Hot Breakfast Week 4: Cheesy Breakfast Casserole and Breakfast Muffins

Hot Breakfast Challenge Week 4

Only 3 more days until you can dust off the boxes and go back to cold, soggy cereal. Seriously, I hope this challenge has encouraged many of you to try new recipes, save money and fill your family with some healthy breakfast alternatives.For the final week of the hot breakfast challenge I have two guest posts! I am really excited because these are two of my favorite bloggers, and both of them know how to cook!

We enjoy breakfast food at our house, and my children would eat it three times a day if allowed.  On the weekends our morning meal often turns into a hearty brunch including biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs and fruit or waffles, eggs, and either bacon or sausage.  Even though weekday mornings are more rushed, and I don’t allow lots of time in the kitchen to make breakfast, we can still get our day off to a healthy, filling start.

My most successful weekday warm breakfast strategy is to fix it the evening before while I’m cleaning up after supper.  There are several preparations that can be made ahead of time so that a hot breakfast in the morning isn’t time consuming or stressful.

  • mix together the dry ingredients for pancakes
  • combine some items in the crock pot and let it do the work throughout the night
  • stir together a breakfast casserole that can be popped into the oven when the morning alarm goes off

Here is my 24-hour breakfast casserole recipe.  Recently I played around with it a bit, because I didn’t have an extra loaf of bread to cube for the dish.  Instead I used homemade bread crumbs from odds and ends that have been in my freezer a little too long.  It turned out beautifully!  The recipe follows, and a few more ideas for starting “tomorrow’s breakfast tonight” can be found here.

Cheesy Breakfast Casserole at The Happy Housewife

Cheesy Breakfast Casserole


  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup diced ham or cooked, crumbled sausage
  • 2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Pour into a 9×13 baking dish.
  3. Let set 8 hours or overnight.
  4. Bake covered in a 325° oven for 1 hour.
  5. Uncover and bake 15 minutes longer or until golden on top.


If you’re really pressed for time in the early morning, combine the ingredients when you have time during the day, wait 8 hours and bake late at night. Reheat for breakfast.

Amy is a Tiny Town wife and mom to three littles.  She’s confident that by focusing on the Finer Things we could all live more fulfilling lives with less.  Stop by The Finer Things in Life for more on faith, motherhood, simplicity, Tiny Towns and good home cookin’.

I have really enjoyed the series that Happy Housewife has been doing on breakfast, so I was thrilled to do a guest post.  You see I am not a morning person.  I am not a breakfast person.  I can usually go without eating breakfast just fine.  Now I am not saying this is a
good thing, but it is a fact.  I am just not very hungry in the morning.

The problem is that my husband and three children think breakfast in necessary, and it should be.  So, I do fix them breakfast. But I
struggle with being motivated to cook, since I am not hungry. One thing that I have found that helps is if I make things ahead of time.
One of my favorite things to make ahead is muffins.  I can make them the day before and serve them the next day for breakfast, or I can make a large batch and freeze them to use when needed.

Several years ago my friend told me about this recipe from Southern Living.  She said her family really enjoyed them, so I gave it a try.
My family loved them, and I have made them many times since then. They are really good and filling.

Breakfast Muffins at The Happy Housewife

Breakfast Muffins

I usually serve these breakfast muffins with yogurt or fruit, but they also make a good breakfast to go if you are in a hurry to leave the house in the morning. I also generally make a double batch of these and freeze them as they freeze really well.


  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheese (I used cheddar or a mix of cheddar and jack, but parmesan or a mix will work too)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup cooked and crumbled ground pork sausage
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs


  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Make a well in center of mixture.
  3. Whisk together milk, oil, and eggs until well blended.
  4. Add to flour mixture, and stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  5. Spoon mixture into lightly greased muffin pans, filling two-thirds full.
  6. Bake at 400° for 15 to 16 minutes or until golden brown.

Lynn is a stay at home mom who has been married for 14 years and has 3 children. She loves to cook and try new recipes. If you are not a regular reader of her blog, Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures, you are missing out on some great recipes. I have tried several and they are all delicious.


  1. OMG that breakfast muffin looks so good! I am going to make that one soon. Yum!

  2. SO sorry about the wrong link the first time. DUH. I should know what I’m doing by now!! Feel free to go delete it. 🙂

    Thanks for hosting this challenge!

  3. Can I just say THANK YOU (!!) for the Breakfast Challenge? We didn’t do a hot breakfast, but had a challenge nonetheless and managed to actually eat in the morning most days (a huge improvement), run through 3 full boxes of cereal, and not let any yogurt go to waste.

    Hooray for breakfast!

  4. We have thoroughly enjoyed hot breakfast everyday. 😀 Thank you for doing the challenge and meme!

  5. I don’t cook breakfast during the week very often now that I’ve went back to work. I just don’t have enough time but today I did. I woke up extra early and cooked up 2 eggs, thin breakfast steak, and toast for the hubby and kids. They all loved it. I had found the breakfast steak on a closeout deal at the grocery store, and it had to be cooked today. Thanks for hosting the challenge. I’ve enjoyed reading the recipes, and while I don’t cook breakfast a lot. I will use them for weekends and supper. Don’t forget, I am hosting a giveaway this week to celebrate my 1st blog birthday. Come by and enter!

  6. We’ve almost given up cold cereal (a good thing!) thanks to the HBC. I’m glad to see my children trying different breakfast foods. It’s no harder to make oatmeal than to pour a bowl of cereal, but it’s much, much healthier!

    So, what’s the challenge for March? I’m on a roll now!

  7. Yum! These breakfast recipes look great, can’t wait to try them!

    On a side note…I noticed you’re on Fort Meade. I spent a lot of time there last spring and had a cousin whose husband was stationed there.

    Nice blog, too!

  8. Have you tried my crockpot version of your egg overnight casserole? It’s delish and a great hit! 🙂

  9. I made these breakfast muffins tonight for a brunch that I am hosting in the morning. They are so good!!! They turned out beautifully and taste delicious. I made some larger ones for my family (and the freezer) and some minis for my guests in the morning. Thanks for the great recipe!

  10. So if I just omitted the sausage, do you think this would still turn out ok? I don’t like meat…

  11. Do I have to use self-rising flour? If I don’t have it can I use regular flour and add baking powder or something like that to it? These muffins sure sound delicious!

  12. Shannon M. says:

    Have you tried Donut Muffins?? I have an old recipe, and they are insane! Always a special treat for my family:)

  13. I fully support this challenge, it is so hard to make a hot breakfast when you rushing around in the morning. My go to default is always a frozen waffle I made the weekend before. These recipes have helped me add more options to my menu.
    The Breakfast muffins look so good, thank you for sharing.

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