In order to make mid-week breakfasts a little simpler, I’ve been making breakfast casseroles on Sundays for an easy grab-and-go solution. It’s been fun experimenting with different ingredients and they’re so simple to make! Here’s a good one that will feed a bunch, but I can’t guarantee it’ll last too long!

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Ingredients

– Seasoned french fries
– 8 strips of cooked bacon
– 6 – 8 eggs
– 1/2 cup milk (you can substitute with almond milk if you prefer)
– 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
– Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Grease a 9×13 baking dish and preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut raw strips of bacon into thirds and fry until nice and crispy.

Layer seasoned fries on bottom of baking dish to create a base. Sprinkle half the cheese over the fries then layer bacon evenly over the top.

In a mixing bowl, beat eggs and milk together. Pour over the baking dish and top with the rest of the cheese. Bake for 35 – 45 minutes. I checked the dish about every 5 minutes after the half-hour mark since I wanted a nice golden crust on top.

We couldn’t resist a little taste of course!

Breakfast for a Bunch - www.ruthieandrose.com

Breakfast for a Bunch - www.ruthieandrose.com

Breakfast for a Bunch - www.ruthieandrose.com

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icepops

The summer heat has hit us pretty hard in Texas and despite the deluge of rain we’ve seen lately, the heat is here and ready to stay. I find myself dreaming of long weekends seaside and am yearning for a mini-getaway soon to soak in the sun. But until I can sit in the sand with a cold drink in hand, I’m coming up with some creative ways to cool down in the kitchen.

I’ve always been a sucker for the frozen section, picking up sweet treats to have on hand for those hot summer nights, especially fruity-flavored ice pops. But most of those options have added sugar and other ingredients that aren’t whole and clean. So I figure, why not take a stab at crafting some homemade ice pops throughout the next few months?!

Using plastic molds that easily fit in the freezer (like these cute ones), this seriously couldn’t be simpler. We had some fresh watermelon on hand which I blended up to a liquid, pouring over some whole blueberries for bursts of color and flavor. And yes, that’s it! You don’t need anything else besides some patience as they freeze up into tasty sweet treats!

I plan on sharing some easy, fun ice pop recipes throughout the next couple of months… plus a few that will take your taste buds traveling to somewhere tropical, too! What’s your go-to treat for these hot summer nights?

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I really wanted to share part dos of our bedroom makeover, but alas it just did not all come together this weekend like I had hoped. Another post for another day! We did get to spend a little time at the pool this weekend and I just had to share my favorite poolside gear that makes toting all the necessities for a family of four easy-peasy.

Poolside Gear Final

Large Utility Tote // Zipper Pouch // Picnic Thermal // Thermal Lunch Tote // Canvas Crew Tote

All of these great pieces are by Thirty-One Gifts and I just love them! Durable and able to be personalized (did someone say monogram?!) each of these bags come in great colors and patterns that make packing for the pool a breeze.

I store snacks and drinks in the thermals and throw goggles and sunscreen in the zipper pouch. Towels are tossed in the large utility tote and can go straight to the laundry room once used. The bags are cute which makes me happy, but also practical, which makes the hubs happy.

Happy pool-going!

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