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Ham & Egg Breakfast Sandwich

If you’re in the mood for a delicious and quick breakfast this Ham & Egg Breakfast Sandwich is the way to go!

You combine sautéed sweet ham with fluffy scrambled eggs, covered with melted american cheese and all topped on a crisp english muffin!

Now during the week I don’t have much time for breakfast since I get up super early and eating is really not on my mind. But the weekends are a different story. However, even though I have more time, I still prefer something quick and easy. And this sandwich is one of my favorite things to make and eat.

I love the combination of ham and american cheese, but you can change it up to include your favorite breakfast meat such as bacon and top it off with your favorite cheese. For me, the simplicity and traditional flavors of smokey and sweet brown sugar ham and creamy american cheese are my absolute favorite!

So, no need to travel to the drive thru — this egg and muffin breakfast is so much better made at home!

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Ham & Egg Breakfast Sandwich

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 20 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients
1 tablespoon butter
4 thin slices of Brown Sugar Ham, coarsely chopped
4 eggs
1 tablespoon water
3-4 slices of American Cheese
Salt and Pepper
2 whole English Muffins, toasted

Instructions:
In a large non-stick fry pan over medium heat, add butter and allow to melt. Then add your ham and saute for about 3-5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small glass bowl, add the eggs and water and whisk until well combined and bubbles form. Pour egg mixture over ham and allow to cook. Moving with a spatula as needed to “scramble” and making sure not to over cook. When almost done, place the cheese over the eggs and gently cover with either the lid of the pan or some aluminum foil so that the cheese melts.

While the eggs are cooking toast your English muffins. To assemble, gently scoop out 1/4 of the scrambled eggs and place on top of each of the 4 English muffin halves. Garnish with salt and pepper to your taste.

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This Ham & Egg Breakfast Sandwich is so good, you may even want to whip-up for dinner one night when you are short on time!

Sheila


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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites {egg-free}

Cookie dough lovers get ready to indulge in these safe to eat, egg-free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites | They're egg free and safe to eat!. | Sweet Baked Life

I have always loved to eat raw cookie dough, actually more than eating the baked cookies. As a kid I was always licking the bowls and beaters to make sure I got my fill of the sweet stuff.

And I especially like the dough without the chocolate chips — go figure since I love chocolate!

Well, times have certainly changed! Now when I make cookies I have to sneak a little bit the dough otherwise my son will inform me, “Mom, you’re not supposed to eat the cookie dough, remember it has raw eggs and you could get really sick.”

Now how fun is that?

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites | Safe to eat as they're egg free! | Sweet Baked Life

So let me introduce you to some fabulous cookie dough — it’s made for eating NOT baking! Yeah!!!

It’s got all the flavors and textures you love from your favorite cookie dough — butter, brown sugar, flour, vanilla and chocolate chips, but with out the dangerous raw eggs!

Yep, this dough is egg-less and perfectly safe to eat right after you make it. No need to turn on the oven to heat up your house and wait until the cookies bake!

You can even add this yummy stuff into your favorite recipes, such as ice cream, brownies, and frosting. I turned the dough into little balls to easily pop in my mouth when I am in need of a quick sweet fix. Or, you could just eat it right out of the bowl!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites | Eggless and safe to eat! | Sweet Baked Life

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 10mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
1 cup milk chocolate chips

Instructions:
In a medium bowl, add the softened butter and sugars and cream together.

Add the vanilla and milk and mix until combined.

Then add the flour and salt and mix well. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Using a 1-inch cookie scoop, form dough into balls.

To store, place in an air-tight container and put in the refrigerator or freezer.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites | Oh, so yummy! | Sweet Baked Life

One taste of these nostalgic Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites and you may never bake cookies again!

Sheila


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Lemon Coconut Macaroons

If you’re crazy for coconut, these fresh Lemon Coconut Macaroons are a must try!

Lemon Coconut Macaroons | Sweet Baked Life

These little mounds of coconut goodness sprinkled with fresh lemon zest, give traditional macaroons a whole new life.

And did I say easy? Yes, they are extremely easy to prepare with only a few ingredients needed. My kind of recipe for sure!

They are light and tasty.

And if you love coconut, your taste buds will do somersaults with delight.

Lemon Coconut Macaroons | Sweet Baked Life

So grab some coconut, a bit of sugar and flour, a few egg whites and lemons and get on your way to a delightful adventure!

And if you make them in a mini muffin tin, as I did, they bake up a perfect, round puffy clouds!

And let me add, these little mounds of sweetness are actually not too sweet. With the addition of lemon they are bursting with fresh citrus, a wonderful addition to coconut!  They have a light texture with a bit of a crunch from the baking – yum!

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Lemon Coconut Macaroons

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 1hr prep+baking
  • Difficulty: easy
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By Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients
4 egg whites
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon flour
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
zest from 1 lemon
7 oz. unsweetened coconut
7 oz. sweetened coconut

Instructions
Heat your oven to 325 degrees. Spray 2 mini muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

To a large bowl of an electric stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add the egg whites, sugar, flour, lemon juice and lemon zest. Beat on medium until the mixture is frothy.

Remove bowl from mixer and add the coconut; with a spatula, fold gently until incorporated.

Using a 1-inch cookie scoop to make the balls, scoop out and place into the prepared muffin tins.

Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the top of the cookies are lightly browned.

Cool slightly in the tin, then finish cooling on a wire rack.

Makes 2 dozen cookies.

Lemon Coconut Macaroons | Sweet Baked Life

These Lemon Coconut Macaroons are great to pop in your mouth when you are on-the-go and need a sweet break from your day!

Sheila

 

{recipe adapted from From Away}


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Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita

Unwind from the world or your crazy week with this refreshing Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita.

Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita

What do you do with leftover watermelon? Easy. Toss it into your blender and make pure, delicious watermelon juice.

What do you do with fresh ruby-red grapefruit hanging from your tree in the backyard? Easy. Juice the succulent fruit and use it in your favorite summertime recipes.

Combine these two juices together and you get a unique and refreshing drink.

Add a bit of tequila and you get a wonderful summertime cocktail.

Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita

And that’s just what happened around here.

You see, my teen son had a party last Friday night and he insisted on getting a large watermelon for me to slice up for the bunch. Happily I did, however mind you, that only a couple of slices were eaten — these kids were more interested in the candy, pretzels and pizza! Go figure!

The next morning I was contemplating what I could do with all the leftover watermelon. I mean, we can only eat so much of the stuff. Then it came to me — make some kind of delicious drink. But not just a watermelon drink. I wanted something that had a special zing and freshness from citrus.

Ah, ha…I had it…I quickly picked a few large grapefruits from my tree, juiced them, chopped the watermelon and whirled it up in my blender, then added some fresh lime juice and agave nectar — delightful! The perfect afternoon refreshment.

But then when the evening approached, I was craving an adult drink — so I poured tequila to the pretty juice and the rest is history!

This Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita really hit the spot — my nerves slowly unwound from the long night of hosting a bunch of crazy teens for 5 hours; the loud music, dancing, swimming, movie watching, girls screeching, boys being boys, unending food, fireworks and the clean-up, all started to become a faded memory!

Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita

Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients
1 cup fresh watermelon juice*
1/2 cup freshly squeezed ruby-red grapefruit juice
1 tablespoon agave nectar
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
2 oz. good quality gold Tequila

Directions
Add watermelon juice, grapefruit juice, agave nectar and lime juice to a large cocktail shaker or measuring cup and stir.

Fill 2 cocktail glasses with ice. Add 1 oz. of tequila to each of the glasses then pour the watermelon-grapefruit mixture to fill the glasses and stir well.

Garnish with fresh watermelon and grapefruit slices.

This recipe can easily be doubled.

*To make the watermelon juice. Cut seedless watermelon into 1-inch chunks. Place into blender and pulse until completely blended and liquid. Pour through a mesh strainer to remove any pulp.

Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita

So, if you’re in need of some rest and relaxation, be sure to enjoy it while sipping on this cool and fresh Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita.

Sheila

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