Mickey Mouse Pancakes, or Teddy Bear Pancakes?

My grand kids stayed overnight this past weekend and we sure had a lot of fun. They loved the new grand kid’s bedroom we made up for them with red iron bunk beds and lots of fun toys everywhere. We thought we would have BOY grandbabies. That’s why it has a construction and car and truck theme. Who knew we’d instead get 4 girls grandbabies from 3 of our kids?

Notice the bear at the breakfast table (Megan’s guest) for Mickey Mouse Pancakes? Well
They kinda look like Teddy Bear Pancakes too……mix or match….whateva….
Bruce searching for the tennis ball….

Now you are probably asking yourself, “Why did she decorate the grandkid’s room like a construction zone when she has all girls?”  And I would answer you… I don’t freakin know…I thought they’d all be boys. Go figure.  I had 3 boys….. (plus I loved this rug from Tarjay). snicker…

Meg loves the top bunk for some reason, Marisa loved all the puppets on the bottom with her…I’m almost finished with this floor to ceiling green chalkboard for them….another half done summer project….Arg! .

 Megan loved the tennis racket, but doggie Bruce kept fighting her for the tennis ball.

Looks like Bruce found the tennis ball and won’t give it back…

We made some pancakes in the morning with blueberry eyes and chocolate chip smiles. They weren’t BEAR pancakes like my husband thought. They are supposed to be Mickey! Jeesh!

Blueberry eyes and nose, chocolate chip smile on Mickey Mouse Pancakes….or Teddy Bear pancake…..:D

They were hilarious in the jacuzzi.  “Let’s dive!” as I’m saying to John, “I really don’t want to get my hair wet”.  SPLASH!  John, “awww, that’s too bad!” as he is trying to suffocate a laugh. Oh well. It was sure fun. They are such cute little munchkins.

Hash Brown Sausage Breakfast Casserole

My sister was visiting from Oregon and I wanted to make some yummy breakfast foods. We stayed up almost all night (till 4:00) talking and laughing about all the stuff we did behind our parents’ backs growing up.  If they only knew what we’d been up to!  LOL

My sis and her hubs…Johnny in the back…Link to my 
gallery picture wall Here at Patties Place Blog.

One family favorite that I love to make on holidays or for overnight guests is this puffy,  eggy,  sausage and cheese and hash brown potato casserole. It’s really easy and yummy. Here is what goes into it;

Sausage Casserole Ingredients

Hash Brown Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole….I usually top the hash browns with some Johnny’s Seasoning or Lawry’s Season Salt.

1 pound chub of Jimmy Dean sausage fried up and drained
1/2-3/4 cup shredded cheese
1/2 container cottage cheese
3 cups of frozen, shredded hash brown potatoes (or Potatoes O’Brian w/onions and peppers is good)
7 eggs
1/4 cup diced green (or red) pepper (optional)
1/4 cup diced onion (or more if you like)
1/2 cup milk

Green pepper and chopped onion…to your taste…leave it out if you want!

Spray 9 x 13 glass pan with Pam. Lay out your 3 cups of hash browns in the pan. Then in a separate bowl mix the sausage, egg, cheeses and veggies and add milk. Stir it and then spread it over the hash browns. Bake at 375 for 45-50 minutes. Let set for 10 minutes before serving. 

Hash Brown Sausage Breakfast Casserole

I like to serve it with fresh seasonal fruit and some kind of muffins or pull apart bread or little cinnamon buns.  It’s a festive breakfast and you can do it all the night before and just pop it in the oven while everybody is just waking up. The smell of the sausage alone wafting through the house brings everybody up to the kitchen table like a charm.

Little Cinnamon Buns

 We sure had a lot of fun this weekend! Family gatherings are the best. Go out and make some memories people!

Grandpa and his grandbaby on the lake!

Hiking the Minnetonka Cave at Bear Lake…yeah we’re tough!
Luckily we had our beach towels when it got cold in the cave!