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Healthy Open Faced Breakfast Biscuit

Every morning I eat some type of eggs for breakfast but have run out of ways to make them after a while.  It really takes a lot of creativity to keep getting enough protein in our bodies as ladies.  I used to love boiled eggs, simply sliced in half, with salt, pepper and dipped in maple syrup.  Try it!  It’s pretty tasty…

But after about a week of eating boiled eggs every day you may not want to see another boiled egg.  Eggs are a healthy source of protein.  Protein helps our bodies have a stronger immune system, build and repair cells, move nutrients and develop hormones.

Really healthy or “complete” proteins are in eggs, fish, dairy, meats and poultry.  The protein found in eggs are also lower in carbohydrates.

I always get free range or organic eggs to avoid the chemicals found in animals who are squeezed together in unhealthy conditions or fed antibiotics that seep into our systems when we eat.  This same “rule” can be used when getting chicken, beef or any other type of meat (look for free range, organic meats, it will say it on the package.)

Now that all of that health stuff is covered, I wanted to share a recipe that my friend Laurin has created.

She’s one of the classiest women I know, a great teacher and a great cook! 

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She’s going to be sharing more of her recipes with us to give us quick, simple healthy meal ideas we can make for ourselves, friends and families.  Thanks Laurin!

The wheat biscuit recipe is from here: http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2010/04/08/super-easy-recipe-whole-wheat-biscuits/

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Ok, one more health fact: Whole wheat and whole grains are really good for you!  Did you know that there are other whole grain alternatives as well like brown rice, millet, spelt, quinoa, buckwheat and spelt?  I cook with them all of the time and will share recipes that can get you started eating more whole grains. 

They are packed with nutrients like Vitamin B (really good for women of childbearing age, good for women who want to get pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy one day), Antioxidants (protect cells, protect and repair tissue), and fiber (cleanses the colon, helps with digestion). 

Here are a few organic or all natural brands you can begin to experiment with (I’ll add more fun, simple recipes soon):

bobs buckwheat

whole wheat flour

 

 

quinoa

 

And if none of that really makes you want to eat whole grains, guess what else?  They help you lose weight!  They don’t stick to you like regular old flour! 

According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who ate mainly whole grains were 49% less likely to gain weight whereas people eating refined grains were more likely to put on the pounds.  This is a way to enjoy those “breads” and stay nice and fit!

You can replace your pancakes, biscuits, bread, muffins, cereal, soups, stews and pasta with whole grain options that are less “weighty.”

Here’s a quick and simple way to make a whole grain, fried egg sandwich that you can take with you on the run (skipping the fast food temptation we often crave lol).  No more excuses ladies let’s get in shape!

Laurin's Open Faced Breakfast Biscuit
A scrumptious whole wheat breakfast delight you can grab as you run out the door or enjoy in the mornings during a quick quiet time!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups organic whole wheat flour
  2. 4 teaspoons baking powder
  3. ½ teaspoon salt
  4. 4 tablespoons cold organic butter
  5. 1 cup milk (I used almond milk but you can use any kind)
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 1-2 organic turkey slices
  8. Green bell pepper
  9. Red bell pepper
  10. 1/2 tbsp butter
  11. Garlic salt (to taste)
  12. Black pepper (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Instructions: (Biscuits)
  2. In a medium sized bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well with a fork.
  3. Cut the butter into little pea sized pieces and then mix the pieces into the flour mixture.
  4. Cut in butter to the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs. You may use a fork to mash the butter into the flour.It may resemble pea-sized butter pieces covered in flour.
  5. Then pour in the milk and mix it all together. Knead the dough with your hands 8 to 10 times and then turn out onto a lightly floured counter or cutting board.
  6. Pat it out flat with your hands until the dough is a somewhat even ¾-inch thickness (or you may roll it out with a rolling pin).
  7. Using a cookie cutter or turning a drinking glass upside down, cut out biscuit rounds.
  8. Place them on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 450 degrees for 10 – 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
  9. Instructions: (Fried Eggs)
  10. While biscuits are baking, warm a medium skillet with about 1/2 tsp butter. Once butter has melted, crack eggs directly onto skillet (keeping yoke in tack).
  11. Add garlic salt to taste. Cook to desired firmness.
  12. Biscuits should be just about done by this time. In the meantime, slice several slivers of both the green and red peppers. If desired, warm turkey slices on skillet.
  13. Once the biscuits are complete, slice one in half. Place slice of turkey on each. Then top each with fried egg.
  14. To complete, garnish eggs with peppers and black pepper.
  15. Enjoy!
Jade Lee http://jadelee.org/
The dollar store has different types of candles and vases.  I already owned this vase and was using it for a display on my fireplace mantle, so I simply added the sand and two candles I found at the dollar tree.

$3 Nantucket Sand and Candle Vases

Jade Lee

We moved into our new home in January, and I’ve been adding a few new details to our décor.  Staying in the rustic, Nantucket theme that I have had for the past few years has made my heart smile. 

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The first day at our new home this year!

Our journey has been very interesting whereas we have lived in seven homes since we have been married.  That would be seven homes in eleven years!  And the house we now live in is our first non-ministry home with a bit of privacy.

Here is a glimpse of our past ministry-home living:

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In the back yard of one of our ministry homes we built a beautiful gazebo to entertain a ministry tour and then used it to have nice events in the city. This house was converted from a drug house to a positive neighborhood home.

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In one of our old homes where we used to entertain guests and where as missionaries we would help people living on the streets.

Thanksgiving in our second to last home.

Thanksgiving in our second to last home.

Spending time with family and others at one of our ministry homes.

Spending time with family and others at one of our ministry homes.

Living in community has been a blessing (very exciting, never a dull moment) and helped us use our gift of being adoptive, but being out on our own (at least a bit) has also been very restful, enjoyable and restorative for our family.

Living in Community has meant Living with people in our living room, knocking at our front door and sometimes in all of our bedrooms free of charge.  It has been very exciting, rewarding and worth it all!

Over the years, I have been blessed to “make due” with our extremely minimal ministry budget, and my very expensive tasteCreativity has become my best friend and I am finally, after 11 years, getting enough alone time to share some of these diy projects with you!

Bringing the outdoors in creates a very restful, natural feel for me, with such a busy life, and I desire to experience a retreat environment when I return home.

I made these Nantucket Sand Vases for only $3 at the Dollar Tree but they look much more expensive than that!

It was only $1 for each of the items in this picture (the bag of sand, the vase and the candle).

It was only $1 for each of the items in this picture (the bag of sand, the vase and the candle).

Pray that I do not overdue it at the Dollar Tree, it is less than one minute from my home and my creative mind gets so excited when I walk into that store. 

First you buy a bag of sand, a candle, and a vase of any size or shape, fill the vase with sand and gently press your candle into the vase.  Then you have a nice display.

The dollar store has different types of candles and vases. I already owned this vase and was using it for a display on my fireplace mantle, so I simply added the sand and two candles I found at the dollar tree.

The dollar store has different types of candles and vases. I already owned this vase and was using it for a display on my fireplace mantle, so I simply added the sand and two candles I found at the dollar tree.

You can choose either white or cream sand.  They come in bags of only $1 each.

For a more sparkly, glam option, you can do the same with Epsom Salt and/or faux pearls:

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Source This would look great in a spa like restroom, a makeup vanity or glammy office!

I was also able to place them in different sections of my sweet and quiet home, they add a little more of an ocean feel in the midst of cool, winter weather:

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On a console table behind one of my couches.

On a console table behind one of my couches.

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Everything in this image was either thrifted, given to me or brought from the outdoors then crafted into something wonderful :-)

And here are a few more ways to creatively do the Nantucket sand vase, adding glitz, glamour and glow to your atmosphere, dorm, home, or even wedding decor:

You can add shells to your glass vases in different sizes, shapes and heights to create a wedding centerpiece, add beauty to shelf, and use epsom salt for more glam in a boring room!

Source How soothing and restful!

Source How soothing and restful!  You can get this Pottery Barn look for a few dollars at the Dollar Tree.  

Or you can add a pretty flower in peach, pink or white to add a bit of color (except for the white flower lol) to your matching decor.  What really sets this off is the sequin table clothe under it:

Source This is such a pretty display with sand, candles and elegant flowers.

Source This is such a pretty display with sand, candles and elegant flowers.

You can find the full tutorial and more lovely pics here:

Source With a few easy steps you can save beacoup dollars on your wedding decor or a well planned summer party!

Source With a few easy steps you can save beacoup dollars on your wedding decor or a well planned summer party!

And you can get a more everyday look if you aren’t into all the glitz and glamour by using a rustic, milk or mason jar:

Source Rustic yet beautiful...

Source Rustic yet beautiful…

Now all you have to do to add more beauty to your hectic life is GO.  You don’t have to be rich or break the bank to get a quiet, pretty atmosphere, no matter what season of life you find yourself in…a bit of creativity and a lot of love will get you exactly what you want in your home or at your event- even if it’s on a Super Tight Budget Missionary Budget like mine has been for years!

Our Need for More Becomes a Schoolmaster for Creativity Once We Obtain Contentment! -Jade Lee