Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Eads Family Cook-Off Day 1

Mindy and Elizabeth drew the first breakfast which meant that they had to start their prep work last night. After a bit of a rocky start and burnt bacon (Elizabeth came over and whispered to me---"grammy, what do you cook bacon on?" Apparently, Mindy has never made bacon) they got their breakfast casserole in the crock pot.

The "rules" of our cook-off are that everyone has to stay away until the cooks have everything ready. Today is Victoria's birthday, so they made breakfast a little party.

I have to point out that Elizabeth made all of the letters for the sign. I showed her how to use the Gypsy for my Cricut---just once and she knew how to use it right away. Kids and computers are just in sync!

Their breakfast was really good. This casserole along with cinnamon rolls. What more could you want to wake up to?

Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole
1 dozen eggs
1 cup milk
1-32 oz. bag frozen hash brown potatoes
1 lb. bacon, fried crisp and crumbled
3/4 cup chopped sweet onion
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
salt and pepper

Spray inside of crock pot with non-stick cooking spray. Layer all potatoes, bacon, onions and cheese half and half. Beat eggs, milk and seasonings. Pour over potatoes. Cook on low for 10-12 hours until eggs are set.
Here is Elizabeth explaining their breakfast and theme---happy birthday, Victoria! The teens don't get up for breakfast. Their loss.

It was overcast, so we decided to go to the Market in Charleston. We shopped for awhile. When we got home, the sun came out, so everyone went to the beach.

Next up were Sandy (Hot Tamale) and Greg (Big Enchilada).
Sandy went all out---including costumes, games and activities. They made it a birthday party for Victoria---including party favors. They started us off with margaritas (adult and children variety) and appetizers.
 Victoria gets pretty close at "pin the tail on the donkey."
 Sandy "spun" everybody just enough so they were disoriented.

Butch ended up winning a can of "fiesta string." We didn't know they still made silly string.

Then there was more entertainment. Sandy's little dance, dinner, margarita cupcakes and a pinata. A perfect birthday party.


  1. That sounds so much fun!

  2. From the smiles on your faces i'd say you were having a super time. My three show me how to use computerised gadgets these days! x

  3. Looks like great fun....and the casserole sounds delicious.

  4. Wonderful party - typical teens not getting up for breakfast, did you save any for them? Looks like you will have a great week :)

  5. That looks like another recipe winner to me. If I can find frozen hash browns here I'm going to try it


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