July 7, 2016

Sausage Breakfast Scramble {Low Carb}

Since I’ve been trying to watch my carbs AND eat breakfast (which has been harder than the low-carb thing since I’ve never been much of a breakfast eater) I started making this sausage scramble. I like to make it on Sunday afternoon, throw it in the fridge then heat up portions for breakfast before heading out to work during the week. It heats up beautifully!

Side note about my mornings... During the summer I drive a different route to work because I don’t have to take the kids to school first. On this route is a small pasture with about a dozen pygmy goats that are always out right by the fence when I drive by. AND THEY MAKE ME SO HAPPY! I swear they come down just to see me. I mean, it is impossible to have a bad day when a dozen miniature goats run down to the road to wish you a happy morning! I’ll try to get a picture sometime soon and post it here. Providing the homeowners don’t think I’m mucking with their babies and come spear me in the back with a pitchfork. Until then, here’s a random video of pygmy goats frolicking.

OK, less goats. More breakfast! This is also awesome to make when you have company because it cooks up in one pan and everyone can serve themselves!

Since I started making it I’ve come up with a couple alternatives to change it up a bit! I made the original version for you here but you can also make a Mexican and Italian version too (see recipes below). If you’re not watching carbs or are serving to guests who aren’t, serve with toast, warm soft tortillas or crusty Italian bread!

{Low Carb} Sausage Breakfast Scramble with sausage, eggs and cheese! Recipe also includes variations for Mexican and Italian breakfast scrambles as well.

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June 22, 2016

Lemon Crumble Cream Cake

There are a million reasons I love this cake. First, it’s super easy (even though it looks totally complicated and fussy) because you use a box cake mix. Side note – if you have a simple white cake recipe that you love, you just go ahead and rock that sucker out.

Wait, I have to tell you a funny story real quick about cake mixes. Well, it’s more mean than funny but I have to laugh at the wicked comments I get on my recipes or I’d go nutters and have to move into my parent’s garage. I just recently got this on one of my shortcut cake recipes, “I cant believe yall from the south and you use box cake mix… some southern bells yall are. No southern home kitchen should ever allow boxed cake in it!”

OK, lady. What you gonna do? Take away my card?

Anyway! Back to the million reasons I love this cake! Like I said, it’s super easy and...
  • It totally looks like something from a fancy-pants bakery.
  • It has just the right amount of fresh, crisp, lemon zing.
  • It’s AH MAZE ING with a hot cup of coffee or tea so if you’re having company, this would be a perfect after-dinner dessert.
  • If you want to WIN the potluck or just outdo your sister-in-law, this is your recipe.
  • It’s got this coffee cake thing going on with the crumb topping so that’s just awesome.
  • The lemon cream filling is so absolutely perfect you could just go sit on the couch and eat the whole batch with a rubber spatula.
  • The contrasts of the firm crumb topping, tender cake and creamy filling is like a party in your mouth.
Lemon Crumble Cream Cake with a crumb topping dusted with powdered sugar, tender cake and lemon cream filling.

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June 7, 2016

“Bully Spectators” in Youth Baseball

No, this doesn’t have anything to with food or recipes but something’s been weighing on my mind so I want to talk about it. And maybe (just maybe? hopefully?) spark a conversation that might affect change.

My son is a 9-year old baseball player. Watching him and his teammates play ball over the years has brought me more joy than I ever would have expected. We’re five years in and I still feel disappointed when practice is rained out. We play rec ball in the spring and travel ball in the fall (for now).

Last year he made the all-star team (AA coach pitch) and my love for baseball was fully cemented. I don’t know what we ever did to deserve the stroke of luck that threw us together with the team we were on, but last summer marks the best season of my life as a parent. The boys won their sub-district championship, won their district championship and we went on to the state championship.

"I don’t know what we ever did to deserve the stroke of luck that threw us together with the team we were on, but last summer marks the best season of my life as a parent."

We (the kids, coaches, spouses, families, friends and everyone else who came along on our journey) had something special. We won and we won and we won some more and it was because the boys loved their coaches and they loved them back. Parents didn’t squabble or politic and no one expected special treatment. The day we got put out of State (finished 4th I think) I cried and cried like a big dumb baby because I just wasn’t ready for the magical experience to end.

I tell you all that to give reference to the thing I want to talk about. My boy managed to make this year’s all-star team as well (AAA minors) and we’re super excited and proud. We begin tournament play in less than two weeks and I just about can’t contain my excitement!

But there’s one thing gnawing at me. I am absolutely dreading encountering what I call the “bully spectators”. These are the fans (usually parents – scratch that – usually mothers) who heckle and harass the children on the opposing team.

“Bully Spectators” in Youth Baseball - a baseball mom's take on the growing phenomenon

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