What’s for Breakfast?

What’s for Breakfast?

BREAKFAST:  Breakfast to me, Julie,  isn’t just a time of day, it is a menu of foods that are traditionally served in the morning. 

I happen to love eating “breakfast” for dinner.  I also love eating at restaurants that serve “breakfast” all during the day, and evening.  So to us, breakfast is more of a state of mind and appetite, than a time of day to eat it in.  Comprende? 

Alright, well, moving on…..It is early after all.

(We will update as time goes by.  Stay tuned.)


Dedicated to…

“Honey on a Plate”

The story behind “Honey on a Plate” is that one night my mother didn’t have anything to give me for dinner so she put some honey on a plate and made me some toast to dip into it.  She also gave me some hot chocolate to drink with it.  She was divorced and single and I believe we were living in Atlanta at the time.

Me and My Mother, Mary Keith, in Atlanta, 1960’s

(My mother was a Medical Technologist)

I loved it so much that I started requesting “Honey on a Plate” for breakfast, after school snack, the weekends….

Then my brother’s came along and they liked “Honey on a Plate” as well.

I had forgotten about it until yesterday morning and I decided that I wanted it for breakfast.

So, “Honey on a Plate” it was!


Wake up and Smell the coffee, er roses, whatever….


Good Morning!!

What’s for Breakfast?

But first, is the coffee ready?

Oh, Thank God!!

(BTW:  This “Ninja” coffee maker is the LOUDEST coffee maker we have ever owned! 

Thank you Veronica and Brian for giving it to us for Christmas.  Sigh….It could wake the dead!  And it usually does.)

So, Gordon, what are you making there?

Oh, good!  I LOVE your omelets.  Make some extra so that I can share with Monk.

I just want the Egg Beaters and some Margarine.


Julie’s Eggs

Most mornings my breakfast is simple.  Just some egg whites and a whole wheat bagel.  What you see here is mine, and Gordon’s typical breakfast.  We do like to change it up occasionally, but most days what you see here is what we eat.

Olive Oil, Margarine….

Oh, and some Turmeric too!

(Turmeric is known for killing cancer cells.  It’s a bland spice so it doesn’t change the taste of food that much.  We keep some in a salt shaker and we sprinkle it on as much of our food as possible.)

Adding My Egg Beaters

Some freshly ground black pepper…..

Then let it cook away!

Julie’s Eggs


Next Come Gordon’s Eggs

Wow!  Look at yours!  How beautiful it is?  You gonna eat all that?


Gordon does make the best omelet’s.  Here is yet another example. 

He always uses up our leftover mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, herbs, spinach, etc.

Here he uses some olive oil and a little bit of margarine to saute the onions, mushrooms and red bell peppers.

Then he added some leftover spinach.  The spinach is already cooked, it’s just a matter of warming it through.

Now comes the Eggs.  Usually Gordon’s omelet’s are a combination of large eggs and Egg Beaters.

He always adds some leftover cheese as well.  It just needs to melt.

Flip It Over

Slide it Out onto a Plate





Julie:  O.K., so I need you to look Grumpy so that I can take your photo for the What’s For Breakfast blog post. 

Just stand there and look Grumpy.

Soooooo, now!

Is that the best Grumpy face you can do?  Try again.


No, that looks the same as the other one.

Try again.

Why are you laughing?

You are supposed to be Grumpy!

O.K. let me try another approach.  Remember the time I got you up at 3:00 a.m. because we had that large tree frog in the house?  And I ran into the bedroom screaming your name and it scared you so bad that you jumped out of bed punching the air thinking we had an intruder in the house?

That’s it!!!

Grumpy’s Awake!


We Do Love Our Eggs

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I pretty much eat the same thing every morning.  Half of a whole wheat bagel with some egg whites. 

In order to change things up for me, Gordon started making them a bit differently.

He places the bagel in the pan and then pours the egg whites all over it and cooks it that way.

Same thing, it just looks different.

I don’t eat many egg yolks but a yolk would look great in the center, wouldn’t it?

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Gordon always puts lots of onions and bell peppers and cheese in his.  But I just like mine plain.


Dave’s Killer Bread

Although you see many delicious breakfast’s on this post most of the time we end up just grabbing a toasted bagel.  Here is a favorite brand of ours, Dave’s Killer Bread.  The breads are made by ex-con’s who have served their time in prison and have turned their lives around and have become very productive members of our society.  If you can then give their products a try. 

Here is their link: 

Click Here For:  Dave’s Killer Bread


Pretty Sauteed Mushrooms


3 Baby Bella Mushrooms – sliced

1 Tbsp each Red and Green Bell Pepper – diced

3 Tbs. Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper to Taste

In a small saute pan add your olive oil and heat to medium.  When heated, add your diced Bell Peppers to the pan and saute for a few min. stirring occasionally.  Now, add your sliced mushrooms to the pan and saute a few more min. until slightly browned tossing/stirring occasionally.  Add your salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately. 

TIP:  You could also add scrambled eggs or egg whites to the saute for a great omelet.


The Baconator

(Actually, I made the name up because this lovely pottery is perfect for cooking bacon in the microwave.)

I was feeling a bit nostalgic from my high school year’s of living in Sevierville, Tennessee and I was especially craving the homemade Corn Chowder and Corn Fritters from The Old Mill Restaurant in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  (Located just a few miles from Sevierville.)  Pigeon Forge is “bacon” sandwiched between Sevierville and Gatlinburg, if that helps you out any.

Well, as I was browsing the store online for The Old Mill Restaurant, I then saw this lovely piece of pottery.  Pigeon Forge Pottery is the best!  The microwave bacon cooker.  Perfect for southern cooking!  I mean look at it….  You drape the bacon over the sides of the cup and while the bacon cooks it drips the fat into the tray part of it that also has a spout to allow you to then pour the bacon grease into a jar to store for next time you may need some bacon fat in your cooking.  Perfect!

Bacon Fat is EXCELLENT in Making Eggs for Breakfast’s  🙂

If you would like one for yourself, here is the link:

Click Here For:  The Old Mill Restaurant

Just browse around the store and you might find something else you desire. 

They also feature some excellent southern recipes for you to try as well.


Brodie and Mackenzie’s Skillet Spinach Parmesan Eggs

Because my son and his girlfriend made this dish I had to pretty much interview him on how they made it.  This was something that Brodie just threw together from some of their leftover food they wanted to use up.


1 T. Olive Oil (Nothing fancy.)

Half an Onion, Chopped

2 Garlic Cloves, minced

1 Large bag of raw Spinach Leaves (1 lb. bag, or thereabouts)

EGGS, as many as you like.

Spices to Taste:  Salt, Freshly Ground Black Pepper, Red Chili Powder, (any you like to add as well.)

Shredded Parmesan Cheese


According to Brodie the first thing he did was to put about a T. of olive oil into a skillet on a medium-low heat on the stove top.  Next, he placed his chopped onion in the skillet to soften, about 5 minutes or so.  Once the onions have softened then add the minced garlic cloves for an additional 3 minutes cooking time.  Stirring occasionally.  He then added an entire bag of spinach leaves to the skillet.  The spinach will cook down considerably.  You just want to take some tongs and move the spinach around the skillet while it cooks down evenly.  You can also add your spices at this time.  As in the salt, pepper, and any spices that you prefer.  Next crack as many eggs as you like into the spinach once it has cooked down.  Make little nests for the eggs to rest in so they don’t just run around in the spinach.  Just keep it on a medium-low heat while the eggs cook.  You just want the whites to be cooked while leaving the egg yolks a bit runny.  When done sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese while it melts.

Ready to Eat!


Cinnamon Toast

(A Poor Man’s/Woman’s Cinnamon Bun)

Fresh Out of the Oven

Cinnamon Toast is yet another childhood treat that I grew up with.  Breakfast on many a Saturday morning.  Probably familiar to many here in America but I do have an international audience as well so I thought I would post the morning memory.

It is so simple, and easy to make.

All you need is a loaf of bread, white or wheat.  Some Butter/Margarine, some granulated Sugar, and some ground Cinnamon.

Get out a Cookie Sheet.  (Hey, if I am going to create a childhood memory then I am going to call the baking tray exactly what we called it when I was growing up.  A Cookie Sheet.  And turn the oven to Broil.

Just place a few slices of bread on the cookie sheet and place into the oven for them to brown a little bit.

Now flip them over so that the browned side is on the bottom.

Next you want to butter the bread.  Then sprinkle some granulated sugar and cinnamon on the bread slices. 

As much or as little as you like.

Ready to go back into the oven.

Whenever you cook anything on broil you need to be there to monitor it constantly as it cooks quickly and you don’t want anything to burn.  When the toast is as browned as you would like it then remove from the oven and pile onto a platter to be eaten in front of the T.V. while watching Saturday morning cartoons.  🙂

Scooby Doo, my FAVORITE cartoon!

Saturday Morning Memories

Leftovers can be eaten the following day by just placing the cinnamon toast into a 300F oven for just a few minutes for it to crisp up.  Taste just as good as if you made it fresh.



(Based on Nigella Lawson’s Triple Cheese and Onion Strata Recipe.)



Before I get to our version of Nigella Lawson’s recipe, I wanted to write up her recipe on which ours is based.

Nigella Lawson’s Triple Cheese and Onion Strata

(As written in her Nigella Christmas Cookbook)

1 baguette or French loaf (both elbow-ends discarded), cut into 1/2-inch slices and allowed to go stale (this is about 1/2 lb of stale bread slices, in case you want to substitute other loaves of types of bread)

6 scallions, roughly sliced

1/4 lb fresh mozzarella cheese, roughly chopped

3/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese (I like to make this in the processor, so it’s easier to use shaved Parmesan, but if you’re grating do use proper block Parmesan.)

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

6 eggs

small bunch of chives to garnish


Arrange the stale baguette slices in a baking dish measuring approx. 9 inches square.

Put he scallions, mozzarella, Parmesan and cheddar into a food processor.

Add the sour cream and eggs, then process to make an eggy-cheese sauce.  Pour this over the stale bread, cover with plastic wrap, and leave it to soak overnight.  If you want to do this by hand, simply whisk together the eggs and sour cream, then finely chop the scallions and mozzarella and add them to the eggs.  Add in the cheddar and Parmesan and stir to combine before pouring over the bread pieces.

In the morning, preheat your oven to 350F.  Take the strata out of the refrigerator and uncover it.

Bake for 30 minutes, though the strata may need longer in the oven if it is really f-f-f-fridge c-c-c-cold when it goes in.

Once it’s out of the oven, scissor the chives finely over the strata and spoon onto serving plates.


Here Gordon is Making Ours

We had a stale loaf of bread and Gordon was bitching and moaning about having wasted such a beautiful loaf when I remembered Nigella Lawson’s Cheese Strata.  While Gordon was overseas last year my son Brodie and I had a stale baguette and we decided to make Nigella’s Strata ourselves and it was delicious!  Except we used Mexican cheeses and even added some Red Pepper to give it some heat.

(If I ever find those photos I will post them here.)


Here are our ingredients:  We actually made a few of them.  One to eat and two to freeze.

Although you do see an array of cheeses in the photos above we ended up only using the Fontina, Manchego and Queso in this batch.  Later on you will see the other cheeses that we used when making another batch.


We followed Nigella’s recipe suggestion by placing everything into a food processor.


Adding one egg at a time to make sure they haven’t gone bad before cracking them into the food processor with the other ingredients.

Adding the Eggs and Milk

The Sour Cream

Adding the Sour Cream to the Food Processor

Chopping the Spring Onions (Scallions)

Here Gordon has placed the bread into 3 casserole dishes and is sprinkling the spring onions on top of the bread.


Gordon Adding some Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Here Gordon is adding some Sindhav Salt, just a pinch or two. 

You can add any salt you like or you can omit this step.

And about a teaspoon of Paprika.

Now we are ready to Process.

When the mixture is well blended then just pour over the bread and let soak.


We made another batch using a Merlot Cheese, a Wine Cheese, and an Asiago.  We followed the same instructions as above in placing all the ingredients into a food processor.

Two we wrapped up and placed into the freezer for future eating.

This one we baked and ate for dinner.

  But, had we placed it in the refrigerator overnight it would have tasted better although it was delicious regardless.


This one is straight out of the oven and smells wonderful!


Great for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner



(My only regret is that ugly yellow potholder!)

Breakfast Frittata’s

When Gordon made these Frittata’s they were for a special breakfast that we did.  I wanted my own for a brunch, so I had Gordon to  place the egg mixture into this cute little baking dish for me.  My only regret is that I forgot to remove the ugly yellow pot holder.  🙁  It ruins the shot, but not the taste.)  🙂


So, here is the write up that Gordon did on how to make these delicious Frittata’s:

With this recipe, you can use as little or as much as you want with the ingredients. Just be sure to not
use too many vegetables though so you will still have room for your eggs. I like the ratio of ¼ veggies to
¾ egg mixture.

Frittata Ingredients:

½ Red, Yellow, and Green Bell Pepper – sliced and chopped
¼ Yellow Onion sliced and diced
2 Garlic Cloves sliced and thinly diced
4 to 5-inch piece of ½ of a Leek – sliced into half rounds
Cherry Tomatoes
¼ stick of butter
Green Onions
1 Dozen Eggs
1 Culp Half and Half
Italian and Mozzarella Cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste

Washing Herbs

Depending on how many Frittata’s you are going to make, will depend on how much of each ingredient
you are going to use. With that said, begin to slice up your Bell Peppers.

Slice your Bell Pepper in half, then remove the seeds and the stem.

Now, slice the bell pepper into long thin slices as shown.

Using your knife, remove any white part of the inside of the bell pepper as it is very bland.

Nice picture Julie!  🙂  (Thanks Gordon.)

Do the same for all the Bell Peppers.

 Then chop the
slices into medium dice pieces.

Here is your Leek which can be very dirty inside, as seen later on.

Be sure to rinse all your vegetables before slicing them.

Pour about 3 Tbsp’s of Olive Oil into a large sauté pan and turn to medium heat.

When the oil is hot, add your Bell Peppers as they take the longest to cook.

Add some salt and pepper to taste.  We are using a Florida blend salt mixture here.

But you can use whatever you like.

Slice your Leek in half as shown. I told you this vegetable is Dirty!

Rinse the dirt away from the root end as shown. Doing this will ensure the dirt doesn’t get further down
into the white part of the leek.

Here, I am slicing up the onion.

Now, slice your root end off the leek, then slice the leek into thin strips as shown.

Multitasking at its best!

Once your bell peppers are nicely sautéed, add your leeks and onion and stir.

Slice your Cherry Tomatoes in half as shown.

Now, slice your garlic thinly.

Once your onions and leeks have begun to wilt, add your cherry tomatoes.

Then add your sliced garlic and stir together well.


Add about a tsp of butter to the mixture and stir some more.

Add some freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Left, Slice your Chives thinly as shown. These are from our garden!

Next, slice the root ends off your Green Onions, and slice into thin rounds as shown.

Beautiful Colors!

Remove the Oregano from the stems as shown.

Remove some of the larger stems from your parsley before slicing.

Slice your parsley thinly.

Gordon Cooking in our Florida Kitchen



Crack your eggs into a large bowl… here we will use a dozen.

Using a whisk, combine all the eggs until well blended.

Pour 1 cup of half and half into the whisked eggs.

Whisk to Combine


Add some salt to the egg mixture … here we added a special Florida blend.

And also add some freshly ground pepper.

Add as much or as little of the herbs you just chopped to the egg mixture and whisk to combine.


Using your favorite cooking spray, coat each ramekin with enough to just cover the surface.

Now, add a large spoonful of your sautéed vegetable mixture to the bottom of the ramekin.

Add about a Tbsp of Mozzarella cheese to your ramekin.

Using a ladle to add the egg mixture to your ramekin. Add just enough to go ¾ of the way up the side of
the ramekin as shown.


Top your egg mixture with about a Tbsp of any Italian cheese.

Place your ramekins on a cookie sheet just in case the eggs spill over during the cooking process.
Preheat your oven to 350’F and when at temperature, place them in for ~15 minutes.


Here is a great picture of the eggs most of the way through the cooking process. Nice close detailed
shot Julie! Cook them about a few minutes more and they should be fully cooked. Remember, the
residual heat will continue to cook the eggs well after you have removed them from the oven.

Here you can really see the beautiful colors of the herbs and vegetables.


Which leads us to………

Julie’s Eggscillent Frittata Brunch  🙂


An Egg and Bacon Sandwich

Moment of Weakness

The other night Gordon was frying up some bacon for a recipe he was working on and I looked at all that delicious bacon grease in that cast iron skillet and had the best flashback memory of a fried egg sandwich.

Bacon Grease is HEAVEN!

So, I asked Gordon to cook me an egg in all that delicious grease. 

He cooked me TWO eggs!

Oh, and the southern way is for the yolks to be fully cooked.  NOT runny!


I savored every single bite!

When I love whatever it is that I am eating, I eat it very slowly because I’m in no hurry for the experience to be over with.  That’s how much I loved this Bacon and Fried Egg Sandwich.  🙂


Brodie’s Eggs

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Brodie has taken after Gordon and he can create and cook almost anything, but his eggs do look good!

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Just put a shirt on.



Brodie’s Favorite Breakfast

Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, Dill, Lemon Juice, and Onions on an Everything Bagel…

topped with freshly cracked pepper!

The Italian Lemon Juice is really good and gives this breakfast a nice fresh taste. 

Brodie usually uses fresh dill as well!

The Assembly

Toast the Bagel, Spread any Cream Cheese you like, then add some Sliced Onions, then the Smoked Salmon, and top with Lemon Juice, Dill, and Freshly Ground Black Pepper.


Now for OUR Take on Brodie’s Bagel’s and Lox

 Smoked Salmon and Dill Bagel Sandwiches

(Ignore the pumpkins.  Gordon and I made these around Halloween.  And color wise, they fit right in with the season.)

These were really delicious for any time of day.


Bagels (We used plain.)

Cream Cheese

Dill Seasonings

Lemon Pepper Seasoning

Smoked Salmon


Spring Onions

Fresh Dill


The first thing that I, Julie, did was to add some Dill Seasonings to the Cream Cheese.  You can see in the photos above the listed ingredients the brand that I used, Thrill of a Dill.  I made this a day ahead so that the cream cheese and dill flavors would meld together before we ate it.  I also added some Lemon/Pepper Seasoning to give it a nice lemon hint.

Now we are ready to start assembling our Bagel Sandwiches.

We toasted our bagels first.

We then spread our Dill Flavored Cream Cheese on one side of our toasted Bagels.

Smoked Salmon

Bagels Ready for the Next Step

Here Gordon is breaking up the Smoked Salmon into pieces and placing it on top of the Cream Cheese.


Next come the Capers, as many as you like.

Here Gordon is chopping some Spring Onions to add to our Bagels as well. 

Then top with Fresh Dill.

Breakfast, or Anytime!


Our Crustless Quiche

I was trying to come up with a name for this and “Crustless Quiche” was all I could think of, and all that we could agree with.

I, Julie, got the idea to expand on our “Artichoke Appetizer” and to turn it into something more than it already was.  It is after all, something of a quiche on it’s own.  So I told Gordon that I would like for us to experiment and add things like spinach, potatoes, sausage, etc. and see what happens?  Well, we ATE what happens and it is nice!

So, we are actually doing two recipes here.  I hope that it won’t be confusing to you.  I will do my best to try and keep them separate, while combining them at the same time.  Yeah, I know.  But you’ll get it.  🙂

Left, our Artichoke Appetizer, and to the Right, our Crustless Quiche

We used the same recipe, we just added more ingredients to the Crustless Quiche.

  That’s the only difference.

How About Some Champagne With That?


Our Ingredients:

2 1/2 Onions Chopped

3/4 Lb Grated Cheddar Cheese

3 Jars Marinated Artichoke Chopped – save the marinade

1 Sleeve of Saltine Crackers Crushed – (Can use seasoned bread crumbs ~ 3/4 Cup)

5 Garlic Cloves – Chopped

2 tsp Tabasco Sauce

4 Eggs

Ground Pepper to Taste

4 Tbsp Olive Oil

Pam Olive Oil Spray

Here Gordon is draining the marinade from our jars of marinated artichoke hearts.

The marinade will be used to saute the onions and garlic.

Chopping the Onions

We ended up adding the marinade of 5  jars overall for both recipes.

Right now Gordon is creating the base for both recipes. 

Then he’ll halve the ingredients later on.

The Blue Potatoes

These will go in our Crustless Quiche. 

But for now Gordon is cleaning them and preparing to boil them.

These are Beautiful!

Here Gordon is rinsing them off.

We’ve got the onions sauteing, and the potatoes ready to boil.

Adding More Artichoke Marinade

Gordon is adding the marinade as needed. 

When you see liquid starting to evaporate then just add more.

Chopping the Garlic, Adding to the Onions

The Potatoes are Boiling, When Done, Drain


Ground Italian Sausage

You can use whatever you want to, but this is a sausage that we like and eat a lot.

Gordon Adding Some Olive Oil to the Saute Pan

Now, just brown the sausage in the olive oil until cooked.

When done, just turn off the heat and set aside.


Now, it’s time to combine the other ingredients into a large mixing bowl.

Chop the Artichoke

Grate the Cheese

Crumble your Crackers

Add to Bowl

Now, place your eggs into a small bowl, add a few dashes of Tabasco Sauce, then beat together.

Then, add the beaten eggs to the mixture.

Now, add about half of the onions and garlic that you had sauteed in the saute pan. 

Make sure they have cooled some first.

Then Mix Everything Together


This base mixture will go into the casserole dish.  Just spray with an olive oil first.

Make sure you smooth out into the dish.

Gordon is wrapping this up to freeze it for another time.


Now, It’s Time to do the Crustless Quiche

Ingredients Here:

12 Blue Potatoes – Boiled – Chopped in Qtrs

1 Lb. Hot Italian Sausage

1 Cup Thawed and well drained Spinach

1/2 Cup Grated Cheddar Cheese

1/4 Cup Grated Asiago Cheese

8 Eggs

1 Sleeve of Saltine Crackers – Crushed

3 Jars of Marinated Artichokes – Chopped

2 tsp Tabasco Sauce

Half of the Sauteed Onions from previous recipe

Here Gordon is adding the Italian sausage that he cooked, to the remaining onions and garlic.


This is the same mixing bowl as from above, but now Gordon is now adding the ingredients for this dish.

More eggs are used here to make it more quiche like, than he used in our Artichoke Appetizer from above.

Same base ingredients as before….

eggs, cut up artichoke, grated sharp cheddar cheese, crushed Saltine crackers, dashes of Tabasco Sauce…..


Adding Everything to the Mixing Bowl

Next Come the Blue Potatoes

You can use any kind of potato you like, but I, Julie, thought the blue would look very pretty here.

Here Gordon is grating the sharp cheddar cheese.

Now for some grated Asiago


Frozen Spinach, Thawed

Once the spinach has thawed make sure that you drain it of any excess water.

Here Gordon is adding the spinach to the quiche mixture.

Stir Together, Add some Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Now add the sausage, onions, and garlic….

Now the BLUE potatoes.

Aren’t they pretty?

Mix Together

Now place everything back into the cast iron skillet as it will now go into the oven to cook.

Use a spatula to flatten it down.  Then into the oven it goes on 350F.

Bake Between 35 – 45 Minutes.

We tried to flip it out onto this plate but sadly, food doesn’t always cooperate. 

But, it does look pretty just how it is!


Remember the quiche that we put in the freezer from above? 

Well, here it is, ready for the oven.

Just unwrap it and place into a 350F oven for around 45 minutes.

It’s great with crackers.

Just How WE Like It!


For just this recipe without the Crustless Quiche ingredients getting in the way, then keep reading as here is the recipe.


Our Artichoke Appetizer

Artichoke Perfection!

This is one of our favorite recipes.  You can tell by the condition of the recipe card in the photo below.

This recipe was given to us by people that we knew in Hawaii.  They had invited us over to their home in Ewa Beach, for dinner one night and this was the appetizer.  We very quickly gobbled this up, asked for the recipe, and we have eaten it on a regular basis since 1990.

We have changed it a bit to gear it more toward our tastes over the years.  We eat this as an Appetizer, something to serve at Brunch, and even as a Breakfast.

I didn’t use this much garlic but we do add a lot of it.

Sauteing the onions in the artichoke marinade.

Whenever we make this we always double and sometimes triple the recipe and then freeze the extra to thaw out at a future date.  This is more like a cheese, egg and artichoke savory dish.  We serve it on wheat crackers.

This is plenty for me.  I eat it as a meal.

Great for lunch the next day.  I don’t tend to eat much for lunch but when this is in the refrigerator I can’t resist!

Artichoke Appetizer

2- 8 oz. jars of marinated artichoke hearts (chopped)

We use 4.

1 medium onion (diced)

We use 1 1/2

1 garlic clove (finely chopped)

We use 3 – 4

2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese.

We use 4

1 sleeve Saltine crackers (crushed) or you can use 2 cups bread crumbs in place of the Saltine crackers.

1 tsp. oregano (dried)

1 tsp. basil (dried)

(Can also use dried parsley here as well)

2 eggs (whisked)

We use 4

Drain jars of marinade into a medium sauté pan and use the liquid to sauté the onion until translucent.  Add the garlic and cook another 3 minutes.  In a large bowl place the sharp cheddar cheese, crushed Saltine crackers, the dried herbs, the chopped artichoke hearts and the eggs, stir to combine.  When the marinade, onion and garlic mixture has cooled then add to the other ingredients and mix together.  Place the mixture into a greased casserole dish.  We just spray ours with Pam cooking oil spray.  Bake at 350* for 35 to 45 minutes or until golden brown.

We don’t follow the recipe to the letter.  We tend to add more of the things that we like.  We always alter recipes to suit our personal tastes and dietary needs. 


Our Leftover Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato Pancakes

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We had some leftover Butternut Squash from a dish Gordon had made so we decided to put it in our Sweet Potato Pancakes the following morning.

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Add your Butter Nut Squash to a pan of melted butter and saute until browned.

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Here we finish cooking the squash in the microwave for an additional minute or two.

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Mix your Sweet Potato pancake batter as per instructions.

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Pour in your Sweet Potato batter onto the pan and add the sauteed squash by hand.

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Cook the pancake until the bubbles are firm and carefully flip with a spatula.

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 A nice addition to making Ready-Made pancakes.




2 Large Eggs – beaten separately

2 Tbsp Butter

2 Heaping Tbsp Green Bell Pepper

3-4 Onion Slices

2 Heaping Tbsp Diced Ham

Salt and Pepper to taste

3 Slices of White or Whole Wheat Bread – toasted

Slice then dice your ham.

Slice then dice your Green Bell Pepper.

Cut your onion in half then slice thinly.

Crack one egg into a bowl and whisk with a fork.

Place 1 T. of your butter in a small saute pan over medium heat.

When the butter is melted, add only 1 heaping T. of the diced Green Bell Pepper.

Then add some of your onion slices and salt and pepper to taste.

Saute or Flip your vegetables to cook evenly.

Add your heaping T. of ham and saute the ingredients until the onions are translucent and the Bell Pepper is slightly wilted.

Add your whisked egg to the pan.

Toast your bread slices.

Flip your egg after a few minutes.

You can also use your broiler to cook the top of the egg mixture, just be sure you have a pan that is oven safe.

Repeat the above process making a second omelet.

Once completed, place your toast on your cutting board, then your egg and top with another piece of toast.

Finally, add your other egg to the sandwich and top with your third piece of toast.

Triple Decker Sandwich

Slice your Western Sandwich in half and plate.

Order UP!


THE Western Whann

(Now for MY interpretation.)


1 Whole Wheat Bagel – toasted

1 Tbsp Butter

1/2 Cup Egg Whites

2 Baby Portobello Mushrooms – sliced

1 Tbsp each – Red, Yellow, and Green Bell Pepper – Diced

1 Heaping Tbsp Onion – Diced

1 Heaping Tbsp Ham – Diced

2 Tbsp Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

2 Tbsp Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Salt and Pepper to taste

Black Coffee … Stirred NOT Shaken!


The Ingredients:

Slice your mushrooms being sure to take off the ends if they are old looking.

Slice then dice your Bell Peppers.

I like to use the top and bottom of the peppers, because when sliced, they created curved slices.

(That was my idea, Gordon.)  Julie  🙂

Make sure you have all of your ingredients ready before you start your cooking.

You can add as little or as much as you like!

Bagel Is Toasted

Just as the previous recipe, add your butter to a medium hot pan.

When melted, add your vegetables to the pan.

Saute the vegetables by flipping or stirring them.

Add your diced ham and cook the mixture until the vegetable are wilted and the onions are translucent.

This will take about 5 min. to complete due to the amount of vegetable in the pan.

Julie did a great job catching me sauteing the vegetables with the camera.

When the vegetables and ham are cooked to your liking, add your egg whites.

Salt and pepper to taste and cook for about 2 min. on the stove top.

Then, turn your oven’s broiler on to high and place eggs under them.

After about another 2 min. remove the pan using an oven mitt and top the egg with your cheeses.

Toast your bagel slices then place the bottom half on your cutting board, then top with your eggs.

Place the other bagel slice on top of the eggs and slice in half.



Have a Nice Day!

Julie and Gordon


(I will add to this as time goes by and as I come across old photos I’ve taken of our mugs.)

My Life in Mug Shots

The Hobo Codes

When I went to The Cryptologic Museum at Ft. Meade, Maryland in 2014 I bought this mug.  Did you know that the hobos had their own codes and they would write them on road and railway overpasses so that other hobos would know which houses would help them and which places to stay clear of because of danger?  I liked that.  Even the poorest of our society helping each other. 

My Life In Mugs is my moods from one day to the other.  When our Australian friends were visiting us and we were at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Gordon was searching for a mug that he wanted to buy.  Leilani commented that we own more mugs than she has ever seen in her life so why do you want to buy another one?  I think that Gordon just smiled at her and said something to the effect that we collect mugs.  I suppose that is an American materialistic gene in us.  No matter, we still buy mugs!  🙂

I brought out the Hobo Mug when Donald Trump was elected President because I knew life would now be hard on a lot of people.  Perhaps learning the Hobo Code is something we should all learn.  🙁


 The Creature From the Black Lagoon

These mugs I bought for Gordon and myself when we were going on a field trip to Silver Springs, Florida where the movie, The Creature From the Black Lagoon was filmed.  We both love old movies, especially the classics.  We drank our coffee out of these mugs the morning we left for Silver Springs. 



The mugs above I purchased in Indian Rocks Beach, which is right down the road from us in Indian Shores.

I brought these out to drink out of as we awaited Hurricane Irma to hit us. 


Whichever mood I’m in…….

I am something of a Disney Girl!


Breakfast With Vincent

I’ve started taking my coffee outside on our lanai.  The weather is a bit cooler as I’m writing this in the month of November.  I’m also enjoying looking through my old books, even if I only have time to flip through them.   I also got out my old paint palette.  I have it in the garage just stuffed in a box and I couldn’t help wonder why I treat it so badly seeing as how it means so much to me?  Maybe I should bring it inside and set it on top of some of my books.


Thanksgiving Morning

Coffee in my Canadian cup and saucer, and some carrot bread.


Shhhhh…….My Secret…I Hoard MUGS!!!


We do have quite the extensive mug collection.  We can’t help it. 

Don’t judge us!! 

As I’ve told my kids, “When we die and you go through all this you will make a FORTUNE on Ebay!”

You know, I really don’t think we are hoarders, our house is just too small to house everything that we own efficiently. 

So see, we’re fine!  🙂

Besides, what else is supposed to be stored underneath your washer and dryer?  Huh?  Exactly!!