Happy New Year!

1st day of 2015.

Bring it.

I'm opening my arms to all the wonderfulness this year is going to bring.

It's going to be phenomenal.

J and I were able to have a (super) quick get away to the beach for a champagne sunset. It was such a beautiful way to start 2015. I thought about my goals for this year and it was really exciting...

The sunset was unbelievable.  Such a treat...

I feel so thankful to have J in my life and for this really fun, crazy, wonderful life we have together. He is always cheering for me to go for my dreams and I want the same for him...

I made something really yummy for our New Year's brunch that I wanted to share with you. :)
This recipe was made by a dear friend for our girlfriend's baby shower years ago. It was such a HIT and everyone asked for the recipe. It's now a tradition that I make it every New Year's Day.

Simply called "The Egg Dish"

Here are the ingredients. This recipe serves two people, so if you have a big group, you can easily double/triple/quadruple the recipe. I quadrupled it and made two pans :)

1/4 lb good thick bacon
1 tbspn unsalted butter
1 cup medium-diced Yukon Gold potato
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
1 tbspn minced jalapeno pepper
5 extra-large eggs
2 tblspns milk or cream (I used milk)
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/4 C chopped scallions
4 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, diced, plus grated for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut the bacon crosswise in 1-inch pieces.

Cook the bacon in an 8-inch ovenproof saute pan over medium-low heat for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally until browned.

Drain the bacon on paper towels and discard the fat from the pan. 

Add the butter to the pan, 

then add the potato and onion.

 Cook over med-low heat for 10 minutes, tossing occasionally, until the onion starts to brown and the potato is tender but firm. 

Add the jalapeno pepper and cook for 30 seconds. (NOTE: I did not add the jalapeno pepper because I thought it would be too spicy for my kiddos).

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl beat the eggs, milk, salt and pepper together with a fork.

Stir in the scallions and diced cheddar.

When the potato is cooked, add the bacon to the pan.

and pour the egg mixture over the bacon + potato.

Place the pan in the oven for 15 minutes until the omelet puffs and the eggs are almost cooked in the center. Sprinkle with a handful of grated cheddar and bake for another minute. Serve hot, directly from pan. 

NOTE: You made need to cook longer than 15 minutes. I ended up cooking for a total time of 24 minutes.

I served it with fresh fruit and a glass of champagne to celebrate the new year!

YUM! Everyone loved it and the kids kept going back for more (and more...)

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. :)

Happy New Year!

Happiness Is Running Life.


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