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Easy Breakfast Casserole Casserole (Camp)

I’m sharing another recipe I am adding to my master menu list for camp for this next year. I have used them for the last two winter retreats we’ve had and I have had great reviews! I figured they would go over well, but you just never know… Our winter retreats tend to be smaller groups so I figured I would try the recipes now and then add them to the master list rather than try them on the bigger groups in the summer. It’s just easier. But yay!  :) I’m going to HAVE to remember to take pictures, though!! GGGRRRR!

HashBrown Casserole source Easy Breakfast Casserole

Get This:
  • 24 oz. hash browns (about 8 cups)
  • 16 oz. cubed ham
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 12 large eggs
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 t. salt
  • ½ t.  ground black pepper
  • cooking spray
  • foil to line your baking pan (this just makes clean up easier, you can skip this step)

Do This:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Add the potatoes, ham, and cheese to a large bowl. Toss to combine. Pour the mixture into a foil lined 9 x 13 baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the milk, salt, and pepper (I use the same bowl from step 1).
  4. Pour the egg mixture over the hash brown mixture. Pat everything down with the back of a wooden spoon.
  5. Bake for one hour. The center should be set and the edges should be golden brown.

Now obviously I had to like quadruple this and bake it for a little longer, but it turned out perfect and everyone loved it! YUM! Hope you enjoy it… xo  


I have tried a few new recipes at camp in the recent past…

This weekend in fact. And the last camp we had, I used the same menu. Our winter camps are shorter than our summer camps, for obvious reasons (the kids are in school). So we only have them for about 2 days.  Some come in Friday and leave Saturday. Some come in Saturday and leave Monday.

I made this for the first dinner. I keep forgetting to take pictures though… so I will have to use the ones from Pinterest and give you the source.

pizza casserole


This dish has gotten rave reviews. It’s a great dish and you can have everything prepared ahead of time, stick it in the fridge, covered and pull it out an hour or so before you’re ready to eat and bake it off.

Pizza Casserole

1 lb bow tie pasta

1 lb mild pork sausage

1 large onion, medium size chopped

2 (26 ounce) jars pizza sauce

1 lb cubed cooked ham

1/2-1 lb of sliced pepperoni

3 (8 ounce) bags of shredded mozzarella cheese

6 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons chopped garlic or 1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon dried oregano

Do This:

  1. Cook pasta in boiling water until al dent é.
  2. Cook sausage, garlic or garlic powder and oregano with onions until the juices run clear.
  3. In a lightly greased 9x13x3 inch pan, pour a small amount of sauce to lightly coat bottom.
  4. Layer ingredients in the order listed below.
  5. 1st layer-1/3 of the pasta, 1/3 remaining sauce, 1 bag of mozzarella cheese, 2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese, sausage and onions.
  6. 2nd layer-1/2 of the remaining pasta, 1/2 remaining sauce, 1 bag of mozzarella cheese, 2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese, ham.
  7. 3rd layer-all remaining pasta, all remaining sauce, 1 bag of mozzarella cheese, 2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese, all the pepperoni(completely covering the entire top with pepperoni).
  8. Bake at 375°F for 40 minutes.
  9. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Enjoy this dish with friends and family. Obviously I had to like quadruple this recipe to have enough. This makes a 9×13 though and should feed 8-10 people or so. I served this with a salad and Texas toast. Om nom nom…

See ya on the flip side!  xoxo


Do you watch the Oscars? Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. It depends on my mood and what my family wants to do. One year my husband and I went to a screening of the Oscars at a movie theater. They had a TV station there covering the event. In fact, that’s how we ended up going. I won tickets by calling into the station during a contest. 

We got dressed up and went out for the night. They had food and drinks there, it was pretty fun. I can’t imagine what the actors and actresses go through to get ready, though. All those gowns, tuxes and jewelry… It’s insane! Of course they have clothing and fashion jewelry designers at their disposal, I guess.

And from what I hear, they can get clothes and jewelry on loan. So it’s not like they are spending money on all that stuff they wear on Oscar night. Although, I’m sure some of them do!

What was the most expensive thing you ever bought to wear? I think mine was probably my wedding dress. It was worth about $600, but I didn’t pay that for it…I got a really good deal for it at an outlet!!

Would you ever spend a small fortune on something to wear it once?

Come on, you can tell me! ;)

See ya soon…  xoxo


I know I haven’t been around much lately.  I have been nursing a five day migraine.  On top of that we had a camp in last weekend and we have another one coming in this weekend.

With all that and my new blog,  I have been a little busy.  I would really like to get my readership over there.  I want to work on possibly getting some companies to let me do product reviews and stuff over there.  But you have to have a lot of traffic and good ranking and all of that.

I am trying to make sure I have unique, original content.  Which is somewhat hard since I get a lot of my inspiration from Pinterest and other sites online.  But I do try to make the recipes I use my own in one way or another.  You know,  change them up a bit.  Usually to make them healthier. 

Anyway,  that’s where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to.  Not really all that exciting,  but it keeps me out of trouble for the most part. ;)

See you soon…  xo

Old News

This is old news, but I have a new blog! :)

I am blogging mostly over there now. I really want to get my readership up over there so, if y’all could head over that way and check it out, I would really appreciate it! I have really wanted to start a food blog for some time, now and now I have done it!! WooHoo.

Food Gurly is everything I have wanted and more. It is a place for me to talk about healthy, yummy food and to show off said food.  Food I make for me and my family!! I love to cook and bake for my friends and family. It’s my love language. :) I also share recipes over there!!

Blessings… xoxo


New Blog

Make sure you all go to the new blog and subscribe to get my posts in your e-mail!  Or just follow the blog if your a WordPress user.  That way we won’t lose each other when I’m not blogging here anymore. 

I will be here for at least a few more months.  My domain is good for that long so… :)  I might as well get my money’s worth,  right?  Since I’m paying for my domain AND hosting here.  I’m only paying for my domain over there. That will save me some money.  Not a ton,  but some. :) 

Thanks to those who have faithfully read over the years and commented.  It means a lot.  The blog has grown more than I ever thought it would.  I just feel like I want to go in another direction.  I want to stick to one subject rather than be all over the place.  I mean,  it’s okay to throw variety into a post,  but the major theme of the blog is just one thing….does that make sense? 

I’ve always thought it would be fun to have a food blog and I LOVE trying new recipes and tweaking them to make them my own.  And I LOVE photographing my results!  So it’s a no brainer for me! 

See you over at :)

Blessings…   xo

Making Music…

Which movie was it? I can’t remember… Oh yeah, Coyote Ugly. Where she is moves to the big city to try and break into a music career.

She sends in tapes to all these producers and waits to hear back from them. After months and months of nothing she finally figures out that that isn’t the way they do things anymore. You have to have more sophisticated equipment like this recording software at guitar center. So she figures it out, gets her music recorded on cd’s and sends it in that way.

But then she finds out she has to go out into the big bad world and SING her music live to get her music heard and that proves to be a whole other problem, since she has stage fright and is afraid to sing in public. It’s a cute story, really.

All this to say, if you’re going to do something right…you must have the right equipment!! Just a little food for thought for y’all today!!

You’re welcome…

Jo xoxo


I just cannot believe what technology can do. I have heard of electric guitars. I have seen electronic pianos. I have seen electronic harmonicas. But I have never the likes of anything like this electric cello at wwbw! I mean, really?!?! Since when do they make electric cellos?!?!?!

We have come a long way, I guess. Next thing ya know we’ll have electric clarinets and flutes!! Goodness! I guess it’s cool, though. All the technology we have nowadays. They’ve come up with some cool stuff!

If you had to pick one, what would be your favorite piece of technology? I think I would have to say my smartphone is my favorite. I would be lost without it!! ;)


Jo xoxo

Yay! I’m so excited!

Why am I so excited? Because I started a new blog! Yup! I did it. I have been wanting to start something new and I finally did it. It is a food blog.  A place where I can share photos and recipes of food I make for me and my family!

Yeah, I do that here, but I want someplace I can do JUST that. And now I have it. I will be blogging at all the time very soon. That is going to be my primary blog. Well, my only blog.  This blog will be going bye-bye. So those of you who subscribe by e-mail, you will want to go over to and subscribe over there so you don’t miss any of my great recipes or photos. Some of the recipes on here will be moved over there. But only the healthy/mostly healthy ones.

My new blog is all about finding balance in life. The changes I’m making in my life are permanent. I’m not just going on some fad diet to lose a few pounds. I am changing my lifestyle so I can become healthier and more fit. These changes will be made over time, slowly and long term. I am hoping to lose weight, yes, but my overall goal is to GET HEALTHY! Hey, I can have my chocolate and eat it, too!  ;)

So come join me over at the new blog! Encourage me, help me, motivate me, push me! And let me know if I can do the same for you!!!


Jo xo

DJ Services for The Carolina’s

HHhhmm…I do not live in the Carolinas, do you? Maybe someone reading this does.  I hope this will be of help to someone. I know when I got married, the DJ we had was amazing! He was very friendly, knew what he was doing and treated us like he had known us forever. We had a lot of fun. 

For me, that was important. I would think for most brides, and probably grooms, too that would be important.  To be treated like a lifelong friend, family even. We did all the “normal” reception stuff. You know, the bouquet toss, removal and tossing of the garter, cutting of the cake and feeding it to one another, the dollar dance. The whole nine. And the DJ made everything very fun, joking and playing around with us.

If you want a great DJ, like the one we had, you will probably pay a little more. BUT, here are some reasons, posted right on their website:

  • We have been in business for over 25 years, and have earned the reputation as a professional and reliable company.
  • All of our DJs have 5+ years of experience.
  • We are on the preferred vendors list at nearly every venue in the area.
  • The DJ that you meet with will be the DJ at your event.
  • Our equipment is top of the line and our music library has all clean edits.
  • Customer service is our highest priority.
  • Our response time to your emails and phone calls is almost immediate.
  • We rock the party!

So, there you have it…great service and response time, great music and they rock the party. What more could you want??


Jo xoxo

Honey Lime Cilantro Dressing

This dressing is soooooo good! It has just the right amount of sweet to sour and the cilantro? SHUT UP!!! I LOVE cilantro!!!  I had some left over “shake and bake” chicken I cut up and put on a salad with some tomatoes….OMG!!! So good!! Just look…

Honey Lime Cilantro dressing

You want the recipe??? I know you do!! So here you go!!

Honey Lime Cilantro Dressing

Get This:

  • 1/2 -3/4 c. cilantro (depending on how much you like)
  • 1/2 c. light tasting extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 c. lime juice
  • 1/2 c. honey
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)

Do This:

  1. Put all ingredients in a blender; pulse to mix.
  2. Blend 30-40 seconds or until blended well.
  3. Pour over salad or whatever you desire.

I’m guessing this would make a great marinade, too. For chicken or fish.  Maybe add some jalapeno for a kick. This is the original recipe. Make this, you will LOVE IT!!!

Blessings…Jo xoxo