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Community Bible Study and Sausage Pinwheels

If you have followed this blog very long you will know that I am a BIG fan of Community Bible Study.  Their website tells us “Community Bible Study is an interdenominational Bible study for the community. We offer a wide range of courses in classes throughout the United States and welcome people from all backgrounds and levels of Bible knowledge.  Since 1975, Community Bible Study has been helping people-from children to seniors-to grow in their knowledge and love of Jesus Christ.” 

CBS Leadership 2013
In June I was asked to consider becoming the Associate Teaching Director for the Shelbyville, TN class.  Both my sous-chef dish-washing mom and I were already part of the leadership group since we were the nursery teachers for last year.  The above picture is this year’s leadership group during a training class held in July.  Several leaders are missing from this picture but you will see me in the front row, second from the right and mom is in the front row third from the left!

After lots of prayer and conversation with my husband and my mother I accepted the commitment to the position.  It starts out as a 2-year commitment.  I am already getting back much more than I am giving and the study is just exceptional.  In the United States over 100,000 children, women, and men are studying this year through Community Bible Study.

I especially like that it is non-denominational and available to everyone.  You can check their website to see if they have a class in your area.  The classes are all served by volunteers throughout the World!

baked pinwheels plated
I chose this recipe for Sausage Pinwheels to share with you today because I received from my friend Dinah, who is the Prayer Chairman for our local Community Bible Study.  I have known Dinah since I moved to Tennessee in 2004 and she and I share a love for cooking! Dinah made these Sausage Pinwheels and brought them to our training session for brunch.  Oh my word they are delicious!

sausage pinwheel roll up
Dinah has a brood of grandchildren that frequent her home and she says they all know she will have these pinwheels in the freezer ready to bake up when they arrive.  When she told me this is a “two ingredient” recipe I was all ears!

sausage pinwheels to bake They are so easy, starting out with two cans of Pillsbury Crescent sheets and 1 lb. of your favorite breakfast sausage.  I chose Jimmy Dean Country Sausage, but any will work.CrescentsRecipeCreationseps.jpg Each sheet is rolled out.  Then half of the sausage is pinched off in small amounts and dropped all across the sheet.  This will make spreading the sausage on the dough much easier.  With your fingers gently press the sausage out covering as much of the crescent sheet as possible.  Then the dough is rolled up starting at the short side and rolling into a log.  At this point the roll can be wrapped in plastic and frozen until needed.  It is easier to cut into 1/4″ slices if it is slightly frozen.  However, when I made this batch I wanted to bake up just a few to go along with some homemade soup.  So, I carefully sliced them without freezing first.  I think it worked pretty well.  One log roll makes between 12 and 15 pinwheels depending on how wide you make them.  Bake at 400 degrees for 17 to 20 minutes.  I baked mine for 20 minutes because I was a little worried about getting the sausage good and done!  I need not have worried because it was very done! :)

sausage pinwheel pizza dough
This picture is from a batch I made using Pillsbury Pizza Dough from the can.  I wasn’t able to buy the Crescent Sheets the first time I wanted to make them  so I settled for the pizza dough.  My sous-chef dish-washing mom prefers this dough although my Chief Culinary Consultant likes the crescent sheets.  Me?  I like them both!

I am taking Dinah’s lead and I have 1 1/2 rolls frozen ready for guests who will be arriving next weekend!

Have a blessed weekend,

Sausage Pinwheels

Yield: 30 to 36 Pinwheels

Sausage Pinwheels

Ready - Set - GO! These sausage pinwheels will not last long on your breakfast table, a brunch buffet or hot out of the oven for the grandkids!


  • 1- 1 lb. breakfast sausage
  • 2- cans of Pillsbury Crescent Sheets


  1. Unroll one Crescent sheet on a big piece of plastic wrap.
  2. Using 1/2 of the sausage, pinch of little pieces and drop across the dough. With your fingers gently press the sausage out covering as much of the dough as possible.
  3. Beginning with the short side roll up. Use the plastic wrap to roll tightly and freeze.
  4. When ready to use remove from freezer. Slice into 1/4" slices. Place on parchment lined baking sheet.
  5. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. and bake for 17 to 20 minutes until pinwheels are brown and the sausage is done.
  6. Serve immediately or may be served later at room temperature. Refrigerate leftovers.


Pillsbury pizza dough sheets can be used in place of crescent dough sheets. Although the crescent dough sheets have a slightly sweeter over-all flavor.

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Blueberry Waffles and Homemade Blueberry Sauce

blueberry waffles

Can anyone tell me why 2 pancakes, 2 eggs, and a piece of bacon typically cost $3.99 or $4.99 at a restaurant and ONE WAFFLE will set you back $5.99?

Recently we were at our favorite breakfast place and my sweet-lovin’ husband said, “I think I’ll have a blueberry waffle today.”  Since we typically order different items and then share everything, I said I would order some eggs and bacon and we could share.  But before the waitress even arrived he had already changed his mind.  $5.99 for one waffle only.  I said, “don’t worry, I’ll make waffles at home with our fresh blueberries!”  It’s not that we are cheap … okay, maybe frugal. :)  Besides it’s the principle of the whole thing!

first blueberries 2013

He picked the blueberries, I made waffles. We are soooo glad I did!

My pictures just don’t do these waffles justice.  They were crispy on the outside, warm and blueberre-e-e-y on the inside!  I usually make waffles using my brother’s recipe, Oh BOY! Waffles, but I chose to try a recipe that has the egg whites beaten separately from the egg yolks.  We like how fluffy this made the waffles.  I think you will like them too!

blueberry sauce and waffles

The sauce is very easy to make and delicious served hot!

Have a berry good weekend and happy cooking!

Blueberry Waffles and Homemade Blueberry Sauce

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6 Waffles

Blueberry Waffles and Homemade Blueberry Sauce

Whether it is breakfast, brunch or breakfast for supper, it doesn't get much better than fresh, hot, blueberry waffles.


  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • Blueberry Sauce
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. SAUCE: In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the blueberries, 1/4 cup water, orange juice, and sugar. Stir gently and bring to a boil.
  2. In a cup or small bowl, mix together the cornstarch and 1/4 cup cold water. Gently stir the cornstarch mixture into the blueberries. Simmer gently until thick enough to coat the back of the metal spoon. This should take 1 to 3 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in almond extract and cinnamon. Thin sauce with water if it is too thick for your liking. Serve over hot waffles.
  4. WAFFLES: Beat eggs whites until stiff and set aside.
  5. Sift together dry ingredients.
  6. Slowly stir in milk, beaten egg yolks and melted butter.
  7. Preheat waffle iron.
  8. Fold blueberries into waffle mixture.
  9. Gently fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.
  10. Bake in hot waffle iron.


Recipe adapted from www.food.com

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Overnight Egg, Sausage and Cheese Casserole

sausage egg casserole single
Two years ago today I wrote and posted my first blog post on My Daily Bread Body and Soul. 421 posts later I realize I have never shared my favorite, “go-to” breakfast casseroleHow can that be?  I have made this casserole over a hundred times …. and that isn’t even an exaggeration! :)  When serving breakfast at Walnut Grove Bed and Breakfast this casserole was a staple. Since then my sous-chef dish-washing mom and I have made it for many visiting family and friends.  Now today I am sharing it with you, knowing you will want to make it.

overnight egg casserole

I like the convenience of this recipe because it is mixed together and refrigerated overnight.  In the morning it simply needs baked and breakfast is ready!  I have recently made one change, to healthify the recipe a bit.

sausage crumbles

(Click on picture for more details.)

This turkey sausage has only 70 calories in 1/2 cup and 4 grams of fat.  Surprisingly the flavor is outstanding! If this isn’t good enough — it is fully cooked and ready to be used in this or any recipe.

mixed egg casserole

The ingredients are all mixed together in one big bowl and poured into a baking dish. Covered with plastic wrap the mixture is kept refrigerated overnight. This gives the flavors a chance to blend together nicely.  I use a combination of Cheddar and Pepperjack Cheese, but for the faint of taste, a nice Cheddar can be used.

Overnight egg casserole tabled

I made this casserole for Sunday brunch this last weekend.  Since my sous-chef dish-washing mom is busy visiting and washing dishes at my brother Mike’s house, we had leftovers.  The leftovers made a super supper along with a fresh garden tossed salad.  Very versatile!

sausage egg casserole tabled

Bookmark this one, save it for your next brunch, or make it tomorrow — you won’t be disappointed!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for joining me in my blogging adventure.  If it weren’t for you, it would be no fun at all.

~Blessings,  Catherine

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. 1 Chronicles 29:11 ESV

Overnight Egg, Sausage and Cheese Casserole

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Overnight Egg, Sausage and Cheese Casserole

Cheesy, tasty casserole ready to bake first thing in the morning or for Sunday brunch!


  • 1/2 to 1 lb. Turkey sausage cooked and crumbled*
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 6 slices white bread, torn or cut in pieces
  • 11/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 to 1 cup grated Pepperjack cheese
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tablespoon prepared mustard


  1. Prepare a greased 8" x 8" x 2" baking dish.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir all ingredients together.
  3. Pour into baking dish. Cover with plastic and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until casserole is firm, bubbly, and browned.


* Jimmy Dean Turkey Crumbles come in a 9.6 oz. bag and is just perfect for this casserole. Lean and very full of flavor. This recipe doubles easily to a 9" x 13" baking pan. Double all ingredients except the sausage can remain at 1/2 to 1 lb.

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Company’s Coming Cinnamon Roll French Toast!

tabled cinnamon roll fr toast

On the heals of my recent debacle with my Kitchen Aid mixer, my long-time friend and often-times adviser Sue, wrote to me saying, “Any luck getting your Kitchen Aid fixed?  You make waaay too hard recipes.  Your equipment is telling you something.  Well, trying anyway.”  I will pretend I didn’t see that “well, trying anyway” remark and take heed of her suggestion for some easier recipes.  :) After all, it’s summer.  Time to play, read, take afternoon naps….

Alesa's french toastOne of the blessings in my life is to see our little kids, our own children, nieces, nephews, neighbor children, — all of them grow up into beautifully interesting and fun adults.  Recently I was treated to breakfast at the home of my niece Alesa and her recently graduated from medical school husband, Ty.  Alesa is a fan of Pinterest and excitedly asked me if I had made “Cinnamon Roll French Toast” to which I answered, “no, but I am all-in!”
cinnamon roll french toast
Even though the weekend had been morning-to-midnight busy, she got up a little earlier than the rest of us and had this french toast in the oven by the time I showed my sleepy self in the kitchen.  As Alesa says, “it’s so simple, just pop open the can of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, cut them into quarters, mix some milk and eggs and pour over them”.  After baking she topped the hot-out-of-the-oven french toast with the frosting that came with it, and then sprinkled some powdered sugar for that extra pizzaz!  Because her own sweetness went into the casserole she really didn’t need the powdered sugar. :)

cinnamon roll french toast ingred

When I went shopping for the ingredients I found these “new” Flaky Caramel Rolls and my mouth started watering right there in the isle at Krogers!

cut cinnamon rolls
For an 8″ x 8″ panful I only used one can of cinnamon rolls.  I cut them into quarters, laying them flat in my lightly greased baking dish.

french toast egg mix

I mixed eggs and milk together, poured over the dough and popped it into the oven.  I could have added a sprinkling of cinnamon, pecans, or raisins but decided to keep it simple.

icing french toast

The french toast bakes up quickly.  Caramel frosting came with these rolls and I poured it over them while they were hot.

iceing the french toast

The frosting is easy to spread.  I also dribbled just a bit of maple syrup over the whole thing before serving.

tabled cinnamon roll fr toast

We like to eat a big breakfast on Saturdays and then skip lunch.  Such was the case with this fast, easy, and incredibly delicious Cinnamon Roll French Toast.  I added a side of scrambled eggs and Apple Sage Sausage Balls.

plated cinnamon roll fr toast
I found several variations of this recipe from Pillsbury that you might be interested in.  I plan to make the recipe where the cinnamon rolls are baked first and then cut up and used in the overnight french toast casserole.  Oh yum  – can’t wait!

Overnight Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake

Cinnamon Roll French Toast

Blessings for a delicious holiday weekend,

Cinnamon Roll French Toast!

Cinnamon Roll French Toast!

Delight in such an easy french toast casserole that will have everyone asking for more!


  • 1 can (12.4 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk or half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup


  1. Spray 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cut each cinnamon roll into quarters. Arrange roll pieces in baking dish in a single layer.
  3. In medium bowl, beat eggs and half-and-half (or milk)
  4. Pour egg mixture over rolls.
  5. Heat oven to 400°F., bake 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.
  6. Top with frosting, drizzle with maple syrup.
  7. Serve and enjoy!


Warm maple syrup goes well over this baked French toast, too. One-half cup of chopped nuts, chocolate chips or raisins make a great add in.

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Quiche with French Fried Onions

quiche and salad tabled
One day out of the month at Community Bible Study we have a fellowship day. Members bring food to share. It is a special time of fun, food, and lots of talking, laughing, and praying!  Last month one of our friends brought an Onion Quiche.  I wasn’t a part of her group for the fellowship time but afterwards, gathered around a big counter in the kitchen, she gave me a sliver of the leftover.  I didn’t know if I was just hungry at the moment or this was one special quiche.  Either way, I just knew I had to make one and taste more of the wonderful flavors.  She gave me a quick “I used french fried onions” from the can. That was enough to get me going!

Quiche ingredients

I adore making quiche.  I love eating quiche. It is so easy to make with your favorite ingredients.  For this quiche I used a 9″ pie crust, Swiss cheese, French-fried onions, eggs, milk, salt, pepper, and some leftover ham.  The meat is optional and Cheddar or pepper-jack cheese can be added to crank this up a notch!  Quiche can be made with heavy cream, half ‘n half, or a little sour cream.  Those ingredients add to the overall richness and are wonderful.  Feel free to sub in a little of the creams for the milk, if you wish.  For this quiche I used 2% milk and it was still wonderful.

quiche and salad plated
We ate this as a supper meal with a fresh green salad.  Voilà’ — dinner  is served. This very same quiche is equally good for breakfast. With Mother’s Day just around the corner quiche fits in superbly for a special brunch!

Happy Cooking!  Catherine

Quiche with French Fried Onions

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 05 minutes

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Quiche with French Fried Onions

Fantastic flavors meld together for a quiche that won't quickly be forgotten!


  • 1 9" deep dish pie crust
  • 1 1/2 cups Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1 (3 ounce) can French-fried onions
  • 4 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups milk*
  • 1 cup chopped ham**
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Bake pie shell for 5 minutes (do not prick shell)
  3. Remove pie shell from oven. Sprinkle the cheese, french-fried onions, and chopped ham on the bottom of the pie shell.
  4. Combine eggs, milk, salt and pepper, whisk well, but not until it is frothy. Pour over the cheese/onion/ham mixture.
  5. Place pie ring around edges of pie crust, to keep from over-browning.
  6. Bake 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Let stand for 5 minutes, then cut and serve.


Make this quiche your own by adding your favorite ingredients, i.e. mushrooms, sweet peppers, hot peppers, cooked sausage, Cheddar cheese, hot-pepper jack cheese. ** Use 2% milk or heavy cream or half 'n half.

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