Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Easy Breakfast Casserole Recipe

I LOVE breakfast! And in my opinion, there is nothing better than a yummy breakfast casserole.

 Why do I love casseroles so much? 

They are perfect for feeding large groups of people, they can be made in advance (the night before you need to bake them), and they travel well. So, you can bring them to a potluck or to a friend's house!

My mother-in-law gave me this recipe a few months ago, and it is AMAZING! It is very easy, and you can add whatever ingredients you have on hand, which makes it pretty hard to mess up! 

I first tried it out when my sister was having a bridesmaid brunch back in February, and it was a HIT. All of the girls LOVED it!

Since then, I have made a lot of different variations for different occasions. I even like to make one on the weekend when I am doing all of my meal prep, and Landon and I will eat it during the week. It is super quick to reheat in the morning... Just cut a square, microwave it, and enjoy!


About a week ago, I made these for a family brunch I hosted at my house. I made a vegetarian one, a meat one (with sausage, ham, and bacon), and a broccoli/ham one. (Note: These are uncooked. I made them the day before, and kept them in the fridge overnight) 

Easy Breakfast Casserole
Ingredients:
8 eggs
2 cups of milk
1 20 oz. package of shredded hash browns (If you use frozen, cook them in a pan for a few minutes first to get the moisture out. Then, let them cool.)
1 lb. breakfast sausage or crumbled bacon or turkey or whatever meat you want to add
1/4 to 1/2 cup small broccoli pieces
1-2 cups shredded cheese
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
(And, like I mentioned above, you can add or omit any vegetables, meats, etc.. you like)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. Mix eggs, milk, seasonings together in a bowl.
2. Add other ingredients and mix them in.
3. Spray 9x13 casserole dish with Pam or any non-stick spray.
4. Pour mixture into pan and top with shredded cheese.
6. Bake about 40 minutes or until done.

And that's it! Easy peasy, right?

Let me know if you give it a try. I would love to know what you think!

(Also, sorry for the lack of posts last week! I left my computer charging cord in Colorado... OOPS!!!)

Friday, August 19, 2016

Happy Friday! [And the Winner of the FP Giveaway!]

Happy Friday everyone!

I had a Friday Favorites post on my calendar for today, but the week went by so fast! Before I knew it, it was Thursday night and I didn't have the chance to write it. 

OOPS.

BUT, I did want to hop on here really quick and announce the WINNER of the Freshly Picked Giveaway!!! 

And the winner is.....

LAUREN GEE!

Congratulations Lauren, and thank you to everyone who entered! 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Freshly Picked Moccasins [Review and GIVEAWAY!!]

We are back from our trip to Colorado... 

And I would be sad about it, except for the fact that Freshly Picked has graciously teamed up with me this week to give one of YOU a pair of their adorable, soft-sole moccasins! Nothing like a giveaway to get rid of the #postvacationblues


Over here at the Erickson house, we LOVE Freshly Picked!  I first heard about the company a couple of years ago when I watched Susan Petersen (the founder) on SharkTank. I remember hearing her story and thinking to myself "When I have a baby, I am totally getting him/her a pair of those!"

So, when Lincoln came along, I knew I had to order him a pair. I really wanted to get him some tiny, newborn ones right away, but I decided to wait until he was older because they seemed like a bit of an investment ($60.00 retail value).  As soon as he started cruising and crawling around, I decided that it was finally time. I went with the Weathered Brown because it seemed like the perfect neutral that he could wear everyday.



When they arrived in the mail, I was in LOVE. I wish I didn't wait as long to get his first pair, and I immediately ordered him another pair in Blue Spruce! Lincoln wears his moccasins every single day, and they have been worth every penny. Not only are they extremely soft and comfortable, but they are also durable. Plus, the soft sole is good for his foot development as he learns to walk.

SO, to wrap up, here are the main reasons we love FP moccasins:

They are easy to put on.
This is Landon's favorite part about them. Baby shoes can be difficult, but these slide right on.

They STAY on.
This is my favorite part about them. These stay PUT. Lincoln can even crawl in them without them coming off.

They look great with anything.
Lincoln wears them with shorts, jeans, or sweatpants. And if you have a girl, they would be adorable with dresses or rompers.

They have a lot of styles/colors to choose from.
 Just browse through the website. Some of my favorites are Born in the USA, Harvest Moon, and Green Camo.

Over time, your child's footprint will leave a mark on the bottom.
These are definitely the shoes you will want to save and keep forever!

I can't say enough good things about Freshly Picked... and now you get a chance to win your own! The winner gets to choose ANY pair of soft-sole moccasins in the size and color of their choice. The giveaway starts TODAY, and will run through Thursday at midnight! The winner will be announced Friday 8/20.

Don't have a baby? THAT'S OKAY. Enter to win a pair for your grandson, granddaughter, niece, nephew, cousin, etc. They also would be a wonderful baby shower gift for someone you love!

Click below to enter the giveaway. There are four ways you can enter to win.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Note: Winner must be 18 years or older and must be following both @simplychelseablog and @freshlypicked on Instagram. The winner cannot have won a pair of FP moccasins in the past 60 days and must live in the United States. (sorry!) 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

HI FROM COLORADO!

Just a quick post for today because we are on vacation in Durango, Colorado this week! We have only been here for a few days, but we are having so much fun already. 


It is Lincoln’s first time to Durango, and I’m pretty sure he is loving it as much as we do! We have already been fishing...


 jeeping...


and hiking. We even took the little guy to the spot where Landon and I got engaged five years ago!

Awww... 


Even though Lincoln is still really little, it is fun to see him take in all of the sights and activities of a new place. 

The drive here was his longest road trip yet, but he did great! It look us about thirteen hours, including three stops. I was worried about how he would do, but he was amazing.

I won’t be blogging for the rest of the week so I can soak in the time I have here with my family. But I will be back Monday with a new post... 

PLUS a GIVEAWAY!!!

Eeeekkkk... I am SO excited! See you all next week!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Ten Month Baby Update

Ten months! Ten months! TEN months! 

On Tuesday, Lincoln turned ten months old!!

I am currently planning his first birthday party, and I can hardly believe it! It seems like just yesterday we were getting his newborn pictures taken...


I miss my snuggly, little baby sometimes, but I am also really enjoying this stage. He is so interactive, and he makes me laugh all of the time! I can’t picture my life without this sweet boy. He is so fun!

This month, Lincoln seems to be busier than ever! He likes to do everything himself. He crawls around everywhere and is starting to open cabinets and drawers. He also loves outlets, which is fun. Outlets are a great thing to be obsessed with.. super safe! :)

Weight and Height: 
Didn’t measure this month.

Hair/eyes: 
Light brown hair with a blonde streak in the back. His eyes are still blue.

Sleep: 
Well, as much as I would like to say he still sleeps through the night, he does not. He is super inconsistent now. Some nights he will sleep 11-12 hours straight, and other nights he will wake up a few times. When he wakes up, he doesn’t want to eat. He just wants to be held, so I think it is due to teething. He has three teeth now, and it looks like a fourth is starting to come through.

Lincoln likes…
  • Tomatoes. He usually doesn’t like anything chunky, but he LOVES tomatoes. I cut them up into tiny pieces, and he gobbles them down.
  • Blueberry yogurt.
  • The umbrella stroller. He likes to sit in this position where he lifts one leg up and just chills. Its super cute!
  • Remotes.
  • His toothbrush.
  • Dog bones. He loves to take them right out of Kimber’s mouth. Luckily, she doesn’t mind too much and just takes them right back.
  • Pulling himself up on everything.
  • Pulling on your nose. He has quite a grip, and he can grab it pretty hard! I’ve been saying “no-no” or “be gentle”, which brings me to my next one…
  • Being told “no-no”. He smiles every time I say it. I don’t think he understands what it means, or he just likes being disobedient. haha. JUST KIDDING.
  • Anything that isn’t a toy. Water bottles, magazines, cups, sunglasses, etc.

Lincoln does NOT like…
  • Not getting his way. He wants to play with whatever he wants to play with and go wherever he wants to go. 
  • Textures. but he is getting better! He doesn’t really throw up anymore, so that’s an improvement.
  • Getting in his carseat. He loves going for car rides, but doesn’t like getting strapped in.

That’s all for today! We are on vacation in Colorado, and it is Lincoln’s first time here! 


Hope all of you have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, August 1, 2016

YAY FOR NEW FALL CLOTHES

What?! A new blog post on a Monday instead of a Tuesday? YEP.
 We are headed to Colorado tomorrow, so I'm posting a day early this week.


Ohhh shopping, how I love you! One of my favorite places to shop (especially online) is Nordstrom. I love Nordstrom. SO much. For four main reasons:
1. You can find some great deals. (I've gotten items for around $10!)
2. Their customer service is unbeatable.
3. There is free shipping and free returns. 
4. They have a mother's room. A super nice, comfortable one. 

As a stay at home mom, I can't go crazy and shop like I used to when Landon and I were DINKS (Double Income, No Kids). But, it's totally okay because I happen to really like bargain shopping anyway! Although I like to find good deals, I also like to spend some money on investment pieces that I know I will last for years.  

So, here are some of my favorite items from the sale! And, for the record, I am definitely NOT a fashionista. I have the "mom" style going on 95% of the time, which consists of four items: T-shirt. Jeans. Shoes (usually sandals, converse, flats, or booties). Basic jewelry. That's about it.

Denim is definitely something I like to invest in. Good quality jeans that fit well are worth the the money. Wit and Wisdom and Loft jeans are my favorite. I swear my Wit and Wisdom jeans are more comfortable than some pajama pants I own! But these Vigoss ones fit me great and are very flattering! I'm glad I ordered them.

I love these bracelets, and I thought this one was pretty. I knew it would look nice stacked with a few other bracelets I own.

3. Hanky Panky (low rise)
I know. The price tag is ridiculous. But before you judge me, go read the reviews. These are a DREAM. I couldn't convince myself to keep more than two pairs because of the cost. But, I think I will just pick up a pair every now and then and slowly build my collection because to be honest, I don't want to wear anything else. #TMI

4. Barefoot Dreams Cardigan AKA. Blardigan
I read all about blardigans on Sheaffer Told Me To, and I've had my eye on them for awhile now. When I saw that they were included in the sale, I jumped right on it and ordered myself both the original and baby version. WOW. They are even more comfortable than I thought they would be! They are SO soft, and I will probably wear one every single day of my life as soon as the weather starts getting cooler. I am even considering bumping my air conditioner down to 40 degrees now just so I can wear one around the house. I want to order ten more so I can always have one with me. Maybe I should add them to my diaper bag essentials post... That's how much I love them. Thanks Sheaffer for the recommendation!!

I always like to buy a pair of these while they are on sale. You can wear them to workout, but you can also wear them with a long sweater or shirt. They are nice and thick, so you can not see through them at all. They also hold up nice in the wash, which is always a plus!

Some of my other favorites that I LOVE and would totally purchase if I was still a DINK. 

The sale runs until August 8. Go treat yourself! :) 

Have a great Monday!