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Baked Denver Omelet Casserole Recipe

Baked Denver Omelet Casserole Recipe with VIDEO

Lazy Sunday mornings are perfect for diving into a baked Denver omelet casserole.

With this recipe, all the classic fillings from a Denver omelet are conveniently combined in a one pan dish.

In a matter of minutes you can have this dish assembled and in the oven.

No babysitting an omelet pan. No need to play short order cook and make individual omelets for everyone in the family.

The convenient casserole allows you to serve several people with minimal prep.

So kick back with a piping hot cup of coffee and the Sunday crossword puzzle while the casserole puffs up in the oven.

Baked Denver Omelet Casserole Recipe

Sunday morning was never easier.

But don’t just take my word for it, I’ve made a 30 second video that shows just how quickly this can be made.

Can’t see the video? Click here.

Baked Denver Omelet Casserole Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped cooked ham
  • 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional: dash hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400. Grease a 9x9 pan.
  2. Layer ham, peppers and onion, then cheese in bottom of prepared pan.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together eggs, milk, and salt and pepper. Add dash of hot sauce if using.
  4. Carefully pour over ham and cheese.
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until set.
http://naturalgreenmom.com/baked-denver-omelet-casserole-recipe/

This recipe is so easy, you’ll want to keep it handy for when you have overnight guests.

I like to top my serving with guacamole or just slices of avocado.

To make it even easier, you can assemble this casserole the night before.

MAKE AHEAD INSTRUCTIONS:

If you would like, you can assemble this baked Denver omelet casserole recipe the night before. Prepare the recipe, but do not bake. Keep in the refrigerator overnight and bake in the morning. Simply add about 5 minutes to the cooking time.

7 Secrets to a Successful Cleanse

7 Secrets to a Successful Cleanse regardless of what cleanse you choose to follow.

Have you ever attempted a cleanse?

A cleanse is defined as making something thoroughly clean.

There are juice cleanses, liver cleanses, elimination cleanses…or maybe you just want to follow the best cleanse for after binging.

No matter what cleanse you are attempting, it’s difficult to complete a cleanse without some discomfort.

First, most of us will experience some caffeine or sugar withdrawal.

Second, a lot of cleanses rely on a diet of liquids. For those of us who like to chew, this can make a cleanse difficult to complete.

7 Secrets to a Successful Cleanse

1. Write Your Goals – It’s impossible to know where you are going without a map. Think of your goals as your map for cleanse. What do you want to get out of your cleanse?

2. Enlist a Co-Cleanser – Having an accountability partner can greatly contribute to the success of your cleanse.

3. Select the Best Organic Raw Ingredients – Since the goal is to detox your body, make sure your ingredients are organic. Certified organic products ensure you aren’t getting a concentration of pesticides.

4. Prep in Advance – If you have an on-the-go lifestyle, make sure you’ve done as much prep in advance as you can. This will help you stick to your cleanse.

5. Inform Your Friends and Family – Make sure the people around you know you are embarking on a cleanse and let them know how they can support you.

6. Support Your Cleanse With Water – Keep your body well hydrated to eliminate cravings and to help flush your system.

7. Have a Plan for the Hard Days – What are some coping mechanisms you can use when your cleanse gets hard? And it will get hard. Be sure to check out 15 Things You Can Do Instead of Eating.

Have you completed a cleanse? Were you successful?

Tart Cherry Juice Sleep Gummies Perfect for Kids

Tart Cherry Juice Sleep Gummies are perfect for kids. Helps them get to sleep and stay asleep naturally.
Tart Cherry Juice Sleep Gummies

I’ve been using tart cherry juice to help me sleep for several months now.

Tart cherry juice was first brought to my attention by a friend who was using it to help her eight-year-old daughter get to sleep and stay asleep.

I’m always looking for natural ways to sleep, so I did some investigating.

What I found is tart cherry juice aides the body in producing melatonin. The result, research found, is consuming tart cherry juice can lengthen the amount of time people sleep by 90 minutes.

That’s a Godsend when you have a kiddo who wakes early every morning.

It’s also a blessing to those of us who have poor sleep tendencies.

The problem with tart cherry juice is it is called tart for a reason.

It can be difficult to convince little ones to drink something so tart.

The second problem is if you mix it with a quantity of water or juice, drinking it right before bedtime may mean a middle of the night trip to the restroom.

Turning the tart cherry juice into a tasty gummy treat helps makes for a sweet treat that eliminates extra liquids at bedtime!
Tart Cherry Juice Sleep Gummies are perfect for kids. Helps them get to sleep and stay asleep naturally.

Tart Cherry Juice Sleep Gummies

1 cup Organic Tart Cherry Juice <—this is exactly what I use
3 cups organic apple juice
3 teaspoons Agar Powder <—my favorite gelatin substitute!

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan on the stovetop. Stir well. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute. Transfer to an 11×7 or 13×9 inch pan. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Cut into shapes, or simply cut into squares.

Store in a glass container in the refrigerator.

Tart Cherry Juice Sleep Gummies are perfect for kids. Helps them get to sleep and stay asleep naturally.

These gummies cut into shapes perfectly. So fun for a bedtime treat!

For dosing, start by serving your little one gummies equivalent to one tablespoon. If you are using a cookie cutter, try using a small one to get a portion equal to a tablespoon.

You can slowly build up to a larger portion if you are finding the one tablespoon isn’t sufficient.

Adults need to take enough gummies to be quivalent to two tablespoons.

If you find the gummies are still too tart for your taste, try drizzling it with a bit of honey.

Did you know honey contains tryptophan? Tryptophan produces serotonin which aides in the body’s relaxation.

I’ve found the tart cherry juice sleep gummies are the perfect before bedtime treat that actually help me sleep.

Give them a try in your house and let me know how it works for you.

How to Stop Snoring Naturally

How to Stop Snoring Naturally

How to Stop Snoring Naturally

Snoring is new to our marriage and definitely not a welcome addition.

There are many reasons why someone might start snoring. According to this article, common snoring causes are age and weight and snoring occurs most frequently in men.

Before you resort to separate rooms, I’ve got some suggestions that are working in our home.

How to Stop Snoring Naturally

Skip the Nightcap – If you enjoy an alcoholic beverage before bedtime, the alcohol may be the source of your snoring.

Alcohol relaxes the throat muscles which can lead to snoring at night.

If you suspect alcohol may be the culprit, it is easy to eliminate it for several nights to see if the snoring improves.

Lose Weight
– If you are carrying extra weight, it may be the cause of your snoring.

Excess weight can press on your neck tissue, which can lead to snoring.

By shedding a few pounds, you could eliminate the source of your snoring and you’ll improve your overall health as well.

Easy Solutions for How to Stop Snoring Naturally

Sleep with a Humidifier – Your snoring may be caused by allergies and nasal congestion.

Sleeping with a humidifier can help alleviate the dry air that is contributing to your snoring.

Look for a humidifier that is powerful enough to moisten the air in the entire room. You also want an ionic model like this humidifier that inhibits bacterial growth.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil – Eucalyptus essential oil is known to help open up airways. This is particularly true if your snoring is due to allergies or a cold.

Try diffusing eucalyptus oil at night. You’ll want to start diffusing the oil about an hour prior to bedtime.

Use several drops and set your diffuser to run all night, or to it’s longest setting.

If you don’t have essential oils at home already, here is the source I prefer.

Essential-Health-Helps-Stop-Snoring-Throat-Spray-

Natural Throat SprayThis highly rated spray may be exactly what you need to eliminate snoring.

It works by helping to coat and open up the throat.

Sew a Tennis Ball into a T-Shirt – Snoring tends to occur when people sleep on their back.

If you find yourself waking up to roll over the snorer, you could try taking an old t-shirt and sewing a tennis ball into the back.

Every time the snorer rolls onto their back, the discomfort of the tennis ball forces them to roll over.

Head over here for complete instructions.

What have you found works to help stop snoring naturally?

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

20 Awesome Projects to Upcycle Wine Bottles

20 Awesome Projects to Upcycle Wine Bottles

The next time you empty a wine bottle, save it! There are so many awesome projects to upcycle wine bottles!

Really, there is no need to empty the wine bottle yourself. If you aren’t a drinker, you can ask at any restaurant if they would be willing to let you take some empty wine bottles home.

I’ve gotten to the point where I will actually buy wine based on the color of the bottle! Sometimes I want a green tinged bottle, sometimes clear glass works best for the projects I have in mind.

Check out all the awesome ways you can upcycle wine bottles:

Beach Bottles from Carolyn’s Homework
Bees Wax Candles from Happy Hour Projects
Book Page Bottles from The Wicker House
Dish Soap Dispenser from Living Well Spending Less
Gilded Bottles from a A Subtle Revelry
Holiday Centerpiece from The Preppy Planner
Hummingbird Feeder from The Chilly Dog
Lamp from Turning the Clock Back
Ribbon Wine Bottles from The Real Thing with the Coake family
Wine Bottles Upcycled into Tiki Torches
Tiki Torches from The Arm Chair Sommelier
Self Watering Planter from Cheap Crafts
Silver Vase from Style Sidebar
Sun Catchers from Condo Blues
Terrariums from Saved By Love Creations
Twine Wrapped Vases from View from the Fridge
Wedding Table Numbers from Sew Much Sunshine
Wind Chime from RecyclArt
Wine Bottle Bird Feeder from Down Home Inspiration
Wine Bottle Jewelry Display from Protea Wines
Wine Bottle Trays from Home Talk

My favorite project is to Upcycle Glass Bottles into a Garden Border. I always get lots of comments on this border. So pretty. So simple. So unique!

Which is Better: Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s?

Which is better: Whole Foods or Trader Joes? A price comparison

What would you say if I asked you, “Which is better: Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s?”

Most likely, you have an opinion. Perhaps you like Whole Food’s bulk bin selection. Or maybe you are a fan of Trader Joe’s marinated meat selection.

But at the end of the day, how does each store compare on price?

While both stores are known for having healthy, organic food, Trader Joe’s is known as a budget retailer, whereas Whole Foods Market is known as the “Whole Paycheck.”

An investigation into how their prices compare was in order.

I wanted to take a look at prices on the foods commonly found on everyone’s healthy shopping list.

To make the comparison fair, I shopped exclusively for the store brands: Whole Foods 365 or Trader Joe’s. I also purchased everything organic – with the exception of the oranges and bananas.

Whole Foods vs Trader Joes

Which is Better: Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s?

Organic Old Fashioned Oatmeal
Whole Foods 365 $3.00
Trader Joe’s $2.49

Organic Coffee
Whole Foods 365 $5.99
Trader Joe’s $7.99

Organic Large Eggs
Whole Foods 365 $4.49
Trader Joe’s $4.19

Organic Plain Yogurt
Whole Foods 365 $3.39
Trader Joe’s $3.69

Whole Wheat Bread
Whole Foods 365 $2.99
Trader Joe’s $2.49

Organic Unsweetened Applesauce

Whole Foods 365 $2.99
Trader Joe’s $2.79

Organic Peanut Butter
Whole Foods 365 $4.99
Trader Joe’s $3.49

Organic Frozen Strawberries
Whole Foods 365 $2.99
Trader Joe’s $2.69

Organic Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
Whole Foods 365 $7.99
Trader Joe’s $7.49

Organic Milk
Whole Foods 365 $6.99
Trader Joe’s $5.99

Which is better: Whole Foods or Trader Joe's?

Produce was difficult to compare. Trader Joe’s prices are per piece of fruit. Whole Foods is by the pound. It’s hard to compare since I don’t have the weight of the produce I bought at Trader Joe’s.

I bought 5 bananas, 4 apples, and 4 oranges at each store so I included the total I paid.

Bananas
Whole Foods 365 $0.69/lb. I paid $1.09/5
Trader Joe’s $0.19 ea. I paid $0.95

Oranges
Whole Foods 365 $0.78/lb. I paid $1.64
Trader Joe’s $0.59 ea. I paid $2.36

Apples
Whole Foods 365 $1.68/lb. I paid $2.28/4
Trader Joe’s $0.79 ea. I paid $3.16/4

My Whole Foods bill came to $51.22. My Trader Joe’s bill came to $51.27.

I paid ALMOST THE SAME!

Now if I was just running in for milk and eggs, I’d pick Trader Joe’s every time and be a $1.30 richer. But those gains would almost all be lost if I picked up 4 apples for lunches.

I’ll admit I expected Trader Joe’s to offer significant savings. However, on these items, it simply wasn’t the case.

Are you surprised?

Do some more sleuthing and check out Costco versus Walmart: Who has the best organic prices?

Guilt-Free Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies: Paleo Recipe

Guilt Free Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies Paleo Recipe has no added sugar and no flour

Odds are you already have everything in your pantry needed to make these guilt-free three ingredient peanut butter cookies.

Having all the ingredients on hand, you’ll find it’s so easy to whip up a batch of these cookies, you can have fresh, piping hot cookies whenever a craving strikes.

They are perfect when you need something sweet and satisfying but don’t want the guilt of a sugary, fat-laden and refined flour cookie.

The absence of any flour or sugar makes these a perfect Paleo, Whole30 or Sugar Detox cookie. (Remember when I did the 30 Day Sugar Detox?)

By the way, no flour = naturally gluten-free. Yay!

The key to this recipe is making sure your bananas are the perfect ripeness. Your bananas should be speckled brown all over. This ensures a high level of sweetness for your cookies.

three ingredient peanut butter cookies paleo recipe

If you are truly looking to cut back on sugar and transfats, make sure the peanut butter you use is 100% ground peanuts with no added oils or sugars.

I tend to buy this brand.

three ingredient peanut butter cookies

It’s almost impossible to screw this recipe up. Which makes it a perfect recipe to bake with your kids.

What kid doesn’t want to smash up bananas???

You’ll know your cookies are done when they are evenly browned.

Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Guilt-Free Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies: Paleo Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mash the bananas.
  3. Add egg and peanut butter. Stir well.
  4. Drop by tablespoon onto greased baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes or until baked through.
  6. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.
http://naturalgreenmom.com/guilt-free-three-ingredient-peanut-butter-cookies-paleo-recipe/

To see just how easy it is to make these cookies, you can watch the 30 second video.

Can’t see the video? Click here.

What’s your favorite guilt-free indulgence?