Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Surefire Christmas Brunch Recipe

Greetings!  We have another great recipe from Karen, Team-Przada's team manager. 

It’s that time of year when there just isn't enough time to do everything that needs to be done. Between working, shopping, baking and parties who has time to think about feeding your family! All I know is this time of year… I need recipes that are fast and easy AND taste great. My recipe this month is a fast and easy breakfast casserole that I have made for many years. It never fails to bring in the compliments. This dish is the star of my Christmas brunch. Last year I decided to change up my menu. Suffice it to say…I had one son who was not at all happy. So from now on I will make Green Chile Cheese Squares!

Green Chile Cheese Squares

• 14 Large Eggs
• 1 Carton Bueno Frozen Green Chiles (Central Market)
• If you don’t like Green Chile you could put cooked Ground Sausage on the bottom
• 1 lb. Cheddar Cheese
• Paprika

• Preheat oven to 350 degrees
• Thaw out Green Chiles (Drain out all the extra juice)
• Put eggs in bowl and beat
• Grate Cheese
• Take an 8 x 11 baking dish (spray with Pam) spread out all the green chilies evenly, take and cheese and spread out evenly over the chilies and then pour eggs over chile and cheese. Sprinkle with Paprika. Bake for 35 minutes uncovered.

I serve it with flour tortillas, bacon, fruit and pinto beans. My family likes to make their own breakfast burritos out of the egg casserole. It tastes great no matter how you eat it. Enjoy and many wishes to you for a great holiday season!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Fun Holiday Outing

If you are looking for an awe inspiring Holiday Adventure and you have a child or grandchild who loves trains and people, make a trip to the Gaylord Texan during this Holiday Season.  The Central Atrium is filled with hanging lights, Christmas Trees, trains, trolleys, Santa, reindeer statues and all things Christmas.  The mere size of this facility is mind boggling. Our grandson, “L” was in his element picking out his favorite of the many trains and trolleys while.  After many views and much consideration, he finally informed us that his favorite was a “G” gage diesel passenger train running overhead on a long elevated layout.  We debated whether the markings were black as he called it the “Black Train” or dark green, but that didn't really matter as he was convinced it was black and so dubbed it.  A close second in “L”s evaluation was a trolley that wound through a village scene underneath the overhead train layouts.  If trains are not your "wee one's" focus, then there is also a Shrek Ice Show and Ice Sculptures for loads of entertainment. 

If, however, trains are what the toy world centers around, in addition to the Gaylord, you should visit the Trains at North Park and the Interurban Museum in Plano.  The Plano museum is where you can learn about the history of the area’s first mass transit device.  This forerunner of Dart ran from Sherman to Waco and we understand that the sound of the current Dart Trains horn was copied from that of the original Interurban cars. The North Park layouts duplicate focal points of the Dallas Metroplex,  offering a tie to the area’s history, as well as other significant locations in the U.S.

All in all, it makes for a fun adventure and a great chance for additional bonding with your child or grandchild during the Holiday Season. Check out a few of the sights from our adventure to the Gaylord.

The Gaylord Atrium

The Gaylord Trains

Shrek at the Gaylord

The trains at North Park

The trains at North Park

Plano Interurban Rail Museum

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

5 Tips to GREEN Your Holiday!

Merry everything and happy always!  What a lovely time of year it is.  People are making plans, celebrating, entertaining and gift-giving.  With wishes for peace, and good will to others, why not show a little kindness to "mother earth," as well.  ;)  Here are five tips that will help you celebrate, entertain and give a little greener this year. 

  1. Green Your Clean- Skip the strong artificial colors and fragrances and harsh cleansers.  Many household cleansers are unnecessarily hazardous, and can "off-gas" and cause indoor air pollution.   Instead, use simple recipes, from the daily green,  with vinegar, baking soda and the like. It  will do just as good a job without any of the risks. 
  2. Consider Making a Charitable Donation in Lieu of Holiday Gifts-  If you believe it really is the thought that counts, then why not put your money where it makes a difference!  Instead of a manufactured gift, choose a charity close to your heart to make a donation in your loved one's honor. 
  3. Wrap It Up-  Take a look at your gift wrapping.  Can you REDUCE the amount of paper you use by displaying the gift or adding only a ribbon?  Can you REUSE a household item as gift wrap?  Check out the geniuses at the website brown paper packages for a great example of this!  Finally, if a gift bag or wrapping paper is a must, try to find gift wrap made from RECYCLED paper. 
  4. Recycle It!-  When the opening of gifts and packages is finally over, put a family member in charge of collecting all boxes, paper and cardboard inserts to place in your recycle bin.  What little one wouldn't LOVE the job of Recycle Captain???
  5. Serve Sustainably & Ethically-  This can sometimes be pricey, but makes you feel oh so great!  When menu planning for your celebration, consider shopping at local farmers markets for locally grown produce.  Whole Foods has a code of ethics, and promotes humane meat and poultry production, treatment.