We had a special dinner for our son Garrett a little over a week ago. I pulled out my “Let’s Celebrate” plate (from my Pampered Chef days) as we barbequed steak, veggies, and ate our last meal of the season on our back patio.
We talked in depth about Garrett’s accomplishment that we were celebrating, the details surrounding it, the responsibility of it, the price that went along with it. We also talked about charisma – and what you do with the gift of charisma. How do you handle it, and use it rightly, as it’s a God-given gift! And what are the consequences of mishandling it?
It was a lesson for all of us. But all of our lessons around the dinner table are for all of us. As our whole family participates in conversation and discussions around our table – we feel safe, comfortable and free to express opinions.
It was a great celebration that night.
I've found that good food makes celebrating our children's accomplishments even more fun!
We all have to eat, so why not make a special meal and a big deal of that particular kid’s achievements?
I’ve learned it doesn’t even matter what you serve (Mac & Cheese works just fine!) We just need to celebrate, and support and encourage our kids. They don’t always make perfect choices, but each day has a new teachable moment, and there’s always something that we can find to celebrate!
Besides his school achievement, Garrett was also helpful that night in making breakfast for our family the next morning.
The night before?
Yes, the night before. The meal cooked all night long in the crockpot!
I gave Garrett an easy recipe, which he followed, and we modified it to work with the ingredients we had on hand.
(Note: When I don’t specify a particular kind of meat or cheese in my posts, it’s because I always USE WHAT I HAVE IN MY FRIDGE. I rarely go to the store to buy an ingredient that I don’t have. I always improvise!) Plus, we want to start using all of these potatoes that we just harvested from our garden!
Here’s how he did it!
He used the crockpot and put the meal together before bedtime, and then plugged it in when he went to bed.
What did our family wake up to?
We had a tasty wake-up meal in the morning, and our family decided this recipe was a keeper!
Crockpot Breakfast Casserole
32 oz. frozen or freshly grated hashed browns (we baked our own potatoes first, then grated them)
1 cup of your favorite salsa
1 lb. turkey sausage (pre-cooked bacon would work too!)
2 C. shredded cheese
One dozen eggs
1 C. milk
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of pepper
1 teaspoon of dry mustard
Grate/place the hashed browns in the bottom of a lightly sprayed crockpot
Pour salsa on the potatoes
Crumble sausage or bacon on the hash browns; sprinkle cheese on top
Mix the eggs, milk, salt, pepper, and dry mustard
Pour eggs over the entire mixture
Cover and cook on low for 10 hours - and ENJOY!
Give it a try! Or modify the recipe to make it tasty for your family!
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