God's Sense of Humor - MOPS Recipe
God works in funny ways. Sometimes it’s a laugh out loud type of humor, other times its a gentle turning upwards of my lips to form a smirk acknowledging the, I see what You did there moment. Last Friday was MOPS day. For those of you who don’t know about Mothers of Preschoolers, click the link as fast as you can and find a MOPS to join! It has been one of the best decisions I’ve made to cultivate life-giving fellowship with other women in this season of little ones.
I woke up in one of those no-good-very-bad moods. You see it was our tables’ week to bring food. I love me some MOPS brunch, but I put the words overly ambitious to the test. I signed up for not one, but two casseroles. Why I can’t just let myself be a, “I’ll grab the donuts,” type mom I really can’t understand. The week had already been clothed with layer upon layer of stresses. Monday night Worship + Workout, Tuesday night stay up way too late finishing the enneagram and motherhood article I so excitedly volunteered to guest write, Wednesday night we saw every hour as food poisoning struck half our household, Thursday was a blur of sickness and oh why not just design and create my own website for an online business too?! Crazy town population one!
Grumpies had set in before I could even hit the brew button my Keurig. In true procrastination fashion I waited way too late to start these two, never been made before, casserole recipes. Panic strikes my heart and soon the whole house was feeling the wrath of miserable momma. Luckily, dad was able to take the girls to pick up some McDonald’s breakfast, so I could frantically finish. One batch of burnt bacon and 5 extra minutes of broiler time later, and we were out the door...only 10 minutes late.
During our devotional time, one of our leaders told us a about a similar storyline of Satan trying to attack her the strongest when God was trying to use her in a big way. I feel that constantly as a writer. God’s funny came in the closing moments of our time together when a chorus of women started raving over some of the food. It was announced that they wanted not just one, but both of my recipes shared ASAP. My Satan attacked casseroles were used to not just fill the stomachs of the women in our group, but to remind me that God really is working all the time. He knew I needed to be there that day, especially to hear our message about communication in marriage, but also just to share some yummy food with some sweet mommas.
Here are the casserole recipes! If you try them out, let me know what you think!
Blueberry Croissant Puff
This Blueberry Croissant Puff is made from buttery croissants, fruit, and a cream cheese milk mixture that is baked until golden brown.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 20 servings
6 large croissants , cut up (about 10 cups)
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (can substitute any berry)
2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened
1 1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place croissant pieces in a 9x13 inch pan. Sprinkle with blueberries.
Beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla in medium bowl with electric mixer until well blended. Gradually add milk, beating well after each addition. Pour evenly over croissant pieces. Let stand 20 minutes or soak overnight.
Bake at 350°F for 35 to 40 minutes or until set in center and golden brown. You may want to cover it with foil for the last 10 minutes if the tops are getting too browned.
Serve warm sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Find it online at https://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/blueberry-croissant-puff
Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Bake
This Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Bake is super easy, can be prepped the night before, and incredibly delicious! Kids and grownups alike will devour this. Sure to be a family favorite.
Author: Chew Out Loud
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 lb ground breakfast sausage, no casings
2 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded, divided
2 cups whole milk
2 extra large eggs or 3 large eggs
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder
pinch of table salt (1/8 tsp)
2 lbs frozen tater tots
3 TB freshly chopped parsley for garnish
In a very large skillet, cook sausage on medium high heat, breaking up the meat and browning it. Once cooked through, drain and layer onto the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking pan. Evenly sprinkle 2 cups of the cheese over cooked sausage.
In a large bowl, hand-whisk together the milk, eggs, pepper, onion powder, and salt. Once mixed, pour evenly over the cheese and sausage in baking dish. Layer top with frozen tater tots. If not baking right away, cover tightly with foil and chill in fridge until the next morning.
When ready to bake, set oven to 350F with rack on lower middle position. Once oven reaches 350F, place uncovered casserole in oven for about 35 minutes. Top with additional 1/2 cup cheese, cooked/crumbled bacon, and bake another 5-10 minutes or until sides are bubbling and top is golden brown. Garnish with chopped parsley, let rest at room temp 10 minutes, and serve.