Monday, March 24, 2008

The Hunt

Hope your Easter was happy! We had a fun morning of egg hunting…

Some hiding spots were obvious…

Some not so…(they passed this one a million times!)
But eventually all were found (at least let’s hope so or our house will be smelling by week’s end!)
On the kids’ baskets I used these cute tags sent to me by Tina of the Garden Goose. Such a lovely gift from a blogging friend! She is so talented! Thanks, Tina.

I’ve learned over the years on holiday mornings I want to be with my family but as soon as they are done egg hunting or opening holiday gifts they head off to the kitchen with: “I’m STARVING”.

To combat this, I make a Hash Brown Bake. The night before I make the “shell”…line thawed hash browns in bottom of a casserole dish, drizzle with butter and bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.

In bowl, beat 4-5 eggs, milk, diced ham and cheese, salt and pepper.
Take hash brown shell out of oven, put egg mixture in Tupperware and refrigerate both overnite.

The next morning? As soon as those bodies bounce out of bed, I take the hashbrown shell and egg mixture out of the frig, pour eggs into the shell and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until set.

Just when everyone’s coming into the kitchen looking for food, out comes the Hash Brown Bake from the oven to shouts of, “Oh, Yeah!”

One pot easy and my kitchen is not a mess on a holiday morning. I use different combinations: mozzarella and salami, cheddar and pepperoni, green peppers and American…the list is endless!

Hope your holiday was restful and enjoyable!


Rosie's Whimsy said...

Yum......"i'm Starvin, too!: Have any left?

Have the best of days ((hugs)) Rosie

Deb said...

What a great Easter you had! I loved hiding the eggs when my kids were little. We did Easter egg hunts up until a few years ago :-} when they told me they were TOO old to do them anymore. We were talking about that at the dinner table and remembering finding eggs months later :-} Great memories.

kelly said...

yum! i'm so stealing that recipe! ;)

Abbie said...

Good Morning Tara!
Oh, that sounds fabulous! I just let everyone fend for themselves.. ok, well not the 9 month old. :)
thank you for the fabulous recipe!

Kathleen Grace said...

That looks great! I hope you had a wonderful Easter. i have today off and the sun is shining and the house is clean. It's all good:>)

Donna said...

Mmmmmm, sounds good! Hope you had a wonderful Easter. I made a ham dinner for the family.
Have a great day!

A Romantic Porch said...

OH Tara, That is awesome. I'm going to start doing that for all our holidays. What a perfect solution. Love,RAchel

P.S. Your egg hunt looked so fun. Love,RAchel

GardenGoose said...

so glad that you got the tags in time for the Holiday and that they came in handy.
sounds like everyone had a real nice day.
hugs, Tina

Carletta said...

This sounds so yummy and next weekend we'll see!
Love where you hid the eggs.

She'sSewPretty said...

It looks like you had a wonderful Easter! I am going to print that recipe and try it over the weekend. Thanks Tara!

Pat said...

Glad you had a wonderful Easter Tara! The hash brown bake looks delicious.

Our Easter breakfasts traditionally are the colored boiled eggs with horseradish (for my Ukrainan side, and scones (for my Irish side) and have a Columba cake from the bakery for my Italian husband with expresso coffee.

Yep -- I hit the gym today --so many calories to work off!

Hugs, Pat

Simply Heart And Home said...


Nice to meet you. Thank you for stopping by my blog. You are welcome any time! :)

I am going to have to try that hash brown bake. That looks so good! I bet it would taste good with leftover ham as well.

Have a lovely day!


Alison Gibbs said...

Oh what fun an Easter Egg Hunt.
Great breakfast idea

Adrienne said...

That sounds SO good! I'll give that one a try in the near future and I'm sure it will soon be a favorite of ours, too.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and for leaving your sweet comments. I'll be back soon to see what else you're doing.

Brenda said...

Sure looks like you had a great Easter morning. The hash browns look yum.Thanks for allowing me to come into your home.

Cottage Contessa said...

Ooohhhh Tara, that dish looks sooooooooo good! Just the kind of thing my little family would love too, so I'll have to make that one this week! Thanks sweetie! Hope you're having a terrific day too!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Gina said...

I'm glad you had a lovely day Tara..I enjoy watching my girls doing their egg hunt and always amazed at how well they find the trickiest spots!!
Your brekky looks a treat and the tags are so sweet. Gx

bluemuf said...

Your Easter egg hunt looked fun. And, the hash brown bake looks and sounds delicious. thank you for the recipe. It's a wonderful way of making a holiday morning more relaxing.


Jill -Forever and Ever House said...

Your recipe looks very yummy! I will have to save it for future holidays. Yum! Yum!

Jennifer said...

Hi Tara- Looks awfully good. I'm going to post up the recipe for my cheesecake tonight if I get the chance. Unlike you, though, who is always so well organized, I forgot to take a picture, and there's only two slices left now. Oh well, it is divine!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Oh that sounds so yummy! I love that you can do most of the work the night before!

Beth Leintz said...

OH yeah! We had hash brown bake with our dinner instead of the traditional baked potato- can't beat potatoes and cheese together!

CIELO said...

Oh Tara you are making me hungry....! Can I please stay for a while in that sunny cozy corner of your house and have some of that yummy food for breakfast??? Yumm.... You have such a homey home!

Have a lovely day my dear!


Siobhan said...

Hi Tara, This hash brown bake looks YUMMY!!! MMMM!!!!
Siobhan xo