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I spent much of my life wanting to grow up. I couldn’t wait to be an “adult” and have my own home, away from my parents and rules I deemed stupid at the time. I never anticipated missing living under my mother’s roof.

Growing up, I often woke up to the smells of what my mom was cooking in the kitchen. During the holidays, she is busy baking cookies, prepping pies, and putting appetizers together from scratch. As a kid, I didn’t bother with helping (out of pure laziness) but as I got older, I rolled up my sleeves and got my hands dirty with ingredients alongside my teacher.

I really cherished those moments in the kitchen with my mom, not only because of the delicious results but because of the conversations and little moments we have shared over the years. A lot of bonding has happened while rolling dough or whisking batter.

I miss the days where I would have to maneuver around the tiny kitchen in the house I grew up in, accompanied by my mother with flour and a smile on her face. These days, I run my own kitchen, but the memories and mom’s recipes have stayed with me.

I attempted one of my mom’s best creations over the weekend that we call “Breakfast Pie.” It’s the perfect recipe for any brunch or holiday occasion. Give it a try for your next outing.

You will need:

  • Puff Pastry Pie Crust
  • Shredded hash browns
  • 4 Eggs (to make an omelet)
  • ½ pound of diced Virginia Baked Ham
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

Layer the egg, hash browns, ham, and cheese in your pie crust and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

I would show you a picture of my latest creation, but I ate it too quickly before snapping a photo. But that just goes to show how delicious this breakfast pie really is.

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