Bacon & Cheese Popovers {Secret Recipe Club}

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Bacon and Cheese Popovers

Well y’all. I simply could not resist a bacon and cheese and bread thing this month! Can you beat that combination? Especially when I heard Saturday was National Bacon Day!

Now I’ve never made popovers before, and I don’t have a popover pan or even a jumbo muffin pan, but I wasn’t going to  that stop me once I saw this recipe at The Keenan Cookbook.

At their site, married couple Chris and Rachel share their family’s favorite recipes, old and new. They offer lots of deliciousness there, from Berry Almond Cake to French Onion Soup (one of my favorites, and a sweet story on that post!).

I couldn’t resist these popovers as my Secret Recipe Club reveal for this month once I saw them, though. I just have regular muffin tins, so I split the recipe into 18 instead of 12 popovers. They are small, but just right for little ones or a quick snack. I cut the cayenne a little bit too, and it was just right for me. If your family enjoys spicier things, you can go back to 1/4 teaspoon.

Enjoy!

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Bacon & Cheese Popovers

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 18 small popovers

Bacon & Cheese Popovers

Adapted from The Keenan Cookbook, these make a great, eggy breakfast bread on a Saturday morning.

Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 c. milk
  • 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour (or 1 c. AP + 1/2 c. white whole wheat)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 tsp. dried minced onion
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 6 slices bacon, fried crisp and chopped

Instructions

Preheat oven to 450F. Spray 18 muffin cups with nonstick spray. (If you have a popover pan or jumbo muffin pan, use it and make 12 muffins.)

In a large bowl, mix together milk, flour, eggs, salt, cayenne, and dried minced onion until smooth. Add 1 cup cheese, two-thirds of the chopped bacon, and rosemary and stir to combine.

Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling about two-thirds full. Sprinkle remaining cheese and bacon over muffins evenly.

Bake at 450 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350. Bake another 10 minutes until very brown and a tester comes out clean.

Immediately poke each muffin with a skewer, toothpick, or sharp knife to let steam release. Serve hot.

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Saturday Linky Love

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Happy holiday weekend! Hope you have some good plans for these three days. My in-laws are visiting, so I’m not sure what we’ll be up to.

Here are some great links for this week.

Reading offline: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian. I’ve been hesitant to read anything else by him since The Night Strangers scared me half to death, but my friend Brandi assured me this one would not have ghosts. Close Your Eyes is his latest novel, just published last month.

So, what did you read that was great this week? Link up here. You can grab the code for the button in the sidebar, if you want. Please link back here and add the PERMALINK to your post, not your home page.

How Can Small People Be SO Hungry?

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Check out Snacktime: Let’s Try Not to TOTALLY Ruin Our Dinner, OK? by Jessie Weaver at Foodie.com

I am simply astonished at how much little people eat sometimes. Joshua, for instance, is especially baffling. He is 17 months old and not quite 21 pounds. How is it that he can pack away more food than his brother and sister combined most days?

For breakfast, the kids definitely eat more than I do. A LOT more. The night seems to have done them in, and they are ravenous.

The afternoons are another prime example. And I want to offer snacks that will get in some extra nutrients and won’t ruin their dinners.

Most of these recipes I’ve collected on Foodie fit the bill. They fill up tummies without being too heavy. Frozen fruit cups are our favorite as of late – I made some mostly following the recipe, but without sugar or frozen pineapple concentrate. It’s one that is very easy to customize. Next time I will add some grape halves, because I love frozen grapes.

I would honestly love to offer my kids veggies and dip, cucumber slices with egg salad, or green smoothies. But they would be left sitting there, and it would be a waste of my money. Maybe someday. But for the time being, I try to pick out recipes that my kids will actually eat, like popsicles, yogurt parfaits, and – their favorite – popcorn.

What do you serve for afternoon snack?

This is a sponsored post for Foodie.com, a site for collecting your favorite recipes. 

Favorite Freezer Meals

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Favorite Freezer Meals

I’m asked often about meals that are good for the freezer. I do a lot of freezer cooking when I can, just to get on top of the hunger of three little ones! Even when we’re eating dinner in the dining hall, they have to have lunches packed or at home, breakfast, and snacks.

To make it easy on me and as a great go-to to send to friends, here are our favorite freezer meals that I know work well, because I’ve tried them again and again! I hope to update this list as we add more to our repertoire.

Breads & Breakfast Things

Main Meals

Snacks and Other Stuff

My advice to you is to take a risk. Most things can be frozen with success. Don’t be scared!

Saturday Linky Love

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My mom is visiting this week, and she said my dad commented on how prolific I was this week on the blog. I assume he means compared to normal, or least normal lately. I’m falling into the rhythm of back-to-school, and I’ve been getting up at 5:30 and using the time to read my Bible, then write for awhile. It seems to work well for me, and I am excited to invite some discipline and schedule into my life.

(If you missed it, I shared an absolutely delicious, simple, gluten-free dinner recipe; was late picking up my kid the first day she rode the school bus (and cried about it); guest posted at Modern Mrs. Darcy about how we make things work in our family; and wrote a little devotion that I read at my MOPS group’s first meeting this week.

And now, on with the links!

Reading offline: While I was writing this post, the last book in the River of Time series, Deluge, was released for e-book. Quickest $4 I’ve ever spent. I am trying to finish this quickly so I can GO READ!!!

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Parenting and the Beatitudes

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Parenting and the Beatitudes
source: Lou Bueno

John MacArthur wrote, “The Beatitudes demonstrate that the way to heavenly blessedness is antithetical to the worldly path normally followed in pursuit of happiness.”

Parenting isn’t about feeling good all the time.

Make it that, and you’ll have kids who run the house and don’t understand the word no. Some of my best parenting moments are when I feel the worse, I think. Holding a screaming, flailing 5-year-old who is throwing a temper tantrum – when really I just want to shut her in her room and go eat chocolate cake. Taking a deep breath and explaining to my 3-year-old onemoretime that “I need” is not the way we start sentences to ask for things. Not biting back when my 17-month-old decides to gnaw at my shoulder.

Often parenting is going against my human nature and trying to latch on to my Jesus-nature instead, asking for His power to flood me. Because seriously, there is no way I can do this on my own.

In the Beatitudes, Jesus shows us a flip-flop view of His kingdom versus the world’s. He says, “You’re going to mourn. You’re going to be persecuted. You’re going to need to show mercy and peace and gentleness when you don’t want to. But I am going to bless you for it, and it’s how I am going to work through your life.”

How many times as a parent do you feel mournful? Poor in spirit? Persecuted, even, by your children or other parents? Jesus blesses that.

The Beatitudes are everything I want to be as a parent. Gentle. Peaceful. Merciful. Pure in heart. In my study Bible, MacArthur also writes that “gentleness is supreme self-control empowered by the Spirit.”

I’ve seen a graphic around Facebook lately, with a toddler laying on top of his mama on the beach and the words, “You’re never going to be loved like this again.”

Until we see Christ, no one on earth is going to love us with the uninhibited crazy love of a toddler or preschooler. So let’s pour back that love, praying for the Spirit to fill us with mercy, purity of heart, gentleness, and peace, not giving up when we are mournful or feel persecuted or want to hide in our rooms and throw stuff at the wall.

In The Message paraphrase, Matthew 5:3 is, “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.”

Praise God and Amen!