Photo updated August 2012
One of the most common words of advice I get – whether it be from books, magazines, the internet or other moms – about life after having a first child is to not expect to be perfect. Everyone says to realize that you are human and that you can’t do it all – take care of a newborn, have a perfectly clean house, warm dinner on the table every night… But I have to admit, I know this is one that I am going to struggle the most with. Not that my life is perfect already by any means. My house certainly isn’t spotless, and my husband is lucky lately if he gets homemade dinner. But I do have to admit that it is already eating me up inside, and the baby isn’t even here yet.
One of the biggest areas that has been frustrating for me the past few months is in my photography. I spent a little time looking on Tastespotting and Food Gawker yesterday, and I start to feel anxiety about how I want to better my blog and my photos. But when it comes down to it, I just haven’t had the energy lately. Or the daylight. Like the picture above. It’s obviously of leftovers, since there is no daylight after 5pm, and even though we are early eaters, we still do eat after 5pm. So I took the picture the next day, but it just doesn’t look as appealing as “fresh” food. Maybe I’ll break down and invest in a fancy flash or some lighting, but I can imagine that even then, once the baby is here, my photo taking time will be limited.
So maybe one of these days I’ll be able to take the time I want, but for now, you’ll have to take my advice on how the food tastes versus how it looks as leftovers in the photo!!
This casserole is really more of a breakfast casserole – with eggs, potatoes and sausage – but we had it for dinner because really, breakfast is always good for dinner!! This is also a good “make ahead” dish that can be made earlier in the day and just stick it in the oven before dinner. These are becoming my favorite kinds of dishes lately since I have more energy in the morning than I do in the evening. A delicious meal morning, noon or night!
- 6 large potatoes, peeled and boiled
- ½ cup chopped onions
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
- ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 pound sausage
- 10-12 eggs
- Preheat the oven to 400 F.
- Take the potatoes and dice into ½ inch squares. Set aside.
- Crumble and cook the sausage in a large pan over medium heat until cooked through. Once sausage is cooked, remove from pan. Drain grease, reserving 2-3 tablespoons to cook the potatoes in.
- Add potatoes to the same pan with the reserved sausage grease. Add the onions, salt, pepper, basil and Italian seasoning. Cook until the potatoes are tender, like hash browns. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed. Potatoes should be lightly browned.
- Spray an 8×10 casserole dish with cooking spray. Layer the potatoes in the bottom of the dish. Add the sausage on top of the potatoes. Next, sprinkle the Mozzarella.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs. Pour the eggs over the casserole. The eggs should cover all the ingredients. If they don’t, add another egg or two.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes. Make sure the eggs are set in the middle before removing from the oven. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese on top and return to the oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese.
- Serve hot.
- source: thedailyrecipe.com
Original photo from 2009