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Since Andrew started getting to work at 7AM (or so…), it’s been basically out of the question that I would get up and make him breakfast.

Okay… If we’re being honest, it’s almost always been out of the question that I would get up and make him breakfast. 😂

We are both the kind of people that really need to eat some kind of breakfast. Of course, it’s always better if it’s something more balanced, like eggs and toast, as opposed to something more sugary, like a donut (or three). As good as donuts may taste, they are certainly not good for… well, anything else. 😏

Since he needed breakfast, and I wasn’t going to get up to make it for him (and he certainly wasn’t going to get up early enough to make breakfast), and he needed to eat something, what do you think ended up happening?

Yep. He was spending money on breakfast. Like, McDonald’s and Daylight Donuts. 😬

So I finally just gave myself a little kick in the tail, and took an hour to put together some breakfast sandwiches for him that would be cheaper, healthier, and easier than driving thru somewhere every morning.

Now all he has to do is grab one from the freezer and pop it in the microwave for 45 seconds! 

Today, I want to the recipe for my SUPER easy breakfast bagels with you. What I love about stuff like this is you can customize it however you want to make it fit you and your family’s tastebuds. You can make it as complex or as simple as you want! 


Super Easy Breakfast Bagels

 

INGREDIENTS

For these breakfast bagels, I didn’t want to do anything super complicated, but I also wanted something a little more rounded than just egg and bread.

Bagels (or Biscuits) – I saw these “skinny” bagels at ALDI and decided to give them a try. Sometimes an entire bagel is just too much bread, especially if you’re looking to keep things healthy. These plain bagels did not disappoint! Andrew said he liked them better than the biscuits, which I tried first. 

Using bagels instead of biscuits makes this recipe all the more simple, since you don’t have to bake the breading. Yay!

Egg Patties (Eggs + Milk) – To make 10 sandwiches, I used 6 eggs and 1/4 cup of milk. If you want to make it diet-friendly (keto, Weight Watchers, etc.) you could use just egg whites and a milk substitute.

Cheese – I usually like to use block cheese and just slice or shred what I need, but of course, you could just buy sliced cheese. For these sandwiches, we used a sharp cheddar cheese (we love that sharp taste), but you could use any type of cheese you want! 

Bacon – We LOVE crunchy bacon. We also don’t like the super salty taste of most bacon, so we buy the low sodium kind from ALDI. Sometimes ALDI doesn’t have it, sadly, so I just settle for regular ol’ bacon. Get whatever kind you prefer. 😉 You could also use sausage patties, chicken, or other meat I’m sure.

You can add or take away from what’s inside your breakfast sandwiches – that’s just what we like.


SUPPLIES

Small pan – It’s easiest to cook the egg patties in a small pan, as opposed to a big frying pan.  

Oil (for cooking eggs) – We typically use olive oil for just about everything, including cooking eggs. ALDI has an olive oil spray that we like, but the PAM brand has one also. 

Baking sheet – Before we married, my husband had never had baked bacon. Let me tell you though, once you perfect baking bacon to your desired doneness (crispy, or not so much), I doubt you’ll ever go back to frying it in a pan! It doesn’t shrink as much, and there’s so much less of a mess.

I love my commercial-grade half-sheet pans. There’s just something about them… lol.

Aluminum foil – I always cover my pan with aluminum foil when I bake bacon or anything that’s going to be greasy. That way, I can just peel off the foil (once the grease solidifies), through it away, then put my pan right back in the cabinet!

I also use foil to wrap the sandwiches if I’m going to freeze them.

Egg ring – Have you ever wondered how places get a circle egg patty! Well if you haven’t, I bet you’re wondering now… 🤪 With an egg ring!

We have a silicone one, but I think I’d like to try out a stainless steel one like this. They take a little practice, but it’s so cool to have a circular egg patty for your sandwiches!

Sharpie – I just use these to label anything I put in the freezer. 

Measuring supplies – I LOVE my glass measuring cup! I like to make egg mixtures in it because then you can easily pour straight from the measuring cup. No extra dishes!

I’ve had mine for several years, and the measuring lines haven’t faded at all. Plus, they are microwave, dishwasher and oven safe. 🎉 


INSTRUCTIONS

First, preheat your oven to 425 degrees for the bacon. Baking bacon is soooo much less mess than frying it on the stove, and if you do it right, it turns out just as good (better, in my opinion). 

While the oven is heating, lay out your bacon in a single row on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper. (You can skip the lining, but you’re going to have lots of grease to clean if you do. 😉)

Whisk the milk and eggs together to make your egg mixture. You can add salt and pepper if you’d like, but since I was putting bacon on the sandwiches, I didn’t do that.

Once the oven is heated, put your bacon in for 8 minutes if it’s low sodium (thinner) or 10 minutes if it’s regular. Thick cut will need even longer.

While the bacon is cooking, you can work on your egg patties. Make sure to spray your pan with each patty to make sure it doesn’t stick.

Put your egg ring directly onto the pan, and pour about 1/4 cup of the egg mixture into the ring. Do not pop any bubbles that form. I learned that these help your egg patty to stay together. Just trust me.

After about 1 minute, carefully remove the egg ring. I usually lift it up a little on the side to check if the egg patty is ready to be flipped. If little or not egg mixture flows out from underneath the egg ring once it’s lifted, you should be good to go.

Flip the egg patty and cook for about 1 more minute (you can put the egg ring back in place if you’d like, but not necessary. I did for fun!) Repeat for each egg patty.

Once your bacon timer goes off, flip the bacon and bake for another 3-7 minutes, depending on your crispness preference. We like crunchy bacon, especially for sandwiches, so we usually do 5 minutes for low sodium bacon and 7 minutes for regular bacon.

Once the bacon is ready, remove from the baking sheet and place on a paper towel covered plate to remove excess grease. You can pat it dry with a towel, paper towel, napkin, etc. to get even more grease off.

(If you are using biscuits, you will need to bake them now per the packaging instructions.)

Once everything is ready, you can assemble your sandwiches! I put the slice of cheese between the egg and bacon so it melts a little bit. 😆

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days, or wrap in aluminum foil and freeze for up to 3 months (6 months for a deep freeze). Be sure to label with the date and contents, especially if it’s going in the freezer!


RECIPE

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What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

 

Brown eyed beautiful six-year old,

Runs around her backyard out in the snow,

All bundled up, from head to toe.

She didn’t see the hole her puppy dug in the yard.

She tripped and fell face first and hit her head hard.

All she could do was scream

Helplessly.

Her daddy ran to her all the way from his car,

Didn’t even hesitate to take her in his arms.

He asked if she was okay,

And wiped her tears away.

He said, “Don’t you be afraid,

Daddy’s here to stay.

You know I’ll do anything

To make sure that you’re safe.

Remember when you’re in pain,

Just call my name

And I’ll come running.

‘Cause that’s just what daddies do.”

Brown eyed, beautiful teenage girl,

Trying to find her place in this great big world.

She acts so strong, and tries to hold on.

But sometimes life can be oh-so cruel.

She wonders what’s the point of following the rules.

Can’t I go make my own way?

Why do I have to stay?

Her daddy comes to talk to her in her room.

She knows that means more punishment is coming soon.

But this time he holds her hand,

Tries to help her understand.

He said, “I know it just seems

I’m being so unfair.

But I do everything I do

Just because I care

About my baby girl.

I don’t want this world

To ruin your future.

And that’s just what daddies do.”

The years had gone by as they tend to do.

Daddy found himself in bed, couldn’t even move.

Tears filled her eyes, she fell apart inside.

She said Daddy I don’t know if I can live without you.

And what about Momma? she just can’t lose

Her very best friend.

This can’t be the end.

Her daddy took her hand in his and held it tight.

His bright smile reached all the way to his eyes.

He felt such peace deep down,

Although there was no hope around.

He said, “It’s gonna be okay

Even if I have to go away.

And you know that none of us

Are here to stay.

We have a hope that someday

This pain will be erased.

Don’t forget that Jesus is holding you now,

Even if you can’t see past the clouds.

Just reach out to Him.

He’ll guide you to the end.

‘Cause He’s your daddy,

And that’s just what daddies do.”

Kelsi Curry (Morrell)| 1-28-2014

 

For the past several years – at least 10 I’d say – our church has held a special service a few times a year which we call Fifth Sunday. This service is held on a Sunday afternoon when there is a fifth Sunday in the month.

Our daughter works and our sister churches (typical previous daughter works) come together in a glorious jubilee service. Afterward, we go down to our Family Life Center to enjoy a great time of dinner and fellowship.

It’s always a special time, but the Fifth Sunday Service we held on May 30th was extra special.

This was the first time everyone was able to get together in over a year. 

All of the churches were so excited. We were looking forward to enjoying a great meal, which was provided 100% by the church this time. But more importantly, we knew God was going to meet with us in a special way.

Oh my, did He!

Pastor preached an inspiring, challenging and motivating message about unity, not just among local churches, but among the Church. As the body of Christ, the representation of God here on this earth, what good are we doing for the world if we are not unified?

His message inspired me to write a song. Go figure. 😉

Without further ado, I’d like to share the lyrics here with you.

Stay tuned for a *hckm, roughly* recorded version!


Unified – God’s Plan for His People

inspired by Pastor’s message, “When Brothers Dwell in Unity”
based on Psalm 133 and John 17

 

verse 1

How good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell in unity
It’s like precious anointing
Flowing freely and giving us life
Forevermore
Lord we want to be

 

chorus

Unified
Dwelling as one
That’s God’s plan for His people
Unified
No discord in sight
That’s God’s plan for His people
When our will gets in the way
It tears us apart
But when we are surrendered
It brings us together
Unified 
Lord we want to be 
Unified

 

verse 2

Some of Jesus’s last words
We’re “Father keep those 
Whom thou hast given to me
That they may be one, as we are
That the world may believe”
Lord it’s our prayer to be

 

chorus

Unified
Dwelling as one
That’s God’s plan for His people
Unified
No discord in sight
That’s God’s plan for His people
When our will gets in the way
It tears us apart
But when we are surrendered
It brings us together
Unified 
Lord we want to be 
Unified

 

bridge 1

There is power
When we’re unified 
Faith’s built
When we’re unified
Walls fall
When we’re unified
Chains break
When we’re unified

 

bridge 2

God moves
When we’re unified
Bodies healed
When we’re unified
Souls saved
When we’re unified
Lord show us how to stay 

 

chorus

Unified
Dwelling as one
That’s God’s plan for His people
Unified
No discord in sight
That’s God’s plan for His people
When our will gets in the way
It tears us apart
But when we are surrendered
It brings us together
Unified 
Lord we want to be 
Unified

Kelsi Curry © 2021

How have you seen the power of unity play out, whether good or bad? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

 

Growing up can be tough. 

I got my first “job” at 15 years old. In order to help pay my school tuition, I worked as the aftercare attendant at school. I took care of 4 kids, age 10 and under, until their parents picked them up after they got off work.

The next year, shortly before I turned 16, I got my first real receiving-a-paycheck job at a little pizza place in Jenks. I usually had a lot of fun working there, and it made me feel big and important to have a paycheck.

HA! Maybe not. 😉

One thing I quickly learned is that money disappears right before your eyes! I didn’t have leisure money to spend on whatever I wanted, but I took care of gas for my “boat” (an old Pontiac Grand Prix), school lunches and other food… oh yeah, and school tuition. 😬

However, I also quickly learned about budgeting. Budgeting is SO important! Budgeting does so many great things…

  • allows you to save money even when you don’t think you can
  • gives you peace of mind knowing that #allthethings are taken care of
  • keeps you accountable and responsible for the financial blessings you’ve been given
  • and more!

I was looking through my old documents the other day and came across some of my budgeting tools I created in Google Spreadsheets as a teenager and single adult. I thought, “Wow! I bet some of my readers could really use some of these tools.” So, that’s what this post is all about! 

I’ve got an awesome FREE budgeting tool at the end of the post if you stick with me! 😄

 

10 Killer Budgeting Tips

Now, it’s one thing to talk about budgeting, even sit down and create one… But it’s a whole other thing to actual follow a budget. However, if you follow some practical tips, budgeting doesn’t have to be all that difficult.

 

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1) Make your budget reasonable.

Have you ever heard of S.M.A.R.T. goals?

Specific, measurable, attainable, reasonable, timely… 

One of my favorite aspects of S.M.A.R.T. goals is “reasonable”. It’s important that your goals (including budgeting) are reasonable.

For example, you may want to put $100 a month into your savings account. However, if you subtract all your bills from your paycheck and you’re left with $25 every other week, you won’t reasonably reach that goal unless you find an additional source of income. 

Or, let’s say you really like Starbucks. Guilty 🙈

If you only have $25 left after bills, and you’ve still got to put gas in your vehicle, it’s unlikely you’ll swing a trip to Starbucks every week. 

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So, a reasonable alternative might be to save $50 a month, or to only go to Starbucks once a month instead of once a week.

 

 

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2) Don’t cut everything out all at once.

This is a huge one that I’m super guilty of.

Let’s think about this…

Have you ever started a diet of some kind? Maybe, you went on a no-sugar diet. So, you go from drinking Route 44 Dr. Peppers every other day and eating ice cream 4 times a week to no sugar

Yikes.

You know what’s going to happen? You may do really well for a week or two, or maybe even a month or two if you’re ultra disciplined. But at some point, you’re going to cave, and it’s not going to be pretty. As a matter of fact, you’ll probably devour more sugar in those few moments of desperation than you would have if you simply cut back a little at a time.

So, when you’re budgeting, don’t say, “Alright. NO MORE BUYING ANYTHING.”

Because, friends, that doesn’t work. 😏

From my own study of proper budgeting, the suggested method of cutting back is 10% at a time. However, you may absolutely need to cut back more than that. Do what you must, but if at all possible, cut back on spending in increments. 

Maybe you go from spending $100 a month on fast food to only $75 a month on fast food. Then the next month, you only spend $50. And so on, until you reach your desired goal.

 

3) Set your priorities.

Do you LOVE going out to eat with friends? Or would you rather buy a new clothing item every week?

When you’re dealing with limited funds, these are things you need to consider. How do YOU want to spend your money? What’s important to you?

Do you give tithes and/or offerings in church? If so, it’s important to set that at the top of your list so it always gets taken care of each month.

Before you create a budget, it would be wise to set aside some time to consider your priorities.

 

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4) List out ALL your expenses.

Some expenses are obvious, like your car payment, or your school lunch bill, or your rent. But what about things like gas in your vehicle, or money for youth activities on Fridays, or a gift for an upcoming birthday?

Each month (or however often you budget), it’s wise to take time and think of all the things that will require money that month. This way, you know you’re not leaving anything out, thus coming up short for something.

 

5) Set your bills to autopay.

This. Is. A. Lifesaver.

I was always afraid to do this because of a survival mindset. What if the money isn’t there?!

But guess what? When you budget, you know the money will be there – even if things are tight!

So, go ahead… Log in to all the places where you have bills, or call up the companies, and get those things on autopay. 

You can avoid late fees, and sometimes you even get a discount for autopay! Score!

 

6) Try the cash envelope system.

My husband and I did this for a couple of months earlier in the year, just to give it a try. Let me tell you – it WORKS!

One day, my husband was at Sam’s getting meat to make beef jerky. He called and asked if we needed anything. I said, “Not that I know of.”

“Oh, well I was passing by the drinks here, and didn’t know if we needed some BodyArmours or something like that.” Funny guy, huh?

I smiled. “Well, you’ve got the cash. If you want, go ahead and use $20 of it for some drinks.”

*silence*

“I don’t want to do that!” He was flustered.

“Well, if you want them, you can have them. It’s just going to come out of the cash for this month.” 

He sighed. “I don’t like this.”

Mission accomplished. 😂 I’ve never seen my husband second guess SO many purchases as he did while we were doing the cash envelope system! There’s just something about actually seeing the money slowly decrease from your envelope that makes you not want to spend it.

Give it a shot. 😉

 

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7) Put something in savings every paycheck.

Eeek. I was so, so bad at this as a teenager and single person. 

I always felt like I “didn’t have enough”. I thought putting something in savings meant huge amounts of money. It was scary to me.

But you know what? It doesn’t have to be huge amounts of money. It could be $5. $10. $20. 

If you do that every paycheck, and don’t touch it, it will add up. Sure, putting more in at a time will cause it to add up more quickly. But something is better than nothing! Let’s look at some numbers…

Say you got your first job when you were 17. You get paid twice a month, and you put $10 in savings every time you get paid. You graduate at 18, continue working part-time while you attend college full-time, until you graduate at 22. 

You know how much money you’ve saved?

Yeah, only $20 a month.

Oh? But that’s $240 a year.

That’s $1200 by the time you graduate college.

YOU SAVED OVER $1000 while you went to college and worked part-time. By doing no extra work! 

Mind-blown. 🤯

 

8) Actually write out your budget.

There’s something about writing something down that…

  1. imprints it into your memory and
  2. makes it seem more real.

With budgeting, if you take time to sit down and list all of your income, then all of your expenses (as I suggested in #4), and even goes as far as to date each of your expenses (i.e., rent on the 1st), it creates a visual of where you’re at financially. Then, you can see where you may be able to save money or cut costs here and there.

 

9) Be accountable.

This is huge for anything you’re doing in life. 

If there’s someone who you KNOW is going to ask you how things are going, you’re more likely to do what you’re supposed to do. 

So, find someone who you can ask to keep you accountable with your money. It probably won’t be your best buddy, but maybe a parent, an older friend, your spouse, or a sibling could help you out.

Make sure it’s someone who you trust AND who you can count on to consistently ask you how your budget is doing. 

 

10) Make adjustments as necessary.

Some people think that a budget can’t budge. (I know, bad attempt at a joke.)

SO NOT TRUE.

A budget is there to be manipulated, changed, adjusted, whenever it’s necessary! Does that mean you say, “Oops, spent over my fast food allowance, I’ll just goes change the budget so you can’t tell.” 🤭

Nooooo.

But, if you make it through one budget cycle (whether that’s a month, two weeks, or a week), and realize that something was absolutely unrealistic or unattainable, make some adjustments that next time around. 

If it’s Christmastime and you know you’ll be spending more money shopping than usual, adjust the budget so it will work. You may need to cut back in another area, but it’s totally okay, and GOOD to adjust your budget as necessary.

 

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11) YOU GOT THIS!

Wait, what? It’s only supposed to be 10 killer budgeting tips. 

This isn’t really a tip. 😉 I just want to say that you CAN budget successfully and use your financial resources wisely!

Take it from someone who’s budgeted near-to-nothing paychecks as a teenager, and now budgets a whole household’s income to help us pay down debt.

You CAN! 🎉


In addition to these 10 killer budgeting tips, I created an easy-to-use budgeting spreadsheet JUST for you!

This spreadsheet includes columns for projected amounts (your budget), as well as columns for your actual spending, then a pre-calculated space that will show you the difference from what you actually spent versus what you budgeting.

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Also, there’s a pre-calculated section that shows you how much you’re budgeting, then subtracts that from your projected income, so you can see what’s left!

AWESOME!

Don’t know what any of that means? No problem! You can always shoot me an email, and I’d be happy to help you with the spreadsheet!

Simply enter your email below and eagerly await your AWESOME spreadsheets! 🎉🎉🎉