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Freezer Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast is a big hit around our house.  Many times we have it for the evening meal.  Is that called brupper or brinner?  Still trying to figure that out.  Anyway…. Last night we had breakfast burritos so I thought I’d share a recipe for making and freezing them.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 pound cooked breakfast meat (sausage, ham, bacon… whatever you like)
1 – 10oz. can Rotel (tomatoes and green chilies) drained
1 cup cooked rice
2 cups shredded cheese (I prefer cheddar jack)
1 dozen eggs
1/2 cup milk
24 medium sized tortillas (I prefer whole wheat)

Directions:

Crack eggs into bowl and add milk. Whisk until mixed. Add your favorite scrambled egg spices. (I prefer a little Lawry’s Seasoned Salt and a couple dashes of Worcestershire Sauce) Cook the egg mixture in a pan until completely scrambled.  Add scrambled eggs, rice , Rotel and breakfast meat in a large bowl and mix.

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Warm the tortillas slightly (a couple seconds in the microwave helps make them more pliable).

Place 1 tortilla on a piece of aluminum foil (approximately 12″x12″ )

Next add a scoop of the completed filling to the tortilla and sprinkle with cheese.

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Fold into a burrito and roll in the foil. You can see the whole process and how to roll the burritos in this YouTube video I made:

Depending on the size of the tortilla and how full you fill them you should get 20-24 burritos.

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Place all the burritos in freezer safe bags and put in the freezer.
When you want a burrito take it from your freezer, remove the aluminum foil, and microwave. In our microwave 2 minutes at 50% power is perfect. Then re-wrap it in the foil and you’re ready to take and eat it wherever you want. A cup of coffee, one of these and a piece of fruit will keep you full until lunchtime!

 

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Small Towns Rock

My wife and I grew up around small towns so when we got married it’s no wonder we ended up in one to raise our family.  I don’t ever remember discussing it.  I guess we knew each other well enough that we didn’t need to discuss it.

After a year of marriage and living in Des Moines we were ready to buy a house.  We found one in a small town with a reasonable commute and have been here 15 years now.  It took awhile to feel like we were part of the town.  Joining a church helped.  Once we had kids the real sense of community kicked in.   Meeting our kid’s friends, their parents, and teachers really helped.

For me some of the best things about living in a small town are the little things.  Knowing that there’ll be someone you know to say “Hi” to whenever you fill up at the local gas station.  Having a neighbor who isn’t afraid to knock on your door to ask for help getting an old water heater out of his basement (and then returning the favor a few months later by plowing the snow off your driveway).  Being able to go into the local hardware for a little advice, a fair price, and some good conversation.

Small towns are great for raising children!  They’re afforded the luxury of being able to play and be a part of any sport they want. They might not be a star player in every sport but they will be a part of the team.  As a parent you get to sit in the stands or on the sidelines and chat with your kid’s friend’s parents and enjoy the game.  As a side benefit the view is usually pretty good too.  Like this one of our town’s soccer field with a cornfield and farm as the back drop.

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There are Church youth groups, dance, 4H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, community activities… the list could go on and on.

With kids busy in so many things it’s good to live in a small town because you need the help of family and friends to get everyone where they need to be.  Help is never more than a text, call, or Facebook post away whenever our kids need a ride or a place to stay for a bit.  Our friends are always happy to help.  Just like we are happy to help them.

Small towns sometimes get a bad rap on the TV or in the movies but for most of us who live in one, we wouldn’t trade it for anything.

 

 

 

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Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone

Have you ever been asked to do something that you knew you could probably handle but doing it would be a little uncomfortable?  This happened to me yesterday.

There was a basketball tournament for 7th and 8th grade boys in our town.  It was a fundraiser for my daughters’ dance team and they needed volunteers to help.  No problem, I thought.  Take tickets, sell a few candy bars.  I could do that.

Unfortunately, those positions were filled.  What they really needed was someone to help referee or run the scoreboard.  Since my basketball knowledge and experience stopped in 8th grade reffing was out.  That left the scoreboard.  Something I figured I could handle, but still it made me nervous.  What if I messed up?  I’ve been to kid’s sporting events before and know how “intense” some parents can be.

I’m happy to say I made it through 3 games without messing things up.  I was fortunate to have some very knowledgeable  people who could help out when my brain couldn’t keep up with the action.   Thank goodness it was only middle schoolers playing.  Keeping up with a really fast paced game would have been tricky for me!

I’m glad I didn’t let my fear of messing up prevent me from helping out.  In the end everything turned out all right.

I met a nice grandfather of one of my daughter’s dance friends.  I showed my daughters that you should not be afraid to try new things even if they might make you uncomfortable.  And the tournament raised some money to help fund the dance efforts for my daughters and their friends.  It was a winning day!

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