Sunday, January 28, 2018

Crock Pot Breakfast and The Poppy Plate

When we lived in Alaska, our friend Toni one night invited us over for dinner.  She served one of her amazing meals on the most beautiful husband even commented how neat looking they were.  I casually asked where she got them...and then I ran out the next morning to copy compliment her...and I have a terrible addiction to dishes, as we all know.

I bought out all the plates and bowls they had.  Toni had already scored both of the beautiful platters that were also in the dish line.  I was disappointed, but you know how it goes, first girl that scouts the store wins the platters.  I think I even had a toddler's temper tantrum moment that my husband had to talk me down from.

Later that year, we traveled 3,000 miles in a U-Haul to our new home.  The Poppy dishes made it perfectly.  Then two years later one night, husband hand washes dishes (because they are too fancy for the dishwasher) and breaks plate...he was devastated, beyond explanation...I mean to tell you, devastated!

I looked high and low and everywhere in between on Google to find another plate.  His birthday was approaching last month and I remembered my mom finding one of her china pieces at Replacements, Ltd..  I went to their website and put the pattern description in their search bar.  It brought up all the pieces immediately in photos.

I couldn't believe it, I was so excited....then I see the small print "out of stock".  Then, I see you can be put on a waiting list.  I have never been so obsessed trying to find a $6.99 plate.  A couple weeks later I get an email..."In Stock".  I ordered it and it arrived in time for his birthday.  I think he even shed a little tear when he opened the box.

I was so excited when I took Felicia to Dabble Pain & Sip during her visit.  I wandered into a room off the back corner (because I am curiously nosy like that) and found dozens and dozens of paintings.  They explained that they take the paintings from the instructors during each class and sell them.  I saw a painting of my poppies!  Score! It looks beautiful in our dining room with our plates.

We love using our Poppy dishes for breakfast, they are just so cheerful, happy and colorful in the morning.

Crock Pot Breakfast
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1 bag 26 oz. frozen hash browns
12 eggs
1 cup milk
1 Tbl ground mustard
1 (16 oz) roll breakfast sausage
1 (16 oz) bag shredded cheddar cheese

Spray crock pot and evenly spread hash browns at the bottom.

Crack 12 eggs in a large bowl.  Mix well using a whisk. Add the milk.

Sprinkle in the ground mustard, salt and pepper.  Mix and set aside.

Cook the sausage on medium-high heat in a skillet, drain and set aside.

Add the cooked sausage to the crock pot on top of the hash browns.  Add the bag of cheese.  Mix all three well.

Pour the egg mixture over everything in the crock pot.  

Using a wood spoon, even everything out.

Turn crock pot on low for 6-8 hours.  

Enjoy with a side of fruit (for your vitamins), and of course, a little sweet pastry!

One Year Ago: One Year Older
Three Years Ago: "Sweet" 16
Four Years Ago: Hungarian Goulash

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