Friday, December 7, 2007

Christmas Shopping

With only a few weekends left for Christmas shopping, every minute counts. If you're like me, you want to get to the sales as quickly as you can and spending time fixing breakfast in the morning can take up valuable shopping time. My solution for this is to fix breakfast the night before in your slow cooker. When you get up the next morning, the smell of a hot breakfast awaits you. What makes the morning even better if you have one of those coffee makers with a timer so hot coffee is ready at the same time.

One of the best things about cooking with slow cookers, also known as a Crock Pot, is that they retain the heat for quite awhile after being turned off. So, no matter when your family members get out of bed in the morning, a hot breakfast is waiting for them.

Below is one of my favorite slow cooker recipes for breakfast.

Sausage and Egg Casserole

1 dozen eggs
14 slices of bread
2 1/4 cups milk
2 1/2 cups grated cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
1 lb. sausage, fried and drained
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper

Spray inside of crock with cooking spray. Layer the following inside the crock in order: bread, sausage, cheese, and ending with a cheese layer. Beat eggs, milk, salt, and pepper together and pour over the entire mixture. Cover and cook on low for 8-12 hours.

Of course, if you would rather use your slow cooker for your dinner meal, all you need to do is chose your recipe, fill the crock, and turn it on before you leave for the mall. When you get home tired from a full day of shopping, dinner is ready.

For more of my Crock Pot recipes, you can purchase "Carol's Crock Pot Classics," an e-book with 19 of my best slow cooker recipes, at

1 comment:

Molly Daniels said...

"Spray the inside of the crock with cooking spray..." Carol, Carol...there is a neat invention which came out about a year or two ago...slow cooker bags/liners! Makes clean-up a cinch! I was skeptical at first, but now I love it! Esp since my crock was too big for the dishwasher!