Teresa Hatchell 2005

As 2018 begins, we must set aside time to consider priceless gifts God gives us each day. We have wonderful families, warm homes, good food, and physical endurance, and many rights, freedoms and privileges as Christians and Americans. No, every day is not perfect and the world we live in today is much different than the world in which we grew up. However, if we set aside times of solitude and totally block out life's negative static, we can see the "good" around us — the good in others, in ourselves and in our lives — and rekindle sparks of joy in our lives. May no one and no circumstance ever cause you to doubt your faith as the New Year dawns!

Having said that, I now want to share some breakfast recipes that will result in some great breakfasts and brunches in the days and months ahead.

Simply delicious sausage casserole

1 can crescent rolls

1 pound ground sausage

6 eggs

Salt and pepper to taste

8 ounces grated Cheddar cheese

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a square baking dish with Pam. Place the crescent rolls flat in the bottom of the dish. In a skillet, brown the sausage, and then drain the excess fat. Put the cooked sausage on top of the crescent rolls. Whip the eggs, adding salt and pepper. Pour this mixture over the top of the sausage. Sprinkle the grated cheese on top. Bake this casserole at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Ham and cheese quiche

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup milk

1 egg, beaten

2 tablespoons flour

1 cup chopped ham

8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese

5 strips cooked, drained, crumbled bacon

1/2 cup chopped onions

Few drops Worcestershire sauce

Sprinkle of seasoning salt

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Paprika

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, milk, beaten egg and flour. Stir until well combined. Stir in chopped ham, cheese, bacon, onions, Worcestershire sauce and seasoning salt.

Stir all of these ingredients well. Pour this mixture into a deep-dish pie shell. Sprinkle the top with paprika and bake the quiche at 350 degrees for 55 minutes. Note: This quiche can be frozen and warmed, by slice, in the microwave.

Crock pot grits

1 cup grits

4 cups warm water

1 stick margarine

Salt to taste

Pour all of these ingredients into your crock pot. Cook them on high for one hour and stir. Then cook the grits for about seven hours on low. This delicious rendition of our Southern staple can cook overnight and be ready for the next morning for breakfast or brunch. Hint: If you get up for any reason during the night, you can give the grits a quick stir.

Contact writer at tgmhatchell@yahoo.com.

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