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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Been There... Done That....Cold December Mornings....#RB4U #FoodPorn

Cold December Mornings...

Hello and welcome back to Melissa's Musings. Each ninth day of the month, I drop by to share my thoughts, wonderings, happenings, and life. Lucky you! You're in for a treat today!

If your family is like mine, mornings are not our favorite time of the day. Youngest child--who is now an adult working as an electrician is up and in the shower by 6:00, I'm doing my hair for work or phoning in my movie review to the local radio station by 6:30. At this time of year in Michigan, it's dark...and cold!
It's hard to think about food, let alone have time for yummy meal. Forget cereal... too messy and you have to sit down and eat it. The breakfast bars are okay if you like cardboard. They also leave me hungry about 10 am. Stopping at the local hamburger joint is fine but expensive. With the holidays, I don't have a dollar to spare!

I cut my time down to the second so that I can sleep just those few extra minutes. Beauty sleep is important. I didn't get this way on Botox alone! *wink*

So been there, done that... I've tried to make up breakfast meals ahead of time. They didn't turn out so good. Think messy and boring. But you will receive my special secret recipe today.... just because I love you, all!

I make egg muffins. They are super easy and I make them on Sundays, stuff them in a Ziploc baggie and with a quick pop in the microwave (1-2 min) they are ready to go. You can even make them into a sandwich if you want to give up an extra minute of your rest.

Egg Muffins
6-9 eggs
1/8-1/4 cup milk
Muffin pan
Cooking spray

Onions (green or sweet)
Ham pieces cubed
And anything else you can imagine!

Preheat the oven to 350*. Spray the muffin tin with cooking spray (don't be a Grinch with it...make sure it's coated in the muffin spaces so the eggs come out.) 
In a separate bowl, combine the eggs and mild. Wisk.
In the muffin tins, load up your extras. Go all out! Be creative!
Pour the milk/egg mixture over the extras in the muffin cups. Place in the oven and cook at 350* until firm and lightly browned (about 15 minutes or so).
Remove from oven and let cool. You can eat them when warm or place them into plastic baggies for future mornings. 

Now you have a yummy treat that won't waste your precious sleep time. In addition, these are wonderful things to make ahead for the holidays. You can wake up and warm up these on Christmas morning while the children are opening presents or serve them on New Years Eve, before your party guests go home.
Aren't you glad you got to learn from my own trial and error? If you make them, I'd love to hear what you put in them. My favorite is green onions, mushrooms, bacon, ham and cheese.

Now for a treat of a different sort... Yummy Cowboys!

Cowboys Forever 
Six Women—Six Cowboys Forever 
Six Cowboy Love Stories by the best selling authors who brought you Cowboy Up 1&2 

Marry Me Again, Cowboy by Allison Merritt 
An unlikely match made in Texas... 

Cowboy Apocalypse by Leslie Garcia 
Can a former Marine and a Hollywood diva facing apocalyptic changes in their lives salvage new beginnings together? 

Claiming A Cowboy’s Heart by Melissa Keir 
Even broken souls deserve a second chance at love… 

Rock-n-Roll Cowboy by Autumn Piper 
Never judge a rock band by its cover song. 

A Cowboy's Princess by Sara Walter Ellwood 
Oil and water don't mix...neither does Texas oil royalty and an ex-Navy SEAL turned rodeo cowboy until danger forces them together. 

Ride, Cowboy, Ride by D’Ann Lindun 
Can they find freedom together? 

The horse’s tail rose. A small leg became visible as the birth began. Holding his breath, he waited and watched.

With his gaze on the eminent arrival, he frowned. “Crap. That’s an upside down hoof.”

His friend drew in close. A second leg arrived. “Shit. The foal’s backward. Those are the rear legs.”

“We have to get the foal out now. If we don’t, it’ll drown.” He knelt next to the horse. “Get up front and soothe Cheyenne. I’m going to have to pull the foal out fast, and I don’t want her thrashing around.” Sweat trickled down his spine. Playing God was not what being a veterinarian was about. Losing an animal—any animal—took a piece of his soul. But to lose a new life…it might leave a permanent scar. I’ve been blessed so far. Would the blessing last?

Glancing to see that his buddy had followed his directions, Preston gritted his teeth and seized a hold of the offspring’s legs with both hands. “Ready, on the count of three…. One, two, three.” He heaved with all his strength, observing as the foal came out. Quickly, he tore open the sac, releasing fluid and giving the foal a chance to breathe. He gnawed on his lip, gaze glued on the foal. Was it alive? Come on. He whispered a silent prayer.

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Thank you for stopping by today and be sure to let me know about your own extras!! I'm always up for trying a new treat!


Cara Marsi said...

Thanks for the recipe, Melissa. I'm going to make it. I hate mornings and I can't ever get going until I've had my jolt of caffeine. Yes, I'm a coffee addict. I remember those mornings of stumbling down to the kitchen to put on the coffeemaker. When I worked, I usually had an English muffin, eaten quickly, for breakfast. Now that I'm retired, breakfast is my favorite time of day. I can sit down and relax at breakfast and read the paper. Hope someday,you're able to do that. Your new boxed set sounds great. Who doesn't love a cowboy?

Paris said...

Mornings are always so rushed that I'm forever grabbing something and wishing I'd eaten healthier. Thanks for the great recipe! The new boxed set sounds wonderful. Of course, I am a sucker for a cowboy story :) Best of luck for many sales!

Tina Donahue said...

Love the photo of the guy with the yellow stick (pole?). Looks like me in the morning. Wish you'd come over to my place, Melissa, and make those muffins for me. :)

jean hart stewart said...

Great excerpt...I'm bad at breakfast and addicted to my sweet roll. Oh well, at my age I guess it hasn't hurt me too much....I make similar eggs for the family at Xmas and they love them.

Melissa Keir said...

Thank you Cara. The recipe is very easy and between this one and the one I shared on Vicki Batman's blog for white chocolate scones, there's a breakfast for everyone!

Paris..There's something wonderful about cowboys!

Tina.. with this recipe you can make it one evening and put it in the fridge for the morning. One minute in the microwave and wham! Breakfast!

I do love my sweet breakfast treats too, Jean. There's nothing wrong with that!

stanalei said...

Thank you for the breakfast recipe, Melissa. Even though my husband is retired and he likes to make breakfast, it fun to have something different and fast when we need it. Hope the release is going well!

Judy Baker said...

OMG, I've been looking for a recipe like this for my son. He gets up and goes to work too early to eat, but once he's at work for a while, he starving. Now all he'll have to do is put it in the microwave and enjoy. Thank you so much.

Jenna said...

Wow. Going to make these in the morning! I've been doing one with a bacon nest holding a sunny side up egg, but this sounds even better! Yum!

Melissa Keir said...

Thank you Stanalei. The egg muffin is like a different meal each time. I like to change it up with different ingredients.

I'm glad Judy. I hate wasting time so it's perfect for me too!

You'll have to let me know what you think, Jenna. I haven't had the bacon nest breakfast!

Daryl Devore said...

I haven't had a chance to read Melissa Keir's latest - but I hvae read others - if you love well written books with wonderful characters then you'll love Melissa Keir's books. And no she didn't pay me to say that :-)

Melissa Keir said...

Thank you Daryl. I do love my characters. It's a good thing too... they don't always talk to me!

Renee Vincent said...

Thanks for the recipe! It reminds me of a mini, on the go quiche! Btw, congrats on your cowboy boxed set, Melissa!

Jenna said...

Just made them! Delicious! My husband gave it a thumbs up. :)

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