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Classic Breakfast Casserole at the Beach

As I mentioned yesterday, while Wheat prepped and cooked his ribs on the 4th, I prepped a traditional breakfast casserole to cook for the 5th of July. I had a hankering for the old fashioned version full of white bread cubes, so that’s what I made!

Toasted Bread for Breakfast Casserole | Oysters & Pearls

Classic Breakfast Casserole


– 1 pound Jimmy Dean HOT ground pork sausage
– 1 heaping teaspoon mustard powder
– 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
– 4 eggs
– 2 cups milk
– 6 slices white bread, toasted and cut into cubes (as seen above)
– 8 ounces mild cheddar cheese, shredded

Breakfast Casserole | Oysters & Pearls


Cook sausage in a skillet over medium heat until cooked through and evenly brown. Drain and set aside. Grate 8 ounces block of cheese and set aside.

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, then add mustard powder, salt, and milk and mix together. Then mix in the sausage, bread cubes, and cheese. Pour into a greased baking dish, cover, and chill in the refrigerator 8 hours or overnight.

When ready to cook, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Keeping the casserole covered, bake 45 to 60 minutes. Then uncover and reduce temperature to 325 degrees and bake for 30 more minutes.

Traditional Breakfast Casserole | Oysters & Pearls

We don’t usually make breakfast casseroles on a regular basis, but we almost always have them at the beach. It reheats well, too, so it’s great to double and have for an entire weekend. It’s the perfect dish when you have a house full of folks, and it’s really good for those folks who may have stayed up a little too late the night before…

Classic Breakfast Casserole | Oysters & Pearls

And as usual, it is excellent with Crystal hot sauce.

After breakfast, Wheat and I went and dodged thunderstorms and piddled around downtown Port St. Joe. I bought a few antique kitchen related items that will pop up here and there on this ole blog here, and we had an amazing lunch at Provisions. If you’ve already seen our meal on Twitter or Instagram, I apologize for the repetition. It was just too good not to share again. Plus, I am always a huge fan of having wine with lunch.

I know, right? How very European of me. (Any Superstar fans out there?)

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We split three appetizers for lunch: mussels in a white wine sauce, their famous bruschetta, and seared tuna with seaweed salad. It was so very, very great.

Later on, we all loaded up to go see my cousin Rob’s and his wife Sandy’s new house. Even better than the fact that they live so close to us now (and at the beach!) was the fact that I finally got to meet their hairless cat, Belle. Belle is a rescue cat, and has some inner ear problems, is deaf, and blind in one eye. She dances around “like Stevie Wonder,” (Rob’s words, not mine), and is one of the sweetest cats I’ve ever met. However, I couldn’t quite help feeling like I was petting a catfish.

Belle the Hairless Cat | Oysters & Pearls

My mom especially loves Belle and wants a hairless cat of her own. She has TONS of of personality, and we had the best time playing with her. I have such a soft spot for cats these days!Belle and Lisa Jo | Oysters & Pearls

Belle came from a Sphynx Cat rescue organization. Sandy couldn’t remember off the top of her head which one, but you can search for Sphynx who needs a home at here at Sphynx Rescue or at PetFinder. You know I love pet rescue organizations! Belle obviously made her way to a great home. :)

Afterward, the sun came out for a bit again, and made for a lovely view while we watched Rob fish.

Cousin Rob Fishing on St. Joe Beach | Oysters & Pearls

There wasn’t a real sunset, but this must be the “red sky at night, sailors’ delight” the old adage refers to.

Red Sky at Night, St. Joe Beach | Oysters & Pearls

I may be a wee bit biased, but St. Joe Beach really does have the most beautiful sunsets in the world.


Ribs and Rainbows on the Fourth

If you were anywhere from Tennessee south for the 4th, you know that it rained nonstop for like a week (has it even stopped yet?).  So, our trip to the beach was a bust, as far as actually spending time on the beach was concerned.  In fact, it was a bust in a couple of ways.  When we got to the beach, we all quickly realized that one of the air conditioners had gone out in the house, making literally half the house unbearable.  Luckily, two bedrooms and the kitchen remained air conditioned thanks to a second unit, but cancelling half the attendees of the weekend really put a damper on things.  We missed y’all!

Since it was essentially a tropical storm outside all day long, Wheat and I decided that cooking, eating, and drinking all day was the most American thing we could possibly do, so that’s what we did.  Gluttony is one of America’s favorite pastimes, right?

Wheat decided to make ribs for supper that would cook ALL day.  I made salsa and cut up carrots to dip in ranch, and prepped a breakfast casserole for the next morning.

Wheat's Beer & Butt Ribs | Oysters & Pearls

Wheat’s Beer & Butt Ribs

– whole rack of ribs
– one can of beer (any kind works)
–  Bad Byron’s Butt Rub

Rub down all of the ribs liberally with Butt Rub.  Put the rack in a tin, and pour one can (or bottle) of beer into the pan.  Place in the oven on 175 degrees for 4 or 5 hours.  When you’re ready to really cook them, sear them on the grill over high heat, then finish cooking on medium.

Beer & Butt Ribs | Oysters & Pearls

 These were fall apart tender and oh so delicious.  So thankful my husband is a grill master!  :)

Babe, Harold, and our friend BryAnne’s pup, Willie, were really hoping for some morsels to fall to the floor.

Begging Pups | Oysters & Pearls

While the ribs were in the oven all day, I threw together a breakfast casserole.  My mom actually rarely makes a traditional casserole.  She makes an awesome one with grits in it that is amazing, but I just sort of had a hankering for an old fashioned one with bread in it.  That recipe will go up tomorrow.  It was a long weekend, so I’ve got to split it up into a couple of posts so as not to overwhelm any of you.

Much to our surprise, late in the evening the rain slacked off for a little while, and a whole, double rainbow came out!

4th of July Rainbow | Oysters & Pearls

Unfortunately, despite the rainbow’s location, there are no pots of gold in our house, or in Wheat’s hand. ;)

Making Rainbows | Oysters & Pearls

We ended the day with a gorgeous sunset.  Well, it wasn’t quite a sunset, seeing as the sun went behind the clouds again before it actually hit the water, but it was gorgeous, nonetheless.

St. Joe Beach Sunset | Oysters & Pearls

It’s nearly impossible to beat a view like that!