Overnight Egg Strata Recipe

Cooking with kids is a fun way to spend time together!  Cooking together in the kitchen is quality time with learning, skill development, and has a tasty reward.  Kids love to create new concoctions in the kitchen and may be more willing to try new foods.  We made this Overnight Egg Strata Recipe together one afternoon and then enjoyed our breakfast on a lazy Saturday.  This easy egg strata recipe would be a great addition to holiday mornings or even breakfast for dinner! 
Overnight Egg Strata recipe. This is a great recipe for cooking with kids.

Overnight Egg Strata Recipe

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 We made this egg strata recipe as a new recipe to us.  As part of our Cooking With Kids A-Z series, we needed an egg recipe.  (If you haven’t been following along with our series, we’ve been cooking our way through the alphabet.  Every two weeks, we’re cooking up a new recipe.  This week is E is for Eggs and our egg strata recipe was just the thing to make!  We’ve never made this recipe before, but it is one of the Aunts’ go-to breakfast recipes for holidays, special events, or lazy mornings.  It’s been posted on the blog before, but this Aunt has never made it (or tried it, actually!) so we decided it was the perfect recipe for our E is for Egg week!

This is such an easy recipe to throw together.  If you need an amazing breakfast casserole for Easter or Mother’s Day (or Christmas or any day!), this is the one to make.  It took us maybe an hour to put together –including the time it takes for kiddos to chop, dice, and toss–so average time to make would probably be closer to 20 minutes.  BUT, cooking with the kids really gets them involved and learning in the kitchen.  

Start with 10 slices of bread.  Chop them up into crouton-sized squares.  We used whole wheat bread, but any type would do.  This would even be an excellent way to use up day old bread.

Once the bread is chopped, place half of it in the base of a large casserole dish.  Don’t forget to spray with cooking spray first.

Chop any vegetables.  We used red, yellow, and green peppers, but this recipe would be amazing with mushrooms, tomatoes, asparagus, spinach, or any veggies you have on hand.

Cut slices of ham into pieces.  You could substitute the ham with sausage or bacon.  I love the versatility of this recipe!  Side-note: Using kitchen shears to cut the ham steaks is perfect for school-aged kids.  They can easily cut ham into pieces while strengthening their hand muscles at the same time.  I love these kitchen shears (incidentally, a gift from one of the Aunts!) for all snipping in the kitchen!
Chop up the veggies into small pieces.  Children can use a safety kids’ knife to cut vegetables while becoming more confident and safer in their knife use while cooking.  Be sure to provide adult supervision.  
Overnight Egg Strata recipe. This is a great recipe for cooking with kids.
Over the bread pieces, layer: vegetables, ham, half of the cheese, and the remaining chopped bread pieces. 

Overnight Egg Strata recipe. This is a great recipe for cooking with kids.
Sprinkling the cheese was a huge hit!

Next comes the egg cracking part.  My kids LOVE cracking eggs.  Its a messy job…and there are ALWAYS eggs dripped on the counter tops…but they love it.  
Stir together 10 eggs and 2 cups of milk in a large bowl.  

Mix well.  

Pour the egg/milk mixture over the casserole ingredients.  Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. 

Overnight Egg Strata recipe. This is a great recipe for cooking with kids.

Place the covered strata overnight in the refrigerator.  Pull it out in the morning and bake at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes.  It is delicious and makes the house smell amazing.  My girls and I enjoyed eating our strata together as we talked about making it the day before.

Overnight Egg Strata Breakfast:

10 slices of white bread cubed
1 cup mushrooms (or any vegetables) chopped
1 small green pepper chopped
16 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1 ham steak cubed
8 eggs
2 cups milk

Spray a 9×13″ pan with non-stick spray.
Place half of the cubed bread on the bottom of the pan.
Sprinkle the veggies and then top with half of the cheese.  Next, layer bread and ham and top with the remainder of the cheese. Mix the milk and eggs, make sure to whisk well. Pour the egg mixture over the cheese.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.  Bake  covered at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes.  Remove the cover for the last 10-15 minutes to get the cheese looking golden.

This post is part of the Cooking with Kids ABC series.  You can see all of the E is for Eggs recipes here:
Eggy bread/french toast from Mum in the Mad House, 
Chocolate bread and butter pudding from Rainy Day Mum, 
Deviled eggs from Frogs and snails and puppy dogs tails, 
Easy egg salad from Still playing school, 
Egg sandwiches from Smiling like sunshine, 
Overnight egg strata from Sugar Aunts

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Cute Frog Crafts for Kids

Share It Saturday this week brings you Super Cute Frog crafts!  We love to make crafts with our kids.  They love to cut, paste, and create crafts of all kinds, but animal crafts are a sure hit in our houses.  These frog crafts will keep you hopping!

Super cute frog crafts for kids

Frog Crafts for Kids

My Bright Firefly made a frog handprint craft.
Make a hopping frog craft using a paper plate like Christianity Cove.
I love this frog on a lily pad from The Craft Train.
My Little Guy loves tree frogs, so this frog craft from No time For Flashcards is perfect!
This shredded paper frog craft from Love and Marriage blog is super cute.
If easy shapes crafts are your thing, this circle frog craft from Artsy Momma is for you.
The Craft train made this adorable paper plate frog. I can’t get enough of it!

Identifying Parts of a Book Activity

Big Sister is in first grade and one of the areas she had to learn in English Language Arts, is identifying parts of a book.  We practiced book part identification with our very own Parts of a Book-Scope!  I love to create fun ways to practice testing areas and extend her homework a little with creative and playful learning.  She worked on book part identification terms earlier in the year (but I’m just getting around to sharing this with you!) but it was so much fun, that Big Sister still talks about our Parts of a Book-Scope!

Teaching parts of a book to first grade. I love these Parts Of A Book-Scopes!

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Teaching Kids to Identify Parts of a Book: First Grade English Language Arts

This activity is really so easy and a fun way to extend simple memorization of parts of a book.  I grabbed a few styrofoam cups and wrote the parts of the book with -scope on each one.  Cut out the bottom of the cups and you’ve got yourself parts-scopes.

I had Big Sister search and find the parts of the books, including Title, Author, Spine, as well as the parts within the book: Main Events, Characters, and Setting.

It was fun for her to read a book and as she found parts, she could use the event scopes to pinpoint the main parts.

One scope was all we used to locate the main parts of the outside of the books.

These Book Part-scopes were a huge hit in our house!

More First Grade activities you may like:

Cupcake Liner Butterfly Craft

Spring is here (whether the weather agrees or not!) and this butterfly craft is a fun way to celebrate!  With how easy this cupcake liner butterfly craft is, we’ll be sure to make a few batches of these all summer long.

Butterfly craft made with cupcake liners!

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Cupcake Liner Butterfly Craft:

You’ll need a few materials for this craft~
Bright cupcake liners (I love the colors in this set!)
glue stick 
black cardstock 

black marker

Related Read: Use this scented scissor skills activity to help kids learn graded scissor use in a fun way! 

Cut the cupcake liners like the picture above.  Kids can work on their scissor skills by cutting a material like a cupcake liner.  It’s a lighter weight material than regular paper and a great way to address line accuracy and scissor control.
Cut butterfly bodies from the black cardstock.  Trim the butterfly wings to curved “C” shapes. 
Cupcake liner butterfly craft for spring!

Build the butterflies!  We loved mixing up the colors for this bright and cheery Spring craft.  

Looking for more Cupcake Liner crafts?  Try these:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Craft
Sunflower Cupcake Liner Craft
Flower scissor skills craft

Ish Book Activity Block Sculptures

This week, the Preschool Book Club brings you activities and crafts based on the book, Ish by Peter H. Reynolds.  What a great message this book has!  We loved reading Ish (again and again!) and came up with our take on the book and it’s encouragement of creative flow to build Ish-inspired block structures.  Our block creations were full of creativity and tons of expression as the kids built and created stories and play.

Block sculptures based on the book Ish by Peter H. Reynolds

Block Structures and Creative Play inspired by the book, Ish:

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When we read Ish , by Peter H. Reynolds, we loved the feeling of being encouraged to TRY and to use our imagination.  When Ramon creates “-ish” drawings, we loved his fun ideas!  We decided to use something that we play with almost every day to create and imagine just like Ramon did.  We pulled out our wooden blocks and started building “block-ish” sculptures!
Little Guy started with a trio of “airplane-ish” shapes that took off and flew around the dining room.
We used our imaginations to create creatures, steps, and more and started telling stories about our structures.  I love to hear the stories my kids tell and it was fun to hear the way they created once I started adding “-ish” to the structures.  They kept up with the -ish terms as they told their stories: The “dog-ish” guy went up the “steps-ish” area so he could be “taller-ish”.
We had SO much fun with this simple imagination building activity!
Block sculptures based on the book Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
There were “ice cream-ish” treats…
…”Butterfly-ish” creatures…
…”present-ish” gifts…
…and a little block-ish tasting from the baby!
We ended up with a “tent-ish” neighborhood.
Block sculptures based on the book Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
And a “truck-ish” vehicle…
Block sculptures based on the book Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
…which lead us to a dining room full of “road-ish” streets.  This became a whole afternoon of pretend play and creative thinking.
Block sculptures based on the book Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
What can you create with a basket full of blocks and inspiration from Ish?
Be sure to stop by the other Preschool Book Club bloggers to see their crafts and activities based on Ish:
 Artwork Candles from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Emotions Charades from Homegrown Friends
Crumbled Paper Art from Buggy and Buddy
Math Estimation Jars from Mama. Papa. Bubba. blog
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Chain Link Crafts and Activities for Kids

Fine Motor Skills are one of our favorite ways to play and functional development use of scissors, pencils, and independence in fasteners.  On Share It Saturday this week, we’re featuring Chain Link Activities as inspired by School Time Snippets, who linked up this super fun velcro foam chain link activity.  We love the fine motor work that is happening through play with this activity.  When a child creates a chain using paper or other items, they work on so many fine motor skills.  Using both hands together requires bilateral hand coordination and is a necessity for cutting with scissors, buttoning a coat, and writing on paper.  Linking the paper (or other materials) links together uses a tripod grasp, symmetrical movements, hand-eye coordination, dexterity, intrinsic muscle strength, an open web space, and endurance!  Wow, what a workout from creating a simple paper chain!  Now, think about the tape, velcro, or stapler that is used to fasten the chain links.  Little hands are using small muscles with this task.  When we started to think about all the benefits of creating a chain, we had to go looking for more chain link activities!

Chain link activities and crafts for kids with learning letters, numbers, and even counting down to special events!

Chain Link Crafts and Activities for Kids:

Use pool noodles to make chain links. {Teach Preschool}
You can even encourage learning with paper chains!  Practice letters {Hands On As We Grow} or numbers {Glued to My Crafts} using paper chains.
Create a snake craft {Red Ted Art} using paper chain links.
Count down to a holiday or event using a kid-made paper chain link with activities. {Sugar Aunts}

Healthy Snacks for Moms

This Aunt is an on-the-go mama.  We’re off every day to the bus stop, preschool drop-off, the library, pediatrician visits, grocery store, SOMEWHERE all the time.  I’m a pretty healthy mom and with four kids, I need energy to keep going throughout the day.  Sometimes, I get in a little low-energy funk during all of the running around.  It’s those times that I grab a quick and healthy snack and pick-me-up to pull through the rest of the afternoon!  

Healthy Snacks for Moms:

I love to grab one of my favorite quick healthy snacks when I’m on the go (and fighting that low energy sleepiness!):
Granola Bar
Dried Cranberries
Almond Butter and celery sticks
String cheese
Turkey roll-up
Cherry tomato/mozzarella cheese
*These are definitely snacks that kids can share…and they are great healthy snacks for kids!  But, sometimes a mom needs a secret stash of her own for a pick me up.  And in that case, chocolate is the perfect addition to this list!

The Up All Night Season of Life

With four small children, someone is ALWAYS up during the nights.  We’re at the Sleepless Nights season of life.  It is a season that won’t last forever…but right now it sure seems like it will! We’re going through teething baby fun with the ten month old who is stuffy and needs snuggles during the night, to a seven year old who has a bad dream.  There are SO many reasons that kids are up and causing a ruckus during the night.  It’s one of those things that you just have to go with, give out the snuggles, and know that it won’t be like this forever.  In the meantime, there are still school buses to meet, preschool and doctor’s appointments to get to, and errands to be run.  The world doesn’t stop turning because this mama was up at 2 am, 3:30 am, 4 am, 6 am…It’s hard work being a mama in this busy, sleepless season!  A season that will pass by way too fast!  These sleepless nights are full of snuggles, cuddles, and babies that need their mommy or daddy!  

But that caffeine and mom-only snacks suuuuuure are nice the next day!


I love to grab a caffeinated beverage when the slump hits, and Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea goes with my snack choices.  That little bit of sweet in the Sweet Tea is the perfect Mom-only pick-me-up.  I love the new plastic bottle for fitting right in my diaper bag/purse combo.  I can pull out my snacks and Tea when I’m in the preschool pick up line or waiting at the bus stop.  It’s easy to grab a few bottles of Snapple® Straight Up Tea during my shopping trips to Walmart and have them ready for on the go snacks.  The real brewed taste keeps me going and has the perfect level of sweetness that I love anytime! I loved the Sweet Tea flavor, but Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea is available in 3 levels of sweetness in a 18.5 oz (plastic) bottle so you can pick you sweet spot

Pair the sweetness with a healthy snack and I am good to go! Back to the sibling battle referee, nose wiper, and minivan driver extraordinaire!

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Spring Robin Counting FIne Motor Busy Bag

Spring and Robins go hand in hand.  We made this Robin Fine Motor Counting Busy Bag one day and the kids were giddy with excitement to play!  This is the perfect addition to the occupational therapist’s Spring planning. Use this DIY activity to work on so many fine motor skills
Robin counting fine motor activity busy bag

Spring Robin Counting Busy Bag Activity

 This busy bag will keep the kids busy and little fingers moving as they count worms to feed the Spring robins.  This egg carton family of robins was fun to make with the kids and even more fun to watch them play.

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Start with an egg carton.  We used a cardboard carton so the paint would stick.  Paint a red belly on each egg compartment.  Paint the sides and back of each robin with brown paint.  Use a hole punch to punch a hole towards the top of the robin.  Little Guy (age 5) got a big kick with this part.  He wasn’t able to squeeze the hole puncher to make the holes, but he really liked watching!
Cut small triangles from yellow cardstock.  Drag the wide end of the triangles in glue and press into the holes.  These will be the beaks for the robins.  Let the glue dry.  An hour or so will be fine.
In the meantime, make the worms!  We received a package of brown pipe cleaners from www.craftprojectideas.com.  (Thanks!!) Little Guy enjoyed cutting pipe cleaners and bending them into little bendy worms.  What a great hand strengthening activity this is!  Squeezing the scissors requires a lot of hand strength to snip the pipe cleaners.
Make a bunch of worms; You will need them!
I drew on eyes with a permanent marker and a number on the top of each robin.  Now it’s time to count and play!
Little Sister (age 3.5) counted out the number of worms for each bird (She needed help with one-to-one correspondence).  She was able to press the worms into the robin mouths using a tripod grasp.  It was fun to watch her play and count for a long time.  I overheard a little dramatic play happening as she talked to the robins and pretended they were a family eating their lunch.  
Have a fun and “busy” Spring!
More Spring Busy Bags that you might like: 
Fine Motor Busy Bag
// The Pleasantest Thing
Free Printable Rainy Day Math Mat // Coffee Cups and
Spring Playdough Mats // Itsy Bitsy
Ladybug Counting // Preschool Inspirations
Flower Petal Patterns // Mommy
Needs a Coffee Break
Butterfly Counting // Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Free Flower Counting Cards and Book // Wildflower
Spring Lamb Counting //
Adventures of Adam