a cross between Darth Vader and Chewbacca when he snores either!

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Need to find a way to keep Mr. Snorelax from disturbing my slumber!

Sometimes I wake up thirsty so I’ll down a big glass of water and end up making several trips to the bathroom. Then there are the hot flashes (or in this case, night sweats). One moment I’ll feel like I’m lying on a bed of coals and kick off my blankets to cool off. The next thing I know I’m shivering like a featherless bird. So, I hang one leg out of the covers and hope for the best. All I can say is, these sleepless nights are making me groggy and grumpy, and I’m just plain tired of being tired.

Turns out chronic sleep deprivation is a common problem for a lot of people, especially older adults, and according to Web MD it an eventually affect your health, weight, mental capacity, work performance, and safety. I’m doomed!

I decided to do a little research to find causes and solutions for insomnia.  Here are a few things we can all do to get a better night’s sleep:

Set a regular bedtime schedule. Go to bed and set your alarm at the same time every day. Dang! I guess that means no more sleeping in on weekends!

Exercise. Even though most experts don’t recommend a strenuous workout right before bed, moderate exercise up to an hour before bedtime helps relax your body and clear your head.

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Keep smartphones and other mobile devices out of the bedroom!

Power down your electronic devices. Glowing screens from your cell phone, tablet, laptop, and TV can increase brain activity, making you more alert and less likely to fall asleep. They also screw up your body’s ability to produce melatonin (the hormone that induces sleep). So, no texting, checking messages on Facebook or watching the news in bed, okay? Better yet, banish your mobile devices from the bedroom while you sleep.

Watch what you eat and drink. Stay away from foods that cause heartburn (e.g., tomato-based sauces and citrus juice) and carbs like cookies and chips (they raise your blood sugar level) in the evening. If caffeine affects your sleep, switch to decaf or don’t have any caffeine after noon. (I know if I have a Diet Coke or a piece of chocolate after lunch, I’m wired all night.) Avoid alcohol a few hours before bed, too. It may make you sleepy at first, but it also acts like a stimulant, causing you to wake up frequently during the night. If you must have a bedtime snack, go with something light like a bowl of cereal with milk or a handful of plain almonds.

Don’t bring your troubles to bed with you. I admit, I’m a worrywart. If I have something on my mind, I tend to toss and turn all night. You, too? Then try writing down what’s bothering you and deal with it the next day.

Create a relaxing environment. Block out noises with ear plugs and draw the curtains, blinds or shades to block out bright lights (or wear a sleep mask). Play soft music or nature sounds to lull you to sleep and try meditating to reduce stress and calm your mind. Check out these meditating techniques to unwind before bed.

Lower your thermostat. Per sleep.org, the ideal room temp for optimal sleep is between 60 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure your bedroom is well-insulated and ventilated, too. A room that’s hot and stuffy or cold and drafty isn’t exactly snooze-worthy.

Check your bedding. If you have trouble getting comfortable in bed or wake up with a sore neck, your pillow may be the problem. If that’s the case, try a MyPillow®. It’s amazing! Also, make sure your mattress provides adequate support.

Try natural sleeping aids, like these:

Chamomile – a cup of warm herbal tea is known to relieve anxiety and promote relaxation.

cherry-juiceTart cherry juice – research shows having two glasses a day helps improve the quality of your sleep.

Lavender – the scent has a soothing effect so you fall asleep faster. Try making a lavender sachet and keep it under your pillow.

Melatonin Supplement. I’ve tried this remedy and it seems to work for the most part, but it’s meant for short term use. Be sure to read the label carefully before using.

Find more natural sleep aids at everydayroots.com.

Now it’s time to catch some zzzzzz’s. Sweet dreams!

Spring Cleaning Made Easy

Spring Cleaning Made Easy

Helpful Hints for the Domestically Challenged

I can’t say I’ve ever actually done any spring cleaning. The truth is housework is not that high on my priority list. In fact, it’s probably towards the bottom. It’s one of those things in life I dread doing, even though I know it has to be done, like taking out the garbage or mowing the lawn (oh, wait, my husband handles those things, but you know what I mean). When it comes to everyday cleaning, I usually limit it to only what the eye can see – like sinks and toilet bowls, dust on the furniture, dishes, and dirt on the floor. Of course, if we’re having company I try to make our home a little more presentable. But, for the most part I’m pretty lax when it comes to housekeeping.  I even have magnet on my fridge that says “An immaculate house  is the sign of a misspent life”.

The thing is I need to start doing something about my untidy abode soon because my closets are overflowing with clothes I’ve never worn (they were on sale, what can I say?) or no longer fit (I keep telling myself that I’ll squeeze into them someday). The junk drawers in the kitchen are jammed packed with, well, junk, and my bathroom cabinets are harboring bottles of prescription and over-the-counter medications that expired in 2010. And, I swear those dust bunnies behind my dresser are starting to multiply like real rabbits!  funny-cleaning-quotes

This year I’ve vowed to change my tune and finally get to the nitty-gritty tasks I’ve been putting off for too long, like washing windows, organizing my closets and chucking those misfit toys that are taking up space in my son’s old bedroom. He’s 24 now, so it’s time.

How and where to begin…

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Aarrgh! Where do I start?

When I look at all the projects ahead of me it seems so daunting and overwhelming (one of those eye-twitching, pull-your-hair out kind of things). That’s why I’ve decided it’s best to focus on one room or project at time. I realize it’ll take days or even weeks to go through my list. I mean, let’s be real, unless you’re Superwoman or live in one of those tiny houses that are all rage now, there’s no way you can do it all in a day or even a weekend! Besides, I happen to live in a hundred year-old, three-story house with six bedrooms!

To help me stay on track and reach my goals, I’ve made up a checklist of things to do (I did some research online first to compile my list). I’m hoping this will help other domestically-challenged people like me.

The List

Take inventory of cleaning supplies. Usually that means mops, brooms & dust pans, dusting/cleaning cloths, pails, and cleansers. After experiencing adverse effects from harsh chemicals (they make me cough, sneeze and feel dizzy), I’ve decided to experiment with natural cleaning products, like vinegar and lemon juice. Check out these homemade and natural cleaning solutions.

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Try natural cleaning products – they’re better for you and the environment!

Declutter. Go through old mail, newspapers, magazines, piles of papers, etc. Recycle what you don’t need and file anything of importance, like unpaid bills, medical statements and tax forms, in a safe place. Just remember where you put them!

Organize closets. Pack up and store seasonal items. Donate apparel and shoes you no longer wear, but are still in good condition, to a charity or thrift store. You can also bring them to a consignment shop to get money or credit for purchases, or sell them in a garage sale. Basically, if you haven’t worn it for a year, get rid of it!

Reorganize kitchen cupboards and drawers. 

  • Dispose of anything that’s worn, broken or expired (even canned goods have an expiration date). That includes any plastic containers without lids and lids without containers (seriously, where do those missing pieces go? Probably into the same black hole as the mismatched socks!) See tips on storing containers & lids.
  • Take out and replace old shelf paper or consider covering your shelves with smooth and glossy paint. Go to hgtv.com for guidelines on painting shelves.
  • Restock cupboards and drawers in an orderly fashion, keeping similar items together. My sister-in-law even arranges her spices in alphabetical order so they’re easier to find. Hey, whatever works!
  • Wipe down outside of cupboards and cabinets as well as appliances to remove any built-up grease and grime.

Clean out the fridge. NOTE TO SELF: this should be done on a regular basis, like once a week or at least a few times a month!

  • Toss spoiled or expired food (you may be able to use some of it for composting).
  • Clean shelves and bins with baking soda or vinegar and water.
  • Arrange items neatly on shelves/in bins.

Go through every room from top to bottom. 

  • Sweep cobwebs off the ceiling and corners
  • Dust woodwork and furniture
  • Sweep/mop floors (don’t forget the dust bunnies!)
    Vacuum rugs or carpeting
  • Flip mattresses and remove dust/dirt from headboards and bed frames
  • Scrub sinks, toilets, bathtubs/showers – this should be done at least once a week too
  • Wipe down cabinets and vanities
  • Clean out (and in some cases debug) light fixtures
  • Wash curtains, bedding, towels, shower curtains, and throw rugs
  • Open the windows and let in some fresh air!

Wash your windows inside & out. I plan to use my grandma’s tried-and-true method – a vinegar/water solution and newspaper. Grandma always said it makes your windows squeaky clean! NOTE: it’s best to do this on a cloudy day as direct sunlight dries the glass too quickly, leaving streaks. Don’t forget to wipe away marks on window panes too.

Shake out throw rugs and steam-clean carpets. If you really want to get embedded dirt out of your rugs, hang them on the clothesline outdoors and beat them with a broom or an old-fashioned rug beater (fortunately I have two of these), then leave them on the line for a few hours to freshen them up. If you don’t have a steam-cleaner, you can usually rent one from a hardware store.

Who knows? Once I see the final result, I may decide I like a clean house and want to keep it that way. Or, I may just hire someone to do it.

Happy cleaning!

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I have to agree with Erma Bombeck’s take on housework!

 

A Magically Delicious St. Paddy’s Day

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Faith and Begorrah, March 17th is a mere two weeks away and soon people across the country will be parading around in shiny green hats and “Kiss Me I’m Irish” t-shirts, consuming mass quantities of green beer or shots of Jameson whiskey, and engaging in various festivities (or shenanigans) to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland. My good friend Kathy is three-quarters Irish, my daughter Meghan and grandson Dylan almost half and I know a slew of others whose ancestors hailed from the Emerald Isle. But, on St. Patrick’s Day it doesn’t really matter what nationality you are because everyone’s a Murphy, Kelly or Sullivan in spirit, right?

If you’d rather skip the pub scene and observe the holiday at home, consider inviting a few friends over for a traditional Irish meal of Corned Beef & Cabbage with Soda Bread, along with a pint of ale or a glass of limeade. You’ll want to save room for dessert, of course, and what could be more fitting than Guinness Cake! You may not be a fan of the bold stout, but this moist, mouthwatering and decadent chocolate confection with heavenly cream cheese frosting is sure to win you over!

Give these recipes a try and who knows? They may become a St. Patrick’s Day tradition!

Corned Beef Cabbage
Instead of dining out, enjoy a traditional Irish feast of Corned Beef & Cabbage at home!

Corned Beef & Cabbage 
Ingredients:
3 lbs. corned beef brisket
Water, to cover meat
2 tbsp. pickling spices
3 tbsp. salt
2 tbsp. peppercorns
1 head cabbage
Directions: Place corned beef with all the seasonings in a large stockpot. Cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 2 hours. If not tender after 2 hours, keep checking at 15 minute intervals. Remove corned beef, save broth for cabbage. Cut cabbage into wedges, place in a large pan, cover with broth from the beef and simmer until tender. Keep cabbage warm in broth until needed. Serve corned beef and cabbage together with some boiled potatoes and carrots. Don’t forget the mustard!
Recipe courtesy of Food.com

Don’t care for corned beef? Check out this recipe for Irish Beef Stew

Irish Soda Bread 
Ingredients:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/3 cup white sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted
Directions: Preheat oven to 325º F. Grease 9×5 inch loaf pan. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda. Blend egg and buttermilk together, and add all at once to flour mixture. Mix until moistened. Stir in butter. Pour in prepared pan. Bake for 65-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in bread comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. Note: for better flavor, wrap in foil for several hours or overnight.

Chocolate Guinness Cake (Pictured at the top. The photo was taken by my friend Mary Haehn – she baked the cake too!)
Ingredients:
1 cup Guinness (stout beer)
10 tbsp. (1 stick + 2 tbsp.) unsalted butter, cubed
2 cups superfine (granulated) sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 large eggs, beaten
2/3 cup sour cream
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2-1/2 tsp. baking soda
Topping:
1-1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
Directions: Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 9-inch spring form pan and line the bottom with parchment paper; set aside. In a large saucepan, heat Guinness and butter on medium-low heat until butter melts. Remove from the heat; whisk in sugar and cocoa until well blended. In a small bowl, combine the eggs, sour cream and vanilla; mix well. Add to Guinness mixture. Combine flour and baking soda; whisk into beer mixture until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until risen and firm, about 45-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Place pan on a wire rack and cool completely in pan. Remove sides of pan. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar and cream; beat until smooth and spreadable (do not over-beat). Remove cake from the pan and place on a platter or cake stand. Spread icing on top of cake so it resembles a frothy pint of beer. Refrigerate leftovers, it there are any.
Nigella Lawson’s recipe from NYTimes.com

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I’m a wee bit Scotch-Irish and although I have no idea what that means, you can bet your blarney stone I’ll be wearing green on March 17th!

Tasty Ways to Start Your Day

Tasty Ways to Start Your Day

Everyone from moms to nutrition experts contend we should start the day with a good, hearty breakfast. Yeah, well, I work full-time so most mornings I’ll just have a cup of coffee and a piece of toast or a small carton of yogurt, which I tend to scarf down as I head out the door. I realize that’s not enough to sustain me until lunch, but with everything I need to do to get ready in the morning (shower, dress, style my hair, put on makeup), I don’t really have time to whip up an omelet or some fancy fruit smoothie. My husband usually makes pancakes from a mix or pops a frozen waffle in the toaster. Sometimes he’ll eat leftover cake or pie (I swear, the guy could live on desserts!). Bottom line: we don’t put a lot of thought and effort into our morning meal during the week.

That’s why we look forward to Saturday, when we can indulge in more satisfying breakfast fare like homemade pancakes or waffles with sausage, some kind of eggs with ham, or French toast with bacon. We don’t worry about calories (often times we skip lunch anyway) and we take time to savor every bite.

My specialty is scrambled eggs. I like to spice mine up with a little cheddar cheese, green chiles and a dash of cayenne, or add ingredients like ground turkey, roasted peppers (I buy them frozen), onions, mushrooms and spinach to give them more flavor and texture. My husband gets in the act with his own French toast concoction. Not to brag or anything, but I have to say our breakfast creations are pretty flippin’ delicious!

The proof is in the pudding (or in this case, the batter?). I’ve included a few of my favorite recipes to tantalize your taste buds.

Tasty waffles
Homemade waffles taste exceptionally good with whipped cream and select berries.

Grandma Vi’s Buttermilk Waffles (Worth all time and effort, believe me!)
Ingredients:
2 eggs (beat whites separately)
2 cups buttermilk
1 tsp. salt
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups flour (scant)
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup melted butter
Directions: In large bowl, sift together all dry ingredients and set aside. In large bowl, beat egg yolks thoroughly with a whisk. Add 1/2 cup buttermilk to egg yolks and beat. Add 1/2 cup sifted dry ingredients and rest of buttermilk and whisk together. Mix in rest of dry ingredients (do not overmix). Stir in melted butter. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Gently fold beaten egg whites into batter with a rubber spatula. Pre-heat waffle iron and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Ladle about 1/3 cup of batter onto each section of the waffle iron (be careful not to overfill). Close lid and cook about 3 or 5 minutes, until steaming stops and waffles are crisp and golden. Place waffles on cookie sheet in warm oven until ready to serve. Top with butter and maple syrup, or whipped cream and fresh berries.

Casserole with sausage, bacon and apples in a pumpkin sauce

Sausage & Cheese Strata (A great make-ahead dish for brunch!)
Ingredients:
12 eggs
12 slices white bread (torn into bite size pieces)
1 tsp. prepared mustard
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I use sharp cheddar)
1/4 tsp. ground pepper
3-1/2 cups milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup chopped onion
1 lb. pork sausage, crumbled
1 cup chopped green pepper
Directions: Preheat oven to 350°. Brown sausage in a large skillet, pour grease from pan and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, mustard, salt and ground pepper. Stir in bread, cheese, sausage, onion and green pepper; pour mixture into greased 13″x9″ baking pan. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Bake uncovered for 75 minutes or until set. Variation: Substitute 1-1/2 cups cubed ham for sausage.

Country-Style French Toast (Extra spices turn a basic recipe into something magnifique!)
Ingredients:
Loaf of French bread, sliced or 8 slices of white bread, slightly dry
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
2/3 cup milk
Butter
Directions: Whisk eggs in a wide shallow bowl. Stir in rest of ingredients and mix until well-blended. Heat griddle or skillet coated with a thin layer of butter on low or medium heat. Add bread slices to egg mixture, one at a time, coating both sides (do not soak). Place bread slices on griddle/skillet and heat slowly until each side is golden brown. Serve warm with butter and maple syrup or sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serves 4.

You’ll find hundreds of enticing breakfast recipes on Pinterest.

Bon appétit!