Nothing Says Thank You Like Food

This weekend is all about livin' la vida Vegas, baby! I will be without children for three crazy days!! I'm off to SITScation as well as BlogWorld Expo. I'll be speaking, broadcasting, learning, and possibly even partying! (Pardon me if I sound just a wee bit excited!!) Before I head out, I had to make sure the Sugar Babies were taken care of as The Pilot had to fly at the same exact time I planned to be gone even though this has been on the calendar for three months!!. (Pardon me if I sound bitter.) I'm going to make sure to give a big thank you to the people who are helping me out with my extended childcare needs.

And what says thank you better than food?
My mom can't cook. She never could. Or at least, she always acted like she never could. Personally, I think she just hated being in the kitchen. She always left the cooking to my Nana when we were young. So when I leave the kids with her, I like to make sure to bring something yummy to make things easier for her. This time, I'm making this:

SUNRISE SAUSAGE BAKE

2 can (12fl oz each) CARNATION Evaporated Milk
8 large eggs, beaten
1 lb. precooked sausage links, cut into 1/4 in slices
2 cups (8 oz pkg) shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup chopped red and/or green pepper 
2 green onions (green parts only), sliced
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
8 cups 1/2 inch cubed Italian or French bread (about 9 slices)
PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees
Grease 13 x 9 inch baking dish
COMBINE milk, eggs, sausage, cheese, red pepper, green onions, onion powder and garlic powder 
in a bowl. Add bread cubes, stirring gently to moisten bread. Pour mixture into baking dish.
BAKE for 45 minutes or until set. 
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When I get back, I'll be making some yummies to thank my friends for watching the Sugar Babies at random times throughout the weekend. They're the ones that are so sweet and treat my kids as if they are family. For those special people, only this treat will do:

CARNATION FAMOUS FUDGE

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup (5 fl oz can) CARNATION Evaporated Milk
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 1/2 cups (9 oz) Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
LINE 8 inch square baking pan with foil
COMBINE sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt in medium, heavy-duty saucepan. Bring to a full tolling boil over mediom heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
STIR in marshmallows, morsels, nuts and vanilla extract. Stir vigorously for 1 minute or until marshmallows are melted. Pour into prepared baking pan; refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Lift from pan. Remove foil. Cut into 48 pieces (or 24 BIG pieces!!)
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That fudge is almost tastier than my Banana Bread Pudding!
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