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Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuffins

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuffins (Grain-Free)

Just this week and next week and I will be over the hump of midterms! It’s actually kind of strange since I’m only in my sixth week of school in 2014. I usually associate midterms with “half” so that would mean that midterms should be at week 8… Maybe it’s always been like this and I don’t remember? It’s entirely possible.

Anyways, do you know what stinks about living in a dorm?

Fire drills.

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Not even fire drills specifically though because the second word “drill” implies that they were planned. Fire alarms are really what I have a gripe with. On Sunday night right after I was walking back from the parking lot where I leave my car for the week, the fire alarm in my dorm went off. Okay, so I had to wait outside for 15-20 minutes in the freezing cold at 8:00pm. No biggie.

But then it happened again! At 12:30pm that night, after I was already in bed for over an hour and completely out of it. I literally stumbled out of my room into the common area pulling my pajama pants down over my (fake) tan ugg boots. Classy.

Like I said, I was out of it; however, I distinctly remember one of my suite-mates laughing as I tumbled out, eyes squinting and saying something along the lines of “Awww…. Madison.” Needless to say my suite mates were hardly put out since they were still awake (crazy, I know), except for the one who was in the shower when the alarm went off. Yes, I suppose I was better off than her.

So I guess the moral of this story is that I really can’t wait to move into an apartment next semester. That was actually one of the things that the realtor mentioned on Friday as we were looking at places. I had never even thought about it, but as soon as I did my face spread into this wide grin that probably stayed on for hours.

Say it with me: NO FIRE ALARMS.

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Sweet freedom friends.

Now I just have to hold out, oh, 10 more weeks…

Lucky for all of you though, the twice-in-one-night(mare) of fire alarms didn’t occur until this week. Before that I was a bit more rested and knocked out three new recipes during the weekend. First up are these Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit Muffins. Biscuffins as I like to call them. 😆 I took the biscuit portion of the muffins from a previous vegan biscuit recipe of mine. Then I molded them into silicon muffin tins, sprinkled in some cheese, poured in an egg mixture, and topped with super crunchy bacon.

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuffins (Grain-Free)

Before getting into the recipe I have a tip on how to cook your bacon Mess-Free! Seriously. Zero clean up.

How to Bake Bacon in the Oven (mess-free!)

What you need to do is preheat your oven to 350 degrees, line a baking sheet with foil, lay out the bacon into one layer, and cook for 20 minutes or until crunchy. After the bacon is consumed throw away the foil and your baking sheet is as good as new! (I used turkey bacon because that’s all we had. Regular bacon may be slightly more fatty and therefore a little more messy). I’ve also seen where some people baked the bacon on a cooling rack on top of a cookie sheet to catch the fat below. I think I’ll try that next time if we use full-fat bacon. Let me know if you try out this method because it is seriously genius and results in way better bacon than making it in the microwave! (My other mess-free method 🙂 ).

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuffins

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Paleo/GAPS Diet-Friendly, Nut/Dairy-Free Options, Meat-Free Options

Makes 10 Biscuits/Muffins

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuffins (Grain-Free)

Ingredients:

  • Grain-Free and Vegan Biscuits
  • about 1/2 cup cheese (approximately 2 tsp per muffin tin)
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk (dairy or nut milk would work as well)
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • 4 strips of cooked bacon, crumbled

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and get out 10 silicon muffin tins + a baking sheet to hold them on. (If you don’t have silicon muffin tins get out enough muffin pans for 10 muffins and coat them with oil to prevent sticking).
  2. Mix together the ingredients for the biscuits. Divide the dough among the muffin tins and using your fingers flatten them against the sides of the muffin tins to make a cup shape. Sprinkle in a little cheese into each.
  3. Then whisk together the eggs, coconut milk, and sea salt/pepper as desired. Divide the egg mixture among the muffin tins as well. (I filled mine about 3/4 of the way up. They shouldn’t be completely full because they rise some while baking.).
  4. Finally sprinkle the bacon on top of each and place them in the oven. Cook for about 25 minutes or until the centers are fully cooked.
  5. Remove, cool slightly and enjoy! These are great for a quick breakfast and heat up nicely a day or two later.

Substitution notes:

  • You can in theory use any biscuit recipe that you’d like in this recipe. Just make sure that it is of an equal volume to my biscuit recipe. I can’t guarantee any other recipes but most should work fine.
  • The biscuit recipe originally calls for almond flour, but if you are allergic you can replace it with another nut or seed flour.
  • If you want this to be dairy-free omit the cheese. You could alternatively sprinkle on some almond cheese, nutritional yeast or even a few teaspoons of sauteed vegetables (onions or peppers would be wonderful I think!).
  • If you can’t have coconut, you can instead use a nut milk or even dairy milk in place of the coconut milk.
  • While bacon is one of the key ingredients in this recipe, I do understand that not everyone likes bacon or eats meat. If you eat meat but don’t like bacon, you could probably also top the muffins with some homemade sausage, ground beef, sliced pepperoni, salami, trail bologna, etc. If you don’t eat meat you can omit it and the muffins will still taste great. I’ve also seen where some people have made homemade vegan bacon from coconut flakes and that would be very interesting! If omitting the bacon entirely I would recommend sprinkling on a little sea salt to replicate the salty taste.

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuffins (Grain-Free)

Thanks to Jenn for hosting What I Ate Wednesday this week. Don’t forget to check out all of the other fabulous bloggers!

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Questions for you:

  • Did you have a lot of fire alarms go off in your college dorm?
  • What was the #1 cause? Ours is usually some freshman messing up Mac and Cheese (by forgetting to put water in it 😯 ).
  • Have you ever made a “biscuffin” before?
  • What are you linking up today for WIAW?

Everyday I’m Shufflin’

For this week’s Spill it Sundays Arman had us tell about our most recently listened to music, most recently read books, or most recently watched shows. Seeing as how I don’t really listen to music of course I headed straight for the book option. And we were supposed to choose just FIVE, but really, how could I do that? Instead I decided to share everything I have read so far in 2014.

Spill It Sundays

 

Throwback selfie from sometime over Christmas break:

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Books that I have read so far this year:

Allegiant

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I got this book for Christmas and basically read it in less than two days. It rounded out the trilogy nicely. Most fans of the books really disliked the ending of Allegiant, but I felt the same about its ending as I did with Mockingjay. The writing was excellent, and while I was sad about how the story was concluded, it did fit (I’m trying not to give away anything so I am purposely being vague 😉 ).

United We Spy

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This is the sixth and final book in the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter. The Gallagher Girls are basically teenage spies. While that sounds like a very childish setup for a book series, the main character really develops throughout all of the six books and it kind of felt like I was saying goodbye to a friend as I finished the final book.

Double Crossed

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This was a free novella that included cross over characters from two of Ally Carter’s series. All of her books are very easy yet interesting reads and this one was no different. It involved some tense hostage situations and a lot of covert plans.

Pride and Prejudice

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I have already read Pride and Prejudice twice before but for some reason I got this strong urge to read it again so I downloaded it on my phone and read it in a few days. Now I NEED to rewatch the movie with Kiera Knightley. Watching all of the youtube clips/trailers/behind-the-scenes can only hold a person over for so long…

Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, Last Sacrifice

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Again, all six of these books were “rereads” for probably the thousandth time. Before you think these are just another Twilight series, let me just say NO. They are so different and so much better. These are action-packed, at times very contemplative, and more importantly- the main character is witty. Having just watched Vampire Academy last weekend I really wanted to read the books again. Then the author Richelle Mead announced on her Facebook page that all of the books were on sale for $2.99 as ebooks so I scooped up the ones I didn’t already have in digital format.

Cinder (Audiobook)

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Caitlin originally mentioned this book awhile back and when I spotted it as an audiobook at my local library I knew it was the perfect thing to listen to on my drives to/from school. To summarize the main character Cinder is a revamped version of Cinderella… as a cyborg.

Currently Reading:

The Help

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I just started this one last night as I needed something to read before going to bed. So far the grammar mistakes (which are on purpose to show dialect) are kind of getting on my nerves. But I really enjoyed the movie and like the premise of the book.

Game of Thrones

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Maybe I shouldn’t call this “currently reading” as I haven’t read anything out of it for a few weeks. Here’s the scoop: George R.R. Martin is an amazing writer. He is also very graphic. I am conflicted about which one will win out and so for now I’ve not had the desire to read any more of it.

Alice in Wonderland

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This book I got about half way through for a Honors book discussion. But then the discussion was cancelled due to weather and I haven’t had any reason to finish yet. I was surprised at how much I liked it though seeing as I really don’t like any of the movie versions (they creep me out).

Scarlet (Audiobook)

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As soon as I finished Cinder I picked up Scarlet, the sequel. This time the heroine is supposed to be a modern day Red Riding Hood. I don’t like the main characters in this book as much, but it’s still pretty good and I like the point of view changes where we get to hear from both Scarlet and Cinder (from the first book).

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And that is what I have been reading so far this year! Most of these books I read over Christmas break and I haven’t had a ton of time in between classes to read. This coming week is going to be jam-packed with exams so I probably won’t have a chance to read much for awhile again.

Questions for you:

What have you been reading lately?

Who is your favorite author?

Do you ever reread books?