EASY HOME FRIES BREAKFAST BAKE

May 5, 2016

At least twice a week I am slicing up potatoes to roast. Whether it is sweet potatoes for a fun side or our beloved red skin potatoes for the classic marinaded chicken + sautéed green beans + roasted red skins dinner.

Beyond suppertime, I have gotten really into hash browns and home fries as my favorite staple for breakfast. Try experimenting with substituting potatoes for bread in any savory breakfast casserole recipes you have. It makes for a healthier and paleo-ish option.

EASY HOME FRIES BREAKFAST BAKE from Rachel SchultzEASY HOME FRIES BREAKFAST BAKE
Serves 3-4

10 red skin potatoes, diced
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound Italian sausage, cooked and crumbled
1 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 bell pepper, diced
6 eggs
1/3 cup milk
1 and 1/2 cups shredded cheddar, divided
3 green onions, sliced

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Drizzle red skin potatoes with 2 tablespoons olive oil and arrange onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Season with salt and pepper. Roast potatoes for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through bake time. Meanwhile, saute onion with 1 tablespoon olive oil in small skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add bell pepper and cook for 2-3 more minutes, until onions are tender. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat. In a bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Stir in 1 cup of cheddar. Transfer roasted potatoes, sausage, onion, bell pepper, and garlic to a 1 and 1/2 quart baking dish. Pour egg mixture over ingredients. Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees and bake for 45 minutes. Top with green onion.

EASY HOME FRIES BREAKFAST BAKE
 
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Ingredients
  • 10 red skin potatoes, diced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound Italian sausage, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 6 eggs
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 1 and ½ cups shredded cheddar, divided
  • 3 green onions, sliced
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Drizzle red skin potatoes with 2 tablespoons olive oil and arrange onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Season with salt and pepper. Roast potatoes for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through bake time.
  3. Meanwhile, saute onion with 1 tablespoon olive oil in small skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add bell pepper and cook for 2-3 more minutes, until onions are tender. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  4. In a bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Stir in 1 cup of cheddar.
  5. Transfer roasted potatoes, sausage, onion, bell pepper, and garlic to a 1 and ½ quart baking dish. Pour egg mixture over ingredients.
  6. Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees and bake for 45 minutes.
  7. Top with green onion.

Adapted from Gimme Some Oven.

CONSIDERING MASTER BED OPTIONS

May 3, 2016

With a handful of visitors scheduled for a few occasions in the coming months, we needed to get our guest room in functioning order.

This means the queen will have to depart our bedroom and we must buy a new bed. I know, so self sacrificing.

Master-Bedroom-from-Rachel-Schultz

Much of this post is material from the presentation I made David of all our options for where to take the master bed, mattress, box spring choices. The best place for the bed is centered in front of this window. The window and its treatment will kind of act as a part of the headboard for the bed.

My decor plans are a monochromatic thing with the bed the same color as the walls and curtains, so I want it to be made of a paintable material. We also want the headboard’s profile to be low so we can maximize sunlight.

Box and matt

PLATFORM BED WITH NO BOX SPRING

These are hard to find that are not a very modern design (which is so not us), but the right one could be a good choice. This option could be painted. Estimated total cost: $900

PLATFORM BED WITH BOX SPRING

This is the same as above, but with stacking a box spring in too (not necessary on a platform bed, but you can). The profile could end up still being low, but would it look weird having the top of the mattress end up so close to the top of the headboard? I idealize the luxurious feeling of a high bed, but maybe that is just because I am used to our low one. Low beds can make a room seem larger. Estimated total cost: $1,050

platform only

DIY

This could be cost saving and allow us to make just what we want in shape and height of an upholstered or painted bed and still use a box spring. This base from Urban Outfitters is too expensive, but I think we could draw inspiration from it for building our own. Estimated total cost: $750

metal

METAL BED

This is another solution to the sunlight problem. (The one above is from here.)  A metal bed could be painted, but with metal I think leaving it would not throw off my monochromatic plans like a wood bed would. I like how metal beds look, but David said once three years ago that he does not like them. Maybe he does not stand by this or even remember the comment. Must check on that… Estimated total cost: $950

What do you think we will choose? I do not even know what I think we will choose!

HOW I FEEL ABOUT OUR BLACK LIVING ROOM

May 2, 2016

I do not like to tell my friends I painted our living room black because I feel it confuses them. The best way to explain it is when an artist does not like to have anyone see their work mid-progress. (I just more or less referred to myself as an artist, soooo pretentious.)

A black room is certainly a design challenge, which I am enjoying and also nervous about. I have an overall vision, but I do not yet know all the answers for what each element of the room should be like. By comparison, other spaces in our house are way easier and I know exactly what color and material I would want the linens or furniture or whatever to be with no question. Our guest room is going to be a very classic and traditional patchwork-quilt-on-the-bed, white-shiplap-on-the-walls deal.

HOW I FEEL ABOUT OUR BLACK LIVING ROOM from Rachel Schultz

In here, each piece of the room just has to go one at a time as I am experimenting and tweaking to achieve cozy library feelings.

For example, I had some gold candles sticks on the mantle that got a hard axe because with a black room there are so many things you have to guard against. Those were vetoed because anything intricate or gold can become too glam or really Phantom of the Opera rocker mansion (which is not us).

HOW I FEEL ABOUT BLACK WALLS IN THE LIVING ROOM from Rachel Schultz

Colors also become more intense when paired with black. I like yellow, but yellow and black scream bumblebee. (Or Steelers fan.) Green is great, but with black it can become weird, Halloween slime feeling.

So, again. Black is a welcome creative challenge. BUT WITH THE RIGHT FINESSE, I THINK WE CAN STILL LAND THIS THING.

Overall verdict: pleased and hopeful. The living room is mega-bare, so while the black feels bold, adding more art and accessories will soften it. My end goal in here was to have a picture rail for hanging art (oh, the character!), but we decided to abandon that FOR NOW and hang the art with nails like normal, modern people. For that reason I had not cut in up to the molding because the picture rail would have covered it, and now I need to go back and do that because you can see the old white/blue paint sneaking through. Lastly, I do not endorse any of our current furniture.

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