Breakfast at Suzie's

After the last post which mentioned my cheese grits casserole, I got some requests for the recipe.  I have never been one of those cooks who guards her recipes with the secrecy of Fort Knox - I am so delighted someone likes something I have prepared that I hold the world's largest conference call so I can share it.  So here it comes!  After all, the way I show my Living Letters that I love them is with FOOD!!

I'm including a couple of other family favorite breakfast recipes.  Maybe you can fix them for first day of school breakfast!

Katie's Cheese Grits

 6 cups water
1 1/2 cup grits (not instant)
4 cups sharp cheese, shredded
3 eggs
1 1/2 sticks butter
3 tsp seasoned salt
1 tsp garlic
2 dashes Texas Pete (optional)

Bring water to boil and add grits. Stir in the cheese. Beat eggs and add to grits. Add butter and seasoning. Pour into casserole dish (I use 2 8x8's or similar size) Bake for 45 minutes to an hour at 350. Can freeze before baking.
Mary's and Betsy's Cheerio Bars
(This recipe is a tweak on one that my longtime friend DeeAnn shared with me.  Many of the ones my family loves came from Miss DeeAnn, whom my children consider one of the world's greatest cooks.  I agree!)
2 1/4 cups marshmallows  (small or large - doesn't matter)
1/3 cup peanut butter (I use crunchy - the nuts in my family like nuts)
1/4 cup butter
Melt these ingredients over low heat, stirring frequently
Then add 2 1/2 cups cheerios.  Stir in 1/4 cup raisins.  Let it cool for a few seconds and then add about 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips.  (If you don't let it cool, it becomes Cocoa Puff bars but my family likes it that way, too)
Press into 8x8 greased pan.  Cool and cut into bars.  Or give a spoon to each child and let them eat the entire pan.  Been there.  Done that.
Chip's Oatmeal Scones
2 cups plain flour
1 cup oats
1/4 cup sugar plus 2 TBS sugar, divided
1 TBS baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, chilled and cut into pieces
3/4 cup milk
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
2 tsp cinnamon
Heat oven to 400.  Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.  Combine flour, oats, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder, salt; mix well.  Cut in butter with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  In separate bowl, combine milk, egg, vanilla.  Blend well.  Add to dry ingredients and stir until moistened.  In another bowl (this recipe messes up a bunch of bowls but my boy loves it so he gets to have it!) combine remaining 2 TBS sugar, cinnamon and pecans.  Sprinkle over dough and gently swirl it in, not blending completely.   Pat the dough onto the greased cookie sheet into a large circle.  Use pizza cutter to cut into slices - no need to separate, just make the lines.  Bake 10-15 minutes.  We like it chewy like our oatmeal cookies.
Make whatever glaze you like on cinnamon rolls - we use about 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, and a couple of tsp milk.  Drizzle glaze on top and then use the pizza cutter to recut along the lines scored previously.
Your children will rise up and call you blessed.  Promise.
Oh, and in case you are wondering, OF COURSE my family eats like this EVERY SINGLE MORNING.  For sure.