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Easter Leftovers: Baked Eggs + Ham

Baked Eggs and Ham Recipe

I hope you had a wonderful Easter! More than that, I hope you have tons of delicious leftovers. There is something magical about holiday leftovers. As in, I will actually eat them. I almost never eat the leftovers in my fridge. My boyfriend usually polishes them off, leaving me to enjoy a whole box of mac and cheese by myself (heaven on Earth). But holiday leftovers are a different story. I will eat leftover turkey, ham or prime rib for days! The trick to eating all of those leftovers is making something new with them. Sure, I like a plate of the holiday meal the next day for breakfast, but then it gets a little boring. For those Easter leftovers, I made baked eggs and ham and was anything but bored.

Baked Eggs and Ham Recipe:

*Serves 2
2 slices diced ham (it’s about 3/4 cup when it’s all diced)
4 eggs
2 Tbsp. half & half
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. rosemary
2-3 oz. swiss cheese – shredded
Salt
Pepper

Pre-heat your oven to 425-degrees.

Get all of your ingredients chopped, shredded and ready to make things easier to assemble.

Baked Eggs Recipe

Grease two oven-safe ramekins with cooking spray or room temperature butter.

In each ramekin, add half of your diced ham and 1 tablespoon of half & half.

Baked Ham and Eggs

Top with a bit of the Swiss cheese, salt and pepper. Then, crack your eggs into small dishes, making sure the yolks don’t break (this just makes it easier to transfer them neatly to the ramekins).

Baked Eggs with Cream

Pour two eggs in each ramekin and then sprinkled the rest of the shredded Swiss around the outer edges.

Baked Eggs

Baked Eggs and Swiss

Bake at 425-degrees for 10 minutes, until the whites start to set.

After 10 minutes, turn your broiler on high and bake until the whites are just set (about 1 minute). Remove from the oven and let sit for about 5 minutes until the whites are completely set. Letting it sit will also make everything bind together, making it easier to eat!

Baked Eggs with Herbs

Baked Ham and Swiss Eggs

Do you have a favorite Holiday leftover dish that you make every year?

Molly Monday: April BarkBox

When I moved to WV from Chicago, I cancelled Molly’s BarkBox subscription to make things easier on myself for the move. I just finally re-subscribed her and she got her first one this past week! She loves getting BarkBoxes and any time we get a package in the mail, she thinks its for her and we usually let her open it even if she can’t have the contents. When she opened this April BarkBox and we let her get into the contents, she was so excited!

Of course, I had to be a mean mama and take her pictures before I let her have anything.

Molly BarkBox April

Can’t wait to name this little Loopies toy! We’ve got a few names in mind, most of them are after Red Wings players…

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This month’s Molly favorite is the Barkworthies Bully Chew!

Molly Barkworthies

She went for this immediately and we’ve been splitting it up and letting her chew a bit every night on it. It’s almost gone and I think I will be purchasing a few of these for her myself.

Easter Treat: Soft Lemon Cookies

Soft Lemon Cookies Recipe

It seems as though Spring might really be here! Easter weekend is upon us and we’ve already had some near 80-degree weather here in West Virginia! You can bet I bought a few bottles of cheap white wine and sat on my little deck soaking up the sun. That’s right, I have a little deck! For the first time in my life not only does my apartment come with a deck, but I actually had the funds to buy some furniture for the outdoor space. In Michigan, the apartments I lived in through college all had these awesome decks, but I could barely afford my boxed mac and cheese, there was no way I could furnish a patio! So, I’ve been taking advantage of this space. I actually have a post planned to show you what I’ve done with the space (for cheap!) and will share that soon.

So anyway, on to the important stuff. COOKIES!

I made these a couple weeks ago to bring to a friend’s house and they were probably the best cookies I’ve ever made. I love anything lemon and I think it goes without saying that I love cookies. These were a simple recipe and make for a nice little Easter treat!

Soft Lemon Cookies Recipe:

1 Tbsp. lemon zest
1 stick unsalted butter – room temperature
1 cup white sugar
2 large eggs – room temperature
1 Tbsp. lemon extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Powdered sugar for coating

Pre-heat your oven to 350-degrees.

In one dish, whisk together your flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.

In your mixing bowl, add your butter, lemon zest and white sugar.

Lemon Cookie Recipe

Mix the butter, zest and sugar until it’s light yellow and fluffy.

To the butter mixture, add your eggs one at a time. Mix until incorporated and then add your lemon extract.

Once the eggs and extract are mixed well, add your flour mixture about 1/3 at a time.

Homemade Lemon Cookies

Continue adding the flour mixture and mixing until you have a thick dough.

Lemon Cookie Dough

Refrigerate your dough for 30 minutes before the next step. It’s easier to roll the cookies if they’re cold.

After 30 minutes, you can start rolling your cookies! Get a plate with about 1/2 cup of powdered sugar for rolling your cookies.

I make mine each with about 2 tablespoons of dough for each cookie. It’s messy, but since the dough is so sticky it helps to kind of coat your hands with powdered sugar, then grab a chunk of dough and roll it lightly into a ball, then toss it into the powdered sugar to fully coat.

Place each round ball on an ungreased cookie sheet an inch apart.

Lemon Cookie Balls

Bake for 10-12 minutes. While they’re baking, the parts not covered in powdered sugar will look a little wet. When they look “dry” they’re done baking. You don’t want them to brown and you want them to stay soft, so just keep an eye on how wet or dry they look. It works!

Lemon Cookies Recipe

Lemon Cookies

What is your favorite Easter treat? My Grams used to make us Jell-O eggs every Easter and I miss them, but I don’t think my boyfriend and I can consume as much Jell-O as my brother and 3 cousins could. We’ll stick with cookies this year!