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Bacon & Avocado Hash Brown Egg Cups
You will love this easy breakfast recipe of Hash Brown Egg Cups with bacon and California Avocados, sponsored by the California Avocado Commission! If you’ve been a reader here on YHE for awhile, you know of my love for any and all egg cups. They’re pretty much the best invention ever. Whether they’re mini egg cups or regular muffins size egg cups, I don’t discriminate. I love them all! 😉
- 3 1/2 Cups hash browns, thawed
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 6 eggs
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/2 California Avocado, diced
- 1/2 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 6 Slices bacon, diced
Preheat oven to 425ºF. Spray a 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.
Pour hash browns into a large bowl. If frozen, place in the microwave for a minute or two to partially thaw. Season with ½ tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. pepper, or to taste. Add olive oil one tablespoon at a time, stirring between, until the hash browns are just coated, not oily.
Line each muffin cup with seasoned hash browns, pressing down to fit the bottom and sides of each cup, creating a crust.
Place muffin tin in preheated oven and cook for about 20 minutes. If the hash browns are mushy on the bottom, you can cook a few minutes longer or also place in the broiler for a few minutes to get golden brown.
Lower oven temperature to 325ºF. Whisk eggs in a mixing bowl with salt & pepper to taste. Fold in cheese, California Avocado and bacon. Scoop egg mixture into each hash brown crust and place back in oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until egg is set.
Let cool for a few minutes and then using a butter knife, scrape the outside rim of each egg cup and extract. Serve and enjoy! Refrigerate any leftovers and warm up in microwave for 45 seconds to serve. They're also good room temperature!
You know, life is short. We live in a world of stress, anxiety, depression and hopelessness. We work 40 or more hours a week, come home to make dinner (you know the family is paralyzed with the unknown if the try and make it for you), clean up the kitchen, get the wired kids ready for bed and clean up any mess that they left behind throughout the house. And for those with pets, we have to take them for a walk, feed and water them and take them outside to do their thing. Then we go to sleep late and pack the bags under our eyes away for the night, get up early, shoot caffeine into our blood system and start the day all over again in a job that some of us may not even like. Many of us don’t ever take time out to “smell the roses” Translation: Make the moment count. We “rush through life” and miss out on so much within ourselves and with those around us. Years later we wonder where time has went and how we got to where we are. This can take a toll on your health, emotional well-being and mental state. And this is a scenario for a two adult person household. Imagine a single parent having to take the place of two people and adding on the chores usually reserved for a couple to manage. I know my life is like that.
I have decided to live my life with intention. To take back control of who I am, what I do and how I spend my time. To make each and every moment count. How am I going to do this you ask? Glad to share. I am the type of person who loves to do things many people may find “boring”. I get excited when I visit a bookstore and sneak something to read into their store cafe. I could sit there all day listening to the soft, relaxing music playing in the background while I dive into my book and immerse myself in the characters and their world. And don’t even get me started on libraries. I love my library card and cherish it more than any of my credit cards. You will usually find me in the food and travel section taking a trip to Paris, Italy or Greece in the next two hours. I love operas, ballets, scented candles, European Coffee, walks in the park, wet dirt after rain, a fireplace and a hole-in-the-wall restaurant. So, what is the problem you ask this time? Well…..I love to do these things, but it is only a few times out of the year that I experience these things that make me happy. So, this is probably why I go through the motions everyday and sleepwalk through life. Ever hear about filling up your cup, so you can pour into others? Well guess what? My cup is bone dry.
So, this tells me that I need a refill. I need to recharge daily. Not weekly. Daily. And so do you. And a lot of these things don’t have to cost money to enjoy. We can do something as simple as spend time reading with our child, take a bubble bath after the kids are knocked out and pour lavender bubble bath and light a vanilla candle, play soft music and use a rose scented soap to wash with. You can pack a lunch for just you or the family and go to the park to enjoy it. Do something different daily. Take a more scenic route to work. Play some uplifting music on the radio while going to work or coming home and sing and dance along to the song. Make some hot cocoa and grab a good book and sit by the fireplace. Recharge your dead battery.
Be creative with your work time. Buy scented erasers or pencils for your work desk. Get a color stapler, scissors, paperclips and pen holder. Add an antique paper weight, picture frame to your work place. Put pictures of your kids, pets, significant other to look at daily when the stress is getting to you. Get scented markers, European hand cream, chamomile tea bags to stash in the drawers. Surround yourself with beauty to offset any negative moods clients or co-workers may put you in.
At home, design it as if it were a resort. Amazon, Thrift stores, Dollar Tree, Michaels, Ross and Family Dollar tree have cute things there that won’t break the piggy bank. Use soothing colors to enhance you and your family’s mood and encourage calmness and relaxation. Your home is supposed to be your castle. Take back the throne and make it royalty for all who live there. Listen, this is your life. Not anyone elses. People may be a part of it, occupy it or even visit it…but it is still your life and really is up to you how you want to live it. So, pick up your pen and write a new chapter of your story and begin to live your life with purpose and intention. Until then, I wish you a beautiful life my friend.
October 4, 2018
Author: Suzanne Taylor
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